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  • Jays' Sanchez gets three-game ban …
    Jays' Sanchez gets three-game ban … Reuters - 38 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez has been suspended for three games and manager John Gibbons for one following a bench-clearing confrontation with the Kansas City Royals, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced on Tuesday. After the teams had been warned about hitting batters during Sunday's game, Sanchez beaned Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Sanchez was ejected as both sides poured onto the field. More »

  • McCann leads Yankees blitz against Red …
    McCann leads Yankees blitz against Red … Reuters - 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    (The Sports Xchange) - Catcher Brian McCann drove in four runs as the New York Yankees pulled away in the late innings for a 13-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. The Yankees scored 12 runs after the fifth inning, including nine runs in the seventh. McCann hit a tie-breaking double off Robbie Ross Jr. in the sixth as the Yankees put together four consecutive hits and took a 4-2 lead. He then blasted a three-run home run off Craig Breslow for an 8-3 lead with one out in the seventh before an RBI double by third baseman Chase Headley made it 9-3. ... More »

  • Arrieta, Rizzo help Cubs record sixth …
    Arrieta, Rizzo help Cubs record sixth … Reuters - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    (The Sports Xchange) - Jake Arrieta pitched seven innings of a four-hitter while Anthony Rizzo tied a career high with four hits as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 for their sixth successive win. Arrieta (12-6) allowed just two singles, by center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the fourth inning and left fielder Starling Marte in the seventh, while striking out five and walking three. Relievers Tommy Hunter and Justin Grimm completed the shutout as the Cubs (58-47) matched their longest winning streak of the season. More »

  • Mayweather returns to ring in September …
    Mayweather returns to ring in September … Reuters - 5 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Floyd "Money" Mayweather (48-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line when he steps into the ring to face Andre Berto in Las Vegas on Sept. 12 in what could be the final fight of his career, it was announced on Tuesday. Mayweather, who beat Manny Pacquiao in May in what was billed as the "Fight of the Century", will risk his WBC and WBA welterweight world titles against the power-punching, two-time welterweight world champion Berto (30-3) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. A victory for Mayweather would match the record of the late heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, who retired in April 1956 with an unblemished record of 49-0. More »

  • Ledecky fights fatigue to stay on course …
    Ledecky fights fatigue to stay on course … Reuters - 7 hours ago

    By Rod Gilmour KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - For the first time at this year's world championships, Katie Ledecky, the world’s most dominant swimmer, experienced a fleeting moment of vulnerability after three days of hard racing. In carving her way to a world record and the women’s 1500m title, Ledecky, who won the 800m freestyle title at London 2012 as a 15-year-old, secured her second gold of the championships. After beating second-placed Lauren Boyle of New Zealand by 14.66 seconds, Ledecky said her legs “felt like jelly”. More »

  • Ledecky breaks 1500 meters freestyle …
    Ledecky breaks 1500 meters freestyle … Reuters - 11 hours ago

    KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - American Katie Ledecky set a world record for the women’s 1500 meters freestyle at the world swimming championships on Tuesday. Ledecky’s time of 15 minutes 25.48 seconds broke the previous record of 15:27.71 she set in the 1500m heats on Monday. (Reporting by Rod Gilmour, editing by Pritha Sarkar) More »

  • Van der Burgh sets 50 metres breaststroke …
    Van der Burgh sets 50 metres breaststroke … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh set a world record for the men's 50 metres breaststroke in the qualifying heats at the world swimming championships on Tuesday. The defending champion's time of 26.62 seconds broke his previous mark of 26.67 seconds, set at the world championships in Rome in 2009. More »

  • Van der Burgh sets 50 meters breaststroke …
    Van der Burgh sets 50 meters breaststroke … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh set a world record for the men's 50 meters breaststroke in the qualifying heats at the world swimming championships on Tuesday. The defending champion's time of 26.62 seconds broke his previous mark of 26.67 seconds, set at the world championships in Rome in 2009. More »

  • Price shines on Blue Jays debut in victory …
    Price shines on Blue Jays debut in victory … Reuters - 22 hours ago

