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    Vietnam will hold a state funeral and national mourning this week for President Tran Dai Quang, who died last week of a viral illness at age 61. Flags will fly at half-staff and entertainment activities will be canceled during the two-day funeral that starts Wednesday, the Communist Party and government announced. Quang will be buried in his home village in northern Ninh Binh province, some 115 kilometers (72 miles) south of Hanoi on Thursday. His passing is a 'great loss to our Party, state and people,' the announcement said. He died at a Hanoi hospital on Friday. State media quoted a government doctor as saying he died due to a rare virus but the reports did not identify it. World leaders have sent condolences. President Donald Trump, with whom Quang hosted his first state visit to the communist country last year, called Quang a 'great friend of the United States' while Chinese President Xi Jinping said Quang was 'close comrade and friend of the Chinese people.' A career security officer, Quang rose through the ranks to be minister of public security in 2011 and was elected by the National Assembly as the nation's president in April 2016. Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has been named acting president. No date has been given for the election of a new president. The country's other top leaders are Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. Analysts say Quang's death is unlikely to shake up the Communist country's politics which are led collectively.
  • A shootout between a man in a violence-prone Baltimore district and a police officer taking part in a crime suppression initiative has left the officer wounded and the suspect dead Sunday evening, Baltimore's interim police chief said. Interim Police Chief Gary Tuggle said at a late-night news conference that several rounds were fired in the gunfire that erupted just before 6:30 p.m. in a west Baltimore neighborhood. He said the male officer, a police veteran, was being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and that the injuries did not appear life-threatening. 'There was a shootout between the suspect and the officer' and no one else was hurt, Tuggle told reporters near the scene in west Baltimore's Poppleton neighborhood. The immediate area where the shooting took place was quickly barricaded off by investigators as an 'active crime scene' and access in and out was being restricted to local residents only. Bright lights were brought in on towers to illuminate the scene as officers investigated into the night. The Baltimore Sun reported that the district was the same area where two people were shot and wounded last week. Tuggle said crime suppression operations had been carried out in other districts of the city previously and that this was just another area where that initiative was being undertaken when the shooting broke out. He said the shootout began after the officer came upon the suspect, adding police with the crime suppression initiative weren't actively seeking the person who was fatally shot. Authorities said they were still gathering information on the circumstances of the shooting and declined to identify the officer and the suspect by name or race. Tuggle said police would be looking at body-worn camera footage and gathering evidence, an activity that would continue after sunrise. Asked about the crime suppression program's activities, Tuggle didn't immediately elaborate on its methods. 'There's been a lot of violence in this area and we have taken extra steps in this area to address the violence,' he said Sunday. Tuggle also didn't say how long investigators would keep the neighborhood closed off. The Sun reported that the wounded officer was in good spirits Sunday night, according to a police officers' union. The police union president had gone to the trauma center with other officials, the union tweeted, according to the newspaper. Area residents told the newspaper they heard many shots. Kelly Blanding said he was watching football in a home near where the shooting erupted. He told The Sun he heard so many shots that 'I started to wonder, when is it gonna stop?' 'It was like a war out here,' Blanding added.
  • Former first lady Michelle Obama held a campaign-style rally in Las Vegas on Sunday to urge Nevadans to register to vote and cast ballots this fall, warning them that sitting out means someone else will make decisions for them. 'We get the leaders we vote for. We get the policies we vote for. And when we don't vote, that's when we wind up with government of, by and for other people,' Obama told about 2,000 people inside a high school gymnasium. The event was the first of two rallies the former first lady is scheduled to headline for the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization she co-chairs, When We All Vote. She has long been one of the most popular draws among Democrats. But she has kept a low profile since leaving the White House in January 2017. Obama has limited her political commitments for now to helping When We All Vote, which says it encourages participation regardless of political affiliation. It's unclear whether she will stump for Democratic candidates this year, but former President Barack Obama has made appearances in California and Ohio to support Democrats. He has also endorsed more than 80 Democrats up and down the ballot in more than a dozen states. Michelle Obama did not make any overtly partisan appeals Sunday, telling people she didn't care who they vote for as long as they participate. She drew loud cheers and applause from the crowd when she mentioned her husband and when someone in the crowd suggested she seek the presidency herself. Obama laughed and shook her head, saying, 'Stop this.' Other speakers at Sunday's event did not mention partisan politics. But they spoke about issues that are particularly key to Democratic electoral wins, like harnessing the political power of Latino communities and ensuring voter participation even in off-year, midterm elections, when Democratic turnout tends to lag behind Republican participation. Actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key came closest to delivering a partisan message, telling the crowd that America is at 'a very, very interesting time.' 'I'm sure many of you out here have been experiencing, let's call it, 'mild frustration,' ' he said. He then urged the crowd to 'translate our outrage and our passion' into change. Other speakers included actress Kelly McCreary of ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy;' actress Lana Parrilla of ABC's 'Once Upon a Time;' journalist Maria Elena Salinas; and local first-time voters. Mrs. Obama is scheduled to appear at another When We All Vote rally in Miami on Friday, while other celebrity co-chairs like country singer Faith Hill and actor Tom Hanks are scheduled to headline similar events around the country. When We All Vote is holding the events to mark the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting.
