Phoenix 118 Milwaukee 108
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Oakland 2 Houston 1
Seattle 4 NY Yankees 0
Cleveland 7 Kansas City 4
Minnesota 5 Detroit 3
LA Dodgers 6 Miami 1
Colorado 9 Arizona 3
Philadelphia 8 Chicago Cubs 0
Milwaukee 5 Cincinnati 3
San Diego 9 Washington 8
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 10 Columbus 3
Fort Wayne 5 Lake County 4
South Bend 4 Beloit 0
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York 1 Philadelphia 1
Nashville 2 Atlanta 2
|John Deere Classic|
|Jul. 8-11, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1t||Sebastian Munoz||63||-8 (63)||F|
|1t||Chesson Hadley||63||-8 (63)||F|
|3t||Chez Reavie||64||-7 (64)||F|
|3t||Camilo Villegas||64||-7 (64)||F|
|3t||Hank Lebioda||64||-7 (64)||F|
|6||Ryan Moore||65||-6 (65)||F|
|7t||Luke List||66||-5 (66)||F|
|7t||Kevin Tway||66||-5 (66)||F|
|7t||Cameron Champ||66||-5 (66)||F|
|7t||Michael Gellerman||66||-5 (66)||F|
|7t||Doug Ghim||66||-5 (66)||F|
|12t||Sam Ryder||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Bronson Burgoon||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Cameron Davis||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Sung Kang||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Harold Varner III||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Alex Smalley||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Adam Schenk||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||J.J. Spaun||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Henrik Norlander||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Jhonattan Vegas||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Kevin Na||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Nick Taylor||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Brandon Hagy||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Russell Henley||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Fabian Gomez||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Patrick Rodgers||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Chris Baker||67||-4 (67)||F|
|29t||Chase Seiffert||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||D.J. Trahan||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Scott Harrington||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Dylan Frittelli||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Pat Perez||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Sungjae Im||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Jim Herman||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Keith Mitchell||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Michael Thompson||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Lucas Glover||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Seamus Power||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Will Gordon||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||John Huh||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Scott Stallings||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Mark Wilson||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Mark Hubbard||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Kyle Stanley||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Zach Johnson||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Martin Laird||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||C.T. Pan||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Jason Dufner||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Richy Werenski||68||-3 (68)||F|
|29t||Wes Roach||68||-3 (68)||F|
|52t||Sean O’Hair||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Danny Lee||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Brian Gay||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Robert Streb||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Jonas Blixt||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Ben Martin||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Doc Redman||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Matthew NeSmith||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Eric Cole||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Andres Romero||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Rhein Gibson||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Luke Kluver||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Scott Brown||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Brian Stuard||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||K.J. Choi||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Tom Lewis||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Daniel Berger||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Satoshi Kodaira||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Hudson Swafford||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Greg Chalmers||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Patton Kizzire||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Vaughn Taylor||69||-2 (69)||F|
|52t||Rob Oppenheim||69||-2 (69)||F|
|75t||Alex Noren||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Harry Higgs||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Bo Hoag||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Brian Harman||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Steve Stricker||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Andrew Landry||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Andrew Putnam||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Nick Watney||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Mark Anderson||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Mito Pereira||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Ben Taylor||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Roger Sloan||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||David Hearn||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Ted Potter, Jr.||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Martin Trainer||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Scott Piercy||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Ryan Armour||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Adam Long||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Sepp Straka||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Cameron Percy||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Rory Sabbatini||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Kramer Hickok||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Denny McCarthy||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Willie Mack III||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Luke Gannon||70||-1 (70)||F|
