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Logan Gilbert earned his 10th win to tie for the major league lead, Sam Haggerty hit his first home run in over two months and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 6-2. The Mariners, who have won 12 of their last 15 games, swept the two-game set to win their fifth consecutive series. Seattle moved within one game of .500 for the first time since May 4. Haggerty had three hits, Dylan Moore doubled twice and hot-hitting rookie Julio Rodríguez had two singles for Seattle. The Padres have lost nine of 12. Gilbert allowed one earned run in 5 1/3 innings. He matched Houston’s Justin Verlander and the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin atop the big league win chart.

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Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios is due in court back home in Australia next month. A lawyer representing him says the “precise nature of” the allegations “is neither certain at this moment nor confirmed by either the prosecution or” the 27-year-old professional tennis player. Johannessen wrote that “the allegations are not considered as fact” by the court and Kyrgios is not “considered charged” with an offense until a first appearance in court. The Canberra Times reported that Kyrgios is supposed to appear in court on Aug. 2. The newspaper cited local police as saying that a 27-year-old Australian man is involved in a case about “common assault following an incident in December 2021.”

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The Minnesota Twins have placed veteran right-hander Chris Archer on the 15-day injured list because of left hip tightness. Archer had been scheduled to start against the Chicago White Sox. Minnesota recalled right-hander Josh Winder from Triple-A St. Paul to pitch in his place. The 33-year-old Archer is 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA over 15 starts in his first season with the Twins. He agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract in March. A two-time All-Star, Archer is 63-84 with a 3.84 ERA over 10 seasons with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

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The Dallas Cowboys sparked criticism on social media after announcing a marketing agreement with a coffee company that sells blends with names like “AK-47 Espresso” and “Murdered Out.” News of the partnership with the Black Rifle Coffee Company came one day after more than a half-dozen people died in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago. Black Rifle's founder is a U.S. Army veteran who has made support of veterans one of the tenets of the company. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a steadfast supporter of the military.

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Brittney Griner’s appeal to President Joe Biden in a handwritten letter continued to garner reaction Tuesday after the WNBA All-Star acknowledged she feared never returning home and asked Biden not “forget about me and the other American Detainees.” Griner’s letter was delivered through her representatives to the White House on Monday and officials say the president has read it. However Griner’s wife, Cherelle, said Tuesday on a morning talk show that she hadn’t heard from Biden. The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time Olympic gold medalist is in the midst of a trial in Russia that began last week after she was arrested on Feb. 17 on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for her Russian team. The trial will resume Thursday.

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The war in Ukraine has added an increasing level of uncertainty for teams looking at Russia-born prospects in this week's NHL draft. There are fresh questions regarding their availability to play in North America. There is the potential of Russia being shut out in the first round for the first time since 2005. The concerns include when and whether Russian players will be able to travel to play in North America. The draft will be held Thursday and Friday in Montreal.

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Novak Djokovic erased a two-set deficit against 10th-seeded Jannik Sinner to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 11th time. Djokovic came back to win 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at Centre Court. It is his 26th consecutive victory at the All England Club. Djokovic is pursuing a fourth straight title at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament and seventh overall. He will face Cam Norrie of Britain in the semifinals. Norrie won a five-setter against David Goffin to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal. Third-seeded Ons Jabeur and Tatjana Maria also reached their first Grand Slam semifinals with victories on Tuesday.

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Former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who died last December at age 33, had CTE, his family said Tuesday. Boston University CTE Center researchers diagnosed the four-time Pro Bowler with stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy following a brain study through the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Thomas’ family released the findings of the study. Stage 2 CTE is associated with “progressive behavior, cognitive and mood abnormalities.” Family members say Thomas developed depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and trouble with his memory in the years before his death. Stage 4 is the most severe stage of CTE and is usually associated with dementia.

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Ons Jabeur added a new “first” to her résumé by becoming the first Arab woman to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament. The third-seeded Tunisian improved on last year’s quarterfinal run at Wimbledon by doing one better at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. She beat Marie Bouzkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 on Centre Court. Jabeur says “I was hoping that I could get to this stage for a long time already.” Jabeur will face Tatjana Maria in the semifinals. Maria is another newcomer to this stage at a major tournament and is the oldest first-time Grand Slam semifinalist in the Open era. She defeated 22-year-old Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

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Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper says he will return from his broken left thumb and play this season. Harper didn't put a timetable on his return. Harper was injured late last month when he was hit by a 97 mph pitch from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell. The 2021 NL MVP had three pins put in his thumb during surgery that will be there for three weeks. He is in a cast and unable to throw. The 29-year-old Harper is hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .985 OPS.

