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Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talksFan favorite Flores homers in 12th, Mets beat Nationals 2-1 (Yahoo Sports)

Ministers from 12 nations negotiating a Pacific Rim trade pact hold a news conference in Lahaina, Hawaii, Friday, July 31, 2015, saying they made significant progress in reaching an agreement. The ministers, from left, are Australia Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, Brunei Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Lim Jock Seng, Canada Minister of International Trade Ed Fast, Chile Director General of International Relations Andres Rebolledo, Japan Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed, Mexico Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, New Zealand Minister of Trade Tim Groser, Peru Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva and Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)Officials from a dozen Pacific Rim nations vow further talks on a new trade agreement.


New York Mets' Wilmer Flores, center right, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff solo home run during the twelfth inning of a baseball game to defeat the Washington Nationals 2-1, Friday, July 31, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Wilmer Flores gave Mets fans one more reason to fall for him - this time with his bat as well as his heart. The new favorite at Citi Field hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning to lift New York over the Washington Nationals 2-1 Friday night in the opener of a pivotal series between the top teams in the NL East. Two nights after endearing himself to Mets rooters when they saw him wiping away tears at shortstop after he thought he'd been traded, Flores received four standing ovations on an invigorating day for the Mets.


Suspected Flight 370 wing flap being taken to French siteMets get Cespedes at trade deadline (Yahoo Sports)

Workers for an association responsible for maintaining paths to the beaches from being overgrown by shrubs, search the beach for possible additional airplane debris near the area where an airplane wing part was washed up, in the early morning near to Saint-Andre on the north coast of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion Friday, July 31, 2015. A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on the remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that vanished more than a year ago with 293 people aboard. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)BALMA, France (AP) — Representatives of the world's media gathered Saturday outside a French defense site in Balma in southwestern France, awaiting the arrival of a piece of plane wing that could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


How will Cespedes's bat play in New York? (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The Mets finally landed the bat they were looking for in Yoenis Cespedes just ahead of Friday's trade deadline, and Cole Hamels confirmed he blocked a trade to Houston before Philadelphia dealt its ace to Texas. Sixteen trades were made Friday ahead of the annual deadline for deals without waivers, but San Diego was among the buyers, not the sellers, to the surprise of some. Hamels was the only top starting pitcher dealt following earlier trades that sent Scott Kazmir to Houston, Johnny Cueto to Kansas City and David Price to Toronto.


Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest once warned for conductDonaldson drives in winning run, Jays beat Royals 7-6 in 11 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE- In this July 10, 2015 file frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland after she became combative during a routine traffic stop in Waller County, Texas. Encinia, a Texas trooper who arrested Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop, had been cautioned about “unprofessional conduct” in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)DALLAS (AP) — The Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop was once cautioned about "unprofessional conduct" in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper, according to his personnel file.


Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, right reacts with first base coach Tim Leiper, left, after hitting a RBI single to defeat the Kansas City Royals during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 31, 2015 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

David Price was pleased with the popcorn waiting in his locker when he finally arrived in Toronto. Hours later, Josh Donaldson gave Price something even better: a dramatic win for his new team. Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning, and the new-look Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night and hand Johnny Cueto a no-decision in his Royals debut.


Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral expected to draw large crowdsWWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61 (Yahoo Sports)

Brown daughter of the late singer Houston poses at premiere of Sparkle in HollywoodBy Rich McKay ALPHARETTA, Ga., (Reuters) - Scores of onlookers are expected to gather on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston. Brown's funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, a northern suburb of Atlanta of about 60,000 residents, is private and will be closed to the public but that is not expected to deter media and members of the public who have been mourning her death. Brown, 22, died on Sunday at an area hospice, six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in a still unexplained incident at her Roswell, Georgia, home.


Legendary wrestler

''Rowdy'' Roddy Piper, the kilt wearing trash-talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, died Friday. Piper's death also comes days after Hulk Hogan, his biggest rival for decades, was fired by the WWE. Hogan had used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape.


Mexican judge suspends U.S. extradition order for fugitive 'Chapo' GuzmanSkins add LB Galette to pass rush, despite off-field issues (Yahoo Sports)

Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico CityA Mexican judge temporarily suspended a U.S. extradition order on Friday for the fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even though the federal attorney general's office had approved it a day earlier. Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug traffickers, broke out of a maximum security prison earlier this month, escaping in a tunnel built right under his cell. The United States requested Guzman's extradition on June 25, just a couple weeks before his escape, but Mexican officials said in January that Guzman would not be handed over because he must first serve time in his home country.


FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) chases Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) before a sack during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago. Galette agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins for the league minimum on Friday, according to agent Alvin Keels. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Whatever Junior Galette has been accused of away from football, and whatever punishment might come from an NFL investigation, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden wanted to sign the outside linebacker to help the team's pass rush. Less than a week after being released by the New Orleans Saints because of off-field problems, Galette agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Redskins that agent Alvin Keels wrote on Twitter is for the league minimum - $745,000 for a player entering his sixth season. The NFL also is reviewing a video that shows a man resembling Galette in a fight on a beach.




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