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Guzman HRs again, drives in 3 as Rangers beat Royals 8-4

ARLINGTON, Texas Ronald Guzman insists he isn’t a home run hitter. The Kansas Royals might not believe that. The rookie first baseman homered in his fourth straight start and drove in three runs, leading the Texas Rangers over the Royals 8-4 on Friday night. Guzman finished 2 for 4, including his

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Six years after no-regrets early extension with Adam Jones, Orioles have yet to return to that well

More than anything else that has happened with the Orioles this decade, the six-year contract extension that kept center fielder Adam Jones away from the free-agent market in May 2012 heralded a new era for an ascending, playoff-bound team. It isn’t lost on Jones, 32, that such a dusk has set in,

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Daniel Suarez will be a part of history Sunday. Could he get his first Cup win, too?

Daniel Suarez couldn’t tell you exactly why Charlotte Motor Speedway has been so good to him. But he sure isn’t complaining about it. Suarez, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, got an invitation from Joe Gibbs to take over the No. 19 Toyota when Carl Edwards retired unexpectedly in 2017. Four months

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Daniel Suarez will be a part of history Sunday. Could he get his first Cup win, too?

Daniel Suarez couldn’t tell you exactly why Charlotte Motor Speedway has been so good to him. But he sure isn’t complaining about it. Suarez, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, got an invitation from Joe Gibbs to take over the No. 19 Toyota when Carl Edwards retired unexpectedly in 2017. Four months

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LEADING OFF: Pedroia rejoins Red Sox, Diamondback doldrums

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: WELCOME BACK Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is set to be activated by the Red Sox after missing Boston’s first 50 games while recovering from knee surgery. Manager Alex Cora says Pedroia will come off the disabled list for a weekend series

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Where UNC’s Joel Berry will have his next NBA pre-draft workout

The Kings’ third pre-draft workout will include a star from the 2017 NCAA champions. Former UNC guard Joel Berry, who graduated earlier this month, will be among six players working out for the Kings on Friday at the Golden 1 Center practice facility. Berry, who’s 6-0 and 195 pounds, averaged

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Editorial: NFL’s anthem rule vs. the patriotism of protest

The National Football League swaths itself in patriotic gestures. We’ve seen those pre-game moments when an unfurled American flag all but covers the field itself. We’ve watched solemn color guard ceremonies. We’ve witnessed the roaring fighter jet flyovers. To what extent these displays

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He was a NASCAR pit crew member and a ‘Survivor.’ Now Chase Rice is where he belongs.

A week and a half ago, country singer Chase Rice underwent surgery for a torn pectoral muscle sustained during a video shoot for his latest single, “Eyes on You.” Three days later, he was back on stage, strumming his guitar for a sold-out crowd at Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues; and this Friday, he

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Mark Bradley: Memo to the Braves: The National League is there to be seized

The Braves moved into first place May 2. They’ve been there since. They were there when they left Philadelphia. Their lead has never been more than 1-1/2 games, but it remains a lead. It’s not as if the Braves sit atop a division of mediocrities. The Mets occupy fourth place in the National League

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NASCAR threw a heckuva party last week. Maybe it needs more of these gimmicks.

Years ago I talked to a wise NASCAR entrepreneur who said that every new race track should accommodate at least 100,000 fans. NASCAR had been discovered. Other sports had work stoppages because of player-owner battles. NASCAR did not and never would. D…

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Watch snake wrap itself around door handle, blocking NASCAR team from headquarters

A live snake wrapped around the door handle is never a welcome sight for a business, but it’s even more problematic when that office belongs to a NASCAR team prepping for the Coca Cola 600 Sunday. It happened Tuesday at the headquarters of Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville, North Carolina, and the

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Coca-Cola 600, Sunday’s NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway: What you should know

Race: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. Distance: 400 laps, or 600 miles. Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile asphalt oval in Concord. When: 6 p.m. Sunday. TV: FOX. Radio: PRN. Last year’s winner: Austin Dillon. Also this week: Alsco 300, Xfinity Series, Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Here’s what will happen before NFL owners vote on David Tepper today

NFL owners are expected to approve hedge fund manager David Tepper as the next owner of the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday, ushering in a new era of leadership for the team that Jerry Richardson brought to the Carolinas nearly 25 years ago. Tepper is expected to meet with the NFL’s eight-man finance

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Nick Canepa: The NBA draft lottery is a bad gimmick that’s run its course

Almost every time I see it – which, granted, isn’t very often, but every so often is often enough – the NBA doesn’t look good. It’s hard for me to recognize. And yet it is thriving, so they say. TV ratings are up, while the NFL’s and NHL’s are down. For the fourth consecutive year

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Ira Winderman: LeBron 2.0 too implausible for Heat

This is supposed to be the weekly stop where answers, at least theoretically, are offered. But this week, the outside confusion remains, frankly, confounding. From ESPN to Fox to The Ringer and beyond, the conversation about what might come next for Le…

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Ira Winderman: LeBron 2.0 too implausible for Heat

This is supposed to be the weekly stop where answers, at least theoretically, are offered. But this week, the outside confusion remains, frankly, confounding. From ESPN to Fox to The Ringer and beyond, the conversation about what might come next for Le…

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