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Kings add Brooks, Johnson and waive Whiteside

SACRAMENTO — General manager Geoff Petrie and the Sacramento Kings had a busy Monday, signing point guard Aaron Brooks, picking up forward James Johnson in a trade with the Toronto Raptors and waiving center Hassan Whiteside. The Kings let Whiteside go to clear space for Brooks, who became an unrestricted free agent after Phoenix withdrew […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

12th-inning run puts Giants in first place

SAN FRANCISCO — Hector Sanchez singled in Pablo Sandoval in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Sanchez, whose throwing error in the top of the ninth helped Houston score the tying run and force extra innings, hit a sharp grounder off […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A’s surge continues in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Carter and Yoenis Cespedes each homered and drove in three runs, powering the Oakland Athletics past the Minnesota Twins, 9-3, on Saturday. Seth Smith and Brandon Moss also homered to beat Cole De Vries (2-2) and back Tommy Milone (9-6). The A’s won for the eighth time in nine games to move […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Matteson leads at John Deere with Watney 10 strokes back

SILVIS, Ill. — Troy Matteson shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to take a three-shot lead into the final round at the John Deere Classic. Steve Stricker, who also shot a 66, sits in second place at 15-under in his quest for a fourth straight tournament title. Stricker birdied four straight holes beginning at the 14th, […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

UN team investigates reported Syria massacre

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers investigating a reported mass killing in a Syrian village on Saturday found pools of blood in homes and spent bullets, mortars and artillery shells, adding details to the emerging picture of what anti-regime activists have called one of the deadliest events of Syria’s uprising. Dozens of people have already been […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Placer County fire threatens 170 homes

FORESTHILL (AP) — Fire officials say about 170 homes outside the Placer County community of Colfax remain under evacuation orders as a wildfire burns for the fourth day. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says the flames are bumping right up to homes in the Yankee Jim and Iowa Hill area […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Teacher pension posts low investment return

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s teacher pension fund earned just a 1.8 percent return from investments this year, a rate that fell well short of expectations and could add to the system’s shortfall, officials revealed Thursday. The expected return for the nation’s second-largest public pension system had been 7.5 percent, which was lowered earlier this year […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Wiggins keeps lead at Tour de France

LA TOUSSUIRE, France — Try as they might, rivals of Bradley Wiggins can’t take his yellow jersey. The three-time Olympic track champion, looking to become Britain’s first Tour de France winner, beat back repeated attacks Thursday in a crucial Alpine stage won by ace French climber Pierre Rolland. As Stage 11 began, Wiggins’ main challengers […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Watney plays well but low scores rule at Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — Troy Matteson scored 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic. Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of the TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

More homes facing foreclosure risk in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Banks are increasingly placing homes with unpaid mortgages on a countdown that could deliver a swell of new foreclosed properties onto the market by early next year, potentially weighing further on home values. June provided the latest evidence of this trend, as the number of U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Freeh: Penn St. disregarded children’s safety

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and other senior Penn State officials “concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse because they were worried about bad publicity, according to an internal investigation into the scandal. The 267-page report released Thursday is the result of an eight-month inquiry by former FBI director Louis […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Godfrey gets the decision as PCL takes AAA all-star game

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Graham Godfrey of the Sacramento River Cats tossed a scoreless first inning for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday, then sat back and 10 other PCL pitchers complete the shutout. By starting the game, Godfrey earned the victory as the PCL topped the International League, 3-0. Godfrey, […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Frenchman Voeckler wins Stage 10 of Tour

BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France — Thomas Voeckler of France led a five-rider breakaway to win the 10th stage of the Tour de France as the race entered the Alps on Wednesday, while Bradley Wiggins retained the overall lead. The 120.9-mile ride from Macon-sur-Valserine marked a return to racing after Tuesday’s tumultuous rest day in which a Cofidis […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Firefighters make progress

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters made progress in battling several blazes burning thousands of acres across California as a heat wave showed some signs of peaking late Tuesday. A pair of wildfires several miles apart in Northern California that have scorched more than 20,000 acres and left two firefighters with heat-related injuries grew larger, but additional firefighters […]

July 11, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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