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UNDATED (AP) — Today is the last day for major league baseball teams to make trades without waivers. Star pitchers Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray are among those who have been mentioned as possible targets. Verlander pitched six scoreless innings in Detroit's 13-1 win over Houston yesterday. He says as far as he is concerned, it's "business as usual until someone tells me something different." The trade deadline is 4 p.m. Eastern time.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre has become the 31st player, and the first from the Dominican Republic, to make 3,000 hits in his major league career. The Texas Rangers third baseman reached the milestone in yesterday's 10-6 home loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

DALLAS (AP) — Allen Iverson didn't show up for the Big3's games in Dallas, and the league says it is investigating his absence. The former NBA MVP is the biggest star in Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league of former NBA players. Iverson signed on as a player and coach of Three's Company for the league's inaugural season. The league says it had no advance notice that Iverson wouldn't attend the game yesterday.

MOSCOW (AP) — Longtime Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov has signed with a Russian club. The club, Ak Bars Kazan, says Markov signed a two-year contract to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, a week after Montreal said it wouldn't keep the 38-year-old defenseman for a 17th NHL season. The move means Markov could end up playing at the Olympics in February. Russia is expected to be the favorite for an Olympic tournament without NHL players.

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Busch has snapped a 36-race losing streak. His victory in yesterday's NASCAR Cup race was his first win this season in the No. 18 Toyota and his first win ever at Pocono Raceway. Busch won from the pole and gave Toyota its 100th Cup win since its 2007 debut.

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