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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Novak Djokovic fashioned a second consecutive comeback victory at Wimbledon on Friday, this one with a deficit far less daunting, the drama far less palpable.

The top-seeded Djokovic beat No. 9 seed Cam Norrie of Britain 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals to run his winning streak at the All England Club to 27 matches in a row as he pursues a fourth straight championship there.

On the steamiest afternoon of the fortnight so far, with the temperature reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius) and the air still, Djokovic got off to a slow start and often looked displeased, shaking his head or gesticulating toward his guest box. But unlike in the quarterfinals, when he dropped the opening two sets against No. 10 seed Jannik Sinner before winning in five, it took little time for Djokovic to assert his dominance.

When it ended, Djokovic curled his lips as if sending a kiss to someone in the stands who had been backing Norrie during the match.

“The job,” Djokovic said, “is not finished.”

He will face first-time major finalist Nick Kyrgios for the trophy on Sunday. The unseeded Kyrgios, a combustible 27-year-old from Australia who drew jeers for the mere mention of his name during Djokovic’s on-court interview, did not need to play on Friday because 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from their semifinal with a torn abdominal muscle.

“Well, one thing is for sure,” said Djokovic, who has lost both past matches against Kyrgios. “There’s going to be a lot of fireworks, emotionally, from both.”

It will be the 32nd Grand Slam title match for Djokovic, breaking a tie for the men’s record he shared with Roger Federer, and gives the 35-year-old from Serbia a shot at a 21st major title and seventh at Wimbledon. Only Federer, with eight, owns more at the grass-court tournament among men.

The women’s final is Saturday, with No. 3 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia facing No. 17 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan. That will be the first Wimbledon final since 1962 between two women both making their debuts in a major final.

Djokovic vs. Norrie began auspiciously enough for locals hoping to see one of their own get to a men’s final, something only two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has accomplished for Britain since the professional era began in 1968.

Roars came when the left-handed Norrie arose first from his seat – Djokovic was pouring some water on his hand and rubbing it in his hair to cool off – and headed to the baseline to receive serve in the first game.

More arrived when Djokovic missed a backhand to cede the opening point, when he pushed a forehand long on the second and when Norrie’s volley winner completed the break to grab that game. Norrie hopped and skipped and threw an uppercut. Some Union Jack flags waved in the stands.

Was the championship won? No, of course not. A berth in the final earned? Not that, either. All in all, it was quite a celebration after merely one of what would become 35 games, after five of 202 points, four of 154 minutes.

When Djokovic broke right back a few minutes later, he swiftly turned to walk to the courtside stand holding his white towel and dabbed at his perspiration. To him, this was not a monumental achievement.

The contrasting reactions underscored the differences in their careers to date.

For Norrie, this was his first Grand Slam semifinal, 42 fewer than his opponent. Indeed, until this fortnight, Norrie never had been past the third round at a major, going 0-5 at that stage previously.

By the conclusion, the disparity in skills was obvious, too. Just one tiny example of how versatile and superb Djokovic is came on one particularly marvelous point. He hit a spinning half-volley on the move, but Norrie replied with a lob. So Djokovic ran back toward the baseline, the net behind him, and conjured up a between-the-legs, facing-the-wrong-way, high-arching lob of his own that somehow landed in. Norrie ran to that, twisted his body to reply with a forehand and Djokovic ended the 14-stroke exchange with a drop volley winner.

Even the partisans on hand cheered with approval. Djokovic raised his right index finger to the sky.

Still, it took him a full set to get going. Only two of Norrie’s first 20 points in the match came via winners he produced. Djokovic was off enough to commit 12 unforced errors by set’s end, and there were plenty of other strokes mediocre enough to let Norrie take the early lead.

“A bit tighter at the beginning of the match,” said Djokovic, who took a bathroom break and put on a white hat before the second set. “You’re not swinging through the ball so smoothly as you would like to.”

But here is one measure of how he restored order: Djokovic made 16 unforced errors over the last three sets combined.

Norrie, meanwhile, grew less sharp as Djokovic increased the pressure – within points and on the scoreboard. A particularly sloppy service game by Norrie, with a trio of unforced errors, helped Djokovic break to lead 5-3 in the second set.

“He kind of gifted me that game,” Djokovic said. “I feel like momentum … shifted a little bit.”

Perhaps sensing their guy could use a boost, some fans offered chants of “Let’s go, Norrie, let’s go!” early in the third set. Didn’t change a thing.

Djokovic broke to open the third and again to open the fourth.

Only one of Norrie’s previous five foes this fortnight was even seeded, No. 30 Tommy Paul. Needless to say, Djokovic represented quite a considerable step up in quality.

He is not one to ignore chances presented to him, not one to casually allow gifts to go unopened, and so it was on this day.


CINCINNATI (AP) Mark Kolozsvary scored on a game-ending balk by Matt Wisler in the 10th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Kolozsvary opened the 10th on second as a pinch-runner for Mike Moustakas. He advanced on Nick Senzel’s sacrifice bunt against Wisler (2-3). Albert Almora Jr. walked before Wisler’s balk with pinch-hitter Tyler Naquin at the plate.

“I have no idea what he (Wisler) did,” Kolozsvary said. “I was kind of focused on other things. It was a really good feeling to celebrate with the guys.”

“I didn’t see the balk at all, but we’ll take it,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I’d rather think about getting to that point. So many good things happened. We played a great game to be able to be in the position to win it.”

Wisler was called for tapping his left thigh, a move he said he often uses to get a new pitch signal.

“It’s a move I’ve made lots of times,” he said. “I tap my leg when I want a sign. I feel like I’ve done that lots of times. I’m a big leg-tapper.

“I would like to have had a chance to make pitches instead of losing it that way.”

Tampa Bay had a chance to score in the top half of the inning, but Kyle Farmer cut down Francisco Mejia at the plate on Yandy Diaz’s grounder to shortstop against Josh Kuhnel (1-1). The play was upheld by a video review.

Farmer then snared Wander Franco’s liner and stepped on second for an inning-ending double play.

It was the majors’ first game-ending balk since Dylan Floro for the Dodgers in a 5-4 loss at Seattle on Aug. 18, 2018. It was the first such loss for the Rays in franchise history.

Brandon Drury homered to help last-place Cincinnati win back-to-back games for the first time since June 26 in San Francisco and June 28 over the Cubs in Chicago. Senzel had two of the Reds’ four hits.

Cincinnati has posted its first three walk-off wins of the season in the last six days.

Tampa Bay had won two straight and five of six after a four-game losing streak.

Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan struck out eight while working six innings of one-run ball. He retired his last 10 batters.

Tampa Bay jumped in front on Ji-Man Choi’s RBI single in the third, but that was it for the Rays against Luis Castillo and three relievers.

Castillo struck out eight in seven innings. The right-hander, one of the majors’ top trade targets ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline, is 1-0 with a sparkling 0.90 ERA in his last three starts.

Castillo retired 13 of his last 14 batters.

Drury tied the game in the third with his team-high 18th homer, a booming shot to left that glanced off the facade of the upper deck.


Reds left fielder Tommy Pham wore sunglasses borrowed from a fan while Choi was at the plate in the first. Pham returned the glasses after Choi struck out.


Rays: Manager Kevin Cash said Brandon Lowe (low back discomfort) was “feeling better” after being hit in the head by a pitch in the first plate appearance of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Thursday. Lowe was taking Friday off.

Reds: 1B Joey Votto missed his fifth straight game with back tightness, but Bell said he is improving and could play this weekend. Votto ran and took batting practice and grounders before the game. … RHP Alexis Diaz (right biceps tendinitis) was activated from the injured list.


Reds right-hander Hunter Greene (3-10, 6.01 ERA) and Rays righty Drew Rasmussen (5-3, 3.30 ERA) pitch on Saturday. Greene is 0-3 with a 9.42 ERA in his last three starts. Rasmussen is making his second start since coming off the injured list after being sidelined by a left hamstring strain.


LOS ANGELES (AP) Mookie Betts hit a tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, just missing a grand slam, and Will Smith hit a winning single in the 10th to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Cubs 4-3 Friday night for their eighth straight win against Chicago.

Los Angeles trailed 3-1 after six, but Jake Lamb homered in the seventh and Betts drove in Zach McKinstry with his fly ball to the left-field wall against David Robertson.

Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Rowan Wick (1-4) in the 10th before Smith’s single to left drove in Trea Turner.

“It was a grind,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team improved to 8-1 on a season-high 11-game homestand. “This was a tough one. It’s one of those that we stole, I feel.”

Evan Phillips (3-3) got three outs for the win as the NL-leading Dodgers improved to 5-0 against the Cubs this season.

Los Angeles also moved to an NL-best 28-13 at home this year.

Nico Hoerner homered for Chicago, and Ian Happ made it 3-0 with a two-run double in the sixth. Keegan Thompson yielded an unearned run and two hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Hoerner’s line drive in the fifth went off the top of the wall in left and into the seats for his fifth homer. The ball was just out of reach of Dodgers left fielder Gavin Lux.

The Dodgers scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth. Freeman doubled with two outs and scored when Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki dropped Smith’s fly ball.

“You’ll have to ask him,” Cubs manager David Ross said when asked about Suzuki’s error. “Players make mistakes sometimes. It’s a really hard game to play and sometimes things happen. I’m sure he wished he would have caught it.”

Suzuki declined to take questions afterward. Following the misplay, Ross replaced Thompson with right-hander Chris Martin.

“I thought their guy (Thompson) threw really well,” Smith said. “We were missing his fastball, he had that going today and keeping us off balance. But we didn’t give up, stayed in the ballgame and got it done.”

The Dodgers game-tying rally in the ninth inning against Robertson started with a leadoff single from Justin Turner. Lamb walked, Cody Bellinger grounded into a fielder’s choice and Gavin Lux walked to load the bases before Betts hit his sacrifice fly to the warning track in left-center.

“He kind of lost a feel for where his pitches were going, falling behind in counts, not being able to get in the zone, that’s all,” Ross said of Robertson.

Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson gave up three runs and five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was just the fourth time in 14 starts he went at least seven innings.

“It was a big win, and not too much cost for the bullpen,” Roberts said. “Tyler being able to get us that last inning, that seventh inning, was huge. Another quality start for Tyler, and gave us a chance to use the right guys in the pen.”


Betts in right field and Turner at shortstop were named National League All-Star Game starters for the contest that will be played July 19 at Dodger Stadium. It marked the first time the Dodgers will have multiple All-Star Game starters since 1980, which was the last time the game was contested at Los Angeles.

In that 1980 season, the Dodgers had four All-Stars: Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Reggie Smith.

“When you win consistently for eight, nine, 10 years, you get fans to show up and support the team and the players,” said Turner, who is in his first full season with the Dodgers. “I try to fit in, do my job as much as I can but it’s rewarding when the fans have your back.”