  • X-Men star Fan Bingbing's Beijing management office is dark and abandoned. Her birthday passed almost unremarked in China's hyper-adrenalized social media environment. For one of China's best known stars and a rising Hollywood actress, Fan's vanishing is stunning, coming amid vague allegations of tax fraud and possibly other infractions that could have put her at odds with Chinese authorities. Fan has starred in dozens of movies and TV series in China and is best known internationally for her role as Blink in 2014's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' a cameo in the Chinese version of 'Iron Man 3,' and star turns on the red carpet at Cannes as recently as May. She was booked to star with Penelope Cruz in the Hollywood film '355' and has a role in the upcoming Bruce Willis-Adrien Brody feature 'Air Strike.' Yet for nearly three months, Fan hasn't been seen or heard from in public in any verifiable way. One of China's wealthiest entertainers, Fan pulled down tens of millions of dollars for her roles, along with handsome sums in appearance fees and product endorsements. Some of those contracts may have landed her in hot water with the authorities. Fan's name has been mentioned in reports about a reportedly common entertainment industry practice — an actor having a public contract stating an official salary and a private contract detailing the true, much higher payday. A talk show host, Cui Yongyuan had said in May that Fan had such an arrangement — which allegedly helps facilitate tax evasion — and revealed details that sparked a public outcry. Cui later apologized. At Fan's management office in Beijing's Dongcheng district, doors are locked, the lights are out and a calendar hanging alongside posters advertising Fan's film appearances is still turned to July. A worker at an office across the hall said she couldn't remember the last time she'd seen anyone enter the company premises. Fan turned 37 on Sept. 16, but only a handful of entertainment notables sent greetings online, a stark break from the past when her birthday celebrations were lavish, well-attended affairs, marked last year by a public marriage proposal from boyfriend Li Chen. An automatic birthday greeting on her once-active account on Weibo, China's main microblogging service, was apparently deleted by persons unknown. Shi Shusi, a columnist and commentator on Chinese popular culture, suggests Fan's high profile was her undoing, having made her a target for officials wishing to set an example for would-be tax cheats amid China's slowing economy. 'Such a famous actress and no one knows her whereabouts. And no authorities have made any clarifications. This is the real suspense,' Shi said. Fan's disappearance even brought a message of concern from Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times tabloid known for its hard-line pro-Communist Party nationalist opinions. 'A timely clarification and public notification of Fan Bingbing's status would also be beneficial to setting the record straight internationally,' Hu wrote on his Weibo account on Sept. 15. Back in June, Fan's production company denied Fan had ever a signed a 'yinyang' contract, so named because of its dual natures. Fan, her production company and her agent could not be reached for more recent comment. Police rarely acknowledge such investigations are taking place until a conclusion has been reached. Her disappearance had come as Chinese authorities seek to rein in high salaries for actors that can eat up much of the cost of a production. In June, regulators capped star pay at 40 percent of a TV show's entire production budget and 70 percent of the total paid to all the actors in a film. Though China has become the world's second-largest film market, authorities keep tight control on local productions, exercising final say over choice of cast, director and script. If Fan had stepped on official toes, it would be a simple task to retaliate by destroying her career, with Chinese authorities wielding broad powers to detain, interrogate and accuse citizens out of the public eye. Other celebrities have run afoul of authorities over drug use, excessive pay or tax issues, said Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group based in Shanghai. 