WORLD CUP SOCCER

United States 2 Netherlands 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cleveland 11 Cincinnati 1

Washington 5 Kansas City 2

Chicago White Sox 3 Chicago Cubs 1

Toronto 6 Baltimore 1

Boston 6 Detroit 3

Tampa Bay 2 NY Yankees 1

Texas 4 Minnesota 1 (11)

Houston 11 LA Angels 10 (10)

Oakland 7 Seattle 4

Philadelphia 8 NY Mets 3

Atlanta 4 Miami 3

Pittsburgh 6 Milwaukee 5

San Francisco 1 St. Louis 0

San Diego 5 LA Dodgers 3

Arizona 5 Colorado 3

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BOX SCORES: https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/scoreboard.php?date=2019-07-07

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Toledo 4 Indianapolis 0

South Bend 10 Dayton 0

Fort Wayne 3 Great Lakes 2

 

WNBA

Las Vegas 90 New York 58

Los Angeles 98 Washington 81

Phoenix 65 Atlanta 63

Chicago 78 Dallas 66

 

NBA SUMMER LEAGUE

Golden State 80 Toronto 71

San Antonio 106 Charlotte 96

Brooklyn 74 Croatia 58

Minnesota 90 Atlanta 66

Denver 84 Orlando 79

Miami 93 Utah 81

Phoenix 105 New York 100 OT

Portland 97 Houston 87

Memphis 87 LA Clippers 75

SUMMER LEAGUE BOX SCORES: https://www.nba.com/summerleague/2019/scores#/

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York 3 Atlanta 3

Philadelphia 2 Orlando City SC 2

Portland 1 New York City FC 0

 

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US wins 4th World Cup title, 2nd in a row, beats Dutch 2-0

Megan Rapinoe stood on the field, arms outstretched, striking her now trademark victory pose symbolizing the confidence of a U.S. team that celebrated and savored each triumph at the Women’s World Cup.

Rapinoe won the Golden Ball as top player and the Golden Boot as top scorer, and the United States backed up its brashness by winning while simultaneously making a strong statement for gender equity.

“We’ve done exactly what we set out to do, done exactly what we wanted to do, said what we feel,” Rapinoe said. “All of us, really. I know sometimes my voice is louder, but everybody is in this together. We’re such a proud and strong and defiant group of women.”

The U.S. won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.

Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder while competing for a deflected pass in the penalty area.

Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past Sari van Veenendaal for her sixth goal of the tournament. She became the oldest player to score in a Women’s World Cup final.

“Getting to play at the highest level of the World Cup with the team we have is just ridiculous. But to be able to couple that with everything on the field and to back up all of those words with performances and to back up all of those performances with words, it’s just incredible,” Rapinoe said. “I feel like this team is in the midst of changing the world around us as we live, and it’s just an incredible feeling.”

Lavelle, at 24 the team’s up-and-coming star, added her third goal of the tournament on an 18-yard left-footed shot in the 69th after a solo run from the center circle.

“It’s been a long journey. It doesn’t seem real yet. I hasn’t hit me, it’s so surreal, to be part of this group and to play with these players,” Lavelle said.

The monthlong journey isn’t over quite yet for players who captured the hearts of a nation. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needed just a few seconds after the match to invite the team to a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted “Equal Pay!” at the final whistle , a reminder players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination. The sides have agreed to mediate the lawsuit.

Rapinoe drew the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump by saying she would refuse to visit the White House. Trump called out Rapinoe on Twitter, saying she should never “disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.” He said he would invite the team win or lose.

But shortly after the title game, Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!”

Rapinoe also called out FIFA on the eve of the championship, suggesting soccer’s governing body was not doing enough to grow the women’s game, pointing to unequal prize money and the scheduling of the final on the same day as the championships of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Chicago and the Copa America final in Brazil.

Whether unequal treatment from soccer officials will change is uncertain. The Americans’ dominance in France is unquestioned.

They never trailed at the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women’s World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions. While the U.S. has four titles, Germany is the only other nation with even two.

“It’s just chemistry. They put their hearts and soul into this journey,” Ellis said. “They made history.”

FIFA President Gianni Infantino handed over the trophy, a stark contrast to four years ago in Canada, when then-president Sepp Blatter was a no-show as U.S. prosecutors investigated corruption in soccer’s governing body.

With confidence that some called arrogance – triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist – this American team established a standard that exceeded the U.S. champions of 1991, 1999 and 2015, becoming a goal for all others to match. Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain were among the former American players who joined the current generation for the postgame celebration. Tobin Heath made angels in the fallen confetti.

Alyssa Naeher, the 31-year-old who succeeded Hope Solo in goal, faced repeated questions entering the tournament but allowed just three goals and finished with her fourth shutout.

The U.S. had scored within the first 12 minutes of its previous six matches but the European champions sat back to keep their defensive shape and kept the score 0-0 through the first half.

Video review, adopted by FIFA for the men’s World Cup last year, showed its impact when Stephanie Frappart, the first woman to referee a men’s Ligue 1 match, initially did not call the foul on Morgan, then went to the screen at the side of the field, watched replays and signaled toward the spot.

Rapinoe, who missed Tuesday’s semifinal win over England with a hamstring injury, became the first woman to score on a penalty kick during a Women’s World Cup final, her 50th goal in 158 international appearances. She ended the Netherlands’ 317-minute scoreless streak and matched Morgan and England’s Ellen White for most goals in the tournament, winning the Golden Ball based on fewer minutes.

Rapinoe was given a standing ovation when she was substituted in the 79th minute. The crowd of 57,900 at Stade de Lyon for Le Grand Finale included France President Emmanuel Macron.

Rebounding from a loss to Sweden on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, the Americans opened the World Cup with a record 13-0 rout of lowly Thailand, triggering debate over whether the celebrations after each goal were excessive. Carli Lloyd responded the next match by following a goal with a polite golf clap. Then Morgan stirred it up again when she scored against England and celebrated as if sipping tea, pinkie outstretched.

Now, after all the memorable drama, they will have a fourth star above the crest on the team’s jerseys and a higher platform to advance their cause.

“It’s something that we’ve worked so hard for. All of us, individually, have just faced so much adversity through this whole journey,” Morgan said. “We’ve been tested individually and collectively so much. So to see, four years ago, us go from two to three, and now three to four, it’s really a dream come true.”

 

Brazil beats Peru to win 1st Copa América title since 2007

Brazil didn’t need Neymar to win another Copa America title at home.

With its injured star watching from the stands at a packed Maracana Stadium on Sunday, Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to win its first South American title since 2007.

It was Neymar’s replacement, Everton, who led the team to victory, scoring a goal and setting up another to give Brazil its ninth Copa America trophy, and fifth at home.

Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison also scored for Brazil, which has won the title every time it hosted the tournament.

Everton was named player of the final and also finished as one of the tournament’s top scorers with three goals. Brazil’s veteran right back Dani Alves was voted player of the tournament.

Neymar and his son sat close to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro among the crowd of nearly 70,000 at the Maracana.

Brazilian fans had some reason to worry after Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the 70th minute because of a second yellow card, but Peru couldn’t pull off one last upset after eliminating Uruguay in the quarterfinals and two-time defending champion Chile in the semifinals.

“Brazil deserved the victory,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. “We played better than we did in the previous match. We have improved as a team. We still have to improve more, but we are on the right track.”

Peru, which had been routed 5-0 by Brazil in the group stage and barely avoided early elimination, was trying to win its first Copa America trophy since 1975 and just its second overall. It hadn’t returned to the final since ’75.

The victory helped Brazil to regain the confidence of some supporters following its quarterfinal exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It will also ease some of the pressure on coach Tite, who had been criticized for his selections and the team’s lackluster performances.

Brazil hadn’t made it past the quarterfinals of the Copa America since beating Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 final in Venezuela. It didn’t even get past the group stage in 2016.

The last time it won the Copa America at home had been in 1989, when Romario scored the winner against Uruguay at the Maracana.

Brazil’s only other trophy since 2007 came in the 2013 Confederations Cup, also at home.

Brazil arrived as a heavy favorite but it was an even match from the start, with the hosts not being able to press too much despite being urged on by most of the crowd at the Maracana.

Everton opened the scoring in the 15th from close range after a well-placed cross by Gabriel Jesus, who made a surging run down the right flank.

The 23-year-old Everton was elevated to the starting lineup after Neymar was ruled out of the tournament because of an ankle injury.

Veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalized for Peru by converting a 44th-minute penalty kick after a handball by Brazil defender Thiago Silva. It was the only goal conceded by Brazil in six matches.

Gabriel Jesus put the hosts ahead again in the third minute of first-half stoppage time with a low shot after an assist from midfielder Arthur.

 

Allen leads Indians to 11-1 romp over Reds

Greg Allen needed just two games in his latest tour with the Cleveland Indians to make a huge impact.

Recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday for the third time this season, Allen homered and tripled among his career-high four hits and made a circus catch behind Trevor Bauer, who pitched seven solid innings, as the Cleveland Indians remained baseball’s hottest team with an 11-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

“It wasn’t too bad,” said Allen, who made a leaping backhand catch of Jose Iglesias’s drive to the warning track in left-center field before bouncing into a bullpen fence in the second inning. “It was nice to get a win.”

“Boy, did he impact the game,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “A great catch, four hits — it’s nice for the whole organization.”

Jake Bauers hit a two-run homer and Tyler Naquin and Jason Kipnis added solo shots, helping Cleveland to a season-high sixth straight win — the longest current streak in the majors.

The Indians’ tied their single-game season highs with 18 hits and nine extra-base hits while completing a two-game sweep in which they outscored the Reds by a combined 18-3

“It was just two games,” Reds manager David Bell said. “They were big games for us, but two games doesn’t take away what we did, which was give us a chance and set us up for the second half. What helps us is our ability to bounce back. The team that bounces back the best is the team that will win this division.”

Bauer (8-6) improved to 4-0 with a 2.90 earned-run average over his last six starts. He allowed one hit through the first four innings before Jose Peraza singled to lead off the fifth and scored on Josh VanMeter’s pinch-hit double. Bauer bounced back to slip called third strikes past the potential tying runs, Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez.

