UNDATED (AP) — Baseball enters its four-day All-Star break with National League races much tighter than the three American League divisions. Washington and Atlanta are in a virtual tie for the East, Milwaukee leads St. Louis by a game in the Central and Los Angeles Dodgers are a game ahead of the Giants in the West. The closest race in the American League is in the West where the Oakland Athletics are leading the surging L.A. Angels by a game and a-half.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — No question the team that goes into the All-Star break needing a rest is the Texas Rangers, who have the worst record in the majors at 38-57 after their eighth straight defeat, 10-7 to the L.A. Angels. The Angels, a major league-best 26-9 since June 6, swept a four-game series against Texas for the first time in their history.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)— The Home Run Derby kicks off tonight’s All-Star festivities with the midsummer classic Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) is back trying to defend his title in the Home Run Derby.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany is celebrating its first World Cup triumph as a united country following its 1-0 victory over Argentina. West Germany won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990, with the 1990 title also coming against the Argentines.
EDMUND, Okla. (AP)— Colin Montgomerie is the fifth golfer to capture the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year. The portly Scot won a three-hole playoff against Gene Sauers yesterday to win the U.S. Senior Open, the first time since 2002 that this event went to a playoff.