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Banter early, pressure late in Ryder Cup

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Ryder Cup begins with banter and laughs. The pressure comes later. The Europeans haven't lost on home soil in 25 years. Half of their team was in America on Sunday for the Tour Championship won by Tiger Woods. ...

LEADING OFF: Astros, Cubs can clinch; Wright makes comeback

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ON THE CUSP Houston can clinch its second consecutive AL West title — and a best-of-five playoff matchup against Cleveland — with a win at Toronto and an Oakland loss in Seattle. Rookie right-hander Josh James ...

Athletics clinch playoff berth with Rays’ loss to Yankees

SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years Monday night, earning at least an American League wild card when the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the New York Yankees. Following three straight last-place finishes in the AL West, the A's found out just a couple ...

As training camps open, here’s 10 NBA stories worth noting

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here's 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign: ___ JIMMY BUTLER As media days were ending Monday, Jimmy Butler was still with ...

Kershaw, Dodgers beat D-backs 7-4 to maintain NL West lead

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Kemp needled teammate Manny Machado in a happy Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse after Monday night's 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the star slugger a hard time for not running full speed out of the batter's box while ...

Brewers beat Cardinals 6-4 to open 3-game wild-card lead

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — A chuckling Eric Thames said it felt so good he almost ripped third base out of the ground and hoisted it above his head. A lot of that going around for Milwaukee these days. Thames tripled and scored on reliever Bud Norris' throwing error in ...

Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Buccaneers 30-27

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it. In desperate need of a win, the two-time defending AFC North champions capped a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made ...

Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run. They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party. Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and ...

Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the "106" went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster. Scoreboards flashed "106 Wins." Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has ...

Kluber wins his 20th as Indians beat White Sox 4-0

By PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Kluber spread the credit for his first 20-win season, and admitted it's "a nice, round number." Kluber struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings and won his 20th, and Brandon Guyer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning as the ...