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras also was voted an NL starter.


Cubs: 2B Nick Madrigal (groin) had the day off Friday after starting his rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. . RHP Daniel Norris (finger) will pitch again Sunday in his rehab assignment at Iowa after throwing a scoreless inning Thursday. . 1B Frank Schwindel (back) went hitless in three at-bats to start his rehab assignment at Iowa on Friday.

Dodgers: RHP Brusdar Graterol (side) will not go on the injured list after coming out of Thursday’s game against the Cubs, with manager Dave Roberts saying his pitcher is “in a good spot.” . LHP Andrew Heaney had a bullpen session Friday as he continues his return from his second bout with shoulder inflammation.


Cubs: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (2-5, 5.32 ERA) will return from shoulder inflammation to make his first start in over a month.

Dodgers: Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.57) will make his final home start before the All-Star break.


CHICAGO (AP) Whether he was going deep or finding a hole, Jeimer Candelario did what he could to keep Detroit rolling.

Candelario homered and drove in three runs, and the Tigers won their sixth straight, beating the Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Friday night.

The Tigers went ahead by five and hung on after Chicago scored three in the eighth and put two on in the ninth, extending their longest win streak since a seven-game run last July.

Candelario, despite a .186 average coming in, came through with some big hits for Detroit.

“You want to contribute, you want to be in the lineup every single day,” Candelario said. “You want to produce. This is the big leagues. We’ve got to produce. We’ve got to win ballgames. We’ve got to perform. And that’s what we’re working really hard to do.”

Candelario smacked a long, tying two-run homer to right against Lucas Giolito in the sixth inning and chased him by bouncing a two-out RBI single through the hole in the seventh that made it 3-2.

Detroit scored three more in the inning, with Willi Castro adding a run-scoring single and Javier Baez driving in two more with a bases-loaded double against Joe Kelly. Baez raised his arms and gestured to the crowd to bring it on as he stood at second and the boos rained down on the former Cubs star.

The Tigers got another run in the eighth when Eric Haase singled and center fielder Luis Robert allowed Spencer Torkelson’s long fly to drop, bumping the lead to 7-2.

The White Sox scored three in the bottom half before Andrew Vaughn – batting for Leury Garcia – struck out with runners on the corners to end the rally.

In the ninth, they had runners on first and third after Michael Fulmer hit Tim Anderson in the shoulder with one out and AJ Pollock singled. Fulmer got out of the jam by striking out Robert and retiring Jose Abreu on a fly to right for his second save in four chances.


Detroit’s Tarik Skubal (6-7) tossed six solid innings after getting roughed up in losing his previous five starts.

The only runs he allowed were on Robert’s towering two-run homer in the first. The left-hander gave up six hits, struck out seven and walked one.

“They scored two quick runs, but let’s talk about Skubal,” Fulmer said. “I mean, going six strong there. Not allowing any more runs after the sixth inning. It shows quite the courage he has, to go out there and keep battling knowing that we’re still in the game.”


Giolito (5-5) allowed five runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out eight and sailed through the first five innings before things started to unravel for him.

“I’ve got to give us a better chance there,” he said. “I was doing well and then I put us right in a hole that our offense had to try to climb out of and they gave it a hell of a shot. But I can’t let that get out of hand. I did.”

Abreu extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double and single. But the White Sox lost for the fourth time in five games.


Tigers: OF Austin Meadows (strained right and left Achilles tendons), on a rehab assignment, continues to experience some soreness and was not in the lineup for Triple-A Toledo on Friday. “He has not been shut down, but he’s been slowed down,” manager A.J. Hinch said. … RHP Kyle Funkhouser (strained right shoulder) threw a bullpen session. Hinch said he felt “great” afterward. … RHP Matt Manning (right shoulder inflammation) also threw off the mound, with Hinch saying his next step could me a rehab assignment. … RHP Rony Garcia (sore right shoulder) threw long toss. … The Tigers have RHP Alex Faedo (hip inflammation) penciled in to start one of Monday’s doubleheader games at Kansas City as the 27th man, assuming no setbacks from a bullpen session scheduled for Saturday.

White Sox: OF/1B Andrew Vaughn (illness) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. … The White Sox held 3B Yoan Moncada (bruised right foot) out of the lineup. He played in Thursday’s loss to Detroit after leaving Wednesday’s win over Minnesota.


The four-game series continues with Detroit sending RHP Garrett Hill (1-0, 1.50 ERA) to the mound and RHP Johnny Cueto (2-4, 3.30) going for Chicago. Hill won his major league debut by pitching six impressive innings against Cleveland on Monday. Cueto has a 2.88 ERA in five starts against the Tigers, though he hasn’t faced them since 2015.


BOSTON (AP) Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning, Matt Carpenter homered among three hits in his first start in left field in a decade and the New York Yankees beat Boston 12-5 Friday night for their 10th win in their last 11 games against the Red Sox.

“I just wake up every day, and I’m so fired to come out to the park and put on this uniform,” Carpenter said. “Tonight was just really tough at-bats, all the way top to bottom. Guys came out and just really put the pressure on their defense, laid off the tough pitches and then got good pitches in the middle and put good swings on it.”

Joey Gallo hit a two-run triple on a fly that right fielder Christian Arroyo lost in the twilight. Gallo was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park home run.

New York opened a 15 1/2-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay in the AL East, the earliest in games and by calendar date the Yankees have taken a 15-game lead. The Red Sox are 16 games back.

“We got a long way to go,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ve built up this lead. We’ve made a lot of deposits and inevitably you’re going to make some withdrawals along the way.'”‘

In a game that lasted 3 hours, 52 minutes, the Yankees scored double-digit runs for a major league-high 14th time this season. They have won nine of their last 12.

New York is a season-high 38 games over .500 and at 61-23 matched its 1928 and 1939 teams for the second-best 84-game record in team history, trailing only 1998’s 64-20.

Boston has lost four straight for the first time since a five-game skid from May 4-8.

Right-hander Connor Seabold (0-2) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 11.91. He left with what the Red Sox said was right forearm extensor tightness.

Jackie Bradley Jr. made his major league mound debut in the ninth, the fifth position player to pitch against the Yankees this season and third in eight games after Cleveland’s Ernie Clement and Pittsburgh’s Josh VanMeter.

Bradley threwi at up to 91.5 mph. He struck out DJ LeMahieu on a 67 mph pitch with two on and walked Isiah Kiner-Falefa with the bases loaded before getting Gleyber Torres to ground into an inning-ending forceout.

Nestor Cortes lasted a season-low 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and eight hits as 10 of 21 batters reached base. Provided a 9-2 lead, he allowed solo home runs in the fourth to Trevor Story and Bobby Dalbec.

Miguel Castro (5-0) relieved and hit Xander Bogaerts, loading the bases, then struck out Christian Vazquez with a full-count slider.

Left-hander Lucas Luetge allowed one hit over three scoreless innings with six strikeouts for his first save this season. Luetge lowered his ERA to 2.70.

Boston’s Rob Refsnyder, who began his big league career with the Yankees in 2015, had his second career four-hit game.

After going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers left after the fourth inning because of low back pain. He winced while striking out in his final at-bat.

Seabold needed 37 pitches to get through the first inning, the most for a Boston pitcher in the opening inning since Eduardo Rodriguez threw 38 at Texas on Sept. 24, 2019.

Donaldson’s ninth homer and an RBI single by Torres, the first of his three hits, opened a 4-0 lead in the first.

Gallo’s third-inning triple was just his third hit in 40 at-bats. Gallo hit a drive to right and Arroyo stuck out both arms three times, indicating he needed help finding the ball. It landed 318 feet from the plate, about 30 feet behind him.

Gallo was thrown out at the plate when Arroyo retrieved the ball and threw to Story, the second baseman, who relayed to Vazquez for the tag. When he reached the dugout at the end of the half-inning, Arroyo twice slammed his glove ahanst the bench.

Carpenter made his first start in left field since Sept. 7, 2012 and his home run was his ninth since joining the Yankees on May 26. He is batting .305 with 20 RBIs.


Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo, out since Sunday with back spasms, took batting practice and participated in defensive drills. He could return Saturday.

Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha was put on the 15-day IL right shoulder inflammation. … CF Kike Hernandez was the DH for Triple-A Worcester and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. … RHP Garret Whitlock made a rehab appearance in that game, throwing 34 pitches in two innings, giving up two runs and six hits with three strikeouts. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi, out since June 9 with low back inflammation, is scheduled to make a rehab start for Worcester on Sunday, throwing about 60 pitches. … LHP James Paxton, recovering from Tommy John surgery, has progressed to throwing breaking balls on flat ground.


Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-2, 3.19 ERA) is 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 starts against the Red Sox and 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in six starts at Fenway Park. RHP Kutter Crawford (2-2, 5.04) starts for the Red Sox.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Michael A. Taylor hit a game-ending RBI single, and the Kansas City Royals beat the slumping Cleveland Guardians 4-3 on Friday night.

Vinnie Pasquantino opened the Kansas City ninth with a double to right against Sam Hentges (2-1) that nearly cleared the fence. Edward Olivares then entered the game as a pinch-runner.

“I’m really happy that I kept hitting even though a lefty was pitching,” Pasquantino said. “At the end of the day, I’m glad we set the stage for Michael to send us home.”

After Kyle Isbel struck out on a foul bunt, Taylor poked a 1-2 pitch into right for the winning hit.

“Two strikes I was just trying to protect and make contact and was thinking the other way,” Taylor said. “It’s a lot of fun especially with all the energy in this ballpark and the fans.”

Cleveland led 3-1 after seven innings, but Whit Merrifield hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth against Eli Morgan. It was just his second homer in 42 games.

“That was one of my better ones,” Merrifield said. “It even kind of left me on balance so I could kind of admire it.”

The Guardians have lost five straight and seven of eight overall.

Scott Barlow (3-2) pitched a shaky ninth for the win. Cleveland loaded the bases with one out, but Myles Straw bounced into a forceout at home and Steven Kwan flied to right.

“We knew it had to be hit real hard to have a chance,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said about the forceout. “We like Scott’s chances and Isbel made a nice play in right field to put that away.”

Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer for the Guardians in the seventh. Aaron Civale pitched seven effective innings in his longest outing since June 11, 2021.

“Luckily Franmil took a really good swing because (Brady) Singer pitched well,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland prospect Nolan Jones hit an RBI double in his first major league at-bat in the second. He also singled in the seventh.

“He swung the bat really well,” Francona said. “I’m sure his heart was beating a beat or two, but I thought we swung the ball well.”

Reyes hit his eighth homer on a 3-0 pitch from Singer. He also went deep during Wednesday’s 8-2 loss at Detroit.

Civale allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none.

“I think I just needed to focus on me,” Civale said. “My skillset is reading hitters and reading the game. I am trying to get a little bit away from the scouting report and focus on that.”

