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Wolverine oldtimers top Portage Lake, 12-4

KEARSARGE — Wolverine’s oldtimers made it two wins in a row with a 12-4 thumping of Portage Lake Sunday at the American Legion Field. Wolverine scored four times in the first inning off Portage Lake starter Jeff Pollard and added two more runs in the second for a 6-0 margin. The ...

Cron, Tigers knock off Reds, 3-2

CINCINNATI (AP) — C.J. Cron hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers got to Cincinnati's bullpen for the second straight day in a 3-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday. Miguel Cabrera led off with a 10-pitch walk before Cron connected against Michael Lorenzen ...

Astros’ Verlander out at least 2 weeks

HOUSTON (AP) — Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has a strained right forearm and will be shut down for at least two weeks. Astros manager Dusty Baker announced the injury after Houston's 7-6 loss to the Mariners on Sunday, saying Verlander would be evaluated after two ...

Seahawks trade for Adams

NEW YORK (AP) — Jamal Adams' wish was finally granted: He's leaving New York in a stunning trade. The Jets dealt the disgruntled star safety to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, splitting with a gifted player whose relationship with the franchise quickly deteriorated because of a contract ...

Chakya steps down as Coyotes GM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona general manager John Chayka earned a contract extension early this season for building the Coyotes into playoff contenders in four short years. He was being called a quitter by the team in a strongly worded statement on Sunday after stepping down a week before ...

Thompson wins 3M Open by 2 strokes

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Without a gallery around him on the 18th green, Michael Thompson settled for a subdued victory celebration at the 3M Open with a FaceTime call home to his wife and children in Georgia. The tears came from him and his wife as soon as they saw each other on the ...

Moustakas, Reds top Tigers

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Moustakas drove in four runs in an emphatic first impression, teaming with fellow Cincinnati newcomers Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos to turn the Reds’ long-delayed opener into a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday. The Reds tried to make themselves ...

MSU suspends football workouts

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan State University football team suspended workouts Friday, and its players will quarantine for 14 days after a second staff member and a player tested positive for the coronavirus, the university said. "The university has designated areas available to house ...

NHL officials acknowledge long road

NHL officials acknowledged Friday there is a long way to go before celebrating hockey's return during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams must submit rosters and full 52-person traveling parties Friday and travel to the hub cities of Toronto or Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. There are 12 exhibitions ...

Paratore shoots 66 to lead British Masters, still bogey-free

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Renato Paratore birdied the last hole to shoot 5-under 66 and retain his one-stroke lead on Friday after three rounds at the British Masters, where the Italian golfer has yet to drop a shot all week. On a day of low scoring that included a round of 61 by Sam ...

Cole, Stanton lead Yanks past Nats, 4-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pandemic-shortened Major League Baseball season finally started Thursday night, with zero fans, Nationals star Juan Soto sidelined by COVID-19 and a 4-1 storm-halted victory for the New York Yankees over reigning champ Washington behind Gerrit Cole, Giancarlo Stanton and ...

Release the Kraken: Seattle unveils name for NHL franchise

SEATTLE (AP) — The name Seattle Kraken seems to have had an air of inevitability around it even during the earliest days of the NHL expansion franchise. "The first time in our office, there's only 10 of us in our office, and we put up our NHL Seattle sign on the front door. And the very ...

MLB, players agree to expand playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed Thursday to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season, a decision that makes it likely teams with losing records will reach the postseason. The agreement was reached hours before the season ...

Michigan Tech announces eight incoming players for 2020-21

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced eight incoming players for the 2020-21 season. The class consists of goaltenders Cayden Bailey and Mark Sinclair, defensemen Jed Pietila and Brett Thorne, and forwards Carson Bantle, Arvid Caderoth, Nick Nardella, and Blais ...

Pandemic can’t stop Uecker from 50th year in Brewers’ booth

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bob Uecker describes the most unique season of his half century as a Milwaukee Brewers’ broadcaster with the wit that has helped make him one of the game’s most recognizable voices. “All of this stuff for me is totally new,” Uecker said Wednesday during a Zoom ...

NCAA football oversight asks board for time on fall sports

The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the association’s Board of Governors to avoid making a decision soon on whether to conduct fall championships as college sports tries to find a path to play through the pandemic. A letter dated July 21 was sent by committee chairman Shane ...

Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin named MVP finalists

The NHL Hart Trophy voters agreed with NHL players in selecting Edmontonís Leon Draisaitl, Coloradoís Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers as MVP award finalists. The finalists were announced by the NHL on Tuesday, and determined by members of the Professional Hockey ...

Packers expect no more than 10,000-12,000 fans at home games

Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy says he expects the team’s home games this season will have no more than 10,000-12,000 fans, if spectators are allowed at all. The Packers had announced two weeks ago that their 81,441-seat Lambeau Field would have a “significantly reduced” capacity this ...

NFLPA agrees with league on no preseason games

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has agreed to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the offer had not been made public. The union ...

Baseball’s back: MLB holds first COVID-era exhibitions

NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius watched over the top of his face mask as his drive off Washington ace Max Scherzer sailed into empty outfield seats. Fake cheers — meant to encourage the hometown Nationals — accidentally piped through the stadium as the Philadelphia Phillies shortstop ...