MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Chicago Cubs 8 Baltimore 0
NY Yankees 3 Boston 0
Detroit 6 Toronto 5 (11)
Seattle 7 Chicago White Sox 6 (10)
Houston 5 Minnesota 3
Kansas City 4 Texas 3
LA Angels 4 Tampa Bay 3
Oakland 7 Cleveland 3
Washington 14 Cincinnati 4
Colorado 13 NY Mets 4
LA Dodgers 3 Miami 2
Atlanta 7 Arizona 1
Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 5 Milwaukee 2
San Diego 7 San Francisco 1
Boston 3 NY Yankees 0
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Louisville 6 Indianapolis 5
Fort Wayne 5 Peoria 3
Cedar Rapids 8 South Bend 4
Kane County 2 Dayton 1
New York 85 Washington 55
Connecticut 89 San Antonio 75
Dallas 112 Chicago 106 2OT
Minnesota 81 Phoenix 66
******After Roger Federer closed out a Wimbledon final that was more of a coronation than a contest with an ace, he sat in his changeover chair and wiped away tears.
That is when it hit him: His wait for record-breaking No. 8 was over. Until then, Federer wasn’t focused on the notion of winning the grass-court tournament more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877. All he’d been concerned with, consumed with, was being healthy enough to compete at a high level and, he hoped, to win a title, regardless of what the total count would be.
Capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set, Federer won his eighth Wimbledon trophy and 19th Grand Slam championship overall by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in merely 1 hour, 41 minutes Sunday.
“Wimbledon was always my favorite tournament. Will always be my favorite tournament. My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too,” said Federer, who will turn 36 next month and is the oldest male champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968.
“To mark history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that, really,” he said. “It’s that simple.”
His first major title came at Wimbledon in 2003, and was followed by others in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He won again in 2009 and 2012. But then he lost finals in 2014 and 2015 to Novak Djokovic.
He couldn’t be sure another final, let alone title, was possible a year ago, when he lost in the semifinals, then took the rest of 2016 off to let his surgically repaired left knee heal.
******Daniel Murphy and the Washington Nationals kept up their power surge.
Murphy hit two of Washington’s five home runs and had five RBIs to lead the Nationals to a 14-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Adam Lind and Jose Lobaton added two-run shots and Anthony Rendon had a solo homer, his third home run in two games, to help the Nationals to their third win in the four-game series and fourth straight victory overall.
Murphy believes the offensive production reflects Washington’s balance and depth.
“I think that’s a testament to our offense,” said the All-Star second baseman who has a seven-game hitting streak.
“We were grinding out at-bats. The offense didn’t give away a lot of pitches. We had a lot of traffic out there and saw a lot of pitches.”
Earlier in the day, the Nationals bolstered their bullpen as they acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Blake Treinen and a pair of prospects.
Left-hander Jesus Luzardo and infielder Sheldon Neuse were sent to Oakland as part of the deal.
The Nationals have hit 10 home runs in the series against the Reds, the sixth time since moving from Montreal in 2005 that they’ve hit at least 10 home runs in a four-game series. Washington has outscored the Reds 29-11 in the first three games of the series, which ends on Monday afternoon.
******The Los Angeles Dodgers had all three Miami Marlins outfielders leaping for the ball at the wall, and only Justin Turner managed to clear it.
Turner homered and also singled to increase his batting average to .374, and the Dodgers extended their winning streak to nine games Sunday by beating Miami 3-2.
It was the Dodgers’ fourth one-run victory during their streak, and the score was close only because Marlins Park is so big.
“A lot of our guys are going to be real happy to get out of this place,” Turner said. “If we were at home in Dodger Stadium, we might have hit 20 homers this series. This place is enormous. They have a very athletic outfield and cover a lot of ground, and they made a lot of really good plays.”
Marcell Ozuna jumped high above the 7-foot wall in left field to rob Kike Hernandez of a home run, and Christian Yelich leaped at the wall in center to steal an extra-base hit from Logan Forsythe.
But Giancarlo Stanton lost his glove over the 8 1/2-foot wall in right field trying unsuccessfully to catch Chris Taylor’s triple. When Stanton made a running leap and stretched his left arm above the wall, the glove came off and fell to the other side.
“I just hit my wrist at the top of the fence, and the glove just popped off,” Stanton said.
Five Los Angeles pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts with no walks. Rich Hill (6-4) allowed one run in five innings, and Kenley Jansen got the final four outs for his 23rd save in as many chances.
The Dodgers (64-29) climbed 35 games above .500 for the first time since 1977 by completing their 11th sweep of the year, most in the majors. They’ve won 29 of their past 33 games and have the best record in the big leagues.
“It has been fun,” Hill said. “We know our end goal, and what we want to do, and where we want to go, and how we see the season finishing. But we can’t get there without focusing on tomorrow.”
The Dodgers have the franchise’s best record through 93 games since 1955.
******Jose Quintana is well aware of the lofty expectations that came with his trade to the Chicago Cubs.
He certainly dazzled his new teammates in his debut.
Quintana struck out a season-high 12 in seven sharp innings and the Cubs beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
“It was my first outing with the Cubs, but after the first inning, I felt really good,” Quintana said. “I threw everything in the first inning and just focused on making quick outs.”
Acquired by the defending World Series champions during the All-Star break from the Chicago White Sox for a playoff push, Quintana gave the Cubs exactly the kind of boost they hoped to get.
“It could really be a big boon to us, there’s no question,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. “Everybody else saw it.”
The lefty ace allowed three hits, walked none and joined Matt Garza as the only pitchers in Cubs history to fan 12 in their debut.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered to help the Cubs move over .500 for the first time since June 29. The Cubs hit 10 home runs during the sweep at Camden Yards.
Chicago took advantage of another wild start by Ubaldo Jimenez (4-5) and opened a 4-0 lead in the second. Willson Contreras added a career-high four hits.
The Cubs traded their top two prospects, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-hander Dylan Cease, along with infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete, to get Quintana. He was 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA for the White Sox.
******Red Sox manager John Farrell says Boston will move forward with a formal protest over the lack of an interference call in a 4-1, 16-inning loss to the New York Yankees.
Matt Holliday walked leading off the 11th Saturday and Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a grounder to first baseman Mitch Moreland, who threw to second for a forceout. Holliday retreated toward first and slid into the bag as shortstop Xander Bogaerts’ throw arrived.
Moreland wasn’t able to reach the ball, which hit Ellsbury and bounced into foul territory. Farrell argued for an interference call, but umpires allowed Ellsbury to stay on first.
“We still firmly believe there was interference on the play and if it goes unaddressed or without any further attention brought to it, who’s to say you can’t instruct runners to do the same going forward?” Farrell said Sunday.
Holliday said he was unaware Moreland did not touch first before throwing to second.
*******Looking to fortify a bullpen that has blown more than a third of its save chances, the Washington Nationals acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Blake Treinen and a pair of prospects.
Left-hander Jesus Luzardo and infielder Sheldon Neuse were sent to Oakland as part of Sunday’s deal.
A 36-year-old right-hander, Madson has a 2.06 ERA and is seventh among relievers in hits plus walks per inning at 0.79. He has not allowed any of the seven inherited runners to score in his past 13 appearances and has held opponents to a .188 batting average.
Doolittle is a 30-year-old left-hander who has held left-handed batters hitless in 23 at-bats this year with 12 strikeouts and no walks. He is 1-0 with three saves, a 3.38 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.
“We got two quality human beings who are great teammates,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. “They can pitch at the end of games and get three outs. We can stabilize our entire bullpen.”
Rizzo said he wasn’t sure when Madson and Doolittle would be joining the Nationals.
NL East-leading Washington has a strong rotation led by Max Scherzer (11-5), Stephen Strasburg (9-3) and Gio Gonzalez (8-4) but has converted just 22 of 36 save chances. Bullpen issues helped lead to the Nationals’ elimination in the NL Division Series in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise has never reached the World Series.
Washington manager Dusty Baker said he had talked to Madson and Doolittle by the time the Nationals finished their 14-4 win over the Reds on Sunday.
******Houston Texans rookie running back D’Onta Foreman has been arrested on drug and weapons charges.
A statement from the University of Texas Police Department in Austin said officers answered a report of the smell of marijuana outside a campus dormitory about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. They found three occupied vehicles with marijuana in each and a firearm in one of them. Foreman was among those in the vehicles and was identified by police as the owner of the firearm.
Foreman was arrested on charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon and marijuana possession, both misdemeanors, and released on bond.
Foreman had 2,028 yards rushing with 15 touchdowns as a junior for the Texas Longhorns last season to win the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s best collegiate running back. He was selected by the Texans in the third round of the NFL draft.
The Texans issued a statement that said the organization is aware of the situation and is gathering additional information.
******Denny Hamlin held off Kyle Larson over the final laps Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and send Joe Gibbs Racing to victory lane for the first time this season.
One of the top organizations in NASCAR, JGR had yet to have any of its four drivers win until Hamlin took the lead with 33 laps left and held off the hard-charging Larson on the final lap.
Hamlin needed his 30th career Cup victory to secure a berth in NASCAR’s version of the postseason and end a winless streak that stretched to last September at Richmond.
