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  • Keuchel matches home win milestone in …
    Keuchel matches home win milestone in … Reuters - 12 hours ago

    (The Sports Xchange) - Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel matched the club record for consecutive home wins and received ample run support as the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 at Minute Maid Park on Monday. Keuchel (16-6) leads the American League in wins after allowing one run on six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over seven innings to maintain his place among the American League Cy Young Award candidates. "He doesn't have all the power in his stuff but he knows how to pitch," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Keuchel. More »

  • Royals acquire Gomes from Braves
    Royals acquire Gomes from Braves Reuters - 12 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The American League-leading Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Kansas City receives Gomes and cash from the Braves in exchange for 21-year-old minor league player Luis Valenzuela. Gomes, 34, has moved around throughout his career and will be joining his seventh Major League team in Kansas City. He is batting .221 with seven homers and 22 RBIs through 83 games this season and the member of Boston's 2013 title team is expected to provide the Royals (80-50) with championship experience. ... More »

  • Griffin overlooked as starting quarterback …
    Griffin overlooked as starting quarterback … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The Washington Redskins on Monday named Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback for the 2015 National Football League season, the latest signal that former standout Robert Griffin III could be on his way out. Griffin, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, has struggled for the Redskins since injuring his knee in a January 2013 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. There has been growing speculation that Griffin is no longer wanted by the Redskins front office but coach Jay Gruden said on Monday that the team still had belief in the quarterback. More »

  • Investigators probe baseball fan's …
    Investigators probe baseball fan's … Reuters - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A 60-year-old man who plummeted to his death from the upper deck of the Atlanta Braves' baseball stadium on Saturday died of blunt force trauma, a medical investigator said Monday, but the cause of his fall has not been determined. Gregory Murrey fell headfirst about 40 feet (12 meters) during a sell-out game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. The Georgia man's death remains under investigation, and it could take six to eight weeks for a toxicology report to be completed, said Mark Ruffin, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office. More »

  • A's switch pitcher Venditte tops …
    A's switch pitcher Venditte tops … Reuters - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - Oakland's Pat Venditte took a piece of history away from his first Major League victory Sunday. The switch pitcher threw two scoreless innings in the Athletics' 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field, benefiting when shortstop Marcus Semien's two-run single broke a tie with two outs in the 11th inning. "To get this first one was very special," Venditte said. More »

  • Arrieta dodges Dodgers' bats as …
    Arrieta dodges Dodgers' bats as … Reuters - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    (Reuters) - Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter, finishing off the milestone in grand style by striking out the Los Angeles Dodgers in order in the ninth inning for a 2-0 win on Sunday. The right-hander also became the first 17-game winner in Major League Baseball this season by striking out Dodgers Justin Turner, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in a rousing finale. Arrieta (17-6) had 14 strikeouts and only two runners reached base as the Cubs improved to 74-55. More »

  • Blue Jays complete sweep of Tigers
    Blue Jays complete sweep of Tigers Reuters - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - Russell Martin has been on postseason teams before but the Toronto Blue Jays catcher said after a 9-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday that this team might be on the way to doing something really big. "If this isn't the feel of a championship team, I don't know what is," said Martin, who hit a two-run homer. Encarnacion, who hit three home runs and equaled the club record with nine RBIs on Saturday, went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch on Sunday. More »

  • Man falls 40 feet to death at Atlanta …
    Man falls 40 feet to death at Atlanta … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A 60-year-old man plunged headfirst to his death from the upper deck of a baseball stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, brushing past wires holding a protective net, according to police and witnesses. Gregory Murrey, of Alpharetta, Georgia, fell about 40 feet (12 meters) in front of a sellout crowd of 49,000 during a game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees, raising additional questions to an ongoing debate about baseball stadium safety. The Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted a fan, Marty Burns, who saw the man fall, saying, “When they called A-Rod coming to bat, he got all excited, and his momentum took him over (the railing)." The cause of his fall had not been determined but no foul play is suspected, Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon said in a statement. More »

  • Kenyan Kiprop retains 1,500 title with …
    Kenyan Kiprop retains 1,500 title with … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Kenya's Asbel Kiprop won the world 1,500 metres title for the third time on Sunday, the 2011 and 2013 champion producing a late charge from 12th place to first in the last half-lap to take gold on Sunday. Kiprop won Kenya's seventh gold medal of this world championships, his team mate Elijah Manangoi took the silver in 3:34.63 and Morocco's Abdelaati Iguider threw himself across the line to secure the bronze in 3:34.67. Silas Kiplagat and Timothy Cheriuyot appeared to be running to Kenyan team orders as they set the pace, running 59 seconds for each of the first two laps. More »

