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  • Dollars fly

    Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.

    The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus Aldridge. Players and teams agreed to more than $1 billion worth of deals.

  • Heating up at Wimbledon

    LONDON — Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.

    At age 35, 21 years removed from her first professional tournament, Williams still possesses a dangerous serve, along with the muscle memory that comes with seven Grand Slam singles titles, five at Wimbledon.

  • Carrasco one pitch away from no-hitter

    ST. PETERSBURG — Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians’ first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis’ glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

  • Fernandez learns from Tommy John

    MIAMI — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says his long layoff was a life lesson, even if it was lousy for his career.

    Now he’s back, saying he’s a better person for having made the taxing, tedious recovery from Tommy John surgery. He’ll pitch for the first time since May 9, 2014, when he faces the San Francisco Giants today.

  • Back on the track

    The Citrus County Speedway is returning to Saturday racing action on July 18, with its first stock car racing events in more than two months.

    Racing classes will include the recently-rebooted Fastruck Pro Truck Series as well as the Sportsman, Modified Mini Stock, Pure Stock, Street Stock and Mini Stock divisions. 

  • Three-game slump

    ST. PETERSBURG — Danny Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Tuesday night.

    Jason Kipnis, Giovanny Urshela and David Murphy homered for the Indians, driving in all six runs and sending the Rays to their third straight loss.

  • One more to go

    MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women’s World Cup.

    Lloyd’s penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany.

    “Just slotted it home. I knew what I had to do,” Lloyd said.

  • Cleveland rookie spins gem at Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start, and the struggling Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

  • New coaches, talented freshmen will add intrigue to SEC hoops

    Southeastern Conference basketball coaches are confident their league won’t take a step back in the post-Billy Donovan era.

    Donovan left for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder in April after leading Florida to two national titles and four Final Four appearances in his 19-year tenure. Donovan was replaced by Louisiana Tech’s Michael White, one of four new coaches in the league.

  • Archer touched up

    ST. PETERSBURG — If there’s a secret to Boston’s success against Chris Archer, the Red Sox aren’t eager to share it.

    David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval and Alejandro De Aza homered against Tampa Bay’s best pitcher on Sunday, keying a 5-3 victory that clinched a series win over the first-place Rays and stopped Archer’s career-best six-game winning streak.