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Michael Andretti has acknowledged that the meltdown of his IndyCar team at Mid-Ohio was unacceptable and says his four drivers will be expected to work together as teammates the remainder of the season. Andretti led an emergency meeting after Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where a fracture in the Andretti Autosport lineup was fully revealed. All four of his drivers were involved in contact with one another and the dislike between Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi was on full display.

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The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche made their first big move of the offseason by re-signing veteran forward Andrew Cogliano to a one-year deal. The 35-year-old Cogliano played a gritty role in the Avalanche hoisting their first Cup since 2001, with three goals and three assists in 16 games. The Avalanche have many unrestricted free agents. There are forwards like Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, Valeri Nichushkin, defensemen such as Josh Manson Jack Johnson and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

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The Utah Jazz has introduced new coach Will Hardy, who is tasked with rebuilding a team that no longer has Rudy Gobert. Hardy is the NBA's current youngest head coach at age 34. He was an assistant with the Boston Celtics last season. And he has worked for the Jazz before, as an intern in the business operations department in 2009. Hardy says he is ready to embrace whatever direction Jazz CEO Danny Ainge and GM Justin Zanik decide to take. Ainge said Hardy impressed him with his maturity and his coaching philosophy.

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Four more quarterfinal matches are scheduled with two Americans to play on Centre Court. Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep faces Amanda Anisimova of the United States in the day’s first match in the main stadium. Rafael Nadal then takes on Taylor Fritz. The 11th-seeded American beat Nadal in the Indian Wells final in March. The second-seeded Nadal is halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam. On No. 1 Court, two Australians are in action. Ajla Tomljanovic faces Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan before Nick Kyrgios plays Cristian Garin of Chile. In mixed doubles, American players Coco Gauff and Jack Sock have a semifinal match against Australian duo Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden.

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The San Jose Sharks have hired longtime NHL forward Mike Grier to become the first Black general manager in NHL history. Grier fills the spot that opened when Doug Wilson stepped away for health reasons earlier this year. Grier spent three of his 14 seasons in the NHL with the Sharks from 2006 to 2009 and he has spent the past decade filling various roles as a coach and scout around the league. He was most recently the hockey operations advisor for the New York Rangers.

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Tiger Woods considers the British Open at St. Andrews to be a historic occasion. That might mean more than the Open celebrating a 150-year anniversary. Woods is so limited by injuries from his car crash in 2021 that he is playing only three majors this year. And he doesn't know when the British Open will return to St. Andrews next. He says he can play golf. The question is how much longer he can compete at a high level. This might be his last chance to add another Open title to victories at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005.

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Leslie Frazier expected another opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL after a three-year-plus stint in Minnesota from 2010-13. Frazier, the Buffalo Bills’ 63-year-old defensive coordinator, is still waiting for that second chance while doing his best to help young coaches advance their careers. Frazier was among the featured speakers at the NFL Quarterback Coaching Summit last month. Frazier’s defense finished No. 1 in the NFL last season in fewest points, yards and several other statistical categories. He interviewed for head coaching vacancies with Miami, Chicago and the New York Giants.

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The North American agent for Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov says he is at a remote military base in northern Russia. Fedotov vanished last week ahead of a planned move to the U.S. The disappearance of one of the NHL’s top prospects prompted concern for his wellbeing and worry over whether Russians will be willing or able to join teams who draft them this weekend. Russian men can be conscripted between the ages of 18 and 27.  Fedotov is 25 and considered one of the top goalies in the world not already playing in the NHL.

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Third-seeded Ons Jabeur advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Marie Bouzkova on Centre Court at Wimbledon. The 27-year-old Tunisian dropped her first set of the grass-court tournament but dominated the rest of the way. She will next face Tatjana Maria of Germany for a spot in the final.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with Casey DeSmith, signing the team’s No. 2 goaltender to a two-year contract extension that carries an average annual value of $1.8 million. The signing gives the Penguins a dependable option behind All-Star Tristan Jarry. The 30-year-old DeSmith played in 26 games for Pittsburgh in 2021-22, going 11-6-5 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. His three shutouts tied a career high he set in 2018-19. DeSmith set a franchise record for saves in a shutout on April 21 when he stopped 52 shots by the Boston Bruins.

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The theme of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series is “Golf, But Louder.” And it's getting pretty noisy. It's one thing to say nothing talks louder than money. That's what attracted the likes of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. But another layer of noise is starting to surface. There is an “us versus them” mentality of those who joined the rebel league and those who have stayed loyal to the PGA Tour. And it starts with players who took the money and are running their mouth. AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson says disruption is not a bad thing in sport. But this is leading toward hard feelings.

