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Boom or bust as homers, strikeouts dominate diamond

MLB

WASHINGTON — Boom or bust. This is what baseball has become — and that has owners worried. "It's just kind of what it is: home runs and strikeouts," Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling said.

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Game and Fish now accepting entries for wildlife calendar photo contest

Local Sports in Brief

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is currently holding the 12th annual Arizona Wildlife Photo Contest for the 2019 calendar, which is published in the November-December issue of Arizona Wildlife Views.

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Preview: Masters champion Patrick Reed eyes 2nd major win at Open

PGA Tour

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Patrick Reed would figure to be a player British fans love to hate, largely due to his passionate play for the other side in the Ryder Cup.

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Kobritz: Baseball needs to address its declining attendance

Beyond the Lines

As MLB takes a break from the regular season to play the 89th All-Star Game, one of the hot topics this year has been attendance, or rather, the lack of it. According to Baseball-Reference, overall league attendance is down over 2.5 million this year, with 22 of 30 clubs showing a decline from 2017 numbers.

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Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

MLB

WASHINGTON — A record 10 home runs. A slew of strikeouts. The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored what baseball has become.

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NAU football slotted 3rd in preseason Big Sky coaches and media poll

College Football

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Northern Arizona football team sits at No. 3 in the Big Sky Conference Preseason Polls for both the coaches and media, each of which were announced on Monday morning during 2018 Big Sky Football Kickoff festivities by league officials.

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Badgers kickoff 2018 season a week early, host Desert Edge Aug. 17

Prep Football

SHOW LOW — With training camp underway this week, Prescott’s athletic department officially released its 2018 football schedule Tuesday morning.

College Football Playoff hires Big Sky commissioner as COO

College Football

IRVING, Texas — The College Football Playoff has hired Big Sky Commissioner Andrea Williams to be its chief operating officer.

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Arizona Cardinals suspend GM 5 weeks after extreme DUI plea

NFL

TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals suspended general manager Steve Keim for five weeks and fined him $200,000 after he pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to extreme DUI following a Fourth of July arrest in a Phoenix suburb.

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Players open to expanded DH, wild card, but MLB not keen

MLB

WASHINGTON — Baseball players are open to extending the designated hitter to the National League and to expanding the winner-take-all wild-card playoff to a multi-game series. Management has little interest.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension

NBA

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure.

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Take that for data: NBA preps for expanded betting on games

NBA

LAS VEGAS — Here’s a scenario: LeBron James is four assists and three rebounds shy of a triple-double after three quarters.

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Preview: Scherzer vs. Sale to start All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

MLB

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper will get to enjoy at least one more grand celebration as a hometown fan favorite at Nationals Park when he trots out to right field at the beginning of the All-Star Game.

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Howard: What is the appeal, attractiveness of sport?

My Point

Every sport that has acquired millions of followers has found a niche in attracting people to either participate, spectate or both for a variety of reasons we’ve found appealing.

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Hometown hero Harper wins thrilling HR Derby

MLB

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper thrilled the home crowd and surely made his father proud, winning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night with an exceptional display of power that carried him past Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18.

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Free agency turning into bargain hunting for NBA clubs

NBA

Even after roughly $1.5 billion in new contracts were hammered out during the first two weeks of free agency, there is still plenty of shopping for NBA teams to do over the coming weeks.

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Trout still setting the standard in AL through first half

MLB

At the All-Star break last year, Chris Sale looked as if he might pull away in the American League Cy Young race. He already had 178 strikeouts with only 22 walks.

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Dahlberg: Tiger and Phil in prime time? Great idea in 1999

PGA Tour

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — As golf exhibitions go, this probably once seemed like a good idea.

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France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

World Cup

MOSCOW — Sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France’s players acted like the youthful bunch they are.

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Teheran sharp in 6-plus innings, Braves beat Arizona

MLB

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman likes how the Atlanta Braves are positioned with the first half of the season complete.

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Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon, 1st Slam in 2 years

ATP Tour

LONDON — Novak Djokovic acknowledged that he was worried.

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Kim wins John Deere Classic in record-breaking runaway

PGA Tour

SILVIS, Ill. — Michael Kim didn’t just win his first PGA Tour event on Sunday. He dominated in a fashion never seen at TPC Deere Run.

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Singh tops Maggert in playoff at Senior Players Championship

PGA Tour

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Vijay Singh hit a perfect approach to set up the winning playoff birdie.

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Romo rallies to win celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe

Golf

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo rallied from four points back to win his first American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday.

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Prescott 11U team claims 1st-round bye at state

Little League

MESA — Prescott Little League’s 11-and-Under All-Stars will have had three weeks to prepare for the Arizona state tournament by the time the team battles the winner of Monday night’s first-round game — that pits Mt. Graham versus McCormick Ranch — in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, July 17.

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