Khris Davis lets Make-A-Wish kid sign jersey, slugs long HR

OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis asked a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey, then slugged a mighty home run for the Oakland Athletics against the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Davis let Anthony Slocumb print his name in blue ink on Davis’ white jersey, then wore the uniform while hitting his 37th home run in the third inning. Slocumb was at the Coliseum with a group from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Davis’ shot was estimated at 438 feet. It came off starter Bartolo Colon and clanked off a window in the suite-level in left-centre. Davis is seeking a third straight 40-homer season. He hit a career-best 43… Read More

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High school football: Bingham, East retain top spots in top 25 rankings after Week 1

Editor’s Note: The Deseret News weekly top 25 rankings are based on voting from a variety of media members who cover high school sports each week. Here are the 10 voters this week: James Edward (Deseret News), Brandon Gurney (Deseret News), Trent Wood (Deseret News), Amy Donaldson (Deseret News), Dane Stewart (Deseret News Rewind), Dusty Litster (Deseret News Rewind), Jeremiah Jensen (KSL), Dave Fox (KUTV), Kurt Johnson (Preps Utah Magazine) and Patrick Carr (Standard-Examiner). The top two places in this week’s Deseret News top 25 high school football rankings remain unchanged with Bingham and East both winning by double digits. After those two, though, there was plenty of movement following… Read More

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B.C. Lions agree to contract with linebacker Micah Awe

VANCOUER, B.C. — Micah Awe is heading back to the B.C. Lions. The team announced Monday that it has agreed to terms on a contract with the six-foot, 220-pound linebacker. Awe spent the 2017 campaign with the Lions, appearing in 18 regular season games — getting the starting nod in the final nine — and collecting 54 tackles along the way. The 24-year-old was released by the club in January to pursue an opportunity in the NFL. He signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Jets. But he was waived by the Jets at the end of April. “Micah reached out to the club about the possibility of a… Read More

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As high school cross country season begins, the competition is intense in every classification

It’s almost as if the uniforms contain a bit of magic. Every year, regardless of whether the runner in the American Fork uniform is a returning Nike National Champion or a newcomer no one has heard of, the American Fork boys team contends for region, state and sometimes national titles. Last year, the team was allegedly rebuilding, but they captured both the Region 4 title and the 6A state championship. Its only disappointment was finishing fifth at the Nike Southwest Regional Tournament and missing out on competing at Nationals. The team returns seniors Carson Clinger, Dalton Brems, and Luke Grundvig, who all finished in the top 10 at the state… Read More

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Shaw, Yelich go deep to lead Brewers past Reds

MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich homered, Chase Anderson settled in after giving up two solo homers and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Shaw’s two-run homer off Homer Bailey put the Brewers up 3-2 in the sixth. Jesus Aguilar singled to open the inning and Shaw followed with his 25th homer, lining an 0-2 pitch into the right-field seats. Anderson, pitching on seven days’ rest, entered tied for the N.L. lead with 24 homers allowed and gave up second-inning solo shots to Eugenio Suarez and Phillip Ervin as the Reds took a 2-0 lead. Anderson then retired the final… Read More

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Usain Bolt trains for 1st time with Central Coast Mariners

GOSFORD, Australia — Usain Bolt’s attempt to win a contract to play as a professional in Australian football’s A-League began in earnest on his 32nd birthday Tuesday when he trained for the first time with the Central Coast Mariners. The eight-time Olympic sprint champion began an “indefinite” training period with the Mariners with a 15-minute passing drill under the eyes of head coach Mike Mulvey. A crowd of around 50 reporters and photographed crowded around the players tunnel at the Mariners’ Central Coast Stadium to catch a glimpse of Bolt who smiled and offered a thumb’s up. Bolt has a long-held ambition to play professional football but his previous trials… Read More

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Report: Giants’ Andrew McCutchen placed on revocable waivers

San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen has reportedly been placed on revocable waivers. Not surprising given the way #sfgiants played in Cincinnati, but I’m hearing Andrew McCutchen has been placed on revocable waivers. Very good chance he is wearing another uniform by the end of the week. — Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) August 21, 2018 Teams will often place players on revocable waivers ahead of the Aug. 31 trade deadline to see what could be brought back in a potential deal, with Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic saying there is a “very good chance” McCutchen gets dealt. Opposing clubs can put in a claim for McCutchen, at which point the Giants… Read More

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Kluber, Indians edge Red Sox at Fenway

BOSTON — Greg Allen hit a tiebreaking homer right after Boston pitcher Rick Porcello was struck in the midsection by a line drive, and Corey Kluber tied for the major league wins lead as the Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox 5-4 Monday night. Kluber (16-6) pitched into the seventh inning and matched Washington’s Max Scherzer and the Yankees’ Luis Severino for the most victories in the majors. Michael Brantley and Melky Cabrera also homered to help the AL Central-leading Indians improve to 14-4 in August. Xander Bogaerts had an early two-run single and an RBI single in the ninth for East-leading Boston. Ian Kinsler flied out with two runners… Read More

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Wilson shines in debut as Braves blank Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Bryse Wilson worked five solid innings, becoming the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big league debut for Atlanta this season in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Wilson allowed three hits, struck out five and walked three as Atlanta increased its NL East lead to one game over idle Philadelphia while ending its four-game skid. The Braves purchased the right-hander’s contract from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to the game so they could give their regular starters a rest. Mike Soroka was 20 when he started May 1 against the Mets at New York and Koby Allard did it on July 31 against… Read More

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Dick Harmon: Zach Wilson describes being in the thick of BYU’s QB battle as a true (‘humbled’) freshman

If you are Zach Wilson, you have nothing to lose. Wilson, the true freshman from Corner Canyon High, is locked in a battle with senior Tanner Mangum to start the season opener at Arizona. Of course, he has that job to lose, but, really, everytime he gets reps with the first team, he’s playing on house money. Why? Because historically at BYU it has been impossible for a true freshman to find himself in this position. Consider his challenge: Wilson is younger than most all teammates. He’s fighting to earn the respect of veterans, those who’ve been around and “paid their dues.” He isn’t in the Served a Mission Already… Read More

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