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Bulls sign guard Spencer Dinwiddie

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.

The Bulls announced the move Thursday.


Sale loses in White Sox return, Chapman saves Cubs' 3-1 win

CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale returned from his jersey-trashing suspension and threw six effective innings, but John Lackey outpitched him and Aroldis Chapman got the final four outs to save the Cubs' 3-1 victory over the White Sox in Chicago's rivalry series Thursday night.

Sale (14-4) was greeted with smiles and hugs from his teammates following a five-day ban for tearing up 1976-style uniforms he didn't want to wear before his previous scheduled start. He had command issues, but worked out of trouble while allowing two runs and six hits.

Lackey (8-7) allowed one run in six innings for his first win since June 8. Chapman, in his second appearance since being acquired from the Yankees, struck out two and consistently hit 102 mph in his first save for his new team.

Kris Bryant, who homered against Sale in the All-Star Game, hit an RBI double off the center field wall in the first inning.


Sale loses in return from ban, wants to stay in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale arrived on the last player bus to Wrigley Field dressed in a dark suit, walked into the cramped visiting clubhouse, scanned the room and smiled.

He hugged teammates Dioner Navarro and Matt Albers, then did a lap around the clubhouse, greeting each player sitting at his locker.

Chicago White Sox players warmly greeted their ace as he returned to the team Thursday following his jersey-tearing incident last weekend that earned him a five-day suspension. Sale went on to throw six effective innings, but it wasn't enough as the Cubs won 3-1 to earn a split in Chicago's rivalry series.

The White Sox optioned right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Charlotte to open a roster spot as Sale was reinstated from the suspended list.

The left-hander tore up 1976-era throwback jerseys he didn't want to wear for his previous scheduled start Saturday against Detroit. The White Sox scratched Sale, sent him home and a day later suspended him five days for "insubordination and for destroying team equipment."

Sale later told that he stood by his actions and suggested Ventura should have stood up for him. He said the uncomfortable uniforms showed the White Sox valued promotion over winning.


Diaz's homer helps Cardinals beat Marlins and Fernandez, 5-4

MIAMI (AP) — Aledmys Diaz homered, doubled and drove in three runs against childhood pal Jose Fernandez, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 Thursday.

Fernandez gave up five runs in five innings and fell to 26-2 at Marlins Park.

Miami's Dee Gordon, the 2015 NL batting and stolen bases champion, returned from an 80-game suspension for failing a drug test and went 0 for 4. Ichiro Suzuki doubled as a pinch hitter in the seventh for Miami and needs two hits for 3,000.

Diaz and Matt Holliday homered in the third inning against Fernandez (12-5), who had never previously given up more than one homer in a home game. His only other loss at Marlins Park came on opening day this year against Detroit.

Michael Wacha (6-7) allowed three runs in six innings, and three relievers completed an eight-hitter. Seung Hwan Oh pitched around a one-out single in the ninth for his seventh save.


MAC commissioner calls for restrictions on satellite camps

DETROIT (AP) — Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher is calling for some limits on when and where football satellite camps can be held.

Steinbrecher suggested a 15-day window to hold the camps and a requirement that they take place on the ground of another four-year college. Steinbrecher spoke Thursday at the MAC's annual media day at Ford Field in Detroit.

Satellite camps have become a big issue over the past year. The Southeastern Conference wanted them banned, with some coaches arguing that it was just a way for programs to recruit.

The Division I Council approved a proposal requiring Football Bowl Subdivision schools to hold camps at or near home, but the Division I Board of Directors rescinded the ban in early May.


Craig Sager to skip Rio Olympics to fight leukemia

NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Sager's fight with leukemia will prevent the basketball sideline reporter form covering the Rio Olympics for NBC.

NBC said Thursday in a statement that the 65-year-old Sager is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and announced in March that he was no longer in remission.

The Rio Games would have been Sager's fifth Olympics.

Sager has worked for Turner Sports for 34 years. At the ESPY Awards this month, Vice President Joe Biden presented Sager with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.


Coast Guard plans safety zone for tall ships in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is enforcing safety zones around each of the vessels visiting Navy Pier in Chicago as part of the Tall Ships Challenge.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday that the ships are scheduled to participate in events at Navy Pier through Sunday.

The Tall Ships Challenge includes a fleet of ships sailing the Great Lakes and making appearances at cities from Duluth, Minnesota, to Brockville, Ontario, over the summer.

The Coast Guard says spectators and other vessels need to stay at least 300 feet from the ships due to their limited maneuverability. But it applies whether the ships are in transit or moored or anchored.