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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals bats power past Cubs

Associated Press

Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in seven innings, Bryce Harper had two doubles and two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday night.

(AP File Photo/Chris Gardner)

Kerrigan, Gruden tee off with PGA pros at Potomac

- The Washington Times

You’re used to seeing them on the ice or gridiron, but players — and at least one head coach — from the Capitals and Redskins joined the PGA Tour pros Wednesday, taking part in the Quicken Loans National Pro-Am.

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UK government to rule on Murdoch takeover deal

- Associated Press

Britain's culture secretary will rule Thursday on whether Twenty-First Century Fox can take full control of the Sky pay television and broadband network in an 11.7 billion pound ($15.2 billion) deal critics say would give Rupert Murdoch too much power in U.K. media.

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, file photo, Czech Republic's tennis player Petra Kvitova makes a statement to the media in Prague, Czech Republic. Kvitova still has not regained full strength in her left hand, the one she uses to swing a tennis racket _ and the one that was stabbed by an attacker at her home in December.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, file)

WIMBLEDON '17: Still without full strength, Kvitova favored

- Associated Press

Petra Kvitova still has not regained full strength in her left hand, the one she uses to swing a tennis racket so well that she won Wimbledon twice - and the one that was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic late last year.

Houston Astros' George Springer (4) celebrates with Josh Reddick (22) after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Reddick and Springer lead Astros over Athletics 11-8

- Associated Press

Josh Reddick and George Springer had three hits each and combined for five RBIs as the Houston Astros used a five-run third inning to take the lead and hold on for a 11-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Arizona's Lovullo, Mathis ejected in fourth inning

Associated Press

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo and catcher Jeff Mathis were ejected for arguing balls and strikes at the end of the fourth inning Wednesday night in the Diamondbacks' game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Jose Osuna drives in a run with a double to right field off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Osuna advanced to third on the throw to the plate. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates jump on Snell in return, top Rays 6-2

- Associated Press

Josh Bell, Jose Osuna and Elias Dias spent the better part of five years climbing through the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization talking about the day they'd finally get a chance to make an impact in the big leagues.