COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman entered the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio basked in the moment, with at least 40,000 fans cheering them one more time.
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Many waved Dominican flags for one of their own. Martinez joined former Giants great Juan Marichal as the only Hall of Famers from the Caribbean nation.
Playing through an era tainted by steroids and ruled by offense - compliments of bulked-up sluggers, a smaller strike zone and smaller ballparks - Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz proved indomitable. They combined for 735 wins, 11,113 strikeouts and nine Cy Young Awards. Biggio, who played four positions in his 20-year career, all with the Houston Astros, became an All-Star at second base and behind the plate.
CHICAGO (AP) - Cole Hamels tossed baseball's third no-hitter of the season, dominating the Chicago Cubs in the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-0 victory on Saturday.
He struck out 13 in the 13th no-hitter in franchise history for the Phillies. The 31-year-old left-hander has been mentioned prominently in trade talks ahead of Friday's non-waiver deadline.
Hamels threw a season-high 129 pitches in his first win since May 23. Hamels also was part of Philadelphia's previous no-hitter, teaming with three relievers for another gem last Sept. 1 at Atlanta. It was the first no-hitter against Chicago since Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game at Dodger Stadium in 1965.
NEW YORK (AP) - Zack Greinke's shutout streak for the Los Angeles Dodgers ended Sunday after the New York Mets scored against him on a grounder by opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom.
Greinke retired his first six batters in the Mets' 3-2 win in 10 innings, extending his scoreless streak to 45 2/3 innings - longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the big league record with 59 for the Dodgers in 1988. It was the first run Greinke had allowed in seven starts since June 13 at San Diego. He did give up a leadoff homer to AL MVP Mike Trout in the All-Star Game on July 14.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - New York Yankees great Reggie Jackson says he's sorry for using profanity in public after a confrontation with an autograph-seeking fan in Cooperstown.
Jackson took to Twitter to express his regret on Sunday, saying ''mad or not'' there was no excuse for his language.
The New York Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1SHy8Jr ) Jackson got angry with an autograph-seeker at a restaurant Friday night, saying the man had tried to get multiple autographs in the same day.
TOUR DE FRANCE
PARIS (AP) - Resplendent in yellow and riding a canary yellow bike, Chris Froome won his second Tour de France in three years on Sunday, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spectacular three-week slog of furious racing that culminated with a thrilling late fight-back by the British rider's toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.
Cheered on the Champs-Elysees under suitably rainy skies for Britain's third win in the 112-year-old race, Froome took it easy on the last Stage 21, his work done having grimly resisted Quintana's last-ditch assault on his hard-won Tour lead the previous day on the final Alpine ascent.
Just as when Froome first won in 2013, Quintana was again runner-up, although the margin was much smaller this time: 1 minute, 12 seconds, the tightest win since 2008.
PARIS (AP) - Paris police were searching for four occupants of a car that struck a taxi and tried to crash barricades set up near the Tour de France finish line on Sunday morning, drawing police fire hours before the arrival of cyclists and spectators. Police said they didn't suspect terrorism.
Police found the car with bullet impacts not far from the Place de la Concorde where police opened fire, according to a police official and a ranking official close to the investigation. They asked not to be identified by name because the investigation was ongoing.
The car carried two men and two women, one of whom was injured on her upper body, the ranking official said, citing a witness at a hotel where the group sought a glass of water for her. It was not immediately clear if the woman had been hit by a bullet.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kyle Busch's incredible comeback rolled through Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday to sweep the weekend at the historic track.
Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with a broken right leg and broken left foot. He returned in late May and has won four of the last five Sprint Cup Series races and three straight. Now he has a prestigious Brickyard victory to give him one of NASCAR's elusive crown jewels. Busch also won the second-tier Xfinity Series race Saturday at Indianapolis.
His Indy victory moved him within 23 points of cracking the top 30 in the standings - where he needs to be to make NASCAR's championship race. It also gave Toyota its first Cup win at Indianapolis.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won an action-packed Hungarian Grand Prix for the first time on Sunday, while Nico Rosberg saw his chance to catch Lewis Hamilton in the title race disappear with a puncture near the end.
