NFL PRE-SEASON

NY Jets 7 Tennessee 3

LA Rams 13 Dallas 10

Arizona 20 Oakland 10

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Winnipeg 39 Hamilton 12

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Toronto 7 Pittsburgh 2

Boston 10 NY Yankees 5

Detroit 12 Minnesota 11

Cleveland 3 Tampa Bay 0

Kansas City 5 Chicago White Sox 4

Texas 8 Houston 3

Baltimore 12 Oakland 5

LA Angels 6 Seattle 3

Washington 3 San Francisco 1

Philadelphia 3 NY Mets 1

Milwaukee 6 Cincinnati 5 (10)

Miami 4 Colorado 3

St. Louis 6 Atlanta 5

Arizona 6 Chicago Cubs 2

LA Dodgers 6 San Diego 3

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 8 Syracuse 2

South Bend 12 Dayton 4

Fort Wayne 7 Bowling Green 1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Seattle 1 Sporting KC 0

Toronto 4 Portland 1

Columbus 3 Chicago 1

New York 3 Orlando City 1

Dallas 0 Colorado 0

New England 1 Vancouver 0

Montréal 3 Philadelphia 0

Houston 3 San Jose 0

New York City 2 Los Angeles 0

WNBA

Connecticut 96 Dallas 88

Washington 100 Indiana 80

San Antonio 84 Atlanta 68

Seattle 98 Phoenix 89

HS GIRLS GOLF

373 Richmond finished 5th @ Lapel..Cornett 78, Owens 92, Fisher 96, Spurrier 107, McGrew 107

377 Union County 6th @ Lapel.. King 87; McClure 99; Schwab 96; Pike 95; Treadway 111.

421 Hagerstown 12th @ Lapel…Thackery 95, Burns 107, Garrison 120, Searcy 99, Richards 121

 

 

Kisner leads PGA Championship by one

It could be a matter of which player can keep it together best in Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship after contenders came and went Saturday.

Kevin Kisner withstood a wavering back nine to keep the lead on Saturday, shooting a 1-over-par 72 in the third round at Quail Hollow Club.

Kisner, the co-leader entering the day, holds a one-shot lead at 7-under 206.

“I’m pretty good at keeping it all in, and the golf course here is so hard,” he said of the emotions that will need to stay in check.

Chris Stroud, who bogeyed the final two holes, and second-round co-leader Hideki Matsuyama are at 6 under. Stroud shot 71 and Matsuyama checked in with 73.

Justin Thomas (69) and Louis Oosthuizen (71) sit at 5 under.

Kisner, a South Carolinian, is aiming for his first major title, having won once in three chances on the PGA Tour when going to the last round in the lead. Even his late-day struggles Saturday could turn out helpful.

“That puts a little fire in me for tomorrow, so I’m excited about that,” Kisner said.

Stroud said it’s a matter of maintaining an even keel.

“The most important part is keeping my mind simple and not stressed; that way you don’t burn all the energy up,” Stroud said.

Stroud, who arrived early to finish the second round before returning several hours later for the third, looked like he might go into the final day with the lead until he stumbled late.

 

Brewers snap 6-game skid on wild pitch in 10th

Milwaukee’s offense magically reappeared with three homers on Saturday night, but Eric Sogard’s mad dash home on a 10th-inning wild pitch was the deciding factor as the Brewers snapped their season-high six-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.

“I think you’re kind of expecting a walk-off win or something like that to break a streak, but you can take it any way you can get it,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You can tell by the celebration we had that we needed it.”

Travis Shaw, Ryan Braun and Eric Thames each homered for the Brewers, who produced 12 hits in their third walk-off win of the year — and their second by wild pitch.

 

Drury, Corbin pace Diamondbacks past Cubs

Patrick Corbin and Brandon Drury experienced plenty of down moments as the Arizona Diamondbacks went into a significant slump. But they combined to give Arizona a huge lift — and a big win — against a team they might see again in October.

Drury’s two-run double keyed a four-run sixth inning that broke up Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester’s pitching duel with Corbin, and the Diamondbacks ended a three-game losing streak with a much-needed 6-2 win on Saturday night.

Arizona had dropped five of six before Saturday’s victory.

“It was a good win — we needed it,” Corbin said.

