June 9th, 2012
06:13 AM ET

State media: China to launch manned spacecraft this month

China plans to launch a manned spacecraft this month to dock with a space lab that has been orbiting the earth since September, state media reported Saturday.

The Shenzhou-9 was moved to a launch platform Saturday to allow scientists to conduct tests before the mid-June flight, Xinhua news agency reported.

This will be China's first crew expedition involving manual docking. If all goes as planned, it will be the third nation, next to the U.S. and Russia, to dock capsules in space.

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June 9th, 2012
06:07 AM ET

No shot at Triple Crown as favored colt is scratched from Belmont Stakes

The field for Saturday's race is wide open with favored colt, I'll Have Another, scratched from the Belmont Stakes.

But no horse that sprints to the lead at Belmont Park can get close to the history I'll Have Another would have made if he'd won.

In 34 years, no horse has swept the Triple Crown - the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown. The last was Affirmed in 1978.

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Six Mariners pitchers combine for no-hitter
Pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen (left) celebrates with his teammates after the Seattle Mariners throw a combined no-hitter against the L.A. Dodgers.
June 9th, 2012
01:30 AM ET

Six Mariners pitchers combine for no-hitter

Six pitchers from the Seattle Mariners combined to throw a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, the 10th combined no-hitter in MLB history.

Kevin Millwood held the Dodgers scoreless in six innings before leaving the game with a groin injury. Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Leutge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined to throw for three scoreless innings to keep the no-hitter intact.

Third baseman Kyle Seager had a RBI single, scoring Ichiro Suzuki from second base in the Mariners' 1-0 victory.

It is the fourth no-hitter of the baseball season so far, following Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Johan Santana of the New York Mets and Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox.

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