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Braves acquire OF Duvall from Reds and much more

Boston will send Los Angeles left-hander Williams Jerez and righty Ty Buttrey for Kinsler, who is set to hit free agency after the season.

Reuters Last Updated at 31 Jul 2018, 13:07 IST United States

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Braves acquire OF Duvall from Reds

The Atlanta Braves beefed up their bench by acquiring Adam Duvall from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Cincinnati received right-handers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler as well as outfielder Preston Tucker in the deal.

Azarenka outlasts Bondarenko in San Jose

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka outlasted Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3 6-7(7) 7-5 at the Silicon Valley Classic on Monday to set up a highly-anticipated second-round clash with top-seeded Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday. Azarenka took the first set comfortably but faced stiffer resistance in the second from the Ukrainian, who battled hard against the 29-year-old Belarusian on a night when her powerful first serve lacked its usual accuracy.

ATP roundup: Murray ekes out the win in Washington

Andy Murray's comeback began with a come-from-behind win Monday. Murray, a 31-year-old former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, rallied past American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington. Murray squandered five match points while serving at 5-4 in the third set and another at 6-5 before closing out the win.

Tokyo ceremonies will not leave 'stylish' Para Games in the shade

The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 opening and closing ceremonies are adamant that the Paralympics will be on an equal footing with the Olympics as they plan consistent themes and storylines across all four ceremonies. Hiroshi Sasaki, the man behind Tokyo 2020's startling handover performance during the closing ceremony at the Rio Games in 2016, has been tasked with designing the Paralympic ceremonies in two years' time.

Reports: Nationals make Harper available in trade talks

The Washington Nationals have made six-time All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper available in trade talks ahead of Tuesday's deadline, according to multiple reports Monday evening.'s Mark Feinsand first reported the Nationals were letting other teams know Harper is available. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal confirmed the Nats are sending out "feelers" on Harper, but suggested that any deal appears to be a long shot.

Rusty Murray battles back to advance in Washington

Former world number one Andy Murray was far from his best but was still good enough to come from behind and defeat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 7-5 in a marathon first-round match at the Washington Open on Monday. Murray, who is attempting to return to the top of the tennis world after undergoing hip surgery in January, was out of sorts in the first set of the rain-delayed match, losing three service games behind some uncharacteristically soft second serves.

'We are alive': Tokyo 2020 ceremonies to focus on rebirth

The opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will reflect themes of 'reconstruction' and 're-birth' that have run through preparations for the Games, newly-appointed creative director Mansai Nomura said on Tuesday. Over the last two decades, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics have become an increasingly important medium for the host nation to show off its history and culture as well as communicate key messages.

Indonesia invites North Korea's Kim Jong Un to Asian Games

Indonesia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Jakarta in August following a similar invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, officials said. North and South Korea are likely to be a focal point of the Games, particularly amid recent doubts over Kim's promise to work toward denuclearization made during a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.

Red Sox get Kinsler from Angels for two prospects

The Boston Red Sox traded two relief-pitching prospects to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler and cash considerations, the teams announced late Monday. Boston will send Los Angeles left-hander Williams Jerez and righty Ty Buttrey for Kinsler, who is set to hit free agency after the season.

Wild sign ex-Flyers F Read to a two-way contract

The Minnesota Wild signed former Philadelphia Flyers right winger Matt Read to a two-way contract on Monday. Per the Wild's press release, Read's deal is for one year and is worth $650,000 for the time in the NHL and $200,000 for the time in the AHL.

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