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  • Royals slam Tampa Bay

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Good thing Brad Boxberger had already gotten his All-Star nod from Royals manager Ned Yost.

    The Rays closer was summoned in the ninth inning of a tie game Tuesday, promptly loaded the bases, and then served up Paulo Orlando’s first career grand slam to give Kansas City a 9-5 win over Tampa Bay in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

  • Rays-Royals game postponed, tornado warnings in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Royals scheduled for Monday night was postponed about an hour before the first pitch as tornado sirens blared across the Kansas City metro area.

    The four-game series is the only time the teams meet Kauffman Stadium this season, so they will make the game up with a day-night doubleheader Tuesday.

    Game 1 will be at 1:10 p.m. and Game 2 at 7:10 p.m.

  • Ramirez stifles Yanks as Rays stop 7-game slide

    NEW YORK — After a week without a win, the Tampa Bay Rays were hardly shy about describing their celebration Sunday.

    James Loney got doused with an ice bucket. David DeJesus banged away on his cymbals. Loud music thumped through the clubhouse.

    And it all started with Erasmo Ramirez.

  • Bad weather washes out qualifying

    DAYTONA BEACH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the pole for today’s race at Daytona International Speedway because his crew chief correctly predicted the weather.

  • Yanks win in walk-off fashion — again

    NEW YORK — A ninth-inning throwing error by pitcher Brad Boxberger gave the New York Yankees their second straight walk-off win against the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2 on Saturday.

    Steven Souza Jr. tied the score in the top half with a two-run drive, the first home run off Dellin Betances (5-1) since Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop connected on Aug. 13.

  • ‘Unbelievable’

    LONDON — About an hour after flopping on her back and kicking her feet overhead to celebrate a stunning comeback against defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic still was giddy.

    “I cannot stop smiling. ... I was very brave at the end. You know, here I am,” she said through a giggle. “Unbelievable.”

  • Back to Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH — NASCAR’s most famous race track is seemingly safer and possibly more politically correct as the series returned to its birthplace Friday.

    Daytona International Speedway, in the final push of a $400 million renovation, has come close to covering the speedway in energy-absorbing SAFER barriers as track President Joie Chitwood vowed to do after Kyle Busch was injured in February.

  • Uribe’s HR saves Braves

    ATLANTA — Juan Uribe hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning, Julio Teheran delivered another strong home start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday night.

    Uribe pulled Adam Morgan’s first pitch in the seventh over the 380-foot sign in left field. It was one of the few mistakes for Morgan, a rookie left-hander who also gave up a second-inning homer to Jonny Gomes.

  • Venus vs. Serena

    LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

    Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title — and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

    And twice, pushed to the precipice, Williams regrouped, resisted and wound up winning, as she so often does.

  • Dewees, others begin to make their mark

    With three Crystal River graduates and a Dunnellon graduate signed to Major League Baseball organizations, former area standouts are now making their mark in the minor league ranks.

    Donnie Dewees, who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of last month’s MLB draft, tallied three doubles and four RBIs to help his first-place Eugene Emeralds to a 9-4 victory on Tuesday.