Corbin (9-11) was coming off two successive rough starts that included a 16-4 loss to Chicago on Aug. 1 in which he allowed eight runs in three innings. On Saturday, he consistently shut down Cubs threats while allowing five hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

 

Benintendi homers twice as Red Sox drub Yankees

Many among the packed stands at Yankee Stadium might have cringed at the sight of Andrew Benintendi sending two pitches from Luis Severino soaring into the seats.

An exception might have been Benintendi’s family, especially his 85-year-old grandfather, a Brooklyn native who grew up rooting for the New York Yankees.

Benintendi continued his torrid month by hitting two three-run homers as the Boston Red Sox posted a 10-5 victory over the Yankees on Saturday.

“Today, two beautiful swings for the six RBIs,” Boston manager John Farrell said.

In front of the ninth sellout crowd of the season in New York, Benintendi put on an impressive power display and tied a career high by driving in six runs for the second time. He also had his third career multi-homer game, helping the Red Sox rebound from blowing a three-run lead Friday and win for the ninth time in 10 games.

The home runs continued the tear for the left fielder. Since sitting out two games on Aug. 1-2 while mired in a 4-for-23 slump, Benintendi is batting .484 (15-for-31) with four homers and 11 RBIs after hitting .222 during July.

 

Harper hurts leg in Nationals’ win over Giants

he scenario didn’t look good at all for the Washington Nationals when Bryce Harper hit the first-base bag and tumbled onto the ground in the last of the first inning late Saturday night.

Many of the Nationals fans who stayed around after a three-hour rain delay saw possible postseason hopes become bleak. When Harper left the stadium, he was walking on his own power in the Nationals’ clubhouse around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning after a 3-1 win by the Nationals over the San Francisco Giants.

Harper has a hyperextended left knee after getting hurt on a groundout. The 2015 National League MVP will have an MRI later Sunday, Washington manager Dusty Baker said.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, “I don’t know what happened really. It looked like he slipped on the bag. It might have been wet or something. Hopefully, he is OK. He is a key player for Washington and you hate to see anybody get hurt. I certainly hope it is not too bad.”

Edwin Jackson, the Washington starter and winner, said, “You hope for the best. It is good to see him walking around” the clubhouse.

 

Brewers acquire 2B Walker from Mets

The Milwaukee Brewers beefed up their lineup in an effort to enhance their chances to stay in the hotly contested National League Central race by acquiring second baseman Neil Walker from the New York Mets on Saturday.

The team did not immediately disclose the terms of the deal for Walker, a switch hitter who is batting .264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 73 games this season.

In the past few weeks, the Mets have dealt Addison Reed, Lucas Duda and Jay Bruce to save the team approximately $9 million.

The Brewers made the move to give them a more productive bat at second base. Jonathan Villar, who moved to second from shortstop this year, has struggled at the plate and Eric Sogard was slowed by an ankle injury in early July.

Walker missed six weeks earlier this season with a torn hamstring.

There were reports that a deal fell through with the New York Yankees before the July 31 trading deadline because of concerns about his injury, but Walker said he is completely healthy.

Walker will be a free agent after this season. His salary this season is $17.2 million, of which the Brewers would appear to be responsible for about the remaining $4.7 million.

 

Nats’ RHP Strasburg will make rehab start Monday

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is expected to start a rehab assignment Monday.

Strasburg, who has been on the disabled list since July 27 with a nerve impingement in his right elbow, told reporters Saturday that he will make a start Monday at Class A Potomac.

The 29-year-old Strasburg threw 57 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday and said the elbow “feels really good.” Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux said Saturday that Strasburg is slated for five innings or 75 pitches Monday.

Strasburg (10-3, 3.25 ERA) has been sidelined since pitched two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 23. He went on the disabled list four days later.

The No. 1 overall draft pick by Washington in 2009, Strasburg has a lengthy list of problems dating to his rookie campaign in 2010. He tore an elbow ligament that season and needed Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all but five games in 2011.

Strasburg was on the disabled list four times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and was limited to 19 starts last season by a sore right elbow and an upper back strain.

Washington entered play Saturday with a 68-45 record and a 14 1/2-game lead over second-place Miami in the National League East.

 

Broncos DE Wolfe suffers ankle injury

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the field during Saturday’s practice after suffering a right ankle injury.