|75t||Rodrigo Lee||70||-1 (70)||F|
|102t||George McNeill||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||D.A. Points||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Johnson Wagner||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Brice Garnett||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Anirban Lahiri||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Robby Shelton||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Nelson Ledesma||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Bo Van Pelt||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Ricky Barnes||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Charles Howell III||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Maverick McNealy||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Sangmoon Bae||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Byeong Hun An||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Ryan Blaum||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Arjun Atwal||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Vincent Whaley||71||E (71)||F|
|102t||Michael Gligic||71||E (71)||F|
|119t||Jonathan Byrd||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||Kevin Streelman||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||Aaron Wise||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||J.B. Holmes||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||J.J. Henry||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||Richard S. Johnson||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||Alex Schaake||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||David Lingmerth||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||Peter Malnati||72||+1 (72)||F|
|119t||Aaron Baddeley||72||+1 (72)||F|
|129t||Austin Cook||73||+2 (73)||F|
|129t||Beau Hossler||73||+2 (73)||F|
|129t||Michael Kim||73||+2 (73)||F|
|129t||Bill Haas||73||+2 (73)||F|
|129t||Dominic Bozzelli||73||+2 (73)||F|
|129t||Zack Sucher||73||+2 (73)||F|
|135t||Shawn Stefani||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||Troy Merritt||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||Sebastian Cappelen||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||Chad Proehl||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||J.T. Poston||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||John Senden||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||Josh Teater||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||Rafael Campos||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||David Perkins||74||+3 (74)||F|
|135t||Ryan Brehm||74||+3 (74)||F|
|145t||Tyler Duncan||75||+4 (75)||F|
|145t||Joseph Bramlett||75||+4 (75)||F|
|145t||Kevin Stadler||75||+4 (75)||F|
|145t||Tripp Kinney||75||+4 (75)||F|
|149t||Parker McLachlin||76||+5 (76)||F|
|149t||Kristoffer Ventura||76||+5 (76)||F|
|149t||Harrison Frazar||76||+5 (76)||F|
|152||Michael Feagles||77||+6 (77)||F|
|153t||Matt Every||79||+8 (79)||F|
|153t||Jason Bohn||79||+8 (79)||F|
|–||Si Woo Kim||–||–||–||–||WD||–|
|Marathon Classic presented by Dana|
|Jul. 8-11, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Nasa Hataoka||61||-10 (61)||F|
|2||Lauren Stephenson||65||-6 (65)||F|
|3t||Ssu-Chia Cheng||66||-5 (66)||F|
|3t||Yealimi Noh||66||-5 (66)||F|
|3t||Ariya Jutanugarn||66||-5 (66)||F|
|3t||Mina Harigae||66||-5 (66)||F|
|3t||Matilda Castren||66||-5 (66)||F|
|8t||Elizabeth Szokol||67||-4 (67)||F|
|8t||Alison Lee||67||-4 (67)||F|
|8t||Brittany Lincicome||67||-4 (67)||F|
|8t||Jennifer Song||67||-4 (67)||F|
|8t||Amy Yang||67||-4 (67)||F|
|8t||Mirim Lee||67||-4 (67)||F|
|14t||Christina Kim||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Caroline Masson||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Linnea Strom||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Chella Choi||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Cristie Kerr||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Min Lee||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Lauren Coughlin||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Brianna Do||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||A Lim Kim||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Jasmine Suwannapura||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Megan Khang||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Stacy Lewis||68||-3 (68)||F|
|14t||Katherine Perry-Hamski||68||-3 (68)||F|
|27t||Azahara Munoz||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Kristen Gillman||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Su-Hyun Oh||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Mel Reid||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Brittany Altomare||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Leona Maguire||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Perrine Delacour||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Rachel Heck||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Elizabeth Nagel||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Pornanong Phatlum||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Paula Creamer||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Austin Ernst||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Cheyenne Knight||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Jennifer Kupcho||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Gerina Piller||69||-2 (69)||F|
|27t||Ana Belac||69||-2 (69)||F|
|44t||Caroline Inglis||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Muni He||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Mo Martin||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Jackie Stoelting||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Esther Henseleit||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Sarah Kemp||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Danielle Kang||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Sarah Jane Smith||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Lee Lopez||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Gemma Dryburgh||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Sarah Burnham||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Lindy Duncan||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Alana Uriell||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Lauren Kim||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Moriya Jutanugarn||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Sophia Popov||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Brooke Henderson||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Jessica Korda||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Carlota Ciganda||70||-1 (70)||F|
