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SEC media day topic for Missouri: AD’s surprising departure

By DAVID BRANDT (HOOVER, Ala., AP) — First-year coach Barry Odom’s goal of creating more stability at Missouri became more challenging Wednesday with the departure of athletic director Mack Rhoades.…

Michael de Leeuw gives Fire 1-0 win

(BRIDGEVIEW, Ill., AP) — Michael de Leeuw scored in the 19th minute and the Chicago Fire made it stand for a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night.…

Tatum and McLaughlin win national prep athlete honors

By BETH HARRIS (LOS ANGELES, AP) — Jayson Tatum, a forward headed to Duke, and newly minted Olympic hurdler and sprinter Sydney McLaughlin were honored as the national prep athletes…

Young gives up 4 HRs, Blue Jays beat Royals 8-3

By IAN HARRISON (TORONTO, AP) — No matter what he tries, nothing seems to be working for struggling Royals starter Chris Young. Josh Donaldson hit two solo home runs, Troy…

One bad inning costs Volquez, Blue Jays beat Royals 6-2

By Ian Harrison (TORONTO, AP) — One bad inning spoiled an otherwise solid start by Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez. Aaron Sanchez overcame flu-like symptoms to work eight innings and win…

Polanco’s two homers lifts Pirates over Cardinals 4-2

By Steve Overbey (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Gregory Polanco homered twice and Jonathon Niese turned in his best start in almost a month to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a…

Besler scores in stoppage time, Sporting KC beats Crew 3-2

(KANSAS CITY, Kan., AP) — Matt Besler scored in stoppage time to help Sporting Kansas City beat the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Sunday night and extend its unbeaten streak to…

Piscotty’s slam paces Cardinals to sweep over Brewers

By R.B. Fallstrom (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Stephen Piscotty savored the moment of his second career grand slam. Then he got some chow. The St. Louis Cardinals’ budding star remembered…

Yordano Ventura sprains ankle, Royals lose 7-2 to Phillies

By Rob Maaddi (PHILADELPHIA, AP) — Yordano Ventura got a costly hit. He sprained his right ankle running the bases in a short outing as the Kansas City Royals lost…

Busy Blues lose Backes, sign Perron, Hutton, extend Allen

By Stephen Whyno (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Doug Armstrong was willing to do anything to keep David Backes, but he wouldn’t do long term. The St. Louis Blues’ general manager…