  • Kiprop hat-trick puts Kenya on top in …
    Kiprop hat-trick puts Kenya on top in … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Asbel Kiprop produced a trademark sprint finish to win a third straight 1,500 meters gold and ensure Kenya topped the medals table at successive world championships after the final night of action on Sunday. The United States men won a sixth straight gold in 4x400m relay but Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills ran down tiring American Francena McCorory in the women's event to claim a sixth gold in Beijing for the Caribbean powerhouse. Kiprop, Usain Bolt and his fellow Jamaican sprinter Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce were the only individual title winners from the Beijing Olympics to return to the Bird's Nest and win gold again seven years later. More »

  • Canada's Drouin wins high jump gold …
    Canada's Drouin wins high jump gold … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Canada's Derek Drouin won the men's high jump gold medal with a 2.34-metre clearance in a sudden-death finale at the world championships on Sunday. Drouin went into a jump-off with defending champion Bogdan Bondarenko of Ukraine and China's Zhang Guowei after all three had identical cards -- no failures up to 2.33 meters but none able to clear 2.36. The 25-year-old Drouin, a bronze medalist at the 2013 world championships, went first and cleared it before Bondarenko and Zhang both failed, sharing the silver medal. More »

  • Germany's Molitor snatches gold …
    Germany's Molitor snatches gold … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Germany's Katharina Molitor conjured up the longest throw of her career with the final throw of the competition to win a surprise javelin gold and deny hosts China a second title of the world athletics championships on Sunday. The 31-year-old, who had never previously won a medal at a major championships and one of four Germans in the final, launched the javelin a world leading 67.69 meters with her sixth effort. This is fantastic! I have always dreamed about a medal, no matter the color." Molitor's final throw relegated China's Lyu Huihui, who had led the way after an Asian record 66.13m with her fifth throw, to the silver medal position. More »

  • Ayana denies Dibaba with stunning 5,000m …
    Ayana denies Dibaba with stunning 5,000m … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana put on a stunning display of front-running to win the women's 5,000 meters by more than 17 seconds at the world championships on Sunday and deprive compatriot Genzebe Dibaba of an unprecedented double gold. The 23-year-old powered away from Dibaba with four laps to go and led home an Ethiopian podium sweep in a championship record time of 14 minutes 26.83 seconds. Dibaba, who was hoping to become the first woman to win both the 1,500m and 5,000m at the same world championships or Olympics, was piped at the line by compatriot Senbere Teferi, who took silver in 14.44.07. More »

  • Lynn goes through pain to gain first …
    Lynn goes through pain to gain first … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - Lance Lynn went through the pain barrier to beat the Giants in a regular-season game for the first time on Saturday, shutting out San Francisco on six hits before spraining his right ankle in the eighth inning of a 6-0 victory for the St Louis Cardinals. "It didn't feel good at the beginning," Lynn told reporters of the injury. "It doesn't feel great right now, either, but there's not a ton of swelling, I hear that's a good thing." First baseman Brandon Moss ignited a four-run fifth inning with a leadoff triple and catcher Yadier Molina capped the uprising with a two-RBI single as the Cardinals evened their three-game series with the Giants after a 5-4 loss on Friday. More »

  • Dibaba sprints to thrilling marathon …
    Dibaba sprints to thrilling marathon … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba won the women's marathon at the world athletics championships after a thrilling sprint finish along the home straight of the Beijing National Stadium on Sunday. The 25-year-old Dibaba out-kicked Kenya's Helah Kiprop to win the gruelling event by just one second, crossing the finish line in two hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds. The long-striding Kiprop briefly threatened to take the gold medal when she loomed up on the outside of Dibaba with 50 metres left to run but couldn't get past the pint-sized Ethiopian. More »

  • Encarnacion gets NHL tribute in three-homer …
    Encarnacion gets NHL tribute in three-homer … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The hats were thrown on the field by Blue Jays fans -- the traditional hockey tribute when a player scores three goals -- after Encarnacion hit his third home run of the game and third grand slam of the season in the seventh inning. The three home runs gave him nine RBIs, equaling the club record set in 1977 by third baseman Roy Howell against the New York Yankees. Encarnacion admitted he did not know what the hat throwing meant until reserve catcher Dioner Navarro explained it. More »

