Baez hits 2-run HR, Russell adds slam as Cubs rout White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs saved their scoring and drama until the later innings. Aroldis Chapman then capped it in his Cubs debut, even in a non-save situation.

Javier Baez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer deep into Wrigley Field's left bleachers in the seventh and Addison Russell added a grand slam in a five-run eighth as the Cubs beat the White Sox 8-1 on Wednesday night in the crosstown series.

Jason Hammel (10-5) allowed one run and five hits while striking out seven in seven innings. Hector Rondon pitched a perfect eighth, and Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth - striking out Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia.

Darvish pumped, but Rangers blow lead in 6-4 loss to A's

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yu Darvish pumped his fist twice and let out a shout walking off the mound after striking out the final batter he faced for the Texas Rangers.

Darvish had a one-run lead and left an Oakland runner stranded at third base to end the sixth inning, but the right-hander from Japan has still gone more than four years without a win over the AL West rival Athletics. (MORE)

Ex-NFL player to use concussion settlement to pay back theft

CLEVELAND (AP) A former Cleveland Browns wide receiver who pleaded guilty to stealing over $100,000 from his charities to finance gambling debts and personal expenses promises to pay it back once he gets his part of a settlement with the National Football League.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2aKYRHD ) reports a court filing by Reggie Rucker's attorneys says he's awaiting an estimated $190,000 from the $1 billion settlement after a lawsuit accused the NFL of ignoring dangers of concussions. Some players covered by the settlement objected, so it could be delayed. (MORE)

Former Wallabies winger Digby Ioane joins Crusaders

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Former Wallabies winger Digby Ioane will join the Christchurch-based Crusaders for the 2017 and 2018 Super Rugby seasons.

Ioane, who was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia as a young child, played the most recent of his 35 tests for Australia in 2013 in an international career which was limited by injuries. He also played 86 Super Rugby matches for the Queensland Reds and the Western Force before leaving Australia to play for the French club Stade Francais. (MORE)

NBA union to fund health insurance retired players

NEW YORK (AP) The National Basketball Players Association's player representatives have voted unanimously to fund health insurance for all retired NBA players with at least three years of service.

"The game has never before been more popular, and all the players in our league today recognize that we're only in this position because of the hard work and dedication of the men who came before us," Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul, the union president, said in a statement Wednesday. "It's important that we take care of our entire extended NBA family, and I'm proud of my fellow players for taking this unprecedented step to ensure the health and well-being of our predecessors." (MORE)

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