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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of the game's greatest hitters, died of cancer Monday. He was 54.

Gwynn, a craftsman at the plate and winner of eight batting titles, was nicknamed ''Mr. Padre'' and was one of the most beloved athletes in San Diego.

He attributed his oral cancer to years of chewing tobacco. He had been on a medical leave since late March from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater. He died at a hospital in suburban Poway, agent John Boggs said.

His terrific hand-eye coordination made him one of the game's greatest contact hitters. He had 3,141 hits, a career .338 average and won eight NL batting titles.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Pete Rose returned to baseball, but just for one day.

The 73-year-old Rose, who has the most career hits in major league history, served as guest manager the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League during their 2-0 win over the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Barnstormers.

About 50 fans paid $250 each to get into a ''meet and greet'' with Rose before this game and others paid $150 to have lunch with him. He did sign some free autographs as he took the field.

The Bluefish players asked for autographs took pictures and listened to Rose's stories of his glory days. Many, like Rose, are hoping for one more shot at the big time.

Rose was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1989 when he agreed to a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. He later admitted that he bet on Reds games while running the team.

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PRO HOCKEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Kings paraded the Stanley Cup through downtown Los Angeles to celebrate their second NHL title in three seasons.

A raucous contingent of fans lined Figueroa Street as the Kings rode nine double-decker buses and a flatbed truck about one mile to Staples Center. They showed off the Cup, the Campbell Cup and Justin Williams' Conn Smythe Trophy while confetti flew and fans gave a nonstop standing ovation to the champions.

The team gathered at the arena for a sold-out rally celebrating the second championship in Kings history. Los Angeles didn't win a title in its first 43 seasons before winning twice in the last three.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti used an F-bomb in declaring it a big day for LA, bringing 19,000 hockey fans to their feet, lighting up the Twitterverse in delight and, oh yeah, left some folks scratching their heads, wondering just what the ... heck the normally soft-spoken elected official was thinking.

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PRO BASKETBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Clippers restructured their basketball leadership, changing coach Doc Rivers' front-office title to president of basketball operations.

Rivers will continue to coach the Clippers under the changes made.

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PRO FOOTBALL

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Aaron Hernandez's attorneys sought to have a murder charge dismissed, saying prosecutors don't have enough evidence to tie the former New England Patriots' star to the murder of a semi-professional football player.

Prosecutors countered that they can show Hernandez was with Odin Lloyd when he was shot and that Lloyd's killing was part of a pattern of Hernandez committing acts of violence following nightclub disputes.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Former Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark will retire Wednesday with the team that brought him into the NFL.

Clark was Indy's first-round pick in 2003. In nine seasons, he broke the franchise's career tight end records for receptions (427) and TD catches (46) and finished second in yards receiving (4,887) and 100-yard games (seven).

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't attend a Washington Redskins home game until the football team changes its name.

In a letter to the team's president, Reid called the Redskins name a racial slur that disparages the American people. The Nevada Democrat, who said he represents 27 tribes in his state, rejected Bruce Allen's invitation to a Redskins home game until the team does the right thing and changes its name.

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SOCCER

NATAL, Brazil (AP) - Jozy Altidore left the Americans' World Cup opener against Ghana after straining his left hamstring in the 21st minute of a 2-1 win against Ghana, leaving his status for the remainder of the World Cup in question.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Two police officers who allegedly fired live rounds during an anti-World Cup protest in Rio de Janeiro are under investigation and on administrative leave, authorities said.

One of the officers was a motorcycle-mounted member of the riot police who was seen on an Associated Press video firing a single round from his pistol at protesters. His name was not released, and it's not known if any protesters were hurt by the shot, fired about a mile from the Maracana stadium as Argentina was playing Bosnia-Herzegovina.

NATAL, Brazil (AP) - Demonstrators burned a U.S. flag near the stadium in northern Brazil where Vice President Joe Biden attended the U.S. soccer team's 2-1 victory over Ghana.

The protesters in Natal also burned a flag of FIFA, international soccer's governing body, and shouted against ''imperialism.''

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame receiver Will Mahone is facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism after being arrested in his Ohio hometown.

Mahone appeared before an Austintown judge to face the three felony charges as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for an incident Saturday night in Austintown, about 70 miles southeast of Cleveland. A court spokeswoman said Mahone entered not guilty pleas on the misdemeanor charges, but the court doesn't accept an initial plea on the felony charges.

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AUTO RACING

BERLIN (AP) - Nearly six months after sustaining serious head injuries in a skiing accident, seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher left a French hospital and was transferred to neighboring Switzerland to continue his recovery.

Schumacher ''is not in a coma anymore,'' his manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a brief statement announcing that the German driver had left the Grenoble University Hospital, where he had been treated since his accident Dec. 29.

Kehm gave no further details of his condition or medical outlook, saying only that he would ''continue his long phase of rehabilitation.''

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - A 23-year-old motorcycle racer was killed in a crash during a dirt track competition in Michigan.

The crash happened Saturday night at an American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned race at the Midland County Fairgrounds.

Fairgrounds Manager Trish Steele said that the Polka Dots Motorcycle Club rented the site and was responsible for safety at the event.

Club spokesman Duane Stanick identifies the dead racer as 23-year-old Benjamin Myers of Midland.

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