Curtis Granderson
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

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— The Boston Red Sox's principal owner says he wants to take steps to rename a Fenway Park street that has been an enduring reminder of the franchise's complicated racial past. John Henry told the Boston Herald that he is "haunted" by the racist legacy of former owner Tom Yawkey and that he welcomes renaming of Yawkey Way in front of the ballpark and offices.

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Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of a six-game suspension over a domestic violence case will be heard by arbitrator Harold Henderson, who reduced Greg Hardy's ban when the defensive end was with the Cowboys two years ago.

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LeBron James has taken on Donald Trump, calling him the "so-called president" while calling for unity in light of the Charlottesville tragedy.

Appearing at an event connected to his charity, James said Tuesday night that he wanted to spend a moment addressing the weekend's violent protests, where a woman was killed amid ugly clashes between far-right extremists and protesters out to stop them.

James said the only way for the country "to get better as people is love."

The Cleveland Cavaliers star added: "It's not about the guy that's the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case."

Earlier in the day, the NBA superstar blasted Trump on Twitter after the president appeared to equate the actions of white supremacists and those protesting them.

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Chad Bettis drew a standing ovation when he took the mound for the first time since cancer treatment, then threw seven impressive innings Monday night as the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Bettis scattered six hits, walked none and struck out two. He hadn't pitched in the majors since being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November.

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Marshawn Lynch made the biggest news of what otherwise was a routine preseason NFL game by sitting during the national anthem prior to the Oakland Raiders' 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

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The NBA has announced its earliest opening night in 37 years.

The league says the schedule will begin with the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference finals rematch on Oct. 17. Also that night, the Golden State Warriors will begin their NBA title defense by hosting the Houston Rockets.

The five-game Christmas slate will include a finals rematch between the Warriors and Cavaliers.

Patriots player Vince Wilfork

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The New England Patriots are sending former defensive tackle Vince Wilfork into retirement. The defending NFL champions said goodbye to the player who helped them win two Super Bowls. He played in New England for 11 seasons and was named to five Pro Bowls. He played his last two years with the Houston Texans.

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The New York Yankees are looking even smaller in the Boston Red Sox's rearview mirror right now.

The Bosox lead the AL East by four games over the Yanks after Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel combined on a two-hitter in a 2-0 shutout of the Rays.



Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies' NL championship team in 1993, has died. He was 55.

Football Player Ladanian Tomlinson in 2006
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has welcomed seven new members. They include running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis, quarterback Kurt Warner, sackmaster Jason Taylor and kicker Morten Andersen.

The other inductees were Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a contributor, and Seahawks safety Kenny Easley, a senior nominee.

Warner recalled his days as a grocery store employee just before signing with the Rams and winning two MVP awards and one Super Bowl. He mentioned how a Wheaties box with Dan Marino on the cover inspired him to find a way back into football.

#SportsReport: Whitney Set For Saturday At Saratoga

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One of the biggest races during the Saratoga meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon.  The $1.25 million Grade 1 Whitney Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward drew seven horses bidding for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a victory.

The horse to beat is Gun Runner, currently the third-ranked horse in the world and second in North America behind Arrogate in the NTRA poll. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride was established as the clear 4-5 favorite by morning line oddsmaker Travis Stone at Tuesday’s draw at Sperry’s Restaurant in downtown Saratoga Springs.

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In major league news:

The Phillies have canceled plans to honor Pete Rose next week because of a woman's claim she had a sexual relationship with baseball's hit king when she was a minor. Rose's lawyer says the woman's claims are unverified. The Phillies were going to induct Rose into their Wall of Fame in an on-field ceremony on Aug. 12. Rose bobbleheads were going to be distributed on Aug. 11.

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The Boston Red Sox are back atop the AL East standings following a wild victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Christian Vazquez belted a three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox a 12-10 victory against the AL Central leaders. Closer Chad Allen struck out Mitch Moreland with two out in the ninth, but the ball sailed past catcher Yan Gomes for a wild pitch that put runners on first and second. Allen threw another wild pitch before Vazquez homered for just the second time this season.

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The Yankees and Dodgers have bolstered their starting rotations as they attempt to secure division titles. Sonny Gray went from Oakland to the Yankees before the non-waiver trade deadline, while Yu Darvish was shipped to the Dodgers by Texas.

Gray's departure was expected after he was held out of Sunday's scheduled start. He is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA this season and has been outstanding in his last six starts, going 4-2 with a 1.37 earned run average.

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Adrian Beltre says it was a feeling like none other he has experienced on a baseball field when he saw his three children coming toward him after he reached his 3000th career big league hit in a Texas Rangers home game.

Beltre reached the milestone in the fourth inning of a 10-6 loss Sunday to Baltimore Orioles, who got homers from Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo in a five-run fifth.

A banner was unfurled high above straightaway center field congratulating him. His teammates, who had crowded on the rail of the first-base dugout to be as close as possible to the historic moment, flooded onto the field to celebrate with him.

Beltre is in his 20th big league season. The only other current active player in the 3,000-hit club is Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who began the day tied with Hall of Fame player Craig Biggio for 22nd all-time at 3,060.

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The New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are beginning to demonstrate just how they feel about their playoff chances.

The Mets have initiated their roster-pruning by sending first baseman Lucas Duda to the Rays for minor league pitcher Drew Smith. Duda is hitting .246 with 17 homers and 37 RBIs this season, which hasn't been enough to prevent New York from falling nine games out of a playoff berth.

