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Nova Strkes Out 10, Yankees Win 7th in a row
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ivan Nova struck out a career-high 10 and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Thursday night, completing a four-game sweep and winning their seventh in a row overall.

Cubs' 7-6 Win Completes 4-Game Sweep of Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Carlos Pena hit one of Chicago's three home runs and walked with the bases loaded during a three-run eighth-inning rally as the Cubs won their season-high fifth straight, a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.

Cards C Molina Suspended 5 Games for Umpire Run-in
MIAMI (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games after bumping an umpire several times and spraying him with spittle during a run-in this week.

A-Rod Ready to Cooperate with MLB
CHICAGO (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez's publicist says the Yankees third baseman is looking forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball in its investigation of his alleged involvement in illegal poker games.

Yankees Rough Up Floyd, Beat White Sox 18-7
CHICAGO (AP) -- Derek Jeter had five hits, Curtis Granderson drove in five runs and the surging New York Yankees pounded Gavin Floyd and the Chicago White Sox 18-7 on Wednesday night.

Garza Goes 7 as Cubs Top Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Starlin Castro homered and Matt Garza pitched seven shutout innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 win over the sliding Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

Rams QB Bulger Retires
Former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger tells ESPN.com he is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.

Eagles DT Patterson has Brain Condition
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder says defensive tackle Mike Patterson has a brain condition, and may require surgery.

McGehee Hits 3 HRs as Brewers Beat Cardinals 10-5
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Manager Ron Roenicke wants Casey McGehee to play a big role in the Brewers' offense, not try to carry the club. McGehee did both Wednesday.

DT Patterson has Seizure, Alert at Hospital
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder says defensive tackle Mike Patterson is alert, stable and joking at a hospital after suffering a seizure at training camp at Lehigh University.

Berkman Lifts Cardinals Over Brewers in 11 Innings
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Lance Berkman singled in Matt Holliday with two out in the 11th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Tuesday in a matchup of NL Central contenders that turned testy as the night wore on.

Teixeira Powers Yankees to Win
CHICAGO (AP) -- Mark Teixeira set a major league record by homering from both sides of the plate for the 12th time and Phil Hughes pitched six innings to send the New York Yankees to their fifth straight victory, 6-0 over the fading Chicago White Sox in a game called after 6 1-2 innings because of rain.

Soriano Hits Two of Cubs' Six Homers
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs' season-high six home runs and the Cubs had a season-best 23 hits in an 11-6 victory over the fading Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Kendricks Making Quick Impact for Rams
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- While the St. Louis Rams wait for top pick Robert Quinn to recover from a knee injury, their second-rounder is fitting in nicely.

TE CLark Agrees to 1-Year Deal with Bears
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears and free agent tight end Desmond Clark have agree to a one-year contract.

QB Grossman Re-signs with Redskins, Gets 1-Yr Deal
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Rex Grossman has re-signed with the Washington Redskins, setting the stage for his duel with John Beck for the starting quarterback job.

Morgan, Brewers Rough Up Carpenter, Cardinals 6-2
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Nyjer Morgan hit a go-ahead, three-run double and the surging Milwaukee Brewers scored five runs in the fifth inning off Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter to rally for a 6-2 win over St. Louis on Monday night and extend their season-best winning streak to seven.

Sabathia Pitches Yankees Past White Sox 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) -- CC Sabathia pitched eight strong innings to earn his major league-best 16th win and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Monday for their fourth consecutive victory.

Lee Homers Twice but Cubs Drop Pirates 5-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Starlin Castro had three hits and Carlos Zambrano survived six choppy innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Monday night to spoil slugger Derrek Lee's two-homer debut with his new team.

Illinois State Picked to Finish 5th in Missouri Valley
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State football coach Brock Spack thinks the voters in the preseason Missouri Valley Football Conference got it about right when they picked Northern Iowa to win the title.

Illinois Linebacker Facing DUI Charges
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A University of Illinois football player is due in court in early September after he was charged with drunk driving.

Concussion Prgram Aims to Test 1 Million Kids
A school program will test athletes for concussions in about 3,300 middle and high schools. The hope is that 1 million youngsters will have the exams and learn about concussions.

Noah Set to Join Up with France Team
PARIS (AP) -- The French Basketball Federation says Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is recovering well from a troublesome ankle problem and should be ready to join his France teammates later this week.

Illinois Governor to Make Good on Packers Bet
CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn plans a trip to Wisconsin to fulfill his losing end of a football bet.

Woods Returns to Firestone after 3-Month Break
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods is back on a PGA Tour golf course for the first time in nearly three months after an injury layoff.

Cubs Solve Westbrook in 6th, Beat Cardinals 6-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Starlin Castro and Marlon Byrd had key hits as the Chicago Cubs broke up Jake Westbrook's perfect game with a four-run sixth inning and held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Red Sox Get Strong Relief to Beat White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dustin Pedroia hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh, Jason Varitek homered and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Sunday to capture two of three games in their series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Kreutz Out as Bears Agree to Terms with Spencer
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- Olin Kreutz's 13-year run in Chicago is over after the Bears agreed to a two-year contract with former Seattle Seahawks center Chris Spencer on Sunday.

Rams Put Top Draft Pick on Injury List
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams have placed first-round pick Robert Quinn on the non-football injury list.

Paul Menard Pulls Off Upset Win at Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul Menard has won his first career Sprint Cup Series race by conserving fuel then holding off Jeff Gordon to pull off an upset victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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