- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015


CINCINNATI (AP) - Mike Trout became the first player in 38 years to lead off the All-Star Game with a home run, and the American League beat the National League 6-3 to secure home-field advantage in the World Series for the third straight time and 10th in 13 years.

Trout also became the first player to be selected the game’s MVP two years in row.

Prince Fielder singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning off loser Clayton Kershaw, joining Trout in completing career All-Star cycles. Only 10 players in 86 midsummer classics have a career cycle.

Fielder added a sacrifice fly, Manny Machado doubled in a run and Brian Dozier homered for the AL.

Trout went opposite field off Kershaw’s teammate Zack Greinke on the fourth pitch of the game, giving the four-time All-Star a unique feat: he has a single, double, triple and homer - in that order - in his first four initial trips to the plate in his All-Star appearances.

David Price struck out two in an inning for the win.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Pete Rose came home for the All-Star Game and made a rare on-field appearance in the place where he’s still treated like a king.

The hits king was voted one of Cincinnati’s Franchise Four players as part of a Major League Baseball promotion. Rose and Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin and Joe Morgan were introduced on the field at Great American Ball Park before the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

The 74-year-old Rose was last out of the AL dugout. Fans started chanting “Pete! Pete!” when they saw him reach the top step, wearing a red jacket and tie.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Changes to the NBA playoffs are almost certainly coming. Changes to the league’s much-discussed moratorium and Hack-a-Shaq aren’t, at least not now.

After meeting with the league’s Board of Governors on those and other topics, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that - as expected - the league is leaning toward eliminating any protection for division winners in playoff seeding going forward and instead placing the eight teams on the Eastern and Western Conference brackets based solely by record.

There was no vote Tuesday, though one is expected soon.

DALLAS (AP) - Deron Williams has joined his hometown Mavericks after Brooklyn bought out the contract the point guard signed when he spurned Dallas to stay with the Nets three years ago.

Williams, who grew up in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, signed a two-year, $10 million deal. He has a player option in the second year.

Dallas had a deal with Williams on Friday and had to wait for him to clear waivers. It was a boost for the Mavericks soon after free agent center DeAndre Jordan reneged on a deal to sign with them.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - After missing on their biggest target in free agency, the Orland Magic are now doing what they can to ensure their rebuilding process doesn’t take a step backward.

The Magic formally announced the re-signing of forward Tobias Harris, along with the signing of free agent big man Jason Smith. Additionally, the team announced a minor deal that sent forward Maurice Harkless to Portland in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick.

In Harris, Orlando brings back a 22-year-old that has steadily improved since being acquired in a 2013 trade. The signing of Smith was a consolation prize of sorts after general manager Rob Hennigan was unsuccessful in persuading Atlanta two-time All-Star power forward Paul Millsap to venture farther south.


GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb had a blood alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Arizona last month, police said.

Police in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert said lab tests show McNabb’s blood alcohol level was 0.17. The legal limit in Arizona is .08 and anything 0.15 or higher qualifies as extreme DUI.

A message left at a phone number listed for the 38-year-old McNabb was not immediately returned.

It was the second DUI arrest for McNabb in 18 months. He served a day in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge resulting from a Dec. 15, 2013, arrest in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Phoenix.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Bills President Russ Brandon says offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has been put on paid administrative leave after being accused of punching a boy in the face for using his beach chairs.

Brandon says the team is following the league’s personal conduct policy, putting Kromer on leave while investigating with the league.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says Kromer was arrested over the weekend after confronting two boys, pushing one to the ground and punching him.

An arrest report released this week says the boy told deputies that Kromer threatened to kill his family if he reported the incident.


LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN, France (AP) - Chris Froome used the first high-mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France to take control of the race, powering up a punishing climb in the Pyrenees at a pace that none of his rivals could match.

Froome and his Sky teammates killed off the hopes of one contender after another, including 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali, the first of the big favorites to crack on the final ascent of Stage 10 to the ski station of La Pierre-Saint-Martin.

With four miles to go, on some of the steepest sections, Froome tore away alone, getting out of the saddle as he accelerated. The last rider to stay with him, 2013 runner-up Nairo Quintana, couldn’t respond and finished third behind Froome and Richie Porte.

Froome, who was already wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey after nine stages, is now 2 minutes, 52 seconds in front of Tejay van Garderen.

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