“He battled his rear end off,” Francona said. “For four hits and (three) walks, it seemed like there was a lot of traffic. He got two huge strikeouts. That allowed us to add on.”

 

Nova gets home win as White Sox beat Cubs 3-1

Ivan Nova insisted he had one thought on his mind, and it wasn’t his winless streak at his home park.

Nova pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning for his first win in eight tries at Guaranteed Rate Field, Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu homered, and the Chicago White Sox beat the crosstown Cubs 3-1 to salvage a two-game split Sunday.

“I was thinking about doing my job today,” Nova said. “A lot of times, wins don’t depend on me. I can do a good job out there and we’ve still got to score runs and the bullpen has to hold up.”

The right-hander delivered in a big way after going 0-4 with an 8.31 ERA in his first seven starts there. Nova (4-7) allowed five hits over 5 2/3 innings, struck out four and walked one.

As for snapping his home losing streak? Nova wasn’t too concerned about that.

“What do I have to feel pressure for to win games?” he said. “The win depends on everybody. You can do a good job and not get the win. But it’s good to win.”

Jimenez hit a long, two-run homer to center against Kyle Hendricks in the fourth.

Abreu had three hits, including a solo shot to the right-field bullpen against Brad Brach in the fifth that made it 3-0.

Yoan Moncada extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games with a single. Alex Colome worked the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances, getting Victor Caratini to ground into a game-ending double play after Jason Heyward singled, and the White Sox won for the sixth time in nine games. At 42-44, they have their best record at the All-Star break since the 2016 team was 45-43.

 

Morton gets 10th win, Rays beat Yankees 2-1

Charlie Morton came up big again for the Tampa Bay Rays.

He struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings to help the Rays split a four-game series with the AL East-leading New Yok Yankees, 2-1 on Sunday.

Morton (10-2) allowed one run, five hits and one walk in lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.32. The AL All-Star has given up two or fewer runs in 15 of 19 starts.

“I feel good about my body of work in the first half,” Morton said. “I think for the most part I kept the team in the game.”

Emilio Pagan, the fourth Tampa Bay reliever, worked the ninth to get his fifth save and complete the five-hitter.

Brett Gardner homered and James Paxton (5-4) gave up two runs and seven hits with 11 strikeouts over six innings for the Yankees, who have a 6 1/2 lead over Tampa Bay.

“We’re in a really good spot,” Gardner said. “Overall, I think the first half has gone really well for us. We played some good baseball. We’ve, obviously, dealt with a lot of adversity.”

New York has had 21 players in 24 stints on the injured list. Ace Luis Severino, reliever Dellin Betances and slugger Giancarlo Stanton are among 13 players currently on the IL.

New York took the first two games of the series, both in extra innings, before the Rays won Saturday on Travis d’Arnaud’s tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth.

“We were in every game, and they know that,” Rays left fielder Tommy Pham said.

“It could have gone four games to zero either way. That just shows how tough we play each other.”

D’Arnaud doubled leading off the first and scored when second-place hitter Pham hit a liner to center that resulted in a double when the Yankees left second base uncovered.

“It was heads-up by Pham,” New York manager Aaron Boone said.

Pham went to third on Yandy Diaz’s single and came home to put the Rays up 2-0 on a grounder by Avisail Garcia.

Gardner homered for the third consecutive game on a second-inning solo shot. It was his third homer in 17 at-bats against Morton.

 

Nationals use 3-run eighth to beat Royals 5-2 and win series

The Washington Nationals can only hope a four-day layoff won’t curtail the wave of momentum they’re riding into the All-Star break.

Anthony Rendon doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, Brian Dozier and Victor Robles homered, and Washington beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Sunday for its 10th win in 12 games.

The resurgent Nationals have blown past Philadelphia into second place in the NL East. Since sinking to 19-31 on May 23, Washington has gone 28-11 and lost only one of 13 series.

Now, it’s hurry up and wait until their next game, on Friday in Philadelphia.

“It would it be nice to keep playing on this hot streak,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I’d say the way they’re playing, keep going is great, but I think we all need a break.”

Starting pitching has been a big reason for the turnaround. In extending a trend, left-hander Patrick Corbin struck out 11 and scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings.

Over the last seven games, Nationals starters have a 1.35 ERA with 65 strikeouts. It was the ninth time in the last 12 games that Washington starters allowed one run or fewer.

The big three of Max Scherzer, Corbin and Stephen Strasburg turned in a history-making performance in the first half, making the Nationals the first team in NL history to have three pitchers with at least 125 strikeouts prior to the All-Star break.

“As a team, just to finish there how we did is awesome, being five games up (47-42) to where we were a couple months ago,” Corbin said. “We’re kind of where we want to be.”

The hitting has been robust, too. Washington has homered in a franchise-record 21 straight games, the longest active streak in the big leagues.

 

Springer’s single in 10th lifts Astros over Angels 11-10
George Springer hit a game-ending, RBI single in the 10th inning and the Houston Astros beat the Angels 11-10 Sunday after a violent collision at home plate knocked Los Angeles catcher Jonathan Lucroy out of the game.

The Astros’ Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam to homer in his fifth straight game, and All-Star Ryan Pressly (2-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless 10th for the win.

Josh Reddick led off Houston’s 10th with a double off Taylor Cole (0-1) before Springer hit a ball to the right-center gap with one out to give Houston the victory.

Mike Trout homered twice for the Angels, who watched Lucroy get carted off in the eighth inning after being bowled over by Jake Marisnick. Lucroy was taken to a hospital, and the team said he would get a CT scan and be evaluated for a concussion and nose fracture.

The Astros loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Hansel Robles struck out Tyler White to send it to the 10th.

There were runners at second and third with no outs in the eighth when rookie Yordan Alvarez sent them both home with a single to center to tie it at 10. The bases were loaded with one out when Marisnick attempted to score on a flyout by Springer.

Marisnick crashed into Lucroy as he attempted to field the throw, and the catcher immediately fell on his back. He didn’t move for a few seconds before struggling to sit up. Marisnick tagged home and then leaned over Lucroy to see if he was OK. He lifted his head off the ground a few seconds later as blood dripped from his nose.

Angels players rushed to the plate as trainers checked on him. He was lifted to a sitting position after a couple of minutes and held a towel to his nose. He was then helped to a cart and taken off the field while clutching a bloodstained towel.

 

Longoria’s late home run lifts Giants past Cardinals

Evan Longoria blamed himself for being overly aggressive in his first two at-bats against St. Louis pitcher Jack Flaherty, a byproduct of the spacious field at Oracle Park and Flaherty’s dominance early on.

The third time around, San Francisco’s slugging third baseman slowed down just enough to catch up to one of the few mistakes Flaherty made.

Longoria homered with one out in the seventh inning to break up Flaherty’s bid for a no-hitter, and the Giants held on to beat the Cardinals 1-0 on Sunday.

“This ballpark has a tendency to make you feel like you have to add a little bit and be a little bit more perfect,” Longoria said after his fifth home run in seven days. “I was more focused on trying to get on base any way I can. Any guy will tell you it’s better off that way. Home runs are usually accidents.”

The Giants managed only one baserunner against Flaherty until Longoria drove an 0-1 pitch into the left field stands. It’s Longoria’s 12th of the season and fifth in July. He hit four during a three-game series in San Diego earlier in the week.

San Francisco won for the seventh time in nine games despite getting only two hits off Flaherty. Alex Dickerson followed Longoria’s drive with a bloop single to left that glanced off the glove of All-Star shortstop Paul DeJong.

“You’re just hoping somebody gets a mistake, and that’s what happened,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s a great game for us and a great way to end the first half.”

Flaherty was masterful before Longoria’s home run. The 23-year-old retired his first 12 batters before walking Alex Dickerson leading off the fifth. He struck out two of the next three and got Kevin Pillar to foul out.

 

Tatis Jr. homers twice as Padres top Dodgers 5-3

Fernando Tatis Jr. homered twice and had four RBIs and Manuel Margot also homered Sunday and the San Diego Padres rolled into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak after a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Joey Lucchesi held the Dodgers in check into the seventh inning while Margot hit a home run for the second consecutive day as the Padres handed Los Angeles its first three-game losing streak at home this season.

Max Muncy and Justin Turner homered for the Dodgers, who still closed out the first half with a major league-best 60 victories. They became the 15th team in major league history to win 60 games before the break when they defeated the Padres on Thursday, but lost the last three games of the series.

Tatis did not wait long to give the Padres the lead, lifting his home run over the left-field wall against Dodgers starter Ross Stripling five pitches into the game. It was his second leadoff home run of the season and third for the Padres.

Margot, who gave the Padres insurance runs with a two-run home run in the eighth inning Saturday, added his fifth of the season in the second inning. His drive to center field bounced off the top of the wall, just eluding the glove of the Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo.

Muncy, who is headed to Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Cleveland, hit his 22nd home run of the season in the second inning to bring the Dodgers within a run at 2-1.

The Padres pulled away in the fifth inning, aided by a popup that was lost in the sun. With Margot on first base, Austin Hedges hit a bloop toward Muncy at first base. Muncy moved into position, but lost track of the ball as it came down and hit him in the back of the head.

Hedges ended up with a double on the play, putting runners on first and third with nobody out. Stripling struck out Lucchesi before Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called for Pedro Baez out of the bullpen. Tatis greeted the right-hander with a home run on his fifth pitch.

It was the first multi-homer game for Tatis, who has 14 on the season.

 

Young no-hits Rockies over 6 innings in Arizona’s 5-3 win

Alex Young tossed six no-hit innings in his second career start, Eduardo Escobar had three RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Young (2-0) was stellar in his Chase Field debut, allowing one batter over the minimum after walking Tony Wolters in the third inning.

The 23-year-old left-hander was replaced by Yoshihisa Hirano to open the seventh inning after 71 pitches. Trevor Story hit Hirano’s first pitch down the third base line and beat Jake Lamb’s throw for Colorado’s first hit.

Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer and Escobar finished a homer shy of the cycle for Arizona, which enters the All-Star break above .500 at 46-45. Christian Walker added a two-run single off German Marquez (8-4).

Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer and Story had a solo shot off Greg Holland in the ninth. Holland got the next three hitters for his 14th save.

Colorado lost sixth straight and 11 of 14 entering the All-Star break.

Young had a strong major league debut on June 27, holding San Francisco to a run on three hits in five innings for his first win. He also pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings in relief against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

The 23-year-old left-hander had the Rockies hitting weak pop-ups and groundball outs by mixing speeds and locations well. The crowd booed when Hirano entered in the seventh and again when Story legged out the infield single.

Young struck out three and walked one to stretch his scoreless streak to 8 1/3 innings. He today matched Edgar Gonzalez (2004 against Cincinnati) for the longest no-hit outing to open a game by an Arizona rookie.

Marquez left his last start after six innings with an 8-5 lead on Tuesday, but Houston rallied to win 9-8. The right-hander was sharp early against the Diamondbacks, allowing a run in the third inning on Escobar’s double to the corner in right.

Marquez ran into trouble in the sixth, when Walker lined a two-run single and Ahmed hit his two-run homer to put Arizona up 5-0.

 

Culberson’s ‘clutch’ throw saves Braves’ 4-3 win over Miami

Charlie Culberson has only a lukewarm acceptance of his “Charlie Clutch” nickname.

Culberson only made the moniker more difficult to shed with his game-saving throw to the plate in the ninth inning against Miami.

Josh Donaldson capped his strong first-half finish by hitting a two-run homer and Culberson’s defensive play helped the Atlanta Braves escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Sunday.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Culberson caught Neil Walker’s fly ball in left field and threw out Jorge Alfaro at the plate.

“I got chill bumps,” Culberson said of hearing the fans’ reaction to the plate.

Culberson has hit .323 as a pinch-hitter this season and has hit eight pinch-hit homers since the start of 2018, tied for the most in the majors, to earn the “clutch” nickname.

“I like it,” Culberson said. “I just hope people don’t hold me to it every single day.”

The Braves are 10-2 against the Marlins this season and 24-7 the past two seasons.

Atlanta led 4-0 before Garrett Cooper hit a three-run homer off Chad Sobotka in the eighth.

Miami then loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth. Alfaro led off the inning with an infield hit off Braves closer Luke Jackson. Alfaro was called out at first base before the ruling was overturned after a review. Harold Ramirez singled up the middle before Yadiel Rivera popped up a bunt that landed behind Jackson for an infield hit, loading the bases.

Culberson, a late-inning defensive replacement, caught Walker’s fly ball while running toward center field. His momentum caused him to fall after making the throw.

After making the tag, Braves catcher Brian McCann pumped his fist and pointed to Culberson.

The out call at the plate was upheld after a review. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he wanted a review because he thought McCann was blocking the plate.

“I don’t know where the rule went or maybe I don’t understand it because when we looked at the replay McCann is standing on home plate and then he goes directly to taking home plate completely away with nowhere to slide,” Mattingly said, adding “… in that scenario Jorge should have cleaned his clock.”

The replay showed McCann had his right foot in front of the plate and his left foot on the middle of the plate as he caught Culberson’s throw.

Jackson walked Curtis Granderson, again loading the bases, before ending the game on Miguel Rojas’ fly ball to center field. Jackson earned his 14th save.

Donaldson applauded Culberson’s catch and throw and McCann’s tag.

 

Brewers’ Yelich (back) pulls out of HR Derby, A’s Chapman in

Reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers has pulled out of Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby with a back injury and will be replaced by Oakland Athletics slugger Matt Chapman.

Major League Baseball announced Sunday that Yelich would sit out the derby. Yelich leads the majors with 31 home runs but has dealt with back issues at times throughout the first half. Yelich had been practicing for the showcase and broke a window on a houseboat outside PNC Park earlier this week while preparing.

Yelich was also voted a starter for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. He plans on playing in that game.

“I’d still like to try and play,” Yelich said. “I think I’ll be able to. It’s just I didn’t think I was going to be able do that kind of volume of swings and what the derby demanded. If I wasn’t going to be able to perform how I was supposed to and do it justice and give it the effort that it deserved, I didn’t think it’d be a great idea to do it.”

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said the team is not expecting Yelich to miss any time after the break. He has the club’s approval to play on Tuesday.

“This is not an injury-list type injury by any means,” Counsell said. “I’d like him to play if he’s able.”

Yelich was held out of Milwaukee’s lineup Sunday at Pittsburgh for its final game before the All-Star break.

Chapman will fill-in for the derby at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. He was informed Sunday morning and immediately called his father, Jim Chapman, to ask if he would be his pitcher. Chapman will be a first-time All-Star after hitting 21 homers and an AL-leading 46 extra-base hits.

Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader is also skipping the All-Star Game with a back injury.

 

Scherzer cites back injury for All-Star Game withdrawal

Nationals ace Max Scherzer has determined that resting his ailing back is more important than pitching in the All-Star Game.

A three-time Cy Young Award winner and seven-time All-Star, Scherzer struck out 11 over seven shutout innings on Saturday against Kansas City. Hours later, Major League Baseball announced he would be replaced on the National League roster by Sonny Gray.

Scherzer experienced back tightness after beating Detroit on June 30. He worked through it against the Royals, but his back stiffened after the appearance.

Scherzer, manager Dave Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo emerged from a postgame discussion with this conclusion: It would be in the best interest of Scherzer and the Nationals that he excused himself from pitching Tuesday night in Cleveland.

“Our season matters so much more than the All-Star Game,” Scherzer said Sunday. “I know my body pretty well. I just know I’m not going to be at my best if I try and pitch on two days’ rest and I’d really be jeopardizing our season if I were to try and do something like that.”

He plans to represent the Nationals from the sideline on Monday and Tuesday night.

“It’s a really cool honor. It’s a really cool 48 hours,” he said. “I still wanted to go and partake in everything that’s there and especially be there for the Home Run Derby and the game and I get to take my daughter, so it’s going to be fun.”

With Scherzer leading the way, the Nationals have rallied to get back into the hunt in the NL East following a 19-31 start. The plan now is to keep the momentum going by watching the 34-year-old’s health.

 

Mets still pondering trade deadline approach

This season has been a horror show for the Mets, who entered the campaign with designs on a playoff berth but have stumbled to a 39-48 record thus far. With the July 31 trade deadline just over three weeks away, the Brodie Van Wagenen-led club looks like a surefire seller. However, the Mets have told other teams they’re still in wait-and-see mode when it comes to the deadline, Buster Olney of ESPN tweets.

The Mets have shown no real life since a decent early start to the season. As lousy as they’ve been over the past couple months, though, the Mets still aren’t completely dead in the National League playoff race. While New York is 12 1/2 games back of Atlanta in the NL East, it’s a more manageable 6 1/2 out of a wild-card spot. That’s not an insurmountable total with three months remaining on the schedule. However, as the NL’s second-worst team, it’s going to be a massive challenge for the Mets to hop over 10 clubs with superior records in order to earn a playoff spot.

The greater likelihood is the Mets will indeed wind up selling off select veterans by the end of the month. Doing so would enable the team to somewhat improve a farm system that’s lacking — especially after the Mets traded top 100 prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Mariners in a winter deal for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. Three months into the season, the disappointing performances of Cano and Diaz are among the reasons the Mets are in this unfavorable position.

There are two obvious trade chips on the Mets in right-hander Zack Wheeler and third baseman Todd Frazier, both impending free agents. Multiple teams have already shown interest in Wheeler, arguably the best rental starter who could change hands this month. Lefty Jason Vargas has perhaps pitched his way onto starter-needy teams’ radars, meanwhile, and there has been speculation about the Mets trying to move catcher Wilson Ramos. They may have buyers’ remorse in the first season of Ramos’ two-year, $19M contract.

 

Top 10 storylines for MLB’s second half

As the first half of the MLB season draws to a close and allows us to reflect on what took place, fans can now get even more excited about the stretch run of the MLB season.

The first half of the season separates the good teams from the bad and presents a clearer picture of who might contend for the postseason. When the second half rolls around, great players and teams step forward and stand out from everyone else.

This is the time of year when the temperatures heat up and the pressure intensifies for general managers, coaches and players. The All-Star break might provide a brief rest, but the real season is about to begin.

Here are the 10 biggest storylines for the second half of MLB’s season.

  1. New York Yankees in position to dominate

Despite dealing with myriad injuries to multiple stars, the Yankees fought their way to finish the first half with the best record in the American League. Now with a sizable lead in the AL East and its stars getting health, New York is in great position to be even better in the second half.

A deep farm system allows New York to land a front-line starting pitcher at the trade deadline, which will only strengthen a great team. This is a team more than capable of winning a World Series. It now just needs to follow through and improve its odds with some deadline moves and good health.

  1. Cody Bellinger’s Triple Crown pursuit

While Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, his counterpart in Los Angeles is quickly making a case for a special crown. The 23-year-old is in the midst of an incredible MVP campaign and currently ranks second in home runs, RBI and batting average in the National League.

The conversation is beyond Bellinger being the favorite for the MVP at this point. If the Dodgers continue to dominate and Bellinger maintains his pace, he can win the Triple Crown.

  1. Big names available at the MLB trade deadline

By creating a single trade deadline on July 31, MLB opens the door for a flood of activity that can change the landscape of MLB. When the likes of front-line starting pitchers Madison Bumgarner, Matthew Boyd and Marcus Stroman could all be moved at the deadline.

Add in the plethora of high-end relievers and hitters that could move this month and it leads to some exciting possibilities for the remainder of the season. This is crunch time for general managers as one move could be the difference in a playoff run.

  1. Will the New York Mets remain a dumpster fire?

When the Mets aren’t threatening reporters or being an utter disaster on the diamond, they find new ways to add fuel to the dumpster fire. The blockbuster offseason deal for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano is already a disaster and even Tim Tebow isn’t drawing in fans in the minors.

New York clearly isn’t going to fire Brodie Van Wagenen in his first year as general manager. While skipper Mickey Callaway’s days should be numbered, it’s going to take a dramatic overhaul to put out this fire and stop being the joke of New York.

  1. Marquee managers on the hot seat

In a year when the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs entered with high expectations and plenty of talent, Gabe Kapler and Joe Maddon now might find themselves on the hot seat.

