Tokyo Olympics begin with muted ceremony and empty stadium

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games.

Twins trade Nelson Cruz to Rays for pitching prospects

The Minnesota Twins have just traded slugger Nelson Cruz and minor league pitcher Calvin Faucher to the Rays for Tampa prospect pitchers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. Those are Tampa's 10th and 17th-ranked prospects, respectively. Both are currently in Triple-A.…