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JAKARTA, Indonesia | Unified Koreas athletes center of attention at Asiad opener

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thousands of spectators cheered wildly as athletes from the rival Koreas paraded side-by-side behind a “unification” flag in a spectacular opening ceremony for the Asian Games. The two countries, still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, have fielded 60 athletes in combined teams along with larger contingents … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Unified Koreas athletes center of attention at Asiad opener

Redshirt freshmen ready for action after year-long wait

Redshirt freshmen are becoming less common as more players contribute straight out of high school. They still can have an impact, though. That’s particularly true on the offensive and defensive lines, where players regularly need that extra year to gain the physical strength necessary for the college game. Southern California defensive tackle Jay Tufele has … Continue reading Redshirt freshmen ready for action after year-long wait

OAKLAND, Calif. | Matt Olson homers in 10th, A’s pull within game of Astros

OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Olson hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning after a video review gave Oakland the tying run in the ninth, and the Athletics beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Friday night to pull within a game of the reigning World Series champs for the AL West lead. Olson pulled … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif. | Matt Olson homers in 10th, A’s pull within game of Astros

PITTSBURGH | Turn! Turn! Turn! Cubs match double-play record vs Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Cubs starter Cole Hamels didn’t have his best stuff Friday night. Luckily, he had a few buddies on hand to help him out. “The double play is a pitcher’s best friend,” he said with a smile. A friend in need, indeed. Chicago tied a major league record by turning seven double plays, including … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | Turn! Turn! Turn! Cubs match double-play record vs Bucs

PITTSBURGH | Cubs turn record-tying 7 double plays, edge Pirates 1-0

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays Friday night, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs got six double plays on grounders — five with Cole … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | Cubs turn record-tying 7 double plays, edge Pirates 1-0

CLEVELAND | QB scramble: McCarron injured as Bills down Browns 19-17

CLEVELAND— Buffalo’s quarterback situation is more scrambled than ever. AJ McCarron sustained a potentially serious shoulder injury, throwing the Bills’ three-way quarterback race into chaos, during a 19-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Friday night. McCarron, who signed with Buffalo as a free agent for a chance to start after four years as a … Continue reading CLEVELAND | QB scramble: McCarron injured as Bills down Browns 19-17

WASHINGTON | Scherzer picks up 16th win, Nationals beat Marlins 8-2

WASHINGTON  — Max Scherzer is using all his tools to help keep the Nationals’ playoff hopes alive. Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings, doubled and scored twice as the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-2 on Friday night for his major league-leading 16th win. After throwing seven shutout innings against the Cubs on Sunday only to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Scherzer picks up 16th win, Nationals beat Marlins 8-2

LEADING OFF: Urena, Puig appeal bans, deGrom up, Colon party

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: JUST A MINUTE Recently suspended players Jose Urena and Yasiel Puig are both appealing their punishments and should remain in action this weekend. Urena, the Marlins right-hander who plunked breakout Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with the first pitch of a game Wednesday, was suspended six … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Urena, Puig appeal bans, deGrom up, Colon party