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Albert Pujols gave us the most heartwarming moment of the Home Run Derby

Young Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson knocked Albert Pujols out of the revamped Home Run Derby last night with a thrilling 12-11 win, but the best moment of their matchup — and the entire derby — didn’t come at the plate.<p>After their matchup, Pujols walked over to Pederson to give him a congratulatory …

Baseball

Report: Deron Williams seeks release from Nets to join Mavericks

As if the Mavs' week couldn't get any crazier, now they could wind up with the former All-Star Dallas native at point guard if a buyout can be agreed to.<p>One might think that the week cannot get any more full of drama, intrigue, and craziness when it comes to NBA free agency and specifically the …

NASCAR dialing up new rules packages to enhance passing

NASCAR on Tuesday announced rules package changes for four of the final nine races of the Sprint Cup regular season and left open the possibility of more in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.<p>The new packages, intended to stoke passing and enliven a product the series has found at times flat this season, …

NASCAR

NBA sets 2015-16 salary cap at record $70M for 11 percent increase

NEW YORK -- The NBA salary cap was set Wednesday for next season at $70 million, a higher-than-expected number that paves the way for free agent …

Free agency winners, losers: Spurs assemble title team as flagship franchises falter

EJ provides his take on the biggest pick ups for NBA free agency. USA TODAY Sports<p>When the San Antonio Spurs partied late into the night on May 2, their Game 7 loss in the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers having led to a surreal scene outside a Hollywood club where the local paparazzi were …

NBA

Hungry, terrifying tarp swallows groundskeeper at Pirates-Padres game

Who knew being a groundskeeper could be so dangerous?<p>During the Pittsburgh Pirates-San Diego Padres game on Tuesday, a groundskeeper was helping set up the tarp for a rain delay. But little did he know the tarp would soon devour him.<p>But have no fear — many of players pitched in to help.<p><i>(Thanks to</i> …

Baseball

U.S. World Cup win draws record TV ratings; team looks at what's next

Fourteen hours after its one-sided win in the final of the Women's World Cup, the U.S. team gathered Monday near Vancouver's bay-side convention center for another in a seemingly endless procession of public victory celebrations.<p>On the edge of the crowd a small woman pushed forward, holding out a …

Killion: Women’s soccer has made great strides since ’99

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Wildfires were blazing all over Western Canada on Sunday, raging out of control and sending smoke far and wide. And everyone, no matter where they were, knew a serious fire was burning.<p>That is a perfect analogy for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. What happened Sunday was a …

Soccer

NBA forward blames bigger iPhones for wrecking his shooting percentage

"You have to stretch further to hit the buttons."<p>Matt Bonner has achieved a 41.4 percentage on three-point shots during his 11-year NBA career, but during his last season with the San Antonio Spurs, he only managed to reach 36.5 percent. What happened? Well, Apple released bigger iPhones, and …

Basketball

Bucks to lawmakers: Without arena, NBA will force team to move

Supporters of an arena deal say that negotiations are a “three-dimensional game of chess,” with one a bottom line: Get a deal done, or the NBA moves …

Brewers extend winning streak to eight games with 6-1 victory over Reds

<b>CINCINNATI (AP) —</b> Taylor Jungmann kept the Milwaukee Brewers rolling.<p>The rookie right-hander allowed one run and four hits in eight innings and the …

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Motorsport

Daily Dose: All-Stars Aligning

The MLB All-Star votes have been tallied, and the Kansas City Royals dominance isn’t as severe as feared.<p>With the likes of Omar Infante leading the …

Abby Wambach's World Cup finale ends with American leader lifting championship trophy

Abby Wambach lifted American coach Jill Ellis after the final whistle. She ran to the stands for a hug from her wife. And then along with Christine Rampone, she became the first American to lift the Women's World Cup championship trophy in 16 years.<p>Not a bad farewell to the World Cup.<p>Wambach played …

World's number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy says ruptured ligament in left ankle playing soccer

World number one Rory McIlroy says he has ruptured ligament in left ankle while playing soccer.<p>The Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement on his Instagram account, only saying that he is "working hard to get back as soon as I can."<p>McIlroy says he suffered a …

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Austin Dillon's crash

A horrific last-lap accident that left drivers fearing for Austin Dillon's safety muted Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in the rain-delayed race at Daytona International Speedway.<p>Earnhardt crossed the finish line at 2:41 am Monday morning filled with dread after Dillon's car sailed upside down into …

NASCAR

Watch all 7 goals from the bananas U.S. World Cup win

On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National team won its first World Cup in 16 years in a game played at a blinding pace. If you got up to go to the kitchen for another beer (or a glass of water if that’s not your thing) you probably missed a goal.<p>The United States netted five, tying the tally of the …

Soccer

New book captures essence of Badgers’ title game run

A team that produced the single greatest college basketball season the University of Wisconsin has ever seen deserved a story that captured the …

College Basketball

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee and Wisconsin breaking news and investigations

CLOSE<p>Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>The best premature Super Bowl tweets<p>There were a lot of fans and media members on Twitter who were ready to hand the Falcons the …

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee and Wisconsin breaking news and investigations

CLOSE<p>Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>Driver licenses from nine states won’t be valid for flights in 2018<p>Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no …

Chip Kelly: Agent requested Evan Mathis' release, team complied

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that guard Evan Mathis' release last week was in response to "multiple" requests from agent Drew …

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Pitt WR Tyler Boyd formally charged with DUI from Friday traffic stop

Pittsburgh's top wide receiver is now officially in serious trouble.<p>Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd was formally charged with driving under the influence following a traffic stop early Friday in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania.<p>News of Boyd being taken into custody following a 2:35 a.m. traffic …

Jason Day examines Tiger Woods’ game and mental state at the U.S. Open

Tiger Woods’ struggles stem from his wayward tee shots and mental state, says Jason Day.<p>Questioning whether Tiger Woods has the motivation to win another grand slam event, starting this week at the U.S. Open, has become a popular parlor game among the punditry. When a playing peer questions the …