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Indians embark on tour of NY


UNDATED (AP) – Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and the Indians own the majors’ best record since early June, going 43-19 while whittling away an 11 1/2-game deficit in the AL Central. Now, Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg) and his new teammates are set to spend more than a week in New York, starting with a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.


Adam Plutko pitches Thursday’s opener, taking on a big-hitting Yankees team that has the best record in the majors and has won five in a row.


After taking on Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge and the Yanks, the Indians move across town for a three-game set vs. the Mets and their talented rotation. Cleveland has never played at Citi Field – its only trip to face the Mets was in 2004 at Shea Stadium.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Oakland righty Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) takes a nine-game winning streak into Thursday night’s home game against Houston. Fiers, who pitched a no-hitter for the Astros in 2015, has no-decisions in all three starts vs. the AL West leaders this year. Aaron Sanchez starts for Houston. Leading the majors in losses when he was traded from Toronto to the Astros last month, Sanchez is trying for his third straight victory since the deal.


– The Marlins have the worst record in the National League going into their game at home against Walker Buehler and the Dodgers. Miami appears headed to its second straight last-place finish under CEO Derek Jeter, who isn’t ready to say whether manager – and former Yankees teammate – Don Mattingly will return next season. Mattingly is in the final year of a four-year contract.




Little League World Series features first girl in 5 years


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – Five years after Mo’ne (MOH’-nay) Davis pitched her way onto the cover of Sports Illustrated, the Little League World Series will welcome another female player.


Maddy Freking is the starting second baseman on a team from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, that will represent the Midwest Region in the Little League World Series, which starts Thursday.


She’ll become just the 19th girl in history to play in the 72-year history of the Little League World Series, and the first since Davis in 2014.
Minnesota will play opening day against a team from Bowling Green, Kentucky, representing Great Lakes.




No resolution in talks with US women’s team, USSF


UNDATED (AP) – Players for the World Cup champion women’s national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation in their dispute over equal pay have ended without a resolution.


Player representative Molly Levinson said in a statement Wednesday that the players look forward to a jury trial. She added that players concluded the meetings “sorely disappointed in the federation’s determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behavior.”


The players sued the federation in March, charging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men’s national team.




Swedish hockey players boycott training, tournament over pay


STOCKHOLM (AP) – The leading female hockey players in Sweden are refusing to attend a training camp or play in an upcoming international tournament in Finland over a pay dispute with the country’s federation. The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation says it has been informed of the boycott and is “surprised” at the decision.


A total of 43 players are involved in the boycott, which is seemingly about the lack of compensation they receive while on duty with the national team. They were scheduled to attend a five-day training camp starting Thursday outside Stockholm, ahead of the Five Nations Tournament beginning Tuesday.




Tokyo’s summer heat forces triathlon test to be shortened


TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo’s summer heat has forced an Olympic women’s triathlon qualifying event to be shortened because of high temperatures that are likely to impact next year’s games.


The International Triathlon Union reduced the running portion of the triathlon from 10 kilometers to 5 kilometers because temperatures fell within what it termed “extreme levels.”


Tokyo’s summers are a worry for organizers of the Olympics, which open on July 24, 2020. Temperatures are routinely above 32C or 90F with high humidity.


This wasn’t a problem during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which were held in October. The schedule and demands of television force the midsummer schedule this time.



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