|44t||Vicky Hurst||70||-1 (70)||F|
|65t||Dottie Ardina||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Andrea Lee||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Jeong Eun Lee||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Cydney Clanton||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Jenny Coleman||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Wei-Ling Hsu||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Celine Boutier||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Inbee Park||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Katherine Kirk||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Jacqui Concolino||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Maria Fassi||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Jaravee Boonchant||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Marissa Steen||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Jaye Marie Green||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Albane Valenzuela||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Angel Yin||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Sarah Schmelzel||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Yuka Saso||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Bianca Pagdanganan||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Aditi Ashok||71||E (71)||F|
|65t||Haeji Kang||71||E (71)||F|
|86t||Mariah Stackhouse||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Haley Moore||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Celine Herbin||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Alena Sharp||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||In-Kyung Kim||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||So Yeon Ryu||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Kristy McPherson||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Dana Finkelstein||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Katelyn Dambaugh||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Valentina Haupt||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Maia Schechter||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Peiyun Chien||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Mi Hyang Lee||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Jing Yan||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Amy Olson||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Min Seo Kwak||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Jennifer Chang||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Kris Tamulis||72||+1 (72)||F|
|86t||Yujeong Son||72||+1 (72)||F|
|105t||Paula Reto||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Wichanee Meechai||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Ashleigh Buhai||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Bronte Law||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Sydnee Michaels||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Tiffany Joh||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Emma Talley||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Yu Liu||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Brittany Lang||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Pavarisa Yoktuan||73||+2 (73)||F|
|105t||Benyapa Niphatsophon||73||+2 (73)||F|
|117t||Louise Ridderstrom||74||+3 (74)||F|
|117t||Pernilla Lindberg||74||+3 (74)||F|
|117t||Linnea Johansson||74||+3 (74)||F|
|117t||Ashli Bunch||74||+3 (74)||F|
|117t||Luna Sobron||74||+3 (74)||F|
|117t||Stephanie Meadow||74||+3 (74)||F|
|117t||Daniela Darquea||74||+3 (74)||F|
|117t||Jillian Hollis||74||+3 (74)||F|
|125t||Janie Jackson||75||+4 (75)||F|
|125t||Giulia Molinaro||75||+4 (75)||F|
|125t||Mind Muangkhumsakul||75||+4 (75)||F|
|125t||Nuria Iturrioz||75||+4 (75)||F|
|125t||Klara Spilkova||75||+4 (75)||F|
|130t||Esther Lee||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Maria Torres||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Kendall Dye||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Ayako Uehara||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Mariajo Uribe||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Dani Holmqvist||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Natalie Gulbis||76||+5 (76)||F|
|137t||Na Yeon Choi||77||+6 (77)||F|
|137t||Kyung Kim||77||+6 (77)||F|
|137t||Suzuka Yamaguchi||77||+6 (77)||F|
|137t||Jaclyn Lee||77||+6 (77)||F|
|141||Katherine Hollern||78||+7 (78)||F|
|142||Kris Tschetter||79||+8 (79)||F|
|143||Kelly Tan||80||+9 (80)||F|
|144||Kennedy Swann||81||+10 (81)||F|
Halfway there: Suns beat Bucks for 2-0 lead in NBA Finals
By BRIAN MAHONEY
PHOENIX (AP) The ball went from Chris Paul to Devin Booker and didn’t stop moving until Deandre Ayton scored after every Suns player had touched it.
The 10-pass sequence was the prettiest play of the NBA Finals and the kind the one-man show Bucks couldn’t dream of.
“We actually talked about that play right after the game, me and Mikal (Bridges), and he was like, `I think that was the most pumped I’ve ever been after a play,'” Booker said. “And I was like, me too.”
Imagine the feeling if his team gets two more wins.
Booker scored 31 points, Paul had 23 and the Suns beat Milwaukee 118-108 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Suns have never been closer to an NBA title. Not bad for a team whose coach told them earlier this season had the league’s sorriest starting unit, forcing the players to figure things out.
“We did and we’re going to keep it going,” Paul said.
Booker made seven 3-pointers and the Suns went 20 for 40 behind the arc. Bridges scored 27 points, and Paul finished with eight assists.
The Suns surged ahead late in the first half, withstood Giannis Antetokounmpo’s all-around effort to bring the Bucks back, and walked off winners again as fans swung orange rally towels all around them.
