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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is headed to the disabled list for the second straight summer because of a back injury. A year after missing 2 1/2 months with a herniated disk in his lower back, Kershaw was pulled from a start Sunday against Atlanta because of lower back tightness. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace exited after two innings in a 5-4, 10-inning victory. It leaves baseball's top team without its best pitcher.
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Jose Quintana won again and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 to move into a virtual tie for first in the NL Central. The World Series champions improved to 51-46, just a few percentage points ahead of Milwaukee after the Brewers lost 6-3 at Philadelphia.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Before Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, before Gregg Popovich and Larry Brown, even before Red Auerbach, there was John Kundla. Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, died Sunday. He was 101. Son Tom Kundla says his father died at an assisted living facility in Northeast Minneapolis, where he had been for years.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has begun its three-year countdown to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo with relays, concerts and dancing events meant to help drum up public enthusiasm for the games. The 2020 Games will be Japan's first summer Olympics since the 1964 edition in Tokyo. After a rocky start, organizers are gearing up to get the public more involved. A 15-day, 1,000-kilometer (about 620 mile) citizens relay began today in northeastern Japan. Runners and cyclists will travel through areas ravaged by the 2011 tsunami, reaching the capital on Aug. 7.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A scuba-diving treasure hunter who found an American Hockey League Hall of Fame ring in one of New York's Finger Lakes is returning it to its owner. Gary Gavurnik, of Auburn, New York, plans to return the prized ring to former AHL star Dick Gamble today. Gavurnik found it with a metal detector in Canandaigua (kan-un-DAY'-gwuh) Lake over the Fourth of July weekend. Gamble, who's now 88, starred for the AHL's Rochester Americans and retired early in the 1969-70 season. He was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2007.
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