“Definitely needed a win for the organization, for myself,” Hamlin said.
Larson had a sensational run from the rear of the field, where he was forced to start because he failed inspection after he won the pole. Larson lost his points lead last week and his crew chief was suspended after failing a post-race inspection at Kentucky.
Hamlin crashed the No. 11 Toyota in practice and was forced to race in a backup car. It seemed to suit him just fine at New Hampshire.
Martin Truex Jr., was third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick.
JGR won seven of the first 12 races last season and Carl Edwards was 10 laps away from a possible championship when he crashed out in the finale. Daniel Suarez replaced Edwards this season and Hamlin, Kenseth and Kyle Busch have made strong runs at the checkered flag, they just couldn’t find the winning formula until New Hampshire.
“It’s not from a lack of trying,” Hamlin said.
JGR also announced this week that Erik Jones would replace two-time Daytona 500 champion Kenseth in the No. 20 next season. With Hamlin sending the crowd into a frenzy by burning the tires down, Sunday was simply a reason for the team to celebrate.
*******Josef Newgarden had some fun at hometown star James Hinchcliffe’s expense in the Honda Indy Toronto.
“I love beating Hinch in Canada,” Newgarden said.
Newgarden raced to his second Toronto victory in three years Sunday, dominating on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place. Hinchcliffe was third behind Alexander Rossi.
“I love Hinch. He’s a great representative, but this is so good,” Newgarden said.
Newgarden came out in front on Lap 25 after a crash by Tony Kanaan caused a caution and maintained an advantage of over two seconds for the majority of the rest of the race. The 26-year-old Tennessee driver has five career victories, also winning in Alabama in April. He gave Team Penske its 193rd victory, the most of any team.
“I think that is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time,” Newgarden said. “Thank you to the guys and thank you to Tim (Cindric) for making that call. We got it right, but it was all about managing the race after that. I thought we had a very fast car, we got a pretty good start, and stayed out of the mayhem. Very, very happy for all of Team Penske.”
Rossi had his first podium finish of the year and best result since winning the 2016 Indianapolis 500.
“It’s been a long time coming, looking for that first podium and hopefully it can be a foundation to go into more wins,” Rossi said. “At least we finally kind of got the monkey off our back. It was a huge turn around overnight by Andretti Autosport to get this car to where it needed to be.”
Hinchcliffe was third for the second straight year.
“We were catching Alex and Josef in that last stint,” Hinchcliffe said. “The car really came alive on the blacks so big thanks to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, all the guys – great stops – and all the fans in Toronto. I mean the support that we feel each and every year is amazing.”
Marco Andretti was fourth, followed by Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Max Chilton, Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal and series leader Scott Dixon.
Dixon has a three-point lead over Castroneves with five races left.
******Nebraska senior cornerback Chris Jones will be sidelined four to six months while recovering from surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee, coach Mike Riley announced on Saturday.
While the timetable puts Jones’ season in jeopardy, he took to Twitter to offer a positive message.
“All Ima say is watch me come back, I serve an on time God. (It will not be) no 4 to 6 months,” Jones wrote.
Jones was named to the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top cornerback.
Jones recorded 37 tackles, one sack and three interceptions last season, with one pick being returned for a touchdown.
******Forward Clint Dempsey, midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard are among six additions to the U.S. roster for the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup as coach Bruce Arena opted to add some of his most experienced players.
Arena also added forward Jozy Altidore, midfielder Darlington Nagbe and goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Sunday. Gonzalez’s application to change affiliation from Mexico to the U.S. was approved by FIFA last month, after the deadline for setting the 23-man roster for the group phase.
Goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Sean Johnson were dropped along with midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe, and forward Dom Dwyer. Arena had planned in advance of the tournament to replace Guzan, Johnson and Bedoya.
Bedoya is expecting the birth of his second child next week.
The U.S. plays its quarterfinal Wednesday in Philadelphia against a third-place team from another group, likely Honduras, El Salvador or Jamaica. The opponent was to be determined Sunday night.
Using a mostly junior varsity group, the Americans opened with a 1-1 tie against Panama and wasted a two-goal lead against Martinique before winning 3-2. The U.S. defeated Nicaragua 3-0 Saturday night, getting an 88th-minute goal from Matt Miazga to win Group B by edging Panama based on total goals.
“When you play so many less-experienced and younger players together, it’s difficult,” Arena said in a video interview released by the USSF. “They came through with passing grades, all of them.”
Each team is allowed to make up to six changes in the 24 hours after finishing the group stage, and the additions must come from the 40-man preliminary roster submitted in early June.