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McCoy finishes as Bay strikeout queen
Hillsdale pitcher Eryn McCoy was never your prototypical fireballer. In fact, through four varsity softball seasons for the Lady Knights, the most profound leap forward she took in the circle happened when she learned to subtract velocity by adding a changeup to her arsenal. “I was never throwin...
By Terry Bernal Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Bumgarner leads Giants to win over A’s
OAKLAND — Madison Bumgarner pitched into the seventh to snap a two-start skid and also batted in an AL ballpark, and the San Francisco Giants avoided a four-game sweep by beating the Oakland Athletics 12-6 on Thursday night. Buster Posey hit a towering three-run homer to center in the third and B...
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Phelps, Lochte set up final trials showdown
OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte did their part. The longtime rivals are headed to another showdown at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Phelps and Lochte cruised through the semifinals of the 200-meter individual medley Thursday night, each of them winning their heats in dominating...
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Bay Area teenager is heading to Olympics
NEW YORK — Milpitas native Kanak Jha is having quite a year. He spent nine months playing professional table tennis in Europe, threw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game on his birthday and qualified for the Rio Olympics. And get this: He’s only 16. “I’m happy that I’m the younge...
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Chanticleers are NCAA champs
OMAHA, Neb. — Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore often said he just wanted his team to reach the College World Series. Until this week, he never imagined the Chanticleers would do so much more. They’re heading back to Conway, South Carolina, with the school’s first national championship in a...
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Sharks re-sign F Tomas Hertl
SAN JOSE — San Jose signed pending restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract Thursday worth a reported $6 million, keeping one of the team’s top young players in the fold as the Sharks try to build on last season’s trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The 22-year-old Hertl is...
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Kershaw to DL with a bad back
MILWAUKEE — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw received an epidural injection for his sore lower back and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, manager Dave Roberts said before Thursday’s game in Milwaukee. “Clayton yesterday got an epidural, so at this point we’re going to put h...
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Phillies prospect Matt Imhof loses eye after freak accident
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher Matt Imhof has lost his right eye after a freak accident with exercise equipment. Imhof said in an Instagram post Thursday that he had surgery Tuesday to remove the eye. He said the first operation couldn’t restore his vision and he opte...
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Marlins acquire closer Rodney in trade with San Diego
ATLANTA — The Miami Marlins have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from San Diego to bolster their bullpen for the NL wild-card chase. Manager Don Mattingly has yet to express a lack of faith in A.J. Ramos, who has converted 33 saves opportunities since last season, so Rodney likely will serve as ...
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Football dad admits threatening officials from kid’s league
GREENSBURG, Pa. — A youth football player’s father has pleaded guilty to threatening officials from a Pennsylvania youth football league, prompting the cancellation of its season. Joseph Loughner, 52, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy, terroristic threats and harassment for sending threat...
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Cowboys’ McClain gets 10-game suspension
IRVING, Texas — Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first 10 games this coming season for again violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will get a four-game ban for his first violation. McClain was suspended the first four games l...
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NFL suspends Manziel four games
DALLAS — Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first four games of next season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension announced Thursday is not related to the NFL’s domestic violence policy, but the free agent quarterback would be subject to it if he signs with ano...
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Portugal beats Poland in PKs
MARSEILLE, France — Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning penalty as Portugal beat Poland 5-3 in a shootout in the European Championship quarterfinals on Thursday following a 1-1 draw after extra time. After scoring an extra-time winner in the round of 16 against Croatia, Quaresma sent his spot-kic...
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Ibrahimovic says he’s joining Man U
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told the world his secret: He’s joining Manchester United. The enigmatic Swedish striker said Thursday on his official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts that his next club will be the English Premier League giant. Ibrahimovic would be joining as a free agent, with hi...
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Youth movement underway in U.S. track
EUGENE, Ore.— Possible new slogan for the U.S. Olympic track team: Higher, Faster, Younger. There could be a youth movement underway on the track over the next two weeks. A group of up-and-comers are angling for spots on America’s Olympic track team, hoping to duplicate the success a new cro...
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Ankle injury has Felix on edge for trials
EUGENE, Ore. — Allyson Felix is supposed to be cementing her track legacy this summer. Instead, she comes into U.S. Olympic trials hobbling, unsure and simply hoping for third place. On a slow, painful comeback from a freak injury to her right ankle, the most decorated female sprinter in U.S. hi...
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Carnage at Wimbledon
LONDON — After two days filled with rain, the sun actually made an appearance at Wimbledon on Thursday, allowing for plenty of play all around the grounds, a chance to finally conclude the first round — and several surprises, the biggest of which was French Open champion Garbine Muguruza’s exi...
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Sprinters have a tougher time at Tour de France
SAINT-LO, France — Not too long ago, a successful Tour de France for Mark Cavendish meant coming away with a handful of victories. Not anymore. And not only because German rivals Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel have taken over as cycling’s top sprinters. “The sprint opportunities are less,...
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Golf prodigy Mariah Stackhouse makes pro debut
PORTLAND, Ore. — Recently Mariah Stackhouse was flipping through some old photos, and she came across a few of herself playing golf when she was just a little kid. And it dawned on her that even though she’s making her debut as a professional in the Portland Classic, she’d been working towar...
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California governor signs stringent gun bills, vetoes others
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