CINCINNATI - It took a series of fortunate events for rookie Tommy Edman to come to the plate in the sixth inning with two outs, a tie game, and the bases loaded. He then did what no other Cardinal had this season. Edman's first career grand slam in the majors was also the Cardinals' first grand slam of the season - and it catapulted them to a 7-4 victory Thursday against Cincinnati at Great ...

CLEVELAND - Arguably the best sign possible - and perhaps what the Indians have been hoping for the most the last several months - is beginning to come to fruition. Jose Ramirez is heating up. Ramirez continued his recent hot streak, belting the go-ahead home run, and led the Indians to a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Since losing the first two games to the Minnesota Twins following the ...

NEWPORT, R.I. - UCF kicks off preseason camp in a few weeks and nobody is more excited to get back to work than second-year coach Josh Heupel. "When our staff comes back a week before we open training camp, when that Tuesday morning hits, I'll be invigorated, excited and ready to go," Heupel told the Orlando Sentinel during American Athletic Conference media day. The Knights enter this season ...

SEATTLE - Lou Piniella will be in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday, watching with pride along with tens of thousands of other baseball fans as Edgar Martinez is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Piniella was there when Barry Larkin went in the Hall in 2012, Randy Johnson in 2015, and Ken Griffey Jr., in 2016. All were players Piniella managed during his stellar career in the ...

SEATTLE - Freshly minted general manager Ron Francis spent part of his introductory news conference Thursday discussing the importance of using any afforded additional time and why he won't immediately hire a coach for this city's incoming NHL franchise. "I think we're open to hiring the right guy at the right time," Francis told the assembled media members, political figures and hockey ...

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CHICAGO - The White Sox losing their seventh successive game on a sweltering 100-degree day Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., was bound to make people testy. But who would have guessed tensions would erupt, not among players in the Sox clubhouse, but between TV analyst Steve Stone and impatient fans on Twitter? "We can't tell anyone how to feel or when to vent," Stone tweeted after the Sox's ...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - His players have spent the better part of the last three months lifting weights, running sprints, learning how to take better care of their bodies, studying and motivating each other to be ready for the challenges that await. But with the Miami Hurricanes set to report next week for the start of their first training camp under Manny Diaz, the first-year coach acknowledged on ...

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PHILADELPHIA - In retrospect, the Los Angeles Dodgers' A.J. Pollock admits, maybe he was pressing. Maybe coming to a new team and seeing so many new faces and learning a new commute and a new city and a new routine was overwhelming. Maybe that elbow infection that knocked him out for more than 10 weeks wasn't all terrible. "Just being able to take a step back from everything, maybe this is a ...

NEW YORK - Young umpire Brennan Miller had an erratic strike zone early in Thursday's Yankees-Rays game. After a questionable called third strike set off Brett Gardner in the second inning, Boone was ejected for addressing Miller by name from the dugout, and specifically addressing him like a child: "Get better now, Brennan, let's f------ go, bear down, let's go. ... Really bad start." Boone ...

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - When the opening round of the PGA Barbasol Championship got underway at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville on Thursday, it didn't take long to identify the day's main attraction. Two-time major champion and five-time PGA Tour winner John Daly began the day on hole No. 1 with a sizable fan following that grew into a rowdy crowd by the time he parred No. 18 to finish the ...

NEW YORK - Just call them the New York Savages. The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays were attempting to cram two games into one day before a storm rolled through the Bronx and the first one was delayed for nearly 90 minutes. Maybe tensions were higher than normal or maybe everyone was already annoyed and ready to play two. The Yankees won the first game 6-2, but not before manager Aaron ...

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CHICAGO - Every season, Illinois indicates improvement is on the way. After finishing 4-8 last season - a two-game upgrade - coach Lovie Smith told reporters Thursday at Big Ten media days that the Illini could be a conference surprise. Illinois was unanimously picked in a media poll to finish last in the Big Ten West. "There will be a team that will come out of nowhere that will have an ...

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland - It's not how you start, it's how you finish. Thumbs down for local hero Rory McIlroy either way. McIlroy, who grew up on Royal Portrush, flopped in the first round of the British Open on Thursday with a quadruple-bogey eight on the first hole, and a triple-bogey seven on the 18th. It was a Limburger sandwich for the affable four-time major winner, who was widely ...

CHICAGO - Mark Dantonio tells his players there will be a huge void to fill in their lives after finishing their football careers, preaching to them to find something they are passionate about with their Michigan State education. He, too, knows there is life after coaching. Already, he has plans for what he will do. He just doesn't know when that will be. "That's a good question," Dantonio, on ...

CHICAGO - A year ago, Ohio State's Urban Meyer was the headline at Big Ten media days in Chicago. Now, Meyer's gone. But his old rival, Jim Harbaugh, still said a few words about him on the eve of the league's annual kickoff event. Speaking with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on a podcast, Harbaugh was asked what his reaction was when Meyer retired last season - Meyer went 4-0 against Harbaugh, ...

Kyrie Irving gave Danny Ainge the impression that he preferred the Nets over the Knicks as far back as March. The Celtics GM revealed that timeline to The Sports Hub radio show in Boston on Thursday, about two weeks after Irving officially signed a four-year, $141 million deal with Brooklyn. "He did express to me on a couple of occasions between March and the end of (the year) that he really ...

DENVER - Two weeks ago, the Giants had no business looking at the National League Wild Card standings. With two weeks until the July 31 trade deadline, the Giants' front office now has every reason to evaluate where the team stands in a playoff race that's beginning to take shape. After winning 11 of their last 13 games, the Giants have hopped over four teams in the Wild Card race, gained four ...

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SAN DIEGO - A San Diego Superior Court judge on Thursday pushed back a ruling on a complaint by horse racing trainer Jerry Hollendorfer against the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and 22nd Agricultural District. Judge Ronald Frazier said in a court hearing that the arguments filed by both sides in the case this week were too voluminous for him to make an immediate ruling. He set a preliminary ...

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Kendrick Norton, the Miami Dolphins defensive tackle and former University of Miami standout who was involved in a career-ending car accident two weeks ago, will be released from the hospital on Thursday. "Great news. @norton_kendrick is being released from the hospital today!" Norton's agent, Malki Kawa of First Round Management, posted on Twitter shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday. Norton had ...

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The losses kept piling up Thursday for the White Sox. The Sox lost manager Rick Renteria to an ejection in the second inning. The Sox lost a three-run lead in the third and eventually lost their seventh consecutive game, falling to the Royals 6-5 in front of 13,157 at Kauffman Stadium. The Sox scored a run in the ninth, and had runners on first and second with two outs, but Ian Kennedy struck ...

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PHILADELPHIA - You can see it, can't you? It's impossible to miss, even if you don't have big, old googly eyes like the Phanatic. Bryce Harper is getting hot. At last. It was on full display at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday. Just two days after Harper delivered a game-winning double to walk off the Los Angeles Dodgers, he notched two hits and drove in two runs, including a game-tying single ...

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Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin suggested former UCF coach George O'Leary was "very degrading" when he forced them to cut their hair in college. The Griffin twins recounted the story of how they were forced to cut their hair shorter than their teammates during an interview with Sports Illustrated Now posted on Twitter Thursday. O'Leary had a policy of forcing players to cut long hair during his ...

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BOSTON - Finally. Chris Sale had to be thinking it. The 35,357 fans on hand for Thursday's matinee at Fenway Park had to be thinking it. The Red Sox left-hander had gone more than a calendar year without being credited for a victory on his home field. Six scoreless innings put Sale back on his feet and gave Boston a vital four-game series win against the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers crushed a ...