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BASEBALL: U.S. tops Cuba in Game 2

on July 21, 2013 2:30 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kyle Schwarber’s sacrifice fly scored Taylor Sparks in the top of the 10th inning and the United States beat the Cuban national team 3-2 on Friday night.

The win was the second extra-inning victory in consecutive nights for the Americans over Cuba in Game 2 of a five-game exhibition series.

The series continues in Omaha for one more game before shifting to Cary and Durham, N.C., for the final two games Monday and Tuesday.

Creamer leads LPGA event

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Paula Creamer shot a 3-under 68 for a share of the LPGA Marathon Classic lead with Alison Walshe and Spain’s Beatriz Recari at 8-under 134.

• MADISON, Miss. (AP) — Vaughn Taylor, Fabian Gomez, Paul Stankowski, Troy Matteson and Kyle Reifers and Daniel Summerhays shared the lead in the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship when second-round play was suspended because of darkness in the rain-plagued event.

• LORTON, Va. (AP) — California junior Michael Kim and Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge each won two matches in hot and humid conditions at Laurel Hill to advance to U.S. Amateur Public Links final.

Froome keeps firm grip on lead

LE GRAND-BORNAND, France (AP) — The difficulty of Stage 19 made Chris Froome “quite nervous.” Once he got through it with his big race lead intact, the British rider finally started to allow his mind to fast-forward to the finish on Sunday.

Victory is so close he can almost taste it. The last Alpine stage today — 77 miles in the mountains towering above the limpid waters of Lake Annecy — won’t be enough for second-place Alberto Contador to puncture Froome’s cushion of more than five minutes.

49ers trade for troubled Wright

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have acquired cornerback Eric Wright in a trade with Tampa Bay that sends a conditional selection in the 2014 draft to the Buccaneers.

The teams announced the deal Friday, one week after Wright was arrested in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge.

Last season, Wright was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy in his first — and only — season with the Bucs. He signed a five-year, $35.3 million contract with Tampa Bay after a strong season in Detroit.

Gatlin runs 100 in 9.94

MONACO (AP) — Justin Gatlin of the United States proved that he will be the toughest rival for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt at next month’s world championships by running 9.94 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Herculis meeting.

Gatlin held off a challenge from fellow countryman Dentarius Locke, who finished 0.02 seconds back.

Aerial cameras out in NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems, nearly two months after a Fox Sports cable snapped and injured fans and damaged some cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ten people were injured during the Coca-Cola 600 when part of the drive rope landed in the grandstand. Three people were taken to hospitals, and were checked out and released soon after.

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