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Tampa Bay try: Rays expand roles for 2-way players in minors

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays, who pioneered the pitching strategy of using relievers as openers, are trying another experiment on the mound in the minors — they’re stacking two-way players to start games.

The focus Saturday night at Triple-A Durham was on two-way prospect Brendan McKay pitching against rehabbing New York Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Lloyd scores 2 and the US downs Chile 3-0 at the World Cup

PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals for the United Stated in a somewhat subdued 3-0 victory over Chile that advanced the defending Women’s World Cup champions to the round of 16.

The United States were criticized after its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand when players celebrated goals even after the victory was well in hand. The Americans were more muted in this one, and all three goals were in the first half.

Returning Sharapova inspired by ‘ultimate fighter’ Nadal

By Martyn Herman

SANTA PONSA, Mallorca (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova says she will draw inspiration from Rafael Nadal’s incredible powers of recovery as she resumes her injury-hit career on the Spanish great’s island next week.

The 32-year-old Russian has not played a competitive match since pulling out of the St Petersburg Open in January and underwent surgery on her right shoulder a few weeks later.

French, Malian forces kill 20 militants in operation: Mali army

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation in a part of northern Mali where Islamic State operates, a spokesman for the West African nation’s military said on Sunday.

The operation in the district of Akabar, a remote part of a game reserve near the border with Niger and not far from the Malian city of Menaka, was continuing, army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone said by telephone.

But I can tell you that 20 terrorists have been neutralized,” he said.

UK Tories warned not to crown Boris Johnson without a fight

LONDON (AP) — Candidates seeking to become Britain’s next prime minister are warning that the Conservative Party needs a real contest, rather than a coronation for front-runner Boris Johnson.

Johnson, a former foreign secretary, has a big lead after the first round of voting by Tory lawmakers. On Sunday he received the backing of Esther McVey, one of the candidates eliminated from the race last week.

Backing Stewart, junior defense minister Ellwood says Johnson needs to be tested

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, should be tested in the leadership contest and the person to challenge him is international aid minister Rory Stewart, junior defense minister Tobias Ellwood said on Sunday.

Who will actually test Boris and get him to raise his game? … I believe Boris Johnson in one corner and Rory Stewart in another, that is a competition that would be exciting, so bring that on,” Ellwood told Sky News.

Tens of thousands dressed in black rally to demand Hong Kong leader steps down

By Alun John and James Pomfret

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday dressed in black to demand the city’s embattled leader steps down, a day after she suspended an extradition bill in a dramatic retreat following the most violent protests in decades.

Rights group: Pakistan shouldn’t execute mentally ill man

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A rights group has urged the Pakistani government not to execute a prisoner with “clear symptoms of mental illness” scheduled to be hanged in two days.

Sarah Belal, executive director of Justice Project Pakistan, which campaigns against the death penalty, said Saturday that the government must halt the execution of Ghulam Abbas, 36, for further evaluation.