Antetokounmpo had 42 points and 12 rebounds in his second game back after missing two games because of a hyperextended left knee.
The Suns never even had a lead in the NBA Finals until their 118-105 victory in Game 1. They dropped the first two games in both 1976 and 1993, their only other appearances, and didn’t win more than two games in either series.
They’ve already got two this time and will go after a third Sunday in Milwaukee, which will host the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974.
“We know what the deal is,” Antetokounmpo said. “We’ve got to go back home and protect home.”
Jrue Holiday played more aggressively but didn’t shoot a whole lot better than in Game 1, scoring 17 points but hitting only 7 for 21. Khris Middleton was 5 for 16, forcing Antetokounmpo to carry an even heavier load on his sore left leg.
It adds up to the Bucks having to overcome a 2-0 deficit for the second time this postseason. They did it against the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but had some help when first James Harden and then Kyrie Irving were injured.
Now they are facing a Suns team loaded with weapons all over the lineup, and showed off all of them in their highlight play.
They whipped the ball all around the perimeter for the final basket of the first half. It went from Paul to Booker to Jae Crowder to Bridges, back to Crowder to Paul, then over to Crowder and once again Bridges. He then finally fed it inside to Ayton, who scored while being fouled with 14.9 seconds left for a 56-45 lead at the break.
The Bucks could only dream of having that many guys involved. Antetokounmpo’s 15 field goals were more than twice as many as any other Milwaukee player.
Phoenix opened a 65-50 lead with a good start to the third, but Antetokounmpo – and pretty much only Antetokounmpo – kept the game from getting away from the Bucks. He scored 20 of the Bucks’ 33 points in the third, the first 20-point period in the finals since Michael Jordan against the Suns in 1993.
“Nothing Giannis does surprises me anymore. He’s got the nickname Freak for a reason,” Bucks guard Pat Connaughton said. “I will say it’s incredible what he’s been able to do, and it hasn’t happened without time he’s put in to get himself ready, get his body better and continue to do the things that he does to be a two-time MVP.”
Milwaukee got it all the way down to six in the fourth, but Paul nailed a 3-pointer and Bridges had a basket to quickly push the lead back to double digits.
Milwaukee outscored Phoenix 20-0 in the paint in the first quarter, but eight of the Suns’ nine baskets were 3-pointers and they were behind just 29-26.
Only two fouls – both on the Suns – were called in a clean quarter. Antetokounmpo took the only two free throws, making one and shooting an airball on the second as fans continued counting, as they have in Bucks’ road games during the playoffs to show that he often doesn’t appear to shoot them within the allotted 10 seconds.
It was tied at 41 with just under five minutes left in the half before the Suns surged ahead with precision offense and some shutdown defense. They finished with a 15-4 run, the Bucks managing just a pair of baskets by Antetokounmpo.
He tried to fire up his teammates with some screaming on the bench during a timeout, but he couldn’t put the ball into the basket for them. The Bucks were a dismal 6 for 25 in the period, missing 10 of their 12 3-point tries.
Paris police detain rapper Lil Baby, frisk NBA star Harden
PARIS (AP) American rapper Lil Baby was detained in Paris on Thursday for allegedly transporting drugs, according to the city prosecutor’s office.
NBA star James Harden was also stopped but not detained, the prosecutor’s office said. Images shared on social networks showed the Brooklyn Nets star briefly frisked in the incident on one of the French capital’s most elite avenues.
The prosecutor’s office said one other person was also detained, without releasing the identity. An investigation is under way.
Harden and Lil Baby, whose real name is Dominique Jones, have been in Paris to attend fashion week, according to local media.
Sources: Immanuel Quickley, Miles Bridges, P.J. Washington out of Team USA training camp due to protocols
(ESPN NEWS SERVICE)
USA Select Team players Immanuel Quickley of the New York Knicks and Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington of the Charlotte Hornets are out of training camp due to COVID-19 protocols, sources told ESPN.
All three players were away from the team for practice at UNLV on Thursday. All nine members of Team USA who are in Las Vegas were on the court for the day’s workout as the national team prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.