Andrew Benintendi hit an RBI single for Kansas City in the third. Singer allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none in seven innings.


Guardians: Activated C Austin Hedges from the injured list and designated C Sandy Leon for assignment.


The Guardians also recalled Jones from Triple-A and optioned OF Richie Palacios.


The Guardians send RHP Triston McKenzie (5-6, 3.71 ERA) to the mound against RHP Jonathan Heasley (1-4, 4.76 ERA) for the Royals on Saturday.


(AP) — Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels were elected Friday to start in the July 19 All-Star Game along with Mookie Betts and Trea Turner of the host Dodgers.

Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk and Miami second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. were voted to start as first-time All-Stars, finishing atop their positions in the second round of fan voting.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Ronald Acuna Jr. of the World Series champion Atlanta Braves were elected from the first round of balloting as the top vote-getters in their leagues.

The AL starting lineup includes Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, Boston third baseman Rafael Devers and Kirk behind the plate. Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees joined Judge and Trout in the outfield, while Ohtani was voted in as designated hitter.

Ohtani became the first two-way All-Star last year when he was voted the AL DH, then was picked for the pitching staff and started on the mound.

Judge and Stanton will become the first Yankees teammates to start in the outfield together since Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson in 1988.

NL starters include Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Chisholm at second, Turner at shortstop, San Diego third baseman Manny Machado and an outfield of Betts, Acuna and San Francisco’s Joc Pederson.

Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper was elected as the National League’s first DH following the expansion of the DH rule to both leagues but will be replaced in the starting lineup after breaking his left thumb when hit by a pitch from San Diego’s Blake Snell on June 25. Harper earned his seventh All-Star selection, his sixth as a starter.

Trout was picked for the 10th time, his ninth as a starter. Altuve and Goldschmidt earned their eighth All-Star trips and Stanton was picked for the fifth time but the first since Miami traded him to the Yankees ahead of the 2018 season.

In addition to Chisholm and Kirk, Anderson, Peterson and Turner were elected for their first All-Star starts.

Stanton beat Toronto’s George Springer 22% to 20% for the final AL outfield spot after finishing fourth, just behind Springer, in the opening round. Ohtani defeated Houston’s Yordan Alvarez 52% to 48% at DH.

Machado edged the Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado 51% to 49% at NL third base, and Turner beat out Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson 52% to 48%.

Chisholm got 59% of the NL second base vote after finishing second to the Braves’ Ozzie Albies in the first round. Devers received 60% at third base in the AL after finishing second to Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez in the opening round.

Goldschmidt earned a $250,000 bonus for his selection, Altuve, Harper, Stanton and Trout get $50,000 each, and Anderson receives $25,000.

The first phase of voting ran from June 8-30 and the second phase from Tuesday until Friday.

Pitchers and reserves will be announced Sunday,

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred added a 33rd player to each roster Friday, selecting Albert Pujols of St. Louis and Miguel Cabrera of Detroit for career achievements.


NEW YORK (AP) Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera were added to All-Star Game rosters on Friday by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred under a provision in the sport’s new labor agreement.

The All-Star selection is the 11th for the 42-year-old Pujols and the first since 2015. Cabrera, 39, was picked for the 12th time and the first since 2016.

Pujols returned to the St. Louis Cardinals in March, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the team he started with. An NL MVP in 2005, 2008 and 2009, the Dominican star played for the Cardinals from 2001-11, then left for a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He spent most of 2021 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He is a .296 career hitter and fifth with 683 home runs, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696). Pujols’ 2,168 RBIs are third behind Aaron (2,297) and Ruth (2,214).

Pujols is hitting .200 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 125 at-bats this season. He said in March he intends to retire after this season.

Cabrera won the AL MVP in 2012 and 2013, and in 2012 led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs to become MLB’s first Triple Crown winner since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

A Venezuela native, Cabrera began his big league career with the Florida Marlins in 2003 and was traded to Detroit after the 2007 season with pitcher Dontrelle Willis for pitchers Andrew Miller, Dallas Trahern, Burke Badenhop and Frankie De La Cruz and outfielder Cameron Maybin.

Cabrera has a .310 career average with 505 homers and 1,835 RBIs. He is hitting .308 with three homers and 31 RBIs in 2022, the ninth season of a $292 million, 10-year contract.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. were elected to start in the July 19 game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and remaining starters among position players were to be announced later Friday.

Pitchers and reserves will be announced Sunday.

Manfred has the right under the March 10 agreement that ended the lockout to “add one player that he selects to each league’s roster, in recognition of each player’s career achievements. If special circumstances warrant, the commissioner may select more than one player to each league’s roster.”

Pujols and Cabrera are in addition to the 32-man limit on each All-Star roster.


NEW YORK (AP) — It took four seasons for Shohei Ohtani to join the biggest major league stars of the last eight decades.

To commemorate Baseball Digest’s 80th anniversary, the publication selected 80 iconic players essential to telling the story of the game from 1942-2021.

Even though he didn’t arrive in the big leagues from Japan until 2018, the two-way phenom has made such an astounding impact as a hitter AND pitcher that Ohtani was one of 10 active players chosen by a 12-member panel of longtime MLB observers and participants.

The others spotlighted in the July/August issue were Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Max Scherzer, Mike Trout and Justin Verlander.

Ohtani, who turned 28 on July 5, was the AL MVP last year and the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year. No player since Babe Ruth has been such a force both at the plate and on the mound.

Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in April 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers was picked as the greatest of 30 iconic moments in the magazine’s history.


NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball players said Friday for the first time that they are prepared to accept a draft of international amateur players but proposed it include far more money than management’s plan and a more liberal structure.

The union made its proposal Friday during a meeting with MLB. Details were disclosed by a union official who spoke with media on the condition of anonymity because no announcements by name were authorized.

The union proposed that a draft be allocated $260 million for the 2024 signing period with teams having to guarantee slot values while having the flexibility to exceed them within bonus pools, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were not announced.

MLB proposed last July 28 that a 2024 draft include spending of $181 million for the top 600 players and $190 million in total, up from $166 million in the 2021 signing period. MLB’s proposal contained hard slots, which for 2024 would assign $5,512,500 for the top pick to $2,625,000 for the 10th overall.

The March 10 agreement that ended the 99-day lockout set a July 25 deadline for the union to agree to the draft. Without an agreement, direct draft-pick compensation and the qualifying offer system would remain for major league free agents. That structure has inhibited the market for some players, such as pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel in 2019.

The union maintains MLB’s international proposal could be considered discriminatory because it would treat those players less favorably than the amateur draft treats U.S. and Canadian residents. The union’s plan attempts to address its concern about reduced player opportunities and for education access, and to combat corruption.

Management has long sought an international draft to mirror the amateur draft that began in 1965 for residents of the U.S. and Canada and allows teams exclusive rights to players. Since 1990, the draft has included residents of U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico.

MLB teams spent $293.7 million in amateur-draft eligible players last year and have spent $159 million on international amateurs in the current year – the amateur draft signing cycle does not begin until later this month.

The union said it would agree to management’s 20-round concept but would spread the money differently among the slots. Players would schedule the 2024 draft for late in 2023, while MLB proposed it be held in the January-to-March range.

MLB has said a draft with hard slots would reduce corruption in the international signing market, such as agreements before a player is eligible to sign. MLB maintains giving teams the ability to exceed slots would allow the continuation of corruption, with teams offering specified amounts to players in advance of selection in exchange for players not appearing at showcases or cooperating with other clubs.

MLB and players put restraints in place on international signings with the 2012-16 collective bargaining agreement, but the union has resisted installing a draft to replace signing bonus pools that allow the flexibility to exceed thresholds while incurring penalties.

International amateurs are eligible to sign if they are 17, or at least 16 but will be 17 by Sept. 1 of the first season covered by the contract.

Residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible for the amateur draft if their high school class has been graduated and the player will be at least 17 within 45 days of the end of the draft. In addition, players enrolled at four-year colleges are not eligible until the end of their junior year.

The international draft would not cover foreign professionals, such as veterans of the Japanese major leagues. MLB defines a foreign professional as a player 25 or older who has played at least six seasons in a recognized foreign league.

Among the issues in a draft would be participation in showcases, and medical and drug testing. The union claims MLB is asking for more stringent rules for international amateurs.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Minor league players and Major League Baseball were given approval for a four-day delay in submitting the proposed settlement of their lawsuit to a federal court.

Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero on Thursday approved a request from both sides to reset the deadline for filing the settlement from July 11 to July 15.

When the sides announced the settlement on May 10, two people familiar with the negotiations said the sides had been discussing a possible settlement in the $200 million range. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the release of details was not authorized.

The suit was filed in 2014 by first baseman/outfielder Aaron Senne, a 10th-round pick of the Marlins in 2009 who retired in 2013, and two other retired players who had been lower-round selections: Kansas City infielder Michael Liberto and San Francisco pitcher Oliver Odle. They claimed violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a work week they estimated at 50 to 60 hours.

Spero wrote in a pretrial ruling in March that minor leaguers are year-round employees who work during training time and found MLB violated Arizona’s state minimum wage law and was liable for triple damages. Spero also ruled MLB did not comply with California wage statement requirements, awarding $1,882,650 in penalties.

He said minor leaguers should be paid for travel time to road games in the California League and to practice in Arizona and Florida.

In 2017, the players suing were defined as those with minor league contracts who played in the California League for at least seven straight days starting on Feb. 7, 2010 or Feb. 7, 2011, depending on state or federal claims; those who participated in spring training, extended spring training instructional leagues in Arizona starting Feb. 7, 2011; and those who participated in spring training, extended spring training instructional leagues in Florida starting Feb. 7, 2009.


LAS VEGAS (AP) Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed on a $122 million, two-year extension that puts the Olympic gold medalist under contract through the 2026-27 season, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday.

Lillard will make about $59 million in 2025-26, then about $63 million the next year, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the extension has not been announced.

He’ll make about $137 million over the next three seasons, before the extension begins.

Lillard is a six-time All-Star who has spent all 10 of his NBA seasons in Portland. He was limited to 29 games this past season because of a core injury that required surgery, and told ESPN in a televised interview early Friday that the time off – while frustrating – should help him long-term.

“My body is stronger than it was before in certain areas,” Lillard said while watching games at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Lillard, who turns 32 on July 15, also said the mental break was helpful, along with the physical rest.

He has averaged 24.6 points in his career, is a six-time All-NBA player and was selected as a member of the league’s top 75 players as part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary celebration this past season.


Former MVP James Harden will take a $15-million pay cut next season and plans to re-sign with the Philadelphia 76ers on a two-year deal, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Friday.

The new contract will feature a player option in the second season, Charania adds.

Harden became an unrestricted free agent after declining his $47.4-million player option for the 2022-23 campaign but intended to return on a more team-friendly deal.

