MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
NY Mets 8 NY Yankees 3
Toronto 6 Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 11 Chicago White Sox 5
Kansas City 6 Minnesota 3
Houston 3 Cleveland 2
Oakland 7 Boston 6 (12)
LA Angels 4 Baltimore 1
Texas 7 Seattle 3
Philadelphia 4 San Diego 2
Milwaukee 11 Pittsburgh 2
Miami 3 Atlanta 2
Cincinnati 3 Chicago Cubs 2
LA Dodgers 5 Washington 3
Colorado 3 St. Louis 2
San Francisco 6 Arizona 5
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Iowa 9 Indianapolis 7
Lake County 2 South Bend 1
Lake County 5 South Bend 0
Great Lakes 8 Ft. Wayne 6
Milwaukee 118 Atlanta 107
Columbus 2 New England 2
DC 7 Toronto FC 1
CF Montréal 1 Inter Miami CF 0
New York 2 Orlando City SC 1
Chicago 3 Atlanta 0
Minnesota 2 San Jose 2
Nashville SC 1 Philadelphia 0
Houston 1 FC Cincinnati 1
Los Angeles FC 1 Real Salt Lake 0
Indiana 73 Connecticut 67
New York 82 Washington 79
Minnesota 99 Phoenix 68
|Rocket Mortgage Classic|
|Jul. 1-4, Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1t||Troy Merritt||67||68||67||-14 (202)||F|
|1t||Joaquin Niemann||65||69||68||-14 (202)||F|
|3t||Cameron Davis||68||68||67||-13 (203)||F|
|3t||Hank Lebioda||67||70||66||-13 (203)||F|
|5||Brandon Hagy||65||71||68||-12 (204)||F|
|6t||Chris Kirk||67||68||70||-11 (205)||F|
|6t||Kevin Kisner||67||69||69||-11 (205)||F|
|6t||Jason Kokrak||69||69||67||-11 (205)||F|
|6t||Tom Lewis||65||69||71||-11 (205)||F|
|6t||Pat Perez||67||69||69||-11 (205)||F|
|6t||Richy Werenski||68||68||69||-11 (205)||F|
|12t||Sungjae Im||69||68||69||-10 (206)||F|
|12t||Seamus Power||66||71||69||-10 (206)||F|
|12t||Kevin Tway||71||68||67||-10 (206)||F|
|15t||Mark Anderson||70||70||67||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||Keegan Bradley||71||68||68||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||Rickie Fowler||70||69||68||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||Lanto Griffin||68||70||69||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||Mackenzie Hughes||71||69||67||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||Sebastian Munoz||69||69||69||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||Alex Noren||70||70||67||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||Sean O’Hair||70||66||71||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||J.J. Spaun||66||73||68||-9 (207)||F|
|15t||Scott Stallings||68||73||66||-9 (207)||F|
|25t||Aaron Baddeley||69||70||69||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Chris Baker||70||70||68||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Fabian Gomez||67||71||70||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Si Woo Kim||67||72||69||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Russell Knox||71||65||72||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Roger Sloan||65||75||68||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Kyle Stanley||70||69||69||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Curtis Thompson||69||72||67||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Davis Thompson||63||73||72||-8 (208)||F|
|25t||Bubba Watson||68||73||67||-8 (208)||F|
|35t||Joel Dahmen||70||70||69||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Jason Day||67||73||69||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Doug Ghim||70||68||71||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Garrick Higgo||68||71||70||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Bo Hoag||70||68||71||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Max Homa||70||65||74||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Beau Hossler||68||69||72||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Maverick McNealy||68||69||72||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Matthew NeSmith||71||69||69||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Cameron Tringale||71||70||68||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Vincent Whaley||71||68||70||-7 (209)||F|
|35t||Danny Willett||68||70||71||-7 (209)||F|
|47t||Byeong Hun An||71||70||69||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Tyler Duncan||70||67||73||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Michael Gellerman||70||68||72||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Michael Gligic||67||73||70||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Kramer Hickok||69||69||72||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Matt Jones||70||69||71||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Henrik Norlander||68||72||70||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Adam Schenk||72||66||72||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Nick Taylor||72||68||70||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Josh Teater||70||71||69||-6 (210)||F|
|47t||Matthew Wolff||67||70||73||-6 (210)||F|
|58t||Jonas Blixt||68||71||72||-5 (211)||F|
|58t||Ryan Brehm||71||67||73||-5 (211)||F|
|58t||Chesson Hadley||69||70||72||-5 (211)||F|
|58t||Nelson Ledesma||72||68||71||-5 (211)||F|
|58t||Patrick Reed||69||72||70||-5 (211)||F|
|63t||Cameron Percy||71||70||71||-4 (212)||F|
|63t||Patrick Rodgers||70||70||72||-4 (212)||F|
|63t||Brandt Snedeker||70||71||71||-4 (212)||F|
|63t||Robert Streb||67||71||74||-4 (212)||F|
|63t||Bo Van Pelt||68||73||71||-4 (212)||F|
|63t||Camilo Villegas||70||70||72||-4 (212)||F|
|63t||Will Zalatoris||70||68||74||-4 (212)||F|
|70t||Lucas Glover||68||72||73||-3 (213)||F|
|70t||Patton Kizzire||68||72||73||-3 (213)||F|
|70t||Anirban Lahiri||71||69||73||-3 (213)||F|
|70t||Willie Mack III||68||73||72||-3 (213)||F|
|70t||Phil Mickelson||69||72||72||-3 (213)||F|
|75||Jimmy Walker||69||72||73||-2 (214)||F|
|76t||Scott Brown||70||71||74||-1 (215)||F|
|76t||Sung Kang||69||72||74||-1 (215)||F|
|Volunteers of America Classic|
|Jul. 1-4, Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Jin Young Ko||63||70||-5||-14 (133)||16|
|2||Esther Henseleit||66||70||-7||-13 (136)||17|
|3||Matilda Castren||66||66||-2||-12 (132)||16|
|4||Angela Stanford||69||70||65||-9 (204)||F|
|5t||Stacy Lewis||68||69||68||-8 (205)||F|
|5t||Paula Reto||68||69||68||-8 (205)||F|
|5t||In Gee Chun||64||72||-2||-8 (136)||17|
|5t||Ana Belac||68||68||-2||-8 (136)||16|
|5t||Jeongeun Lee||64||70||E||-8 (134)||16|
|10t||Min-G Kim||65||74||67||-7 (206)||F|
|10t||Perrine Delacour||66||72||68||-7 (206)||F|
|10t||Marina Alex||69||69||68||-7 (206)||F|
|10t||Jaye Marie Green||68||69||69||-7 (206)||F|
|10t||Celine Herbin||68||68||-1||-7 (136)||17|
|10t||Celine Boutier||68||67||E||-7 (135)||17|
|10t||Gaby Lopez||69||66||E||-7 (135)||16|
|17t||Pornanong Phatlum||69||69||69||-6 (207)||F|
|17t||Sei Young Kim||70||68||69||-6 (207)||F|
|17t||Mirim Lee||73||70||64||-6 (207)||F|
|17t||Hyo Joo Kim||69||68||70||-6 (207)||F|
|17t||Katherine Kirk||68||69||70||-6 (207)||F|
|22||Nanna Koerstz Madsen||68||70||70||-5 (208)||F|
|23t||Peiyun Chien||70||70||69||-4 (209)||F|
|23t||Brianna Do||69||72||68||-4 (209)||F|
|23t||Dana Finkelstein||67||72||70||-4 (209)||F|
|23t||Emma Talley||65||73||71||-4 (209)||F|
|23t||Ssu-Chia Cheng||67||71||71||-4 (209)||F|
|23t||Lauren Coughlin||68||70||71||-4 (209)||F|
|29t||Clariss Guce||69||71||70||-3 (210)||F|
|29t||Kendall Dye||70||71||69||-3 (210)||F|
|29t||Yealimi Noh||70||70||70||-3 (210)||F|
|29t||Gerina Piller||66||72||72||-3 (210)||F|
|29t||Lindy Duncan||69||69||72||-3 (210)||F|
|29t||Jackie Stoelting||69||69||72||-3 (210)||F|
|29t||Yu Liu||70||68||72||-3 (210)||F|
|29t||Jasmine Suwannapura||66||71||73||-3 (210)||F|
|37t||Sung Hyun Park||74||67||70||-2 (211)||F|
|37t||Sarah Jane Smith||66||74||71||-2 (211)||F|
|37t||Lauren Kim||70||71||70||-2 (211)||F|
|37t||Lizette Salas||70||71||70||-2 (211)||F|
|37t||Aditi Ashok||71||71||69||-2 (211)||F|
|37t||Lee Lopez||73||65||73||-2 (211)||F|
|37t||Mind Muangkhumsakul||72||71||68||-2 (211)||F|
|37t||Cindy LaCrosse||71||72||68||-2 (211)||F|
|37t||Alana Uriell||71||72||-3||-2 (143)||17|
|46t||Jeong Eun Lee||68||72||72||-1 (212)||F|
|46t||Eun-Hee Ji||70||71||71||-1 (212)||F|
|46t||Bianca Pagdanganan||70||70||72||-1 (212)||F|
|46t||Vicky Hurst||68||74||70||-1 (212)||F|
|46t||Linnea Johansson||70||73||-2||-1 (143)||17|
|46t||Kristen Gillman||69||74||-2||-1 (143)||16|
|52t||Fatima Fernandez Cano||71||70||72||E (213)||F|
|52t||Caroline Inglis||71||70||72||E (213)||F|
|52t||Min Seo Kwak||71||69||73||E (213)||F|
|52t||Ayako Uehara||69||72||72||E (213)||F|
|52t||Cheyenne Knight||71||71||71||E (213)||F|
|52t||Dottie Ardina||70||72||71||E (213)||F|
|52t||Lindsey Weaver||71||71||71||E (213)||F|
|52t||Farah O’Keefe||69||73||71||E (213)||F|
|52t||Stephanie Meadow||73||70||70||E (213)||F|
|52t||Na Yeon Choi||71||72||70||E (213)||F|
|52t||Esther Lee||71||72||70||E (213)||F|
|52t||Jenny Shin||71||72||70||E (213)||F|
|52t||Maia Schechter||69||74||-1||E (143)||17|
|65t||Carlota Ciganda||72||70||72||+1 (214)||F|
|65t||Albane Valenzuela||70||72||72||+1 (214)||F|
|67t||Pavarisa Yoktuan||70||71||74||+2 (215)||F|
|67t||Anna Nordqvist||71||71||73||+2 (215)||F|
|67t||Cydney Clanton||68||74||73||+2 (215)||F|
|70t||Kris Tamulis||68||73||75||+3 (216)||F|
|70t||Katherine Perry-Hamski||68||71||77||+3 (216)||F|
|70t||Jing Yan||76||67||73||+3 (216)||F|
|70t||Elin Arvidsson||74||69||73||+3 (216)||F|
|70t||Isi Gabsa||67||76||+2||+3 (143)||16|
|75t||Jenny Coleman||68||73||76||+4 (217)||F|
|75t||Paula Creamer||72||71||74||+4 (217)||F|
|77||Elizabeth Szokol||69||73||77||+6 (219)||F|
|78||Elizabeth Nagel||70||73||+7||+8 (143)||17|
|Jul 3, 2021 | Road America – Plymouth, Wisconsin | 182.2 mi|
|Pos||Driver||Car #||Make||Started||Laps||Led||Points / Bonus||Out ?|
|1||Kyle Busch||54||Toyota||5||45||5||0 / 0||running|
|2||Daniel Hemric||18||Toyota||4||45||3||48 / 13||running|
|3||Michael Annett||1||Chevrolet||12||45||0||37 / 3||running|
|4||AJ Allmendinger||16||Chevrolet||3||45||12||53 / 20||running|
|5||Harrison Burton||20||Toyota||10||45||0||34 / 2||running|
|6||Kevin Harvick||199||Ford||20||45||0||0 / 0||running|
|7||Riley Herbst||98||Ford||34||45||0||32 / 2||running|
|8||Austin Cindric||22||Ford||2||45||10||41 / 12||running|
|9||Noah Gragson||9||Chevrolet||36||45||4||34 / 6||running|
|10||Justin Haley||11||Chevrolet||13||45||0||41 / 14||running|
|11||Brandon Brown||68||Chevrolet||19||45||0||26 / 0||running|
|12||Justin Allgaier||7||Chevrolet||6||45||5||38 / 13||running|
|13||Andy Lally||105||Chevrolet||15||45||0||24 / 0||running|
