Athlete injuries

Brazil's Neymar lies on the ground during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
July 12, 2018 - 8:40 am
MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA's technical director Marco van Basten says Neymar needs to cut down on theatrics after the Brazil star became a butt of jokes worldwide. Van Basten says diving and simulating injury is "not a good attitude" and works against Neymar and his team. The Netherlands great suggests "if...
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
July 12, 2018 - 2:56 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — David Freitas' toddler son was mimicking a home run trot outside the Mariners' clubhouse late Wednesday night, waiting to show dad what he had learned. A few hours earlier, Freitas hit his first major league home run on the way to catching a shutout for Seattle in a 3-0...
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Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jorge De La Rosa during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Denver. Arizona catcher Alex Avila is in back. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
July 12, 2018 - 1:14 am
DENVER (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks preserved their bullpen. Their psyche might have taken a big hit, however. Arizona's Coors Field dominance ended in a blast of offense by the Colorado Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez hit two homers, starter German Marquez also went deep for one of Colorado's five...
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Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis, right, is congratulated by Chad Pinder after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 12, 2018 - 1:14 am
HOUSTON (AP) — After making a habit of late comebacks this season, the Oakland Athletics enjoyed building an early lead and holding onto it. Chad Pinder hit a three-run homer and Khris Davis added three RBIs as the A's jumped on Lance McCullers Jr. early and cruised to an 8-3 victory over the...
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New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) runs toward home plate and waiting teammates on a walk-off three-run home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in New York. The Mets won 3-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
July 12, 2018 - 12:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Nimmo's last walk-off home run came with Triple-A Las Vegas to end a 12-inning game in 2016. But current teammate Jay Bruce told him it only counts if you do it in the big leagues. Problem solved. Nimmo launched a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning...
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning of baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
July 12, 2018 - 12:45 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Rodon is healthy, and showing signs of rounding into the dominant starter the Chicago White Sox hoped he'd become. Rodon pitched three-hit, shutout ball into the eighth inning to outduel Luke Weaver and lead the White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on...
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Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies, center, and teammates celebrate a 9-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
July 12, 2018 - 12:06 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Ozzie Albies' first career multihomer game was special. Making his mother's wish come true was even better. Albies snapped Atlanta's power drought with two homers, and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday to move back into a tie for the NL East lead. Albies' mother...
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Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez watches his three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Tanner Rainey during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 11, 2018 - 11:57 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez is skipping the Home Run Derby. He's not missing much else right now. Ramirez homered twice to match Albert Belle's club record for home runs before the All-Star break and the Cleveland Indians took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a 19-4 thumping of...
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New York Yankees' Greg Bird, right, watches his grand slam in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph and home plate umpire Jim Reynolds during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 11, 2018 - 11:35 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — After spending three days at Camden Yards, Greg Bird and Sonny Gray left town feeling a whole lot better than when they arrived. Bird hit his first career grand slam to back a dominating pitching performance by Gray, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 Wednesday...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
July 11, 2018 - 11:19 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale came off the mound, yelling something into his glove that wasn't fit for his mother's ears. It wasn't another strikeout that got him fired up, though he had 12 of those on Wednesday night. It was a comebacker that he stabbed out of the air to start an inning-ending double...
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