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Nats take Braves...Anti-doping survey... Hockey great Stan Mikita dies

August 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive homers to spark a four-run fourth inning, and the surging Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 in the opener of a split doubleheader. Rookie right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (1-1) allowed one run and three hits in five innings to earn his first major victory.

UNDATED (AP) — A majority of U.S. athletes responding to an anti-doping survey say they feel pressure from higher-ups to win medals and that the spotlight shines only on those who pile up victories. Despite that, only a slim number say they would be tempted to take performance-enhancing drugs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Hockey great Stan Mikita has died at 78. His death was announced by the Chicago Blackhawks, the team he helped lead to the Stanley Cup in 1961. The Blackhawks did not disclose details but said he was with his family. Mikita played for the Blackhawks for 22 seasons, becoming one of the franchise’s most revered figures.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s All-Star Game will rock. The Indians unveiled their logo for next year’s game, a guitar that includes baseball stitching. The team will be hosting the Midsummer Classic for a sixth time. The 2019 game will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field, which hosted the game in 1997.

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