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WASHINGTON (AP) - Major League Baseball is willing to loosen the regulations for the color of players' spikes but says the players' union has not responded to its proposal. Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek wore black spikes in May despite a warning from Major League Baseball of violating a regulation requiring that at least 51 percent of the exterior of a player's shoes be the club's designated primary shoe color. For the Cubs, that color is blue.

NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Bentley is happy to be back in familiar surroundings following her surprising trade to Atlanta from Connecticut last week. The former All-Star guard spent the past five seasons with the Sun after getting traded to Connecticut by the Dream following her rookie season.

(AP) - Don McAuliffe, star running back for Michigan State's undefeated 1952 national championship team, has died at 90 in La Jolla, California. McAuliffe was a team captain who finished eighth in the 1952 Heisman Trophy balloting. He was roommates with eventual college coaches Frank Kush and Chuck Fairbanks. The New York Giants drafted McAuliffe in 1950, but he never played in the NFL.

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