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Colorado State AD Parker signs 5-year contract extension

AP

Colorado State University athletic director Joe Parker has signed a five-year extension through 2027. Parker is entering his eighth year as the Rams’ top athletic administrator. The university’s interim president, Rick Miranda, announced Parker’s contract extension. Parker thanked the school’s board of governors, Chancellor Tony Frank and Miranda in a statement “for their continued trust in me leading this department.”

Royals’ trade of Benintendi could be just the start

By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer

The Royals could have waited until closer to the trade deadline to deal All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi, perhaps getting a slightly better offer in the process. But consummating their move with the Yankees for three pitching prospects late Wednesday means they’ll have more time to work on the next potential deal. The Royals figure to be among the most active teams ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Those that could be on the move include two-time All-Star Whit Merrifield, starter Brad Keller and relievers Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow.

Junk shuts down Royals, Angels cruise 4-0 to take series

By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer

Janson Junk pitched five-plus innings of four-hit ball for the Angels on Wednesday, earning his first major league win when the Los Angeles bullpen shut down the Kansas City Royals the rest of the way in a 4-0 victory. Shohei Ohtani reached base three times and drove in a run, pacing a scuffling Angels offense that capitalized on the Royals’ shoddy fielding to deliver their first series win since June 27-29 against the White Sox. Brad Keller allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in six innings for Kansas City.

Trout, sidelined with back issues, says ‘career is not over’

By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer

Mike Trout will go at least another week without doing any baseball activity because of his ailing back. But he says reactions to the news that the “rare” spinal condition could affect the three-time AL MVP in some capacity for the rest of his career were overblown. Trout left a game against Houston on July 12 with what was first called back spasms, then went on the injured list a week later with what was called rib case inflammation. Trout says that he needs to keep doing his daily routine and that his “career is not over.”

NFL finance group supports Broncos sale to Walmart heir

By ARNIE STAPLETON - AP Pro Football Writer

The NFL finance committee is unanimously recommending the league owners approve the proposed $4.65 billion sale of the Denver Broncos to the heir of the Walmart fortune. Team owners will gather Aug. 9 to vote on the sale. Twenty-four yes votes are needed among the 32 teams to approve the sale which is the largest for a sports team anywhere in the world. The ownership group led by former Walmart chairman Rob Walton won the bidding for the team that’s been run by the Pat Bowlen Trust for several years.

Russell Wilson ushers in new Broncos era, in a hurry to win

By ARNIE STAPLETON - AP Pro Football Writer

New Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson is in a hurry to turn Denver’s fortunes around. Wilson has made his training camp debut and says it’s a championship-caliber team because of the mix of veterans and rookies and a new coaching staff. Wilson is entering the second chapter of his career after nearly a decade in Seattle, where he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in Super Bowl 48. The Broncos aren’t tamping down the high expectations as they seek to snap a six-year playoff drought that includes five consecutive losing seasons.

Chiefs hold first full-squad workout with jobs to be won

By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer

The Chiefs had their first full-squad workout of training camp on a warm, humid Wednesday morning with a cast that looks a lot different from how they finished last season. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is competing with Ronald Jones II and a bevy of others for carries in the backfield, the cornerback job opposite L’Jarius Sneed is up for grabs and, after the departure of Tyreek Hill and two other receivers, the pecking order for quarterback Patrick Mahomes is still to be determined. Workouts continue Thursday with the first padded practice scheduled for next week.

Shohei Ohtani homers, Angels shut down Royals in 6-0 victory

By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer

Shohei Ohtani hit a towering homer and Luis Rengifo added a bases-loaded double to break open a close game as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0. Max Stassi also homered in the ninth for the Angels. Jose Suarez scattered three hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings to earn the win, while the Los Angeles bullpen bounced back from a dismal series opener with a solid performance. Angel Zerpa earned the loss for Kansas City, even though he allowed just one earned run before departing in the fifth inning with a right knee injury.