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Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (50) looks across the field during the first inning of the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 19, 2018 - 3:35 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for Aaron Judge and the Yankees, and the World Series champion Astros, too. The Orioles, White Sox and Royals are on track to lose more than 100. It's the haves and the have-nots as baseball returns...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones walks off the field after an NFL football game between the Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the discussions says the Atlanta Falcons won't renegotiate Julio Jones' contract this season, casting doubts on whether the star receiver will be in training camp next week. The person, speaking on condition of anomity because the contract talks have not been made public, said Thursday, July 19, 2018, that the Falcons informed Jones a few weeks ago that they didn't have room under the salary cap to offer him a new deal. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
July 19, 2018 - 3:28 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Stifled by the salary cap, the Atlanta Falcons won't be offering Julio Jones a more lucrative contract. Not this year, at least. Now the question is: Will the star receiver show up for training camp? The Falcons informed Jones several weeks ago that they would not renegotiate his...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2018, file photo, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts after drawing an offensive foul by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, in Boston. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Smart signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Celtics. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday, July 19, 2018, because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract. Smart returned from thumb surgery late in the first round of the playoffs and provided the defensive presence that was instrumental in the Celtics taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
July 19, 2018 - 3:26 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics re-signed guard Marcus Smart on Thursday, bringing him back for four more years after he found the market for a restricted free agent defensive specialist wasn't as lucrative as he'd hoped. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that...
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NCAA college football wide receiver Deebo Samuel of South Carolina is interviewed during the Southeastern Conference Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Thursday, July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/John Amis)
July 19, 2018 - 2:21 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local): 2 p.m. The final session of SEC Media Days turned into a bit of a fashion show. Auburn's Deshaun Davis sported stylish sunglasses and an orange bow tie. Vanderbilt's LaDarius Wiley countered with a shiny red vest that matched his bow...
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Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (50) catches a fly ball hit by Chicago Cubs Javier Baez in the fifth inning of the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 19, 2018 - 1:32 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox had the second-best start in franchise history, and still they are struggling to shake the New York Yankees in the AL East. So manager Alex Cora doesn't have to fear that they will lose their focus when they return from the All-Star break. "There's a few good teams...
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Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela and his caddie Ruben Yorio on the 18th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Thursday July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
July 19, 2018 - 1:32 pm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Jhonattan Vegas was forced to do plenty of scrambling before he even teed off in the British Open. The Venezuelan golfer's wild journey to Carnoustie started last week and involved an expired visa, a seven-hour stakeout in a car outside a consulate in Houston, a hastily...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, figure skater Denis Ten, of Kazakhstan, reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men's short program figure skating, in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Prosecutors in Kazakhstan said Thursday, July 19, 2018, that Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten has been killed, and they are treating the case as murder. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
July 19, 2018 - 1:17 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten was killed Thursday, and prosecutors in Kazakhstan said they were treating the case as murder. Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty, Kazakh news agencies...
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Jordan Spieth of the US hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Thursday July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
July 19, 2018 - 12:51 pm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Through 14 holes, Jordan Spieth was challenging for the lead in the British Open and making it look easy. "Just a clean round of golf," he said. And then it got messy in a hurry. Spieth came undone on the tough closing stretch at Carnoustie, dropping four shots over the...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor leaves the dugout after being ejected during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, in Chicago. The high hopes for Minnesota’s season started taking hits in spring training, with a slew of untimely injuries and unexpected slumps primarily responsible for the struggles the Twins have endured in 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Young, File)
July 19, 2018 - 12:47 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins took nine wins from an 11-game home stand into the All-Star break, a midsummer surge that can boost a middling team into the postseason race. This might not be that kind of year in the American League. "I just wish we had more games ahead of us," first baseman...
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Lewis Hamilton and Anna Wintour sit in the player's box of Serena Williams during the women's singles final match between Serena Williams of the US and Angelique Kerber of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018. (Andrew Couldridge, Pool via AP)
July 19, 2018 - 12:40 pm
HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton thanked Mercedes for indulging him as he finally signed a new contract, ending months of stalling and growing speculation over his future. With his previous contract set to expire at the end of this year, the four-time world champion...
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