|14||Jeb Burton||10||Chevrolet||8||45||0||31 / 8||running|
|15||Tommy Joe Martins||44||Chevrolet||33||45||0||22 / 0||running|
|16||Preston Pardus||90||Ford||16||45||0||21 / 0||running|
|17||Josh Williams||92||Chevrolet||30||45||0||20 / 0||running|
|18||Kaz Grala||31||Chevrolet||7||45||0||0 / 0||running|
|19||Brandon Jones||19||Toyota||21||45||4||23 / 5||running|
|20||Timmy Hill||142||Toyota||29||45||0||0 / 0||running|
|21||Alex Labbe||36||Chevrolet||22||45||0||16 / 0||running|
|22||Ryan Sieg||39||Ford||26||45||0||15 / 0||running|
|23||Myatt Snider||2||Chevrolet||27||45||0||14 / 0||running|
|24||Cody Ware||17||Chevrolet||17||45||0||13 / 0||running|
|25||Kris Wright||26||Toyota||25||45||0||0 / 0||running|
|26||Stephen Leicht||13||Toyota||31||45||0||11 / 0||running|
|27||Landon Cassill||4||Chevrolet||32||45||0||10 / 0||running|
|28||Jeremy Clements||51||Chevrolet||9||44||0||9 / 0||running|
|29||Josh Bilicki||07||Chevrolet||14||42||0||0 / 0||accident|
|30||Ryan Ellis||178||Toyota||28||42||0||7 / 0||accident|
|31||Brett Moffitt||02||Chevrolet||24||41||0||6 / 0||accident|
|32||Natalie Decker||23||Chevrolet||35||38||0||5 / 0||accident|
|33||Ty Gibbs||81||Toyota||1||34||2||8 / 4||transmission|
|34||Jade Buford||48||Chevrolet||11||16||0||3 / 0||suspension|
|35||Sam Mayer||8||Chevrolet||23||12||0||2 / 0||accident|
|36||Spencer Pumpelly||6||Chevrolet||18||11||0||1 / 0||accident|
|Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio|
|Pos||Driver||Car #||Make||Qual. Speed|
|1||Josef Newgarden||2||Chassis: Dallara|
|2||Colton Herta||26||Chassis: Dallara|
|3||Marcus Ericsson||8||Chassis: Dallara|
|4||Will Power||12||Chassis: Dallara|
|5||Scott Dixon||9||Chassis: Dallara|
|6||Alexander Rossi||27||Chassis: Dallara|
|7||Alex Palou||10||Chassis: Dallara|
|8||Graham Rahal||15||Chassis: Dallara|
|9||James Hinchcliffe||29||Chassis: Dallara|
|10||Ryan Hunter-Reay||28||Chassis: Dallara|
|11||Rinus VeeKay||21||Chassis: Dallara|
|12||Sebastien Bourdais||14||Chassis: Dallara|
|13||Felix Rosenqvist||7||Chassis: Dallara|
|14||Scott McLaughlin||3||Chassis: Dallara|
|15||Simon Pagenaud||22||Chassis: Dallara|
|16||Ed Jones||18||Chassis: Dallara|
|17||Max Chilton||59||Chassis: Dallara|
|18||Romain Grosjean||51||Chassis: Dallara|
|19||Takuma Sato||30||Chassis: Dallara|
|20||Pato O’Ward||5||Chassis: Dallara|
|21||Dalton Kellett||4||Chassis: Dallara|
|22||Santino Ferrucci||45||Chassis: Dallara|
|23||Jack Harvey||60||Chassis: Dallara|
|24||Conor Daly||20||Chassis: Dallara|
|25||Jimmie Johnson||48||Chassis: Dallara|
|26||Ryan Norman||52||Chassis: Dallara|
|Austrian Grand Prix|
|Pos||Driver||Car #||Team||Qual. Speed|
|1||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||241.946|
|3||Sergio Perez||11||Red Bull||239.767|
|9||Lance Stroll||18||Aston Martin||239.420|
|10||Carlos Sainz Jr.||55||Ferrari||240.646|
|11||Sebastian Vettel||5||Aston Martin||239.719|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||99||Alfa Romeo||239.956|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Alfa Romeo||239.118|
Bucks beat Hawks, head to NBA Finals for 1st time since 1974
ATLANTA (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks were an instant success in the NBA, winning a championship in just their third season and reaching the finals again three years later.
Nearly a half-century later, they finally have a shot at another title.
Khris Middleton scored 32 points, including a run of 16 straight in a decisive third quarter that carried the Bucks to a 118-107 victory over the upstart Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night.
Milwaukee won the series 4-2, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974. Game 1 against the West champion Suns is Tuesday night in Phoenix.
The Bucks didn’t even need Giannis Antetokounmpo to lock up their spot. The two-time MVP missed his second straight game with a knee injury, but Middleton & Co. had his back.
Jrue Holiday added 27 points and four other players scored in double figures.
Antetokounmpo cheered them on from the bench.
“One of the biggest things we did the last two games was play for him,” said Pat Connaughton, who had 13 points and eight rebounds. “We do have a true team.”
Trae Young returned to the Hawks lineup after missing two games with a bone bruise in his right foot, but the young star never got anything going. After both teams struggled to find the range in the first half, the Bucks suddenly couldn’t miss in the third quarter.
Atlanta actually had a chance for its first lead of the game when Young’s behind-the-back pass gave Kevin Huerter an open look from 3-point range.
The shot rimmed out, and Middleton quickly ripped off the next 13 points to suddenly push Milwaukee’s edge to 60-45.
Young broke up the one-man onslaught with a driving basket, but Middleton responded with a 3-pointer that gave him 16 straight Milwaukee points.
Middleton finished the quarter with 23 points, nearly outscoring the Hawks all by himself. Atlanta had 29 points in the period as Milwaukee headed to the final quarter with a commanding 91-72 lead.
“My teammates and my coaches, they told me to keep being aggressive,” Middleton said. “I love it. Each one of these guys, they work every single day. Everybody stays ready. Everybody stays locked in. We all play for each other. And that’s all you can ask for.”
Cam Reddish, who missed much of the season with an Achilles injury, came off the bench to spark the Hawks. He scored 21 points – making six of seven 3-pointers – as the Hawks sliced a 22-point deficit down to six in the closing minutes.
“The message was, `No regrets. We don’t want any regrets. …. Empty the tank,'” said Nate McMillan, the Hawks interim coach. “And they did.”
But the Bucks finished it off, rekindling memories of the franchise’s early years when Milwaukee quickly became the center of the NBA world with a team led by two of the game’s greatest players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.
The duo led the team to its only NBA title in 1971. The Bucks returned to finals in ’74, only to lose to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
Robertson retired after that season and Abdul-Jabbar was dealt a year later to the Los Angeles Lakers, ending Milwaukee’s run as a glamour franchise.
Now, the Bucks are back in the finals with a whole new group of stars. As they proved in the last two games against the Hawks, they’re certainly more than the Greek Freak.
With Antetokounmpo sidelined by a hyperextended left knee, the Bucks turned to his supporting cast to finish off Atlanta. Brook Lopez had 33 points in Game 5, and three other starters scored at least 22.
Middleton and Holiday carried the load in the deciding game.
“These guys have put the work in all year. They deserve to go to the finals,” said Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer, who previously coached the Hawks. “We’ve got more work to do.”
Despite a disappointing finish, the Hawks stamped themselves as a future force with a young group that knocked off the New York Knicks and the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers to surprisingly advance to the conference finals.
Mired at 14-20 when they fired coach Lloyd Pierce shortly before the All-Star break, Atlanta went on a run under McMillan that carried the Hawks to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
They didn’t stop there, advancing to the conference finals for only the second time with Young leading the way.
“We all understand this is just beginning,” Young said. “It was fun to have this city excited. We want to keep it like that.”
After missing Games 4 and 5 with a bone bruise in his right foot, Young was cleared to play shortly before tipoff Saturday night. The crowd went nuts when the charismatic point guard was the introduced as the final member of the starting five.
“He’s baaaaack!” the public-address announcer screamed.
But, clearly, he wasn’t all the way back.
After a nearly week-long layoff, Young seemed tentative and out of sorts. Sure, he flashed a bit of his old form on a couple of bursts to the basket, but 14 points on 4-of-17 shooting was not at all what the Hawks had come to expect from their breakout star.
“I just wanted to battle and try to fight through it as much as I could, try to be out there for my team,” Young said. “But it was definitely frustrating not being healthy and not being able to give my full 100%.”
Beverley suspended for a game next season for shoving Paul
NEW YORK (AP) Patrick Beverley was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Saturday after shoving Chris Paul in the back in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
The Los Angeles Clippers guard will miss the first game of the 2021-22 regular season that he is eligible to play.
Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, ruled that Beverley committed an unsportsmanlike act when he came up behind Paul and forcefully shoved him as the teams went to their benches for a timeout with 5:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of the game Wednesday. Beverley drew a technical foul and was ejected.
Paul scored 41 points in the Suns’ 130-103 victory that sent them to the NBA Finals.
FIBA U19 WORLD CUP: PURDUE CONNECTION LEAD TEAMS ON FIRST DAY
Team USA and Team Canada got off to a good start Saturday in Latvia as the United States beat Turkey 83-54 and Team Canada downed Lithuania. Purdue’s Jaden Ivey scored 21 and Caleb Furst added seven points and six rebounds. Meanwhile Zach Edey scored 12 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Canada’s victory.
Sunday: Canada vs. Japan, 5 a.m; USA vs. Mali, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 6: Canada vs. Senegal, 5 a.m; USA vs. Australia, 1:30 p.m.
Votto, Naquin homer, Reds deal Cubs 8th straight loss, 3-2
CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Reds relievers are on a roll at the expense of the reeling Chicago Cubs.
The beleaguered Reds bullpen, which has seen more bad days than good this season, hamstrung the Cubs for the second straight day, allowing just two hits over the last four innings in a 3-2 win on Saturday — the eighth straight loss for Chicago.
On Friday night, five relievers shut out the Cubs over the last four innings in 2-1 win for the Reds. Heath Hembree threw a scoreless ninth in both games.
