National Sports

LEADING OFF: Lester eyes NL-best 12th win, A’s stay hot

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CHICAGO'S ACE Jon Lester has put together some ace-worthy seasons during his 13-year major league career, including four All-Star appearances and a runner-up finish in the Cy Young voting two years ago. The Chicago ...

Diamondbacks set franchise record with 20-5 rout of Padres

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Five home runs, 18 hits, 20 runs. The Arizona Diamondbacks have never had a better offensive night than they did Saturday against the San Diego Padres. David Peralta drove in three runs and matched his career best with five hits and the ...

Cormier stops heavyweight Miocic to win 2nd UFC title belt

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daniel Cormier knocked out the UFC heavyweight champion, argued with a professional wrestler and left the octagon dancing with glee and perfect balance, thanks to one championship belt on each arm. There will never be another Saturday night ...

Reynolds drives in career-best 10, Nationals win again

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in a career-high 10 runs, Max Scherzer won for the first time since June 5, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 18-4 on Saturday night. Washington has won three straight and scored a combined 35 ...

Red Sox score season high in runs, rout Royals 15-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andrew Benintendi and the Red Sox easily made up for David Price's bad outing. Benintendi homered, doubled, walked a career-high four times and scored four runs, and Boston routed the Kansas City Royals 15-4 on Saturday night. Mookie Betts had four hits, raising his ...

Suns’ Booker signs 5-year, $158 million deal

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix's rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns. Booker, 21, tweeted a photo of himself smiling as he signed the contract Saturday night, moments ...

Erik Jones gets 1st Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR's most famous track. Maybe these so-called "Young Guns" do know how to find victory ...

After so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unity

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — So often the source of letdowns and embarrassments, England's soccer team is a unifying force among players and the nation. At least in some sections of the country riven by economic, political and social divisions that led to ...

Slab Head, Rocky and 37 headline unlikely World Cup final 4

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — English fish and chips against Croatia's famous fish risotto. France's vin et fromage versus Belgian beer and waffles. Players nicknamed Slab Head, Rocky and 37. Welcome to the final four of a new-look World Cup, perhaps the most improbable of ...

Dana White confirms Brock Lesnar will make UFC comeback soon

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC next year, and new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wants to fight him. UFC President Dana White confirmed the long-anticipated mixed martial arts return of the popular professional wrestler ...