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Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 12:37 pm


Wainwright goes for 12

UNDATED (AP) — Adam Wainwright takes another try at earning his 12th win of the season when the Cardinals continue their series in Milwaukee this afternoon. He did all he could to get it in his last start with seven scoreless innings against the Pirates but got a no decision. The 11-4 Wainwright heads into today's game with a 1.79 ERA, right behind the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead.

The pitching match-up in Kansas City tonight between the Tigers and Royals is a good one. Detroit gives the call to Rick Porcello, who's 11-5. He's coming off one of his worst outings of the season after posting back-to-back shutouts. He gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings in a loss to Tampa Bay. The Royals give the start to James Shields, who's 9-4. He struck out 10 in seven innings in a shutout over Tampa Bay in his last start. Detroit has won the first two games of the series to open a 6 1-2 -game lead over the second-place Royals in the AL Central.

There are 15 games on the major league schedule today and tonight.


Utah matches deal for Hayward

UNDATED (AP) — The Utah Jazz have matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer for restricted free agent Gordon Hayward. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Utah's move.

Hayward averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season while leading the Jazz in scoring and minutes.


Mickelson well back at the Scottish Open

ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Marc Warren of Scotland has the early third-round lead at the Scottish Open. Warren is 10-under after 8 holes, one shot in front of Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina.

Phil Mickelson, the defending champion, is in the clubhouse at minus-1.

This is the final British Open tune-up before next week's Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.


Park has the lead

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Inbee Park has the lead after three rounds of the Women's British Open. She shot a 4-under 68 to finish play 4 shots under par, one shot in front of Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng and Sun-Ju Ahn.

Park is trying to become only the seventh player to win four of the LPGA Tour's majors.

Ahn expected to be in the lead after what she thought was a 69, but she was penalized for building a stance in a pot bunker left of the 18th green. She was assessed a two-shot penalty, turning her par into a double bogey and her score into a 71.

American's Amelia Lewis and Stacy Lewis remain in the hunt at 2 and 1-under-par.


Monty tops the leaderboard

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — After going his entire career without winning a major during his regular tour days, Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie is poised to make it two in three months. Monty takes a one-shot lead over Scott Dunlap into the third round of the U.S. Senior Open today.

Montgomerie ended is winless drought in majors last month with a victory in the Senior PGA in May.


Johnson, McGirt tied

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Zach Johnson and William McGirt share the lead heading into today's third round of the John Deere Classic. Johnson won the tournament in 2012, while the 35-year old McGirt is looking for his first PGA Tour win. If McGirt can win the tournament, it would get him into the field for next week's British Open.

Steven Bowditch, Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman go into today's play, one shot off the pace.


Dixon starts from pole

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Scott Dixon will lead the field to the green flag for the start of the IndyCar race at the Iowa Speedway today. That's the good news. The bad is that the pole sitter has never won an IndyCar race at the track.

Dixon will be joined on the top line by Target Chip Ganassi teammate Tony Kanaan (kuh-NAHN') who won the race in 2010.

Point's co-leader Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz) will start third. He and Will Power go into the race with a 44-point lead over Simon Pagenaud.


Third place match

UNDATED (AP) — The third-place match in World Cup play is being contested this afternoon. The host nation, Brazil, is going up against the Netherlands.

The championship match is slated for Sunday with Germany facing Argentina.


A Frenchman wins the eighth stage

GERARDMER, France (AP) — Blel Kadri of France has won the eighth stage of the Tour de France in a breakaway. Kadri emerged from a five-man breakaway that chiseled out a large lead early in the 100-mile ride that featured two mid-grade climbs and a short uphill finish.

The overall lead continues to be held by Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who gained time on all of his main rivals except Alberto Contador (KAHN'-tuh-dohr) of Spain, who gained three seconds on the Italian leader by winning their two-man race for second place. Contador was more than 2 minutes behind Kadri.

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