    (The Sports Xchange) - David Price provided everything the Blue Jays could have wanted on his Toronto debut on Monday as he allowed three hits, two walks, one run and struck out 11 in his first start since joining from the Detroit Tigers last week. With third baseman Josh Donaldson hitting a two-run homer and second baseman Ryan Goins belting a solo shot, the Blue Jays carried the feel-good factor around the clubhouse to a 5-1 defeat of the Minnesota Twins. Price (10-4) was also impressed by the warm welcome he received from a sellout crowd, as he was cheered during his warm-ups and left to a standing ovation after the eighth inning with the pitcher tipping his cap in return. More »

  • Rangers ride Beltre's cycle to wild …
    Rangers ride Beltre's cycle to wild … Reuters - 22 hours ago

    (The Sports Xchange) - Adrian Beltre hit for his third career cycle to inspire the Texas Rangers to a wild 12-9 victory over the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park on Monday. Beltre, who completed the cycle with a fifth-inning home run off Mike Fiers, is just the fourth player to have three career cycles and the first to accomplish that feat since Babe Herman managed it in 1933. The third baseman's offensive heroics were just part of a contest in which the Rangers batted around twice, chased Houston starter Lance McCullers after one-third of an inning and had 15 hits. More »

  • China probes volleyball chief for suspected …
    China probes volleyball chief for suspected … Reuters - 23 hours ago

    China's main anti-corruption agency has begun an investigation into the country's volleyball chief, it said on Tuesday, the latest sports official to be caught up in the country's sweeping campaign against deep-seated graft. The ruling Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said that Pan Zhichen, director of the sports ministry's volleyball administrative center, is being probed for "suspected serious breaches of discipline and law", the usual euphemism for corruption. The General Administration of Sport, or sports ministry, did not answer telephone calls seeking comment. More »

  • Hernandez tipster had sex ties with …
    Hernandez tipster had sex ties with … Reuters - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts prosecutors said on Monday that an anonymous caller, who told lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez that one of the jurors who found him guilty of murder should have been disqualified, had a sexual relationship with the athlete. The former New England Patriots tight end was found guilty in April of murdering an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd, in 2013, and sentenced to life in prison at the end of the first of two murder trials he will face this year. Following his conviction, his lawyers told the court they had been called by a person who gave her name only as "Katy," who they said claimed to have known one of the jurors who found Hernandez guilty and to have also known that the juror was aware that Hernandez was also charged with a 2012 double homicide. More »

  • Stanley Cup winner Schneider new USA …
    Stanley Cup winner Schneider new USA … Reuters - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    (Reuters) - Stanley Cup winner Mathieu Schneider is among four new inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced on Monday. In 20 seasons in the National Hockey League, defenseman Schneider played for 10 teams, including the 1993 Stanley Cup-winning Montreal Canadiens. He will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame in December, along with Chris Drury, Angela Ruggiero and Ron DeGregorio. Drury played 892 NHL regular season games with four teams, while four-time Olympian Ruggiero is just the fourth woman to be inducted. ... More »

  • Hosszu sets 200m medley world recor …
    Hosszu sets 200m medley world recor … Reuters - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Hungary's Katinka Hosszu set a world record for the women’s 200 meters individual medley at the world swimming championships on Monday. Hosszu’s time of two minutes 6.12 seconds broke the previous mark of 2:06.15 by Ariana Kukors of the United States, set at the world championships in Rome in 2009. (Reporting by Rod Gilmour; editing by Toby Davis) More »

  • American Danielson suspended after positive …
    American Danielson suspended after positive … Reuters - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - American rider Tom Danielson has been suspended by his Cannondale-Garmin team after testing positive for synthetic testosterone but he denies taking a banned substance. The team issued a statement on Monday saying Danielson had returned an "adverse analytical A sample using carbon isotope testing" and had been suspended immediately. Danielson, who is awaiting the results of his B sample and could face a lifetime ban if that concurs wit the A sample, said on Twitter he had not used performance-enhancing drugs. More »

  • Rio water quality on agenda as IOC leaves …
    Rio water quality on agenda as IOC leaves … Reuters - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The water quality for competitors at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be on the agenda when the International Olympic Committee travels to Brazil for talks this week, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday. Bach is leaving for the Brazilian city later in the day to attend celebrations marking the one year countdown to the Games on Aug. 5 and said pollution would be discussed with Rio 2016 officials. Privately commissioned tests of the water quality where athletes will be competing revealed last week a high level of disease-causing viruses. More »

