MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Chicago Cubs 3 Kansas City 1
Houston 3 San Francisco 1
Cleveland 10 Minnesota 0
Seattle 4 Texas 3 (12)
NY Yankees 7 Chicago White Sox 0
LA Angels 6 Detroit 2
NY Mets 6 Cincinnati 4
Miami 2 St. Louis 1
Colorado 2 Pittsburgh 0
Arizona 3 Philadelphia 2 (14)
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
West Michigan 2 Dayton 1
Lansing 5 Fort Wayne 4
South Bend 5 Bowling Green 4
Seattle 96 New York 80
Richmond 161 Franklin County 164
Jacey Cornett: 35
Karissa Owens: 39
Brianna Fisher: 42
Ashlyn Spurrier: 52
Esther Etherington: 45 (Personal Best)
Union County 190 Monroe Central 239
Haylee King 35
Sarah Schwab 39
Emily Treadway 51
Olivia Curry 53
Morgan Ball 60
NASCAR chairman France takes leave after DWI, drug arrest
NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced on Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in the Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.
France was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag Harbor on Sunday and later had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit for driving, smelled of booze and slurred his words, police said.
He said in a statement on Monday that effective immediately he would be taking a leave of absence from his position “to focus on my personal affairs.”
“I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night,” he said.
France has been NASCAR’s chairman and CEO since 2003. His uncle Jim France, a vice chairman and executive vice president, will take over those roles on an interim basis.
France, 56, spent the night in jail and was arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept. 14.
His lawyer referred reporters to a NASCAR statement on the matter. The organization said it takes his arrest “as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts.”
France was pulled over and arrested at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said they saw his 2017 Lexus roll through a stop sign near the Sag Harbor waterfront.
His eyes were red and glassy, and he struggled to keep his balance during field sobriety tests, police said. Tests showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.18, police said. The legal limit for driving in New York is 0.08.
Officers found five oxycodone pills during a subsequent search, police said.
UNC: 13 players suspended for selling school-issued shoes
Less than a year after emerging from a long run of NCAA issues, North Carolina is dealing with rule violations again – this time for football players selling team-issued shoes.
The school announced Monday that 13 players will miss games serving suspensions for the secondary NCAA violations, which will leave the Tar Heels shorthanded during much of the season’s opening month. While secondary violations are generally considered less severe, the penalties in this case will result in several players being forced to sit out at least a third of the regular-season schedule.
In all, nine players will miss four games, two will sit two games and two others will miss one contest. The NCAA approved a school request to delay two suspensions affecting multiple players at one position, while the other 11 suspensions begin with the Sept. 1 opener at California.
The Tar Heels want to put move on quickly from this latest embarrassment.
“The guys that are suspended, they’re very remorseful,” coach Larry Fedora said during a news conference Monday. “They don’t want to let their teammates down and they feel like they did in this situation. But nobody’s pointing fingers on this football team. … We’re beyond that point now. It’s already happened. It is what it is, so they’re all looking forward and moving forward.”
The suspensions have had at least one major impact already.
With sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt among the players suspended four games, the team’s most-watched preseason position battle has come to a swift end with Fedora saying junior Nathan Elliott will start against Cal.
The players facing four-game suspensions are: Surratt; defensive ends Malik Carney, Tomon Fox and Tyrone Hopper; offensive linemen Brian Anderson, Quiron Johnson and Jordan Tucker; receiver Beau Corrales and linebacker Malik Robinson.
Defensive backs Greg Ross and Tre Shaw must sit two games, while quarterback Jack Davidson and offensive lineman Jonah Melton will each miss one.
Carney was the only suspended player to talk with reporters Monday, saying he has apologized to the team.
“In the moment like that, you’re not really thinking about the consequences,” Carney said when asked if he knew selling his pair of shoes was improper. “Like as a kid, when your mom tells you `Don’t touch the iron because it’s hot,’ you don’t really think that it’s hot. You just do it. It’s something you don’t really think about in the moment. And I made a wrong decision.”
UNC reported the violations after learning of the special-edition Nike shoes being sold to at least one retailer in an email from a member of the public in January, according to documents released after a public-records request from The Associated Press. That email contained a social media advertisement from a retailer seeking $3,500 for the shoes.
