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CINCINNATI (AP) — A pair of three-run homers by Jake Lamb accounted for half of the scoring in the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-2 rout of the Cincinnati Reds. Arizona stabilized itself by taking two of three in the series. The Diamondbacks had dropped eight of nine heading into the set, falling behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot.
BOSTON (AP) — Justin Smoak hit a pair of homers and Steve Pearce drove in two runs when Boston second baseman Brock Holt lost a popup in the sun, and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to beat the Red Sox 8-6. The teams split the four-game series. Including the 15-inning game on Tuesday with Toronto, the Red Sox played 76 innings in about 144 hours — the equivalent of 8 1/2 games in six days.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Three Americans are tied for the lead at the first round of the British Open. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kah), Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) and Jordan Spieth (speeth) all had 5-under 65s. All of Kuchar's birdies came on the front nine. His 29 matched the best front-nine score ever at Royal Birkdale. Former champion Mark O'Meara, who won there in 1998 teed off first and in the rain, shot an 81. At age 60, he says it's not the end of the world.
LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson will walk out of a Nevada prison in a few months. A parole panel today granted his release about nine years into his sentence of nine to 33 years for a Las Vegas robbery. Simpson, who claimed he had been trying to recover his stolen sports memorabilia in the robbery, could be free by Oct. 1. The 70-year-old was remorseful, but insisted the items taken were his "stuff." His defenders said Simpson's sentence was punishment for the two murders of which he was acquitted in 1995.
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat president Pat Riley has inked another contract with "Mr. 305." That's the nickname of 15-year hometown, veteran Udonis Haslem (yoo-DAH'-nihs HAZ'-lehm), who has spent his entire career with the heat. The three-time NBA champion has signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal. Among active players, only Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have spent the entirety of a career spanning at least 15 years with one franchise.
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