It’s been a confidence booster for that bullpen, which has the second-worst ERA in the majors and is without key members Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims due to injuries.
“Each one of them just did their job and did it really well,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Every one of them. Its been going on for a while. They’ve been doing a really good job and getting better and better.”
Joey Votto and Tyler Naquin homered Saturday and the slumping Eugenio Suarez drove in the decisive run with a single in the seventh inning as the Reds hopped over the Cubs into second place in the NL Central, behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
Tyler Mahle allowed two runs and five hits and struck out seven over five innings for the Reds. Ryan Hendrix (4-1), who pitched the seventh inning, got the win.
Adbert Alzolay (4-8) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings for the Cubs.
Mahle pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first. Rafael Ortego scored on a passed ball in the second, and Kris Bryant homered in the third for a 2-0 lead.
Votto homered to center field with two out in the fourth, and Naquin tied the game with a booming shot into the right-field seats leading off the fifth. In the Reds seventh, Suarez, who was hitting .174, drove in Votto with a looping single to right.
“I hit it off the end of the bat a little bit, but it was enough,” Suarez said.
The Cubs haven’t won a game since throwing a combined no-hitter against the Dodgers to open the current 10-game road trip on June 24.
“… As fast as it went south, it can turn around,” Bryant said. “It’s insane. You have to forget things, good or bad. We have another game in 12 hours.”
Dodgers win 8th straight, top Nats 5-3 behind Pollock’s hit
WASHINGTON (AP) A.J. Pollock hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended a winning streak to eight for the third time this season with a rainy 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
Pinch-hitter Chris Taylor added an RBI single in the ninth for a two-run lead.
Kenley Jansen allowed Starlin Castro’s single leading off the bottom half and walked Yan Gomes, then struck out Gerardo Parra and Alcides Escobar, and retired pinch-hitter Josh Bell on a soft liner to shortstop for his 21st save in 23 chances.
“I thought it was a good team win,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said.
Defending World Series champion Los Angeles moved a season-best 21 games over .500 at 52-31. The Dodgers began the night a half-game behind NL West-leading San Francisco.
Washington has lost three and a row and is 0-6 this season against the Dodgers.
With the score 3-3, Will Smith was hit on the left side by a curveball from Wander Suero (2-2) with one out in the sixth.
Albert Pujols hit a hard two-hop smash to shortstop that was bobbled by Escobar, who was acquired Saturday from Kansas City for cash. Escobar picked up the ball and threw to second, but the throw was late, and second baseman Josh Harrison’s off-line throw down the first-base line glanced off the glove of Ryan Zimmerman for a throwing error that left runners at the corners.
Escobar said through Nationals team interpreter Octavio Martinez that he was thinking about a double play even before Pujols hit the ball.
Pollock chopped a slow four-hopper to third and beat Castro’s throw for an infield single and a 4-3 lead.
Brusdar Graterol (1-0) pitched a hitless inning for the win, a day after he was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take the roster spot of Trevor Bauer, who was put on administrative leave by Major League Baseball while it investigates an assault allegation.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw lasted just 54 pitches and four innings because of rain, which caused a 1- hour, 44-minute delay that kept the game from resuming until 10:20 p.m. As rain started to fall, Yan Gomes hit a tying, three-run homer off Kershaw in the fourth, Gomes’ eighth homer this season.
“The rain kind of slowed our momentum down,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.
The Dodgers’ 6-2 win in Thursday’s series opener was shortened to five innings because of rain.
Nationals starter Paolo Espino allowed three runs and three hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on sacrifice flies by Smith and Pujols, and Gavin Lux’s two-out RBI double.
Kemp’s sacrifice fly lifts A’s over Red Sox 7-6 in 12
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tony Kemp pounded his hand on his head and let out a scream of frustration for everything he did wrong – until delivering at the end.
Kemp hit a game-winning sacrifice fly to cap a three-run 12th inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Red Sox 7-6 on Saturday to snap Boston’s eight-game winning streak.
After an earlier error, Kemp popped out on a bunt in the 10th that he called a miscommunication. He still felt what he described as self-doubt after the game, trying to come to terms with that.
“Leading up to that moment, that was unfortunately the worst game I’ve played in the big leagues until that walk-off sac fly,” Kemp said. “You’ve got to have a short-term memory.”
Sean Murphy and Seth Brown singled to start the bottom of the 12th before Jed Lowrie’s tying double off Matt Andriese (2-3), who couldn’t close out a game that lasted 4 hours, 24 minutes.
“It was the most spirited game of the year,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin, whose club had lost two in a row and five of seven.
Oakland won despite stranding 17 runners.
Marwin Gonzalez put Boston ahead on a single with one out in the top of the 12th before a single by Kike Hernandez made it 6-4.
“It was a crazy game,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
Gonzalez came through against winner J.B. Wendelken (1-0) to score Rafael Devers, who started the inning on second base as the teams went extra innings for a second consecutive day.
Hernandez had a big game again, providing insurance in the 12th after he drove in the go-ahead run with a broken-bat single and threw out a runner at home plate from center field in the 10th inning of Boston’s 3-2 victory Friday night.
Hernandez homered in the seventh Saturday, but Boston’s bullpen couldn’t hold a late 4-2 lead. He struck out to start the 10th with Danny Santana starting the inning at second base before being caught stealing trying for third.
The Red Sox turned a tremendous double play in the 10th when Elvis Andrus lined out to left fielder J.D. Martinez, who fired home to catcher Christian Vazquez and stopped Murphy from scoring the winning run.
Boston had the longest active winning streak in the AL. The Red Sox dropped to 5-3 in extra innings, 4-1 on the road.
Brown’s RBI double in the eighth off Yacksel Rios made it a one-run game before Andrus singled home the tying run later in the inning.
Garrett Richards quickly settled in after hitting Andrus on the bill of his batting helmet with a pitch in the first inning. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits over five innings, but his winless stretch reached eight starts since beating the Blue Jays on May 19.
Brown hit an RBI triple in the second before the Red Sox capitalized on a pair of A’s errors to tie the game in the fourth, a fielding miscue by Kemp at second base and then catcher Murphy’s wild throw on a pickoff attempt that allowed Xander Bogaerts to score the tying run. Hunter Renfroe followed with a sacrifice fly.
Martinez added an RBI single in the fifth that became a key insurance run when Frank Schwindel doubled home a run for the A’s the next inning. He came in after Mitch Moreland exited following the first inning. He left for a non-baseball related reason, according to Melvin, who said Moreland wouldn’t play in Sunday’s series finale.
Cole Irvin allowed four runs – two earned – and five hits over seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks. The lefty, who faced the Red Sox once previously as a reliever with Philadelphia in 2019, was unbeaten in June when he had three wins over five starts.
Oakland’s 15 hits were its most through five games of the homestand – having managed just 21 combined over the previous four games.
Odorizzi solid, Correa homers as Astros down sinking Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) Grinding through a rugged stretch of their schedule, the Astros came to town reeling and badly needing some rest.
They’re rolling again.
Jake Odorizzi controlled Cleveland’s hitters for six innings, Carlos Correa homered and Houston didn’t miss a beat despite being down a couple stars in a 3-2 win on Saturday night over the banged-up Indians, who have lost a season-high five straight.
Odorizzi (3-3) allowed one earned run and four hits while pitching into the seventh. The right-hander, slowed by injuries the past two years, has only allowed two runs over 20 innings in his last four starts.
“It’s nice to get a little deeper into the game,” Odorizzi said. “I’m fully back.”
So, it seems, are the Astros.
They arrived in Cleveland in the wee hours Friday morning after being swept at home by Baltimore. But they’ve won three straight in this four-game series, and manager Dusty Baker has been able to sit some top players.
“I know they’re tired, but they’re digging deep,” said Baker, who rested second baseman Jose Altuve and is looking forward to a break in the schedule on Monday. “This was a big win for us.”
Houston’s bullpen, shaky for much of the season, came through. Ryne Stanek and Cristian Javier worked an inning apiece before Ryan Pressly pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.
“He’s doing a very good job with very little drama,” said Baker, who gave his right-hander an All-Star vote. “That’s what you want out of your closer.”
Correa connected for his 16th homer in the fourth off rookie Eli Morgan (1-3) and Abraham Toro added his third in the inning as the Astros improved to 32-16 against teams with a .500-or-better record – baseball’s best such mark.
Along with Altuve, the Astros, who recently ripped off 11 straight wins, also were missing Michael Brantley, the AL’s leading hitter. He was a late scratch with right side discomfort.
“We didn’t want to take any chances,” said Baker, adding Brantley is day to day. “At first, he was trying to be a hero. We’re treating him with kid gloves and taking care of it.”
Cleveland didn’t have star third baseman Jose Ramirez. He missed his second game in a row with a sore left elbow.
The Indians stranded 15 runners – their most in a nine-inning game since 2012 – on Friday but finally got the clutch they’ve been needing in the seventh when Harold Ramirez doubled home Eddie Rosario, who led off with a double to pull within 3-2.
That hit chased Odorizzi, who threw a season-high 91 pitches, and the Astros brought in Stanek. He prevented the Indians from tying it with two strikeouts and third baseman Toro made a nice pick on an infield grounder to throw out rookie Ernie Clement.
Morgan was the third consecutive rookie to start for the Indians, who are trying to stay above water while waiting for their top three pitchers – Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac – to return from injuries.
“We’re going through a challenging time, but when we do it together and we have guys pulling in the same direction, it sure makes it a lot better,” manager Terry Francona said when asked a about his relievers being available. “And I mean for us, too.
“I know we’re supposed to be there for them, but they’re there for us, and that means a lot.”
Odorizzi blanked the Indians over the first three, extending his scoreless streak to 18 innings before Cleveland scratched out an unearned run in the fourth.
With Cleveland fans chanting, “Cheat-er! Cheat-er!” Correa, who didn’t play in the series opener when Altuve silenced booing with a grand slam, gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single.
Correa was again the target of more boos and heckling in the fourth when he yanked a 3-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers. One out later, Toro, after getting some advice from Altuve to keep his shoulder up, made it 3-0 with his shot over the fence in right.
Narváez, García, Peterson lead Brewers to 11th straight win
PITTSBURGH (AP) Omar Narvaez had five hits, Avisail Garcia drove in five runs and Jace Peterson added four RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers rolled to their 11th straight victory, 11-2 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
It is the Brewers’ longest winning streak since they began the 1987 season with a franchise-record 13 victories in a row. The NL Central leaders have outscored their opponents 84-28 during the streak.
“It’s fun,” Garcia said. “I think everybody is playing together, everybody is playing hard, everybody is trying to do their part. It’s not one, two, three guys. It’s everyone contributing and that’s how we have to win ballgames.”
The five hits – all singles – were a career high for Narvaez, who previously had two four-hit games. He lined out in the ninth inning to finish 5 for 6.
Narvaez lifted his batting average to .303, quite an improvement from last year. He hit .176 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after being acquired from Seattle in an offseason trade.
“I mean, once last season ended, I tried to forget what happened in 2020,” Narvaez said. “It was in the past and 2021 was a new season and I’m just trying to get better and better.”
Peterson and Garcia each had three of the Brewers’ 16 hits. Peterson is 16 for 33 with 11 RBIs in his last 13 games while primarily filling in at second base for injured Kolten Wong.
