CINCINNATI — The Mariners' early struggles couldn't stop the smiles and hugs and conversations with opponents and old friends. That part wasn't ruined. But for Seattle's three representatives at the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the disappointment punctuated by Sunday's embarrassing, error-filled 10-3 loss still lingered Monday at Great American Ballpark.
CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier thrilled the home crowd with his first All-Star Home Run Derby victory, as the Cincinnati Reds third baseman defeated Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson in dramatic fashion Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
TORONTO, Ontario — The United States and Cuba may have reached a deal to restore diplomatic ties but there was no sign of warming relations during their baseball clash at the Pan American Games on Sunday. The preliminary round game, which the United States won 5-2, came less than two weeks after the countries formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties as of July 20, fulfilling a pledge made in December.
ZURICH, Germany — Sepp Blatter is set to face the media on July 20 for the first time since he announced last month that he would step down as president of soccer’s governing body FIFA. Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke will both take part in a media conference after an executive committee meeting which will set the date for the extraordinary FIFA Congress and presidential election, FIFA said on Monday.
LONDON — Martina Hingis completed the doubles-double at Wimbledon on Sunday after she and Leander Paes walloped Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1 6-1 to win the mixed doubles trophy at the All England Club. Twenty four hours after partnering another Indian, Sania Mirza, to the women’s doubles crown, the 34-year-old combined with Paes to scoop their second mixed title of the year after also triumphing at the Australian Open.
The Mariners' messy first half of the season came to a fitting end in a 10-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, a performance that manager Lloyd McClendon called the worst of the year. He vowed to make changes for the second half.
Edgar Martinez, at 52, doesn’t show many outward signs of aging. Maybe a little extra thickness, and some flecks of gray. His vision isn’t quite what it used to be in his playing days, when he did 30 minutes of eye exercises before every game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The United States secured a quarter-final spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they beat Haiti 1-0 on Friday, while Panama and Honduras drew 1-1 in the other Group A match in Massachusetts.
LONDON — If Albert Einstein was correct and the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results then Maria Sharapova must be driving herself crazy every time she steps on court to face Serena Williams.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — LeBron James has signed a two-year, $42 million deal to stay with his hometown team. James was one of the last max free agent to sign with a team, and talked exclusively with the Cavaliers on playing in ‘16.
HOUSTON, Texas — Center DeAndre Jordan will stay with Los Angeles Clippers, after previously agreeing to a max contract worth $80 million with the Dallas Mavericks. According to sources, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers and teammates Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and JJ Reddick visited Jordan in his Houston home after Jordan discussed hesitation with his new deal with the Mavericks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets have signed free agent point guard Jeremy Lin, the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the National Basketball Association, the team said Thursday. Lin, 26, is a five-year NBA veteran, having played with the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. He has career averages of 11.7 points, 4.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds.
NEW YORK — New York Giants star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated on Wednesday after a fireworks accident, ESPN reported, citing medical records. Pierre-Paul, 26, has been in a South Florida hospital since Saturday night when he severely injured his hand during a Fourth of July fireworks.
LE HAVRE, France — Tour de France leader Tony Martin abandoned the race on Thursday after breaking his collarbone in a sixth stage crash that also sent 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali and others tumbling in the final 500 meters.