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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

BOSTON | Biles electrifies on 1st day of US gymnastics championships

BOSTON — Simone Biles hardly looks like someone who took two years off. The reigning Olympic gymnastics champion put on a show during the opening night of the US Championships on Friday, stringing together one electric performance at the other to give herself a commanding lead over world champion Morgan Hurd. Biles posted a score … Continue reading BOSTON | Biles electrifies on 1st day of US gymnastics championships

COLLEGE PARK, Md. | Maryland Board of Regents takes control of McNair probe

COLLEGE PARK, Md.— The University of Maryland Board of Regents has assumed authority over the investigation into the death of Jordan McNair, who collapsed during football practice and subsequently died. The board also voted to assume control of the commission formed to investigate the culture of the Maryland football program. The action was announced Friday … Continue reading COLLEGE PARK, Md. | Maryland Board of Regents takes control of McNair probe

MASON, Ohio | Racket-smashing Djokovic reaches Cincinnati semifinals

MASON, Ohio— Novak Djokovic destroyed a racket to get on track and took another step toward the title that has eluded him. Enraged by his poor play in the opening set, Djokovic slammed his racket on the court and rallied for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Milos Raonic on Friday night to reach the … Continue reading MASON, Ohio | Racket-smashing Djokovic reaches Cincinnati semifinals

GREENSBORO, N.C. | Snedeker follows 59 with 67, takes 2-shot lead at Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C.  — Brandt Snedeker couldn’t block out the buzz that surrounded his first-round 11-under 59 at the Wyndham Championship. He refocused just in time to reclaim the lead. Snedeker followed his historic opening score with a 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Wyndham Championship. A day after … Continue reading GREENSBORO, N.C. | Snedeker follows 59 with 67, takes 2-shot lead at Wyndham