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Update on the latest in sports:




Bregman looks to extend string


UNDATED (AP) – Alex Bregman has homered in three straight games for Houston, part of his surge since making the All-Star team. The third baseman has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors, and looks to extend the string at home vs. Minnesota. Bregman tops the AL West leaders with his career-high 28 home runs and has 72 extra-base hits, the most by an Astros player since Lance Berkman’s 79 in 2008.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Yankees lefty J.A. Happ pitches at Oakland in what could be next month’s matchup for the AL wild-card game. Happ is 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA in six starts since being traded from Toronto to New York in late July.


– Cardinals closer Bud Norris is likely to get a day off after two straight poor outings. Norris gave up a tying home run to Bryce Harper in the ninth inning at Washington on Monday, and the Nationals won in the 10th. On Sunday, Norris was tagged for two homers and three runs in the 10th inning by the Reds in a loss at Busch Stadium. Norris is 28 for 33 on save chances.


– Third baseman Rafael Devers and infielder Brandon Phillips are set to join the Red Sox in Atlanta for their game between division leaders. Devers has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The 37-year-old Phillips, who went to high school in the Atlanta area, will make his Boston debut. Phillips signed with the Red Sox in late June.


In tonight’s other action (all times Eastern)


Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.


Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.


Kansas City at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.


Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m.


L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m.


Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.


Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.


San Francisco at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.


San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.


Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.


N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.




Kerry Perry resigns as USA Gymnastics president


UNDATED (AP) – Kerry Perry has resigned as president of USA Gymnastics.


The announcement Tuesday came days after the United States Olympic Committee questioned the direction of the organization under Perry’s leadership.


Perry has struggled to outline a clear path forward during her nine months on the job. She repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes who felt she was mishandling the fallout from the abuse scandal surrounding disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar.


The USOC also has expressed disappointment following the botched hiring – and then firing – of its elite development coordinator.


Perry is a former communications executive. When she took over as president of USA Gymnastics last December, she stressed her focus would be on “creating an environment of empowerment where all have a strong voice and we are dedicated every single day to athlete safety.”




Nike stock falls following Kaepernick’s new deal


NEW YORK (AP) – Nike’s stock is falling in early trading following an announcement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with the athletic clothing and footwear maker.


Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, made the announcement on Twitter, calling the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback an “All American Icon.”


Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multiyear deal to make him one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Ju


The NFL and Nike extended their partnership in March to run through 2028. Nike provides all NFL teams with game-day uniforms and sideline apparel that bears the swoosh logo.


Shares of Nike Inc. dropped 2 percent.



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