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ROCKIES-CARDINALS

Carpenter homers twice, Cardinals win on Garcia's walk

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a pair of home runs and Greg Garcia's bases-loaded walk capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 9-8 on Thursday night.

Carpenter went 4 for 5 with four RBIs after moving back to the leadoff spot. It was his first career multihomer game and he has a career-high 12 home runs this season.

Jhonny Peralta's two-run single off Rockies closer John Axford tied the game at 8-all and Garcia's walk scored Kolten Wong as the Cardinals recorded their seventh walk-off win of the season.

Axford (3-5) took his third loss in his last four outings.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez gave up five runs on 10 hits in five innings. Carlos Villanueva (4-3) earned the win.

AMERICAN SPOTLIGHT

Elite cycling spotlight finally shines on North America

The Tour de France dominates the landscape of professional cycling, a three-week behemoth that draws the attention of fans worldwide.

Now that it's over, the spotlight is shifting to North America.

The Tour of Utah starts Monday and kicks off an unprecedented run of races that include the Tour of Alberta and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. It ends in September with the return of the world championships to the United States for the first time since 1986.

The Tour of Utah once attracted only cyclists based in the U.S. Now some of the top teams on the WorldTour head to what is billed as "America's Toughest Stage Race," where they are greeted by crowds approaching 300,000 over the course of the weeklong event.

BIG 12-WRESTLING AFFILIATES

Big 12 names 6 universities as affiliate wrestling members

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has added six universities as affiliate members to the postseason wrestling championship.

The conference says as Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming will join Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and West Virginia in future Big 12 Wrestling Championships.

The affiliate member additions are effective beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. Affiliate members will compete for the conference's postseason championship and the league's automatic qualification to NCAA postseason competition.

MERCURY-SHOCK

Mercury close on 19-5 spurt to beat Shock 78-66

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — DeWanna Bonner had 24 points and nine rebounds, Candice Dupree scored 20 and the Phoenix Mercury beat Tulsa 78-66 on Thursday night in the Shock's first game since their Dallas relocation announcement.

Phoenix trailed 61-59 with 5 minutes remaining, but closed on a 19-5 spurt — with Bonner, Dupree and Brittney Griner scoring all the points for the Mercury.

Griner had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks for Phoenix (11-7), which has won nine of its 11 meetings with Tulsa at the BOK Center.

Odyssey Sims led Tulsa (10-9) with 16 points, 13 in the first half, and Plenette Pierson added 14. Tulsa has lost five in a row and eight of its last 10.

Tulsa led by 12 in the third quarter, but Phoenix closed on a 9-1 run to take a 55-53 lead, its first since it was 25-23. The Mercury outscored the Shock 47-26 in the second half in front of a sparse crowd.

SUNS-COACHING STAFF

Suns make series of coaching, front-office moves

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have added Nate Bjorkgren and former NBA players Earl Watson and Corey Gaines to Jeff Hornacek's coaching staff and shifted Mark West from the bench back to the front office as vice president of player relations.

The Suns said Thursday that Bjorkgren will serve as assistant coach/player development coordinator, and that Watson and Gaines will be assistant coaches.

The team also made Jason Fraser a player development assistant, promoted Bubba Burrage to director of player personnel in addition to his duties as general manager of the NBA Development League's Bakersfield Jam, and added Courtney Witte as director of scouting and Antonio Williams as a scout.

Bjorkgren was 34-16 last season as Bakerfield's head coach. He also was the head coach of the Phoenix team that finished second this month in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Gaines, Watson and Fraser assisted Bjorkgren in Las Vegas.

Watson and Fraser spent last season as assistant coaches with the D-League's Austin Spurs.

Gaines spent the past five seasons as a player development coach with the Suns. He also was head coach and an assistant with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.

West was an assistant coach the last two years.