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21 June 2017 Sports


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chad Kuhl got his first victory since April, Andrew McCutchen homered for the fifth time in seven games and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 last night. Jose Osuna’s three-run homer highlighted the Pirates’ six-run first inning.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Training camp starts a little earlier this year for the Green Bay Packers because the first preseason game, Aug. 10, at Lambeau Field is on a Thursday instead of Saturday. The Packers open training camp July 27 at Ray Nitschke Field with five morning practices through Aug. 1.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Rockies rally past Diamondbacks

UNDATED (AP) — It’s been a decade since a Rockies-Diamondbacks game took center stage on the major league schedule, and Tuesday’s matchup lived up to its billing.

Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) lined a go-ahead, two-run triple in the eighth inning to give Colorado its sixth consecutive win, 4-3 against Arizona. Arenado came up big just a half-inning after David Peralta (peh-RAH’-tah) and Paul Goldschmidt slammed solo homers to put the Diamondbacks ahead, 3-2.

Arizona’s two-run eighth forced German Marquez to settle for a no-decision after he limited the D-Backs to a run and four hits over six innings.

The outcome ends Arizona’s seven-game winning streak and keeps the Rockies atop the National League West standings by a half-game over the Dodgers.

The Diamondbacks are two games behind the Rockies.

Los Angeles roughed up Mets pitching for the second straight night as Corey Seager went 4-for-5 with three home runs and six RBIs in a 12-0 rout. Cody Bellinger became the first rookie in the modern era to homer 10 times over a 10-game stretch when he deposited a Robert Gsellman (guh-ZEHL’-mihn) pitch into the seats during a four-run first. The Dodgers won their fifth in a row and have banged out 27 home runs in their last 10 games.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Drew drove in three runs apiece as the Nationals clobbered Miami, 12-3 to end a two-game skid. Daniel Murphy provided a solo homer and an RBI single from the five-hole, while Drew went 3-for-5 as the No. 6 hitter. Gio Gonzalez improved to 7-1 by striking out eight while allowing three runs over seven innings.

— Manny Machado was 4-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs as the Orioles came back from three runs down to end Cleveland’s six-game winning streak, 6-5. Machado sparked the rally by hitting a game-tying, three-run homer in the fifth and scoring on an RBI double by Adam Jones in the seventh. The Indians wasted Edwin Encarnacion’s (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHNZ’) 17th home run, a two-run blast off Chris Tillman.

— Kennys (KEHN’-ees) Vargas belted a go-ahead, three-run homer and Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and two ribbies as the Twins outscored the White Sox, 9-7 to end a four-game skid. Minnesota squandered an early 2-0 lead and trailed 4-2 until Joe Mauer hit an RBI single and scored on the blast by Vargas. The win puts the Twins within 1 ½ games of the AL Central-leading Indians.

— The Yankees’ losing streak has grown to seven games after Cameron Maybin and Luis Valbuena drove in two runs apiece to lead the Angels’ 8-3 rout in the Bronx. The Angels blew a 3-0 lead before Maybin’s solo shot sparked a three-run seventh. Valbuena added a ninth-inning homer to complete a rout that dropped the Yanks a half-game behind Boston.

— The Red Sox took over first place in the AL East as Chris Sale came within two outs of a complete game in an 8-3 spanking of the Royals in Kansas City. Sale surrendered just four hits, including home runs by Mike Moustakas (moo-STAH’-kahs) and Jorge Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH’-see-oh). Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrts) and Sandy Leon drove in two runs apiece for Boston.

— George Springer’s leadoff homer sparked the Astros’ five-run first in an 8-4 rout of Oakland. Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa each had two RBIs for the Astros, who continue to lead the AL West by 12 games over the Rangers and Angels. Carlos Beltran added a ninth-inning homer for Houston.

— Milwaukee was a 7-3 loser in Pittsburgh, cutting the Brewers’ lead in the NL Central to a half-game over the Chicago Cubs. Andrew McCutchen homered for the fifth time in seven games and added a two-run single to help Chad Kuhl win for the first time since April 8. Jose Osuna’s three-run homer highlighted the Pirates’ six-run first.