Additionally, Select Team center Isaiah Stewart of the Detroit Pistons rolled his ankle and had to leave a scrimmage against the national team to get treatment, sources said.
On Wednesday, the Select Team lost wing Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves to a sprained ankle.
The Select Team is scheduled to practice again Friday in its last formal workout of training camp. Team USA will play its first exhibition game Saturday against Nigeria in Las Vegas.
Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard: Will keep thoughts on future with team in-house
Numerous times in the past Damian Lillard has affirmed he has no intention of wanting to be traded from the Portland Trail Blazers. Dealing with a fresh round of speculation in the wake of a coaching change, Lillard said Thursday he’ll keep his thoughts on the direction of the team between himself and the franchise.
“Anything that I have to say, I’m going to say directly to [Blazers general manager] Neil [Olshey] and I’m going to address it directly with my team,” Lillard said after the third day of Team USA training camp in Las Vegas. “There’s really nothing else I have to say about it.”
Reports emerged last month that the Blazers’ coaching search that led to Chauncey Billups being hired and the failure to build a championship-contending roster could lead to Lillard asking for a trade. Lillard stopped short of denying those reports, only saying he hadn’t made any such feelings public.
“There’s a lot of things being said and sometimes words being put in my mouth and I haven’t said anything,” Lillard said. “If there is something to be said or if I think something or have something to say that I’m going to say it and I’m going to stand on it.”
The Blazers were met with backlash over the hiring of Billups after details of a 1997 rape allegation resurfaced in the week prior to him being named as head coach. Lillard also received criticism on social media because he’d publicly supported the former Finals MVP during the search process.
Lillard said he didn’t know about the allegation when he offered the endorsement of Billups. No criminal charges were brought in the case, but Billups settled a civil lawsuit filed by the woman.
Lillard said Thursday that he supported the hire but added that the process of making and vetting the decision was done by the team.
“I was asked about names that had been floated out there. I said I like [Jason] Kidd, I like Chauncey. At that time, I didn’t have any idea of [the allegation],” Lillard said. “When I did learn of it and the process continued, I never felt like it was my job or my duty to say ‘do this or don’t do this.’ I do my job, I improve my game and I show up as a point guard of the team. In the past I’ve never stepped on anybody’s toes or demanded anything or told anybody what to do and it was no different in this situation. That’s all I can really say.
“Our organization, they said they did a thorough investigation, they went through everything. They went through the process of hiring a coach.”
Lillard said he’s known Billups for years and knew he was long considered a good candidate to become a coach or a general manager.
“I had a prior relationship with Chauncey on a friendship level as somebody that had a lot of success at my position and was a champion,” Lillard said. “With us letting [former Blazers head coach] Terry [Stotts] go after nine years, our organization was set on looking for a leader of men, somebody players would respect.”
UNC, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma to play in Jumpman Invitational
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Sports Foundation has announced a three-year deal with Jordan Brand to host the Jumpman Invitational, a holiday college basketball event featuring North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, and Oklahoma — the original four schools to sign a partnership with Jordan Brand.
The inaugural event is scheduled for Dec. 20-21, 2022, and will feature both the men’s and women’s teams playing in one game per year.
The games will be played at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center, home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets are owned by six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan.
The schedule will feature two games each night with matchups and game times to be determined. ESPN networks will air all four games.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring what we believe will quickly become the marquee college basketball event of the holiday season to the Queen City,” said Danny Morrison, executive director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation in a release Thursday. “These are four of the most storied and competitive programs in the game, and we’re looking forward to the interconference play.”
Morrison said the possibility exists to expand the event to include other Jordan-affiliated schools in 2023 or 2024 or to extend the partnership into subsequent years.
Japan bans fans at Tokyo-area Olympics venues due to virus
TOKYO (AP) Fans will be banned from Tokyo-area stadiums and arenas when the Olympics begin in two weeks, the city’s governor said Thursday after meeting with organizers of the pandemic-postponed games.
That means the Olympics will be a largely TV-only event, after the Japanese government put the capital under a COVID-19 state of emergency because of rising new infections and the highly contagious delta variant.