“He’s locked in, and he has a great feel what he’s doing,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s making a huge impact. It’s no coincidence that this streak has lined up with Jace doing some great things.”
Christian Yelich scored three times and drew three walks.
Eric Lauer (3-3) allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four while beating Pittsburgh for the first time in five career starts.
The Pirates’ losing streak reached six games. They have scored just seven runs during the skid.
Pittsburgh rookie Cody Ponce (0-2) lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his second start of the season. He was tagged for five runs and six hits while walking three and striking out three.
Ponce left after being examined on the mound by an athletic trainer, and the Pirates said he had right arm soreness. Ponce was a Brewers second-round draft pick in 2015 and was facing them for the first time.
“We were too much in the middle of the plate with pitches,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said, referring to his entire staff.
Milwaukee broke to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Garcia hit a two-run double to left-center with two outs and scored on Peterson’s double.
The Brewers added two more in the second to make it 5-0 on consecutive two-out RBI singles by Narvaez and Garcia.
Peterson had a run-scoring single in the sixth, and another run scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-1. The Brewers added two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
Pirates rookie Jared Oliva had his first career RBI with a single in the second inning and Ben Gamel homered in the eighth. Gamel had two hits and is 8 for 19 (.421) this season against the Brewers, his former team.
“Right now we’re just not giving ourselves any scoring opportunities,” Shelton said. “We have to figure out a way to get out of it.”
Springer homers again, Blue Jays hand Rays 5th straight loss
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) George Springer homered for the second straight day, Santiago Espinal hit his first career home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Saturday.
The Blue Jays won for the 10th time in 13 games. Tampa Bay has lost five straight overall and 10 in a row on the road.
Espinal, who entered the game with a .283 average in 71 career games, connected for a two-run drive off reliever Matt Wisler to cap a five-run sixth inning that made it 6-1.
It was 1-all when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled in the sixth and later scored on a throwing error by third baseman Joey Wendle. Cavan Biggio hit a two-run single and Espinal homered, prompting the Blue Jays dugout to explode with excitement.
“This one I’ll remember forever,” Espinal said.
Espinal said he couldn’t recall his last professional home run. In fact, it came on Aug. 27, 2019, for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons at the same Sahlen Field that is currently Toronto’s home park.
“I was excited to see my teammates pumped up. It was an awesome moment. To be in the lineup with a lot of talented players, it’s a special one,” he said.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo agreed.
“It was actually one of the best moments of the year,” Montoyo said. “The situation, with who we’re playing and who did it. Everybody loves Espy. He works every day, and he was a big part of this win.”
Rays manager Kevin Cash chalked up the rally as an unfortunate turn of events.
“I thought Wisler threw the ball really good,” Cash said. “He got some weak groundballs that we unfortunately couldn’t convert into outs, then Espinal comes up and hits the big home run. We felt good about the matchups. It just didn’t go our way.”
Adam Cimber (2-2) got the win in support of Ryan Stripling, who allowed two hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.
Manuel Margot homered and Kevin Kiermaier had a two-run single in the ninth for Tampa Bay. The Rays’ road losing streak is the sixth in team history of 10 or more games, and their first since a 10-game skid in 2016.
“We’re all frustrated,” Cash said. “It’s a winning group that sticks together really, really well and we’re in a tough patch.”
Springer led off the second inning with his fifth homer, going deep on a first-pitch fastball from Shane McClanahan (3-3).
Springer, signed to a six-year, $150 million contract by Toronto in the winter, has missed most of the season with injuries and is batting .245 in 14 games.
“Having George Springer in the lineup makes a big difference,” Montoyo said. “That’s what everybody was expecting at the beginning, but he missed 2 1/2 months.”
Margot led off the fourth with his ninth homer.
McClanahan struck out five and allowed three hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings.
Walker shuts down Yanks, Mets take series opener 8-3
NEW YORK (AP) Taijuan Walker dealt, Brandon Nimmo delivered and Mets fans delighted over an easy victory in the Bronx.
All of their “Let’s go Mets!” chants got minimal pushback at this Subway Series opener, what with many Yankees fans sensing this season has already gone off the rails.
Walker took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Nimmo provided a spark in his return from the injured list and the New York Mets beat the crosstown Yankees 8-3 Saturday to open a three-game set.
The Mets already led 8-0 when Aaron Judge homered with one out in the sixth to end Walker’s bid for the record-tying eighth no-hitter in the majors this season. He was lifted after 5 2/3 innings having allowed two runs, two hits and two walks, striking out five on 106 pitches.
“He’s been like another ace,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “We talk about Jacob deGrom, Taijuan has been like another ace for us.”
The right-hander’s ERA rose slightly to 2.44 during a breakout season after signing a $23 million, three-year free agent contract in February. The Mets are pushing for the 28-year-old to be a first-time All-Star when rosters are revealed Sunday.
“I’m definitely anxious to find out,” Walker said. “But right now, it’s out of my hand.”
Walker (7-3) got a standing ovation as he left from thousands of Mets fans among the season-high crowd of 40,047 at Yankee Stadium – the highest attendance for either New York team since before the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was felt,” Rojas said. “It was loud, it was electric. I think the guys missed it.”
Playing for the first time since a brutal 11-8 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, the Yankees slogged through another frustrating defeat with just three hits, all in the sixth inning. They have dropped six of seven and fell to 41-40 after starting the day 9 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston.
“We can talk about it until we’re blue in the face,” Boone said. “We’ve got to put together complete games, especially when we’re going up against good opponents.”
Nimmo had three hits along with a hard lineout in his first game since a detached hand ligament sidelined him two months ago. The Mets leadoff hitter lifted his average to .333 and his on-base percentage to .435 after struggling during a minor league rehab assignment.
“I did surprise myself a little bit,” Nimmo said. “But I was really, really glad to be able to help, be able to get on base, be able to create some traffic for some guys, and guys really came through with some big hits.”
Jordan Montgomery (3-3) stranded five Mets baserunners over the first three innings to keep it scoreless, but the visitors broke through in the fifth.
Nimmo hit a one-out single, Francisco Lindor followed with another and Dominic Smith scored Nimmo from second with a single up the middle.
Montgomery walked Pete Alonso to load the bases and was replaced by Lucas Luetge. James McCann made it 2-0 with a broken-bat single, and Smith scored from third on a wild pitch for a three-run lead before Luetge ended the inning.
The Mets batted around during a five-run sixth inning that included a two-run double by Smith and another two-run hit by Kevin Pillar. All the runs were charged to Justin Wilson.
Smith had three hits and three RBIs, and Lindor had two hits and two walks.
Yankees reliever Michael King allowed two inherited runners to score but was credited with four scoreless innings with nine strikeouts.
Yankee Stadium was filled nearly to capacity despite sporadic showers after Friday’s scheduled opener was postponed by rain. Blue and orange was well represented.
Some Yankees fans tried to drown out “Let’s go Mets” chants with boos, but they had little to cheer about themselves. The Yankees’ follies were frustratingly familiar – a passed ball by catcher Gary Sanchez, an error by shortstop Gleyber Torres, and of course, the lack offense from anyone besides Judge.
“I don’t count this team out at all,” said slugger Luke Voit, who was 0 for 3 and is hitting .188.
Nats’ hot-hitting Schwarber out with hamstring strain
WASHINGTON (AP) Kyle Schwarber limped into the Washington Nationals’ dugout on Saturday with a heavy wrap poking out of the right side of his shorts.
Schwarber was in shower shoes and trying to be upbeat when meeting with reporters after being placed on the 10-day injured list because of a right hamstring strain. There is no timetable for his return.
“It’s not the best, but not the worst,” Schwarber said. “Just got to take it for what it is.”
He was among the hottest hitters in the majors, bashing 16 home runs in June, seven of them leading off games. All were critical for the Nationals, who went 19-9 in the month to turn their season around.
Schwarber said he does not need a procedure to repair damage to his hamstring. Instead, he will use compression treatment to reduce swelling. Rest and strengthening exercises will follow.
He has not had a hamstring injury previously. Schwarber tore two ligaments in his left knee in 2016. But a furious recovery pace allowed him to rejoin the Chicago Cubs for the World Series, during which he hit .412 in five games on the way to a title.
“That worked out,” he said with a laugh.
Schwarber said he heard a pop right before he reached first base in the second inning on Friday night. He hit a line drive into the right-center field gap and thought he could make it to second base. Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger cut the ball off, preventing it from rolling to the warning track, and forced Schwarber into an abrupt stop. He immediately reached for his hamstring on the way back to first.
An MRI on Saturday revealed what the team called a “significant” strain.
“A lot of thoughts go through your head,” Schwarber said. “You’re hoping it’s not bad. You know the kind of state the team’s in right now in terms of the injuries coming around here. The biggest thing that just popped in my head was hopefully it’s not too serious. It wasn’t the worst news I could get.”
Washington’s injured list includes starting pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Erick Fedde, relievers Tanner Rainey, Daniel Hudson, Kyle Finnegan and Will Harris, outfielder Andrew Stevenson, utility infielder Jordy Mercer and backup catcher Alex Avila.
Washington sent cash to the Kansas City Royals for Alcides Escobar, who has not been in the major leagues since 2018, on Saturday to provide infield depth. Starting shortstop Trea Turner jammed his left middle finger on Wednesday. He has not played since then, but has not been placed on the injured list. Escobar started Saturday night against Los Angeles.
The Nationals also recalled Yadiel Hernandez and catcher Tres Barrera from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.
Gerardo Parra and Hernandez will play left field in Schwarber’s absence.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN FOOTBALL TEAM
QB – Desmond Ridder, Sr. Cincinnati
RB – Ulysses Bentley, RFr. SMU
RB – Shamari Brooks, Sr. Tulsa
WR – Calvin Austin, Jr. Memphis
WR – Jaylon Robinson, Jr. UCF
TE – Josh Whyle, Jr. Cincinnati
OT – Tyler Smith, Soph. Tulsa
OG – Corey Dublin, Sr. Tulane
C – Matthew Lee, Soph. UCF
OG – Cole Schneider, Sr. UCF
OT – Jaylon Thomas, Jr. SMU
DE – Morris Joseph, Jr. Memphis
DT – Marcus Brown, Sr. Cincinnati
DT – Jaxon Player, Sr. Tulsa
DE – Myjai Sanders, Sr. Cincinnati
LB – Diego Fagot, Sr. Navy
LB – Eriq Gilyard, Sr. UCF
LB – Dorian Williams, Soph. Tulane
CB – Coby Bryant, Sr. Cincinnati
S – Quindell Johnson, Soph. Memphis
S – Cristian Williams, Sr. Tulsa
CB – Ahmad Gardner, Jr. Cincinnati
PK – Zack Long, Sr. Tulsa
P – Ryan Wright, Jr. Tulane
KR – Tre Tucker, Jr. Cincinnati
PR – Marcus Jones, Jr. Houston
TOP 30 PLAYERS
30. LB Xavier Smith, Jr. East Carolina
29. OG Corey Dublin, Sr. Tulane
28. RB Rahjai Harris, RFr. East Carolina
27. WR Keylon Stokes, Sr. Tulsa
26. WR Jadan Blue, Jr. Temple
25. QB Holton Ahlers, Jr. East Carolina
24. OT Tyler Smith, Soph. Tulsa
23. LB Darrian Beavers, Sr. Cincinnati
22. CB/KR Marcus Jones, Jr. Houston
21. LB Antonio Grier, Sr. USF
20. C Matthew Lee, Soph. UCF
19. CB Damarion Williams, Sr. Houston
18. LB Eriq Gilyard, Sr. UCF
17. DE Morris Joseph, Jr. Memphis
16. RB Shamari Brooks, Sr. Tulsa
15. S Quindell Johnson, Soph. Memphis
14. CB JaQuan McMillian, Soph. East Carolina
13. OT Jaylon Thomas, Jr. SMU
12. DT Jaxon Player, Sr. Tulsa
11. CB Ahmad Gardner, Jr. Cincinnati
10. WR Jaylon Robinson, Jr. UCF
9. OG Cole Schneider, Sr. UCF
8. WR Calvin Austin, Jr. Memphis
7. LB Diego Fagot, Sr. Navy
6. CB Coby Bryant, Sr. Cincinnati
5. DE Myjai Sanders, Sr. Cincinnati
4. LB Dorian Williams, Soph. Tulane
3. RB Ulysses Bentley, RFr. SMU
2. QB Dillon Gabriel, Jr. UCF
1. QB Desmond Ridder, Sr. Cincinnati
Davis Thompson shoots 63, takes lead at Rocket Classic
DETROIT (AP) Davis Thompson, in his third PGA Tour event as a professional, is leading the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
He’s not excited about that fact. Yet.