  • Belgian Boeckmans in coma after Vuelta …
    Belgian Boeckmans in coma after Vuelta … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Belgian Kris Boeckmans is in an induced coma after crashing on the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain on Saturday, a 182.5-km ride from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia. "Kris Boeckmans has a severe facial trauma with several fractures and will probably need surgery," his Belgian team Lotto-Soudal said on their Twitter feed. More »

  • Russian Kuchina takes high jump gol …
    Russian Kuchina takes high jump gol … Reuters - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Mariya Kuchina won the women's high jump with a clearance of 2.01 meters on Saturday to become Russia's second gold medalist at the Beijing world championships. In silver and bronze positions were medal winners from this event in the Bird's Nest Stadium at the Beijing Olympics seven years ago -- 31-year-old Croatian Blanka Vlasic and 33-year-old Russia Anna Chicherova. "I can't believe that I am the champion," said Kuchina, who won the world indoor title last year. More »

  • Rio 2016 organizers 'extremely concerned' …
    Rio 2016 organizers 'extremely concerned' … Reuters - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Organizers of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics said on Saturday they were "extremely concerned" after German sailor Erik Heil fell ill following his third place at the test event there. Heil, who is being treated in a Berlin hospital for several infections, said he was convinced they were caused by the polluted waters, piling more pressure on organizers to secure the safety of the athletes at next year's Olympic sailing, swimming and triathlon events. "We were extremely concerned when we learned of the hospital admission of athlete Erik Heil," organizers said in a statement sent to Reuters. More »

  • Pole Malachowski takes long-awaited …
    Pole Malachowski takes long-awaited … Reuters - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Piotr Malachowski of Poland claimed the discus gold medal at the world championships on Saturday with a throw of 67.40 metres. The 32-year-old Pole dominated the event to finally win the world title after landing silver medals in 2009 and 2013 and being Olympic runner-up in the same Bird's Nest Stadium seven years ago. Malachowski thanked his compatriot and women's hammer world champion Anita Wlodarczyk for her contribution to his victory. More »

  • Eaton overcomes fatigue to claim world …
    Eaton overcomes fatigue to claim world … Reuters - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    American Ashton Eaton retained the decathlon world title in the Bird's Nest Stadium on Saturday, breaking his own world record by scoring 9,045 points. Competing in his first decathlon for two years, Eaton had to run four minutes 18.25 seconds to score the 824 points required to break the world record. "I knew with 300 metres to go that I was behind, and I said, 'Oh crap! I better go'," Eaton told reporters. More »

  • Toth strolls to victory at world ch …
    Toth strolls to victory at world ch … Reuters - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Matej Toth became the first Slovakian to win a gold medal at the world athletics championships when he cruised to victory in the men's 50 km race walk on Saturday. The 32-year-old Toth surged ahead after opening up an early lead in the gruelling event to win in a time of three hours, 40 minutes and 32 seconds on a hot and humid morning in the Chinese capital. Toth finished almost two minutes clear of his nearest rival, crossing the finish line at Beijing's national stadium with the Slovakian national flag raised over his shoulders. More »

  • Bolt on track for more gold after Jamaica …
    Bolt on track for more gold after Jamaica … Reuters - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Usain Bolt remained on course to win a third gold medal at the 15th world athletics championships on Saturday when Jamaica easily qualified for the final of the men's 4x100 metres relay. Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Rasheed Dwyer and Nickel Ashmeade won their heat in a slick time of 37.41 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. More »

  • Gregorius shines as Yankees find power …
    Gregorius shines as Yankees find power … Reuters - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - Shortstop Didi Gregorius went a surprising 4-for-5 with a homer and a career-high six RBIs as the New York Yankees broke out for a 15-4 interleague rout of the Atlanta Braves to remain 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East. "I felt really good," said Gregorius, whose only out was a long drive to center field. "It was big (to get that start) and it probably got our guys relaxed a little bit," manager Joe Girardi said. More »

  • Al Arbour, former longtime coach of …
    Al Arbour, former longtime coach of … Reuters - Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Former longtime New York Islanders coach Al Arbour, who ranks second in all-time wins as a coach in National Hockey League, has died at the age of 82, the team said on Friday. Arbour led the Islanders to four consecutive championships in the 1980s and his 782 regular-season wins behind the bench trails only Scotty Bowman for the most victories in the NHL. More »

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