“It’s an ankle injury. We’re not sure how bad,” coach Vance Joseph said. “We’re kind of assuming it’s not that bad.”

Wolfe’s injury came on the heels of the team placing fellow defensive end Billy Winn on injured reserve. Winn sustained a torn ACL in Thursday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

Wolfe, 27, was injured when he became tangled up with offensive tackle Menelik Watson in a team drill. Trainers helped Wolfe onto a cart and he was taken to the locker room. He also was sent for an MRI exam following practice.

Wolfe, like most starters, played very little in the Broncos’ 24-17 victory at Soldier Field on Thursday night.

Wolfe recorded 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 14 games last season. Since being drafted in the second round in 2012, he owns 191 tackles and 22.5 sacks in 69 games (all starts).

Winn collected 19 tackles and one fumble recovery in 16 games, including two starts, last season for the Broncos.

 

Cowboys RB Elliott ‘surprised and disappointed’ by NFL’s ruling

Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after multiple domestic violence incidents, is disappointed by the league’s decision and plans to appeal.

In a personal statement posted Friday night on Twitter, Elliott said:

“I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL’s decision today, and I strongly disagree with the league’s findings.

“I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, friends, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans — for that I am sincerely sorry.

“I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity I have been given.”

Elliott plans to appeal the suspension, his representatives said in a statement. Elliott has three business days to file notice of appeal, and a hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice, according to Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement, which governs appeal of commissioner discipline.

 

Buccaneers release struggling K Aguayo

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released beleaguered kicker Roberto Aguayo on Saturday, a little more than a year after taking him in the second round.

Aguayo, whose 71 percent field-goal percentage was the worst in the NFL as a rookie, likely sealed his fate by missing an extra point and a 47-yard field-goal attempt in Friday’s preseason loss at Cincinnati.

Those misses came after he connected on his first kick, a 20-yard field goal to five the Bucs a 3-0 lead.

Veteran Nick Folk, whom the Bucs signed in March, would appear to have the inside track on the job as the only kicker remaining on the roster.

Folk connected on a 45-yard field goal in Friday’s game. Although it was his only attempt, Folk’s kick was two yards further than Aguayo’s longest field goal in 2016.

The Bucs traded up into the second round to draft Aguayo after he was an All-America kicker at Florida State.

The Bucs turned to young kickers in each of the previous two seasons, with first-year player Patrick Murray in 2014 and rookie Kyle Brindza in 2015. Brindza struggled enough that he was released and replaced by veteran Connor Barth a month later.

 

Glennon fires back as Bears squelch Trubisky-mania

Quarterback Mike Glennon dropped back at Saturday’s first Chicago Bears practice following their 24-17 preseason loss to Denver and fired what seemed a statement shot.

On his first pass of the scrimmage, Glennon threw deep downfield to Kendall Wright, who beat the secondary for an easy score. Glennon proceeded to have what was easily his best practice of training camp, as if in response to the groundswell of sentiment pouring out from fans and media behind rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

“I think he obviously has had a bad game before,” head coach John Fox said of Glennon. “If you’ve played this game you have. So, he responded well and I thought the first unit looked pretty good today.”

The 18-for-25 effort for 166 yards and a touchdown by Trubisky created excitement in Chicago, but it became an even bigger issue because Glennon struggled with a 2-of-8 performance for 20 yards with a pick-6 interception by Chris Harris Jr.

The anointed starter can’t have preseason efforts so poor and hope to avoid quarterback controversies.

“These guys are all big boys,” Fox said. “They’re professional athletes. They get it. There are going to be days like that. It’s life.

“So, we’ll just grab the bull by the horns and go about trying to get better. It was our first preseason game. Our whole first unit didn’t do well. We had an errant shotgun snap. We didn’t block real well. We didn’t ID some things like we’d expect. It’s like anywhere I’ve ever been as far as first preseason games with a lot of new guys out there, they look at the film. They’ll get better for it.”

 

Garoppolo shines in preseason opener

The New England Patriots’ 31-24 loss to Jacksonville in the preseason opener closed four days of work with the Jaguars that head coach Bill Belichick deemed productive.

The joint practices earlier in the week were to the coach’s satisfaction that the Patriots sat out 37 players in the preseason opener, a list that included quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and cornerback Malcolm Butler, and virtually any player projected to be in the top half of the roster once the regular season rolls around.

