MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Houston 14 LA Dodgers 0
Boston 4 NY Yankees 1
Chicago White Sox 2 Tampa Bay 1
Cleveland 3 LA Angels 0
Minnesota 8 Kansas City 2
Texas 3 Baltimore 1
Oakland 2 Detroit 1
Toronto 5 Seattle 1
Cincinnati 7 Washington 1
Washington 6 Cincinnati 2
Chicago Cubs 5 San Diego 4
Philadelphia 8 Miami 3
St. Louis 8 Pittsburgh 4
Milwaukee 8 Colorado 4
NY Mets 3 Atlanta 0
Arizona 9 San Francisco 3
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 2 Toledo 0
West Michigan 4 Dayton 1
Lansing 5 Fort Wayne 3
Bowling Green 6 South Bend 0
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 2 Toronto 2
Montréal 1 DC 1
Orlando City 3 New England 3
San Jose 3 FC Dallas 1
New York City FC 2 Vancouver 2
Seattle 2 Minnesota 1
Colorado 2 Los Angeles 1
Sporting KC 1 Houston 0
Real Salt Lake 2 Chicago 1
Portland 3 Philadelphia 0
Indiana 68 New York 55
GIRLS HS GOLF
- Cornett: 74
- Owens: 79
- Fisher: 85 PB
- Etherington: 95 PB
- Capps: 116 PB
Northeastern Lady Knights 11th in Monroe Central Invitational
The Lady Knights scored 485. Jasmine Shuler shot a 114. New to the team, Becca Schneider scored 118. Heritage Christian was the winner with a team score of 357. The Knights are back in action on August 14 against Union County at Liberty Country Club 5 pm.
Red Sox beat Yankees in 3rd straight, 4-1; lead East by 8½
The Red Sox fan who brought a broom to Fenway Park to cheer Boston on to a sweep of the rival Yankees will have to wait one more day.
Still, he was lucky to have it on Saturday, using it to retrieve J.D. Martinez’s home run ball from the light stanchion above the Green Monster.
“It’s been a lot of fun pitching with these guys behind me,” said Nathan Eovaldi, who pitched eight scoreless innings to help the Red Sox beat New York for the third game in a row and expand their lead in the AL East to season-high 8 1/2 games with a 4-1 victory.
“We’ve been able to score runs early in the ballgame, which makes it a little easier pitching,” said Eovaldi, who has pitched 15 shutout innings for Boston since he was acquired from Tampa Bay last month. “And the defense is amazing.”
Mitch Moreland started in place of hot-hitting Steve Pearce and hit a homer of his own, and Martinez hit his major league-leading 33rd of the year for the Red Sox, who go for a four-game sweep on Sunday night with David Price scheduled to face Masahiro Tanaka.
“This is a huge series for us,” said Eovaldi (5-4), who pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, striking out four and walking one.
“We’re going to be playing these guys a couple more times down the road. For us to take the first three games in the series is big,” he said. “Price is building off his last start, so hopefully we’re going to be able to take advantage.”
One night after Rick Porcello threw an 86-pitch, one-hit complete game, Eovaldi started with three no-hit innings and left after eight with a 4-0 lead. Closer Craig Kimbrel held on through a shaky ninth inning to send the Yankees to their season-high fourth straight loss.
“There’s no question that they’ve established themselves right now as the best team in this league,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “That said, if you walk through our room right now, to a man, we know we can absolutely play with them. We know that when we’re at our best we can beat them. We acknowledge who they are right now. There’s no denying the season that they’re having.”
Astros get 13 hits in 14-0 rout of Dodgers; McCullers hurt
The Astros are doing more than just getting by without injured Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.
Josh Reddick’s three-run homer highlighted Houston’s seven-run eighth, and the Astros routed the Dodgers 14-0 to hand Los Angeles its biggest shutout loss at home in 95 years Saturday night.
“It feels really good when you’re without your two big horses in the middle of your lineup and you can still do stuff like that,” Reddick said. “You can still do something special.”
The AL West-leading Astros pounded out 13 hits in winning their fourth in a row and stretching their lead to five games over Oakland.
“Pretty explosive night for us,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re a little banged up so it’s important for us to just keep putting up wins. To shut them out feels good.”
The only blight on the Astros’ night was starter Lance McCullers Jr. leaving after 60 pitches because of right elbow discomfort. He allowed two hits over four innings in his first start at Dodger Stadium since Game 7 of last year’s World Series, won by the Astros.
McCullers will return to Houston on Sunday morning to be examined.
“I felt some abnormal soreness and stiffness that I wouldn’t feel during the game,” he said. “I couldn’t have felt any better to start the game, which is the most frustrating part.”
