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Valentine vies for Cub opening

CHICAGO (AP) — Count Bobby Valentine among those who would like to manage the Chicago Cubs.

The ESPN analyst and former New York Mets and Texas Rangers manager said he's interested in taking over for the retiring Lou Piniella after this season.

Valentine, who led the Mets to the NL pennant in 2000, calls the Cubs job "one of the most coveted positions in all of sports."

Valentine, who has also had two stints as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan's Pacific League, managed the Rangers from 1985-92 and the Mets from 1996-2002.


Skin cancer claims

Kaye Cowher

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kaye Cowher, the wife of former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and a former basketball player at North Carolina State and in the now-defunct Women's Professional Basketball League, has died of skin cancer. She was 54.

Cowher died Friday in her native North Carolina, where the family relocated at her urging during Cowher's final year as coach in 2006, one season after the Steelers won the Super Bowl. The family lived in Raleigh.

The Cowhers met at N.C. State, where Bill played linebacker before beginning an NFL career. They married in 1981, after the former Kaye Young played alongside twin sister Faye in college and during a three-season pro basketball career.


Canada snaps US 22-game winning streak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jennifer Yee hit a two-run home run and Melanie Matthews doubled in two more runs as Canada snapped the United States' 22-game winning streak at the World Cup of Softball with a 5-2 victory Sunday night in a game that had more than three hours of rain delays.

The U.S. pitching staff hadn't allowed a run or an extra-base hit in 28 innings at this year's World Cup before Matthews laced a double through the infield that got past right-fielder Kaitlin Cochran. That started a five-run third inning for the Canadians (2-3), the most runs allowed in a World Cup game by the Americans — let alone an inning.

The U.S. (4-1) had been undefeated at the last three World Cups, after losing twice at the first one in 2005. The Americans are still locked into Monday night's championship game.


U.S. pro beach volleyball

tour strapped

for funds

UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. pro beach volleyball tour could be forced to shut down in the middle of its season if it can't raise money from investors.

CEO Jason Hodell said Sunday the AVP tour has been working to secure new funding. Players were briefed on the progress of talks in a conference call on Wednesday.

Nick Lewin, one of the tour's owners, said his firm has invested heavily in the beach volleyball tour and is negotiating additional financing. Lewin is the managing partner of RJSM Partners, the tour's majority owner. He expressed optimism for finishing the season.

The tour completed the Long Beach (Calif.) Open on Sunday. Next on the schedule would be San Francisco on Aug. 14-15.


Langer declares first senior

major win

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Bernhard Langer won his first senior major on Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Senior British Open.

The German shot a 1-over 72 at Carnoustie to finish at 5-under 279. Pavin closed with a 1-under 70.

Pavin, the American Ryder Cup captain, trailed by three shots at the start of the fourth round but cut the gap to two when he birdied his second hole of the day.

Langer survived three-putting both the 8th and 9th greens. After making birdie at 15, he parred his way to his 11th win in three years on the Champions Tour.

— From Staff and Wire Reports




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