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TORONTO - The Angels are stumbling into their showdown with first-place Texas. Hisanori Takahashi surrendered Edwin Encarnacion's game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and the Angels lost 5-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
It might not be saying much, but Hiroki Kuroda definitely is the best 8-14 pitcher in baseball.
LOS ANGELES - In a dreadful season filled with an assortment of injuries that have forced the promotion of a number of prospects through the first 4 1/2 months, the youth movement for the Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 1-0 in 10 innings Friday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee cornerback Alterraun Verner thinks so highly of his former UCLA teammate that he predicts linebacker Akeem Ayers can be the NFL's defensive rookie of the year.
The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with first baseman Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky. Trevor Gretzky was a seventh-round pick from Oaks Christian High. He batted .
Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens and Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko of Ghana were supposed to tangle this past April 23 in the Showtime bantamweight tournament finale, but Agbeko was hit with a sudden bout of sciatica and had to pull out just a couple of days.
Mixed martial arts sensation Ronda Rousey again ended a fight in less than a minute, but the controversial finish will have people talking for days.
It was well before the Dodgers dug their own graves in the National League West this summer when Frank McCourt figured it would be dirt cheap to make a little extra cash in the offseason by renting out his jewel of a stadium to a traveling tour of.
Bound for bound and dive for dive, it appeared that the UCLA offense took a stern message from the coaching staff to heart Friday.
USC wide receiver Kyle Prater wore a yellow jersey at Friday's practice, which immediately set off fears the oft-injured redshirt freshman added another ailment to his list because players cannot be hit in that uniform.
Multiple media reports Friday linked Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane to the Galaxy, with forward Juan Pablo Angel being traded to an East Coast MLS team to make room for a player who would become the Galaxy's latest designated player.
TORONTO - Vernon Wells returned to Toronto and thought he caught a glimpse of Roy Halladay on the mound. On closer inspection, it turned out to be Ervin Santana.
It took nearly two months for the Dodgers to sign first-round draft pick Chris Reed. It will take just a few days for the former Cleveland High of Reseda and Stanford pitching standout to get pushed as a professional.
In a dreadful season filled with an assortment of injuries that have forced the promotion of a number of prospects through the first 4 1/2 months, the youth movement for the Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 1-0 in 10 innings Friday night.
He's 13 years deep into a career he never dreamed would last even 10 seasons, but the end never has seemed farther away to Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake than it does now.
SAN DIEGO - Tim Stauffer shut down the Dodgers for 61/3 innings, Jason Bartlett homered and the San Diego Padres averted a three-game sweep by beating Los Angeles 3-0 on Wednesday night.
1 Cousin Carl is starting to wear on the folks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage, to say nothing of his fans, car manufacturer and sponsor.
HORSE RACING: Former couple Smith, Sunderland to race each other at Del Mar.
NBA Led by Charles, Connecticut goes on 12-0 run to open final quarter. Reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year Tina Charles made sure the Sparks started off their six-game homestand on the wrong foot.
Tyler Glasnow, a recent Hart High graduate, signed a minor-league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.