“Sounds good on Sunday,” Thompson said after matching a Detroit Golf Club record with a 9-under 63 to take the early first-round lead. “It’s only Thursday. I know I’ve got a long way to go.”
Brandon Hagy, Tom Lewis and Joaquin Niemann were two shots back. Seamus Power and J.J. Spaun shot 66, putting them another stroke behind the surprising leader.
Thompson is in the field as a sponsor exemption after sending an email to tournament officials, asking for a spot. The 22-year-old former University of Georgia star missed the cut last week at the Travelers Championship after tying for 35th in his pro debut at the Palmetto Championship earlier in June.
It is unlikely anyone saw his breakthrough round coming after he was a combined 6-over par in six previous starts – four as an amateur – on the PGA Tour. Thompson did show a flash of promise when he competed in the 2020 U.S. Open as an amateur, opening with a 69 before missing the cut at 7-over 147.
Thompson took advantage of favorable conditions with rain-softened greens and light wind Thursday morning at Detroit Golf Club, missing only one green and needing just 26 putts in his bogey-free round with nine birdies.
“If the putter gets hot, you can just kind of ride that wave throughout the day,” he said.
Thompson resumed his round after play was suspended due to inclement weather for three-plus hours. He tied the course record shared by Nate Lashley, who won the inaugural event in 2019, and J.T. Poston.
“I’ve played in a few pro events now, so you’ve just got to keep your emotions in check,” Thompson said. “Anything can happen. I know I’m playing well, so I’m just going to have some confidence going into (Friday) and hopefully I can play another good round.”
Players with afternoon tee times had to endure a long wait to begin playing and wind that was 5 to 10 mph stronger than it was in the morning. Twenty-seven players will finish their first round early Saturday morning before playing the second round.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau got off to a shaky start, a day after parting ways with caddie Tim Tucker. He replaced him for this week with Cobra-Puma Golf tour operations manager Ben Schomin, who said he was a caddie in competition for the first time.
DeChambeau, No. 6 in the world ranking, is trying to successfully defend a PGA Tour title for the first time. He had a chance two weeks ago to repeat at the U.S. Open, but went from leading the major with nine holes left to faltering and finishing in a tie for 26th.
And now, the big hitter might not make the cut and that would be a blow for him and the Detroit-based company that pays him as part of an endorsement deal.
DeChambeau missed the fairway to the right at Nos. 2 and 3, leading to bogeys. At the par-3, 184-yard ninth hole, he was short off the tee, on his chip and 10-foot putt to put another bogey on his card that dropped him to even-par 36 at the turn.
DeChambeau had nine pars on the back nine, closing with a 72 to leave him nine shots behind Thompson. He declined to be interviewed Thursday night.
Phil Mickelson entered the Rocket Mortgage Classic for the first time in the event’s three-year history and said it will be his last appearance.
Mickelson said he will not come back due to a report by The Detroit News that was published this week. The newspaper obtained federal court records from 2007, detailing how a Michigan-based bookie was accused of cheating Mickelson out of $500,000.
“It was so much effort for me to be here and to have that type of unnecessary attack,” he said. “Not like I care, it happened 20-something years ago, it’s just the lack of appreciation.”
The 51-year-old Mickelson shot a 69, marking the sixth time he has been under par out of 11 rounds since he became the oldest major winner at the PGA Championship in May.
Matilda Castren leads rain-delayed LPGA Tour event in Texas
THE COLONY, Texas (AP) Matilda Castren shot a 5-under 66 after a six-hour storm delay Friday to take the lead in the suspended second round of the Volunteers of America Classic.
With the start of play delayed by lightning and rain, the 26-year-old former Florida State star from Finland had five birdies in the bogey-free round to reach 10 under at Old American. More than 1 1/2 inches of rain fell on the course.
“I spent the whole day here at the golf course,” Castren said. “It was great because there was food all day, friends, and I hung out with the other players and caddies. We had a lot of stuff to talk about. We were checking the radar every five minutes waiting for the updates. Actually, went kind of quickly. It was mainly the food that kept me here.”
She won the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship three weeks ago in California at foggy Lake Merced to become the first Finnish winner in LPGA Tour history
“There’s a lot of golf left to play and not everyone has even finished the second round,” Castren said. “So, I’m really happy where I’m at right now. I don’t think it’s going to hold for tomorrow for the third round, but I’m really happy where my game is going and how I’m playing right now.”
Jeongeun Lee6, the South Korean player who won the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open and lives in nearby Irving, was 8 under – following an opening 64 with a 70.
Jin Young Ko, the first-round leader after a 63, also was 8 under with 14 holes left. Only half of the players were able to finish the round before dark
After a nearly two-year run at No. 1 in the women’s world golf ranking, Ko – who has a home in nearby Frisco – lost the No. 1 ranking when Nelly Korda won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday for her second straight victory.
Because of the wet conditions players were allowed to use preferred lies in the fairways.
“It was raining too much,” Lee6 said. “The fairway and greens are too much wet. So, second shot and tee shot is the difference.”
Celine Boutier and Gerina Piller were 8 under. Boutier shot 67, while Piller had 13 holes remaining.
Britain’s Raducanu, 18, joins Gauff, 17, in Wimbledon Week 2
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Here’s how hushed the crowd at No. 1 Court was before points Saturday: You could hear Emma Raducanu’s palm slap her thigh while she waited to receive serves.
Here’s how loud the place got after points: You could close your eyes and monitor the collective reactions that followed each – the “Awwwwww!” of disappointment or the on-their-feet roar of joy – as the 18-year-old became the youngest British player, female or male, to reach Wimbledon’s fourth round in more than a half-century.
Yes, Coco Gauff now has some company when it comes to being a teen in Week 2 at the All England Club. Shortly before Gauff, a 17-year-old American, made her way to the fourth round at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament for the second time in a row by beating 102nd-ranked Kaja Juvan of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3 at Centre Court, Raducanu dropped her racket and knelt on the grass as she finished off her 6-3, 7-5 win over 45th-ranked Sorana Cirstea of Romania.
“Right now, I’m on such a buzz and such a high,” said Raducanu, the 338th-ranked wild-card entry who is still waiting to find out the grades of her high school exams.
“When I heard the crowd just roar for the first time, I was like, `Wow, they’re so behind me.’ I was just feeding off of their energy,” she said after displaying both slick groundstrokes, often on the run, that helped produce 30 winners, and a resiliency when things got tight. “I’m just so excited I get to play in front of them again.”
That she will, in what is not only her Grand Slam debut but just her second tour-level event of any sort.
After Sunday’s traditional middle-of-the-fortnight day of rest – which is being done away with in 2022 – Raducanu faces Ajla Tomljanovic in the round of 16 Monday.
Tomljanovic got into a bit of a kerfuffle with Jelena Ostapenko after eliminating the 2017 French Open champion 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 and accusing her of lying about needing to leave the court for a medical timeout to address an abdominal issue.
“She can say she was injured,” Tomljanovic said. “I don’t think she was.”
No. 20 seed Gauff meets 2018 champion Angelique Kerber, the only past Wimbledon winner still in the draw, while other women’s matchups include No. 1 Ash Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, against No. 14 Barbora Krejcikova, last month’s French Open champion, and No. 19 Karolina Muchova vs. No. 30 Paula Badosa.
Men’s fourth-rounders established Saturday include eight-time champion Roger Federer against No. 23 seed Lorenzo Sonego, No 2 Daniil Medvedev against No. 14 Hubert Hurkacz, No. 4 Alexander Zverev against No. 16 Felix Auger-Aliassime, and No. 7 Matteo Berrettini against Ilya Ivashka.
Medvedev dropped the opening two sets against 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic before coming through 6-7 (3), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
Auger-Aliassime advanced when Nick Kyrgios stopped playing after the second set because of a strained abdominal muscle – which also figures to end his mixed doubles partnership with Venus Williams.
“I would have been fine to lose today and not be injured,” Kyrgios said. “But it’s more heartbreaking like this.”
Federer’s match came after Gauff’s in the main stadium. They were scheduled that way for second-round matches Thursday, too.
Gauff likened herself to an opening act.
“You know how concerts, they have a big artist, then a smaller artist come before them?” she said. “That’s what I kind of like to think of it as.”
She is represented by Federer’s management company, so perhaps he was responsible for some advice Gauff received – she said the words came from a player, but wouldn’t say who it was – after her surprising run to the fourth round at the All England Club as a 15-year-old qualifier in 2019.
“You got to give yourself a pat on the back sometimes when you do something good,” Gauff said. “Even though it’s such a simple thing, it’s something that really stuck with me.”
The other tip she counted on after that breakthrough two years ago — when she, like Raducanu now, was ranked outside the top 300, came from former First Lady Michelle Obama: “It’s OK to say `No’ to some things.”
That could serve Raducanu well, too, given how much of a frenzy she is stirring up for the home fans.
No British woman has won Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977, and Raducanu is the country’s last player in either singles bracket (Federer beat the lone remaining man, No. 29 Cameron Norrie).
“It’s wonderful to see her grow in confidence and really rise to the occasion,” said British Billie Jean King Cup captain Anne Keothavong, who first saw an 11-year-old Emma swing a racket as one of her “pupils” during a coaching certification course run by their national tennis federation. “I don’t think anyone could have expected these kind of performances from her on her debut.”
Not even Mom and Dad.
“When I was packing to come into the bubble, my parents were like: `Aren’t you packing too many sets of match kits?'” Raducanu said with a laugh. “I think I’m going to have to do some laundry tonight.”
Roger Federer finds his rhythm, reaches Week 2 at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Roger Federer knows, naturally, that this Wimbledon marks his last Grand Slam tournament before turning 40. He knows, too, that he hadn’t played a third-round match at a major in nearly 1 1/2 years. And, truthfully, he knows he can’t possibly know how many more he has left.
Maybe that combination of factors led to the un-Federer-like reaction – arms raised in a “V,” followed by a big shout and a vigorous fist pump – when his 123 mph serve was returned into the net to end his 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Britain’s Cameron Norrie on Saturday.