'Then the government really cracks down hard and pretty much destroys their careers for several years if not forever,' Rein said. Companies that bet big on a-list Chinese celebrities incur a 'huge political risk,' he said. Known as a classical Chinese beauty with almond eyes and porcelain skin, Fan, 36, usually maintains a prominent presence on Weibo, where she has more than 62 million followers. Her account has been largely dormant for weeks, however, with a July 26 'like' about a posting on her charitable foundation being the last activity prior to the deletion of her birthday notice. Photos on social media also appear to show her visiting a pediatric cardiac ward at a Shanghai hospital for a charity event on July 1. The strongest clue to Fan's status may have been a Sept. 6 notice posted on the website of the Securities Daily, a newspaper published by the official Economic Daily. It stated that the local tax bureau had sent a notice to Fan's studio that she had been 'placed under control' — a legal term for being held under investigation. The article was later deleted from the website. Fan's disappearance has already taken a toll on her lucrative sideline as brand ambassador, throwing those companies' plans into disarray. Australian vitamin brand Swisse issued a statement saying it was suspending use of her image and 'continuing to monitor the situation and hope that it is resolved in the near future.' British diamond giant De Beers, who signed with Fang just last year, appears to have already moved on: Another actress, Gao Yuanyuan, represented the company at a store opening last month in the ancient capital of Xi'an. Other firms she endorsed, from duty-free chain King Power to Louis Vuitton and Montblanc are also taking action. ' 'There's a lot more risk for celebrities in China than in the United States, because the government takes much more of a moral crackdown,' said China Market Research's Rein. 'So there's a greater risk for celebrities to get in trouble with the law and never be able to get a chance at redemption.
  • Alexander Zverev beat Kevin Anderson on Sunday night to give Team Europe a victory in the second Laver Cup. Zverev won the final five points to defeat Anderson 6-7, 7-5, (10-7). His victory helped Team Europe beat Team World 13-8. 'Obviously it was an amazing feeling,' Zverev said. 'So special to clinch it for us guys and Europe. It's great how it ended.' Anderson, who lost in the Wimbledon finals this year, said Sunday night's setback affected more than just him. 'You're playing for something different. You feel like you didn't come through for the team,' he said. Had Anderson won, Nick Kyrgios of the World team would have played Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic in a deciding singles match. But it was not necessary because the European team had reached 13 points. Roger Federer earlier put Team Europe ahead by saving three match points for a 6-7, 7-6, (10-7) victory over John Isner. Isner staggered Federer with a body serve that caused the 20-time Grand Slam winner to stumble early in the match. But Federer regrouped and fought off two match points in the second-set tiebreaker before capturing the deciding 10-point tiebreaker used in the Laver Cup. In the opening doubles match, Jack Sock and Isner saved two match points in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Federer and Zverev 4-6, 7-6, (11-9). The three-day, five-session tournament at the United Center drew 93,584 fans. Team Europe won the first Laver Cup last year in Prague. The tournament moves to Geneva, Switzerland, next year.
  • Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter's rules. The tweet was posted July 20 and includes a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections. Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet 'has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.' The email says Woods can use his account again if he deletes the tweet. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Woods said this means he'll be allowed back on Twitter only if he decides to do what Twitter says. He says he won't do that, and he won't delete the tweet. 'Free speech is free speech — it's not Jack Dorsey's version of free speech,' Woods said, referring to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey. Twitter said it doesn't comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. A spokesman for the social media platform said by email that he had nothing more to share when asked if Dorsey would respond directly to Wood's comments. 'The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,' Woods said. 'Because now, having your voice smothered is much more disturbing than having your vocal chords slit. If you want to kill my free speech, man up and slit my throat with a knife, don't smother me with a pillow.' Woods said if he deletes the tweet, it would force him to watch his step with everything he says in the future, chilling free speech. The email Woods received from Twitter said Woods would be suspended from the social media platform permanently if there are repeated abuses. He noted that his original tweet was reposted by his girlfriend on Friday and had been retweeted thousands of times by Sunday. His girlfriend's account wasn't locked, which he said was proof that he'd been singled out because of his large Twitter following. Woods, who has more than 100 acting credits to his name and starred in several movies including 'Salvador,' ''Ghosts of Mississippi' and 'Casino,' has more than 1.7 million Twitter followers and is known for his conservative political views. His Twitter page is still online, though he can't access it. Many of his recent tweets include his views of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago. The meme that Woods posted in July said #LetWomenDecide and #NoMenMidterm. It claimed to be from a Democratic group, but it was determined to be a hoax campaign to encourage liberal men not to vote in November, according to the website knowyourmeme.com. Woods called it a parody. In his tweet, he acknowledged the meme likely wasn't real, saying: 'Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible ...' The tweet is considered to be material that would suppress votes or deliberately deceive, and was found to be in violation of Twitter rules. Social media companies like Twitter have come under pressure to get hate speech and posts that could influence elections offline, learning quickly that they can't please everyone as they try to act as gatekeepers of discourse. Dorsey testified before the GOP-led House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this month, as the committee examined whether Twitter has censored conservatives. The AP reached Woods on Sunday through his girlfriend's Twitter account. After he shared information over messaging, he agreed to have a FaceTime conversation so the AP could verify his identity. Woods said he wants open discourse, and called the situation a dangerous one for free speech. 'I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it,' Woods said. 'This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced — one tweet at a time.' __ Follow Amy Forliti on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amyforliti . More of her work at https://apnews.com/search/amy%20forliti
  • Chris Carson dished out punishing runs. Russell Wilson made smart, decisive throws at key moments. A defense led by Bobby Wagner and an unhappy Earl Thomas forced turnovers, making Dak Prescott and Dallas look meager trying to move the ball. The Seattle Seahawks returned to a familiar, old formula to avoid a dreaded 0-3 start, beating the Cowboys 24-13 on Sunday. 'This is how we want to play. We couldn't be any more specific about it,' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. Wilson threw two touchdown passes in the first half, Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks won their 10th straight home opener. Wilson hit Jaron Brown on an 16-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, and later hit Tyler Lockett streaking up the sideline on a 52-yard scoring pass, and Seattle (1-2) built a 17-3 halftime lead and cruised past the Cowboys. The duo of Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott didn't have the answers against a Seattle defense that had Thomas on the field and welcomed back Wagner after the Seahawks' defensive leader missed Week 2 with a groin injury. Prescott was intercepted twice by Thomas , including with 3:09 remaining at the Seattle 15 on a deflected pass, with Thomas bowing to the Dallas sideline at the end of the play. It was Thomas' way of acknowledging the Cowboys should have done more by now to try to acquire him from the Seahawks after the former All-Pro made it clear he wanted out of Seattle if a contract extension wasn't coming. 'I felt like that was just in the moment and if they were going to trade for me and extend me, they should have did it,' Thomas said of his bow that drew a 15-yard penalty. Prescott was sacked five times and Dallas (1-2) had just 58 net yards passing entering the fourth quarter. Elliott had momentary flashes, busting off a few long runs, but they were too infrequent for Dallas' stagnant offense. Thomas' second interception was one of two turnovers forced by Seattle in the fourth quarter. Elliott broke free for a 26-yard run to the Seattle 19 earlier in the quarter, but had the ball punched free from behind by Bradley McDougald and recovered by the Seahawks. 