MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Houston 2 San Francisco 1

Chicago Cubs 5 Kansas City 0

LA Dodgers 4 Oakland 2

Boston 10 Toronto 7 (10)

Minnesota 3 Cleveland 2

Tampa Bay 4 Baltimore 3

Texas 11 Seattle 4

NY Yankees 4 Chicago White Sox 3 (13)

LA Angels 11 Detroit 5

Washington 8 Atlanta 3

Atlanta 3 Washington 1

Cincinnati 6 NY Mets 1

St. Louis 3 Miami 2

San Diego 11 Milwaukee 5

Pittsburgh 10 Colorado 2

Philadelphia 5 Arizona 2

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 12 Lehigh Valley 5

 

WNBA

Seattle 94 Indiana 79

Atlanta 109 Las Vegas 100

Minnesota 85 Chicago 64

Washington 103 Phoenix 98

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF

Union County 109

East Central 209

Lawrenceburg 243

Medalist: Sarah Schwab, Union County 39

 

BOYS GOLF

Dixie 219 National Trail 246

 

2018 NCAA DIVISION 1- WOMEN’S PRE SEASON  SOCCER POLL

  1. Stanford
  2. UCLA
  3. Duke
  4. Penn State
  5. South Carolina
  6. North Carolina
  7. Florida
  8. Virginia
  9. West Virginia
  10. Florida State
  11. Texas A&M
  12. USC
  13. Princeton
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Baylor
  16. Central Florida
  17. Texas
  18. Pepperdine
  19. Santa Clara
  20. North Carolina State
  21. Washington State
  22. Georgetown
  23. Ohio State
  24. Rutgers
  25. Tennessee

 

TOP HEADLINES

Ohio State opens practice but keeps coaches, players away

Ohio State is trying to get back to business as usual while coach Urban Meyer is on paid leave, opening part of Tuesday’s practice to the media even as coaches and players remained off-limits for interviews.

The first half hour of the Buckeyes’ fourth practice was open for observation and photography , with acting coach Ryan Day staying at the far end of the field working with quarterbacks.

The Buckeyes typically open the beginning of selected practices and regularly make coaches and players available for interviews. But this hasn’t been a normal preseason camp so far.

Meyer was put on paid leave last week amid questions about what he knew and did about accusations of abuse made against former assistant Zach Smith in 2015. The wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator – who also is the son of the late Ohio State coach and Meyer mentor Earle Bruce – was fired July 23 after his ex-wife sought a restraining order against him.

Ohio State has appointed a six-member team to coordinate the investigation and an outside law firm has been hired to conduct it. The university said the probe is expected to be completed within two weeks.

While players were checking in Monday evening to the hotel where they will stay during camp, around 200 fans rallied in support of Meyer outside Ohio Stadium.

Among the chanting, sign-waving crowd was Stacy Elliott, father of former Ohio State and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended for six games last season while the NFL investigated domestic violence accusations against him. He denied any wrongdoing and was never charged.

Stacy Elliott spoke fervently in favor of Meyer.

“He handled the situation to way his job required him to,” Elliott said. “It’s wrong that he’s not on the field with his boys right now.”

Meyer initially told reporters at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 that he didn’t know anything about abuse allegations made by Zach Smith’s ex-wife Courtney in October 2015. In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol. He also admitted lying to reporters about it.

What Meyer knew and when he knew it became a question after college football writer Brett McMurphy reported that Courtney Smith had told Meyer’s wife Shelley about the 2015 incidents and shared pictures of injuries through text messages that she shared with McMurphy.

Courtney Smith’s attorney said in a statement that Smith will cooperate with the university’s investigation.

The Buckeyes open the season Sept. 1 against Oregon State.

 

Stan Mikita, who led Blackhawks to 1961 title, dies at 78

Stan Mikita, the hockey great who helped the Chicago Blackhawks to the 1961 Stanley Cup title while becoming one of the franchise’s most revered figures, died Tuesday. He was 78.

Mikita’s family announced his death in a statement released by the team. No further details were provided, but the Hall of Famer had been in poor health after being diagnosed with a brain disorder called Lewy body dementia.