Philadelphia spent heavily during the offseason, but it’s quickly losing ground in the standings and Kapler may not survive another collapse. Maddon is in the last year of his contract on a club that is falling short of expectations, which is a dangerous combo if he wants to stay in Chicago.

  1. Juiced baseballs keep inflating numbers

While the league might deny it, juiced baseballs are back and the impact can even be seen at the Triple-A level. Home runs are rapidly on the rise and it has led to jaw-dropping home run totals this season. MLB will likely make a change in the offseason, but the juiced baseballs will likely hang around for the rest of 2019 and fans can enjoy some insane stats for their fantasy teams.

  1. Will the Los Angeles Dodgers maintain their dominance?

Los Angeles will coast to an NL West title and seems poised to safely finish with the best record in the league. This team is firing on all cylinders with a loaded lineup and pitching staff. It could even make a few small additions to the bullpen at the trade deadline. Ultimately, the biggest question that lingers is if the Dodgers can maintain their dominance through the World Series. That has not happened in recent seasons.

  1. Bryce Harper’s rough year in Philadelphia

In the first season of his 13-year, $330 million deal, things are already looking bad for Harper and the Phillies. The 26-year-old ranks fourth in strikeouts (105) and ranks 57th in OPS (.843). He didn’t even come close to an All-Star spot. The Phillies desperately need a spark right now and if their $30 million outfielder can’t provide it, it will cause a lot of doubt from Philadelphia’s fan base for years to come.

  1. Young stars continue to steal the show

Fans live in an incredible time with the emergence of future perennial All-Star sluggers quickly proving themselves this season. Pete Alonso could break Aaron Judge’s rookie home run record and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. looks like a future MVP candidate.

MLB’s bright future is even greater with the emergence of Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez and Yoan Moncada in Chicago. It’s a young man’s game right now and even more talent could be coming to the majors in the weeks and months ahead.

  1. Will the Boston Red Sox make the playoffs?

It’s time for Boston to move on from any real contention for the AL East and simply hope it can grab a Wild Card spot. The Red Sox failed to address the bullpen this offseason and now are pushing Nathan Eovaldi into the bullpen. Given how thin Boston’s farm system is and its lack of payroll flexibility, making the necessary upgrades to compete for a playoff spot could be difficult for the reigning champs.

 

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Williams Helps USA Basketball to Gold at U19 World Cup

HERAKLION, Greece – Sophomore Trevion Williams played a major role in helping USA Basketball to the 2019 U19 World Cup Championship.

The 12-player group capped off a perfect event with a 93-79 win over Mali in Sunday’s championship game.

The Americans posted a 7-0 record with an average victory margin of 28.7 points and just three contests, Sunday’s championship game, a preliminary game against Lithuania and the quarterfinals against Russia, were decided by fewer than 25 points.

Williams, a 6-foot, 9-inch forward from Chicago, averaged 8.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 13.8 minutes per game.

In Sunday’s title game, Williams had six points, seven rebounds and two assists in just 10 minutes of action.

Williams’ top performance came in the round of 16 win over Latvia on July 3. He tallied 17 points with 12 rebounds (10 offensive) and three assists in just 17 minutes of action. He also had 12 points and seven rebounds in the opener against New Zealand and 11 points and nine rebounds against Senegal during pool play.

He finished second on the team in rebounds, but Williams’ 19.2 rebounds / 40 minutes were the highest total in the tournament by 2.5 rebounds.

This marked the third straight U19 World Cup that a Boilermaker has been on the roster. In 2015, consensus All-American Caleb Swanigan led the Americans to a gold medal, while two-time All-American Carsen Edwards helped USA to a bronze medal in 2017.

After playing sparingly in the first 10 games of the season as a freshman in 2018-19, Williams broke out after the calendar turned to 2019. Over the last 25 games, he averaged 6.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 steals per game in just 12.4 minutes per game.

For the season, he shot 54.2 percent from the field (78 of 144), good for eighth on the Purdue freshman all-time list. He recorded double-doubles against Michigan State (13 pts, 12 rebs) and Rutgers (16 pts, 13 rebs). Williams’ 13 rebounds against Rutgers tied for the fourth most by a freshman in Purdue history.

Equated to 40 minutes over the last 25 games, Williams averaged 19.4 points, 16.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals.

Purdue will return two starters and eight letterwinners from the 2018-19 squad that reached the Elite Eight and won the Big Ten regular-season championship for the second time in three seasons.

 

Suns trade Jackson and Melton to Grizzlies

The Phoenix Suns have traded Josh Jackson and De’Anthony Melton to the Memphis Grizzlies for guards Jevon Carter and Kyle Korver.

Phoenix also parted with a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 second-round selection in Sunday’s deal.

The move marks an abrupt end to Jackson’s tenure in the desert.

The No. 4 overall pick of 2017 NBA draft, Jackson was expected to lead the Suns back to the playoffs. He never quite lived up to the hype, averaging 12.3 points in two seasons. He also was detained this summer when police say he refused to leave a music festival VIP area he had entered without a pass.

Carter played 39 games with the Grizzlies as a rookie last season.

Korver’s contact is expected to be bought out by Phoenix.

 

Thunder, Russell Westbrook reportedly talking about a trade

The Oklahoma City Thunder could be starting a complete rebuild after trading All-NBA forward Paul George early Saturday morning.

Reports following that blockbuster indicated that former MVP Russell Westbrook could be on the trading block.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who initially reported the George trade, is now indicating that Westbrook is having conversations with Thunder general manager Sam Presti about a potential trade.

At this point in the offseason, it might be hard for Oklahoma City to move Westbrook. He has four years and $170 million remaining on his contract. That’s a hefty sum for another team to take on after millions have been spent during the first week of free agency.

The 30-year-old Westbrook remains one of the game’s best players. He averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists last season. It was the third consecutive time Westbrook has averaged a triple-double.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this. But for now, it looks like Oklahoma City is looking to rebuild. That might not include Westbrook.

 

Sources: Rockets ‘long shot’ to grab Westbrook

The Houston Rockets are among the teams interested in trading for Oklahoma City All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking told ESPN.

One Rockets source, however, described trading for Westbrook as a “long shot” due to the challenge of finding pieces that fit with the Thunder or pulling off a complicated multiteam deal.

In the aftermath of the trade that sent Paul George to the LA Clippers, Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, engaged with Thunder general manager Sam Presti about the next step of the point guard’s career, including the possibility of a trade before next season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

Westbrook, 30, has spent his entire 11-year career in Oklahoma City, but the franchise seems primed for a rebuilding period after receiving a record haul of five future first-round picks and All-Rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the George deal. The Thunder also received forward Danilo Gallinari in the trade, but the veteran versatile scoring threat could be rerouted to another team.

The Athletic reported that the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons also have interest in Westbrook, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.9 assists last season, marking the third consecutive campaign he averaged a triple-double.

The interest in Westbrook fits Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s pattern of aggressively pursuing superstars. Houston landed Chris Paul in a sign-and-trade deal with the Clippers two years ago and attempted to add Jimmy Butler under similar circumstances this summer. Butler, however, did not meet with the Rockets before agreeing to a deal with the Miami Heat. The Rockets also had interest in trading for Carmelo Anthony and George before the Thunder dealt for both during the 2017 offseason, and Houston signed Anthony for the veteran’s minimum after he was traded to Atlanta and received a buyout last summer.

A source said that Paul would not necessarily need to be involved in a deal that delivers Westbrook to the Rockets, although his $38.5 million salary is a perfect match with Westbrook’s. Paul has $125 million over three years remaining on his contract, while Westbrook has $171 remaining over four years, including a player option for $46.7 million in 2022-23.

Morey has acknowledged aggressively exploring the trade market this offseason but said recently that Paul and perennial All-NBA guard James Harden are the two players who will definitely return to the Rockets next season.

Center Clint Capela and shooting guard Eric Gordon in particular have been shopped and would have been traded to other teams to make room for Butler, according to sources. Capela, 25, is coming off a season in which he averaged career highs of 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds and is entering the second year of what is considered a team-friendly five-year deal worth $80 million plus incentives. Gordon is a proven scorer (16.2 points per game last season) and underrated defender who is due $14.1 million next season in the final year of his contract.

 

Kawhi Leonard joining Clippers means 76ers have best starting five in Eastern Conference

This past week, there was plenty of talk surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers, and whether the team had put together the best starting five in the Eastern Conference, although everyone knew a decision by Kawhi Leonard could quickly change it all.

While most players wasted little time making their decision in free agency last weekend, Leonard was taking a little bit of extra time while trying to decide between the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Despite pulling off one of the most exciting runs in NBA Finals history this past season after leading the Raptors to their first title in franchise history, basketball fans knew all along Leonard’s first year in Toronto could very well end up being his only one.

Normally, a return to a team like the Raptors to make another run at a title would seem like a no brainer for a player in Leonard.

But with Los Angeles always being a popular destination since that’s where Leonard was born, it was easy to understand why the Lakers and Clippers were such a threat for the Raptors to sign the Finals MVP.

After the Fourth of July officially passed, it seemed like only a matter of time before Leonard finally reached a decision with his plans, the basketball world was thrown a curveball late Friday night when it was announced that he would be joining the Clippers.

And if that news wasn’t crazy enough, the Clippers took things to a whole new level by announcing their plans to acquire Paul George in a trade as well from the Oklahoma City Thunder, making Los Angeles a serious contender in the Western Conference all of a sudden.

Basketball fans always knew Leonard to the Clippers was a strong possibility to happen, but no one saw the move for George coming at all.

Shortly after the news broke, it was revealed that one of the main factors behind Leonard’s decision to join the Clippers was whether George would be able to come on board as well.

Rightfully so, one can only imagine how crushed Raptors fans are feeling to see Leonard leave the squad after only one season, but as far as the Sixers are concerned, this is exactly the news they wanted to hear.

As previously mentioned, thanks to Philadelphia bringing on Al Horford and Josh Richardson to play alongside other key players in Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Tobias Harris, the Sixers were making a strong case over having the best starting lineup in the East.

