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Some are calling it the greatest generation of Croatian soccer players and who could argue? Mario Mandzukic scored the go-ahead goal in the 109th minute and Croatia stunned England 2-1 in Moscow in their World Cup semifinal. It was the third consecutive extra time win for Croatia, which advanced to the World Cup final for the first time.

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The Boston Red Sox keep improving their major league best record, beating the visiting Texas Rangers 8-4 in and extending their winning streak to eight games. Andrew Benintendi bolstered his All-Star credentials with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in his final game before fan votes are tallied. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pair of RBI doubles and Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple as Boston scored five runs in the third. The series continues Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 28th home run, Steve Pearce hit a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. 

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the leading vote-getter for the July 17 All-Star game and will head an American League squad that has dominated the game over the last 25 years.

Altuve claimed 4.8 million votes, one season after being named the AL MVP.

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The Milwaukee Brewers won a matchup of division leaders on Thursday to move 1 ½ games ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Hernan Perez was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Brewers whipped the Braves, 7-2. Jhoulys Chacin and Dan Jennings combined for a three-hitter and blanked Atlanta after the first inning. Chacin gave up the three hits over seven frames and improved to 7-3.

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The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals were studies in contrast during their three-game series in the Nation's Capital. The Bosox's sweep puts them a season-high 30 games over .500 and drops the fading Nats one game under .500.

Eduardo Rodriguez and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the Red Sox past the Nationals, 3-0. Rodriguez struck out six over six innings before three relievers finished up a combined six-hitter. Bradley delivered two RBIs with a sacrifice fly and a double to help Boston keep its one-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.

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The Boston Red Sox still own a one-game lead in the American League East following their lopsided win at Washington.

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Rick Porcello doesn't get many chances to go to the plate, but the Boston pitcher made the most of one of his few opportunities last night to help the Red Sox take the opener of their series in Washington.

Porcello had been 5-for-32 in his career before lining a three-run double off Max Scherzer in the second inning of the Bosox's 4-3 victory over the Nationals. The double came in handy once he surrendered solo homers by Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy.

Mookie Betts hit a solo shot to give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead in the seventh and help Porcello improve to 10-3. Porcello gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings.

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NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers are losing LeBron James once again.

The 33-year-old forward has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 after four seasons in Miami.

The 14-time All-Star is ranked seventh on the NBA's all-time list with 31,038 points. James is also fourth in scoring average at 27.2 points.

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SOCCER

Colombia is moving on in the World Cup and Senegal is out, the first team to get eliminated on a new tiebreaker that punishes squads each time their players pick up yellow or red cards. Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute to give Colombia a 1-0 win over the Senegalese and vault the South Americans from going home to winning the group.

Japan beat out Senegal for the second spot despite its 1-0 loss to Poland because it accumulated four yellow cards to Senegal's six. It's the first time since 1982 that no African team has qualified for the knockout stage.

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The Philadelphia Phillies are one game closer to first place in the National League East after salvaging the finale of their three-game series with the New York Yankees.

Rhys Hoskins slammed a three-run homer and Zach Eflin combined with Sean Dominguez on a four-hitter as the Phils blanked the Yanks, 3-0. Hoskins' blast came in the second inning off Luis Cessa, who was making his first start of the season following four relief outings. Hoskins and Cesar Hernandez each had two of the Phillies' eight hits.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is taking a leave of absence because his cancer has returned, and he does not expect to return to the job. Alderson and the team's chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, made the announcement before the team's Tuesday night game against Pittsburgh. New York reached the 2015 World Series after rebuilding under Alderson and made it back to the playoffs the following year, but injuries and underperformance have decimated the team since.

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Blake Snell flirted with a no-hitter while leading the Tampa Bay Rays to their fourth straight win, all against playoff contenders.

Snell struck out 10 and allowed just one hit over seven innings as the Rays crushed the Nationals, 11-0. Snell's no-hit bid ended when Anthony Rendon led off the seventh with a double.

Kevin Kiermaier's grand slam capped Tampa Bay's six-run second that chased Gio Gonzalez from the mound. Former Nat Wilson Ramos added a pair of home runs and three RBIs for the Rays.

The Nationals have dropped eight of their last 12, including a victory in the resumption of their May 15 suspended game against the Yankees.

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The Boston Red Sox have regained a virtual piece of first place in the AL East following Chris Sale's brilliant performance in a 5-0 shutout of the Mariners.

Sale struck out 13 while limiting Seattle to four hits and a walk over seven innings. He fanned 10 of the first 16 batters he faced and ended his start by whiffing Mike Zunino on a 100-mph fastball.

Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer as the Red Sox took the rubber match of the three-game set to catch the Yankees in the division race. Boston has the night off and will take on the Angels Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

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Former Shenendehowa and Maryland basketball star Kevin Huerter was taken 19th overall in Thursday's NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

Deandre Ayton is the latest key component to the Phoenix Suns' rebuilding process. The Suns picked the University of Arizona center first overall in Thursday’s NBA draft. Ayton averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone season in Tucson, tying for the national lead with 24 double-doubles in 35 games.

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The New York Yankees have stretched their lead in the American League East by turning a 5-0 deficit into their 16th victory in 20 games.

Giancarlo Stanton capped the rally by belting a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 7-5 win over the Mariners. Aaron Judge sparked the comeback with a two-run single in the fifth. Gary Sanchez tied it with a two-run blast in the eighth before Stanton hit his 18th home run of the season.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have put an end to the Houston Astros team record-tying 12-game winning streak.

Wilson Ramos singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 2-1 win at Houston. Matt Duffy opened the eighth with a double and scored the lead run to help Blake Snell earn his career-high fifth consecutive win. Snell scattered three hits over seven innings to move to 9-4.

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The Houston Astros performed a high-wire act yet managed to run their winning streak to a team record-tying dozen games. The defending World Series champs spotted Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead before pulling out a 5-4 victory on Alex Bregman's two-run double in the bottom of the ninth.

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Brooks Koepka will spend another year as the reigning U.S. Open champion.

Koepka is the first player to successfully defend his U.S. Open title since Curtis Strange in 1989, finishing one stroke ahead of a hard-charging Tommy Fleetwood. The 28-year-old Koepka closed with a 2-under 68 for a 1-over total at unforgiving Shinnecock Hills. He won last year's event at Erin Hills with a 16 under total.

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Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley were tied at 1-under-par 69 as the first round of the U.S. Open concluded.

Shinnecock Hills got the best of many of the world's top players, including Tiger Woods (8 over) and Phil Mickelson (7-over).

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SOCCER WORLD CUP

The FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday in Moscow as Russia takes on Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m. EST.

Russia has failed to win in seven non-competitive attempts since beating Korea Republic in October, while the Saudis have lost three friendly matches in a row.

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The New York Yankees kept their share of first place in the AL East while causing the Washington Nationals to lose their piece of the NL East lead.

CC Sabathia combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Yanks blanked the Nats, 3-0. Sabathia scattered four hits over 5 2/3 innings and hit Bryce Harper on the right elbow in the fifth.

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The Boston Red Sox are back in a virtual tie with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East after outlasting the Orioles in the opener of a series in Baltimore.

Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. lifted sacrifice flies in the 12th inning to give the Bosox a 2-0 win over the Birds. Rafael Devers doubled in the 12th to put runners on second and third before Mychal Givens hit Eduardo Nunez to load the bases with nobody out.

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Seth Lugo pitched six dominant innings in a stellar spot start, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Luis Severino, and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 2-0 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game skid.

Frazier went deep for the second consecutive night to help the Mets prevent a Subway Series sweep at Citi Field. They ended a 10-game home losing streak and avoided an 0-9 homestand that would have matched the worst in team history.

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NBA

Kevin Durant scored a playoff career-high 43 points, including a long 3-pointer in the final minute and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The win moved the Warriors within a game of their second straight NBA title and third in four years.

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COLLEGE

The University at Albany has won the Stuart P. Haskell Commissioner’s Cup, for the sixth consecutive year.  The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded annually to a top-performing athletic department in the America East.

The Great Danes earned six America East titles, two runner-up finishes and four regular-season championships.

The Cup is determined by a scoring system under which athletic departments earn points for their teams’ performances both during the season and in the conference tournaments for the league’s 17 sports.

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NHL

The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first Stanley Cup championship in the 43-year history of the franchise.

T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scored in the first period and the Capitals cruised from there in routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are two wins away from their second straight NBA championship and third in four years.

Curry set an NBA Finals record by nailing nine 3-pointers while scoring 33 points to lead the Warriors' 122-103 win over the Cavaliers. Cleveland was trailing 90-80 until Curry hit five 3-pointers while the Warriors outscored the Cavs 32-23 in the final quarter.

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LeBron James poured in 51 points, but the Golden State Warriors took Game 1 of the NBA Finals by downing the Cleveland Cavaliers, 124-114 in overtime. Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Kevin Durant had 26 with nine rebounds for the defending champs. The Cavs had a chance to win it in regulation, but J.R. Smith grabbed a rebound and ran out the clock thinking Cleveland had gone ahead when George Hill hit one of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left. The series remains in Oakland for Game 2 on Sunday.

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Alex Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goal and Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots as the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2 to even the Stanley Cup final at a game apiece. The game was tied 1-1 until Ovechkin and Brooks Orpik scored 4:03 apart in the second period. Lars Eller had a goal and two assists for the Caps, who had been 0-5 all time in Cup final games. Game 3 is on Saturday at 8 p.m.

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