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Giants regain NL West lead beating LA

LOS ANGELES — Something had to give with two pitchers combining for 20 strikeouts and no walks. In the end, the Giants scratched out a couple of runs that held up and allowed them to regain the NL West lead by a half-game. Madison Bumgarner scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval...
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Mariners win sixth straight on Saunders’ bat

SEATTLE — Michael Saunders is winning the small battles during his biggest week of the season. Saunders hit a pair of two-run homers to help the Seattle Mariners win their sixth straight with a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. Saunders also hit a two-run homer on Sunday and now has...
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Oregon Tech volleyball begins Friday

The Oregon Tech volleyball season gets underway Friday in Ashland. The Owls play two matches each day during the two-day Paul Elliott Invitational season-opening tournament at Southern Oregon University. Owls head coach Jason Corwin It was at the Paul Elliott tournament that the Owls upset top-ranked Fresno Pacific in a five-set match last year....
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Gems remain in wood bat top 50 for attendance

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Gems season ended earlier than fans had hoped, but their passion did fuel success for the Basin’s ball club on the national stage. The Gems ranked 42nd on the summer collegiate attendance list. Gems general manager Chuck Heeman, who says there are about 370 college wood...
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Owens to see action against Broncos

RENTON, Wash. — Peyton Manning’s debut in Denver won’t hog all the attention. Terrell Owens will be taking some himself. Owens will make his return to the NFL when the Seattle Seahawks play the Broncos on Saturday night. Seattle coach Pete Carroll didn’t give specifics on how many snaps Owens will get in the...
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QB Alex Smith making big strides in 49ers offense

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Alex Smith is an expert. So says Jim Harbaugh, and he’s the one who truly matters on this topic. Harbaugh figures it typically takes a quarterback two full seasons in a new offense to become a so-called expert. In the case of Smith, however, he’s already right there if you...
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Jones hits two homers to fuel Pirates over LA

PITTSBURGH — An angry A.J. Burnett outperformed the even angrier Los Angeles Dodgers. Garrett Jones hit two three-run homers, Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher with 15 wins in 13 years, and Pittsburgh avoided a four-game sweep with a 10-6 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday. Jones had a career-high six RBIs, and Pedro...
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San Diego Padres

MLB owners approve Padres sale

DENVER — The O’Malleys are back in the baseball business. Back in Southern California, too, just down the road in San Diego instead of Los Angeles. In a quick vote Thursday, Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of the Padres to a group that includes Kevin and Brian O’Malley, the sons of former...
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Oakland Raiders

Kelly likes what he sees from Raiders defense

NAPA, Calif. — Tommy Kelly needed only one preseason game to become convinced Oakland’s defense is already vastly improved from a year ago. The veteran defensive tackle has fully embraced the changes made by first-year coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and said he expects the Raiders to have one of the...
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San Francisco Giants

Giants GM shocked by Cabrera ban

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean insists his club has two suspended veteran players who should know better than to use performance-enhancing drugs. A day after outfielder and All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test, Sabean said Thursday he was shocked when he...
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