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Chris Sale of Boston Red Sox reaches 200 strikeouts faster than any AL pitcher ever

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It was a fastball, 96 mph on the outer half of the plate, and Kole Calhoun didn’t swing at it as much as he reached and flailed. Once again, Chris Sale‘s last pitch of a game was as nasty as his first. Sale struck out Calhoun to complete a sixth scoreless inning Friday night in the Boston Red Sox‘s 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. It marked Sale’s 200th strikeout of the season in his 20th start, putting the ace lefty in a class with Nolan…

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Montreal Canadiens to charge for paper season tickets

MONTREAL — Canadiens fans looking forward to the annual arrival of their season tickets got an unwelcome surprise when the team announced it would be charging extra for printed tickets. Canadiens spokesman Francois Marchand confirmed that the default option will be mobile tickets and fans who want physical tickets will be charged $150 plus tax per seat. A letter to season-ticket holders cited security, ease of use and environmental sustainability as reasons for the change. Will Shead, a lifelong Habs fan, said he was on a waiting list for 10…

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John Wall agrees to extension with Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards and All-Star point guard John Wall have agreed to a four-year, $170 million extension, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal, first reported by TNT, begins in 2019, the source said. It includes a fourth-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker. In a video tweeted Friday night by the UNINTERRUPTED, Wall confirmed he had agreed to the extension, saying: “You know I wasn’t going anywhere.” BREAKING NEWS: @JohnWall announces on UNINTERRUPTED he is re-signing with the @WashWizards. pic.twitter.com/L1Sg4h2Uu1 — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 22,…

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Conor McGregor starts sparring sessions with 8 rounds against ex-champ Paulie Malignaggi

LAS VEGAS — UFC star Conor McGregor shared a boxing ring with former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi on Thursday. McGregor is preparing for an Aug. 26 bout with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor, 29, posted a photo from the eight-round session to social media. It shows McGregor with his hands behind his back, and the caption, “They say I’ve got no hands.” They say I’ve got no hands. pic.twitter.com/FJfvj5qjKi — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 21, 2017 According to Malignaggi, who says he will continue to serve as one of McGregor’s regular…

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Robert Whittaker suffers knee strain against Yoel Romero

Newly crowned interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker suffered a strained left knee during his victory over Yoel Romero at UFC 213 earlier this month. Whittaker (19-4), who fights out of Sydney, revealed the injury to the Australian Daily Telegraph. His manager, Rhys Dal Cin, confirmed the injury to ESPN.com. The camp did not offer a firm timeframe on Whittaker’s return, but Dal Cin said it’s “likely” Whittaker could accept a fight before the end of 2017. Whittaker defeated Romero via unanimous decision in a five-round 185-pound interim title fight, despite…

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Noah Goodwin, Matthew Wolff advance to U.S. Junior Amateur final

ANDOVER, Kan. — Noah Goodwin advanced to the U.S. Junior Amateur championship match for the second straight year Friday, setting up a title showdown with Matthew Wolff at Flint Hills National. The 17-year-old Goodwin, from Corinth, Texas, beat Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tennessee, 2 up in the quarterfinals, and topped India’s Rayhan Thomas 5 and 4 in the semifinals. Goodwin fell 2 and 1 to Australia’s Min Woo Lee last year in the 36-hole final at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee. “I played great golf in the final last…

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Rose Zhang wins Girls Junior PGA

ST. ALBANS, Mo. — Rose Zhang won the Girls Junior PGA Championship by six strokes Friday with a record-tying 72-hole total of 268. The 14-year-old Zhang, from Irvine, California, shot a 4-under 68 to match Kristen Gillman’s 2014 tournament mark. Zhang opened with rounds of 69, 65 and 66 and finished at 20 under on the Country Club of St. Albans’ Lewis and Clark Course. “When I first came, I didn’t have any expectations,” Zhang said. “I was just trying to play my own game and complete the four-day tournament….

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For O.J. Simpson, welcome mat of Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton still out

O.J. Simpson will remain an annual invitee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies after his release from a Nevada prison. Contacted Friday about the possibility of Simpson attending the yearly event, Hall of Fame officials said, “All Hall of Famers are invited to attend the annual enshrinement.” Simpson, 70, has served nine years of a nine- to 33-year sentence for his 2008 conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges. A Nevada parole board voted unanimously Thursday to grant Simpson his release from prison as early as Oct….

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Yoenis Cespedes of New York Mets hoping to finish career with Oakland Athletics

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that he wants to finish his career with the Athletics, the team with which he made his major league debut. The 31-year-old is signed through 2020. “I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues,” Cespedes told the Chronicle. “I love Oakland all the time.” Cespedes played 365 games for Oakland after making his debut in 2012. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2014…

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Top-seeded John Isner reaches Hall of Fame semifinals

NEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Dennis Novikov 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships semifinals. The hard-serving Isner had 20 aces and did not face a break point in his bid to become a three-time Newport champion. He won the grass-court tournament in 2011 and 2012. “Just one of those matches on a surface like this, with two pretty good servers, that’s how it can go,” Isner said. “You just get one break and you try to hold onto it.” The…

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