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Hall of Famer Mike Piazza has his No. 31 retired by Mets

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 07:23 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza has gotten his No. 31 retired by the New York Mets in a pregame ceremony at Citi Field.

The half-hour tribute Saturday night included his parents, family members, former teammates, friends and a lot of chants and cheers. He ended his 6-minute speech with a shout of "Let's go, Mets!"


Trump says presidential debates shouldn't compete with NFL

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 07:21 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he doesn't like going up against NFL games when he debates Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton this fall. The billionaire businessman also says that the football league has complained to him about the debate schedule in a letter.

An NFL spokesman says the football league didn't send a letter to Trump as he claims.

Two of the three debates scheduled in September and October will be televised during NFL games.


Simona Halep advances to second straight Rogers Cup final

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 07:10 PM

MONTREAL (AP) — Simona Halep beat Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the Rogers Cup final for the second straight year.

The fifth-seeded Halep will face American Madison Keys on Sunday in a rematch of the Romanian player's three-set victory in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. The 10th-seeded Keys beat Slovakia's Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-1 in the second semifinal.

Last year in the final in Toronto, Halep retired in the third set because of illness, handing the title to Belinda Bencic.


Eastern League

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 07:01 PM
At A Glance
All Times EDT
Eastern Division
WLPct.GB
Reading (Phillies)7036.660
Trenton (Yankees)6640.6234
Hartford (Rockies)6045.571
Binghamton (Mets)4856.46221
New Hampshire (Blue Jays)4659.43823½
Portland (Red Sox)

Main ramp collapses at Rio Olympics sailing venue

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 06:34 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed on Saturday.

No one was injured, organizers said, in another incident that raises questions about the quality of construction in the Olympic host city.

The Rio Games organizing committee placed the blame on strong winds. The collapsed structure, which is temporary, is the main access point for boats to reach the water.

Sailing competitions begin Aug. 8.


IOC sets up 3-person panel to rule on Russian entries

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 06:25 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The IOC has set up a special three-person panel to make a final ruling on which individual Russian athletes are allowed to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee's ruling executive board made the decision Saturday in its final meeting before the opening of the Rio Games next Friday.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the panel will decide on the entry of the Russian athletes who have been put forward by individual sports federations and approved by an independent arbitrator.


Cavs waive veteran Dahntay Jones

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 06:00 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

The team announced the move Saturday.

Jones, who was signed on the final day of the regular season, came off the bench in Game 6 and scored five straight points to slow a Golden State rally. He also drew a pair of fouls on Warriors forward Draymond Green.


Lampard's hat trick leads NYCFC over Rapids 5-1

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 05:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Lampard scored three goals and New York City FC beat 10-man Colorado 5-1 on Saturday to end the Rapids' 15-game unbeaten streak.

Lampard opened the scoring in the 28th minute, finishing Diego Martinez's cross and Thomas McNamara's redirecting flick with a close-range, right-footed stab. Lampard made it 4-0 on a right-footed shot in the 81st minute and capped City's scoring with a penalty kick in the 84th — his eighth goal of the season and the first hat trick in NYCFC (10-7-6) history.


Lucroy held out of Brewers' starting lineup

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 05:57 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy was not in the starting lineup for Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates as the Brewers considered trade possibilities.

General manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell met before the game and decided not to start Lucroy.

"He's progessing on something," Counsell said of Stearns. "We thought it best that he not be in the lineup today.


Revolution's Davies announces cancer diagnosis, in remission

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 05:51 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Revolution says forward Charlie Davis is in remission after receiving treatment for cancer.

The Revolution made the announcement in a statement Saturday. The former U.S. national team forward told team officials of his diagnosis for liposarcoma earlier this spring. The team said it has honored Davies' wishes for privacy over the past few weeks to allow him to spend time with family and receive treatment.


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