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UNDATED (AP) — The Cubs have won six straight and are just a game behind slumping Milwaukee in the NL Central as they begin a home series against St. Louis. Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta (9-7, 4.17) has trimmed half a run off his ERA over his past four starts and can reach double digits in victories for the fourth straight season. All-Star Carlos Martinez (6-8, 3.36) counters for the Cardinals seeking his first victory since June 16, a span of five starts. The Brewers have been alone atop the division since June 6.

UNDATED (AP) — Pablo Sandoval is expected to sign a minor league contract to return to the Giants, two days after the Red Sox released the husky third baseman. Sandoval was a two-time All-Star and a World Series MVP during his seven years with San Francisco.

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Matt Kuchar set the score everyone else has to chase in the wind at the British Open. Kuchar made a bogey on the 18th hole and had to settle for a 1-over 71 in the second round, though that was a good score in 25 mph gusts that put a premium on making par. He was at 4-under 136. Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, who teed off in the afternoon, were at 5 under. Richie Ramsay of Scotland posted a 70 and was at 2-under 138.

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (AP) — The 19th Stage of the Tour de France, the longest of this year's race, is underway with Chris Froome in the overall lead. The 222.5-kilometer ride from Embrun in the Alps through Provence has three moderate climbs but should pose no major difficulties for the top riders and is likely to end with a mass sprint at the finish in Salon-de-Provence. Froome has a lead of 23 seconds over French rider Romain Bardet and 29 seconds over Rigoberto Uran of Colombia. The race ends Sunday in Paris.

LONDON (AP) — Ilie Nastase (EE'-lee nah-STA'-see) has been banned from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behavior as Romania's captain during a Fed Cup match against Britain. And the International Tennis Federation says Nastase will not be able to work in an official capacity for another two years, until 2021. The ITF says, "Mr. Nastase made a comment about Serena Williams's unborn child that was highly inappropriate and racially insensitive."

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