The Dodgers were limited to three hits in losing their fifth straight regular-season game to Houston since 2015. It was their worst shutout loss at home since July 22, 1923, when the Brooklyn Robins lost to Boston at Ebbets Field, according to Stats LLC.
Harper, Votto hit, Nats beat Reds 6-2 to split doubleheader
Nationals slugger Bryce Harper got hit by a pitch and soon left the field. Then Reds star Joey Votto got hit and immediately went off – on the Nats.
The second game of a doubleheader turned testy Saturday night after a pair of former NL MVPs got plunked during Washington’s 6-2 win for a split.
In the sixth inning, Harper was hit in the right kneecap by Austin Brice. Harper initially struggled to put any weight on his leg, but ultimately made his way to first base.
But Harper labored defensively chasing after a double by Mason Williams in the seventh and was immediately replaced in right field by Adam Eaton.
“It hurts,” Harper said. “I’ll see where I’m at (Sunday) and go from there.”
In the eighth, Votto was hit for the second time in the game, nailed in the leg by Ryan Madson’s first pitch.
Votto gestured at Madson as he took first base. After being retired on a forceout at second to end the inning, Votto waved at Washington’s dugout, prompting plate umpire Andy Fletcher to warn both teams.
Cincinnati interim manager Jim Riggleman said the Madson pitch “certainly appeared (intentional). The only person who knows is the person who threw the pitch.”
That person says the Reds had the wrong read.
“No. I didn’t mean to hit him,” Madson said. “Definitely didn’t mean to hurt him. Nothing like that. Hopefully, he’s OK.”
Votto, who also was hit in the first inning, remained in the game. He was not available to reporters after it was over.
“I was just in pain,” Harper said. “There was no point in being out there.”
Washington’s Spencer Kieboom was hit in the seventh.
The Reds won a tame opener 7-1 before tempers flared.
Cubs’ Yu Darvish ‘very optimistic’ following bullpen session
After throwing a bullpen session on Saturday, Yu Darvish said he was pain-free and is “very optimistic” about returning to the Chicago Cubs rotation this season.
Darvish threw 55 pitches, including warmups, before the game with the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since late May with triceps and elbow injuries.
“All my pitches, velocity-wise, were up there at their highest and then I was able to follow through with my arm,” he said through a translator.
Darvish said he hopes to face batters in a simulated game in his next outing. He has made just eight starts for the Cubs this season, going 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA after signing a six-year, $126 million contract in the offseason.
Darvish said he began to feel better after getting treatment on his back about 10 days ago.
“Treatment-wise, I switched from treating the elbow to the spine, the back, and that triggered a more positive level,” he said. “Everything up until that point there was pain and discomfort involved. I was just trying to see alternatives.”
Darvish initially began throwing a few weeks after going on the DL, but had to be shut down in late June when he felt pain.
He said he’s confidence there will be no setbacks this time. “Now that I’m pitching, I’m very optimistic,” he said.
Report: Angels manager Scioscia expected to step down
Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is expected to step down at the end of this season, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000 and is the longest-tenured manager in the majors. Only four managers in baseball history have managed one team for more consecutive seasons than these 19 by Scioscia.
The 59-year-old Scioscia led the Angels to a World Series title in 2002.
The Athletic’s report was pinned on unidentified major league sources and surfaced late Saturday night following the Angels’ 3-0 loss at Cleveland. Scioscia is under contract through the end of 2018. The Angels are 55-57 this year.
A voicemail left by The Associated Press with a media relations member traveling with the Angels was not immediately returned.
Scioscia has 1,625 career wins. The former big league catcher led the Angels to six division titles and seven playoff appearances.
Alabama’s Hurts: “The narrative has already been created”
Jalen Hurts finally got to give his own take on Alabama’s much talked about quarterback situation.
Since getting benched for the second half of the national title game, the two-year starter with the sparkling record has had to remain silent publicly about the situation. Hurts was blunt in his first chance to speak with reporters since the aftermath of that game in Atlanta at Saturday’s media day.
“This whole spring ever since the game, (coaches) kind of wanted to let it play out and I guess didn’t think it was a thing to let it die down like there wasn’t something there,” Hurts said. “But that’s always been the elephant in the room. For me, no one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt.
“No one asked me what was on my mind. No one asked me how I felt about the things that were going on. Nobody asked me what my future held. That’s that. So now it’s like when we try to handle the situation now, for me, it’s kind of late, it’s too late, the narrative has already been created.”
The narrative is that he and Tua Tagovailoa are engaged in college football’s most talked about quarterback battle. Then-freshman Tagovailoa came off the bench in the second half to lift Alabama to a come-from-behind win over Georgia, heaving the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime .
And the Jalen-vs.-Tua buzz hasn’t died down. They spoke to separate groups of reporters at the same time not far from each other.
Hurts’ father, Averion, said in the spring that if Hurts didn’t win the job, he’d become the “biggest free agent in college football history.”
Asked at Southeastern Conference media days if Hurts would be with the team for the opener against Louisville, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said he had “no idea”.
Absent Browns WR Gordon in contact with teammate
Josh Gordon hasn’t reported to Cleveland Browns training camp, but his presence is being felt on the field.
Fellow wide receiver Rashard Higgins is wearing Gordon’s gear under his uniform at each practice.
“That’s my locker buddy, and I’m wearing his shirts every day,” Higgins said Saturday. “That’s why I feel like I’ve got superpowers when I come out here.”
Gordon remains away from the team as part of his treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. An NFL spokesman said the former Pro Bowl wideout has not been suspended.
Browns general manager John Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson remain confident that Gordon will return at some point, but no timetable has been set. Cleveland opens its preseason Thursday at the New York Giants.
“It will be like Josh never was gone when he comes back,” said Higgins, a third-year pro. “That’s how we’re going to treat things. I feel like the team is a good supporting cast for him, just him knowing that we’re here for him and we’ve got his back, no matter what.”
The 27-year-old Gordon has played in only 10 games since leading the NFL with a franchise-record 1,646 yards receiving in 2013. He is in Stage 3 of the league’s substance-abuse program and faces another indefinite ban for any violation.
Higgins exchanged texts with his friend one day earlier, saying he is “in good spirits.” They have not discussed football in a conversation since Gordon was placed on the reserve/did not report list on July 23.
“We know Josh is handling his business off the field, and when he comes back, he’ll be ready to go,” Higgins said. “We don’t talk about anything on the field. We just talk about: `Hey, what’s up bro? How ya’ doin’?’ Just family, little things like that.”
Gordon resumed posting workout videos on social media Thursday from the University of Florida, but he has not made any statements since camp began. He has missed 43 of the Browns’ last 48 games because of suspensions.
Last season, Gordon was reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell following a three-month stay in a rehabilitation facility. He played in the final five games – catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown – after revealing that he had not previously appeared in an NFL game while sober.
Titans sign pair of safeties with neither named Eric Reid
Kenny Vaccaro says he believes fellow safety Eric Reid should be on a team playing in the NFL. Needing a job himself, the veteran is very happy that the Tennessee Titans signed him instead.
Vaccaro signed a one-year deal with the Titans on Saturday morning and was with them for individual drills at practice at Nissan Stadium hours later. He had been waiting for a team to sign him since his contract with New Orleans expired in March.
“This has been a long time coming for me,” Vaccaro said. “I was waiting on the right opportunity. I was fortunate that one opened up here and that we could get a deal done. I’m ready to work.”
The Titans also signed safety Jason Thompson after placing safety Johnathan Cyprien on injured reserve Friday with a torn left ACL.
Reid, who has been looking for a job since March himself, remains unsigned since his own rookie contract expired in March with the San Francisco 49ers. He filed a claim this spring after visiting with Cincinnati, arguing he was unsigned as a result of collusion by NFL owners over his protests of police brutality and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem.
“He’s a great man,” Vaccaro said of Reid. “He’s a good family man, and a great dude. He needs to be on a team. He’ll get on a team. I believe in him.”
Reid was headed to Nashville to work out for the Titans on Friday but reportedly had flight issues. Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he’d leave questions on what happened to Reid’s workout to Reid and his agent and general manager Jon Robinson.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see him,” Vrabel said. “So that’s really all I can comment on. I’ll let Eric and his camp comment, and I’ll let Jon take care of it on our end.”
The 6-foot Vaccaro spent the past five years as a starter with New Orleans, starting 67 games with eight interceptions, 7 1/2 sacks and four forced fumbles. The Saints drafted him 15th overall in 2013 out of Texas. Vrabel said Vaccaro didn’t look at times last year like the safety had earlier in his career but had a great workout for the Titans.
Thomas takes over at Firestone as Woods fades away
Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy have become friends more by location than youth. They live near each other in South Florida and said they spent last weekend practicing together at The Bear’s Club.
Sunday at Firestone will be the eighth time this year they play together in a tournament, and the number grows next week when they play the opening two rounds with Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship.
But this is the first time a trophy is at stake.
Thomas pulled away from the pack with five birdies in the middle of his round Saturday for a 3-under 67, giving him a three-shot lead over McIlroy and Ian Poulter going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational.
“We’ve played together a lot in tournaments, but never in this kind of situation,” Thomas said.
McIlroy played bogey-free on a Firestone course that finally started to get firm, atoning for a few missed birdie chances with key par putts. He already has won at Bay Hill this year, though he felt he should have won more. He has been runner-up three times, most recently at the British Open two weeks ago.
“I played well enough to win a few times this year and I only got over the line once,” McIlroy said. “Tomorrow is a great opportunity to try and win again. I’ll need a good round. I’m still a few behind. But yeah, I’m getting a little sick of the second places.”
McIlroy made up three shots in the final round in 2014 when he rallied to beat Sergio Garcia at Firestone. It might be a taller order to take on Thomas, who already has won twice this season and appears to have found his touch with the putter.
Starting with a pitching wedge from 129 yards into the breeze to 6 feet at No. 6, Thomas made birdie on every other hole through the 14th to pull away.
No one could keep pace with Thomas, least of all Tiger Woods.
Starting the third round Saturday five shots behind, Woods didn’t make a birdie until a 12-foot putt on the 12th hole, and he didn’t make another. He wound up with a 73, leaving him 11 shots back and ending his streak of 10 straight rounds at par or better dating to the U.S. Open.
“It was very similar to the first day,” Woods said. “Wasn’t very sharp that first day, but I made everything. So today was about the same, and I didn’t make anything.”
That wasn’t a problem for Thomas, whose six birdies included a chip-in from 30 feet behind the green on the par-3 12th.
He was at 14-under 196.
Ducks sign G John Gibson to 8-year, $51.2 million extension
John Gibson has grown up with the Anaheim Ducks, and they want the goalie guarding their net for many years to come.
Gibson agreed to an eight-year, $51.2 million extension with the Ducks on Saturday, keeping him with the club through the 2026-27 season.
Gibson debuted with Anaheim as a precocious 20-year-old in 2014, and he survived a few bumpy stretches to become a standout starter for a perennial playoff team. The former second-round draft pick set career highs last season with 31 victories and a .926 save percentage while playing in 60 games.
“I believe in John Gibson, as does everyone in the organization,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “This is obviously a major commitment by the club, but one we feel strongly about. John is equally committed to being a Duck. He is only now entering the prime of his career, and we are all confident his best is yet to come.”
Gibson has the highest career save percentage among any goalie to appear in at least 150 NHL games since 1955-56. His .923 mark narrowly tops Ken Dryden (.922), Dominik Hasek (.922) and Tuukka Rask (.922).
Gibson was due to be a restricted free agent next summer after making $2.3 million in the upcoming season. The Pittsburgh native’s new contract has an average annual value of $6.4 million, putting him among the top-earning goalies in the league.
Gibson wasn’t available to discuss his new contract Saturday because he was also getting married.
“I’m excited to be a part of this organization for the long term,” Gibson said in a statement from the team. “Staying with the Ducks was always my preference, and I couldn’t be happier. Living in the Orange County community with the great support of our fans, I can’t think of a better place to play. It’s great to be a part of the future of this team moving forward and hopefully bring a Stanley Cup back to Anaheim.”
Serena Williams out of Montreal tourney for personal reasons
Serena Williams has pulled out of next week’s Rogers Cup hard-court tournament, citing personal reasons.
The tournament announced Williams’ withdrawal on Saturday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion is coming off the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Williams was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. That was just her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby in September and dealing with a health scare related to blood clots.
The year’s last major tournament, the U.S. Open, starts on Aug. 27.
Williams will be replaced in the draw at Montreal by Tatjana Maria, who faces Alize Cornet in the first round.
Trump rips LeBron James’ smarts hours before rally in Ohio
Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state’s favorite son, savaging NBA star LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation’s most prominent African-American men.
Melania Trump’s spokeswoman quickly distanced the first lady from the criticism of James, saying in a statement Saturday afternoon that it appeared James was “working to do good things on behalf of our next generation” and that the first lady would be open to visiting his new school for at-risk children. The statement didn’t criticize the president.
Trump blasted James late Friday after an interview aired with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which he deemed Trump divisive. Although James has long been a Trump critic, calling the president “U bum” in a 2017 tweet, the tweet was Trump’s first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron.
The tweet came hours before Trump traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for a rally north of town in support of the Republican in a special U.S. House election on Tuesday. Once in Ohio, however, Trump stayed away from the controversy and never mentioned James as he hammered away at Democrats and other favorite targets.
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump posted. “He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”
Trump then, unexpectedly, appeared to weigh in on the growing debate over who is the greatest NBA player of all time, James or Michael Jordan, by writing “I like Mike!”
Many former and current professional athletes, including Jordan, jumped to James’ defense.
“I support LeBron James. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday.