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Dodgers beat Giants 4-2 to clinch 5th straight NL West title

Kenley Jansen, Yasmani Grandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They made it look oh-so-easy, and made it seem woefully difficult. Now, these Los Angeles Dodgers figure they’re braced for anything. They’ll get to find out in the postseason after their 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night gave Los Angeles its fifth consecutive NL West title, setting off yet another September party ... Read More »

First-timers, familiar faces hop on NHL’s coaching carousel

When the Boston Bruins fired Claude Julien in February, Joel Quenneville took over as the longest-serving NHL head coach. Hired in October 2008, Quenneville enters his 10th season with the Chicago Blackhawks amid a continuously rotating cast of coaching peers. Seven teams hired new coaches this offseason, including the first head coach in the history of the league’s 31st franchise, ... Read More »

No. 23 Utah recovers late fumble to hold off Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Hart recovered Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins’ fumble at Utah’s 20-yard line with 2:33 left, preserving the 23rd-ranked Utes’ 30-24 victory Friday night in the Pac-12 opener for both schools. Utah (4-0) led throughout and was up 30-17 late in the fourth quarter, but Dawkins threw a 30-yard TD pass to Tony Ellison with 2:44 to ... Read More »

Trump assures voters Strange is a stronger Senate candidate

Donald Trump

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to convince Alabama conservatives Friday that the establishment choice in a Republican runoff for Senate shares their revulsion of Washington politics, declaring Sen. Luther Strange is a “swamp” fighter without close ties to GOP leaders. Before thousands of cheering fans in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump acknowledged that he was putting his political neck ... Read More »

LEADING OFF: Superheroes in NY, Ivy Leaguers in Milwaukee

Noah Syndergaard

A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ SUPERHERO DAY Mets ace Noah Syndergaard is expected to make a one-inning start against Washington in his first major league game in nearly five months, and Matt Harvey will take the mound after that. Syndergaard has been out since April 30 because of a partially torn lat muscle on ... Read More »

Goins’ hidden-ball trick, slam lead Blue Jays over Yanks 8-1

TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Goins made Todd Frazier pay for what the New York Yankees infielder admitted was a “bonehead” blunder, then hit a big home run for the Toronto Blue Jays Goins successfully pulled off a hidden-ball trick and hit his second career grand slam, leading the Blue Jays over Masahiro Tanaka 8-1 Friday night and ensuring New York ... Read More »

LEADING OFF: Superheroes in NY, Ivy Leaguers in Milwaukee

Noah Syndergaard

A look at what’s happening all around the majors Saturday: ___ SUPERHERO DAY Mets ace Noah Syndergaard is expected to make a one-inning start against Washington in his first major league game in nearly five months, and Matt Harvey will take the mound after that. Syndergaard has been out since April 30 because of a partially torn lat muscle on ... Read More »

Guatemalans travel to Oklahoma to honor 1st US martyr

Julio Edgar Cabrera, Juan Pablo Ixbalan

OKARCHE, Okla. (AP) — Few religious pilgrimages lead down a dusty, unpaved Oklahoma road past grazing horses, metal barns and towering wind turbines in the distance. But the unusual destination of this 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) trek from Central America to a farmhouse outside a one-stoplight town seems an appropriate honor for the Rev. Stanley Rother, a martyred priest celebrated for his ... Read More »

Cruz hits 2-run shot in 9th, Mariners beat Indians 3-1

Nelson Cruz

SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit a game-ending two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night. Cruz lined a 2-1 pitch from closer Cody Allen (3-7) out to deep right-center field, snapping Seattle’s six-game skid and improving its very slim wild-card hopes. The Mariners are five games behind Minnesota for ... Read More »

Trump says protesting players in NFL should be fired

Donald Trump

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump says National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he’s encouraging spectators to walk out in protest. In an extended riff during a freewheeling rally speech in Alabama Friday night, Trump also bemoaned that football games have become less violent. “They’re ruining the game,” he complained. Several ... Read More »