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(AP) - Preseason longshots the past two years have ended up winning the Heisman Trophy. Last year, Louisville's Lamar Jackson had 50-1 odds when practices started. Two years ago Alabama's Derrick Henry was at 25-1 in the preseason before setting a Southeastern Conference single-season rushing record with 1,986 yards and becoming just the second running back since 1999 to win.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman homered with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the NL East-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory against the San Diego Padres. Zimmerman homered to right field on 1-1 pitch from Kirby Yates, who struck out the first two batters of the inning.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Yul Moldauer raced out to an early lead at the 2017 U.S. Gymnastics championships, putting together six steady routines to open up a sizable gap over reigning NCAA champion Akash Modi and give him some serious momentum in his attempt to lock down a spot on the world championship team this fall. Moldauer, who won the 2016 NCAA all-around title at Oklahoma and the American Cup earlier this year, posted a score of 86.650, nearly two points clear of Modi.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jeff Samardzija struck out six over six innings to win for the fourth time in five starts, Jarrett Parker hit a two-run double, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence each hit RBI singles in the third to back Samardzija as San Francisco returned from a 2-4 road trip through Washington and Miami. On Parker's fifth-inning double, Pence sprinted around the bases so fast he was right on the heels of Denard Span coming into home.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors say Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with beating his sister's boyfriend last month. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says Smith has been charged with assault and battery. They say Smith beat the victim and then stomped on the man's head in Pasadena on July 4.

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has spoken to reporters for the first time in training camp and avoided questions regarding his decision to sit during the national anthem before the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Lynch spoke briefly about his charity work in Oakland including an upcoming backpack giveaway for needy children and his thoughts on playing in the Coliseum this week.

WASHINGTON (AP) - With Mike Trout back and hitting well, one of the best defenses in baseball and solid pitching, the Angels are rolling and suddenly in contention in the American League wild-card race. Los Angeles has won seven of its past eight games and is getting more injured players back as it makes a run at the playoffs.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ragan Smith served as an alternate last summer as the "Final Five" stormed to gold at the Olympics. Now the 17-year-old Smith finds herself the leader of the next wave for the US women's gymnastics program. Smith is one of the favorites as the competition that also includes fellow Olympic alternate Ashton Locklear and rising stars Riley McCusker and Morgan Hurd in the last major competition before the world championship roster is announced next month.

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