Sharapova rallies to outlast Dulgheru at US Open (Yahoo Sports) - Maria Sharapova's serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. The five-time major champion rallied from a set down to beat 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the U.S. Sharapova overcame nine double-faults and 46 unforced errors to improve her record in three-set matches this year to 17-6. On a hot, windy day, with the shadows shifting as late afternoon turned to evening, the fifth-seeded Sharapova avoided another upset on the women's side. USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue (Yahoo Sports) - Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans' team activities after acknowledging his heroic tale was ''a complete fabrication,'' the school announced in a statement Wednesday. The school didn't explain how Shaw actually was injured, but USC officials say they regret posting a story on their website Monday lauding Shaw's story about a second-story jump onto concrete to rescue his 7-year-old nephew. ''We are extremely disappointed in Josh,'' USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. Fedora: No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener (Yahoo Sports) - North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. The players suspended were sophomores Des Lawrence and Brian Walker, redshirt freshman Donnie Miles and true freshman M.J. Stewart. North Carolina has said it is conducting an investigation of what it described as an incident involving members of the team. Royals' Yost implores fans to show up to games (Yahoo Sports) - Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans on Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon's walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at Kauffman Stadium. ''You go back and talk to people about the '85 year when they won the World Series, they remember that, and they've been longing for that, and it's been a long time ago. Defender scores and saves in shootout win - Defender Cosmin Moti saves two penalties in a shootout to send Bulgarian club Ludogorets into the Champions League group stage. NHL says it is only discussing expanding league (Yahoo Sports) - The NHL insists expansion is not imminent. Giroud ruled out until new year - Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out for up to four months after having surgery on a broken leg. Giroud has surgery on broken leg - Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out for at least three months after having surgery on a broken leg. Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes (Yahoo Sports) - The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. Free of graffiti and absent so much as a kid's initials carved in the grandstand benches, Jackie Robinson Park is outfitted with a digital scoreboard and mechanical pitching machines. It sits in a tidy neighborhood of brick one-story homes and manicured lawns on Chicago's South Side. While the words ''South Side'' are often shorthand beyond Chicago for gangs, shootings and poverty, the people who live here see a more nuanced picture. Chambers poised for England call - Arsenal's Calum Chambers is set to be one of several new additions to Roy Hodgson's England squad on Thursday.

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Cubs' Jorge Soler homers in first at-bat (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 11:55 pm]
Outfielder Jorge Soler homered in his first big league at-bat on Wednesday night off Cincinnati's Mat Latos, a noteworthy debut for the Cubs' 22-year-old prospect. Soler connected on a 2-1 pitch from Latos in the second inning, hitting the ball onto the netting above the Reds bullpen in center field. He's the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat in the majors since Starlin Castro connected off Homer Bailey in Cincinnati on May 7, 2010. Soler, who has decided to keep his No. 68 in the majors, is the eighth Cubs player to make his debut this season.

Yankees reach minor league deal with OF Young (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 10:54 pm]
DETROIT (AP) -- The New York Yankees have reached a minor league deal with outfielder Chris Young, who played 88 games this season with the crosstown Mets.

Odor slam leads Rangers over Mariners 12-4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 10:46 pm]
SEATTLE (AP) -- Rougned Odor hit a third-inning grand slam to back Colby Lewis, and the last-place Texas Rangers beat Seattle 12-4 Wednesday to take two of three from the Mariners.

Ortiz returns to Red Sox lineup (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 10:45 pm]
Slugger David Ortiz is back in the Boston Red Sox lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays after sitting out the past two nights with a sore right foot. Ortiz left Sunday's game against Seattle in the sixth, two innings after fouling a ball off his foot. Ortiz, who skipped batting practice the past two days, is batting third against Blue Jays rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman. Daniel Nava will start in left field as Yoenis Cespedes gets the day off.

Royals' Yost implores fans to show up to games (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 10:33 pm]
Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans on Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon's walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at Kauffman Stadium. ''You go back and talk to people about the '85 year when they won the World Series, they remember that, and they've been longing for that, and it's been a long time ago.

Blue Jays recall Jenkins, cut Santos (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 9:48 pm]
TORONTO (AP) -- After playing four consecutive extra-inning games, the Blue Jays recalled right-hander Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday and designated right-hander Sergio Santos for assignment.

Cubs put Sweeney, Ruggiano on DL (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 9:40 pm]
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs put outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the second game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds.