“He was surrounded by his loving family whom he fiercely loved,” the family said in the statement.

Mikita spent his entire career with Chicago, beginning with his NHL debut in 1959 and running through his retirement after playing 17 games in the 1979-80 season. He is the franchise’s career leader for assists (926), points (1,467) and games played (1,394), and is second to former teammate Bobby Hull with 541 goals.

Mikita remains the only NHL player in history to win the Art Ross (scoring champion), Hart (MVP) and Lady Byng (sportsmanship) trophies in the same season, and he accomplished the feat in consecutive years in 1967 and 1968. He became the first player to have his jersey retired by the Blackhawks in 1980, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame three years later.

Mikita’s relationship with the Blackhawks deteriorated over time, but the franchise reached out to the former captain after longtime owner William Wirtz died in 2007 and his son, Rocky, took over. Mikita and Hull each became a team ambassador and were honored with bronze statues outside the United Center.

Mikita was a regular at home games before his health deteriorated, drawing loud cheers when he was shown on the videoboard, often with Hull right beside him.

 

Ex-NFL receiver Steve Smith Sr. says he battled depression

Former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. says he battled depression during his 16-year career with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens.

Smith, who retired after the 2016 season and now works as an analyst for the NFL Network, told NFL.com that despite making five Pro Bowls and being selected All-Pro twice he “routinely felt trapped, inferior and alone” and often asked himself “what’s wrong with me?”

The 39-year-old Smith said by his final season with Carolina in 2013 he was so overwhelmed he didn’t know how to handle his emotions and “was a cynic of everything and everyone.”

Smith says he’s been receiving treatment for depression and advised others to do the same, saying “stop trying to deal with these serious matters alone.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera praised Smith for speaking out on the topic.

 

Browns rookie WR Callaway cited for marijuana possession

Antonio Callaway didn’t take long to run into trouble with the Browns.

The fourth-round draft pick and wide receiver from Florida, who arrived in Cleveland with a history of issues while in college, was cited early Sunday morning for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.

According to a report by police in Strongsville, Ohio, Callaway was pulled over in his car after he failed to yield to on oncoming traffic. Police found a “small amount” of marijuana and cited Callaway, who was stopped on a day off for Cleveland’s players at training camp.

The Browns selected Callaway in this year’s draft despite his checkered past. He was suspended last season for involvement in a credit card fraud case, and he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine in February. That offense caused teams to stay away from him, but not the Browns.

In April, general manager John Dorsey felt confident the team had done its homework before taking Callaway.

“I feel very comfortable with where we are as an organization,” Dorsey said. “We have done extensive – I mean extensive – background work here. We actually have had people go down to Gainesville. We have actually had people go down to certain areas just to find out all about the specifics of the situation. We feel very good about where we are, where he is and where those things you were talking about, where those are at. I feel very comfortable with where we are to make a move like this.”

Callaway’s driving infraction came hours before the Browns traded disappointing wide receiver Corey Coleman to Buffalo. That move caused the team to elevate Callaway into the starting lineup before Thursday’s exhibition opener at the New York Giants.

 

Michigan’s Beilein has successful double bypass surgery

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein underwent a double-bypass heart procedure and is expected to make a full recover, the school said Tuesday.

The procedure was performed Monday by Dr. Francis Pagani at the University of Michigan’s Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Athletic director Warde Manuel described the operation as “proactive” and said Beilein was resting comfortably with his family by his side. He is expected to leave the hospital in a few days.

“I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan,” Beilein said in a statement. “I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time practice begins for this upcoming season.”

The 65-year-old Beilein won’t go on the team’s trip to Spain from Aug. 17-26. Assistant Saddi Washington will serve as interim coach during Beilein’s recovery.

Pagani said Beilein underwent a two-vessel coronary bypass graft surgery.

“The procedure is designed to improve blood flow to the heart, by taking a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body and grafting it to the obstructed coronary artery,” Pagani said. “The operation went well, and we expect him to make a full recovery and be back to his usual activities within a few weeks.”