  • Sjostrom sets 100m butterfly world  …
    Sjostrom sets 100m butterfly world  … Reuters - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom set a world record for the women’s 100 meters butterfly at the world swimming championships on Monday. Sjostrom’s time of 55.64 seconds broke her previous mark of 55.74, which she set in the semi-finals on Sunday. (Reporting by Rod Gilmour; editing by Toby Davis) More »

  • Ledecky sets 1500 metres freestyle world …
    Ledecky sets 1500 metres freestyle world … Reuters - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Katie Ledecky of the United States set a new world record for the women's 1500 metres freestyle at the world swimming championships on Monday. Ledecky's time of 15 minutes 27.71 seconds in the morning heats broke her previous mark of 15:28.36 set at the Pan Pacific Championships in August 2014. (Reporting by Rod Gilmour; editing by Amlan Chakraborty) More »

  • Ethier strikes twice as Dodgers sweep …
    Ethier strikes twice as Dodgers sweep … Reuters - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - Andre Ethier hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth and a two-run shot in the 10th as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Freeway Series, handing the Los Angeles Angels a 5-3 defeat at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. Ethier had not hit a home run since June 29, a span of 20 games, before the eighth-inning shot off Angels reliever Joe Smith and had not had a multi-homer day in more than four years. The Dodgers are winners of six in a row against their southern California neighbors, the longest winning streak for either team in this inter league matchup. More »

  • China's Qiu equals Louganis rec …
    China's Qiu equals Louganis rec … Reuters - Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    By Rod Gilmour KAZAN, Russia, Aug 2 - Qiu Bo equalled the great Greg Louganis’s feat of three world titles on Sunday as China finished with 10 medals to underline their domination of the diving competition at the world championships. With 13 titles on offer this year due to an extended programme, China failed to match their clean sweep of 10 medals at the 2011 championships in Shanghai. More »

  • Rookie Iglesias beats Pirates as Cole's …
    Rookie Iglesias beats Pirates as Cole's … Reuters - Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - Rookie right-hander Raisel Iglesias pitched six solid innings while shortstop Eugenio Suarez drove in three runs to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole (14-5), one of the National League's best pitchers during the past two seasons, remained winless in six career starts against Cincinnati after allowing three runs (two earned) and seven hits in five innings. More »

  • Kershaw extends scoreless inning st …
    Kershaw extends scoreless inning st … Reuters - Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - Left-hander Clayton Kershaw extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 37 while leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in front of 52,979 at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw (9-6) retired the final 14 batters he faced, permitted only two hits and a walk and finished with seven strikeouts in eight innings. The left-hander took the mound in the top of the ninth inning to an ovation, but was replaced by right-handed closer Kenley Jansen when C.J. Cron was announced as a pinch hitter. More »

  • Athletes shrug off pollution issues …
    Athletes shrug off pollution issues … Reuters - Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The first day of the triathlon world championship event saw para-athletes swim in the Atlantic waters and bike and run in the streets nearby. "I'm not concerned about the water," said Alison Patrick, a blind British athlete who won the P-5 women's' triathlon in partnership with her sighted guide Grace France. More »

  • Pole Wlodarczyk sets hammer world r …
    Pole Wlodarczyk sets hammer world r … Reuters - Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    (Reuters) - Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk set a world record in the women's hammer with a throw of 81.08 metres at the Festival of Throwers meeting in Cetniewo, Poland on Saturday, breaking the 80-metre barrier for the first time. Wlodarczyk won gold at the 2009 world championships but finished second at the London Olympics in 2012 and the 2013 world championships. More »

  • Bad weather, broken speaker disrupt …
    Bad weather, broken speaker disrupt … Reuters - Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    By Rod Gilmour KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Judges were forced to wear rain jackets and hold umbrellas and an underwater speaker broke during Russia’s gold-medal winning routine as bad weather and technical problems disrupted the synchronised swimming at the world championships on Saturday. Heavy rain leaked through the temporary roof into the arena, however, during the final of the women’s free combination and half of the 14 judges bore the brunt of the inclement weather. Midway through an energetic final, seven of the officials judging the 12 competitors on one side of the pool deck were handed rain jackets and black umbrellas. More »

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