— Mike Montgomery picked up his first win of the year in the Cubs’ 4-0 shutout of San Diego, yielding three this and two walks over six innings. Three relievers combined to finish up Chicago’s combined five-hitter. Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ slammed solo shots for the Cubbies.

— Nick Martinez two-hit the Blue Jays over 6 1/3 innings as the Rangers picked up a 6-1 victory. Carlos Gomez smacked a solo homer and Jonathan Lucroy (LOO’-kroy) added an RBI double in the Rangers’ four-run first. Adrian Beltre (BEHL’-tray) added a solo shot and two RBIs to help Texas stop a two-game skid and win for the eighth time in 11 games.

— The Giants trailed 2-0 before Austin Slater belted a three-run homer in a five-run eighth that pushed San Francisco past the Braves, 6-3 in Atlanta. Brandon Belt added a ninth-inning blast to help the Giants end a seven-game losing streak. The rally made a winner out of Matt Moore, who was reached for three runs in seven-plus innings.

— Yadier Molina (moh-LEE’-nuh) and Tommy Pham homered while the Cardinals erupted for seven runs in the 11th inning of an 8-1 win at Philadelphia. Stephen Piscotty snapped a 1-1 deadlock with a two-run double and scored on Molina’s two-run blast. Mike Leake got a no-decision after holding the Phillies to a run and three hits over six innings.

— Tampa Bay beat Cincinnati, 6-5 as Corey Dickerson hit a solo shot and a run-scoring single to help the Rays deal the Reds their 10th loss in 11 games. Dickerson also scored on Logan Morrison’s two-run single in the third, which put the Rays ahead to stay. Jesus Sucre also homered to back Alex Cobb, who limited the Reds to a pair of early runs and eight hits in seven innings.

— The Mariners pulled out a 5-4 win over Detroit on Kyle Seager’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Taylor Motter and Ben Gamel had solo homers for the Mariners, who wasted a 4-2 lead in the eighth before winning their third in a row. The Tigers dropped the fourth in a row despite J.D. Martinez, who tied the game with an eighth-inning blast.

MLB-NEWS

Yankees’ Judge invited to Home Run Derby.

UNDATED (AP) — Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge is deciding whether to accept an invitation to participate in next month’s Home Run Derby. The event will be held the night before the July 10 All-Star game at Marlins Park.

The 6-foot-7 outfielder leads the majors with 23 homers. Judge also paces the American League with a .335 batting average and shares the league RBI lead with Seattle’s Nelson Cruz at 53.

In other major league news:

— The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list optioned right-hander Austin Maddox to Triple-A Pawtucket. Sandoval is sidelined with a left ear infection after hitting .212 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 32 games this season. The Red Sox filled the two roster spots by recalling infielders Deven Marrero and Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket.

— The struggling Philadelphia Phillies have pruned their roster by designating outfielder Michael Saunders and reliever Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. The 30-year-old Saunders struggled after signing a free-agent contract last winter, hitting .205 with six homers and 20 RBIs with 51 strikeouts in 61 games. Gomez has compiled a 7.25 ERA in 18 appearances this year after collecting 37 saves in 2016.

— Angels closer Bud Norris has landed on the 10-day disabled list because of right knee inflammation. Norris has been dealing with the injury on and off for about a month.

NBA-SPURS-GASOL

Source: Gasol staying put

UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are keeping Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL’) after all.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Gasol will not exercise the player option on his contract for next year, but intends to sign a new deal when free agency opens in July. Gasol declined the $16 million option on his contract on Tuesday.

He averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game last year to help the Spurs win the NBA’s Southwest Division title and reach the Western Conference finals.

Gasol’s decision will give the Spurs more flexibility going into what is expected to be a hotly contested free agent market.