Duda joins a ballclub that is within striking distance in the AL East and the league wild-card race.

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The United States men's soccer team has earned its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title and first since 2013.

Jordan Morris scored in the 88th minute to give the Americans a 2-1 win over Jamaica in the final at Santa Clara, Calif. Jozy Altidore's goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute opened the scoring, but the U.S. needed Morris' 14-foot blast to extend its unbeaten streak to 14 games under coach Bruce Arena.

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John Elway has agreed to a new five-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

The deal ends a long-running saga that had fans wondering if their Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-front office executive would leave the franchise he's led to three Super Bowl titles.

Elway was set to enter the final year of his contract as general manager and executive vice president of football operations before agreeing Monday to the extension through 2021.


Jordan Spieth heads into next month's PGA Championship with a chance for the very rare career Grand Slam after claiming the third leg with Sunday's victory at the British Open.

Spieth, a 23-year-old Texan, used a remarkable string of holes on the back nine to hold off Matt Kuchar and win the third major championship of his career. He won by three shots — the same margin he started the day with — after a final round 1-under 69. But it was a roller-coaster finish at Royal Birkdale.

He played the last five holes in 5 under par.

Spieth was behind by a shot after 13 holes when he went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to snatch the tournament away from Kuchar. The sizzling stretch of play came after he made an improbable bogey from the driving range after taking an unplayable penalty shot. His tee shot came to rest in a steep, grassy due. He took a penalty for an unplayable lie and hit his third shot from the adjacent driving range and managed to make a bogey.


Today marks the 149th opening day at Saratoga race course. During the 40 days of racing, there will be approximately 400 total races and 69 of them will be stakes races worth a record $18,775 million. The centerpiece of the meet, as always, will be the $1.25 million Travers Stakes for 3-year-olds. Gates open today at 11 am and the first race is expected to start at 1 pm.

Pablo Sandoval with a young fan
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The Red Sox have officially released Pablo Sandoval because the third baseman didn't report after being designated for assignment last week. It officially ends the Boston tenure for the once-celebrated free agent, who never was healthy enough to live up to the expectations that came with the $95 million contract he signed in 2014.

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda
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Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is set to have Tommy John surgery, likely putting him out of action until at least late next year. The 28-year-old righty is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 17 starts. He is eligible for free agency after this season.

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Lake Placid, New York, has been selected to host the Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships in 2021 at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The Adirondack Mountains village, which is usually on the World Cup schedule, last hosted the bobsled and skeleton worlds in 2012. Lake Placid was chosen over St. Moritz, Switzerland, which has hosted worlds in at least one of the two sports 22 times.

Roger Federer


Roger Federer set a couple of records while overwhelming Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon men's final. The third-seeded Federer needed just 101 minutes to complete a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory and become the first men's player to win eight Wimbledon titles. The Swiss native had been tied with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw at seven championships.

Federer also is the tournament's oldest men's champion of the Open era, about one month shy of his 36th birthday.

It's the 19th Grand Slam crown for Federer, whose first major title came at Wimbledon in 2003. He ended a five-year drought at All England Club, losing the 2014 and '15 finals to Novak Djokovic before prevailing on Sunday.

TENNIS: Venus Williams has reached the Wimbledon final for the ninth time. The five-time champion at the All England Club will play Garbine Muguruza for the title on Saturday. Williams improved to 9-1 in Wimbledon semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Johanna Konta, who was hoping to become the first British woman to reach the final since Virginia Wade won it in 1977. At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age. It will be the second trip to the Wimbledon final for Muguruza, who advanced by beating unseeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1.

Tennis Player Sam Querrey
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American Sam Querrey has reached a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time by knocking out the top seed and defending Wimbledon champion. The 24th-seeded Querrey trailed two sets to one before pulling out a 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Andy Murray at All England Club. Querrey fired 27 aces, dominating down the stretch to stun Murray, who was visibly bothered by a sore left hip. No American male had advanced to a Grand Slam semifinal since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon eight years ago.

Baseball player Aaron Judge
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MLB: Aaron Judge dominated the All-Star Home Run Derby in the same manner he has smashed his way through his rookie season, hitting drives up to 513 feet and beating Minnesota's Miguel Sano 11-10 in the final. Hitting second each time, Judge knocked out Miami's Justin Bour 23-22 in the first round and beat Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger 13-12 in the second. Judge is the fourth Yankee to win the Derby after Tino Martinez in 1997, Jason Giambi in 2002 and Robinson Cano in 2011.

NBA Player James Harden

James Harden became a star in Houston, and now he's ready to call the city home. Harden signed a four-year, "supermax" extension Saturday, a whopper of a deal that guarantees Harden about $228 million over the next six seasons and makes it the richest contract in league history. The extension alone tacks another $170 million or so — depending on how the salary cap escalates — on to a contract that still had two more years and nearly $60 million remaining. It's a mammoth deal befitting one of the league's brightest stars, which is exactly what the Beard has become in five seasons with the Rockets.

Cyclist Marcel Kittel
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CYCLING: Marcel Kittel had little trouble winning the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint finish Thursday with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish both no longer in the race. Chris Froome held on to the leader's yellow jersey. It was Kittel's second victory in this year's race and 11th overall in his Tour career.