MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs 10 Baltimore 3

NY Yankees 4 Boston 1 (16)

Detroit 11 Toronto 1

Seattle 4 Chicago White Sox 3

Minnesota 4 Houston 2

Texas 1 Kansas City 0

Oakland 5 Cleveland 3

Tampa Bay 6 LA Angels 3

St. Louis 4 Pittsburgh 0

Milwaukee 3 Philadelphia 2

Atlanta 8 Arizona 5

Washington 10 Cincinnati 7

NY Mets 9 Colorado 3

LA Dodgers 7 Miami 1

San Diego 5 San Francisco 3

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Louisville 2 Indianapolis 0

South Bend 1 Cedar Rapids 0

Peoria 4 Fort Wayne 3

Dayton 9 Kane County 3

WNBA

Seattle 90 Atlanta 84

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

British Columbia 41 Hamilton 26

 

 

****** As a kid, Garbine Muguruza sat in awe in front of the TV as the Williams sisters accumulated Grand Slam titles. They were her role models.

Now Muguruza is all grown up, an emerging tennis star in her own right – and, as of Saturday, the only woman who can boast of beating each Williams in a major final.

Muguruza powered her way to her first Wimbledon championship by playing fearlessly and dominating down the stretch, putting together a 7-5, 6-0 victory over a fading Venus Williams by claiming the final’s last nine games.

“It’s great to go out there and play somebody that you admire,” Muguruza said. “I knew she was going to make me suffer and fight for it.”

This was Williams’ 16th Grand Slam final and ninth at the All England Club. At 37, she was bidding for her sixth title at the grass-court major, 17 years after her first. And she was so close to gaining the upper hand against Muguruza, holding two set points at 5-4 in the opener. But Muguruza fought those off and never looked back.

“She competed really well. So credit to her,” Williams said. “She just dug in there.”

For Muguruza, this final was her third at a major.

In her first, at Wimbledon in 2015, she lost to Williams’ younger sister, Serena. But in her second, at the French Open last year, Muguruza again faced Serena – and won. That was the most recent final Muguruza had played in at any tournament until Saturday, an indication of the sort of up-and-down 12 months she’s had.

But with stand-in coach Conchita Martinez pushing her to play each point on its own merits – don’t look back, don’t think ahead – Muguruza was able to regain her best form these two weeks. Taking the ball early, being aggressive from the start of each point and not relenting, Muguruza did to Williams what the American and her sibling often do to their opponents.

Here was how Muguruza’s on-court approach was described by Spanish Fed Cup and Davis Cup captain Martinez, whose 1994 Wimbledon title was the country’s most recent for a woman until Saturday: “She’s very brave.”

Especially against Williams.

Especially in crunch time.

 

****** Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who has struggled with a strain in his left calf for several weeks, will be evaluated daily for the reminder of the season, manager Craig Counsell said before Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“I think enough has happened as we’ve gone through this that it’s day-to-day for the rest of the year,” Counsell said. “We’ve had a couple of recurrences of it. I think it’s something we are going to have to deal with for the rest of the year.”

Braun has been on the disabled list twice this season with the calf issue. He left the team’s game on July 8 against the New York Yankees with cramping in the calf and sat out the final game before the All-Star break as a precaution.

Braun, who smacked a grand slam in the Brewers’ 9-6 win over the Phillies on Friday night, reported no ill effects after the game, but Counsell said the team is taking a cautious approach with the veteran slugger nonetheless.

 

****** Royals right-hander Nate Karns hopes that by losing a rib he will gain some relief.

The 29-year-old pitcher will miss the rest of the season to have a rib removed Wednesday in a procedure designed to take pressure off the nerve in his forearm. Karns has been dealing with pain and soreness in his right arm for months, and a seemingly endless menu of tests and treatments failed to produce a solution.

The condition is called thoracic outlet syndrome, and pitchers including the Twins’ Phil Hughes and the Mets’ Matt Harvey, along with former Royals pitchers Luke Hochevar and Dillon Gee, have undergone similar treatment in recent years.

“The biggest thing is my symptoms were kind of floating around. Every day was a little different,” Karns said before Kansas City played the Rangers on Saturday. “It took a little while to figure out what was going on. That’s why we did so many tests. We eliminated what it couldn’t be and narrowed it down to thoracic outlet syndrome. … So I’ll have the surgery and go from there.”

The condition is caused by two muscles attached to the uppermost rib creating compression on the nerves. The result is a feeling of numbness, tingling and a “dead arm” – not good when your livelihood is wrapped around throwing a baseball close to 100 mph.

Karns was acquired from Seattle in an offseason trade for outfielder Jarrod Dyson and was off to a strong start with Kansas City. He went 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in eight starts, striking out 49 and walking 11 in 44 2/3 innings.

Karns dealt with back trouble last season with the Mariners. He began feeling these symptoms several months ago and went on the disabled list May 24. The Royals hoped that rest would be enough.

Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and suddenly it looked as if next season would be in question. So the Royals decided they could wait no longer to schedule the surgery, and Karns is hopeful he will be ready to pitch when spring training rolls around.

 

****** A person with knowledge of the situation of tells The Associated Press that the New Orleans have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo.

The person says Rondo is expected to sign his contract next week and the terms are still being finalized. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

The deal joins Rondo with fellow Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The addition gives coach Alvin Gentry the flexibility to play Jrue Holiday more at shooting guard, an effective position for him in the past.