Now that Leonard is officially out of the conference, it’s safe to say Philadelphia deserves to have the honors heading into the 2019-20 season, although they still have a long way to go since other teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics certainly won’t make things easy.

Still, after watching the Sixers come up short the way they did in each of the last two seasons, it’s great to see how Leonard’s decision to join the Clippers could benefit Philadelphia in a big way moving forward.

 

Bobby Portis says entire NBA knew KD, Kyrie would sign with Nets

Bobby Portis was one of the players the New York Knicks signed after they missed out on superstar free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and the former first-round pick says his new team should have known it would have plenty of extra money to spend this summer.

Portis signed a two-year, $31 million deal with the Knicks not long after free agency began. The Knicks showed interest in him early on, and he knew they would have the cap space to sign him. Why? According to the 6-foot-11 forward, it was the worst-kept secret in the NBA that Durant and Irving were heading to Brooklyn.

“I knew what was gonna happen in February,” Portis said, via Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “We all knew that (Durant and Kyrie Irving would go to Brooklyn). Everybody knew that. I just don’t think the media knew that. Us basketball players, we all knew that.”

Portis said he is not going to reveal his source but added “we all know where they were going.”

Players around the NBA talk, and it was probably quite obvious that Durant and Irving were committed to playing together. One player who is better than Kyrie even tried to recruit Durant and had no luck, so that says a lot. Irving also seemed 100% committed to the Nets from the start. Put all of that together and you have two guys who are headed to Brooklyn.

 

Report: NBA owners have growing concerns about superstar power

For the third time in a year, an NBA superstar essentially used leverage to force himself out of a team’s plan, a growing trend that reportedly has some of the sport’s owners concerned.

Paul George successfully demanded a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder in order to play with Kawhi Leonard on the Los Angeles Clippers. This follows Jimmy Butler, who maneuvered his way out of Minnesota, and Anthony Davis, who forced the hand of the New Orleans Pelicans so he could play with LeBron James on the Lakers.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, this had been a growing concern for owners, and there had been some discussions about how to protect teams who have intricately planned out their futures from the whims of superstars who want to team up. That conversation will only intensify after George’s maneuvering.

In this instance, Thunder GM Sam Presti did well to exploit the situation, even if its development wasn’t necessarily to his advantage. The Pelicans largely did the same with Davis. It’s still not a precedent that owners like, but no league offers players more power than the NBA. To them, that’s a perk.

 

LATEST NBA FREE AGENCY TRACKER

– Kawhi Leonard agrees to a four-year, $142 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Oklahoma City Thunder also trade Paul George to the Clippers in exchange for a record number of draft picks plus guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari.

– Kevin Durant agrees to a four-year, $164 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

– Kyrie Irving agrees to a four-year, $142 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

– Kemba Walker agrees to a four-year, $141 million contract as part of a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics. The Charlotte Hornets receive Terry Rozier from Celtics. The teams also swap second-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft.

– Jimmy Butler agrees to a four-year, $142 million contract with the Miami Heat as part of a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. Miami also receives Meyers Leonard from the Portland Trail Blazers and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the four-team swap. The Philadelphia 76ers receive Josh Richardson and the Trail Blazers receive Hassan Whiteside from the Heat. The Clippers receive Maurice Harkless from the Trail Blazers, the draft rights to Mathias Lessort from the 76ers and a protected first-round pick from the Heat. The Clippers flip the pick to the Thunder in the Paul George trade.

– D’Angelo Russell agrees to a four-year, $117 million contract with the Golden State Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier are going to Golden State from Brooklyn. Golden State is sending Napier, Graham and cash to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Warriors are sending Andre Iguodala and a future first-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies.

– DeMarcus Cousins agrees to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

– Al Horford agrees to a four-year, $109 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

– Klay Thompson agrees to a five-year, $190 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.

– Khris Middleton agrees to a five-year, $178 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

– Danny Green agrees to a two-year, $30 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

– Kristaps Porzingis agrees to a five-year, $158 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

– Nikola Vucevic agrees to a four-year, $100 million contract with the Orlando Magic.

– Jamal Murray agrees to a five-year, $170 million contract extension with the Denver Nuggets.

– Harrison Barnes agrees to a four-year, $85 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.

– Marc Gasol exercises his $25.6 million player option with the Toronto Raptors.

– Paul Millsap has his $30 million team option exercised by the Denver Nuggets.

– Marvin Williams exercises his $15 million player option with the Charlotte Hornets.

– Bismack Biyombo exercises his $17 million player option with the Charlotte Hornets.

– Brook Lopez agrees to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

– JJ Redick agrees to a two-year, $26.5 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

– Patrick Beverley agrees to a three-year, $40 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

– Marcus Morris agrees to a two-year, $20 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

– DeAndre Jordan agrees to a four-year, $40 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

– Nikola Mirotic agrees to a deal with Barcelona in the Euroleague.

– Derrick Rose agrees to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.

– Jonas Valanciunas agrees to a three-year, $45 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.

– Gerald Green agrees to a one-year deal to return to the Houston Rockets.

– Terrence Ross agrees to a four-year, $54 million contract to return to the Orlando Magic.

– Al-Farouq Aminu agrees to a three-year, $29 million contract with the Orlando Magic.

– Ricky Rubio agrees to a three-year, $51 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.

– Trevor Ariza agrees to a two-year, $25 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.

– Malcolm Brogdon agrees to a four-year, $85 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. Indiana will send a first-round pick and two future second-round picks to Milwaukee as part of the sign-and-trade for Brogdon.

– Bojan Bogdanovic agrees to a four-year, $73 million contract with the Utah Jazz.

– Thaddeus Young agrees to a three-year, $41 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.

– Rodney Hood agrees to a two-year, $16 million contract to return to the Portland Trail Blazers.

– Thomas Bryant agrees to a three-year, $35 million contract with the Washington Wizards.

– Tobias Harris agrees to a five-year, $180 million contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers.

– Mike Scott agrees to a two-year, $9.8 million contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers.

– Jeremy Lamb agrees to a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.

– DeMarre Carroll agrees to a three-year, $21 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

– Nerlens Noel agrees to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

– Julius Randle agrees to a three-year, $63 million contract with the New York Knicks.

– George Hill agrees to a three-year, $29 million contract to return to the Milwaukee Bucks.

– Taj Gibson agrees to a two-year, $20 million contract with the New York Knicks.

– Ed Davis agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Utah Jazz.

– Mike Muscala agrees to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

– Mario Hezonja agrees to a one-year, league-minimum deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

– Robin Lopez agrees to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.

– Bobby Portis agrees to a two-year, $31 million contract with the New York Knicks.

– Reggie Bullock agrees to a two-year, $21 million contract with the New York Knicks.

– Cory Joseph agrees to a three-year, $37 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.

– Ish Smith agrees to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Washington Wizards.

– Tomas Satoransky agrees to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Chicago Bulls as part of a sign-and-trade with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards receive two future second-round picks and will have protections removed from the 2023 second-round pick they received from the Bulls in the Jabari Parker trade.

– Wayne Ellington agrees to a two-year, $16 million contract with the New York Knicks.

– Michael Carter-Williams agrees to a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic.

– Seth Curry agrees to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

– Austin Rivers agrees to a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets.

– Troy Daniels agrees to a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

– Elfrid Payton agrees to a two-year, $16 million contract with the New York Knicks.

– Maxi Kleber agrees to a four-year, $35 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

– Enes Kanter agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Boston Celtics.

– JJ Barea agrees to a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

– Richaun Holmes agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.

– Edmond Sumner agrees to a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers.

– Wesley Mathews agrees to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.

– Frank Kaminsky agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.

– Matt Thomas agrees to a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Toronto Raptors. He comes over from the Euroleague.

– Kevon Looney agrees to a three-year, $15 million contract to return to the Golden State Warriors.

– Isaiah Thomas agrees to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards.

– Anthony Tolliver agrees to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

– Dorian Finney-Smith agrees to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

– Daniel Theis agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Boston Celtics.

– James Ennis agrees to a two-year, $4.1 million contract with the Phildelphia 76ers.

– Willie Cauley-Stein agrees to a deal with the Golden State Warriors.

– Brad Wanamaker agrees to a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

– Ryan Arcidiacono agrees to a three-year, $9 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.

– Glenn Robinson III agrees to a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.

– Noah Vonleh agrees to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

– Jeff Green agrees to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Utah Jazz.

– Jared Dudley agrees to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

– Luke Kornet agrees to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.

– Emmanuel Mudiay agrees to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz.

– Wilson Chandler agrees to a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

– Garrett Temple agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

– Rodney McGruder agrees to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

– Darius Miller agrees to a two-year, $14.25 million contract to return to the New Orleans Pelicans.

– Boban Marjanovic agrees to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

– Markieff Morris agrees to a two-year, $7.4 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.

– TJ McConnell agrees to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.

– Jake Layman agrees to a three-year, $11.5 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers.

– Raul Neto agrees to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

– Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agrees to a two-year, $16 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

– JaVale McGee agrees to a two-year, $8.2 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

– Quinn Cook agrees to a two-year, $6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

– Ivica Zubac agrees to a four-year, $28 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

– Rajon Rondo agrees to a two-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

– Alex Caruso agrees to a two-year, $5.5 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

– Stanley Johnson agrees to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.

– Dwight Powell agrees to a three-year, $33 million contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks.

– Tim Frazier agrees to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.

– George Hill agrees to a three-year, $29 million contract to return to the Detroit Pistons.

– Kyle O’Quinn agrees to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

– Danuel House agrees to a deal with the Houston Rockets.

– Jordan Bell receives a one-year offer sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Golden State Warriors are not expected to match the offer.

– Rudy Gay agrees to a two-year, $32 million contract to return to the San Antonio Spurs.

– Delon Wright agrees to a three-year, $29 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks as part of a sign-and-trade. The Memphis Grizzlies will receive two second-round picks.

– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson agrees to a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.

 

Former Arizona Wildcat commit to play professionally in Australia

Terry Armstrong, a four-star recruit from Bella Vista College Prep in Scottsdale, has decided to forego his college career and join the professional ranks.