In other NBA news:

— Dwight Howard appears to be on the move again, this time to the Charlotte Hornets. A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Hornets have reached an agreement to acquire the center from the Hawks, along with the 31st overall pick in Thursday’s draft for center Miles Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick. Howard signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Atlanta last summer after three seasons with Houston.

— A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Dwyane (dwayn) Wade has told the Chicago Bulls that he is exercising his $23.8 million option for next season. Wade averaged 18.3 points on 43 percent shooting last season, his first with the Bulls after 13 years in Miami.

— Three people with knowledge of the deal say the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade point guard D’Angelo Russell and high-priced center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers would receive Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the upcoming draft. Russell averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists last year, his second NBA season.

—A judge has denied a request to block some public funding for Little Caesars Arena and the Detroit Pistons’ move from the suburbs. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his decision late Monday, saying a requested injunction would cause “catastrophic damage” to Detroit. The lawsuit said Michigan law prohibits spending school property tax revenue on the projects because a tax voters approved in 2012 was to be used exclusively for Detroit’s public schools.

— A $192.5 million renovation of the Atlanta Hawks’ arena has begun a day after funding was approved by the Atlanta City Council. About $110 million for the renovation of Philips Arena will be generated from the car rental tax collected at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and other sites. An additional $32.5 million will come from the city’s sale of Turner Field to Georgia State University. The Hawks will contribute $50 million.

GOLF-TIGER WOODS

Agent: Woods in clinic for pain medications

UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods has checked into a clinic to get help for dealing with pain medication.

His agent wouldn’t disclose the location of the in-patient facility, nor did he say how long Woods will be there. Woods said Monday night that he is receiving professional help to manage his medications and how he deals with pain and a sleep disorder.

The treatment comes less than a month after his arrest in Jupiter, Florida, on a DUI charge that involved a combination of prescription medications. Woods says his arrest stemmed from a reaction to the medicine.

PGA TOUR-BLOOD TESTING

PGA Tour to blood-test next season

UNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy.

The tour will add blood testing next season and bring its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association.

Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which is on the list of banned substances but cannot be detected through urine.

The revised policy takes effect in October, the start of next season.

NFL DELEGATION-POPE

Pope meets with NFL delegation, urges ‘culture of encounter’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with an NFL Hall of Fame delegation and urged them to translate values of teamwork and fair play from the football field to the broader community and help build a “culture of encounter.”

Speaking today during a special audience, Francis said such values help “combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference and injustice that hold us back from living as one human family.”

The soccer-mad pope joked that he is an avid fan of football — but the Argentine kind.

The NFL delegation included Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 5.

Francis recorded a video message on the eve of this year’s Super Bowl in which he repeated his call for sports to encourage a “culture of encounter.”

OJ SIMPSON-PAROLE

Parole hearing set for OJ

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson could become a free man this summer.

A Nevada parole official says Simpson has a July 20 hearing that could have him released from prison after serving more than eight years of a nine-to-33 year sentence.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and one-time NFL single-season rushing champion was found guilty in 2008 of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges. The conviction stemmed from a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel room in 2007.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

Former Notre Dame QB Zaire says he’s going to Florida

UNDATED (AP) — Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire has announced on Instagram that he’s going to Florida.

According to a person familiar with Zaire’s transfer, the left-hander has been accepted into graduate school at Florida and is expected to attend classes next week. He was a backup for the Irish last year after missing most of the 2015 season because of a broken ankle.

Florida officials can’t comment on prospective student-athletes until they enroll in school and attend class.

In other college football news:

— Lincoln Riley will make $3.1 million in his first year as head football coach at Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s Board of Regents have approved a five-year deal that increases by $200,000 annually, with a national championship bonus of $425,000. Riley was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach this month after longtime coach Bob Stoops abruptly stepped down following an 18-year run.

— West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has confirmed that the NCAA has cleared transfer quarterback Will Grier to play for the Mountaineers next season. Grier decided to transfer from Florida last year after the NCAA gave him a one-year suspension in October 2015 for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He started five of his six games his freshman year, completing 66 percent of his passes for over 1,200 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.