The declaration was made by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and the spectator ban was agreed to by Japanese Olympic organizers, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and the metropolitan government of Tokyo.
It was a serious blow for Japanese taxpayers and local organizers of the games, which already had been postponed from 2020 by the coronavirus. Hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket revenue will be lost, and that must be made up by the government. Fans also have endured months of uncertainty about whether the Olympics will go ahead.
“Many people were looking forward to watching the games at the venues, but I would like everyone to fully enjoy watching the games on TV at home,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said after the meeting. “It’s gut-wrenching because many people looked forward to watching at the venues.”
Fans from abroad were banned months ago, and the new measures will mean no spectators in stadiums and arenas around Tokyo – both indoor and outdoor venues.
The ban covers Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures – Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba. A smattering of events in outlying areas, like baseball in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, will allow a limited number of fans.
The state of emergency begins July 12 and runs through Aug. 22. The Olympics, which open July 23 and run through Aug. 8, fall entirely under the emergency period, while the Paralympics open Aug. 24.
“Taking into consideration the impact of the delta strain, and in order to prevent the resurgence of infections from spreading across the country, we need to step up virus prevention measures,” Suga said.
In principle, the July 23 opening ceremony at the new $1.4 billion National Stadium will be without paying fans, although some dignitaries, sponsors, IOC officials and others will be allowed to attend.
“We will have to review the situation about the dignitaries and stakeholders,” organizing committee President Seiko Hashimoto said of the opening ceremony.
“No fans was a very difficult decision,” she added.
Hashimoto acknowledged some regrets, particularly about the decision coming so late.
“We had no choice but to arrive at the no-spectator decision,” she said. “We postponed and postponed, one after another. I have done some soul-searching about that.”
The emergency declaration made for a rude arrival for IOC President Thomas Bach, who landed Thursday in Tokyo for the games. He attended the virtual meeting on fans from his five-star hotel for IOC officials where he was self-isolating for three days.
“What can I say? Finally we are here,” Bach said, sounding upbeat as he opened the late night meeting that ended close to midnight. “I have been longing for this day for more than one year.”
Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee, said many sponsors, federation officials and others would be considered to be “organizers” and thus would be allowed to attend venues. He said some might occupy public seating, but he said he did not know “the numerical details.”
Organizers had expected to generate about $800 million in ticket sales. Any shortfall – and it could be almost the entire amount – will have to be made up by Japanese government entities.
Japan is officially spending $15.4 billion on the Olympics, and several government audits say it’s much larger. All but $6.7 billion is public money.
Two weeks ago, organizers and the IOC allowed venues to be filled to 50% of capacity, with crowds not to exceed 10,000. The state of emergency forced the late turnaround, which was always an option if infections got worse.
On Thursday, Tokyo reported 896 new cases, up from 673 a week earlier. It’s the 19th straight day that cases have topped the mark set seven days prior. New cases on Wednesday hit 920, the highest total since 1,010 were reported on May 13.
The main focus of the emergency is a request for bars, restaurants and karaoke parlors serving alcohol to close. A ban on serving alcohol is a key step to tone down Olympics-related festivities and keep people from drinking and partying. Tokyo residents are expected to face requests to stay home and watch the games on TV.
“How to stop people enjoying the Olympics from going out for drinks is a main issue,” Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said.
The rise in infections also has forced the Tokyo city government to pull the Olympic torch relay off the streets, allowing it only on remote islands off the capital’s coast.
“The infections are in their expansion phase and everyone in this country must firmly understand the seriousness of it,” said Dr. Shigeru Omi, a top government medical adviser.
He urged authorities to take tough measures quickly ahead of the Olympics, with summer vacations approaching.
Omi has repeatedly called for a spectator ban, calling it “abnormal” to stage an Olympics during a pandemic.
A government COVID-19 advisory panel on Wednesday expressed concerns about the resurgence of infections.
“Two-thirds of the infections in the capital region are from Tokyo, and our concern is the spread of the infections to neighboring areas,” said Ryuji Wakita, director-general of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The Olympics are pushing ahead against most medical advice, partially because the postponement stalled the IOC’s income flow. It gets almost 75% from selling broadcast rights, and estimates suggest it would lose $3 billion to $4 billion if the Olympics were canceled altogether.
