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Cy Young contenders meet...Gibson to Minnesota...Welterweight champ loses title

July 2, 2017

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington’s Max Scherzer (9-5) opposes St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez (6-6) tonight in a showdown of NL Cy Young Award contenders on national television. Scherzer is aiming for his second straight Cy Young and making a strong case with his NL-leading 151 strikeouts and majors-best 2.06 ERA. Martinez isn’t far behind in ERA at 2.88, and he’s pitched at least six innings in a career-best 12 consecutive starts.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Taj Gibson is reuniting with coach Tom Thibodeau, agreeing on a two-year, $28 million deal to join the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gibson has spent the bulk of his career in Chicago, including five seasons under Thibodeau. The Bulls traded him to Oklahoma City late last season. For his career, Gibson has averaged 9.4 points and 6.3 rebounds.

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao (PAK’-ee-ow) lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. The 11-time world champion entered the fight at Suncorp Stadium as a hot favorite but got more than he bargained for against the 29-year-old former schoolteacher. Still, Pacquiao dominated the later rounds and the result could have gone his way.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The baseball that Pete Rose swatted to left-center field for his record-setting 4,192th hit has sold at auction for more than $403,000. The auction site Lelands.com reports that the ball sold Saturday for $403,657.20. Rose’s single off San Diego’s Eric Show on Sept. 11, 1985, at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium broke Ty Cobb’s hits record.

LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — Germany’s Marcel Kittel met expectations and won the second stage of the Tour de France with a commanding sprint finish Sunday while three-time champion Chris Froome managed to finish in the main pack after falling to the pavement amid a mass crash. Froome’s Sky teammate Geraint Thomas held on to the leader’s yellow jersey.

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