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Rockets acquire Chris Paul from Clippers in 8-player deal

Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, and the Rockets will soon have two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship. In the NBA’s second blockbuster trade in less than a week, [Read entire story]

Montero says Cubs cut him after tirade

The Chicago Cubs cut ties with Miguel Montero on Wednesday after the catcher blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in Tuesday’s loss to the Washington Nationals. Montero, who turns 34 on July 9, [Read entire story]

Novak Djokovic wins in England

Novak Djokovic beat Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday for his first grass-court win this season in a second-round match at the Eastbourne International in England that was carried over from Tuesday because of [Read entire story]

Top court will hear sports betting case

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take up New Jersey’s bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, a case that could lead other states to seek a share of the lucrative market. The justices will review [Read entire story]

Names & Faces: Dr. Jerry Poché and Serena Williams

The father of LSU pitcher Jared Poché helped revive an 87-year-old man who’d had a heart attack during Monday’s Game 1 of the College World Series finals in Omaha, Neb. Associated Press The winner of 23 tennis [Read entire story]

Cubs catcher Montero snipes at Arrieta over stolen bases

Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. The seven stolen bases — four by Trea Turner, two by Michael [Read entire story]

Stanford’s Ledecky honored as top female college athlete

Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky won the Honda Cup on Monday as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete. The NCAA is conducting an “ongoing, pending investigation” into Baylor University in the wake of a sexual [Read entire story]

Russell Westbrook, Bucks and Rockets reap NBA awards

Westbrook’s victory ended the first NBA awards show, which included two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks. The Oklahoma City point guard, who plays with defiance on the court, got choked up [Read entire story]

Antti Niemi’s days in Dallas appear to be over

A person with direct knowledge of the decision has confirmed to the Associated Press that the Dallas Stars have placed goalie Antti Niemi on waivers with the intention to buy out the final year of his contract. The [Read entire story]

6 dead, 31 missing after ferry sinks in Colombia

Rescuers including firefighters and air force pilots in helicopters searched for survivors at the Guatape reservoir where El Almirante ferry sank. A flotilla of recreational boats and jet skis rushed to the scene, [Read entire story]

World-record holder Aries Merritt beat the odds to return to worlds

World-record holder Merritt finished second behind Aleec Harris in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. track and field championships Sunday. Merritt, who set the record of 12.80 seconds in Brussels in 2012, won bronze at [Read entire story]

Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playoff

Jordan Spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot Sunday to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. The two-time major champion holed out from 60 [Read entire story]

Ganassi’s Scott Dixon outraces a pack of Penskes

Scott Dixon spoiled Team Penske’s party at Road America. [...] his Chip Ganassi Racing team had to fix a faulty fuel cell on the No. 9 Honda that provided nervous moments during warm-ups Sunday. The payoff came a few [Read entire story]

Larson and McMurray make it 1-2 for Chip Ganassi at Sonoma

In the shadow of his hometown, Kyle Larson led a Chip Ganassi sweep of the front row by winning the pole for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, barely edging teammate Jamie McMurray. Larson, who is from [Read entire story]

Gatlin wins men’s 100 meters at track and field championships

Gatlin, 35, surged past up-and-comer Christian Coleman to win the 100 meters on Friday night at the U.S. track and field championships. At 21 and coming off an NCAA title, Coleman was the sprinter all set to usher in a [Read entire story]

Gatlin wins men’s 100 meters at track and field championships

Gatlin, 35, surged past up-and-comer Christian Coleman to win the 100 meters on Friday night at the U.S. track and field championships. At 21 and coming off an NCAA title, Coleman was the sprinter all set to usher in a [Read entire story]

Season-ending shoulder surgery for Dodgers prospect Julio Urias

Left-hander Julio Urias, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top prospect, needs shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season. The injury is associated with wear and tear, and Friedman said the Dodgers could not find [Read entire story]

LSU beats Oregon State 3-1 at CWS, ending 23-game win streak

Alex Lange limited top-seeded Oregon State to two hits over 71/3 innings and LSU ended the Beavers’ 23-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Friday to set up a winner-take-all Bracket 1 final at the College World [Read entire story]

Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

Portugal coach Fernando Santos could deny himself the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against New Zealand on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. After promising to rotate his starting lineup for a third [Read entire story]

Griffin opts out, becomes free agent

The Clippers have had six consecutive successful regular seasons — winning at least 60 percent of their games in each, something only San Antonio also has done in that span — but haven’t found much success in the [Read entire story]