The University of Arizona signee will play for the South East Melbourne Phoenix of the Australian National Basketball League. Armstrong will become the third player in the ESPN class of 2019 top 100 who has decided to join the NBL — Lamelo Ball and RJ Hampton are the other two.

The NBL has nine teams and the Phoenix will be playing their inaugral season this year. Teams compete from October to March.

“The NBL is one of the most competitive leagues in the world,” Armstrong told ESPN. “Australia has a rabid fan base and a proven track record of putting players in the NBA.

“In addition, there is a strong focus on development and a season which consists of 32 games which lends itself to more developmental rigor. I’ll have a chance to train with some of the best professional coaches and trainers in the world, so that is a very attractive situation for me.”

The 6’7″ guard put on a clinic last summer in the Nike EYBL AASU circuit averaging 20.4 points per game. His performance helped propel his recruitment rankings and caught the eyes of top programs like Michigan State, LSU and Arizona State.

 

Tour rookie Wolff finishes with eagle to win 3M Open by 1

Matthew Wolff made a 26-foot putt from the fringe for an eagle on the final hole to win the 3M Open at 21 under par on Sunday, beating Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau by one stroke in a tense finish to the first-time PGA Tour event.

The 20-year-old Wolff struck his second shot on the 573-yard, par-5 hole from the fairway to the far left of the green where it landed just a few feet away from a bunker. He sank the dramatic putt in front of a packed 18th gallery at the TPC Twin Cities, before waiting to watch Morikawa just miss his eagle attempt from 22 feet.

When the ball rolled on the left edge and about 3 feet too long, Morikawa winced as Wolff hugged his caddie in celebration of the $1.152 million prize and his tour card just six weeks after winning the NCAA individual title with Oklahoma State.

“I’m really not an emotional guy, but tears came to my eyes,” Wolff said.

DeChambeau, playing directly in front of the Morikawa-Wolff pair, had just finished his up-and-down afternoon with an eagle to take the short-lived lead at 20 under. The lively crowd, which went five rows deep behind the ropes near the final green, roared when DeChambeau crushed his second shot 204 yards from the intermediate rough onto the green within 6 feet of the pin. The world’s eighth-ranked player sank that putt for one of the seven eagles on 18 during the final round in yet more humid, wind-free conditions. DeChambeau, who had two of his three bogeys in the tournament on Sunday, figured he was headed for a playoff as he walked off.

“I had no idea he would make that putt,” DeChambeau said, adding: “It’s so competitive now. Anyone can win on any week. It’s absolutely impressive.”

 

Rahm shoots 62, wins Irish Open for second time in 3 years

Jon Rahm captured the Irish Open title for the second time in three years after shooting 8-under 62 in the final round to win by two strokes on Sunday.

It was the Spaniard’s second victory of 2019, after winning the Zurich Classic team event on the PGA Tour with Ryan Palmer in April, and the fourth victory in two years on the European Tour.

Rahm tamed the Lahinch links in western Ireland by making an eagle and eight birdies, including one from 3 feet at No. 14 after an approach with a 5-iron from rough right of the fairway. He finished on 16-under 264.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello started the day a shot behind third-round leader Robert Rock but was in front by two strokes after making three birdies in his first five holes. He was soon passed by the rampaging Rahm, and fell away by bogeying four of the first six holes of the back nine.

Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger both shot 66 and were tied for second place. Rock (70), Cabrera-Bello (69) and Eddie Pepperell (69) were tied for fourth, a further shot back.

Rock, Wiesberger and Paul Waring all earned spots in the British Open for being the highest finishers in the top 10 among players who aren’t otherwise exempt.

 

Sung Hyun Park falls into 4-way share of lead on LPGA Tour

Sung Hyun Park made her seventh birdie in 11 holes to build a three-shot lead and she still had a par 5 to play Saturday, a daunting position for those trying to catch the No. 1 player in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

It all changed so suddenly.

Park hit into the water on the par-5 15th and three-putted from about 20 feet for birdie. That was followed by a bogey on the next hole. Now the tournament is wide open going into the final round at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Park had to settle for a 3-under 69, leaving her in a four-way tie for the lead with Shanshan Feng (65), Tiffany Joh (66) and Ariya Jutanugarn, who missed a 4-foot par putt late in her round and shot 67.

They were at 20-under 196.

“The swings weren’t that good,” Park said through a translator. “The play on the green wasn’t good, as well. But I’m relieved that today was just the third round, and I look forward to tomorrow’s round.”

Also very much in the mix is Yealimi Noh, the 17-year-old from California who turned down an offer to play at UCLA to turn pro this year without having a card on any tour. She got into Thornberry Creek through Monday qualifying and has played like she belongs.

Noh, who played in the final group with Park, matched her with a 69 and was one shot behind going into Sunday’s final round. She has worked hard enough and has the pedigree to not be surprised. Still, it was hard not to look around at her environment.

“It’s crazy,” Noh said. “I was always watching them on TV and seeing those names – and seeing my name up there and not having to scroll all the way down – it’s really weird. But it’s nice.”

Feng and Joh each bogeyed the opening hole and made up for it with a series of birdies and an eagle on the par-5 13th. They will be in the final group Sunday as Joh, a UCLA alum, goes after her first LPGA Tour victory.

Right in front of them will be Park and Jutanugarn, both major champions who have been No. 1 in the world and captured all the big awards on the LPGA Tour.

Twelve players were separated by five shots going into the last round on a course known to give up low scores. A year ago, Sei Young Kim won at 31-under par.

Jutanugarn was in position to win another major two weeks ago at Hazeltine until she failed to make birdie in the final round. Just like then, she is trying not to think about the outcome as much as hitting the shot in front of her.

Low scoring all around should help with that. Jutanugarn was asked what kind of score it would take to win and she replied, “I feel like everyone can shoot like 10 under tomorrow, so I don’t know.”

 

Big rain and big wreck leads to Haley’s 1st career Cup win

Teeth chattering, hands shaking, stomach churning, Justin Haley anxiously waited for NASCAR to pull the plug on a rain-wrecked weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

A 500-1 longshot making just his third career Cup start, Haley won the rain-postponed, rain-shortened race at Daytona on Sunday. He inherited the lead after a 17-car accident decimated the field and a lightning strike forced NASCAR to stop the race.

Haley waited out the delay in a conference room inside the historic speedway, admittedly too nervous to do more than pray for the skies to open and the race to be called once and for all.

The wait of 2 hours, 12 minutes was well worth it for the 20-year-old Indiana native driving for first-year team Spire Motorsports. They celebrated in a makeshift indoor victory lane and were warmly greeted by manufacturer Chevrolet, which has now won two straight races after a miserable start to the season.

“I had no expectation to win this race,” said Haley, admitting he’d have quickly been passed for the lead if the race resumed.

“We were just trying to keep the fenders on it. That was the whole goal of the race, to finish with no scratches. Yes, I really did pray for rain.”

The race – the last surrounding the July Fourth holiday at Daytona since the event began in 1959 – was scheduled for Saturday night but forced into Sunday afternoon because of persistent rain and lightning that washed out most of this final Independence Day party at NASCAR’s birthplace. The race is being moved next year to August as the regular-season finale.

As the clouds darkened over the track at the start of the third and final stage, drivers picked up the intensity and started racing as if the event would end at the first drop of rain.

Clint Bowyer pulled out of line and tried to pass Austin Dillon for the lead, but Dillon would not relinquish the spot. His Chevrolet wiggled, Bowyer hit him from behind in his Ford, and because they were at the front of the field, it caused a huge wreck.

“I guess he didn’t want me to pass him,” Bowyer said. “I got under him and he blocked and he just finally wrecked us all.”

Dillon, a former Daytona 500 winner, defended his racing.

“I really thought it was kind of urgent because of the lightning and rain coming,” he said. “It’s part of this kind of racing. I was being aggressive and trying to keep the lead.” As he spoke, lightning crackled above his head, “and there’s a lightning strike right there.”

With that, NASCAR had to stop the race and bring the remaining cars to pit road as a safety precaution. The move came just minutes after Kurt Busch, who had slid through the massive accident to take the lead, made a quick pit stop.

Busch relinquished the lead because he thought the race was one lap away from resuming, and Xfinity Series regular Haley cycled into the lead. He was making his third Cup start for Spire, which started in NASCAR as an agency representing drivers and sponsors but last year purchased one of the charters Furniture Row Racing left behind when the team folded at the end of last season.

Team co-owners T.J. Puchyr and Jeff Dickerson took out a $6 million bank loan for the charter, hoping the value of it would repay the note while helping them transition into a true race team. They needed the huge accident, Busch’s decision to pit and then yet another heavy rainstorm to become winners in their 17th Cup race.

 

NFL TRAINING CAMP REPORTING DATES

TEAM SITE LOCATION ROOKIES VETERANS
Arizona State Farm Stadium Glendale, AZ 7/17 7/24
Atlanta Atlanta Falcons Training Facility Flowery Branch, GA 7/18 7/21
Baltimore Under Armour Performance Center Owings Mills, MD 7/17 7/24
Buffalo St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY 7/22 7/24
Carolina Wofford College Spartanburg, SC 7/24 7/24
Chicago Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL 7/22 7/25
Cincinnati Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH 7/24 7/26
Cleveland Cleveland Browns Training Complex Berea, OH 7/24 7/24
Dallas Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard, CA 7/26 7/26
Denver UCHealth Training Center Englewood, CO 7/17 7/17
Detroit Detroit Lions Training Facility Allen Park, MI 7/18 7/24
Green Bay St. Norbert College De Pere, WI 7/22 7/24
Houston Houston Methodist Training Center Houston, TX 7/21 7/24
Indianapolis Grand Park Westfield, IN 7/21 7/24
Jacksonville TIAA Bank Field Jacksonville, FL 7/22 7/24
Kansas City Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, MO 7/23 7/26
L.A. Chargers Jack Hammett Sports Complex Costa Mesa, CA 7/24 7/24
L.A. Rams University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA 7/24 7/26
Miami Baptist Health Training Facility Davie, FL 7/21 7/24
Minnesota TCO Performance Center Eagan, MN 7/22 7/25
N.Y. Giants Quest Diagnostics Training Facility East Rutherford, NJ 7/22 7/24
N.Y. Jets Atlantic Health Jets Training Center Florham Park, NJ 7/19 7/24
New England Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA 7/21 7/24
New Orleans New Orleans Saints Training Facility Metairie, LA 7/18 7/25
Oakland Napa Valley Marriott Napa, CA 7/23 7/26
Philadelphia NovaCare Complex Philadelphia, PA 7/24 7/24
Pittsburgh Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA 7/24 7/25
San Francisco SAP Performance Facility Santa Clara, CA 7/26 7/26
Seattle Virginia Mason Athletic Center Renton, WA 7/17 7/24
Tampa Bay AdventHealth Training Center Tampa, FL 7/21 7/25
Tennessee Saint Thomas Sports Park Nashville, TN 7/22 7/25
Washington Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center Richmond, VA 7/24 7/24

 

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912      At Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Giants southpaw Rube Marquard’s consecutive winning streak is stopped at 19 when the Cubs defeat New York, 7-2. The future Hall of Famer will finish the season with a league-leading 26 victories for the eventual NL champs.

