Canadian star Barrett has 34 points in Duke exhibition debut

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian star R.J. Barrett scored 34 points in his first exhibition game for Duke, helping the Blue Devils rout Ryerson 86-67 on Wednesday night in his hometown. “It was great to get to go out there with my brothers in my hometown. It was special for me,” Barrett said. “A lot of excitement, a little nervous with it being the first time wearing a Duke jersey. But for me, playing in front of the fans is great. I got to see mom and dad in the…

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Wilson Ramos of Philadelphia Phillies sparks team past Boston Red Sox in first game with team

PHILADELPHIA — When the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Wilson Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays at the non-waiver trade deadline, they were looking to add a veteran catcher who could nurture their young pitching staff and be an offensive difference-maker in a tight National League East race down the stretch. One game into his tenure with the team, Ramos has seven total bases and a 1.750 slugging percentage in the books. Introductory statements don’t get much more declarative than this one. Ramos, who has a thing for flashy debuts, doubled twice,…

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Ramirez scores twice in 1st start since trade, LAFC wins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christian Ramirez scored his first two goals since joining Los Angeles FC in a trade last week, helping the expansion team beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Wednesday night. LAFC acquired the high-scoring forward from Minnesota United on Aug. 6. The Garden Grove, California, left as the leading goal-scorer in United’s short history. He has nine goals this season. LAFC (11-7-6) ended a five-game winless stretch, including two straight losses. Salt Lake (10-10-5) has just one win in its last six games, with three draws. In…

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Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota take field for Buccaneers-Titans joint practices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will be on the same practice field for a couple days, though their football careers will be forever linked. They practiced on the same field Wednesday for one period as Winston’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out with Mariota’s Tennessee Titans. There wasn’t time for any chit chat between them. “I just know he’s a great guy, and I just love seeing him out here competing,” Winston said. NFL fans know more than that. They are both quarterbacks. They are both Heisman…

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Acuna hit by Urena’s first pitch; Braves, Marlins brawl

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr.’s streak of leadoff homers in three straight games ended when the Marlins‘ Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night, triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice. Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected. Snitker had angry words for the pitcher as he led the first exodus from Atlanta’s dugout toward the mound. Urena’s fastball hit Acuna’s left elbow, leaving Acuna in obvious pain. Trainer George Poulis hovered over Acuna, who sat…

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