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August 26, 2016 - 6:53pm
15 hours 27 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Trying to make a push in the crowded NL playoff race, the New York Mets plan to skip struggling right-hander Jacob deGrom the next time through the rotation.

The team says it hasn't decided who will start in deGrom's place Monday night against Miami, another club in the wild-card hunt. New York manager Terry Collins rattled off five potential candidates Friday: Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Logan Verrett, Gabriel Ynoa and Rafael Montero. The latter three are...

August 26, 2016 - 6:52pm
15 hours 27 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Ike Davis, Craig Breslow and Jason Marquis are among the players with major league experience who are set to play next month in a qualifying tournament for the World Baseball Classic.

Israel, Great Britain, Brazil and Pakistan will take part in the competition Sept. 22-25 at the home of the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones. The winner advances to the main draw in March.

The rosters and staffs for the teams were announced Friday....

August 26, 2016 - 6:44pm
15 hours 27 min ago

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Joey Logano has won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

It's Logano's third pole in 16 Cup races at MIS, and the previous two times he won the pole, he also went on to win the race. That includes his victory at Michigan in June.

Logano won Friday with a lap of 201.698 mph in his No. 22 Ford. Jimmie Johnson was second in qualifying for Sunday's race, followed by Denny Hamlin....

August 26, 2016 - 6:42pm
15 hours 27 min ago

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Junior Mike White has been named Western Kentucky's starting quarterback for the Hilltoppers' Sept. 1 opener against visiting Rice.

Western coach Jeff Brohm announced Friday that he chose the South Florida transfer from competition that included senior Tyler Ferguson and sophomore Drew Eckels. He says White "has done a nice job preparing himself for this moment and operates our offense well."

Though White gets the initial...

August 26, 2016 - 6:08pm
15 hours 27 min ago

PHOENIX (AP) — As expected, the Arizona Diamondbacks have activated center fielder A.J. Pollock and he was in the lineup for Friday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Pollock, an All-Star and Gold Glove winner last season, broke his right elbow in a head-first slide at home in a preseason game two days before the start of the regular season.

Pollock was second in the batting order against the Reds behind Jean Segura and ahead of Paul...

August 26, 2016 - 6:07pm
15 hours 37 min ago

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Reed had a fast start and hung on against tough Bethpage Black for a 3-under 68 and a two-shot lead in The Barclays.

His spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team is looking better with each round, and so are his prospects for getting his first victory of the year. He sandwiched a birdie around two bogeys at the end to keep his distance over Emiliano Grillo and Rickie Fowler, who each shot 69.

Fowler, who likely needs to finish...

August 26, 2016 - 6:02pm
15 hours 57 min ago

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina has dismissed starting defensive lineman Darius Commissiong from the football team after his arrest on a felony animal cruelty charge.

Coach Scottie Montgomery announced the move Friday, the same day Greenville police arrested Commissiong.

Police say a 1-year-old Shih Tzu belonging to a woman they declined to identify was found dead. The dog had three cracked ribs, a collapsed lung, a torn liver, fractured teeth...

August 26, 2016 - 6:00pm
15 hours 28 min ago

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Roberto Bautista Agut advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final, beating Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-2 on Friday.

The second-seeded Agut will face fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, a 6-4, 7-6 (5) winner over Australia's John Millman in the second semifinal.

The 28-year-old Agut reached the quarterfinals at the Rio Olympics and joined the field in Winston-Salem as a late wild-card entry after he lost in the first round...

August 26, 2016 - 5:57pm
15 hours 57 min ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper has filed a federal court notice that he now plans to appeal his conviction and nearly two-decade sentence in a drug and sexual assault case — a case in which he pleaded guilty.

Sharper had pleaded guilty or no-contest in four states where he faced allegations that he drugged and raped women. Charged in both state and federal jurisdictions, he had entered a plea deal that called for a roughly nine-year sentence....

August 26, 2016 - 5:32pm
16 hours 37 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have reinstated reliever T.J. McFarland from the 15-day disabled list before Friday night's game against the New York Yankees.

The 27-year-old lefty was placed on the DL on June 30, retroactive to the day before, with left knee inflammation.

McFarland, who last pitched in a major league game on June 28, is 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 15 appearances for the Orioles this season. He completed a rehab assignment Thursday...

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