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Cole's strikeouts, spin rate down, Royals rally past Yanks

NEW YORK — (AP) — Gerrit Cole’s strikeouts and spin rate dropped as he pitched for the first time since Major League Baseball’s crackdown on sticky substances, and Ryan O'Hearn and the Kansas City Royals rallied against the Yankees' bullpen for four runs in the eighth inning to beat New York Yankees 6-5 Tuesday night.
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Police: Singer Chris Brown accused of hitting woman in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Grammy Award-winning singer Chris Brown is accused of hitting a woman during an argument on Friday, authorities said. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told NBC News on Tuesday that officers responded to a home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. The address corresponds with the address Brown shared for his Tarzana, California, home on a promotional flyer for a garage sale he hosted in November 2019, Billboard reported.
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LEADING OFF: Ohtani back on mound, Franco's smashing start

A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday:. Two-way star Shohei Ohtani is back on the mound, taking on Kevin Gausman and the Giants at Angel Stadium. Because the game is being played in an American League park, it has the potential to be the first where an NL team uses a designated hitter and the AL team does not. Ohtani has hit for himself in seven of his starts this season and went into Tuesday tied for the major league lead with 23 home runs.
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Top prospect Wander Franco homers in MLB debut for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (AP) — Wander Franco, a 20-year-old infielder considered the best prospect in the minor leagues, homered for the Tampa Bay Rays in his major league debut, connecting for a three-run drive against Boston on Tuesday night. Called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, Franco's first...
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US takes down Iran-linked news sites, alleges disinformation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — (AP) — American authorities seized a range of Iran’s state-linked news website domains they accused of spreading disinformation, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, a move that appeared to be a far-reaching crackdown on Iranian media amid heightened tensions between the two countries. The Justice...
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US to review Native American boarding schools' dark history

The federal government will investigate its past oversight of Native American boarding schools and work to “uncover the truth about the loss of human life and the lasting consequences” of policies that over the decades forced hundreds of thousands of children from their families and communities, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Tuesday.
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Kobe Bryant's widow to settle lawsuit over deadly crash

LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Kobe Bryant's widow has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the pilot and owners of the helicopter that crashed last year, killing the NBA star, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Vanessa Bryant, her children and relatives of other victims filed a settlement agreement notice...
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Pistons win lottery, receive No. 1 pick in 2021 NBA draft

The Detroit Pistons did a lot of losing this season, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA and the franchise's worst record in nearly 30 years. The Pistons won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night, grabbing the No. 1 pick in the July 29 draft and presumably the chance to select Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham. If the Pistons keep the pick, it'll be the first time they select No. 1 overall since taking Bob Lanier in 1970.
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Tokyo governor takes time off due to fatigue before Olympics

TOKYO — (AP) — Tokyo's governor will take time off to recover from severe fatigue, the metropolitan government said Wednesday, one month before the Olympics begin. As the host city's leader, Gov. Yuriko Koike has been deeply involved with preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics as well as leading the capital's coronavirus response.