National Sports

LEADING OFF: Cards move on from Matheny, skidding Braves

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ST. LOUIS STUNNER The Cardinals will play their first game under interim manager Mike Shildt after firing Mike Matheny late Saturday night. Matheny's stunning dismissal comes with the team 47-46 and 7 1/2 games back ...

Truex repeats as NASCAR Cup winner at Kentucky Speedway

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — No matter which driver led Martin Truex Jr., the advantage always seemed temporary as he positioned himself to make a pivotal move. Distance usually followed his passes, particularly after his final one that sealed his dominance. Truex ...

Peraza’s 5 hits lead Reds past Cardinals, who fire Matheny

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Peraza's best game at the plate turned out to be Mike Matheny's last in the Cardinals' dugout. Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating St. ...

Double trouble: Indians botch Romine’s double as Yankees win

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When he got back to the dugout, Austin Romine was greeted with smiling faces and laughter. "Why does everyone have fun watching a catcher round the bases?" he said. Romine chuckled, too. New York's backup catcher came all the way around ...

France and Croatia to meet in World Cup final

MOSCOW (AP) — France or Croatia? One of those two teams will become World Cup champion later Sunday. The French, who won their only World Cup title at home in 1998, will be playing in their third final in 20 years. The Croats have the chance to win the biggest prize in soccer for the first ...

Djokovic eyes 4th Wimbledon title, facing Anderson in final

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic will be trying to win his fourth Wimbledon championship when he faces Kevin Anderson in the men's singles final. Djokovic is also aiming for what would be a 13th Grand Slam trophy and his first in more than two years after dealing with an injured right elbow that ...

Indians C Yan Gomes finds out he’s an All-Star while batting

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians catcher Yan Gomes walked to the plate Saturday night and found out he was an All-Star. Gomes will replace Tampa Bay's Wilson Ramos in Tuesday's game in Washington D.C., giving Cleveland six All-Stars. Gomes said he wrestled with ...

Marte, Polanco go back-to-back as Pirates sweep doubleheader

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Once wasn't enough for Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. They hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Pirates ...

Nets trade Jeremy Lin to Hawks

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Lin’s injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over. The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to Atlanta, the Hawks announced Friday. The move helps clear up the Nets’ logjam at point guard and sends Lin to another team that is also pretty crowded at the position. ESPN first ...

Here’s the catch: NFL refs thought they were right all along

By Schuyler Dixon AP Pro Football Writer PLANO, Texas (AP) — Walt Coleman doesn’t see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they’ve already been calling catches the new way. If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer ...