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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…

Morales, Duffy lead Royals over Phillies 6-2

By Aaron Bracy (PHILADELPHIA, AP) — Danny Duffy pitched deeper than he ever had in a game while Kendrys Morales continued to hit like he has in the last two…

Wainwright, Wong lead Cardinals past Brewers 3-0

By R.B Fallstrom (ST. LOUIS, AP) — A much-maligned St. Louis Cardinals defense stepped up, and Adam Wainwright kept them busy. Wainwright pitched seven innings, Kolten Wong had a two-run…

Garcia goes 8 innings, Cardinals beat Brewers 7-1

By Steve Overbey (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Jaime Garcia said all along there was no reason to panic. Matt Holliday drove in three runs, Garcia threw eight solid innings and…

Hellickson, Herrera lead Phillies to 4-3 win over Royals

By Rob Maaddi (PHILADELPHIA, AP) — Jeremy Hellickson threw six sharp innings, Odubel Herrera hit a leadoff homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Friday night…

U.S. boxer Cam F Awesome down to last shot at Olympic dream

By Greg Beacham (Vargas, Venezuela, AP) — Cam F. Awesome’s sleepwalking gets worse before a big fight. When he wakes up in a dorm hallway resting his head on a…

Simone Biles glides to 4th straight US gymnastics title

By WILL GRAVES (ST. LOUIS, AP) — The national titles are starting to run together for Simone Biles, a three-year blur of near flawlessly executed routines and carry-on cases full…

National champion Sam Mikulak on top at Olympic Trials

By WILL GRAVES (ST. LOUIS, AP) — The selection committee putting together the U.S. men’s Olympic gymnastics team can probably put pencil to paper and write Sam Mikulak’s name down.…

US men searching for higher profile as Rio Games near

By WILL GRAVES (ST. LOUIS, AP) — The most famous moment of Jake Dalton’s gymnastics career didn’t come anywhere near a gym. It came on the beach. Wearing a Speedo.…