Rondo was a four-time All-Star and won a championship with the Celtics. But he has bounced from Dallas to Sacramento to Chicago in the last three seasons.

Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.

 

****** James Harden never wants to leave Houston and is intent on bringing another NBA title to the city the Californian now considers home.

And the Rockets are doing everything possible to make sure the Beard gets exactly what he wants.

The clearest evidence of that came a week ago when they signed him to the biggest contract in league history: a four-year, “supermax” extension that guarantees $228 million over the next six seasons.

“I know where I want to retire ultimately and I know where I want to win a championship,” Harden said Saturday. “Everything is going to happen in Houston and that’s the reason I’m here forever.”

Since orchestrating the trade that brought Harden to Houston from Oklahoma City in 2012, general manager Daryl Morey has known he had a cornerstone player to build a team around. To him, shelling out that much money to keep the 27-year-old off the free agent market until the 2022-23 season was a no-brainer.

“Some of our decisions are hard. This one’s easy,” Morey said. “We’d do more if we could. This was the most they allow us to do.”

The contract extension followed the Rockets’ trade for nine-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul late last month, giving Harden another superstar to help chase Houston’s first title since the Rockets won two in a row in 1994-95.

 

****** A Brazilian court has dismissed the criminal case against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with filing a false robbery report during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The court confirmed in a statement this week that it tossed out the case after determining that Lochte’s robbery claim made to NBC did not constitute the filing of a fake report, a crime punishable in Brazil by up to 18 months in prison.

“We are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while at the same time, appropriately recognizing that he committed no crime. It has been a long year, but in the end, justice prevailed,” Jeff Ostrow, Lochte’s Florida-based attorney, said in a statement to USA Today on Friday.

Ostrow did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Saturday.

Lochte told NBC last year that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with police badges as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15.

 

***** Fabio Aru was dropped in the last 500 meters of Stage 14 of the Tour de France won by Michael Matthews and relinquished the yellow jersey to Chris Froome on Saturday.

Aru lost touch with the leaders in the final short, sharp ascent of the Cote de Saint Pierre in the town of Rodez and crossed the line 25 seconds behind Matthews.

It was unclear whether the Italy champion suffered a mechanical problem in the closing stages, or simply made a mistake by riding at the back.

Froome, who trailed Aru by six seconds at the start of the stage in Blagnac, was well positioned at the front and had no problem tackling the final climb. He finished hot on the heels of Matthews.

While the Team Sky train hit the front in the final kilometers, Aru was at the back and didn’t attack before the peloton split in the climb.

“It’s a beautiful surprise today,” Froome said. He lost his jersey in the Pyrenees after enduring a bad day on the road to the ski station of Peyragudes.

 

****** Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to assault for a fight outside a bar in Kentucky last year.

The Daily News reports the former Western Kentucky University standout pleaded guilty on Friday to assault under extreme emotional disturbance. Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson ordered Higbee to pay the victim an undisclosed amount and perform 250 hours of community service. Higbee also can’t own or possess a gun.

Higbee told police he and his girlfriend had been to a bar in April 2016 when he got into an argument with Nawaf Alsaleh.

Higbee and his girlfriend left the bar and went to a nearby parking lot to buy from a food truck. Police say Alsaleh approached Higbee again, and Higbee punched him.

Witnesses told police two men were arguing with Alsaleh and one was yelling racial slurs at him. Brian Lowder, Higbee’s attorney, told the newspaper Higbee did not use a racial slur.

 

***** Oregon receiver Darren Carrington has been dismissed from the team, nearly two weeks after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

“I have visited with Darren Carrington and informed him that he is no longer a member of our program,” coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Friday. “We will always consider Darren a Duck and support him in any way we can. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Eugene police say Carrington was arrested after hitting a pole at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3:15 a.m. on July 1. In addition to DUI, Carrington was cited for careless driving and making an improper turn.

The 22-year-old receiver, from San Diego, was then suspended from the team indefinitely.

Last season as a junior, Carrington had 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns. He had 112 career receptions for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns.

 

****** Babe Parilli, the former Patriots quarterback who starred in the team’s American Football League days, died Saturday. He was 87.

New England announced the death. The cause of death wasn’t disclosed.

Parilli played for the then-Boston Patriots from 1961 to 1967. He was voted to three AFL All-Star games and was the AFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 1966.

Parilli was named to the All-AFL 10 Year Anniversary Team in 1971 and his 31 touchdown passes in 1964 were a team record until 2007. Parilli is fourth on the Patriots’ career passing list with 16,747 yards and is in the team’s Hall of Fame. He also was known as excellent holder and was nicknamed “gold finger.”

He began his pro career with the Green Bay Packers in 1952, and also played for the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and the CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders. He was the backup to Joe Namath when the Jets won the Super Bowl in 1969.

Vito “Babe” Parilli was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania – not far from Namath’s hometown of Beaver Falls. Both Parilli and Namath played under coach Bear Bryant in college, Parilli at Kentucky, and Namath at Alabama. Parilli led Kentucky to victories over Oklahoma in the 1951 Sugar Bowl and TCU in the 1952 Cotton Bowl. In 1982, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Parilli was a head coach in the World Football League, also served as an NFL assistant and coached in the Arena Football League.