Four-time F1 champion Vettel started third on the grid. It was his 41st career win - moving him level with Brazilian great Ayrton Senna - and his first since the Malaysian GP in the second race of this season.
Red Bull took advantage of late chaos as Russian driver Daniil Kvyat placed second and Daniel Ricciardo, who clipped Rosberg, took third.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andres Guardado scored his fourth goal of the knockout rounds, not needing a penalty kick this time, and Mexico won its seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title Sunday with a 3-1 victory over upstart Jamaica.
Jesus Corona and Oribe Peralta added goals as El Tri scored twice early in the second half to ensure this match wouldn't come down to any calls in the final minutes. It was a convincing performance for coach Miguel Herrera and his team after some shaky play and contentious moments in the previous two games.
Jamaica had made a rousing run to the final, stunning the U.S. in the semis to become the first Caribbean nation to reach the Gold Cup's championship match.
TORONTO (AP) - The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee said Sunday he would push Toronto to bid for the 2024 Olympics.
Marcel Aubut, head of the COC, told a press conference he wants to see Canada's largest city be an official candidate by Sept. 15, the deadline set by the International Olympic Committee.
''It's time to make it crystal clear,'' Aubut said. ''I am officially declaring that I will use the full power of my office to lead and advocate for Toronto's candidacy to hold the 2024 Olympic Games. This is it.''
So far five cities are already bidding: Boston; Budapest, Hungary; Hamburg, Germany; Paris; Rome. Toronto lost recent bids to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics, and to Beijing for 2008.
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) - Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn's bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years.
Day made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey.
Day was coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in the British Open at St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Australian also fought through vertigo symptoms last month to tie for ninth in the U.S. Open. He has four PGA Tour victories, also winning at Torrey Pines in February.
SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) - American Marco Dawson held off the twin challenge of super stars Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie over the final nine holes to claim victory in a thrilling climax to the Senior British Open Championship on Sunday.
Dawson finished with a 16-under par total of 264 to claim his second title on the Senior Tour this year after more than 12 years without a victory.
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) - Lexi Thompson won the Meijer LPGA Classic by a stroke Sunday, shooting a 6-under 65 and rallying from four shots back.
The 20-year-old Florida golfer won for the fifth time on the LPGA Tour. This was her first victory since she captured her first major title last year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
She finished at 18-under 266. Gerina Piller closed with a 64 and was one shot behind.
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) - Danny Willett won his third European Tour title after a one-shot victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick in the European Masters on Sunday.
The 27-year-old, who tied sixth at the British Open on Monday, shot a 5-under par 65 to finish on 17 under overall.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Maya Moore scored a record 30 points to lead the West to a 117-112 victory over the East on Saturday in the WNBA All-Star Game.
The league's reigning MVP scored eight straight points in the final 2 minutes to turn a one-point deficit into a 113-106 advantage. After a basket by the East cut it to a four-point game, the Minnesota forward hit another deep 3 to seal the victory.
Brittney Griner added 21 points, including a two-handed dunk, for the West. Alex Bentley scored 23 for the East.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Christina Jones and Bill May, a couple of old pros in the pool making a comeback while juggling Las Vegas show careers, won a gold medal in new mixed duet technical synchronized swimming at the world championships Sunday night.
The Americans totaled 88.5108 points to beat the Russians by 0.2122 points in their home pool with a 2 1/2-minute routine that included scissor kicks and spins at Kazan Arena. Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova of the host nation, who led by just over two points after the preliminaries, settled for silver with 88.2986 points.
Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won gold in the synchro duet technical with 95.4672 points. China was second and Japan third.
China improved to 3-0 in diving when Chen Aisen and Lin Yue won men's 10-meter synchronized platform with 495.72 points.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings signed kicker Blair Walsh on Sunday to a four-year contract extension with $5.25 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $14 million.
Walsh, who will make $660,000 this season on the final year of his rookie deal, was given quite the reward on the first day of training camp for the team. He was a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 out of Georgia to replace veteran Ryan Longwell and promptly set an NFL record by making 12 consecutive field goals from 50-plus yards to start his career, 10 of which came in that stellar first season when he made the Pro Bowl.