The All-Star guard’s delayed decision allowed the 76ers the flexibility to retool their roster. They added guard De’Anthony Melton in a draft-day trade and inked veteran P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $33.2-million contract in free agency.

Philadelphia acquired Harden from the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster deal involving Ben Simmons at the trade deadline.

Harden averaged 22 points, 10.3 assists, 7.7 boards, and 1.3 steals over 65 appearances last season. However, he shot just 41% from the field, including a career-low 33% from deep.


MONTREAL (AP) The goalie carousel continued spinning Friday even before the second day of the NHL draft began, with two more on the move amid a flurry of trades and signings.

The St. Louis Blues traded the free agent rights to Ville Husso to the Detroit Red Wings, who immediately signed him to a three-year contract, and the New Jersey Devils acquired Vitek Vanecek from the Washington Capitals.

The domino effect started Thursday when the Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche got Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers. That move ensured playoff starter Darcy Kuemper would hit the open market.

There’s no shortage of teams interested in Kuemper and other goaltenders available by trade or in free agency.

Husso was set to be one of those options before Detroit sent the 73rd pick to St. Louis for the 27-year-old Finn. He got a $14.25 million deal with a $4.75 million annual cap hit over the next three seasons.

The Red Wings will now pair Husso with Alex Nedeljkovic, whom they acquired last offseason, as they move from rebuilding into contending.

New Jersey is still a couple of years away from that, but the Devils needed a goalie and got one in Vanecek along with the 46th pick after sending Nos. 37 and 70 to Washington. The Capitals are in the market for a veteran netminder to play in tandem with Ilya Samsonov, unless they also move on from him.

“We’ll explore trade opportunities there, we’ll look at the free agent market and then we’ll analyze the (restricted free agent) contracts that are coming,” general manager Brian MacLellan said earlier in the week.

The Philadelphia Flyers, who have uncertainty surrounding injured defenseman Ryan Ellis and a hole on their blue line even if he returns, acquired Tony DeAngelo from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday for multiple draft picks. They then signed him to a $10 million, two-year contract.

And the Florida Panthers re-signed forward Eetu Luostarinen to a $3 million, two-year deal.

“Eetu is a selfless, dependable and cerebral player who plays with consistency each and every night,” GM Bill Zito said. “We are excited to have him back in our lineup.”


The Carolina Hurricanes traded defenseman Tony DeAngelo to the Philadelphia Flyers for a trio of draft picks, the teams announced.

The Canes will receive a 2024 second-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick, and a 2022 fourth-round pick. The Flyers are also getting a 2022 seventh-rounder.

Philadelphia is also signing DeAngelo, a restricted free agent, to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $5 million, according to LeBrun.

DeAngelo, 26, recorded 51 points in 64 games with the Canes last season – his lone campaign in Carolina. He’s regarded as a talented offensive defenseman, but he struggles defensively.

Before joining the Canes, DeAngelo spent the previous four seasons with the New York Rangers before they bought out his contract. DeAngelo was infamously involved in a skirmish with Rangers teammate Alexandar Georgiev in 2020-21 and was placed on waivers the next day.

However, Ellis missed all but four games last season, and his status for 2022-23 is still in question.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, will need reinforcements on their blue line. The team only has Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce, Brady Skjei, and Jalen Chatfield signed for next season. Ethan Bear is an RFA, but his return isn’t guaranteed. Both Ian Cole and Brendan Smith are UFAs.


Edmonton Oilers defenseman Duncan Keith is hanging up his skates.

The future Hall of Famer decided to retire from the NHL after 17 seasons, reports TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Keith is one of the most decorated players of his era. He won three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophies, and a Conn Smythe Award with the Chicago Blackhawks as well as two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada.

The 38-year-old finishes his career with 646 points in 1,256 games. He added 91 points in 151 postseason contests.

Chicago drafted Keith 54th overall in 2002. He spent the first 16 years of his career in the Windy City but was traded to Edmonton last offseason.

Keith had one year left on his contract with a $5.538-million cap hit, so the Oilers suddenly have additional flexibility to play with. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are hit with the following cap recapture penalty, per CapFriendly.


(AP) — Track and field officials confirmed Friday that Russians will not be allowed to compete at this month’s world championships due to the war in Ukraine.

The federation banned Russians from major international events shortly after the country invaded Ukraine in February. At the time, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said the unprecedented move appeared “to be the only peaceful way to disrupt and disable Russia’s current intentions and restore peace.”

World championships begin next Friday and run through July 24.

World Athletics confirmed the ban in a news release announcing it had cleared an additional 18 Russian athletes to compete as neutrals in international competition, but that the approvals would not apply to worlds.

Those athletes were cleared as part of a protocol in the wake of a doping scandal that has left Russia’s athletics federation under suspension since 2015. At last year’s Olympics, 10 Russians were allowed in the track meet; at the world championships in 2019, 29 Russians competed.

There are now 73 Russian athletes who can compete as neutrals, though their status at major international events is in limbo due to the war.

Among those athletes is reigning Olympic and world champion high jumper Maria Lasitskene, who has never lost in an international competition. Last month, she blasted the decision in an open letter to Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, which has recommended the Russian ban.

Lasitskene’s top rivals are from Ukraine and she said “I still don’t know what to say them or how to look into their eyes.”

“They and their friends and relatives are experiencing what no one human being should ever have to feel,” she said.


Kyle Busch doesn’t know what he will be driving next year as he hits the halfway point of the NASCAR season.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that Busch won’t be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. But he heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday’s race in a contract year and waiting to see if JGR can find the sponsorship money to keep the two-time Cup Series champion.

M&M Mars has sponsored Busch since he joined the Gibbs organization in 2008, but the company is pulling its NASCAR marketing spend at the end of this season. Busch earned his first win as a Gibbs driver four races into his debut season, at Atlanta, with Mars brand Snickers on the No. 18 Toyota.

Dave Alpern, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, said he intends to have Busch back next year. It’s just a question of what company will be on his car.

“We’re still working on sponsorship, and as much interest as there is in our sport, these take a long time,” he said. “This one’s taking a little longer than we thought. It’s not for lack of interest. It’s just trying to get everything put together.”

Busch is the only active Cup driver with multiple championships and Alpern implied the delay in locking down a new contract is finding the right sponsor. Busch is a favorite of young children because of the bright, candy-themed paint schemes on his car.

“What we do is get sponsors. I mean, we’ve been doing that for 30 years. We’re in the business,” Alpern said. “I think it’s not a matter of just slapping something on the car. It’s finding a partnership that makes sense. And so we’re just trying to find the right fit.”

The JGR camp also must make plans for Xfinity Series star Ty Gibbs, the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs. Ty Gibbs has four wins this season and is coming off last Saturday’s win at Road America, where he won with a late pass of current Cup champion Kyle Larson.

“Obviously, Ty’s done really, really, really good,” Alpern said. “This last weekend… was exciting to see him race against a Cup champion. There’s a lot of interest in Ty for a number of reasons. He’s a great driver. He’s a great kid.”

“We don’t want to push him too fast,” he added. “There are no specific plans beyond this year in reference to a Cup race or whatever. We’re just kind of trying to play out the year and see if he can go win or can compete for an Xfinity championship this year. And he’s got four wins and he’s doing really well.”

Alpern also said he planned for Gibbs to race Xfinity next season and “every intention” of re-signing Busch to be in the No. 18 in Cup. But he noted Carl Edwards blew up JGR’s long-term plans when he abruptly retired at the end of the 2017 season.

“Pro sports, look, things happen. Carl Edwards retired on the week of Christmas one year, so trying to speculate what’s going to happen? Things happen. But the plan is we feel confident there’ll be a good partner on that car for next year.

“And, again, the hope is that Kyle Busch will be in it.”


Busch goes back to Atlanta with only one win through the first 18 races and the reconfigured track was tough on him when NASCAR visited in March. Busch was involved in a crash and finished 33rd in an event that raced more like a Daytona or Talladega than a traditional 1.5-mile oval.

Atlanta last winter underwent a repave and increased banking in the turns from 24 to 28 degrees. The track width also now varies from 55 feet to 40 feet.

“It was just as crazy as I expected. It literally got a facelift with a whole new track surface and layout and everything,” Busch said. “Back in the spring, it was more like what we expected it to be, like a Daytona or Talladega speedway race. We saw a lot of pack racing with some guys two-wide and maybe three-wide, and saw how wide the track got in the time we had on it.”


William Byron won at Atlanta in March . … Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Ross Chastain are co-favorites.  There have been 13 different winners this season, with Tyler Reddick last Sunday at Road America becoming the fifth first-time Cup winner. The 2003 season had 14 different winners, the modern era record. Five first-time winners in a season was also done in 2001, 2002, 2011 and 2022.


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Daniel Berger has withdrawn from the British Open next week at St. Andrews because of a back injury.

Berger last week withdrew from the John Deere Classic.

He was replaced in the field by Sahith Theegala, the PGA Tour rookie who has had three close calls at winning this year, most recently at the Travelers. While he made double bogey on the final hole, his runner-up finish and a tie for 16th last week at the John Deere Classic moved him to No. 62 in the world.

The R&A uses this week’s world ranking as the reserve list, and Theegala was the highest-ranked player not already in the field for St. Andrews.

The R&A also announced its prize fund this year would be $14 million, with the winner getting $2.5 million.


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) Adam Svensson shot a 5-under 67 and had a three-stroke lead in the Barbasol Championship when second-round play Friday at water-logged Keene Trace was suspended because of darkness.

Svensson had a 15-under 129 total at Keene Trace, where a mid-day thunderstorm followed dense morning fog. Play was delayed a total of 5 hours, 20 minutes, with half the field unable to finish the round.

The rain softened the greens even more than the first round, where two-thirds of the field shot par or better. It also made the 7,328-yard layout play longer, though Svensson continued to set the pace with seven birdies that offset bogeys on the par-4 third and par-3 16th. He shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday.

“The greens were still rolling nice, but they were just wet so you had to hit a lot of soft shots into the green and a lot of chippy iron shots or wedges,” said the Canadian, who napped for an hour in his car during one delay.

Trey Mullinax made a 20-footer for birdie on the par-4 13th to reach 13 under and finish his day.

Mark Hubbard (67), Robin Roussel (68) and Brandon Hagy (62) were in at 12 under, while Tom Lewis (four holes left) also was 12 under with Jonathan Byrd (five holes left), Matti Schmid (eight holes left) and Max McGreevy (nine holes left).

Hagy started at No. 10 and eagled the par-4 18th hole with a 148-yard shot from the left rough with a 50-degree gap wedge.

“I was on the side slope over there in the rough and it was a left pin, so not a lot of stuff going for me there,” Hagy said. “But I caught a decent lie and when I hit it my caddie thought it was a little too much and I was like, `No, I think it’s pretty good.’ It just landed, took one hop and went right in the hole, so that was pretty cool.”


NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Cameron Tringale finally saw The Renaissance Club in windy weather and held his own Friday to stay three shots ahead in the Scottish Open as he tries to win for the first time in his 13th year on the PGA Tour.

Tringale stayed on track after making four straight bogeys around the turn and finished with three pars for a 2-over 72. He had a three-shot lead over Gary Woodland (72) and Doug Ghim, whose 69 raised hopes he could earn one of three spots available for the British Open.

The Scottish Open is the first time the PGA Tour is co-sanctioning a European tour event, and it led to the strongest field in tournament history, featuring 14 of the top 15 players in the world ranking. Tringale won’t have to contend with half of them.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, the world’s No. 1 player, was among seven of those players who can get an early start on the Old Course at St. Andrews. They all missed the cut.

Most of them got caught on the bad end of the draw. There was only a wee breeze Thursday morning when Tringale opened with a 61 and Woodland shot 64. By the afternoon, the wind was gusting to 30 mph, and the difference was just over three shots.

Friday gave a steady dose of strong wind, typical for these parts and still playable considering the design of the links-like course that allows for the ball to be played along the ground.

Scheffler (72) was on the good side of the draw and got a taste of quirky bounces, finding pot bunkers and other trouble that kept him from making up ground. PGA champion Justin Thomas had a 77 and missed the cut by seven shots. He got the bad end of the draw.

Xander Schauffele and U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick also got the bad end but made it through just fine. Schauffele started his day with a big wind at his back, 225 yards to the pin and an 8-iron in his hand. He was trying to figure out how short to land it, and he judged it well. It rolled out to 15 feet for an eagle, and while the round wasn’t flawless, his 65 was the best of the day.

Coming off a win at the Travelers Championship, the Olympic golf medalist was in a tie for fourth, three shots behind.

Fitzpatrick was even stronger. He was 6 under for the day without a bogey on his card until dropping shots on each of the last two holes. His 66 also left him three back.

The difference in rounds?

“Massive,” Fitzpatrick said, knowing full well the scoring average for the Thursday afternoon wave was 3.2 strokes higher. “That’s obviously a large amount and to be honest, I feel like the wind sort of got calm as we started this morning. I think it’s safe to say we got the worst half of the draw.”

Also three shots behind were Kurt Kitayama (71) and Jordan Smith, whose 69 featured an ace that made him and his caddie happy. Smith hit 6-iron from 186 yards that rolled into the cup on the par-3 17th. Title sponsor Genesis awarded him an electrified GV70 SUV, while caddie Sam Matton received an all-electric GV60.

The only problem is figuring how to get them home because both have cars this week. That was the least of their worries. Still to come is a weekend of more wind and a dozen players separated by five shots.

Tringale took advantage of downwind holes for birdies, and then started giving them back starting on the par-5 16th through the first hole. He had to make a 5-foot par putt on No. 2 to end the nasty streak and held on from there. The wind’s effect was just as difficult on the greens as from the tees or fairways.

“It’s so tough to judge how much the wind is going to hurt, and then you get a putt that’s where the wind is going sideways,” Tringale said. “It might be a ball, two, a cup, even as close as 7, 8 feet. It’s really tricky.”

Woodland referred to it as a mental grind, especially as the temperatures dropped late in the day. Even so, he is excited to be within range of the lead and playing well, which he attributes to putting swing coach Butch Harmon back on the payroll.

Harmon is retired from full-time work, which involves traveling, and Woodland was bouncing around to various instructors. He finally had enough and went out to Las Vegas after the Memorial. He saw differences in his swing now from when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach three years ago, and the words from Harmon were both valuable and unprintable.

“I needed it,” Woodland said. “He gets me in the right frame of mind.”



INDIANAPOLIS – Carter Bins and Mason Martin each launched home runs to bookend a seven-run third inning as the Indianapolis Indians took the fourth game of a six-game set against the Iowa Cubs on Friday night, 7-2.

Down 1-0 following an RBI single by Dixon Machado in the top of the third, the Indians (39-41) erupted against right-hander Caleb Kilian (L, 2-1). Bins opened the frame with a second-pitch homer 420 feet to straightaway center field to knot the game at 1-1. The Indians then plated six additional runs as they hit for the cycle as a team in a span of five batters. Cal Mitchell broke the tie with an RBI double, Bligh Madris drove in one with a single, Travis Swaggerty roped a two-run triple and Martin capped the frame with his 13th longball this season.

Miguel Yajure (W, 2-1) fanned six batters over 5.0 one-run innings. The I-Cubs (36-45) plated their second run in the top of the seventh on a Jackson Frazier solo home run, but in total were held to just four hits in the game.

The Indians pitching staff struck out seven total batters and issued no walks for the third time this season and the first time since April 27 at Iowa.

With the series currently knotted at 2-2, Indianapolis will look to take a lead in tomorrow’s game at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. The Indians have yet to name a starter while southpaw Matt Dermody (3-3, 4.77) will take the mound for Iowa.


Indy Eleven vs. Detroit City FC
Saturday, July 9, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. ET
IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

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Indy Eleven: 6W-8L-3D (-5 GD), 21 pts.; 8th in Eastern Conference 
Detroit City FC: 8W-4L-6D (+7 GD), 30 pts.; T-4th in Eastern Conference 

OUT: GK Bryan Meredith (R hand fracture), DF Bryam Rebellon (R quad/hip)

IND: none 
DET: none 

Indy Eleven began play in 2014 and Detroit City FC two years earlier, but it took DCFC joining the USL Championship this past offseason for the clubs separated by less than 300 miles to finally have a game with meaning circled on the calendar. That wait ends Saturday night when the Boys in Blue host Le Rouge at Carroll Stadium for their first competitive contest, a game that will kick off the second half of the Eleven’s 34-game USLC regular season.

Indy Eleven’s second 0-1 loss in five days’ time at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night was the team’s fourth straight defeat, which extended its winless streak to five games dating back to a 1-1 draw at Miami on June 8. Despite the monthlong slide, Indy still sits just one spot out of playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference in eighth place, only three points behind seventh place Miami with a game in hand on the Florida side, and two points ahead of FC Tulsa, which has played two more matches than the Eleven.

Ever since a 3-1 win over Atlanta United 2 on May 21 put Detroit at 7W-2L-3D, the Michigan side has hit a bit of a dry patch, going 1W-2L-3D in their six outings since the start of June. Like the Eleven, Le Rouge were in action on Wednesday night, posting a 1-1 home draw against Hartford Athletic, meaning the quick turnaround will test a DCFC side with one of the smaller rosters in the entirety of the Championship. Detroit can be buoyed by its solid 3-3-2 away record, which includes a 1-0 win at Las Vegas Lights FC the last time they hit the road last Saturday.

To amp the burgeoning Indy-Detroit rivalry up a notch, the two clubs will start a busy day at Carroll Stadium with the regular season finale for their respective USL W League sides, with kickoff set for 2:00 p.m.

The matinee will serve as a postseason tune up for Indy Eleven, which clinched the Great Lakes Division crown via their 3-0 win at Detroit just last Friday night at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, Mich. The Girls in Blue gained the division’s automatic spot in the W League’s 8-team postseason with the result; they’ll find out the opponent and location for next Wednesday’s Quarterfinal Round contest as more results shake out over the weekend. The Eleven enter the affair still undefeated with a dominant 9W-0L-2D record (29 pts.), while Detroit carries a 3W-5L-3D mark into the weekend and will look to maintain its 5th place position in the division.  


Purdue Running back Sampson James entered the NCAA transfer portal on Friday less than one year after coming to the Boilermakers from Indiana. The graduate from Avon came to Purdue during training camp prior to the start of the 2021 season but the NCAA denied his waiver to play immediately. Sampson practiced with Purdue and entered spring practice as one of the top options at the running back position.

His departure leaves King Doerue, Dylan Downing and Kobe Lewis as the primary backs heading into fall practices.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will be going south of the border this November for the 2022 Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Nov. 24-26.

The Boilermakers will play three games in a round-robin against Florida State, Harvard and Oklahoma State.

Purdue will make its fourth appearance in the Cancun Challenge with a 6-1 all-time record. The Boilermakers’ last trip to the tournament resulted in runner-up honors in 2016.

Matchups and start times will be announced later.

Head coach Katie Gearlds enters her second season at the helm of her alma mater. Gearlds guided Purdue to a 17-15 record in 2021-22 and the second round of the WNIT, the first postseason appearance for the Boilermakers since 2017-18.

Eight returners, including All-Big Ten honorees Madison Layden, Abbey Ellis and Jeanae Terry, anchor an experienced squad that welcomed five newcomers, including a trio of talent freshmen, Rutgers graduate transfer Lasha Petree and 2022 WAC Player of the Year from Cal Baptist Caitlyn Harper.

The Boilermakers will face Florida State for the second straight season, after picking up a 66-61 victory at the St. Pete Showcase when the Seminoles were ranked No. 17/22. It was Purdue’s first ranked win since 2018-19.

Purdue has faced Oklahoma State and Harvard each once. OSU knocked off the Boilermakers in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Mackey Arena, 76-63. Purdue edged Harvard 66-65 in the lone matchup between the two programs on Nov. 11, 2018.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue assistant coach Leroy Vega has been named an assistant coach for Team USA and heads to Oaxtepec, Mexico this weekend for the 2022 U20 Pan American Championships. Vega is set to coach the nation’s freestyle roster, which includes two past World medal winners and six other past World Team members.

“This is an awesome opportunity for me to go support our country and help mentor some of the nation’s best wrestlers,” said Vega. “I’m very excited to help these young men go chase gold in Mexico and continue helping them prep for the world championships.”

This coaching assignment adds to a long list of accolades and opportunities for Vega. He was a two-time placewinner at the world championships, placing in both Greco Roman and freestyle, and was a three-time All-American at Minnesota. He stayed on to coach with the Golden Gophers after helping lead them to a pair of national team titles, and also had coaching stops at Calumet College of St. Joseph and his alma mater, Portage High School.

In his three years with the Boilermaker lightweights he’s mentored several standout Boilermakers, including 2020 All-American Devin Schroder and 2022 U.S. Open Champion Matt Ramos.


SOUTH BENDInd.  – University of Notre Dame signee Brennan Ali was selected in the seventh round, 212th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2022 NHL Draft. 

The Glencoe, Illinois native becomes the 92nd player in program history to be selected in the NHL Draft and the 45th in head coach Jeff Jackson’s tenure. Ali is also the fifth Fighting Irish player to be selected by the Red Wings. He signed a NLI with the Irish in the fall of 2021.

Notre Dame has had at least one player selected in each NHL Draft since 2004 and in 23 of the last 24 NHL Drafts.

The 2022 NHL Draft took place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8 at Bell Centre in Montreal. 