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The Los Angeles Sparks have been on roll lately, battling their way back to just below .500 after a slow start to the season. Los Angeles has won four of its past five games and a big reason why is the play of All-Star Nneka Ogwumike and free agent signee Liz Cambage. The 6-foot-8 Australian struggled for most of June but has playing better during the Sparks' recent run. She has scored in double figures the past four games — something she hadn’t done once since May 31. The Sparks moved up three places to sixth in the AP WNBA power poll this week.

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Belgian rider Wout van Aert won the hilly fourth stage of the Tour de France and extended his overall lead after attacking strongly on the day’s final climb. The Belgian rider kept the leader’s yellow jersey for the Jumbo–Visma team after taking it for the first time Saturday. He also extended his lead in the green jersey contest for best sprinter. Van Aert shook up the peloton when he surged ahead up the last of the five climbs. He crossed the line eight seconds clear of countryman Jasper Philipsen of the Alpecin–Fenix team with Jumbo-Visma teammate Christophe Laporte taking third place in a sprint finish.

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The New York Rangers have given forward Julien Gauthier a one-year contract extension. General manager Chris Drury announced the move. Gauthier had three goals and four assists in 49 games this past season. The 24-year-old has five goals and 13 assists in 96 career NHL games, split between the Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes. Gauthier played his first five games with the Hurricanes in 2019-20 before being traded to New York in February 2020. He was selected by the Hurricanes with the 21st pick of the 2016 draft.

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Just in time for summer baseball is a new book about the making of the hit 1988 comedy “Bull Durham.” The movie's writer and director, Ron Shelton, calls his book “The Church of Baseball." In a review for The Associated Press, Douglass K. Daniel says the book is a consistently funny and interesting recap of a movie kindled by Shelton's experiences in the minor leagues. “Bull Durham” is considered by many to be one of the best sports comedies ever, maybe the best. Shelton tells how the project went from underdog to a surprise hit that boosted the careers of stars Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.

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Former NBA player Lorenzo Brown is eligible to play for Spain’s national team after being granted Spanish citizenship. The Spanish basketball federation welcomed the American player saying his arrival is “part of its strategy to expand the base of players and talent available to play for the national team.” The federation says Brown’s arrival will help make up for the absence of some key players because of injuries and retirement. Spain is missing Ricky Rubio because of an injury, while Sergio Rodríguez, Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol retired recently.

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Real Madrid's basketball team is embroiled in a controversy with one if its greatest coaches. The Spanish club says it parted ways with Pablo Laso because of his health following a heart attack. However, the coach who has led the club to 22 trophies says he is perfectly fit to work. Madrid says it decided not to keep Laso “solely and exclusively for medical reasons.” It wanted him to take some time off before returning to coaching. But Laso says he has been fully cleared by doctors to coach immediately. Laso is the basketball coach with the most games and victories at the club. In his 11 seasons with Madrid he helped the club win 22 trophies. They include two European Cups and an International Cup.

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The International Ice Hockey Federation has rejected appeals by Russia and its ally Belarus against bans from the world championship following the invasion of Ukraine. The IIHF disciplinary board ruled the decision “was not a sanction but was a safety policy” and also “the safety policy was not discriminatory and was proportionate.” Neither Russia nor Belarus played at the men’s world championship in May. That tournament was won by host nation Finland. Russia was also stripped of the right to host next year’s men’s world championship.

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Manchester United has gone back to the Netherlands to buy its first player since Erik ten Hag arrived as coach. Tyrell Malacia signed from Feyenoord for a reported initial fee of $15.4 million. He will compete with England international Luke Shaw to play at left back. United says Malacia signed a four-year contract. Whether Netherlands international Malacia ever gets to play with Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford is unclear. Ronaldo has been excused from returning to preseason training this week and has told the club he wants to leave to seek Champions League action.

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The All England Club's strict guidelines about wearing white clothing are seen by some players as out-of-date rules. Others appreciate the charm and uniqueness. Put Nick Kyrgios in the former camp. He violated the letter of the stipulations by trading in his all-white grass-court shoes for a red-and-white pair of basketball sneakers and swapping out his white hat for a red one after winning at Centre Court to reach the quarterfinals. He wishes the rules would change. He also acknowledged he doesn't expect them to. Before Wimbledon began Kyrgios said the event doesn't care about what looks cool.