There also was this: Federer, who had two operations on his right knee in 2020 and had played only eight matches this season until this week, considered the 29th-seeded Norrie somewhat of a measuring stick – he used the phrase “reference point” – for where his game stands.
“I thought I was extremely calm throughout the match. Maybe that’s why I saved all the emotions for the very end of the match,” said Fededer, whose birthday is Aug. 8, making him the oldest man to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since Ken Rosewall was 40 in 1975.
“If I can beat somebody of his level, who’s played well last week, who is playing at home, who’s played a ton of matches. … I know who I beat, you know what I mean?” he explained. “It’s not just like a guy that can play good on the day. He’s a good player.”
There was decidedly no home-court advantage for Norrie; there were more “Come on, Roger!” cries from spectators, old and young, than there were pleas of “Come on, Cam!”
And Federer, who has won a men’s-record eight of his 20 Grand Slam trophies at the All England Club, delivered.
He had 48 winners to 33 unforced errors and won the point on 30 of 38 trips to the net, including 11 of 11 when playing serve-and-volley.
Next will come Federer’s 69th appearance in the fourth round at a major tournament. On Monday, he plays No. 23 seed Lorenzo Sonego, a 26-year-old from Italy who has made it this far for the second time at a Slam.
“I definitely feel like I’ve gotten my rhythm now, at this point,” Federer said.
Moments later, he said this about Saturday’s performance: “Maybe one of the first times I just felt very much at peace out there. Really sort of a tranquility, I guess, to everything I was doing – where I wanted to serve, how I wanted to win my service games, then how I took misses, how I took wrong choices. I just brushed them off.”
INJURED OR NOT?
So much for a warm handshake and friendly exchange of pleasantries up at the net. Ajla Tomljanovic and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko did not quite see eye-to-eye about a medical timeout in the third set of their match at Wimbledon.
Right after getting broken to trail 4-0 in the last set, Ostapenko sat down at the sideline and told the chair umpire she needed to see a trainer.
Such exams usually happen at changeovers, but Ostapenko insisted: “I cannot continue. I have pain.”
To which Tomljanovic reacted by telling the chair umpire: “You know she’s lying, right? We all know.”
Eventually, the trainer came, then left with Ostapenko to go to the locker room. In all the match was delayed for 12 minutes. Tomljanovic went to a baseline and practiced some serves; she also did some stretching to stay warm.
When play resumed, Ostapenko immediately won a game, but Tomljanovic wound up with a 4-6 6-4, 6-2 victory to reach the fourth round at the All England Club for the first time – and at any Grand Slam tournament for the first time in seven years.
When the match ended, they quickly and perfunctorily clasped hands, then exchanged words, with Ostapenko saying, “Your behavior is terrible,” and Tomljanovic replying, “Honestly, you’re the one to talk.”
Afterward, in her video conference with reporters, Tomljanovic said: “She can say she was injured. I don’t think she was. There was nothing wrong with her the whole match. … She just wanted to get me off my game.”
She called Ostapenko’s behavior “disgraceful.” And Ostapenko thought being called a liar was “very, very disrespectful” of Tomljanovic.
`UM, HEY, VENUS? IT’S NICK’
Being forced to stop playing his third-round singles match because of injury wasn’t the worst part for Nick Kyrgios.
He was more worried about having to break some bad news to Venus Williams, his mixed doubles partner.
“I just got goose bumps thinking (about) the fact I might have to tell Venus Williams I can’t play mixed doubles because of injuries,” Kyrgios said Saturday. “It’s going to be heartbreaking.”
Kyrgios had been playing, in his own words, “lights out” in the first set against 16th-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime. But Kyrgios retired after splitting two sets because of an abdominal injury that was hampering his powerful serve.
It ended his chances of making the second week at the All England Club for the first time since 2016.
And he figured it would put an end to his teaming up with the 41-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion. They won their first-round match Friday.
“I haven’t had that much fun in a long time,” Kyrgios said. “She obviously won’t be too happy about it, too. She doesn’t know how many Wimbledons maybe she’s going to play again.”
Kyrgios won the first set 6-2 against Auger-Aliassime but said he started feeling pain in a stomach muscle while trailing 4-1 in the second. He told a trainer he was worried about tearing a muscle and conceded after the second set ended 6-1.
This was Kyrgios’ first tournament since the Australian Open in February.
“My game is obviously there,” Kyrgios said. “I’m making the guy look pretty average in the first set, and I haven’t played a tournament in six months.”
Close enough, Nick.
The match began with the sort of thing Kyrgios has done before: He showed up to play without his grass-court tennis shoes, so the match was delayed while the footwear was procured for him.
“The one day I thought I was being a professional,” Kyrgios joked. “Walking out here so confidently and then – bang! Left the shoes in the locker room.”
Kane carries England past Ukraine, into Euro 2020 semifinals
ROME (AP) England is going back home – with something to play for.
Harry Kane scored twice and England overwhelmed Ukraine 4-0 Saturday to reach the European Championship semifinals.
It was the only match of Euro 2020 that England had to play away from Wembley Stadium and it was the team’s most dominant performance of the tournament.
“I’ve said it all along it’s all about peaking for the right time,” Kane said. “We are on the right track.”
Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson also scored as England kept a clean sheet for the fifth straight match of the competition.
It marked the first time that England scored four goals in the knockout stage of a major tournament since beating West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup final.
England now goes back to London to face Denmark on Wednesday. The Danes beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku.
“We havent’ done nothing yet,” Kane said. “We’ve got a semifinal at Wembley. … What a moment for us as a team, as a nation. It’s there for us, it’s an opportunity for us. We have to grab it with both hands.”
Italy will face Spain in the other semifinal match on Tuesday, with the final next weekend also to be played at Wembley.
The last time England made it to the last four of the European Championship was in 1996. But the bigger goal at this point is to duplicate the success of the 1966 England team that won the World Cup on home soil.
Kane scored on England’s first opportunity in the fourth minute, using one touch to redirect a through ball from Raheem Sterling for his second goal in as many matches. The ball went in off the shoulder of goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan inside the near post.
England also scored early in the second half after Kane was fouled about 10 seconds. A free kick from Luke Shaw set up a header from Maguire. Four minutes later, Kane got his second by heading in another cross from Shaw on a play that included a backheel pass from Sterling as England dazzled.
After failing to score in the group stage, Kane now has three goals in two matches after also scoring in the 2-0 win over Germany in the last 16.
“Sometimes as a striker it falls your way, sometimes it doesn’t,” Kane said. “That’s just part and parcel of being a striker.”
Kane won the Golden Boot with six goals the 2018 World Cup, when England also reached the semifinals. He exited to a standing ovation at the Stadio Olimpico when he came off midway through the second half.
Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko, a former standout forward, appreciated how Kane took advantage of all of his opportunities.
“That’s all a striker has to do,” Shevchenko said.
Henderson’s goal – his first for England after a decade with the national team – also came with a header as Ukraine’s defenders had no answers to England’s aerial prowess.
“We wanted to be better at attacking set plays,” Maguire said. “We hadn’t scored from one at this tournament and we’ve got two tonight.”
Ukraine, which was coming off a 2-1 extra-time win over Sweden, had relied on occasional counterattacks in the first half and produced a series of chances just before the break. Otherwise, England was in control.
The Italian government had explicitly warned Britain-based England fans to stay away from the match unless they could prove they had observed five days of quarantine since arriving.
Still, there were clearly more England supporters than Ukraine fans inside the partially filled stadium. But a pocket of yellow-clad Ukraine fans made plenty of noise by banging on drums and chanting.
Because of the pandemic, the Olimpico could only be 25% full with about 16,000 fans.
Ukraine residents also faced restrictions for travel to Italy.
Denmark beats Czechs 2-1 to reach Euro 2020 semifinals
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Denmark’s journey at the European Championship is headed to London.
The Danes, who have developed into a surprise contender after their tournament began with midfielder Christian Eriksen suffering cardiac arrest on the field, advanced to the Euro 2020 semifinals on Saturday by beating the Czech Republic 2-1.
Following the usual tributes to the recovering Eriksen from UEFA and fans – a giant No. 10 shirt laid out on the field and a “For Christ10an” banner in the stands – Denmark quickly took control against the Czechs on a hot and humid night in Azerbaijan.
Jens Stryger sent an outswinging corner in the fifth minute to Thomas Delaney, standing in space by the penalty spot. Delaney’s bouncing header went in past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
Denmark doubled the lead just before halftime. Joakim Maehle hit a cross from the left using the outside of his right foot. The ball eluded Martin Braithwaite’s attempt at a header but Kasper Dolberg got past his marker and beat Vaclik in the 42nd.
“What we’ve been through, it’s hard to describe. It wasn’t our best game but maybe it was about that time that we struggle,” Delaney said. “We have a great atmosphere within the team, so why not take the next step again?”
The place in the semifinals is the farthest Denmark has progressed at a major tournament since winning the European title in 1992. The team will face either England or Ukraine on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.
“We make history that we achieved the semifinal now,” Stryger said. “It’s been many, many years ago since Denmark was there. … We know Denmark is going crazy right now.”
Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick scored his fifth goal at the beginning of the second half, putting him even with Cristiano Ronaldo as the tournament’s leading scorers. Schick was given plenty of space by defender Jannik Vestergaard to hit a first-touch shot off Vladimir Coufal’s curled pass.
The Czechs pushed hard to level the score in a physical game which finished with Tomas Soucek and Jan Boril both with their heads wrapped in bandages after collisions with Danish players.
Denmark lost its first two games at Euro 2020, first against Finland – when Eriksen collapsed on the field – and then to Belgium. The Danes were on the verge of elimination before beating Russia, Wales and the Czechs in succession.
Eriksen, who has to be resuscitated with a defibrillator in that opening match, has been recovering at home.
The last of four Euro 2020 games played on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Baku took place in front of 16,300 fans, even though up to 31,000 would have been allowed under coronavirus pandemic regulations. Danish fans far outnumbered the few dozen from the Czech Republic.
Stadium security removed a rainbow flag from Danish fans during the warm-up before the game.
The Danish players gathered in front of their traveling fans after the final whistle to celebrate. Delaney wore a Danish flag as a cape and placed a red and white wig on the head of grinning substitute Andreas Cornelius.
The Czech players sprawled on the grass.
“It’s a huge disappointment. We did the maximum to succeed but we were running out of steam toward the end and were unable to turn things around. It’s over for us, unfortunately,” Schick told Czech public TV. “As far as the goals, it was all good for me. But we all feel that we could have done better today. The Danes could have been beaten.”
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians Falter in Saturday Night Bullpen Battle
INDIANAPOLIS – After a back-and-forth scoring battle through three, the Indianapolis Indians bullpen couldn’t keep pace with the Iowa Cubs relief corps to drop the fifth of the six-game series, 9-7.
With the two teams knotted at five through three innings and both starting pitchers out of the game, Indy’s bullpen cracked under the pressure while Iowa’s flourished. Matt Eckelman (L, 0-3) surrendered three runs in three innings and Braeden Ogle allowed the ninth Cubs run to cross. Ryan Lawlor (W, 1-0) fanned five batters in two innings and combined with Justin Steele for four hitless middle relief frames.