1935      The American League’s winning streak reaches three as the Junior Circuit beats the NL in All-Star action at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, 4-1. The new rule that no pitcher can throw more than three innings unless the game goes extra innings is instituted as the result of Yankee Lefty Gomez pitching six outstanding innings in the Midsummer Classic.

1939      Before the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, a wall of Japanese beetles forms in front of the home dugout. The removal of 5000 insects doesn’t prevent the problem from returning later in the month.

1941      Thanks to a dramatic two-out, bottom of the ninth inning, three-run home run by Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, the American League All-Stars beat the NL in Detroit, 7-5. The “Splendid Splinter’s” dramatic drive on a 1-1 pitch thrown by Claude Passeau off the right field press box makes the Briggs Stadium contest the first Midsummer Classic decided in the final inning.

1947      Yankee right-hander Spec Shea becomes the first rookie to win an All-Star Game. The 26 year-old ‘Naugatuck Nugget’ tosses three solid innings in the American League’s 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field, but his appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic leads to a sore arm, limiting his effectiveness as a starter for the Bronx Bombers.

1949      Hank Thompson, who broke into the majors as a member of the St. Louis Browns twelve days after Larry Doby’s American League debut with the Indians in 1947, becomes the first African-American to play for the Giants. When the former Kansas City Monarchs’ standout faces Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe, it marks the first time a pitcher-batter confrontation takes place between black players in the major leagues.

1950      In the bottom of the ninth inning at Forbes Field, Jack Phillips, pinch-hitting for Murry Dickson, erases a three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam off Harry Brecheen. The 28 year-old utility infielder, who will go deep only nine times in 892 major league at-bats, gives the Pirates a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Cardinals.

1951      After Joe DiMaggio commits an error in center field, Yankee manager Casey Stengel replaces the aging superstar with rookie Jackie Jensen. The skipper’s decision to make the move in the middle of the game strains an already acrimonious relationship.

1952      At Philadelphia, the National League squeaks by the AL in a shortened five-inning All-Star contest, 3-2. The Shibe Park contest is the first Mid-Summer Classic to be called early due to rain.

1956      In an 11-1 rout of the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, the Giants go deep for a franchise record seven home runs. Willie Mays, Daryl Spencer, and Wes Westrum each connect for a pair, and Hank Thompson adds another.

1958      At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, in a contest which features no extra-base hits (13 singles), the American League edges the Senior Circuit, 4-3. Giants hurler Billy O’Dell pitched a perfect final three innings of the Silver Anniversary of the All-Star Game.

1959      During the All-Star break, the Reds fire manager Mayo Smith (35-45) and replace him with Fred Hutchinson (39-35), the skipper of the Seattle team in the PCL. ‘Hutch,’ who will become a mainstay in the Cincinnati dugout, is the team’s fourth manager in less than a year.

1962      With the help of Stan Musial’s three home runs, the Cardinals soundly defeat the Mets at the Polo Grounds, 15-1. ‘The Man,’ who at the age of 41 becomes the oldest major leaguer ever to accomplish the feat, misses an opportunity for another at-bat in the ninth inning, after being replaced in the previous frame by pinch-runner Bobby Gene Smith.

1965      At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Joe Morgan sets an Astros record by going 6-for-6. The 21 year-old rookie second baseman’s stellar performance, which includes two home runs and a double, doesn’t stop the Braves from beating Houston, 9-8.

1969      At Shea Stadium, Don Young is roundly criticized by Cubs’ teammate Ron Santo for his two misplays in center field that help the Mets score three ninth-inning runs, resulting in a 4-3 walk-off victory and cutting Chicago’s division lead to four games over the surging New York team. The emotional third baseman will apologize for his remarks tomorrow but will be soundly booed by the hometown fans in his first game back at Wrigley Field.

1970      Jim Ray Hart completes the cycle and becomes the first player in fifty-nine years to have six RBIs in one inning when he hits a three-run homer and a three-run triple in the Giants’ 13-0 rout of Atlanta. The San Francisco third baseman had already stroked a double in the second and added a single in the third before his three-base hit and round-tripper in the fifth frame.

1973      Bob Watson’s hard slide into second base to break up a double play fractures Expos shortstop Tim Foli’s jaw. When the Houston outfielder returns to left field, the Montreal fans at Jarry Park begin hurling debris at him to show their displeasure about his treatment of their popular infielder.

1974      Oakland outfielder Claudell Washington, making his first start in the major leagues, strokes a single in the tenth inning to give the A’s a 4-3 victory over the Indians. The 19 year-old rookie’s walk-off hit spoils Gaylord Perry’s attempt to get a record-tying 16th consecutive victory this season.

1976      Randy Jones posts the most victories at the All-Star break in National League history, winning his 16th game of the season in the Padres’ 6-3 defeat of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In the second half of the season, the 26 year-old southpaw’s good fortune runs out when he will lose seven games by a run, including two 1-0 loses.

1979      The Mets announce the selection of Mettle as the name for the team’s new mascot mule. Dolores Mapps of Mercerville, N.J., who submitted the winning entry, believes the moniker captures the team’s “spirit, ardor, stamina, and courage, all of which the Mets have in abundance.”

1987      Gerald Young becomes the first player from Honduras to appear in the majors. In his big league debut, the Tela native plays the outfield for the Astros and goes 0-for-4 in a 1-0 loss to the Expos at the Astrodome.

1994      Red Sox shortstop John Valentin snares Marc Newfield’s sixth-inning line drive, steps on second retiring Mike Blowers, and then tags the runner coming from first, Kevin Mitchell, to turn an unassisted triple play. After completing the rare feat, accomplishing a play that has occurred only ten times in major league history, the infielder begins a three-homer outburst by Boston in the bottom of the frame, helping the team defeat the Mariners at Fenway Park, 4-3.

1995      After matching solo tallies with their opponents in the 1st and 16th inning, the Astros score in the bottom of the 17th inning for a 3-2 victory over San Diego. Craig Biggio singles off Brian Williams to score Doug Brocail, who becomes the winning pitcher in the Astrodome contest when he steps on home plate.

1997      Helping to snap the National League’s three-game winning streak, Sandy Alomar, Jr., belts a seventh-inning two-run home run to lead the Junior Circuit to a 3-1 All-Star Game victory in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd at Jacobs Field. The 31 year-old Indian catcher, in the midst of a 30-game hitting streak, is named the Midsummer Classic’s Most Valuable Player.

2000      The Yankees sweep their crosstown rivals in the first double-ballpark doubleheader since 1903 with identical 4-2 scores, in an afternoon tilt at Shea and in an evening contest at Yankee Stadium. The twin bill provides quite an interesting day in New York when Mike Piazza, beaned by Roger Clemens, goes to the hospital, Dwight Gooden gets his first win at the Flushing Meadows ballpark since 1994, and a bizarre obstruction call on Mets’ first baseman Todd Zeile causes the team to play first game under protest.

2000      When Jose Cruz Jr. hits his 20th round-tripper in a 6-3 win over the Expos, the Blue Jays become the first team in major league history to have four batters to hit twenty or more homers before the All-Star break. The 26 year-old Toronto outfielder joins teammates Tony Batista, Carlos Delgado, and Raul Mondesi in reaching the milestone.

2002      The Charleston Riverdogs, the Class A minor league affiliate of the Devil Rays, padlock the gates of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park and hold a party outside the ballpark in an attempt to set the record for the lowest attendance at a professional baseball game. When the ‘Nobody Night’ contest becomes official in the fifth inning with the audience recorded as zero, patrons are allowed through the gates to watch the South Atlantic League contest against the Columbus RedStixx.

2003      Indians’ southpaw Billy Traber one-hits the Yankees, retiring 27 of 28 batters, including 21 in a row after allowing John Flaherty to reach first base with a single in the third inning. The 4-0 blanking of the Bronx Bombers is the 23 year-old rookie’s first complete game.

2005      In Singapore, the International Olympic Committee takes a secret vote on the approval of the 28 current summer Olympic events scheduled for the 2012 Summer Games in London. Baseball and softball are not included, marking the first time since the dropping of polo in 1936, that the IOC has eliminated existing sports.

2005      Blue Jays’ ace Roy Halladay, in the team’s 7-6 defeat to the Rangers, suffers a broken leg as a result of being hit by a Kevin Mench third-inning line drive. ‘Doc,’ who was slated to be the AL starter in the All-Star Game to be played in Detroit this week, will miss the rest of the season.

2008      The Cubs bolster their pitching staff, obtaining starter Rich Harden and reliever Chad Gaudin from the A’s in exchange for right-hander Sean Gallagher, second baseman/outfielder Eric Patterson, outfielder Matt Murton, and minor league backstop prospect Josh Donaldson. Chicago’s dealing may be in anticipation of the trade rumors of the Brewers getting Indians’ ace, CC Sabathia.

2010      Ubaldo Jimenez, with the Rockies’ 4-3 victory over St. Louis, became the first pitcher in ten years to record 15 wins before the All-Star break. The Colorado right-hander, who has compiled a 15-1 mark, is the first hurler to reach the plateau since David Wells posted a 15-2 record with the Blue Jays in 2000.