Brennan Ali | Forward | Glencoe, Illinois

  • Signed an NLI with the Irish in the fall of 2021.
  • Played for Avon Old Farms (USHS-Prep), the USNTDP (U18) and Lincoln (USHL) during the 2021-22 season.
  • Spent the majority of the year with Avon, where he had 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 27 games.
  • Played two games with the NTDP and notched an assist before finishing the season with Lincoln where he had a pair of assists in nine games. 
  • Rated 83rd in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings among North American skaters.
  • Was a member of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team at the 2021 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup
  • Notched three assists in four games for Team USA in that event.
  • Also appeared in contests for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program at the U-17 level, playing in 11 games (1-2-3).
  • Played youth hockey in the Chicago Mission organization from 2017-21.
  • Attended USA Hockey’s Select 15 and 17 Camps in 2019 and 2021.

Current Irish in the NHL Draft

  • Jack Adams (GS, F): Detroit Red Wings, sixth round/162nd overall (2017)
  • Nick Leivermann (GS, D): Colorado Avalanche, seventh round/187th overall (2017)
  • Ben Brinkman (GS, D): Dallas Stars, sixth round/173rd overall (2019)
  • Justin Janicke (So., F): Seattle Kraken, seventh round/195th overall (2021)
  • Trevor Janicke (Sr., F): Anaheim Ducks, fifth round/132nd overall (2019)
  • Landon Slaggert (Jr., F): Chicago Blackhawks, third round/79th overall (2020)
  • Ryder Rolston (Jr., F): Colorado Avalanche, fifth round/139th overall (2020)
    • Rolston’s rights were traded to Chicago at 2021 the trade deadline
  • Jake Boltmann (So., D): Calgary Flames, third round/80th overall (2020)


  • Fourteen former Fighting Irish players skated in the NHL this past season: Anders Bjork (Buffalo Sabres), Ian Cole (Carolina Hurricanes), Jake Evans (Montreal Canadiens), Steven Fogarty (Boston Bruins),  Jordan Gross (Colorado Avalanche) Vinnie Hinostroza (Buffalo Sabres), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Kyle Palmieri (New York Islanders), Andrew Peeke (Columbus), Cal Petersen (Los Angeles Kings), Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins), Riley Sheahan (Seattle Kraken), Alex Steeves (Toronto Maple Leafs) and TJ Tynan (Los Angeles Kings).
  • Steeves made his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 7 against Columbus (and former Notre Dame teammate Andrew Peeke) in a 5-4 Toronto win.
  • Steeves became the 25th former Irish player under head coach Jeff Jackson to reach the NHL and the Notre Dame program’s 39th NHL player overall. 
  • Prior to Steeves, the most recent Notre Dame players to make their NHL debuts were Jordan Gross, Peeke, Jake Evans and Thomas DiPauli during the 2019-20 season. 


The Valpo volleyball team will play 12 regular season home matches at the ARC during the 2022 season, as the program unveiled its schedule for the upcoming season Friday. The Beacons enter 2022 coming off of one of the most successful campaigns in program history, as they won 26 matches and advanced to the final of the NIVC a season ago.

After hosting Western Michigan for an exhibition match, Valpo will open the regular season at the DoubleTree-Youngstown Invitational Aug. 26-27. The tournament opener will pit the Beacons against Delaware State, which won 25 matches, shared the MEAC regular season title and earned a berth in the NIVC a season ago. Valpo will then face Idaho before closing action against host Youngstown State.

Valpo hosts the Popcorn Classic at the ARC Sept. 2-3. The Beacons welcome SIUE, Campbell and Northern Illinois to town for the two-day, six-match event. Campbell enjoyed a strong season in 2021, winning 21 matches en route to claiming the Big South Tournament championship and appearing in the NCAA Tournament. This marks the 11th time in the tenure of head coach Carin Avery that Valpo will host an early-season tournament — the program has won the tournament title in six of the previous 10 events.

Pre-conference action continues at an event co-hosted by Akron and Cleveland State Sept. 9-10, where the Beacons will take on Morgan State at Akron to open play before facing the pair of hosts. The final early-season tournament sees Valpo head to San Antonio, Texas for the Roadrunner Classic Sept. 16-17, with matchups against UIW, host UTSA and Houston Baptist. HBU was also a postseason team a year ago, winning 21 matches and earning an NIVC berth in 2021.

The 12 early-season matches set Valpo up for the 2022 Missouri Valley Conference slate. For the first time since joining the MVC, it will not be a full double round-robin conference schedule, as the conference schedule remains at 18 matches despite the expansion to 12 programs. The Beacons will face Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Evansville and Indiana State once apiece and the other seven teams twice.

The MVC schedule opens at the ARC for Valpo Sept. 23-24, with UNI and Drake coming to town. The regular season finale will be Nov. 16, as MVC newcomer UIC visits the ARC. The 2022 MVC Tournament is slated for Nov. 20-23 at Evansville, with a field comprised of the top eight teams in the regular season standings.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) will host its 10th annual GLVC Football Kickoff event on Friday, July 29, setting the scene for the league’s 11th season on the gridiron.

The annual celebration will be held at The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on the campus of McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., for the eighth time. This season’s event, which will serve both the league’s media members and passionate fans through several social media outlets, will take place from 12:30-3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Located just outside the gates of McKendree’s Leemon Field, “The Hett,” as it is commonly referred to on campus, has been a perfect setting for the GLVC Football Kickoff the past seven seasons, excluding 2020 when the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first two events in 2012 and 2013 were held at the Millennium Student Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

All seven Conference teams will be represented by a coach and two players again for the 2022 version.

Eight-time GLVC Champion UIndy will be represented at this year’s GLVC Football Kickoff by head coach Chris Keevers in his fourth season at the helm. UIndy has compiled a 62-7 (.899) record in GLVC play since the league began sponsoring the sport in 2012, including a 5-2 mark to finish runner-up this past fall season. The Greyhounds have also garnered NCAA Division II playoff bids in six of the last nine seasons, most recently in 2019.

In the coming weeks, the GLVC will release its list of player attendees and launch the official GLVC Football Kickoff website, as well as the fan-interactive schedule.


INDIANAPOLIS – On Friday afternoon, the Marian men’s and women’s tennis teams released their schedules for the fall portion of their 2022-2023 season, as announced by head coaches Steve Mackell and Tyler Scanlan. The Knights will play eight regular season matches in the fall on four dates leading up to the Crossroads League Tournament.

For the third straight season, the Crossroads League schedule will be competed in tri-matches, with each team playing a pair of matches on the same date. Marian’s Crossroads League slate will feature three away matches and one home match.

Marian’s fall season will begin on September 3, when the Knights travel to Fort Wayne to take on both St. Francis and Spring Arbor. The matches at Swinney Park in Fort Wayne will begin at 9:30 a.m., with Marian playing St. Francis first in their back to back match. On September 7, Marian will head to South Bend, playing against Bethel and Huntington. Bethel will serve as the host for the matches slated to begin at 9:30 a.m., with the contests to be played at John Adams High School.

The Knights will play the third set of tri-matches on the road, traveling to Ohio to take on both Mount Vernon Nazarene and Indiana Wesleyan on September 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. The final date of regular season Crossroads League matches is set for September 13, when Marian will play their home opener against Goshen and Grace. The Knights will play the Maple Leafs at 9 a.m. that day, and will finish the day taking on the Lancers at 4 p.m.

The Crossroads League Tournament will begin on September 20, with the championship match to be played on September 24. Following the CL Tournament, Marian will end their fall season in Marion, Ind., from September 28 through October 1, competing in the annual ITA Regional Tournament. Marian tennis will resume their schedule in 2023 following winter break.


INDIANAPOLIS – On Friday July 8, head coach Michael Holman officially announced the Marian men’s and women’s 2022 cross country schedule. The Knights are looking to build to their improving distance program in 2022, coming off a 2021 season that saw the men reach the NAIA Championships, while the women got stronger as the season progressed.

The Knights are scheduled to race in six regular season meets in 2022, with the first coming on September 9 in the annual Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Meet. Marian will also send runners to Hanover College in the same weekend, with runners competing at the Hanover Invite on September 10. The final scheduled meet for Marian in the month of September is the annual Notre Dame Catholic Classic, taking place on September 16.

In October, Marian will race three times with the first meet of the month coming on October 1, as the Knights will race in the annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic at Tom Sawyer Park. On October 8 the Knights will travel west to run in the Mount Mercy Seminole Valley Stampede, and on Ocotber 22 the regular season will end at the annual Great Lakes Valley Challenge, hosted by Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

For the first time since 2017 Marian University will serve as the host for the Crossroads League Championship, with the league meet scheduled for November 4. The meet will be held at Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville, Indiana, and will begin with the men’s race at 10:30 a.m. The women’s championship race will follow at 11:30 a.m., and the awards presentation will conclude the CL Championship. The NAIA National Championship will be held on Friday, November 18, and will be ran in Tallahassee, Florida.


1937       Joe DiMaggio hits for the first of his two career cycles as he hits two home runs, a triple, double, and single, helping the Yankees maul the Senators, 16-2. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ will accomplish this feat again in 1948.

1940       At Sportsman’s Park, five National League hurlers combine to throw the first shutout in All-Star history. Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French, and Carl Hubbell three-hit the junior circuit, 4-0, with Max West’s three-run homer providing most of the offense.

1946       At Boston’s Fenway Park, hometown favorite Ted Williams hits two homers and two singles, collecting five RBIs in the American League’s 12-0 rout of the Senior Circuit in the most lopsided game in All-Star history. The first-place Red Sox place eight players on the Midsummer Classic roster, which includes starters Dom DiMaggio (cf), Johnny Pesky (ss), and Bobby Doerr (2b) in addition to Williams, who plays the entire game in left field.

1953       At Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies reliever Bob Miller replaces Robin Roberts, ending the starter’s consecutive complete-game streak at 28. The future Hall of Famer (1976) had finished every game he started since beating the Cardinals last season on August 28.

1956       After Commissioner Ford Frick shares his belief that hurlers lack support in the MVP voting, the BBWAA, by a narrow margin of 14-12, votes to establish the Cy Young Award to honor the major leagues’ most outstanding pitcher. The first recipient of the Cy Young Award will be Dodger Don Newcombe, ironically the winner of the Most Valuable Player Award.

1958       On Capitol Hill, Casey Stengel and Mickey Mantle appear in front of a Senate subcommittee investigating baseball’s antitrust exemption. After ‘the Old Perfessor’ gives 45 minutes of rambling and confusing testimony, Sen. Estes Kefauver laughs when he asks ‘the Mick’ to respond to his inquiry about the issue, and the slugger answers, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.”

1963       The Indians host their third Midsummer Classic in front of a disappointing crowd of 44,160 fans at Cleveland Stadium. The Junior Circuit’s 5-3 loss to the National League does not feature any players from the Tribe.