Down 4-0 after three outs thanks to an Alfonso Rivas two-out grand slam to open the scoring, the Indians (27-25) closed out the first inning with a 4-4 tie. With two outs following a Cole Tucker leadoff double, five consecutive batters reached base safely to tie the game. Bligh Madris and Christian Bethancourt cut the Cubs lead in half with RBI singles, and Hunter Owen followed with a two-run double.
Both teams threatened in the second inning, but walked away empty handed. Iowa (20-30) then opened the third inning with a run as Nick Martini was driven home on a sacrifice fly. Indianapolis tied the game in the bottom half on Hunter Owen’s seventh home run of the season and fifth in his last 16 games with at least one plate appearance.
Eckelman, in relief of Indians starter Max Kranick, allowed three I-Cubs runs as the first four batters of the fourth inning reached base safely. They tacked on one more run off Ogle in the seventh with an RBI single by Martini.
After being held hitless from the fourth through eighth innings, the Indians threatened in the ninth off reliever Trevor Megill. Cole Tucker was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Will Craig singled with two outs to set up runners at the corners. Bligh Madris then singled on a line drive up the middle to cut Iowa’s lead to 9-7.
The Indians will look to split the series vs. Iowa tomorrow in a Fourth of July series finale at 6:15 PM. Both teams have yet to name a starter for the contest.
INDIANA FEVER: Fever Scorch Sun For Win on Saturday
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever snapped a 12-game losing skid on Saturday with a 73-67 win against the Connecticut Sun at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The win also snapped a four-game drought against the Connecticut Sun dating back to 2019.
Danielle Robinson played the entire second half and scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Robinson’s 19 points also tied a season high for her. The 10th year guard was able to find Teaira McCowan in the lane for a pivotal hook shot with 25.5 seconds remaining to extend Indiana’s lead to 71-67 before securing the win.
Kelsey Mitchell also added 10 of her 14 points in the second half for Indiana. In the first half, Mitchell passed Shavonte Zellous for seventh all-time in franchise scoring. Mitchell currently has 1,581 points and trails Candice Dupree with 1,621 for sixth in Fever history.
Offensively, the Fever turned the ball over only seven times on Saturday against one of the best defensive teams in the WNBA, which is the fewest turnovers the Fever recorded in a game this season.
The Fever defense stifled the Sun all day as Indiana held Connecticut to its second lowest scoring total of the season and the second lowest shooting percentage at 35.8 percent on 24-of-67 shooting.
Connecticut never led the game in the fourth quarter as Indiana held the Sun to shooting 29 percent in the final 10 minutes. The Indiana frontcourt held the Connecticut All-Star trio of DeWanna Bonner, Brionna Jones and Jonquel Jones to only 43 combined points after surrendering 67 points to the starting Sun frontcourt on Thursday.
McCowan battled the trio all game and recorded her 23rd career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Saturday was also her seventh double-double of the season.
Bernadett Hatar earned her second consecutive start against the Sun and tied a career-high with five rebounds in the first half.
For the Sun, Natisha Hiedeman made all of Connecticut’s 3-point field goals and finished with 12 points.
The Fever welcome the New York Liberty to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday at 7 p.m. ET for the final home game before the Olympic break. Friday’s game will be aired on Bally Sports Indiana and will not be available for viewing on FeverBasketball.com and the Indiana Fever’s Facebook page.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1881 On his birthday, Mickey Welch throws two complete-game victories when Troy sweeps a doubleheader from the Bisons at Buffalo’s Riverside Grounds, 8-3 and 12-0. The 22 year-old future Hall of Famer, who finishes the season with a 21-18 record, will complete 525 games of the 549 he starts for the Haymakers (NA) and Giants (NL) during his 13-year tenure in the major leagues.
1884 In American Association action, Louisville right-hander Guy Hecker pitches complete games to win both ends of a doubleheader. The Youngsville, Pennsylvania native does not walk a single batter when he beats the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers at Eclipse Park, 5-4 and 8-2.
1899 John McGraw becomes the first major leaguer to achieve a stolen base cycle when he swipes second base, third base, and home plate during the same inning of the same game. The 26 year-old Orioles’ (NL) third baseman accomplishes the feat in the fourth frame of the team’s 5-4 victory over the Boston Beaneaters at Baltimore’s Union Park.
1900 Approximately one thousand people in the crowd of 10,000 fans attending the game at Chicago’s West Side Grounds celebrate Independence Day by firing pistols into the air. The Orphans shoot down the visiting the Philadelphia team in 12 innings, 5-4.
1905 Rube Waddell beats Cy Young and the Americans, 4-2, when the A’s score two runs in the 20th inning. Both of the future Hall of Fame hurlers go the distance in the Huntington Avenue Baseball
1908 With two outs and an 0-2 count in the ninth inning, Giant pitcher George Wiltse loses his perfect game when he hits the opposing pitcher, George McQuillan, with a pitch. ‘Hooks’ keeps his no-hitter intact when New York wins the 1-0 Polo Grounds contest in the tenth, scoring the winning run on a Philadelphia error.
1911 🇨🇺 Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida become the first Cuban natives to appear in a major league game as they both make their debut for the Reds. As a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, Almeida strikes out and Marsans singles in the 8-3 loss to the Cubs at Chicago’s West Side Grounds.
1912 Tiger pitcher George Mullin celebrates the nation’s birthday and his own by throwing a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns. In addition to his excellent pitching, the 32 year-old also collected three hits and drove in two runs during the 7-0 victory.
1925 In a battle of southpaws at Yankee Stadium, Herb Pennock and Lefty Grove of the A’s hook up in a 15 inning pitchers’ duel which the Bronx Bombers win, 1-0. Pennock retires the first 18 batters and the last 21 batters he faces.
1932 Bill Dickey punches and breaks Carl Reynolds’s jaw after the Senator outfielder collides with him on a close play at home plate. The American League suspends the Yankee catcher for 30 days and fines him $1,000 for his one-punch fight.
1935 Due to his ‘wandering’ ball, Iola hurler Harold Liell, a 5′ 6 1/2″, 155-pounder with pigeon-toed feet, is called up for a tryout with the Kansas City Blues. The K.C. manager Dutch Zwilling is impressed with the young southpaw’s performance but advises the Greeley, Kansas lad to get more experience, suggesting he play in the Ban Johnson League.
1938 The Phillies move into Shibe Park, located only five blocks away from the team’s former home, splitting a twin bill with the Boston Bees, losing the first game, 10-5, and winning the nightcap, 10-2. The National League franchise decided to abandoned the Baker Bowl in the middle of the season, renting the use of the newer and more spacious home of the A’s, citing the move to the ballpark, will help cut expenses with the clubs sharing the upkeep of the stadium.
1939 “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.” – LOU GEHRIG. During Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium, the ‘Iron Horse’s’ uniform number 4 will be the first-ever to be retired. After sellout-crowd is informed the man of the hour is too moved to speak, Gehrig changes his mind when Skipper Joe McCarthy encourages him, and delivers baseball history’s keynote address, describing himself as “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
1939 In a slugfest at Shibe Park, Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor hits two grand slams in the same game as well as a third home run in Boston’s 18-12 victory over the A’s. The pair of bases full round-trippers mark only the second time a player has accomplished the feat, both coming in a game against the Philadelphia A’s.
1945 Augie Bergamo bangs out eight hits, helping the Cardinals to sweep a twin bill from the Giants, 8-4 and 19-2. The 28 year-old Redbird right fielder collects 11 total bases and drives in eight runs in the Polo Grounds nightcap when he hits three singles, a two-run home run, and a grand slam.
1948 At Fenway Park, the Red Sox snap a 5-5 tie, scoring a record 14 runs in one inning en route to a 19-5 victory over the A’s. During Boston’s seventh-inning barrage, Ted Williams, who makes the last out, faces three different hurlers, an American League first.
1955 In Three-I League action, Keokuk Kernels’ hurler Mudcat Grant hits three home runs in consecutive innings. During his 14-year major league career with seven teams, the right-hander from Lacoochee, Florida will go yard six times.
1961 Appearing as a pinch-hitter, Julio Becquer blasts a two-out ninth-inning grand slam, giving the Twins a dramatic 6-4 walk-off win over the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader at Metropolitan Stadium. Minnesota sweeps the twin bill when Harmon Killebrew’s only career inside-the-park homer is the difference in team’s 4-2 victory in the nightcap.
1964 Kansas City’s Manny Jimenez, who didn’t homer in 1963, connects for three in a 6-6 tie with the Orioles. The game is stopped by a special Baltimore curfew to permit the fireworks to take place.
1966 In his first game after being sidelined a week with a fractured cheekbone, Ron Santo sets a franchise record, hitting in his 28th consecutive game. The streak will end when the Cubs’ third baseman is held hitless in the nightcap of the twin bill against Pittsburgh.
1967 Opposing his younger brother, Joe, Phil Niekro goes the distance, getting the victory when the Braves beat the Cubs at Atlanta Stadium, 8-3. Joining Jesse and Virgil Barnes, who opposed one another five times as starters in the 1920s, the Niekros become the second pair of siblings to start in the same major league game.
1969 At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, Bob Oliver becomes the first player in Royals’ history to hit a grand slam. The center fielder’s eighth-inning blast comes off Jim Bouton of the Pilots in an eventual 13-2 KC victory.
1970 Brothers Billy and Tony Conigliaro both hit home runs in the Red Sox’s 5-1 victory over the Tribe at Fenway Park. The Boston outfielders become the eighth different set of siblings to have homered in the same game, a feat that has occurred only 13 times in major league history.
1972 In front of a large holiday crowd gathered at Shea Stadium for a doubleheader against San Diego, Tom Seaver takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning for the second time in his career. After getting Dave Roberts to ground out to second base, Leron Lee singles up the middle to spoil the no-hit bid of the 27 year-old Mets right-hander, who has to settle for his fourth one-hitter when he induces the next batter to hit into a game-ending double play.
1976 After hitting an apparent grand slam in the top of the second inning, Tim McCarver is credited with only a three-run single when he passes teammate Garry Maddox on the basepaths in the Phillies’ 10-5 victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. The other baserunners are allowed to score on the Philadelphia catcher’s ‘grand slam single’ because only the player passing his teammate is out, and there were less than two outs.
1977 In the bottom of the sixth at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, 22 year-old Tiger phenom Mark Fidrych, last year’s Rookie of the Year, gets two quick ground ball outs before giving up six runs on six consecutive hits and an intentional walk after throwing a pitch with an unusual motion. The ‘Bird,’ the winner 6 of 8 decisions this season, will get only four more victories before retiring in 1980 after compiling a 25-11 record before this start.
1977 The Red Sox snap a nine-game losing streak by blasting a record-tying eight home runs in their 9-6 victory over Toronto at Fenway Park. The octet of round-trippers, hit by George Scott (2), Fred Lynn (2), Bernie Carbo, Butch Hobson, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice, matches the major league mark shared by the 1939 Yankees, 1953 Braves, 1956 Reds, 1961 Giants, and 1963 Twins.
1980 Nolan Ryan, the losing pitcher in the Astros’ 8-1 loss to Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium, fans Cesar Geronimo in the second inning to record his 3000th career strikeout. The Reds’ outfielder was also Bob Gibson’s 3000th victim in 1974.
1982 Celebrating Independence Day at Mile High Stadium in Denver, 65,666 fans watch an American Association contest and enjoy a giant fireworks display after the game. The gathering is the largest crowd in minor league history.
