• Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits a two-run home run against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rizzo homers twice off Colon; Hendricks, Cubs top Mets 6-2

    CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered twice off Bartolo Colon, Kyle Hendricks pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Mets 6-2 Wednesday to take two of three in the rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series.

  • New York teams up with A-Rod, MLB to build baseball academy

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York state is teaming up with Major League Baseball and others including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to create a youth baseball and softball academy in the Bronx.

  • Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic head entry lists for US Open

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic head the direct entry lists for this year’s U.S. Open.

  • In this image released by TFA, Tami Sagher, from left, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key. Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard and Kate Micucci appear in a scene from, "Don't Think Twice." Mike Birbiglia's "Don't Think Twice" lovingly dramatizes the communal but competitive lives of a fictional improv troupe, one whose members bob and weave like featherweight boxers on stage and off it navigate painfully disparate opportunities in show business. (Jon Pack/TFA via AP)

    Birbiglia gives improv its first close-up on the big screen

    NEW YORK (AP) — Good improv is like a magic act, conjured out of thin air. A handful of people step onto the stage with nothing prepared, and — poof! — an hour of laughs tumbles forth from unpredictable, off-the-cuff scenarios.

  • Griffey, Piazza Hall of Fame plaques set for road trips

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame plaques of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be hitting the road for visits to Seattle and New York City just a few days after they’re installed in Cooperstown.

  • A construction crane is sprawled across lanes in both directions after collapsing on the Tappan Zee Bridge, Tuesday July 19, 2016, in New York. (Peter Carr/The Journal News via AP)

    Most lanes of bridge reopen after crane collapse outside NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Most of the lanes of the Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City have reopened after a crane collapsed across the entire width of the bridge, but transportation officials are still advising motorists to plan for extra delays during the Wednesday morning commute.

  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is greeted at the dugout by his teammates at the end of the sixth inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Chicago. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

    Arrieta returns to form, but Cubs fall to Mets 2-1

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta returned to form for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

  • Miami Marlins' Christian Yelich swings for a home run against Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Yelich leads Marlins past Phillies 2-1 in 10

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Miami Marlins plan on contending in the National League and know they will need to win close games like Tuesday’s over Philadelphia.

  • New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera, left, and Jeurys Familia celebrate the Mets' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs after a baseball game Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Familia escapes jam in 9th, Mets beat Cubs 2-1

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jeurys Familia lost control, but not the lead, and kept the Mets ahead and his consecutive save streak intact.

  • New York Yankees' Starlin Castro, right, and Didi Gregorius, left, celebrate after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in New York. The Yankees won 7-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Castro’s 4 RBIs lift Eovaldi, Yankees over Orioles 7-1

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starlin Castro, Nathan Eovaldi and Anthony Swarzak helped the Yankees get back over .500 and chip away at the huge gap with AL East-leading Baltimore. New York will need a lot more wins during the rest of July to persuade management not to jettison veterans for prospects.