1964       Frank Thomas, pinch-hitting for Roy McMillan, strokes a two-out, two-run homer off Curt Simmons, giving the Mets a 4–3 victory over the Cardinals at Shea Stadium. The round-tripper comes in the outfielder’s first at-bat in five weeks due to being sidelined by a glandular infection.

1966       During a contest between the Cardinals and Astros on a hot and humid evening at Busch Stadium, Harry Caray does the game’s play-by-play in just his underwear and socks. Surprised by a photographer taking a photo of him, the veteran broadcaster adjusts the boxers’ waistband as the camera clicks.

1968       In the first All-Star Game played indoors, American Leaguers are held to just three hits in the Astrodome, with the National League winning the first Midsummer Classic to end with a score of 1-0. The contest’s lone tally comes in the bottom of the first frame when Willie Mays, who had been picked off but stayed on the bases due to Luis Tiant’s throwing error, scores an unearned run when Willie McCovey hits into a double-play.

1969       Tom Seaver’s near-perfect game, immortalized as “The Imperfect Game,” is broken up when Cubs rookie outfielder Jim Qualls, a lifetime .223 hitter, singles into center field. The 24-year-old right-hander, who tosses five one-hitters for the Mets, will finally get his no-no in 1978 against St. Louis pitching for the Reds.

1970       Coming off the bench at Tiger Stadium against his former team, Dalton Jones hits an upper-deck grand slam ‘single’ against the Red Sox. The pinch-hitter passes teammate Don Wert between first and second, resulting in the hit becoming a three-RBI single instead of a round-tripper.

1971       In the longest shutout in American League history, the A’s beat the Angels, 1-0, when Angel Mangual plates Curt Blefary with a two-out single in the bottom of the 20th inning. Oakland’s 21-year-old southpaw Vida Blue fans 17 batters in the first eleven innings of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum contest.

1971       Royals’ Freddie Patek completes the cycle with a two-run ninth-inning homer off Minnesota starter Jim Perry. The 5’5″ Kansas City shortstop’s round-tripper breaks a 3-3 deadlock in Kansas City’s eventual 6-3 victory over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium.

1972       Striking out three Red Sox batters in the second inning en route to a 16 K complete game performance against Boston, Nolan Ryan becomes the third pitcher in baseball history to have struck out the side on nine pitches twice during his career. The Angels fireballer, who first did it with the Mets in 1968, joins Lefty Grove (twice in 1938) and Sandy Koufax (1962 and 1964) as the other hurlers who have accomplished the feat.

1973       Interrupting Board Chairman M. Donald Grant’s pep talk during a team meeting, Mets reliever Tug McGraw shouts out the words, “Ya Gotta Believe,” which will become the rallying cry for the club climbing out of the cellar en route to the NL pennant. Although New York beats Houston, 2-1, in 12 innings, their closer’s words of encouragement will not immediately light a fire under the team, as they will continue to struggle until the middle of August.

1976       Astros’ hurler Larry Dierker no-hits the Expos, 6-0, striking out eight of the 30 batters he faces in the Astrodome contest. The future team broadcaster and manager had previously thrown two one-hitters.

1976       Longtime Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey dies of leukemia at New England Baptist Hospital. The Fenway Park center field flag is lowered to half-mast to pay tribute to the 73-year-old philanthropist the Boston Herald called “‘baseball’s best friend,” a legacy questioned due to allegations of racism during his four-plus decades in Boston.

1986       Braves outfielder Dale Murphy’s consecutive-game streak ends at 740 games when he sits the bench in the team’s 7-3 victory over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. The 30-year-old five-time All-Star hadn’t missed a game since September of 1981.

1987       The Twins win their eighth consecutive game when they blank the A’s at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7-0. The eventual World Champions will not win another game until July 22, dropping their next nine decisions, a dubious feat the streaky team also accomplished in April.

1988       Giants second baseman Chris Speier hits a seventh-inning triple to complete the cycle in the 21-2 rout of the Cardinals at Candlestick Park. The 21 runs crossing the plate establish a San Francisco record.

1988       Nolan Ryan, notching his 100th victory as an Astro, becomes only the second hurler to win a hundred games with a team in each league when Houston beats New York, 6-3. The 41-year-old right-hander, who also won 134 games for the Angels, joins Cy Young, who reached the plateau with the Cleveland Spiders (NL) and the Boston Pilgrims (AL), who will become known as the Red Sox.

1990       As a result of a dream of being devoured by spiders, Glenallen Hill suffers cuts and bruises when he falls through a glass table, attempting to flee his eight-legged demons in a semiconscious state. The 25-year-old sophomore Blue Jays’ outfielder will now be known affectionately as ‘Spiderman’ to his teammates during his 13-year tenure in the major leagues.

1991       Cal Ripken’s three-run homer helps the AL defeat the Nationals, 4-2, giving the Junior Circuit its fourth consecutive All-Star win. Tony La Russa becomes the first manager with three straight Midsummer Classic victories.

1996       Mike Piazza, named the All-Star Game’s MVP, hits a moon shot into the upper-deck at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. The Dodger backstop also strokes an RBI double, helping the National League beat the AL, 6-0.

1998       The owners elect Bud Selig, who served as the acting commissioner for nearly the last six years, to be baseball’s ninth commissioner. The Brewer owner plans to place the Milwaukee franchise in trust to avoid any conflict of interest.

2001       Luis Gonzalez, the first Diamondback player to participate in the Home Run Debry, wins the All-Star long ball contest at Seattle’s Safeco Field. The Arizona outfielder, who will hit 57 home runs this season, almost double the amount he will compile in any other year, defeats 2000 Derby Champ Sammy Sosa in the final round, 6-2.

2002       Despite chants of ‘Let them play!’ from the sellout crowd of 41,871 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig declares the 73rd All-Star Game a 7-7 tie after 11 innings. No player is selected to receive the first Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award, named in honor of the late Red Sox legend, who died five days ago.

2005       After 11 years, Coors Field finally has a 1-0 game as the Rockies escape a bases full ninth inning to edge the Padres. The span of 847 regular-season games is the longest time ever needed for any big-league ballpark to host a contest with baseball’s lowest possible score.

2005       Mike Sweeney’s 5-for-5 performance helps him tie a franchise record, collecting eight consecutive hits. With knocks in his last three at-bats yesterday, the Royals designated hitter’s streak includes three doubles and five singles.

2005       On the first pitch of his only big league plate appearance, 24-year-old Adam Greenberg, entering the game as a ninth-inning pinch-hitter for the Cubs, is struck in the head by a 92-mph fastball thrown by Marlin hurler Valerio de Los Santos. The Guilford High School (CT) standout, the first player in the history of the state named to four all-state teams, sustains a concussion and experiences positional vertigo due to the beaning.

2009       Washington completes a game suspended at Nationals Park on May 5th with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning and the score knotted at 10, playing as the home team on the road with an 11-10 walk-off victory over the Astros when the frame continues at Minute Maid Park. Joel Hanrahan, traded to Pittsburgh in the interim, is credited with the win even though he is wearing a Pirates uniform.

2011       The Dayton Dragons have a sellout for their 815th straight home game, surpassing the record for a North American professional sports team, previously held by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. The Cincinnati Reds affiliate in the Midwest League has sold out for every game it has played at Fifth Third Field since its move from Rockford in 2000.

2011       With a third-inning home run off Tampa Bay southpaw David Price, Derek Jeter becomes the 28th player and the first in a Yankee uniform to collect his 3000th hit. The ‘Captain’ enjoys a five-hit day in the Bronx, including an infield single in the eighth inning that drives in the winning run in the team’s 5-4 victory.

2013       Boston’s David Ortiz ties Harold Baines for the most hits by a designated hitter with his eighth-inning single off Seattle’s Charlie Furbush, giving him 1,688 career hits as a DH. ‘Big Papi,’ before the record-tying at-bat, had already collected a home run and a pair of doubles in the Red Sox’ 11-8 victory at Safeco Field.

2013       Alex Rios ties both a franchise and American League single-game mark when he collects his sixth hit, a ninth-inning single in the White Sox’ 11-4 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park. The Chicago right fielder, the first player to get four hits off Justin Verlander in one game, goes 6-for-6 at the plate with a triple and five singles.


Boston Red Sox (4) vs Chicago Cubs (2)

In the wake of America’s entry into World War 1, the U.S. government called for a shortened season (ending on Labor Day) as well as an accelerated Series to take place immediately after. The perennial Fall Classic was temporarily transformed into a “Late-Summer” version and ran from September 5th to the 11th. In the first of many, the 1918 season was the first to show the effects of wartime on baseball. Many of the league’s elite players were called up to serve their country and the overall quality of teams suffered as a result. Still, America’s national pastime carried on smartly while helping to raise money (and the spirits) of concerned citizens everywhere. More than just a game, baseball would serve this role time and time again for many years to come.

Despite their thinning line-ups, Boston’s Beantown Bombers had dominated the American League on the way to their fifth World Series appearance. With an undefeated post-season record of 4-0 (they had won as both the Red Sox and the Americans) they were primed and ready for #5. With an elite pitching staff including Carl Mays, “Sad” Sam Jones and “Bullet” Joe Bush, not to mention the multi-talented Babe Ruth, Ed Barrow’s team had won the shortened American League pennant race with a 75-51 record. Ruth split time between the outfield and the mound for the first time in his young career and managed to toss thirteen wins, bat .300 and hit a league leading eleven home runs. Their National League rivals, the Chicago Cubs were returning to the big show with an impressive 84-45 tally and an equally promising group on the mound. “Hippo” Vaughn had led the National League with twenty-two victories and was backed up by Claude Hendrix with tweny wins and Lefty Tyler with nineteen.

The Cubs opened Game 1 at Comiskey Park, home of the cross-town rival White Sox, rather than their own Weeghman Park (later named Wrigley Field) due to it’s larger seating capacity. Trading ballparks was not that unusual back in the day, as the Red Sox had chosen Braves Field over their own Fenway Park for their previous two Series appearances. Babe Ruth continued to build on his post-season legacy by extending his consecutive scoreless innings from thirteen to twenty-two against “Hippo” Vaughn in a 1-0 victory. Lefty Tyler managed to even it up the following day by throwing a six hit, 3-1 decision. Vaughn returned for revenge in Game 3 backed by his teams newfound momentum, but fell short after losing a 3-1 heartbreaker to Carl Mays.

A well-rested Ruth returned to the mound for Game 4 and increased his scoreless streak to a record twenty-nine consecutive innings with a 3-2 win that also featured a great performance at the plate. The Babe had delivered the winning hit as well with a huge two run triple in the fourth. Boston was now up three games to one. Vaughn finally had his revenge in Game 5 tossing a five hitter and blanking the Red Sox with a 3-0 triumph, but it would be all the Cubs could muster. Game 6, would be their last stand as Mays buried the hatchet in the form of a three hit 2-1 triumph that ended the Series and crowned his franchise as five-time World Champions.

