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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) hit a two-run drive to make him one of four players with 10 career 35-homer seasons, and the Los Angeles Angels jumped on AL ERA leader Sonny Gray from the start to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4. Pujols hit his 555th career and joined Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to have reached 35 home runs in 10 or more years.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stephen Strasburg won't make his next scheduled start for the Washington Nationals on Friday. Strasburg was limited to four innings by upper back tightness his last outing
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the final game of the pre-season with only one real starting spot up for grabs. Punters Brad Wing and Jordan Berry have been in a heated competition for the job over the last six months, with no clear favorite heading into Thursday night's exhibition against Carolina.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota is joining its in-state Division I counterparts North Dakota State in providing stipends to all of its scholarship athletes starting with the 2016-17 season. Some mid-major schools have said they would offer stipends in some sports, but NDSU, UND and Liberty University are the only ones that plan to give cost-of-attendance scholarships in all sports.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has named sophomore Treon Harris its starting quarterback for the opener Saturday against New Mexico State. Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier have been vying for the starting job since spring practice began in March. Both are expected to play Saturday.
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