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  • Boston makes big swap with LA

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Carl Crawford to the Dodgers on Saturday, parting with the high-priced stars in a nine-player trade that was the biggest swap in Los Angeles’ history.
    The floundering Red Sox also Boston also sent infielder Nick Punto and cash to the Dodgers. The Red Sox acquired first baseman James Loney, pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and two players to be named.
    “We continue to do everything in our power to strengthen our team for the stretch drive in an effort to reach the postseason,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “This trade today exemplifies ownership’s commitment to making the team as good as possible not only for 2012 but for many seasons to come.”
    The Dodgers are chasing San Francisco for the NL West title and are in the midst of the wild-card race. The trade came less than a week before the Aug. 31 deadline for teams to have players under their control in order for them to be eligible for the postseason.

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  • Cabrera suspended for 50 games

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension comes just as reliever Guillermo Mota is nearing his return to the Giants from a 100-game performance-enhancing drug penalty of his own.
    Yes, San Francisco now accounts for two of the four suspensions this season under the major league drug program — and suddenly the Giants are back in the spotlight for performance-enhancing drugs several years after the club had finally moved forward from the Mitchell Report and BALCO mess.
    “Unfortunately, these things happen in baseball,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “There’s not a lot you can do about it. I guess the best thing we can do is keep educating players so these things don’t happen. I can’t dwell on these things.”
    Cabrera, the 28-year-old MVP of last month’s All-Star game, was suspended 50 games Wednesday following a positive test for testosterone. That puts an abrupt end to what had been a remarkable regular season and throws the Giants’ playoff hopes into doubt.
    “Ultimately, it was just a bad decision,” catcher Buster Posey said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

  • Hernandez tosses perfect game in Seattle's 1-0 win

    SEATTLE (AP) — King Felix now has a crowning achievement.

    Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners' first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory Wednesday.

    The Mariners' ace and 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has long talked of his desire to achieve pitching perfection. He finally accomplished it against the Rays, striking out the side twice and finishing with 12 strikeouts.

    It was the third perfect game in baseball this season — a first — joining gems by Chicago's Philip Humber against the Mariners in April and San Francisco's Matt Cain against Houston in June.

    This also was the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season, three of them at Safeco Field. Humber threw his gem in Seattle, then six Mariners pitchers combined to hold the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless at the park on June 8.

  • McIlroy wins PGA Championship by record 8 strokes

    KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Right down to his red shirt, Rory McIlroy looked every bit the part of golf's next star in another command performance at the PGA Championship.

    McIlroy validated his record-setting U.S. Open win last year by blowing away the field Sunday at Kiawah Island. One last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980.

    The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland returned to No. 1 in the world, and he became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors. Tiger Woods was about four months older than McIlroy when he won his second major.

    Just like the U.S. Open, this one was never seriously in doubt.

  • McIlroy, Singh tied for lead; PGA in weather delay

    KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — First came the black cloud that has been following Tiger Woods on the weekend at the majors. The real storm arrived a short time later Saturday in the PGA Championship, halting the brilliant start by Rory McIlroy and giving Woods a chance to stop his slide at Kiawah Island.

  • Morgan may be new face of U.S. soccer

    LONDON (AP) — First-time Olympian Alex Morgan already has her defining moment: A game-winning goal in overtime that put the U.S. women’s soccer team into the gold medal match.
    And it came on a header, the very skill that was supposed to be a weakness in her game.
    The lightning-fast striker brings beautiful goals to game at the formative age of 23. Long after Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and the other vets have retired, it’s a reasonable bet that Morgan will be the face of the U.S. national team.
    “She’s still a genetic freak, in my opinion,” Wambach said. “She makes plays that you don’t expect anybody to make.”

  • Bolt gets ready for the 200m

    LONDON (AP) — Get ready for more of The Bolt Show.
    Usain Bolt dropped by Olympic Stadium for a brief visit Monday night and did things his way, as usual, jumping to the top step of the medal podium to collect his second consecutive gold for the 100 meters.
    When the Jamaican sensation returns to the track on Tuesday, it’ll be for the first round of the 200 meters, an event he’s planning to win, too, as part of his quest to become what he calls a “living legend.”
    As it is, Bolt and Carl Lewis are the only men to take home back-to-back golds in the 100.
    No man ever has won two Olympic golds in the 200 meters.

  • Player tweets she quits badminton

    LONDON (AP) — A Chinese badminton star is apparently quitting the sport after she was one of eight players disqualified from the doubles tournament at the London Olympics for trying to lose.
    A comment on a verified account for Yu Yang on the Tencent microblogging service late Wednesday read: “This is my last game. Farewell Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton.”
    Yu’s retirement could not be immediately confirmed with Chinese badminton officials. In China, the lives of top athletes are closely controlled by sports officials.
    Yu and Wang Xiaoli were one of four doubles teams which appeared to play poorly on purpose to secure a more favorable position in the next phase of the event.

  • IOC: Chinese swimmer was tested

    LONDON — The IOC is weary of the doping innuendos being leveled against 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen.
    She broke the world record in winning gold in the 400-meter medley, and her performance has been critiqued since, most recently by executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association John Leonard.
    Asked Tuesday about the allegations, IOC spokesman Mark Adams would not specifically address Leonard’s comments. But he seemed tired of the talk about Ye.
    “I think we need to get real here,” he said during the daily briefing. “I mean, these are world-class athletes competing at the very highest level with records being broken all over the place.”
    Adams also said Ye was tested after winning the gold.