Boston’s grand finale almost didn’t take place as the game was delayed due to a heated players debate over gate receipts. Series shares would be reduced drastically because, for the first time, all first-division clubs shared in the revenue.

Without a doubt, pitching was easily the most notable statistic of the 1918 Series. Boston’s pitchers had combined for an impressive 1.70 ERA and Chicago’s boasted an even better 1.04. Neither team scored more than three runs in a game and there wasn’t a single homerun in all six. The victorious Sox batted a miserable.186 and the losing Cubs swung a lowly .210.


1877 First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins – first official lawn tennis tournament – men’s singles only

1891 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-2, 6-1 in a repeat matchup and result of the 2 previous finals

1904 US Open Men’s Golf, Glen View GC: defending champion Willie Anderson of Scotland wins the 3rd of his 4 Open titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Gilbert Nicholls

1914 Boston Red Sox purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth’s contract from minor league Baltimore Orioles

1932 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed

1932 Yanks’ Ben Chapman hits 2 inside-the-park HRs, tying record

1933 Philadelphia-based NFL team Frankford Yellow Jackets sold; rebranded Philadelphia Eagles

1937 British Open Men’s Golf, Carnoustie: Henry Cotton wins second of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Reg Whitcombe

1939 A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa

1940 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman’s Park, St Louis

1946 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston

1948 Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless innings for Cleveland in St. Louis

1949 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St.George’s GC: South African Bobby Locke wins a 36-hole playoff by 12 strokes from Irishman Harry Bradshaw

1953 Phillies Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games

1954 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 23 year old Australian Peter Thomson wins first of his 5 Open titles by a stroke from Bobby Locke, Dai Rees, and Syd Scott

1957 24th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-6 at Sportsman’s Park, St Louis

1960 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Australian Kel Nagle wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Arnold Palmer in the centenary year of the Open Championship

1963 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)

1966 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors

1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76’ers to LA Lakers

1968 39th MLB All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: NL beats AL, 1-0; MVP: Willie Mays, SF Giants, CF

1969 Tom Seaver’s no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th

1972 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Stan Smith beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 for his only Wimbledon title

1977 British Open Men’s Golf, Turnberry: Tom Watson wins second of 5 Open titles by a stroke from Jack Nicklaus; pair play together in final 2 rounds; separate themselves from field under rare clear skies, remembered as the “Duel in the Sun”

1988 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3

1989 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany beats Sweden’s Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 for his 3rd and last Wimbledon title

1989 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis Open: Steffi Graf successfully defends her title beating Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

1994 11,000th HR in NY Yankees history (Matt Nokes)

1995 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Pete Sampras wins his 3rd straight Wimbledon title; beats Boris Becker of Germany 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

1996 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

1996 All star MVP: Mike Piazza (LA Dodgers)

1997 Baseball’s triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband

2000 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Pete Sampras wins 4th straight Wimbledon singles title; beats Patrick Rafter of Australia 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 for his 13th Grand Slams title

2000 Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe

2001 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 3-time runner-up Goran Ivanišević wins his lone major title beating Patrick Rafter of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7

2002 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee

2006 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3

2009 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

2016 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam singles tiles

2017 Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul becomes youngest winner in a female professional golf event at 14 years, 4 months & 19 days at Ladies European Thailand Championship

2018 Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper buys Carolina Panthers for an NFL record $2.275 billion

2021 British road cyclist Mark Cavendish wins Nîmes to Carcassonne stage 13 of the Tour de France for his record equalling 34th career stage victory; equals Eddy Merckx’s mark


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Tampa Bay at Cincinnati4:10pmFS1
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Washington at Atlanta4:10pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Kansas City4:10pmBally Sports
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee4:10pmATTSN-PIT
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Colorado at Arizona4:10pmBally Sports
San Francisco at San Diego7:15pmFOX
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NY Yankees at Boston7:15pmFOX
Toronto at Seattle10:10pmMLBN
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Chi. Cubs at LA Dodgers10:10pmMLBN
UFC: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev9:00pmESPN
MotorsportsTIME ETTV
NASCAR Truck: O’Reilly Auto Parts 1501:30pmFS1
Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 2505:00pmUSA
Toronto vs Philadelphia3:30pmNBATV
Orlando vs Sacramento4:00pmESPN
Boston vs Miami5:30pmNBATV
Detroit vs Washington6:00pmESPN2
Atlanta vs Utah7:30pmNBATV
Oklahoma City vs Houston8:00pmESPN2
LA Clippers vs Memphis9:30pmNBATV
New Orleans vs Portland10:00pmESPN2
UEFA Women’s Euro: Portugal vs Switzerland12:00pmESPN+
MLS: New York City vs New England1:00pmUniMas
UEFA Women’s Euro: Netherlands vs Sweden3:00pmESPN2
MLS: Toronto FC vs SJ Earthquakes4:30pmFOX
MLS: Toronto FC vs SJ Earthquakes7:00pmFS1
MLS: Atlanta United vs Austin7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Toronto FC vs SJ Earthquakes7:30pmESPN+
MLS: CF Montréal vs Sporting KC7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati vs New York RB7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Orlando City SC vs Inter Miami8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Houston Dynamo vs Dallas8:30pmESPN+
Liga MX: Guadalajara vs Atlético San Luis8:00pmTelemundo
MLS: Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids10:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Monterrey vs América10:05pmFS1
NWSL: Angel City vs San Diego Wave10:30pmParamount+


PBA: Elias Cup Finals1:00pmFS1
Tour de France8:00amUSA
DP World: Scottish Open10:00amGOLF
DP World: Scottish Open12:00pmCBS
Senior Players Championship12:00pmGOLF
American Century Championship2:30pmNBC
PGA: Barbasol Championship4:00pmGOLF
LA Angels at Baltimore12:05pmBally Sports
Washington at Atlanta1:35pmMLBN
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Miami at NY Mets1:40pmMLBN
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Tampa Bay at Cincinnati1:40pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Kansas City2:10pmBally Sports
Detroit at Chi. White Sox2:10pmBally Sports
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee2:10pmATTSN-PIT
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Philadelphia at St. Louis2:15pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Minnesota at Texas2:35pmBally Sports
Houston at Oakland4:07pmNBCS-CA
Chi. Cubs at LA Dodgers4:10pmMLBN
Colorado at Arizona4:10pmBally Sports
San Francisco at San Diego4:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Toronto at Seattle4:10pmSportsnet
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NY Yankees at Boston7:00pmESPN
MotorsportsTIME ETTV
Formula One: Austrian Grand Prix9:00amESPN
NASCAR Cup: Quaker State 4003:00pmUSA
Indiana vs Sacramento3:00pmESPN
Philadelphia vs Brooklyn3:30pmNBATV
Chicago vs New York5:00pmESPN2
Washington vs Phoenix5:30pmNBATV
Denver vs Cleveland7:00pmESPNU
Golden State vs San Antonio7:30pmNBATV
Minnesota vs Memphis9:00pmESPNU
Charlotte vs LA Lakers9:30pmNBATV
UEFA Women’s Euro: Belgium vs Iceland12:00pmESPN2
Liga MX: Toluca vs Atlas1:00pmTUDN
UEFA Women’s Euro: France vs Italy3:00pmESPN+
NWSL: Washington Spirit vs Kansas City Current5:00pmParamount+
NWSL: OL Reign vs Portland Thorns6:00pmParamount+
NWSL: Chicago Red Stars vs North Carolina Courage6:00pmParamount+


NY YANKEES6123.72634 – 927 – 1428 – 1219 – 610 – 47 – 3W 3
TAMPA BAY4538.54215.525 – 1720 – 2117 – 166 – 912 – 95 – 5L 1
BOSTON4539.5361621 – 2024 – 199 – 2012 – 719 – 73 – 7L 4
TORONTO4540.52916.525 – 1820 – 2216 – 1810 – 915 – 93 – 7L 2
BALTIMORE4144.48220.523 – 1718 – 2715 – 1911 – 1310 – 86 – 4W 6
MINNESOTA4739.54725 – 1822 – 2113 – 1022 – 169 – 85 – 5L 2
CLEVELAND4041.4944.520 – 1720 – 246 – 1017 – 169 – 83 – 7L 5
CHI WHITE SOX3943.476617 – 2522 – 1814 – 1511 – 167 – 95 – 5L 2
DETROIT3647.4349.523 – 2413 – 237 – 1418 – 163 – 108 – 2W 6
KANSAS CITY3151.3781415 – 2516 – 264 – 914 – 189 – 165 – 5W 1
HOUSTON5528.66327 – 1228 – 166 – 816 – 425 – 129 – 1W 2
SEATTLE4342.5061322 – 2021 – 2210 – 157 – 620 – 169 – 1W 6
TEXAS3843.4691618 – 2020 – 235 – 1110 – 715 – 184 – 6W 1
LA ANGELS3847.4471821 – 2317 – 246 – 169 – 517 – 173 – 7L 2
OAKLAND2857.3292810 – 3018 – 2710 – 169 – 157 – 213 – 7L 2
NY METS5232.61927 – 1425 – 1825 – 109 – 413 – 105 – 5L 1
ATLANTA5035.5882.528 – 1822 – 1716 – 1117 – 1013 – 117 – 3W 1
PHILADELPHIA4539.536724 – 2121 – 1815 – 197 – 316 – 116 – 4W 2
MIAMI4042.4881120 – 1720 – 2523 – 153 – 69 – 147 – 3W 1
WASHINGTON3056.3492314 – 3116 – 257 – 319 – 89 – 112 – 8L 2
MILWAUKEE4837.56521 – 1727 – 2011 – 1328 – 173 – 56 – 4W 1
ST. LOUIS4541.5233.524 – 1721 – 248 – 1322 – 149 – 53 – 7L 1
CHI CUBS3450.40513.517 – 2717 – 233 – 320 – 217 – 166 – 4L 2
PITTSBURGH3450.40513.520 – 2314 – 274 – 716 – 2712 – 95 – 5L 2
CINCINNATI3054.35717.516 – 2814 – 265 – 912 – 198 – 214 – 6W 2
LA DODGERS5429.65128 – 1326 – 1611 – 913 – 521 – 119 – 1W 5
SAN DIEGO4936.576623 – 1826 – 1812 – 919 – 1017 – 144 – 6W 2
SAN FRANCISCO4141.50012.521 – 2020 – 2114 – 138 – 912 – 132 – 8L 2
ARIZONA3747.44017.521 – 2516 – 2212 – 1010 – 119 – 224 – 6L 3
COLORADO3747.44017.523 – 2114 – 268 – 196 – 417 – 165 – 5W 2