1983 At Yankee Stadium, southpaw Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox to become the first Bronx Bomber left-hander to throw a no-no since George Mogridge accomplished the feat in 1917. The 24 year-old southpaw’s 4-0 gem is the first no-hitter for New York since Don Larsen tossed his perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
1984 At Arlington Stadium, Yankee hurler Phil Niekro strikes out Texas right fielder Larry Parrish to become the ninth major league player to reach the 3,000 strikeout milestone. The 45 year-old knuckleballer, best known for seasons with the Braves, will end his 24-year Hall of Fame career, striking out 3,342 batters.
1985 Keith Hernandez completes the cycle with a single in the twelfth frame of a 19-inning contest with the Braves. The Mets first baseman’s four hits, including a double in the first, a triple in the fourth, a homer in the eighth inning, contribute to New York’s 16-13 early morning victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
1985 “If he hits a home run to tie this game, this game will be certified as absolutely the nuttiest in the history of baseball.” – JOHN STERLING, TBS broadcaster commenting to his partner Ernie Johnson about Rick Camp’s at-bat. The Mets outlast the Braves, finally winning the game 16-13 in 19 innings, after Rick Camp, a weak-hitting hurler with a .060 average and 83 strikeouts in 167 at-bats, hit an improbable two-strike, two-out homer off Tom Gordon to tie the game in the bottom of the last frame. Shortly after the game ends at 3:55 in the morning, the approximately thousand fans left in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium stay to see the pre-dawn fireworks which awaken and frighten many of the ballpark’s neighbors.
1989 1989 Tom Browning barely misses becoming the first hurler in big-league history to throw two perfect games when Dickie Thon’s leadoff double in the ninth breaks up the Cincinnati southpaw’s bid for perfection. After the Philadelphia shortstop scores on a Steve Jeltz single, John Franco replaces the disappointed pitcher, inducing Lenny Dykstra to hit into a game-ending double play, giving the Reds a 2-1 victory at Veterans Stadium.
1993 Ed Rapuano calls a balk against Marlins’ Matt Turner, resulting in a 4-3 walk-off victory for the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The home-plate umpire ruled the right-hander started his motion then stopped after being distracted by Deion Sanders faking a break from third base.
1998 The National Baseball Facility of Ireland, considered the primary home of the Irish National baseball team, officially opens in Corkagh Demesne Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin, when US Ambassador Jean Kennedy throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Dodger owner Peter O’Malley played an instrumental role in the construction of the diamonds now known as the Fields of Dreams, which includes a regulation-sized adult field and an international standard Little League field.
1999 Jose Canseco becomes the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs with four different teams. The Devil Rays’ DH reached the mark previously with the A’s (1986), Rangers (1994), and the Blue Jays (1998).
2000 2000 Keith McDonald, who will go deep three times in only nine plate appearances this season, becomes the third player in Cardinal history to homer in his first career at-bat when pinch-hits a home run in the team’s 14-3 victory over the Reds at Busch Stadium. Eddie Morgan  and Wally Moon  are the other Redbirds to accomplish the feat.
2001 The Brewers’ new home, Miller Park, continues to be jinxed as a parachutist breaks his ankle when he misses the opening in the retractable roof and lands on a beam several hundred feet off the ground. Another member of the Sky Knights Sports Parachute Club missed the stadium entirely.
2001 The fifty people stranded on the Ferris wheel ride at Comerica Park for two hours during the Kansas City-Detroit game are rescued by firefighters and emergency crews using a cherry picker and a fire truck ladder. The inconvenienced fans will receive tickets to another contest, free dinner, and team autographs from the Tigers.
2003 In a 10-3 victory over New York, the Red Sox score all their runs with the long ball, hitting a record seven home runs off the Yankees. Before today’s Independence Day fireworks, the Bronx Bombers had given up six homers in a game four times, including twice to Boston (1997 and 1977) and the Indians (1970).
2004 The selection of Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., and Sammy Sosa as starters in the NL All-Stars lineup marks the first time in baseball history in which three players with 500 career home runs have appeared on the same team. The trio will appear in the starting outfield in the 75th All-Star Game in Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
2006 Yankee owner George Steinbrenner’s 76th birthday is less than festive when the Indians provide all of the fireworks in a 19-1 Independence Day rout over the Bronx Bombers. The victory is the Tribe’s most lopsided victory at home since the 1950 team, scoring 14 first-inning runs, beat the Philadelphia A’s at Cleveland Stadium, 21-2.
2006 Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record for being hit by a pitch in a game as he is plunked three times by three different Diamondback pitchers in a 10-4 Dodger victory. The LA first baseman is the first National Leaguer to equal the mark, both literally and figuratively, since April of the 2000 season when Astros outfielder Richard Hidalgo thwacked thrice in a game.
2006 Billy Wagner becomes the 20th pitcher baseball history to record 300 career saves. The significant save for the Mets’ southpaw, a former Astros and Phillies, is his sixteenth of the season.
2008 Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki needs 16 stitches to close up a gash in his right palm caused by a maple bat he pounds into the ground out of frustration. These types of bats are under the scrutiny of a major league investigation because they tend to shatter when the hardwood breaks instead of just cracking like the bats made from softer ash.
2009 In his 4,145th big-league at-bat, Adam Dunn hits his 300th career home run in Washington’s 5-3 win over Atlanta at Nationals Park. The 29 year-old left fielder is the fifth quickest player to reach the milestone, behind only Babe Ruth (3,830), Mark McGwire (3,837), Ralph Kiner (3,883), and Harmon Killebrew (3,928).
2011 Shaun Marcum becomes the first Brewer pitcher to hit a grand slam for the franchise since 1969, when Fred Talbot accomplished the feat in the inaugural season of the Seattle Pilots, a year before the team moved to Milwaukee. The 29 year-old right-hander’s first career round-tripper isn’t enough to get a victory when he earns a no-decision in the team’s 8-6 loss to Arizona.
2015 Cincinnati rookie hurler Josh Smith ties a 108 year-old Reds record when he plunks Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura, Gerardo Parra, and Carlos Gomez in the team’s 7-4 loss against Milwaukee at the Great American Ball Park. The last pitcher to hit four batters in a game was Nationals’ right-hander Livan Hernandez, who accomplished the dubious feat in 2005 against Colorado.
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|Tampa Bay||47||36||.566||4.5||23 – 16||24 – 20||21 – 13||5 – 4||13 – 15||4 – 6||L 5|
|Toronto||43||38||.531||7.5||19 – 19||24 – 19||19 – 18||4 – 6||7 – 12||7 – 3||W 2|
|NY Yankees||41||40||.506||9.5||22 – 21||19 – 19||17 – 24||13 – 6||8 – 5||3 – 7||L 2|
|Baltimore||27||56||.325||24.5||12 – 26||15 – 30||10 – 23||4 – 13||11 – 13||4 – 6||L 2|
|Chi White Sox||49||33||.598||–||31 – 14||18 – 19||10 – 7||28 – 13||7 – 10||6 – 4||L 1|
|Cleveland||42||38||.525||6||21 – 18||21 – 20||7 – 7||23 – 16||5 – 8||2 – 8||L 5|
|Detroit||37||46||.446||12.5||20 – 22||17 – 24||4 – 5||17 – 26||11 – 10||6 – 4||W 1|
|Kansas City||35||47||.427||14||20 – 19||15 – 28||8 – 12||17 – 23||5 – 11||2 – 8||W 2|
|Minnesota||33||48||.407||15.5||17 – 23||16 – 25||6 – 7||14 – 21||9 – 16||3 – 7||L 5|
|Houston||51||33||.607||–||26 – 16||25 – 17||15 – 10||11 – 6||23 – 12||5 – 5||W 3|
|Oakland||49||36||.576||2.5||27 – 21||22 – 15||13 – 12||12 – 2||16 – 17||4 – 6||W 1|
|Seattle||44||40||.524||7||25 – 17||19 – 23||12 – 6||12 – 13||16 – 13||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Angels||41||41||.500||9||23 – 19||18 – 22||8 – 10||13 – 7||14 – 20||5 – 5||W 3|
|Texas||33||50||.398||17.5||20 – 21||13 – 29||11 – 10||7 – 9||13 – 20||7 – 3||W 1|
|NY Mets||42||36||.538||–||24 – 11||18 – 25||19 – 18||5 – 6||14 – 6||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||40||41||.494||3.5||24 – 21||16 – 20||17 – 16||9 – 10||6 – 11||5 – 5||L 3|
|Atlanta||40||42||.488||4||23 – 22||17 – 20||20 – 22||15 – 7||3 – 3||5 – 5||L 1|
|Philadelphia||39||41||.488||4||24 – 15||15 – 26||20 – 22||9 – 5||6 – 8||5 – 5||W 2|
|Miami||35||46||.432||8.5||18 – 18||17 – 28||16 – 14||6 – 13||11 – 9||4 – 6||W 1|
|Milwaukee||51||33||.607||–||26 – 18||25 – 15||7 – 9||23 – 13||19 – 6||10 – 0||W 11|
|Cincinnati||42||40||.512||8||22 – 20||20 – 20||6 – 4||21 – 12||10 – 20||6 – 4||W 3|
|Chi Cubs||42||41||.506||8.5||26 – 13||16 – 28||10 – 11||19 – 19||10 – 7||2 – 8||L 8|
|St. Louis||41||43||.488||10||23 – 18||18 – 25||14 – 13||14 – 17||11 – 8||5 – 5||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||29||53||.354||21||16 – 24||13 – 29||4 – 7||10 – 26||7 – 13||3 – 7||L 6|
|San Francisco||52||30||.634||–||26 – 11||26 – 19||10 – 7||11 – 4||22 – 14||6 – 4||W 2|
|LA Dodgers||52||31||.627||0.5||28 – 13||24 – 18||11 – 4||10 – 10||22 – 11||8 – 2||W 8|
|San Diego||49||36||.576||4.5||30 – 15||19 – 21||3 – 6||16 – 14||22 – 15||6 – 4||L 3|
|Colorado||36||48||.429||17||30 – 17||6 – 31||5 – 8||10 – 16||14 – 21||6 – 4||W 1|
|Arizona||23||62||.271||30.5||13 – 26||10 – 36||8 – 15||7 – 13||8 – 27||2 – 8||L 2|
|Orlando City SC||11||6||3||2||19||9||10||3-2-1||3-1-1||21|
|New York City FC||10||5||2||3||18||11||7||3-1-2||2-1-1||17|
|Inter Miami CF||11||2||2||7||9||17||-8||0-1-4||2-1-3||8|
|Los Angeles FC||11||4||3||4||13||12||1||3-2-1||1-1-3||15|
|Real Salt Lake||10||3||4||3||14||12||2||2-3-2||1-1-1||13|
|Connecticut Sun||12||6||.667||—||7-1||5-5||7-3||6-4||1 L|
|Chicago Sky||10||9||.526||2.5||3-5||7-4||8-3||8-2||1 L|
|New York Liberty||9||9||.500||3.0||4-4||5-5||5-6||4-6||1 W|
|Washington Mystics||7||10||.412||4.5||5-4||2-6||4-6||5-5||4 L|
|Atlanta Dream||6||10||.375||5.0||3-6||3-4||5-4||2-8||1 L|
|Indiana Fever||2||16||.111||10.0||2-8||0-8||2-9||1-9||1 W|