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Contreras, Cubs agree to $9.625M contract

CHICAGO (AP) — Catcher Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for later in the day, agreeing Thursday to a one-year contract for $9.625 million. The agreement was at the midpoint between the $10.25 million Contreras had asked for and the $9 million the Cubs had offered when figures were exchanged…

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Rays sweep 3 from Cardinals, 2-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shane McClanahan pitched eight superb innings to win his fifth consecutive start and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory on Thursday. Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer as the Rays moved a season-high 11 games over .500. McClanahan (7-2)…

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Chicago White Sox fall to Dodgers, 11-9

CHICAGO (AP) — Max Muncy broke open the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning after White Sox manager Tony La Russa ordered an intentional walk to Trea Turner with a 1-2 count, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 11-9 Thursday. Muncy had five RBIs in his return after missing 11 games…

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Coach K enjoying family, ‘at peace’ with coaching retirement

FILE – Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski watches his team play against North Carolina during a college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Men’s Final Four NCAA tournament, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in New Orleans. The 75-year-old has spent time with family, travel and a new puppy in the two months since his…

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Arenado sparks Cardinals to 5-2 win over Padres

By WARREN MAYES Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and drove in three, Dakota Hudson threw seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Nick Wittgren earned his first save as a Cardinal by getting the last…

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Volunteers’ dominance earns them No. 1 seed in NCAA baseball

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After finishing one of the most dominant runs in Southeastern Conference history, Tennessee was selected the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament Monday. The Volunteers (53-7) won 31 of their first 32 games, swept the SEC regular-season and tournament titles and have the best pitching and batting statistics…

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Cubs beat Brewers 4-3 with 10th inning sac fly

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Almost as soon as the winning run crossed the plate, Chicago Cubs rookie Christopher Morel got swarmed. He came through in a big moment and set off quite a celebration. Morel drove in Jason Heyward with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Cubs…

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Brittney Griner’s wife tells ABC she wants WNBA star home

DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Brittney Griner’s wife, Cherelle, wants President Joe Biden to secure her partner’s release, doing whatever is necessary to get the WNBA star home from Russia where she has been detained for more than three months. “I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She’s a political pawn,…

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Dbacks outslug Cubs in HR derby, 10-6

CHICAGO (AP) — On a perfect day to play home run derby at Wrigley Field, the big winner was Josh Rojas. Rojas launched his first three longballs of the season and the Arizona Diamondbacks powered past the Chicago Cubs 10-6 Friday. With a strong wind blowing out on a warm afternoon, the teams combined to…

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Dixon blazes to Indy 500 pole

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Not much rattles The Iceman at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, not even record speeds. Scott Dixon smashed the Indianapolis 500 pole-winning record with a breathtaking qualifying run of more than 234 mph. His hands were shaking when he climbed from his car following his first run Sunday, but the New Zealander was unbothered…

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