LEADING OFF: Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Barreto pop

A look at what’s happening all around the majors Sunday: ___ WELCOME BACK Old-Timers’ Day is always a popular event at Yankee Stadium, and former catcher Jorge Posada figures to draw a lot of attention when he attends for the first time. Tim Raines, set for…

Sheriff: Teen injured after fall from Six Flags ‘Sky Ride’

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — Officials say a teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below in an effort to catch the victim before she hit the ground. The Warren County…

NYCFC top Red Bulls 2-0 in Hudson River Derby

HARRISON, New Jersey — Ben Sweat scored his first MLS goal and set up Jack Harrison’s strike to help New York City FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Saturday in the Hudson River Derby. Harrison opened the scoring with a curling shot in…

Young nun fights for justice for immigrants and the poor

INDIANAPOLIS — Tracey Horan had never been behind the walls of a convent before she moved to El Paso, Texas, after college to teach middle-school math. She was surprised to learn that the religious sisters watched TV, told jokes and even drank beer on occasion. But…

Girl Scouts thriving once again at Indiana’s Camp Wildwood

VINCENNES, Ind. — When local Girl Scouts took to a newly-restored Camp Wildwood four years ago, there were tears and emotion-filled hugs all around. And now – as the sounds of girly giggles bounce between the trees – it’s finally starting to feel like home again.…

Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez powers Padres past Tigers 7-3

SAN DIEGO — Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, powering the San Diego Padres to a 7-3 victory over Detroit on Saturday night and sending the Tigers to their eighth consecutive loss. With the Padres trailing 3-2, Shane Greene (1-2)…

Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

TOKYO — A strong earthquake has shaken residents in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes. The Japan Meteorological Agency says a magnitude 5.6 quake struck about 7 a.m. Sunday in Nagano prefecture, about 190 kilometers…

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 120

MULTAN, Pakistan — A Pakistani official says more than 100 people have been killed after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames. The tanker flipped over Sunday and the fire from the oil spill engulfed scores of residents who had rushed to collect leaking fuel.…

Cougars win streak snapped at 5

APPLETON, Wl. — Despite grabbing an early 3-0 lead in the middle of the second inning, the visiting Kane County Cougars (2-1, 41-29) were defeated at the hands of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (1-2, 27-44) by a 9-5 final. It halts the Cougars win streak at…

Southern Utah wildfire grows, crews make slight gains

SALT LAKE CITY — A southern Utah wildfire has grown more, reaching 62.7 square miles (162.4 square kilometers) by Saturday night. The fire near the town of Brian Head is 8 percent contained and has destroyed at least 13 homes, fire officials said. About 1,000 firefighters…

Chicago Fire extend undefeated streak to 9

If attending Chicago Fire games the past seven seasons felt like going to a funeral, the first half of 2017 has been like a full-on frat party. The Fire kept the party going Saturday night at sold-out Toyota Park, blasting Orlando City SC 4-0. The second-place…

Renteria ejected in third straight home game

Wondering if Rick Renteria has passion for being the Chicago White Sox’s manager? Saturday’s game against the Oakland A’s should answer any and all questions. Renteria was ejected for the third straight home game, not that he started any of the beefs with umpires. On Saturday,…

Harris homers in Boomers’ win over Wild things

The Schaumburg Boomers evened a weekend series with the Washington Wild Things by picking up a 7-4 victory on Saturday night. David Harris drilled a 3-run homer to right center with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the first. After a Washington run…

Buehrle at a loss for words as Chicago White Sox retire No. 56

On the most monumental day of his professional life Saturday, Mark Buehrle was prepared when he arrived at Guaranteed Rate Field. He was wearing sunglasses. related advertisement video Buehrle on his special day   “I was just surprised and shocked and emotion hit me, and that’s…

Why Libertvyille school can take pride in new playground

A new playground is a “big deal” for a Libertyville school for more than a few reasons. Butterfield School Principal Candice Kehoe thought it could take two years for a group of volunteers to raise the money for the playground’s construction. But the fundraising campaign launched…

Food, fun music draw residents to Prospect Heights Block Party

The Prospect Heights Block Party Saturday evening held fun for everyone, with food trucks, free admission, kids games, inflatables, a teen battle of the bands, treasure hunt, free swim, duck race and outdoor movie. The event at Lions Park, 110 W. Camp McDonald Road, also featured…

Chicago Blackhawks’ Quenneville ponders the future

All pro coaches at every level in every sport possess a win-now mentality. Really, there’s no choice, especially in the day and age in which we live where fan bases have little to no patience for rebuilding projects. On the other hand, general managers — especially…

Recreational uses will fill vacant big box space in Vernon Hills

Two recreational uses have been approved to fill a vacant big box appliance store in Vernon Hills. Trustees last week agreed with plan commission recommendations to permit sign variations and other conditions to allow Sky Zone trampoline park and Lil’ Kickers indoor soccer to occupy the…

Tri-City Craft Brew Festival offers more than 80 taste choices

The Tri-City Craft Brew Festival brought more than 40 breweries, 80-plus different craft beers and hard ciders, and food trucks and live music to Lincoln Park in St. Charles on Saturday. The event included six home brewers. Alessandro Vazquez of the Global Brew Tap House on…