'When you've got that ball in your hand, that's the team in our hand,' Elliott said. 'Me being a leader on the team, I've got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. I mean, that cost us the game.' Prescott finished 19 of 34 for 168 yards and a 3-yard shovel pass TD to Tavon Austin with 7:11 remaining. Dallas failed to pass for 200 yards for the ninth time in the past 11 games dating to last season. Elliott had 127 yards on 16 carries. 'We've got to find exactly our go-to in the passing game — and not necessarily am I speaking on a player,' Prescott said. 'I'm just speaking on our go-to concepts or go-to beaters or whatever it may be that we didn't get to.' Meanwhile, Wilson had the kind of protection that's been absent most of the season. After being sacked 12 times in the first two games, Wilson was 16 of 26 for 192 yards and sacked twice by Dallas' defense that was second in the league in sacks. Despite missing starting center Justin Britt, the offensive line gave Wilson enough time for a few big plays in the passing game. Wilson's strike to Brown gave Seattle a 7-0 lead and he took advantage of the absence of safety Jeff Heath when he found Lockett on a 52-yard TD late in the second quarter. Heath departed with a left ankle injury earlier in the drive and Wilson found Lockett streaking up the sideline. Heath's replacement, Kavon Frazier, was late to rotate over and Lockett went untouched, high-stepping the final few yards for a 14-3 lead. Carson's TD run was the first by a Seahawks running back since J.D. McKissic found the end zone on a 31-yard run in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Seattle went 14 games without a running back finding the end zone until Carson bulled his way in with 12:54 remaining. Carson finished with 102 yards, the first Seattle running back to top 100 yards since late in the 2016 season. 'This is the offense we claimed to be the whole offseason,' Carson said. THOMAS DRAMA Following a week of drama surrounding Thomas, the former All-Pro safety started and almost immediately made his presence known. Thomas missed two days of practice for personal reasons which Carroll provided only vague answers as to why, and left open the possibility Thomas wouldn't play. He was on the field as usual, and it took less than a quarter before Thomas was making a remarkable interception, pinning a deflected pass against his shin. It was the second two-interception game of his career and the first since his rookie season in 2010. FREE POINTS Seattle was gifted three points at the end of the half when Randy Gregory was baited into a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, smacking Seattle's Joey Hunt in the facemask. The penalty put Seattle in range for Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal and a 17-3 lead at the half. INJURIES Dallas also played a large portion of the second half without linebacker Sean Lee due to a hamstring injury. Lee said it was the same issue that had him listed as questionable on the injury report. 'It feels like the same deal, but I have to get (evaluated) and see where I'm at,' Lee said. UP NEXT Cowboys: returns home to host Detroit next Sunday. Seahawks: at division rival Arizona next Sunday. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Jared Goff was about four weeks old the previous time two NFL teams based in Los Angeles played each other. When this long-dormant derby returned in its newest form Sunday, the young quarterback was the biggest reason why the Rams won this round in the long fight ahead for the hearts of LA. Goff passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards and another score, leading the Rams to a 35-23 victory over the Chargers in the franchises' first meeting since their relocations to Los Angeles. 'It felt like a good rivalry,' said Goff, who was 29 for 36 in perhaps his most impressive pro performance. 'I think you could feel the crowd. You could tell there were two sides in here. Ultimately I think we had a little bit more, being at home, but you could definitely feel it. I think they are a great team, we're a great team, and hopefully that can continue for a long time.' Cory Littleton blocked a punt in the end zone and Blake Countess recovered it for an early touchdown for the Rams (3-0), who racked up 521 yards and remained one of the NFL's four unbeaten teams. Two seasons after the Rams kicked off professional football's return to the nation's second-largest market after 21 years away, they got their first meeting with the Chargers, who moved a year later. Both teams put on an entertaining show for a Coliseum crowd of 68,947 containing a surprisingly significant turnout of Chargers fans, but the Rams' offensive brilliance kept them ahead all day. These teams are likely to have a friendly coexistence in LA instead of a real rivalry, since they'll only play each other roughly once every four years while they share a multi-billion-dollar stadium complex in Inglewood starting in 2020. Neither side ascribed much cultural significance to this win — but the Rams were thrilled to defend their turf. 'Coming out, they were kind of loud, but I think we quieted them up,' Rams receiver Robert Woods said. 'At the end of the game, you knew whose house it was, who is LA's team.' Woods caught two TD passes and Cooper Kupp made a 53-yard scoring catch from Goff. Philip Rivers passed for 226 yards and hit Mike Williams with two touchdown passes for the Chargers (1-2), whose two losses have come against the powerhouse Chiefs and Rams without injured pass-rusher Joey Bosa. Melvin Gordon rushed for 80 yards and a score . '(The Rams) are good in all areas, but I feel like we had a lot of opportunities to make plays,' Williams said. 'We know the talent that we have in the locker room. We've just got to put it on the field.' Despite their prolific offensive performance, the Rams never got comfortable. They lost starting cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to injuries during the game, and the Chargers twice drove deep into Rams territory in the fourth quarter, only to come away with three points. Chargers rookie safety Derwin James got his first career interception in the end zone to kill a likely scoring drive, but he blamed the defense for the loss. 'We couldn't get a stop,' James said. 'We made them punt one time. Offense put up enough points.' The Rams racked up 313 yards and held the ball for almost 20 minutes in the first half, but also committed two red zone turnovers that allowed the Chargers to stay close. Gurley fumbled on the Rams' opening drive, and James picked off Goff in the end zone in the second quarter. Kupp and Goff put the Rams up 28-13 early in the third when Goff evaded pressure and slung a perfect, long throw to Kupp, who shook off Trevor Williams' tackle and ran away. The Rams didn't punt until they led 35-23 with 7:38 to play, but the Chargers couldn't get into the end zone in the final 23 minutes of the game. BIG BLOCK James, the Bolts' stellar rookie safety, went out of bounds at the 1 after his pick, and the Chargers eventually had to punt out of their end zone. After a Bolts blocking mistake, Littleton easily blocked the punt to give a 21-6 lead to the Rams. 'Everything went perfectly for us, and that was the result,' said Littleton, who is still playing special teams even after becoming a starting inside linebacker this year. 'It was wide open. You don't get those very often.' INJURY REPORT Chargers: P Drew Kaser injured his leg when Littleton rushed in to block his punt in the first half. Rivers replaced Kaser as a kick holder in the first half, but Kaser returned for the second half. ... WR Travis Benjamin missed his second straight game with an injured right foot. Rams: Peters injured his leg during the first half and had to be helped off the field. The Pro Bowl selection didn't return. Talib then left in the second half. McVay said the Rams will know more Monday. ... Kick returner JoJo Natson injured his hand in the first half and didn't return. He was signed two weeks ago to replace injured Pro Bowl returner Pharoh Cooper. ... LB Dominique Easley was sidelined with a knee injury. McVay didn't know the extent. UP NEXT Chargers: Host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Sept. 30. Rams: Host the Minnesota Vikings this Thursday, Sept. 27. With only three days to prepare, the players were already getting extensive treatment in the locker room after the game. 'Recovery process starts now!' receiver Brandin Cooks yelled. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The Yankees' Didi Gregorius tore cartilage in his right wrist while scoring the run that clinched a wild card berth for New York, manager Aaron Boone said after his team wasted a three-run lead in a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Boone said Gregorius was hurt when he slid into home plate head-first to score from first on Aaron Hicks' 11th-inning double Saturday. The shortstop sat out Sunday. Boone said he was unsure if Gregorius, who has 27 homers and 86 RBIs, would be able to return in time for the postseason. Tim Beckham homered twice for the lowly Orioles, who trailed 3-0. J.A. Happ needed 107 pitches to get through five innings in a possible tuneup for the AL wild-card game. Happ allowed only one run, but A.J. Cole (3-1) quickly coughed up a two-run lead as the Yankees rested their best relievers one day after clinching a trip to the postseason. New York began the day leading Oakland by 1½ games for home-field advantage in the wild-card game, and Boone said it's important to the Yankees to get that game in the Bronx. They sure didn't play that way, though. The Athletics hosted Minnesota in a later game. Baltimore (45-110) remained one loss shy of matching the franchise record for defeats set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns, who went 43-111. Alex Cobb lasted only four pitches in an abbreviated start for the Orioles, apparently leaving with another blister problem. The right-hander exited his previous outing Sept. 11 after two innings because of a blister on his middle finger. The Yankees took advantage by scoring three times in the first, but then their bats went silent against a parade of Orioles relievers. Mike Wright Jr. replaced Cobb and walked three straight batters, but settled in to throw four innings. Ryan Meisinger (2-0) pitched two perfect innings, Tanner Scott and Cody Carroll each tossed a scoreless inning, and Mychal Givens worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save. Renato Nunez also homered for Baltimore, and DJ Stewart drove in two runs off the bench. Joey Rickard had three hits. Miguel Andujar and slumping Gary Sanchez each had an RBI single for the Yankees in the first. Gleyber Torres delivered a sacrifice fly. Cole entered with a 3-1 lead in the sixth, but immediately gave up a double to Trey Mancini and a two-run homer by Beckham. Nunez followed with his seventh home run, chasing Cole. Stewart added a sacrifice fly as a pinch-hitter later in the inning, then doubled home a run in the eighth. Beckham's third career multihomer game included a solo shot off Happ in the second. TRAINER'S ROOM Orioles: 2B Breyvic Valera exited in the fifth with a broken left index finger after getting tagged out on a headfirst dive into home plate. He was replaced by Steve Wilkerson. Valera was acquired from the Dodgers in July as part of the trade for Manny Machado. ... RHP Andrew Cashner has been bothered by pain in his left knee and manager Buck Showalter said it will be 'kind of his call' whether he pitches again this season. ... Showalter said RHP Evan Phillips probably won't pitch again this season as the Orioles limit his innings. Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks walked in the seventh as a pinch-hitter and stayed in the game. Hicks fouled a ball off his ankle Saturday just before hitting a game-ending double. 'He'll be all right,' Boone said. ... RF Aaron Judge also entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and remained in the game. UP NEXT Orioles: Before this miserable season finally comes to an end, the Orioles still have seven games left against Boston and Houston — the top two teams in the majors. Both have already clinched playoff spots. RHP Dylan Bundy (8-15, 5.37 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday night at Fenway Park against RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 3.98). Yankees: Keeping its options open with an eye on planning for the wild-card game, New York had not announced a starting pitcher for the opener of a four-game series Monday night at Tampa Bay. RHP Luis Severino (18-8, 3.38 ERA) is on turn. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • More than two months after Germany's embarrassingly brief World Cup title defense, Joachim Loew offered a reason for the failure to his coaching compatriots on Sunday: The squad lacked motivation. 'After such a long time at the top,' Loew said, 'we were missing the last percent, the fire, the passion, and this greed to win a title no matter what.' Loew had been summoned from the floor to address FIFA's World Cup coaches' debrief by Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf. He was asked to explain what had been done to try to 'maintain the proper spirit' in a squad featuring nine champions from Brazil in 2014. A couple of hours later, under the chandeliers of a London hotel ballroom, the tables were turned. In a session dedicated to France's triumph in Russia, coach Didier Deschamps reflected on the challenge of preventing his newly crowned champions becoming complacent in Qatar in 2022. The question came from St. Kitts and Nevis coach Jacques Passy who wondered how Deschamps would ensure France 'do not fall into the trap' as Germany did. Deschamps did suggest 'Joachim would be better at answering' before divulging his concerns. 'A certain doubt perhaps creeps in sometimes but not the same way it used to,' Deschamps said through an interpreter. 'They think maybe it's easy to do it again and it's very, very difficult to stay focused to stay at the top level.' A task for Deschamps is keeping his players grounded. 'Sometimes you see players run into difficulties because maybe success goes to their heads,' Deschamps said. 'It's not as easy to stay focused and do everything with the same intensity.' As captain of France, Deschamps won the World Cup on home soil in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. But after Deschamps' international career ended, France finished bottom of its group at the 2002 World Cup with only one point and was eliminated. Deschamps has used his own experiences to guide a young group of France players. 'You are no longer the same players,' Deschamps recalls telling his squad on the eve of France beating Croatia in the final in July, 'people around you will change.' One player whose character has not changed is playmaker Paul Pogba, who Deschamps believes is misunderstood. 'I think the rest of the world, and certainly in France, has an image of Paul Pogba that doesn't really reflect who he is,' Deschamps said. 'He's been in the national team since 2013 and he's always thought about the collective. There's this idea that he's a bit individualistic and only thinks about himself but that's not the case at all.' Deschamps admires how Pogba has taken on the mantle of leadership and hopes the public perceptions improve. 'I've spoken to him about his relationship with the media and I think he's been unfairly criticized in the past,' Deschamps said. 'That's why there has been this aggressive vibe and he's had this strained relationship. 'But criticism is part of the job and I think you learn to take that on board as you get more experienced. That's what's happened with him and I think he's gained some respect. He joined us ready to become a world champion and he took the whole squad with him.' Deschamps wants his squad to be expressive — 'we don't use a joystick to control them' — but maintaining tactical discipline will be essential to the title defense. Germany is the perfect case study. Loew's side won only one game in Russia — against Sweden — and lost the other two in the group stage. 'In the first game against Mexico we were caught on many counterattacks,' Loew said. 'We had some players who were with us a long time who weren't in good form, and we did some things wrong.' It is why Loew sees the benefits of refreshing the squad. 'We have to see how we can integrate some new players in the next years,' Loew said, 'get some fresh blood into the team.' ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports