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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 10:08 AM

MLB-SCHEDULE

Royals look for sweep of Tigers

UNDATED (AP) — Three games featuring division contenders highlight a 12-game major league baseball schedule today and tonight.

The surging Kansas City Royals look to put more distance between themselves and the Tigers at the top of the AL Central when they go for the sweep in Detroit today. The Royals have put together a 10-game winning streak, which is the team's longest in 20 years. That's vaulted the Royals to a game-and-a-half lead over Detroit.

Washington has surpassed Atlanta for first in the NL East and welcomes the Braves to town tonight. The Nationals are also a game and a-half in front of Atlanta, in part because the Braves have dropped eight of their last 12.

Toronto has a two-and-a-half-game lead over the Yankees heading into their series ender tonight in New York.

Boston heads into Oakland hoping they have the solution against Athletics lefty Scott Kazmir. He takes an 8-2 mark into tonight's game and has a 0.95 ERA in his last four starts for the AL West leaders.

Homer Bailey will be looking for his fifth straight win when he takes a 703 mark for the Reds into today's series wrap-up in Pittsburgh.

GOLF-US Women's Open

Historic U.S. Women's Open begins

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — An historic week in golf is underway. First-round play at the U.S. Women's Open has begun on the same Pinehurst No. 2 course the men played their national championship on last week. It's the first time the two Opens have been played on consecutive weeks on the same course.

The course is almost 900 yards shorter than it was for the men last week when Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur) claimed his second major championship by an astounding eight shots.

Among those teeing it up for first-round action today is 11-year-old Lucy Li, who is the youngest qualifier in tournament history.

GOLF-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Compton in field

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Open co-runner-up Erik Compton is in the field for the opening round of the Travelers Championship, which is underway. The two-time heart transplant recipient was one of the feel good stories last week in Pinehurst, where he posted his best finish.

In six of the past eight years, the winners of this tournament earned their first PGA Tour victory, including Ken Duke last year.

John Daly is a late addition to the field.

NFL-JAGUARS-BABIN

Jags release Babin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville has released defensive end Jason Babin, parting ways with the veteran for the second time in three months.

After signing Chris Clemons in free agency and with the development of fellow pass-rushers Andre Branch, Ryan Davis and rookie Chris Smith, there was little room for the 34-year-old Babin on a rebuilding roster. By releasing Babin now, the Jaguars are giving him a chance to catch on with another club before training camp.

Babin led the team with 7 1/2 sacks last season.

WORLD CUP -US-ALTIDORE

Altidore out against Portugal

SAO PAULO (AP) — U.S. forward Jozy Altidore (JOH'-zee AL'-tih-door) will miss Sunday's World Cup game against Portugal because of his strained left hamstring. He was hurt in the first half of Monday's win over Ghana.

U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman did not reveal the severity of the strain but says the Americans are hopeful Altidore can return at some point during the tournament. The U.S. completes the first round against three-time champion Germany on June 26.

WORLD CUP

Facing elimination at the World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — England and 2010 semifinalist Uruguay meet as part of a three-match schedule at the World Cup today. Both lost their opening match and another will push the loser out of the tournament. That's the same for Japan and Greece which are also on the schedule.

Ivory Coast takes on Columbia in a pairing of opening match winners.

WORLD CUP-FAN OVERBOARD

Mexican fan missing from ship

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say the Brazilian navy is searching for a man who fell from a cruise ship carrying Mexican World Cup soccer fans.

The country's ambassador to Brazil confirms that the man is missing from the MSC Divina.

The ship's owner issued a statement saying the vessel was sailing between the cities of Fortaleza and Recife when the incident occurred.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

Rebels, Horned Frogs try to stay alive

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ole Miss and TCU will be playing to stay alive in the College World Series today. Each suffered a defeat to Virginia in the double-elimination tournament and tonight's loser will be heading home. The winner gets another shot at the Cavaliers tomorrow.

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