Oakland acquires pitcher Mike Fiers from Tigers
Mike Fiers may end up with another chance to pitch in the postseason.
The Oakland Athletics acquired the right-hander from the Detroit Tigers on Monday for two players to be named or cash. The 33-year-old Fiers is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA this season.
Fiers was with the World Series champion Astros last year, but he was not included on any of Houston’s postseason rosters. He did make one relief appearance for the Astros in the 2015 Division Series.
The rebuilding Tigers picked Fiers up before the season on a $6 million, one-year contract , and he pitched well enough that he became a candidate to be traded to a contender.
Detroit traded outfielder Leonys Martin to Cleveland, and general manager Al Avila said last week that Oakland and Milwaukee had shown interest in Fiers. But the Tigers weren’t able to work out a deal before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Now the Tigers have sent Fiers to an Oakland team that, if the season ended now, would be the American League’s second wild card.
“There’s always opportunity in August,” Avila said Monday. “There’s going to be plenty of players that were available at the deadline that were not traded.”
The A’s have had 12 different pitchers make at least one start this year. Sean Manaea is 10-7 with a 3.38 ERA, and Trevor Cahill has been solid when healthy. Oakland recently added veteran Edwin Jackson, who is 3-2 with a 2.87 ERA in eight starts for the A’s.
Fiers enters that mix, and he’s enjoyed a nice stretch of late. He’s 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA over his last seven starts.
Former NFL executive Tom Heckert dies at 51
Tom Heckert, a former personnel executive for the Denver Broncos who also served stints as general manager for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles, has died following a long illness, the Broncos said. He was 51.
Heckert stepped away from the Broncos after last season after being diagnosed in recent years with amyloidosis, a rare disease that causes a buildup of amyloid proteins in the heart, kidney, liver and other organs. He died Sunday night.
Heckert spent 27 years in the NFL, including the last five in the Broncos’ personnel department. He was the teams’ director of pro personnel from 2013-16 before becoming senior personnel adviser in 2017.
“Tom was an integral part of our organization and we’re all incredibly saddened today,” general manager John Elway said in a statement. “With his many years of experience and time as a GM, Tom was a tremendous resource and a key member of our team. He was a very good evaluator. He had an eye for talent, and we always trusted his voice.”
Before coming to Denver, Heckert was the general manager for the Browns (2010-12) and the Eagles (2006-09).
“We are saddened to learn of Tom Heckert’s passing,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “Tom gave everything he had to this organization for nine seasons and played a major role in the construction and success of our team during that time. In addition to being a talented evaluator and respected voice, he was a mentor and friend to so many within our organization and around the league. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him and our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.”
The Eagles went to the playoffs seven times in Heckert’s nine seasons in Philadelphia, winning five NFC East titles, making five appearances in the conference championship and reaching one Super Bowl.
Cardinals center Shipley tears ACL, rookie Cole replaces him
The Arizona Cardinals have lost starting center A.Q. Shipley for the season with a torn right ACL and will replace him with rookie Mason Cole.
Coach Steve Wilks confirmed the injury Monday, saying the center “heard something pop” in his knee during a goal-line drill in training camp on Saturday.
Shipley, a six-year NFL veteran, started all 16 games each of the past two seasons, the only member of the Cardinals offensive line to play every game either year. Wilks called him “a tremendous leader and hard worker.”
“When you talk about the DNA that I look for, a guy that loves the game, very passionate, gritty,” Wilks said. “He really was the leader up front.”
Shipley signed with Arizona as a free agent in 2015, working his way to a starting role after bouncing around the NFL early in his career.
“Coach (offensive coordinator Mike) McCoy said it best,” right guard Justin Pugh said. “He’s the heartbeat of the offensive line. So it’s’ definitely tough news to hear and knowing everything he’s been through in his career.”
The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Cole is a third-round draft pick out of Michigan, where he was a four-year starter but only one – his junior year – was at center.
Robinson Cano to start rehab assignment for Mariners
Robinson Cano is beginning a rehab assignment with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate on Monday night as he prepares for his return from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement.
The Mariners said Cano is expected to play two games with Tacoma against Colorado Springs on Monday and Tuesday. He may play in some games for Single-A Everett later in the week. Cano is eligible to rejoin the Mariners on Aug. 14 while the team is in Oakland.
Cano is expected to play first, second and third base during his rehab assignment, Seattle manager Scott Servais said. Cano has played second base throughout his career but will be moved around the infield when he rejoins Seattle with Dee Gordon as the primary second baseman.
“It’s one thing hitting a guy groundballs, it’s another thing seeing them live off the bat in game situations and reacting to things,” Servais said. “And at first base, it’s getting over to the bag, it’s picking balls in the dirt, it’s handling the bunt plays, it’s being in the right spots on cutoffs. … A few games down there playing those different positions, I think will help.”
Cano has not played since fracturing the fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch on May 13. He was suspended on May 15.
Cano worked out on his own in the Dominican Republic to get ready for his return. He was hitting .287 with 23 RBIs in 39 games prior to his injury.
Trout gets cortisone injection in sore wrist, sits out again
Mike Trout received a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist Monday, and the Los Angeles Angels are hopeful their superstar center fielder can return to their lineup on the weekend.
The two-time AL MVP wasn’t in the Angels’ starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game when they opened a six-game homestand against Detroit.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Trout won’t play in at least their next two games, including the Angels’ game on his birthday Tuesday. After a day off Thursday, the Angels are hopeful Trout will feel good enough to return Friday when they open a series against Oakland.
“I think that all the tests he had point to just some inflammation, and that has to run its course, and his injection will help that to happen,” Scioscia said. “We anticipate him getting to baseball activities in a couple of days, and see how he feels for Friday.”
Trout hasn’t played since Aug. 1, when he hurt his wrist during a feet-first slide into third base in Tampa Bay. He skipped the last four games of the Angels’ road trip, and he had an injection upon the team’s return to Orange County.
Barring a major change, Trout will be out for at least seven games. That will be the second-longest injury absence of his seven full big-league seasons, surpassed only by his 39-game absence last season after he tore a ligament in his left thumb in a headfirst slide.
Scioscia doesn’t think the Angels are likely to retroactively place Trout on the disabled list, a move that would make him ineligible until Sunday.
“I think if you can get Mike Trout to play from the seventh day instead of the 10th day, I think you’d want to,” Scioscia said. “So we’re just going to let it run its course, and when it’s 100 percent, he’ll play.”
Falcons agree to 3-year extension with safety Ricardo Allen
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a three-year contract extension with safety Ricardo Allen, who could have become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Allen has a combined six interceptions the last three seasons. He had 54 tackles and one interception last season.
The agreement with Allen continues general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s promise to reach extensions with key starters before they can become free agents. The Falcons agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with left tackle Jake Matthews on July 27. Dimitroff also hopes to reach a new deal with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.
Allen, a fifth-round pick from Purdue in 2014, began his career as a cornerback on the Falcons’ practice squad. He switched to safety in 2015, coach Dan Quinn’s first season.
Details of the agreement with Allen were not immediately available.
Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, to play basketball at UCLA
UCLA has landed forward Shareef O’Neal.
The son of retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal signed a grant-in-aid to attend UCLA this fall. He will enroll in summer school this month.
The 6-foot-10, 220-pounder from Los Angeles played the last two seasons at Crossroads High in nearby Santa Monica. As a senior last season, O’Neal helped the school win the CIF Division II state title for the first time since 1997. He had 29 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in the title game. O’Neal averaged 27 points as a senior while Crossroads finished with a 25-9 record.
UCLA coach Steve Alford says O’Neal brings a “terrific combination of size, skill and athleticism.”
O’Neal joins fellow freshmen Jules Bernard, Moses Brown, Tyger Campbell, Kenneth Nwuba and David Singleton in UCLA’s incoming class.
Shaquille O’Neal starred at LSU before going on to the NBA, where he won four championships including three with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bauer strikes out 11, Indians hit 4 HRs in 10-0 win
Trevor Bauer struck out 11 and allowed three hits in six innings, and the Cleveland Indians hit four home runs in routing the Minnesota Twins 10-0 on Monday night.
Bauer (11-6) has 206 strikeouts this season, one behind Boston’s Chris Sale for the AL lead. The right-hander has 10 double-figure strikeout games, tying him with Sale for the league lead. Bauer also leads the AL with 159 2/3 innings pitched.
Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs, including a three-run homer in the seventh. Yonder Alonso, Brandon Guyer and Jason Kipnis also homered for Cleveland, which leads Minnesota by 10 games in the AL Central.
Alonso’s home run started Cleveland’s four-run fourth while Guyer added a two-run shot, both coming off Kyle Gibson (5-9). Matt Belisle gave up Kipnis’ leadoff homer in the sixth and Encarnacion’s blast.
The Indians scored two unearned runs in the first because of shortstop Jorge Polanco’s error. Jose Ramirez’s sacrifice fly that was caught in foul territory by second baseman Logan Forsythe to put Cleveland ahead.
Adam Cimber, Oliver Perez and Dan Otero each pitched an inning to close Cleveland’s AL-leading 12th shutout.
Bauer struck out every batter in the starting lineup and ended his night with a flourish in the sixth. Jorge Polanco doubled with one out and was at third when Miguel Sano drew a two-out walk but Bauer struck out Max Kepler on his 112 pitch.
Dodgers SS Corey Seager now dealing with second injury, report says
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is already out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and now he’s dealing with a second injury.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Seager will have arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Tuesday. Despite the two injuries, he’s expected to be ready for spring training.
The Dodgers aggressively replaced Seager in the lineup for the rest of this season, acquiring Manny Machado from the Orioles in July. But Machado is a free agent this offseason, which could make Seager’s recovery important to their planning.
Seager is slashing .302/.372/.494 for his career, and he has 54 home runs in just 355 games played.
Rams DT Aaron Donald not planning to end holdout ‘anytime soon,’ report says
Aaron Donald’s holdout will continue.
The 27-year-old defensive lineman would need to join Rams training camp by Tuesday in order to avoid restricted free agency next offseason, according to a report from ESPN. But, Donald does not plan on reporting “anytime soon.”
Donald is seeking a new contract and skipped Los Angeles’ offseason workouts as well as OTAs. He is “determined not to play” until he gets a new deal, according to an earlier ESPN report.
MLB trade rumors: Pirates complete another deal with Rays, add SS Adeiny Hechavarria
The Pirates acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Rays on Monday for right-handed pitcher Matt Seelinger, according to USA Today.
Hechavarria, 29, is known more as a defensive stalwart, though he does carry a career .255 average. He has three home runs and 26 RBIs this season with a .258 average.
Pittsburgh completed a blockbuster trade with the Rays just minutes before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline ended, acquiring Chris Archer for two of their top overall prospects.
The Pirates (57-55) are currently trying to squeeze their way into the postseason, but are fourth in the National League Central.
NBA free agency news: Greg Monroe signs 1-year deal with Raptors
The Raptors made another play Monday to remain at the top of the Eastern Conference by signing veteran center Greg Monroe to a one-year deal worth $2.2 million, Yahoo Sports reported.
Monroe, who started 81 games for the Bucks in 2016-17, was shipped out of Milwaukee early last season to Phoenix as part of the Eric Bledsoe deal and waived three months later. He then signed on with the Celtics for the remainder of the year, appearing in 26 regular season games and 11 postseason games.
Michigan State cornerback Josiah Scott sidelined two months by injury
Michigan State cornerback Josiah Scott, who started 12 games as a freshman last season, will be sidelined approximately two months after a noncontact injury, coach Mark Dantonio told reporters Monday at the team’s media day, per multiple reports.
Dantonio didn’t specify the nature of the injury, but Scott’s loss will be felt.
A 5-10, 170-pounder from Hamilton, Ohio, he led the Spartans last season with 10 pass breakups and 12 passes defended. He also recorded 30 total tackles, 21 solo.
Scott was voted to the Big Ten Network All-Freshman team and honored as a third-team All-Big Ten by the media.
According to the Detroit News, Dantonio talked Monday about Josh Butler, Kalon Gervin and Davion Williams, among others, as candidates to replace Scott in the near term.