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Hinchcliffe passes Newgarden on final run for Indy 500 pole

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — James Hinchcliffe completed his remarkable comeback Sunday by beating out American Josef Newgarden for this the Indianapolis 500 pole.

The Canadian driver earned his first IndyCar pole with a four-lap average of 230.760 mph a year after a life-threatening leg injury forced him out of the race.

Newgarden will start second in the May 29 race after going 230.700. It was the fourth-closest differential between first and second in Indy's 100-year history.

Hinchcliffe won it in dramatic fashion, too, on the final run of the nine-car pole shootout. And it came on the fifth anniversary of Sam Schmidt's team winning the pole in 2011.

Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay will start third on the outside of Row 1 after going 230.648.


Bumgarner throws gem, gets RBI in Giants' 1-0 win over Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings and doubled in a run in the fifth to lift the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Sunday night.

The Giants won for the 11th time in 12 games and took two of three from a Cubs team with the best record in baseball.

Bumgarner (6-2) struck out six and allowed three hits and two walks while winning his fifth straight decision. The Giants have won each of the left-hander's last six starts.

The Giants won despite a persistent problem hitting with runners in scoring position. They were 0 for 7 in that department and have 16 hits in their last 98 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Bumgarner's run-scoring double to left off Kyle Hendricks (2-4) followed Gregor Blanco's leadoff walk.

Giants closer Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.


White Sox beat Royals 3-2 to avoid sweep

CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier tied for the AL lead with his 13th home run, Melky Cabrera drove in two runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday to avoid getting swept for the first time this season.

Carlos Rodon (2-4) allowed two runs and pitched into the seventh inning for his first victory since April 13. David Robertson got three outs for his 11th save in 13 chances, helping the AL Central leaders win for just the third time in 11 games.

Lorenzo Cain and Paulo Orlando had two hits apiece for the World Series champions, who had won six of their previous eight.

Yordano Ventura (4-3) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings for the Royals, who were trying for their first road series sweep. He is 3-0 in four home starts but 1-3 in five road games.


Reds promote 3 pitchers from Triple-A Louisville

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds promoted right-handed pitchers Dayan Diaz, A.J. Morris and Josh Smith from Triple-A Louisville before Sunday's game against Seattle.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Reds transferred RHP Anthony DeSclafani and OF Yorman Rodriguez to the 60-day disabled list. Another spot opened when the Reds designated RHP Steve Delabar for assignment following Saturday's game.

The Reds also optioned RHP Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson to Louisville after Saturday's game.

Diaz, 27, was 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 relief appearances with Louisville. Morris, 29, was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in nine games, including six starts. Smith, 28, was 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA in eight starts. He was 0-4 with a 6.89 ERA in nine games, including seven starts, with Cincinnati in 2015.


Anderson youth basketball league targets at-risk children

(Information in the following story is from: The Herald Bulletin,

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A new Anderson youth basketball league is making a splash in its first year of existence.

The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports that a seventh-grade girls' team from the Anderson Basketball Association will play in a national tournament in Atlanta this summer.

The Lady Heat's coaches say the program for elementary and middle school boys and girls balances athletics with academics while filling a void in the hours after school and during the summer.

About 150 players are enrolled in the program this year.