That left quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to start and run the offense for more than a half of the action, to mixed results. The fourth-year backup shook off a shaky start – which came after two weeks of less-than-impressive practice action – to complete 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He had an effective two-minute drive to close out the first half with a touchdown and marched to another score on the opening drive after halftime.

“It’s not on purpose,” Garoppolo said of a growing reputation for far better performances on the game field than he’s able to put up consistently in practice. “I don’t know. I try to go out there and practice well every day with the guys. I mean, you’re trying different things in practice sometimes. You’re working with different guys. But, I don’t know. I don’t think there’s really a rhyme or reason to it. It’s football at the end of the day.”

While Garoppolo was doing his work on offense, New England’s second- and third-team defensive players struggled against the Jaguars. The units allowed three touchdowns of 42 yards or longer, including a 97-yard pass. A day after the effort, Belichick didn’t mince words regarding the poor play that included struggles by former second-round picks in third-year safety Jordan Richards and second-year cornerback Cyrus Jones.

 

Injuries hit Redskins’ linebacker corps

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy was not going to participate in the first four games of the season because of a four-game NFL suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Now, he is lost for the season thanks to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered on Thursday.

Murphy, a second-round pick in 2014 and entering a contract year, was lost for the season when teammate Zach Brown knocked a Baltimore Ravens running back into his knee during Thursday’s preseason opener at Baltimore. What was first thought to be a minor injury instead turned out to be far worse when Murphy underwent an MRI exam on Friday.

“It’s too bad,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. “He was really having a great offseason program and then he followed it up with a really good training camp so far. It’s unfortunate; just wrong place at the wrong time in pro football.”

Murphy’s absence puts extra pressure on Washington’s suspect pass rush. Murphy had a breakthrough season in 2016 with nine sacks after having just six total sacks in his first two seasons.

The Redskins employ the always-reliable Ryan Kerrigan at outside linebacker, but behind him remain question marks that only grow without Murphy and other assorted injuries.

 

Durant apologizes for comments about India

Forward Kevin Durant of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors issued an apology for comments he claims were “taken out of context” regarding the development of basketball in India.

In a Q&A with Durant that appeared in The Athletic earlier this week, he was quoted as saying that the country is “20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience.”

In a statement on Twitter, Durant said: “Sorry that my comments about India were taken out of context, I’m grateful for the time I’ve got to spend there and I’m really pissed about how my comments came off, that’s my fault, should’ve worded that better. I spoke about the difference between my imagination and reality there in Delhi and about where the game is compared to the rest of the world. No offense from this side, I’m coming back out there for more camps and cool (stuff). Sorry …..”

Durant, the Most Valuable Player in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, also said in the Q&A that he was surprised to see so many underprivileged people in India eager to learn about basketball.

 

Red Wings object to use of logo at rally

The Detroit Red Wings condemned the use of their logo by extremists at a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

A group of people were viewed with placards sporting the Red Wings’ logo.

“The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.,” the franchise said in a statement. “The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for Everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation.

“We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.”

The NHL also denounced the use of the popular logo.

“We are obviously outraged by the irresponsible and improper use of our intellectual property as seen this weekend in Charlottesville, Va.,” the league said in a statement. “This specific use is directly contrary to the value of inclusiveness that our league prioritizes and champions.

“We will take immediate and all necessary steps to insure the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate.”

 

Longtime coach, GM Murray dies of colon cancer

Bryan Murray, a former NHL coach and general manager with five different teams in his career, died of colon cancer on Saturday. He was 74.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement on Murray’s passing.

“Bryan Murray’s strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence,” Bettman said. “While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks.

“As we mourn Bryan’s passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game — as well as his courage. The National Hockey League family sends our deepest condolences, comfort and support to Bryan’s family, his many friends and all whose lives he influenced.”

Murray was general manager of the Detroit Red Wings (1990-94), Florida Panthers (1994-98), Anaheim Ducks (2002-04) and Ottawa Senators (2007-16), and coached the Washington Capitals (1981-90), Red Wings (1990-93), Panthers (1997-98), Ducks (2001-02) and Senators (2005-08).

Murray was a 620-465-23 coaching record with 131 ties in 17 NHL seasons. He won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84, guiding them to a 48-27-5 record.