SEATTLE — Domingo Santana hit two home runs in a game for the third time this season, Marco Gonzales won his third straight start and the Seattle Mariners avoided an embarrassing series sweep with an 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

At the start of a conversation Friday at his locker in the visitors’ clubhouse at Citi Field, Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt stood up and offered his chair, suggesting he snag one from a teammate’s nearby locker. That way, if another Cardinal looked sideways at losing his chair or mumbled a complaint, Goldschmidt would be sitting in it, not a reporter.

PARIS — Carli Lloyd had just scored on an 18-yard volley to put the United States ahead 11 minutes in against Chile. After leaping, pumping a fist and hugging teammate Lindsey Horan, she raised both hands chin high and made four tiny pitter-patter claps , the type seen more frequently at Peb…

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