M's send Paxton to Triple-A, recall Erasmo Ramirez (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 9:37 pm]
The team recalled Erasmo Ramirez to join the club in order to start against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Paxton, a rookie who moved to 4-1 on the season after throwing 6 2-3 scoreless innings on Tuesday, will rejoin the Mariners when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Ramirez got the nod Wednesday after the Mariners altered their rotation to add extra rest after Thursday's day off. Ramirez is 1-5 with a 4.06 ERA in 14 starts, but Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said his improvement in Triple-A could earn him another outing in September.

Royals option Crow to Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 8:56 pm]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals optioned reliever Aaron Crow to Double-A Northwest Arkansas to open up a roster spot for right-hander Liam Hendriks to make a spot start Wednesday night against Minnesota.

Long Davis homer lifts Pirates over Cardinals 3-1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 7:59 pm]
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday to close in the NL wild-card race.

Offerman appeals judgment in bat attack case (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 3:38 pm]
Former major league baseball player Jose Offerman is appealing a federal court order that he pay $940,000 to a catcher injured during a minor league brawl in 2007. A jury last month awarded the money to former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who says he suffered career-ending injuries when Offerman hit him in the head with a bat.

Bumgarner flirts with perfection in 3-0 Giants win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 7:01 am]
Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it - the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander. Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. ''I was going to try to bounce a curveball,'' Bumgarner said.

Cano homers, Mariners beat Rangers 5-0 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 6:27 am]
The rust is starting to come off for James Paxton, and the rest of the American League might want to take note. Given an early lead after Robinson Cano hit his 12th home run in the first, Paxton pitched into the seventh inning in a bounce-back start to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. ''He's getting there, he's not quite there as far as command is concerned, but I think stuff-wise, velocity-wise, yeah, he's there,'' said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon of Paxton, who missed almost four months due to a strained back muscle. Seattle broke open a two-run game in the fifth, with the big blow coming on a double by Endy Chavez, which drove in a pair.

Dodgers' big inning leads to win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 6:25 am]
Baseball's replay review system worked well for the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night in their 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers plated six runs in the fourth inning thanks in large part to two overturned out calls and cruised to their 11th win in 15 games against Arizona this season. With the game tied at 2, the Dodgers hit five consecutive singles off Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (3-9) in the fourth. The Dodgers led 4-2 when A.J. Ellis singled to center field.

Trout, Shoemaker lead Angels' 8-2 rout of Marlins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 5:58 am]
While everybody else in the Los Angeles Angels' rotation has dealt with serious injuries and wild inconsistency this summer, Matt Shoemaker has been unshakable for two months. Mike Trout had an RBI double and Albert Pujols added a two-run single during Los Angeles' five-run fourth inning, and the Angels regained sole possession of the majors' best record with an 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Shoemaker (13-4) yielded two hits over seven scoreless innings as the Angels (78-53) moved one game ahead of the AL West rival Oakland Athletics, who lost to Houston. Five days after Shoemaker took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Fenway Park, he walked two and struck out six while holding his seventh straight opponent to fewer than two earned runs.

Bumgarner flirts with perfection in Giants win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 5:46 am]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Bumgarner's perfect game broken up in 8th (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 4:30 am]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner has lost his bid for a perfect game on a leadoff double in the eighth inning by Colorado's Justin Morneau.

Orioles grind out 4-2 win over Rays (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 4:01 am]
During a season in which the Baltimore Orioles have made a habit of slugging the opposition into submission, there have been times when they have been forced to patiently carve out a victory one out at a time. Such was the case in their 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. ''It was a mentally challenging game because it's such a grind,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''A lot of time, a lot of deep counts, a lot of catcher visits.'' One night after hitting five homers against the Rays, Baltimore totaled nine hits - eight singles and an RBI double by Nelson Cruz in the seventh inning.

Giants' Bumgarner perfect through 6 innings (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 3:54 am]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is throwing a perfect game through six innings against the Colorado Rockies.

Carter's HR in 8th leads Astros over A's 4-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 3:12 am]
Chris Carter hit his 32nd homer, a three-run drive in the eighth inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Tuesday night. Oakland starter Jason Hammel had retired 10 straight batters when he was replaced by Luke Gregerson (3-3) for the eighth inning. Robbie Grossman reached on an error by first baseman Stephen Vogt with one out and Gregerson hit Jose Altuve with a pitch. Carter then launched a 90 mph fastball onto the tracks atop the wall in left field to put Houston on top.





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