2010      Using an online ballot, fans select Nick Swisher of the Yankees and Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto to fill the last two roster spots in this year’s All-Star Game. The New York outfielder, who has edged Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the final AL spot, used his Twitter account to campaign for votes and to thank his fans for their support.

2014      The Mets beat Atlanta to win its 4,000th game since starting as an expansion team in 1962. The milestone victory is recorded by rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom, who strikes out 11 batters in seven shutout innings in the team’s 8-3 win at Citi Field.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

JULY 8, 1889

NEW ORLEANS-Never, during even a Presidential election, has there been so much excitement as there is here now, even when the brutal exhibition is over and it is known that John L. Sullivan was successful and that seventy- five rounds were necessary to “knock out” Jake Kilrain. All the streets and vacant spaces around the Northeastern Railroad Station were crowded until the last train got away, at 2:25 this morning, and before daylight the streets in front of the newspaper offices were crowded by people waiting for the bulletins that never came.
Before the last excursion train left the city it ceased any longer to be a secret that the fight would take place at Richburg, Miss., a small station on the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, 104 miles from New Orleans. The ring was erected by pine torchlight during the night on the highest of hills in the rear of Richburg. In the fourth and fifth rounds Kilrain made Sullivan run around the ring after him, falling when he got too near him. After running about the ring for a while in the tenth round, Kilrain fell to avoid being hit. He pursued the same tactics in the next one, until Sullivan cried out: “Stand up and fight like a man; I’m no sprinter! I’m a fighter!”
This sort of procedure went on for a long time, Kilrain running and dodging and Sullivan calling on him continually to “fight like a man.” But Kilrain insisted on fighting or, rather, running as “Charlie” Mitchell, his trainer, directed. In the thirty-ninth round Sullivan asked the referee to make his opponent “stand and fight,” and made a claim of a foul, which the referee refused.
In the forty-fourth Sullivan became sick, but even then Kilrain was afraid to venture near him. He asked him to make the fight a draw, but Sullivan refused, and emphasized the refusal by knocking Kilrain down. He was angry now, and in the next round he not only knocked Kilrain down but he stamped upon him, which prompted a claim of foul from Kilrain’s friends. This was not allowed, and it was repeated in the next round, after Sullivan had thrown Kilrain and fallen upon him. The crowd was now satisfied that only chance would enable Kilrain to win, and it jeered him for his Fabian tactics.
In the sixty-seventh, sixty-eighth, sixty-ninth and seventy-first rounds Sullivan managed to catch his fleeing antagonist and each time knocked him down. Each of the next four rounds ended by Kilrain falling to avoid being knocked down. At the end of the seventy-fifth the referee cautioned Kilrain not to repeat his tactics, but it was seen that Kilrain was in no condition to continue. Kilrain was frightfully bruised and bled profusely. Sullivan was but little marked. The official time of the unofficial fight was 2 hours 16 minutes and 25 seconds.

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 57 31 .648 31 – 14 26 – 17 29 – 9 12 – 11 9 – 6 7 – 3 L 2
Tampa Bay 52 39 .571 6.5 26 – 22 26 – 17 19 – 17 14 – 10 10 – 8 6 – 4 W 2
Boston 49 41 .544 9 20 – 22 29 – 19 19 – 19 16 – 7 12 – 12 6 – 4 W 4
Toronto 34 57 .374 24.5 18 – 30 16 – 27 12 – 21 11 – 15 9 – 10 5 – 5 W 1
Baltimore 27 62 .303 30.5 11 – 31 16 – 31 13 – 26 7 – 15 5 – 15 5 – 5 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 56 33 .629 28 – 15 28 – 18 17 – 9 19 – 11 17 – 9 4 – 6 L 1
Cleveland 50 38 .568 5.5 25 – 18 25 – 20 13 – 8 21 – 15 10 – 10 7 – 3 W 6
Chi White Sox 42 44 .488 12.5 25 – 20 17 – 24 13 – 17 22 – 16 4 – 6 6 – 4 W 1
Kansas City 30 61 .330 27 16 – 28 14 – 33 6 – 15 14 – 25 7 – 16 2 – 8 L 2
Detroit 28 57 .329 26 12 – 32 16 – 25 9 – 11 13 – 22 1 – 11 2 – 8 L 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 57 33 .633 33 – 14 24 – 19 13 – 10 12 – 9 26 – 7 7 – 3 W 2
Oakland 50 41 .549 7.5 26 – 20 24 – 21 13 – 14 10 – 2 22 – 22 7 – 3 W 1
Texas 48 42 .533 9 29 – 17 19 – 25 7 – 6 13 – 7 20 – 22 4 – 6 W 1
LA Angels 45 46 .495 12.5 22 – 21 23 – 25 11 – 7 7 – 8 18 – 27 4 – 6 L 2
Seattle 39 55 .415 20 19 – 29 20 – 26 7 – 8 10 – 13 19 – 27 2 – 8 L 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 54 37 .593 28 – 19 26 – 18 22 – 14 17 – 9 11 – 12 6 – 4 W 1
Washington 47 42 .528 6 26 – 20 21 – 22 25 – 17 5 – 11 10 – 11 8 – 2 W 2
Philadelphia 47 43 .522 6.5 27 – 17 20 – 26 24 – 22 11 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 W 1
NY Mets 40 50 .444 13.5 23 – 19 17 – 31 21 – 23 7 – 14 7 – 9 3 – 7 L 1
Miami 33 55 .375 19.5 15 – 29 18 – 26 15 – 31 7 – 16 6 – 4 3 – 7 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 47 43 .522 29 – 16 18 – 27 14 – 11 15 – 16 10 – 9 4 – 6 L 1
Milwaukee 47 44 .516 0.5 27 – 18 20 – 26 14 – 8 24 – 18 6 – 11 4 – 6 L 2
St. Louis 44 44 .500 2 24 – 18 20 – 26 16 – 14 15 – 17 7 – 6 4 – 6 L 2
Pittsburgh 44 45 .494 2.5 22 – 21 22 – 24 6 – 7 18 – 18 10 – 16 6 – 4 W 2
Cincinnati 41 46 .471 4.5 24 – 21 17 – 25 9 – 7 18 – 21 8 – 9 5 – 5 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 60 32 .652 37 – 12 23 – 20 11 – 3 19 – 11 29 – 15 5 – 5 L 3
Arizona 46 45 .505 13.5 20 – 22 26 – 23 10 – 7 8 – 5 19 – 29 6 – 4 W 3
San Diego 45 45 .500 14 23 – 24 22 – 21 10 – 10 9 – 11 19 – 21 5 – 5 W 3
Colorado 44 45 .494 14.5 24 – 19 20 – 26 10 – 12 7 – 6 20 – 21 3 – 7 L 6
San Francisco 41 48 .461 17.5 20 – 26 21 – 22 4 – 9 8 – 8 23 – 24 7 – 3 W 2

 

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct GB Home Road Conf Last 10 Streak
Washington Mystics 9 4 .692 4-1 5-3 6-2 7-3 1 L
Connecticut Sun 9 5 .643 0.5 6-1 3-4 5-2 6-4 4 L
Chicago Sky 7 7 .500 2.5 5-2 2-5 3-3 5-5 1 W
New York Liberty 7 8 .467 3.0 3-5 4-3 1-4 6-4 1 L
Indiana Fever 6 9 .400 4.0 2-4 4-5 3-3 3-7 1 W
Atlanta Dream 3 10 .231 6.0 2-5 1-5 1-5 2-8 1 L
Western Conference
W L Pct GB Home Road Conf Last 10 Streak
Las Vegas Aces 9 5 .643 6-2 3-3 4-2 7-3 3 W
Minnesota Lynx 8 6 .571 1.0 5-3 3-3 3-4 5-5 2 W
Los Angeles Sparks 7 6 .538 1.5 4-2 3-4 3-3 5-5 3 W
Seattle Storm 8 8 .500 2.0 5-3 3-5 3-3 5-5 3 L
Phoenix Mercury 6 6 .500 2.0 4-2 2-4 3-4 5-5 1 W
Dallas Wings 4 9 .308 4.5 4-3 0-6 2-2 4-6 2 L

 

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Philadelphia 21 10 6 5 39 28 11 6-3-2 4-3-3 36
D.C. 20 8 7 5 25 21 4 5-4-2 3-3-3 31
Atlanta 19 9 3 7 27 23 4 6-3-1 3-0-6 30
Montreal 21 9 3 9 26 34 -8 5-1-3 4-2-6 30
New York City FC 17 7 8 2 30 20 10 4-4-1 3-4-1 29
New York 19 8 4 7 33 27 6 6-1-3 2-3-4 28
Toronto FC 19 6 5 8 30 33 -3 4-3-3 2-2-5 23
New England 19 6 5 8 22 36 -14 4-2-4 2-3-4 23
Orlando City SC 19 6 4 9 27 27 0 3-1-5 3-3-4 22
Chicago 20 5 7 8 31 29 2 5-4-1 0-3-7 22
Columbus 20 5 2 13 17 30 -13 4-2-6 1-0-7 17
FC Cincinnati 19 4 2 13 18 44 -26 3-1-4 1-1-9 14
Western
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Los Angeles FC 19 13 4 2 50 16 34 8-1-0 5-3-2 43
Los Angeles 19 11 1 7 26 22 4 7-0-3 4-1-4 34
Seattle 19 9 5 5 29 25 4 7-2-0 2-3-5 32
Minnesota 19 9 3 7 36 29 7 5-3-1 4-0-6 30
FC Dallas 20 8 5 7 29 25 4 6-4-1 2-1-6 29
San Jose 19 8 4 7 30 30 0 7-1-3 1-3-4 28
Houston 18 8 3 7 28 25 3 7-3-0 1-0-7 27
Real Salt Lake 19 8 2 9 25 29 -4 6-0-2 2-2-7 26
Portland 17 7 2 8 26 28 -2 2-0-1 5-2-7 23
Sporting KC 19 5 7 7 29 34 -5 4-3-3 1-4-4 22
Vancouver 20 4 8 8 22 31 -9 3-4-3 1-4-5 20
Colorado 19 5 4 10 29 38 -9 4-2-5 1-2-5 19