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  1. It’s tough being a young believer today

    Christian researcher David Kinnaman of the Barna Group says Godly people ages 18-to-35 are the first to grow up in a post-Christian America.

    He tells Relevant magazine they are “Living in what I describe as Digital Babylon.

    Immersion in a whole different set of worldviews and beliefs.

    Interacting regularly with people with very different perspectives about God, very different perspectives about human meaning and flourishing.”

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    UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have some company atop the American League East standings.

    Aaron Judge banged out his major league-leading 27th home run and Miguel Andujar (AN’-doo-hahr) had a productive major league debut as the New York Yankees ripped the White Sox, 12-3 in Chicago to pull even with the Bosox.

    Judge belted a two-run shot while the Yanks scored five times in the sixth to take an 8-2 lead. The rally was more than enough offense for Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah), who worked six innings for his first win since May 8.

    Andujar furnished three hits and four RBIs, hitting a two-run single and a two-run double.

    In Boston, Adalberto Mejia (meh-HEE’-uh) pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Max Kepler drove in three runs as the Twins earned a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox. Mejia blanked the Bosox on five hits over 5 2/3s to send Boston to its first loss in three games.

    Kepler’s two-run blast put the Twins ahead 4-0 in the sixth after he singled home a run in the top of the first.

    The Twins reached Rick Porcello for four runs over six innings to raise his ERA to 5.06. Porcello leads the majors with 10 losses after capturing 20 victories and the AL Cy Young Award last season.

    Elsewhere in the majors:

    — Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) hit a game-tying homer in the ninth for the Dodgers, but he also made a pair of miscues that allowed the winning run to score in the Angels’ 3-2 win at Anaheim. Ben Revere ended it by scoring from second on a passed ball and a throwing error by Grandal on the same play. Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer to help the Angels keep the NL West leaders just 1 ½ games ahead or Arizona.

    — The Cardinals prevented the Diamondbacks from gaining ground on the Dodgers as Yadier Molina (YAH’-dee-her moh-LEE’-nuh) and Jedd Gyroko (JUR’-koh) each had two RBIs to lead a 4-3 win at Arizona. Adam Wainwright held Arizona to two runs and eight hits while fanning eight over 6 1/3 innings. The Diamondbacks scored once in the ninth off Trevor Rosenthal and had runners on first and third before the Redbirds’ closer got David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) on a game-ending grounder.

    — Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer looked good in a 5-3 victory against Texas, holding the Rangers to a run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings. Michael Brantley delivered a pair of RBI singles while the Indians were taking a 5-1 lead. Homers by Robinson Chirinos and Alvis Andrus (AN’-droos) didn’t stop the Indians from staying a half-game ahead of second-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

    — The Astros’ march to the AL West title continued as Josh Reddick and George Springer each had three hits and combined for five RBIs in an 11-8 win against Oakland. Springer hit another leadoff homer in the first inning, but the Astros squandered an early 4-1 lead before scoring five times in the third to go ahead 9-5. Houston received five innings of one-hit ball from its bullpen after David Paulino was rocked for a career-high seven runs on seven hits over four-plus innings.

    — Solo homers by Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’), Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) and Daniel Murphy highlighted the Nationals’ 11-hit attack in an 8-4 pounding of the Cubs. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs apiece in support of Stephen Strasburg, who struck out 13 while yielding just two runs and four hits over seven innings to move to 9-2. The Cubs fell back to .500 just hours after heading to the White House for a ceremony honoring last year’s World Series team.

    — Chicago still trails the NL Central by one game following the first-place Brewers’ 4-3 loss at Cincinnati. Adam Duvall hit a second-inning homer and snapped a 3-3 deadlock with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) also went deep for the Reds, who have won two in a row since dropping 15 of 17.

    — The Rockies’ losing streak is now at eight games after the Giants completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 victory over Colorado. Jae-Gyun Hwang had two RBIs in his major league debut, including a solo homer that broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth. Nick Hundley smacked a two-run homer to support Ty Blach, who limited the Rockies to one earned run over 6 1/3 innings.

    — The Blue Jays were 4-0 winners over Baltimore behind Marcus Stroman, who struck out eight and held the Orioles to five hits over 7 2/3s. Jose Bautista hit a solo homer and added a fourth-inning grounder that second baseman Jonathan Schoop (skohp) turned into a two-run error. Justin Smoak also homered and Steve Pearce went 3-for-3 with a run scored for Toronto.

    — Mariners closer Edwin Diaz blew a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss to Philadelphia. Tommy Joseph led off the ninth with a game-tying homer, four batters before Andrew Knapp singled home the go-ahead run. The Mariners ended up 5-4 on a nine-game homestand that began with five straight wins.

    — Salvador Perez blasted a two-run homer and collected three RBIs as the Royals thumped the Tigers, 8-2. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) added a solo homer and Alex Gordon drove in three runs to help Kansas City deal Detroit its ninth loss in 11 games. Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera homered off Ian Kennedy, who allowed just three other hits over seven innings.

    — Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera and Curtis Granderson each slammed two-run homers and pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo add a two-run single as the Mets mauled the Marlins, 8-0. Steven Matz blanked Miami on six hits to help New York win for the fourth time in five games. Jose Reyes provided three of the Mets’ 10 hits.

    — Jose Osuna (oh-SOO’-nuh) lined a pair of RBI doubles and Josh Bell homered to lead Pittsburgh past the Rays, 6-2. Pirates starter Ivan Nova worked five innings and combined with four relievers on a 10-hitter. Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell is 0-5 after surrendering six runs over five frames.

    — Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg (SPAN’-jehn-burg) each had two RBIs as the Padres outscored the Braves, 7-4. Luis Pordomo carried a shutout into the sixth before the Braves chased him with a four-run inning. Atlanta starter Bartolo Colon fell to 2-8 in his first start since coming off the disabled list, yielding six runs over four innings.


    Montero moving on

    UNDATED (AP) — One of the Chicago Cubs’ World Series heroes is leaving the club just eight months after helping them win their first championship in 108 years.

    Catcher Miguel Montero has been designated for assignment following a rough start to the season and his public criticism of a teammate. The move comes one day after he blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH’-tuh) for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals in Washington. Montero said he called Arrieta to apologize and that the right-hander was “totally cool” about the situation.

    General manager Jed Hoyer called the criticism “a detriment to what we’re trying to accomplish right now at this point in the season.”

    Montero has thrown out just one of 31 potential base-stealers this season while driving in only eight runs in 44 games. He also owns a .286 average with four home runs.

    Also around the majors:

    — The Yankees’ disabled list now includes Matt Holliday because of a viral infection. The designated hitter joins teammates Starlin Castro, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird on the DL. The 37-year-old Holliday is batting .262 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 68 games in his first season with the Yanks.

    — Outfielder Michael Saunders is back with the Toronto Blue Jays organization after accepting a minor league contract. Saunders was an All-Star with the Jays last season, but he tailed off in the second half before signing a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies last winter. He was batting .205 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 61 games with the Phils before being let go.

    — Mariners left-hander Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He had been on the disabled list since opening day with a flexor strain in his left arm and had been rehabbing in the hopes of returning after the All-Star break.

    — Robert Gsellman has become the sixth Mets starting pitcher to go on the disabled list this season. The Mets placed the right-hander on the 10-day DL with a strained left hamstring and recalled infielder Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas. Reynolds is expected to join the Mets in time for tonight’s game at Miami.

    — Right-hander Phil Hughes has been activated from the 10-day disabled list by the Twins. The 31-year-old Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a “dead feeling” in his pitching shoulder on May 21.

    — The White Sox have activated left-hander Carlos Rodon (roh-DAHN’), who had been sidelined all season by bursitis in his left biceps. Rodon was penciled in as the No. 2 starter behind Jose Quintana prior to the season opener.

    — The Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon (meh-LAN’-suhn) on the 10-day disabled list for a second time this season with a sore forearm. Melancon is 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances this season after accepting a four-year, $62 million contract last winter.


    Rockets cast a Paul over team as it seeks a title

    HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden is no longer the only All-Star in the Houston Rockets’ backcourt.

    The Rockets have acquired Chris Paul from the Clippers in a deal that sends seven players and a draft pick to Los Angeles. Houston parts with Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a protected first-round pick next year and cash considerations.

    Paul has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year career. The nine-time All-Star helped the Clippers reach the playoffs the last six years, but the team never advanced to the conference finals.

    The deal was announced right after the Rockets picked up Hilliard from Detroit and Liggins from Dallas for cash considerations.


    Jackson, Knicks part

    UNDATED (AP) — Phil Jackson is now the former president of the New York Knickerbockers.

    The Knicks have issued a statement saying the two sides mutually agreed to part company with two years remaining on Jackson’s $60-million contract.

    Jackson took the job in March 2014 and watched the club go 80-166 in his three full seasons at the helm. That stretch included a team-worst 17-65 mark in 2014-15.

    The announcement comes days after Jackson reiterated his desire to move Carmelo Anthony and announced his willingness to hear trade offers for Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs).

    In other NBA news:

    — The Toronto Raptors have promoted Bobby Webster to general manager, making the 32-year-old assistant the youngest GM in the NBA. He replaces Jeff Weltman, who left Toronto in May to become president of the Orlando Magic.


    Vanderbilt players suspended following shootings

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has indefinitely suspended the three Commodores football players who were involved in an incident that resulted in two of them getting shot.

    Nashville police say defensive back Tae Daley suffered a noncritical gunshot wound to his leg and defensive back Frank Coppet received noncritical birdshot wounds to his arms Monday night. Police call the shootings the result of an “ill-conceived plan” to recover wide receiver Donaven Tennyson’s stolen cellphone.


    Blues’ Berglund out until December with dislocated shoulder

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues center Patrik Berglund is expected to be out until December after having surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder.

    The Blues say Berglund was injured during an offseason conditioning program.