Beilein has coached at Michigan for 11 seasons with a 248-143 record. He has led the Wolverines to two Final Fours, losing in the national title game this year and in 2013. He briefly emerged this offseason as a candidate for the Detroit Pistons’ vacancy, but they ended up hiring Dwane Casey and Beilein stayed at Michigan .

Beilein recently agreed to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.

 

Yankees’ Ellsbury has hip surgery, out 6 more months

 New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is officially out for the season after surgery on his left hip.

The Yankees say Ellsbury had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum. The surgery was performed Monday by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

The expected recovery time is about six months.

The 34-year-old Ellsbury has been out all season with a number of injuries including an oblique strain and sore back. The Yankees placed him on the 60-day disabled list in May.

In 112 games last season, Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 RBIs and seven home runs.

Acquired by New York from Boston in 2014, Ellsbury is under contract with the team through 2020.

 

Chargers DE Joey Bosa exits practice with foot injury

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa left practice early on Tuesday because of a left foot injury.

Bosa has 23 career sacks in two seasons since being drafted third overall in the 2016 draft, including an NFL-record 19 sacks in his first 20 games.

Bosa has never missed a game because of injury, forming one of the top pass-rush tandems in the NFL with Melvin Ingram.

Head coach Anthony Lynn did not speak to reporters following practice, but Bosa was not expected to play in the team’s preseason opener at Arizona on Saturday.

The Chargers previously lost cornerback Jason Verrett to a torn Achilles during a conditioning test prior to the start of training camp.

 

Luck to make start, may play most of 1st quarter at Seattle

Andrew Luck spent two straight offseasons contemplating how it would feel to play football again.

He’ll find out Thursday night.

Coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday that Luck would start and could play most of the first quarter in the Indianapolis Colts’ preseason opener at Seattle.

“I’ll be excited and a little nervous,” Luck acknowledged after practice. “There were one or two moments where I wondered if, `Am I ever going to be able to do this again?'”

He wasn’t the only one asking that question during a nearly 600-day wait between starts. And he’s not the only one who will be nervous lining up against the Seahawks’ traditionally strong defense.

Much has changed since Luck performed in a televised game.

There’s a new general manager and a new coach in town. There’s been another new offense installed and Luck is still trying to learn everybody’s names. Even the once formidable offense has undergone a major revamp.

Rookie Quenton Nelson and free agent signee Matt Slauson have moved in as the new starting guards. Tight Eric Ebron and receiver Ryan Grant are promising new targets for Luck, who will be handing off to second-year running back Marlon Mack for the first time in a game Thursday.

Luck can’t wait to see how it all works together – even if it takes an entire preseason to work out the kinks.

“Every day I feel a little bit better about my technique in those team drills,” he said. “And also I feel better, I feel stronger, I feel more fit, I feel like my arm has a little more in it and a little more in it and a little more in it. I’m certainly feeling more comfortable in the offense.”

 

Magic will host Bulls, Jazz in Mexico City in December

The Orlando Magic will play a pair of regular-season games in Mexico City in December.

The Magic will host the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 13 then play the Utah Jazz on Dec. 15. It is the third straight year that the Arena Ciudad de Mexico has hosted the NBA.

Both games are designated as home games for the Magic.

This is Orlando’s second visit to Mexico City. The last was in 2012 for a preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Center Nikola Vucevic is the only current player who was on the roster for that game.

The Bulls are playing their first-ever regular-season game outside of the United States and Canada.

The Jazz have played four times in Mexico, but the last visit was in 2003 when Utah beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85.

 

Panthers guard Silatolu will undergo tests for ‘sore leg’

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says offensive lineman Amini Silatolu will be transported back to Charlotte, North Carolina for observations on what he called a “sore leg.”

Silatolu was carted to the locker room Tuesday.

Rivera did not indicate which leg Silatolu injured.

Silatolu has been working as the team’s starting left guard as the Panthers look to fill the void of All-Pro Andrew Norwell, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Giants.

Rivera is hoping this is not the team’s third significant injury of training camp. The Panthers previously lost starting right tackle Daryl Williams to a torn medical collateral ligament and a dislocated knee and cornerback Ross Cockrell to a broken leg.

Rookie Brendan Mahon will start against the Buffalo Bills Thursday night if Silatolu is out.