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Christophe Galtier became Paris Saint-Germain’s seventh coach in 11 years under the club’s ambitious Qatari-backed ownership on Tuesday, with Mauricio Pochettino becoming the fourth straight coach to be fired during that time. PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi presented Galtier to media at a news conference. Galtier says he feels “emotional” and “proud” to take charge but will not give star players any favors. Pochettino won the French league but ultimately paid the price for the club’s humiliating exit from the Champions League to Real Madrid in the round of 16. Galtier led Lille to the French title in 2021.

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Tottenham forward Richarlison has been banned from his new club’s English Premier League opening game after throwing a smoke canister when playing for Everton last season. The English Football Association says Richarlison admitted a charge of improper conduct. He's been banned for one game and fined $30,000. The Brazil forward will miss Tottenham hosting Southampton on Aug. 6. Richarlison scored in Everton’s 1-0 win against Chelsea on May 1 to help his then club avoid relegation. A lit, blue smoke canister was thrown on the pitch by Everton supporters. Richarlison picked it up and threw it away from the field.

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Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor homered, helping the New York Mets beat the lowly Cincinnati Reds 7-4. Taijuan Walker struck out nine in six innings as NL East-leading New York earned its second straight win after a stretch of four losses in five games. The Mets improved to 50-30, and ace right-hander Max Scherzer returns Tuesday night after being sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle. Nick Senzel and Brandon Drury homered for last-place Cincinnati, which lost for the fifth time in six games.

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Alex Morgan scored a pair of first-half goals and the U.S. women’s national team defeated Haiti 3-0 on Monday in the opening match of the CONCACAF W Championship. The tournament determines the region’s four direct berths in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Midge Purce also scored for the United States, which has won the past two World Cups.

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Dansby Swanson hit a three-run double in a five-run second inning and the Atlanta Braves held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in a game delayed more than 2 1/2 hours by rain. St. Louis loaded the bases for a couple of big hitters in the ninth, but Will Smith struck out Nolan Arenado and retired Albert Pujols on a grounder back to the mound for his fifth save. Matt Olson had two RBI singles for the Braves, driving in Swanson both times. There was a delay of 2 hours, 37 minutes, before the matchup of second-place teams resumed in the fifth inning at 11:29 p.m.

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New York Mets ace Max Scherzer returns to a major league mound for the first time since May 18 when the NL East leaders play at Cincinnati on Tuesday night. The right-hander, who turns 38 in three weeks, hasn’t pitched for the Mets since he strained the oblique muscle in his left side while throwing a pitch. Scherzer is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his first season with the Mets, who signed the three-time Cy Young Award winner to a $130 million, three-year contract during the offseason. He made a pair of starts for Double-A Binghamton on June 21 and 29, allowing four earned runs and seven hits in eight innings with 14 strikeouts and two walks.

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BOSTON (AP) — Trevor Story hit a solo homer, Kutter Crawford pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-hit relief and the Boston Red Sox won their eighth straight Fourth of July game, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Monday.

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Trayce Thompson hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3. Mookie Betts added an RBI single with two outs in the inning to help the Dodgers earn their eighth straight victory on the Fourth of July. Julio Urías won his fourth consecutive start. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven in six innings. Colorado got solo homers from Jose Iglesias and C.J. Cron. Kyle Freeland took the loss. He gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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Luis Arraez had three hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in Minnesota’s four-run 10th inning, and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3. Arraez’s leadoff grounder against Joe Kelly drove in pinch-runner Gilberto Celestino. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly, and Alex Kirilloff made it 6-2 with a two-run single. The AL Central contenders faced off hours after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people. The White Sox talked to Major League Baseball about postponing the game, but it went on as scheduled.

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The Chicago White Sox talked to Major League Baseball about postponing their game against the Minnesota Twins after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people. After the team's contact with MLB and local authorities, the game began on time. The postgame fireworks show was canceled, and a moment of silence was observed before the first pitch.

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Stephen Vogt hit a home run and a sacrifice fly, treating his family to a big performance after they just arrived for the summer, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1. Ramón Laureano also went deep and Elvis Andrus had an early two-run double to back Cole Irvin’s gem for the A’s, who drew a season-high 24,403 fans on a Fourth of July fireworks night. Irvin struck out four and didn’t walk a batter over a season-best eight innings to earn his first win in nine starts since returning from the injured list on May 22. He had been 0-5 during that stretch, with four straight losses. Toronto right-hander Alek Manoah was tagged for five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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There were some cheers for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before USA Basketball’s game in Cuba on Independence Day. And then the Americans celebrated the holiday with a big win. Xavier Munford scored 24 points and the U.S. defeated Cuba 87-64 on Monday night to close the first round of qualifying for next year’s Basketball World Cup. The U.S. is now 31-1 all-time against the island nation. Munford was 10 for 12 from the floor for the Americans. Justin Jackson scored 13 points for the Americans. They'll start the second round of World Cup qualifying in late August.