    The 29-year-old Berglund scored a career-high 23 goals and finished with 34 points last season.


    ‘Big 4′ given top-4 seedings at Wimbledon; Kerber also No. 1

    LONDON (AP) — The “Big 4” of men’s tennis were given the four highest seedings for Wimbledon, which begins next week.

    Top-ranked and defending champion Andy Murray is the No. 1 seed, followed by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Nadal and Djokovic are also in the top four of the ATP rankings, but Federer is No. 5. Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah) is the fifth seed despite his No. 3 ranking.

    Angelique Kerber is No. 1 on the women’s side, followed by Simona Halep (HA’-lehp), Karolina Pliskova (kar-ah-LEE’-nuh PLIHSH’-koh-vah) and Elina Svitolina (svih-toh-LEE’-nah).


    Usain Bolt wins 100 meters at Golden Spike meet

    OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Usain Bolt has started the European leg of his final season before retirement with a victory in the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet.

    Bolt reeled in the rest of the field after a trademark slow start to cross the finish line in 10.06 seconds. The time fell short of his season best of 10.03, clocked in the world record holder’s final race at his native Jamaica on June 11.


    Olympian skier Tom Corcoran dies, founded popular ski resort

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Tom Corcoran, an Olympic skier who founded the Waterville Valley ski resort in New Hampshire has died. He was 85.

    Former assistant Jan Stearns said Corcoran died Tuesday at his home in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, following a brief illness.

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    TOKYO (AP) — Western Digital Corp. has lashed back against its joint venture partner Toshiba, in a deepening feud over the Japanese company’s plan to sell its computer memory business. In response to Toshiba’s announcement Wednesday that it was suing Western Digital, seeking $1.1 billion in damages, Western Digital said today that Toshiba’s complaints over its objections to the sale of the memory unit and accusations of misuse of trade secrets are “frivolous and without merit” and would hurt customers and stakeholders.

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s culture secretary is expected to rule today on whether Twenty-First Century Fox can take full control of the Sky cable television and broadband network in a $15.2 billion deal critics say would give Rupert Murdoch too much power in U.K. media. Murdoch’s media group is trying to buy the 51 percent of Sky it doesn’t already own. Women who allege they were sexually harassed at Fox News also say the takeover should be blocked.

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The widows of four activists executed 22 years ago in Nigeria are launching a civil action in the Netherlands, alleging complicity by oil giant Shell in their husbands’ deaths. Amnesty International says that the four men were among nine activists from the Ogoni tribe who were hanged in 1995 for the murder of four political rivals. Supporters say they were really targeted because of their involvement in protests against environmental damage by Shell.

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish low-cost fashion brand H&M says second quarter sales increased by 10 percent to $7 billion mainly because of its continued expansion and tight control on costs. Hennes & Mauritz AB says its net profit for the three-month period rose by 10 percent. CEO Karl-Johan Persson says online sales developed “very well” while the group’s other brands — COS, & Other Stories, Monki, Weekday and H&M Home — “remained very strong, both in stores and online.”

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  4. Mideast biggest airline: Flights to US as normal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s revived travel ban for visitors from six mostly Muslim countries:


    The Middle East’s biggest airline says its flights to the United States are operating as normal as new travel guidelines come into effect for travelers for six war torn nations.

    Dubai-based Emirates said in response to questions on the travel ban Thursday that it “remains guided by the US Customs and Border Protection on this matter.”

    The carrier reminded passengers that they “must possess the appropriate travel documents, including a valid US entry visa, in order to travel.”

    Emirates in April announced it was reducing flights to the U.S. because of a drop in demand linked to tougher security and proposed visa measures. It flies from Dubai to 12 U.S. destinations, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

    Also, an official at the Beirut airport says Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines carrier has not received any new guidelines yet and they’re operating as normal.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to media. MEA does not operate direct flights to the United States but is used by many Syrians who travel to the U.S. via MEA with a stopover in Europe.

    —Zeina Karam in Beirut.



    The guidelines are getting clearer on a travel ban partially restored by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order.

    Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked.

    But instructions issued by the State Department on Wednesday said that new applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States to be eligible. The same requirement, with some exceptions, holds for would-be refugees from all nations that are still awaiting approval for admission to the U.S.

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  5. Grandmother: Wounded girl ‘a miracle’ since deadly shooting

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A grandmother of a 7-year-old girl critically wounded in a St. Louis shooting that killed her parents and another man says her granddaughter has brain damage but is showing signs of improvement in a hospital.

    Lawanda Griffin tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) that Deniya Irving can move some limbs, cry and tries to talk. Griffin calls it “just a miracle, even though she has a long way to go.”

    Deniya was wounded June 2 when a gunman opened fire on the car in which she was riding. Her parents, 27-year-old Derrick Irving and 24-year-old Jessica Garth, were killed, along with 37-seven-year-old Julian Hayes.

    Prosecutors have charged 28-year-old Jerome Leon Buress Jr. with three first-degree murder counts and at least 10 other felony counts.


    Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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