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Sports Shorts: today’s top stories

The Tigers celebrate a win, clinching the AL Central division in Major League Baseball. Photo: Associated Press

TIGERS CLINCH AL AGAIN
The Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 last night to capture their third straight AL Central title. Max Scherzer earned his major league-leading 21st win by holding the Twins to two hits while striking out 10 in seven innings. The Tigers scored the lone run just two-batters into the game as Austin Jackson tripled and scored on Torii Hunter’s single.

DODGERS OUTFIELDER OUT?
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier returned to Southern California yesterday to have his troublesome left ankle re-examined. Ethier has missed 10 straight games with the injury, and the team isn’t sure he’ll be available for the NL division series next week. He is batting .272 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs for the NL West champions.

QB BENCHED
Tampa Bay has benched quarterback Josh Freeman and replaced him with rookie Mike Glennon, just two days after coach Greg Schiano insisted that Freeman remained the starter. Freeman has completed just 45.7 percent of his passes for the winless Buccaneers for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

OKC THUNDER TRAINING CAMP
The timetable for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook’s return from a knee injury remains uncertain as Oklahoma City opens training camp. General manager Sam Presti says it would be “irresponsible” of him to say when Westbrook would be fully cleared medically, but didn’t dispute the notion that Westbrook could miss the season opener Oct. 30 at Utah. Westbrook underwent surgery for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee April 27 after suffering the injury during Game 2 of the Thunder’s Western Conference quarterfinal series.

STUNNING COMEBACK
The United States has pulled off one of the finest comebacks in sports to win the America’s Cup. Skipper Jimmy Spithill steered Oracle’s space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Team New Zealand in Race 19 in San Francisco Bay yesterday. All but defeated a week ago, Spithill and his international crew twice rallied from seven-point deficits to win 9-8.

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Kentucky rolls Mountaineers in the Midwest Regional

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Kentucky's Marcus Lee, right, blocks a shot by West Virginia's Jonathan Holton during the first half of a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional semifinals, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Cleveland.

Top-seed Kentucky advances after defeating West Virginia 78-39 rout of West Virginia in the Midwest Regional.

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New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast

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Firefighters battle a fire at the site of a residential apartment building collapse and fire in New York City's East Village neighborhood, March 26, 2015.

Four apartment buildings in New York City caught fire from an apparent gas explosion, causing 19 injuries.

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Oil price falls as Middle East supply fears ease

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A general view shows oil tanks at the Bashneft-Ufimsky refinery plant (Bashneft - UNPZ) outside Ufa, Bashkortostan, January 29, 2015.

Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Friday as worries receded over the Saudi Arabia-led air strikes in Yemen.

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Germanwings co-pilot had serious depressive episode

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Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo.

The German pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps suffered from depression, a German newspaper reported.

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Aaron Hernandez trail delayed by bomb threat

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez listens during a motion regarding jail phone recordings during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Hernandez is accused in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.

A bomb threat has delayed proceedings of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial.