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Baseball, softball make Tokyo cut

RIO DE JANEIRO—Baseball and softball are returning to the Olympics in 2020, while skateboarding, surfing, karate and sport climbing are joining the games for the first time.

The IOC approved the addition of the sports yesterday for the Tokyo Games, calling it an “innovative” mix of traditional and youth-oriented events that will attract Japanese and global fans.

Buescher earns 1st Cup win

LONG POND, Pa.—Chris Buescher emerged from the fog to become a surprising winner in yesterday’s shortened Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

He is now on the verge of being in the mix for NASCAR’s championship after not finishing better than 14th all season before yesterday.

“The plan was to always make the Chase,” Buescher said. “We’re that much closer now.”

Raonic into ‘quarters’

TORONTO—Milos Raonic has warmed up to the same song at every match of the Rogers Cup: “My House” by Flo Rida.

The song already is omnipresent at sporting events, but it especially reflects how Raonic wants to play at the ATP Tour event in his hometown—dominating every set and showing a new-found understanding of the short game.

Twins help out Jays

MINNEAPOLIS—Rookie Max Kepler continued to show promise for the future of the Minnesota Twins, though the present-day struggles led to one member of the team being traded away.

Kepler continued his mid-season surge with a game-tying home run among two hits and two RBIs as the Minnesota rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 last night.

Padres put on power show

TORONTO—R.A. Dickey is hoping he has another late-season turnaround left in him.

Starting on short rest, the Toronto Blue Jays’ knuckleballer fell to 7-12 on the season with an 8-4 loss to the San Diego Padres yesterday afternoon.

Dickey gave up seven runs (six earned) on four hits, including two homers, four walks, and a hit batter as he dropped his third-straight decision.

Padres put on power show

TORONTO—R.A. Dickey is hoping he has another late-season turnaround left in him.

Starting on short rest, the Toronto Blue Jays’ knuckleballer fell to 7-12 on the season with an 8-4 loss to the San Diego Padres yesterday afternoon.

Dickey gave up seven runs (six earned) on four hits, including two homers, four walks, and a hit batter as he dropped his third-straight decision.