(AP) - The Oakland Athletics have played their way into contention _ by beating up on teams that are far from it. Oakland enters the All-Star break having won 21 of its last 27, and the A's are only three games behind the second wild card. They've taken great advantage of an American League that includes a handful of extremely beatable teams at the bottom. The A's are 21-4 against the Orioles, Royals, White Sox, Blue Jays and Tigers.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jon Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs swept the San Diego Padres with a 7-4 win. The Cubs jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings against rookie left-hander Eric Lauer, who came within one out of his first complete game in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in his previous start.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stephen Piscotty homered for the fifth time in nine games and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday. The surging A's have won nine of 12 and are 21-6 since June 16, the best record in the majors during that stretch.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Michael Kim shot a final-round 66 to win the John Deere Classic by a record-setting eight strokes and pick up his first victory on the PGA Tour. Kim, who turned 25 on Saturday, finished at 27-under 257 _ breaking Steve Stricker's tournament record from 2010 by one shot. He also qualified for next week's British Open at Carnoustie.
LONDON (AP) - Mike Bryan teamed with Jack Sock to win Wimbledon for his record-tying 17th Grand Slam men's doubles title _ and first without his twin brother. The American duo beat Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand in a five-set final on Centre Court. Bryan and his brother, Bob, have won a record 16 majors as a pair. But Bob is injured.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yasmani Grandal homered, Enrique Hernandez hit a solo shot on his first pitch in the seventh inning for the go-ahead run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 5-3 win over the Angels to gain a split in the Freeway Series. Each team won three games in the season series, with four decided by one run.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Candace Parker had a season-high 34 points and finished one assist shy of a triple double as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Las Vegas Aces 99-78 on Sunday. Parker_ who also had 11 rebounds and nine assists _ scored 13 during a 26-5 fourth-quarter run that gave the Sparks a 92-72 lead with 2:16 remaining. Kayla McBride had 18 points as Las Vegas had its four-game winning streak snapped.
(AP) - Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton Police confirmed Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident in the harbor. Emery played parts of 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks.
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