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Rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a monster two-run homer, Cal Raleigh drove in four runs and Chris Flexen pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the listless San Diego Padres 8-2. The Mariners won their third straight and sixth in seven games. The Padres gave their home fans nothing to cheer about on the holiday afternoon as they lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Flexen and three relievers combined to shut down the Padres, who have scored only 10 runs in their last five games.

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Rick Bowness doesn’t mind being the second choice. The Winnipeg Jets’ new head coach was introduced Monday, a little more than a week after the team’s first choice, Barry Trotz, declined an offer because he wanted to spend more time with his family. Bowness stepped down as head coach of the Dallas Stars after the season, explaining he felt the club needed a “new voice.” The 67-year-old Bowmess guided the Stars to an 89-62-25 record in 176 regular-season games over almost three seasons, and an 18-16 mark in the playoffs. His record as an NHL head coach is 211-351-76 over parts of 12 seasons.

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Jonathan Schoop had two singles to close out a six-hit day, Eric Haase had his sixth home run and Tyler Alexander pitched three-plus scoreless innings of relief to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 win in the second game for a sweep of the day-night doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians. Schoop, who entered the day hitting .191, had four singles in four at-bats in a 4-1 Tigers win in the opener. Tigers starter Alex Faedo was pulled for right hip soreness in the top of the fourth and Alexander (2-3) took over. Schoop had an RBI single and Victor Reyes a run-scoring grounder to tie it 3-3 in the fourth. Riley Greene’s RBI infield single in the sixth put the Tigers ahead and Haase homered in the seventh.

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Madison Bumgarner posted a win against his former team and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat San Francisco 8-3, handing the Giants their fifth straight loss. Buddy Kennedy drove in a pair of runs and Cooper Hummel scored twice for Arizona. The Giants have lost 11 of 14. Last season, the Giants went 17-2 against Arizona in winning the NL West title. But in the first of their 19 meetings this year, Bumgarner and the D-backs prevailed. Bumgarner, now in his third season with Arizona after helping the Giants win three World Series championships, allowed three runs in five innings. The 32-year-old lefty struck out four and walked three.

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Victor Caratini hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Caratini’s big hit followed an eventful ninth inning that featured an inside-the-park homer from Chicago’s Seiya Suzuki and a two-out, bases-loaded walk by Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich.  Caratini hit a 2-1 sinker from Scott Effross over the center-field wall in the 10th after striking out in each of his first four plate appearances. Milwaukee’s Brad Boxberger had worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th.

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New York Mets ace Max Scherzer returns to a major league mound for the first time since May 18 when the NL East leaders play at Cincinnati on Tuesday night. The right-hander, who turns 38 in three weeks, hasn’t pitched for the Mets since he strained the oblique muscle in his left side while throwing a pitch. Scherzer is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his first season with the Mets, who signed the three-time Cy Young Award winner to a $130 million, three-year contract during the offseason. He made a pair of starts for Double-A Binghamton on June 21 and 29, allowing four earned runs and seven hits in eight innings with 14 strikeouts and two walks.

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Yordan Alvarez homered with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 for their seventh straight win. Led by Kyle Tucker and Alvarez, AL West-leading Houston erased a five-run deficit on the way to its 15th victory in its last 18 games overall. Tucker sparked the Astros’ three-run eighth with a two-run single, and Alvarez hit a drive to left-center against Scott Barlow for his 24th homer. Ryne Stanek pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

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The Atlanta Braves paid tribute to their longtime public address announcer, Casey Motter, in a ceremony before the team’s first home game since Motter’s death. Following a video tribute to Motter, a moment of silence was observed in his memory before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 53-year-old Motter was the Braves’ public address announcer since 2007. He continued to work through the team’s last homestand, which ended on June 26, before his death on Wednesday. Motter became known as the voice of Truist Park, which opened as the team’s new home in 2017 following a move from Turner Field.

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Bayern Munich's chief executive Oliver Kahn has defended the German soccer club’s contentious sponsorship agreement with Qatar. Kahn says he's sure their partnership has helped bring positive change to the oil-rich Persian Gulf state. Bayern president Herbert Hainer says "it doesn’t happen overnight.” They were speaking at a panel discussion hosted by Bayern to answer its fans’ concerns over Qatar’s involvement in the club. Qatar is due to host soccer’s World Cup later this year, but the buildup has been marred by allegations of human rights abuses against migrant workers with thousands of unexplained deaths and widespread exploitation.