About 11,000 Olympians and 4,400 Paralympians are expected to enter Japan, along with tens of thousands of officials, judges, administrators, sponsors, broadcasters and media. The IOC says more than 80% of Olympic Village residents will be vaccinated.
Nationwide, Japan has had about 810,000 cases and nearly 14,900 deaths. Only 15% of Japanese are fully vaccinated, still low compared with 47.4% in the United States and almost 50% in Britain.
García HR in 8th, Brewers beat Reds to boost NL Central lead
MILWAUKEE (AP) Avisail Garcia hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Cincinnati 5-3 Thursday night, boosting their NL Central lead to seven games over the Reds.
The matchup marked the first of seven straight games between the top two teams in the division – four in Milwaukee and, after the All-Star break, three in Cincinnati. The Reds had won six of their previous seven overall.
Garcia’s 16th homer of the season came off reliever Brad Brach (0-1).
“I’ve just got to be focused and ready, don’t try to do too much,” Garcia said. “I’m just trying to think, middle-middle, put a good swing on it and see what happens.”
Manager Craig Counsell said Garcia has “been very consistent this year and that’s important. That consistency has been really helpful. He’s having a really nice power season.”
Reliever Devin Williams (6-1) earned the win and Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save.
Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the first after Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle slipped trying to field an infield hit by Garcia with the bases loaded, then walked home another run.
The Reds went ahead 3-2 in the fifth.
After two walks by Brewers starter Adrian Houser, the Reds loaded the bases for the third time and Jake Cousins relieved for his eighth career appearance.
Cousins’ first two offerings to Tucker Barnhart were wild pitches, each scoring a run. Barnhart hit an RBI single for the lead.
Manager David Bell said Brach has “been outstanding for us, we’ve relied on him heavily. Even though he would never say so, he might be fatigued a little bit.”
The first of two doubles by Keston Hiura tied the game at 3 in the sixth.
The Brewers have remained in first place despite their batters posting the NL’s lowest batting average, which was .220 entering Thursday, and the most strikeouts.
Miller hits 3 HRs, Phillies rout reeling Cubs 8-0
CHICAGO (AP) Brad Miller hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career, and the Philadelphia Phillies routed the sinking Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Thursday night.
Miller hit a solo drive in the third inning and added two-run homers in the fifth and seventh innings.
With a chance at joining the other 18 players who have hit a record four home runs in a game, Miller popped up in the ninth. He grounded out in his first at-bat.
Manager Joe Girardi wanted to get the left-handed batting Miller, a utility man and pinch-hitting specialist, in the lineup against Cubs right-handed starter Adbert Alzolay. Miller started at first base while Rhys Hoskins got the night off.
“We just liked the matchup and he came up really big for us,” Girardi said.
Miller hadn’t homered since June 6 and began the day with six home runs this season. The 31-year-old infielder broke out with his 14th career multi-homer game and his parents in the stands at Wrigley Field – he now has 104 homers in nine big league seasons.
“It was really special,” Miller said. “I felt like I was dreaming.”
Miller has been working with the Phillies hitting coaches after a tough June when he had just two hits and walked nine times in 43 plate appearances over 20 games.
“To turn the page and being able to contribute was really nice,” Miller said. “I need to take that mindset in there to do damage and drive the ball.”
And drive the ball Miller did.
“None were cheap shots,” Phillies starter Zach Eflin said. “He crushed all of them.”
Eflin (4-6) settled into pitch six solid innings as the Phillies took three of four games at Wrigley. Didi Gregorius added a two-run shot and All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto scored on a double steal.
The Cubs lost for the 12th time in 13 and dropped to 43-45 as they struggled at the plate without injured stars Kris Bryant and Javier Baez.
It was 24th time a Phillies batter hit three homers in a contest and the first since Jayson Werth tagged Toronto for three in May 2008.
Miller homered early to left-center off Alzolay (4-9), who lost his fifth straight start.
Cubs manager David Ross said Alzolay’s lack of execution, not lack of stuff did in the righty – especially against Miller.
“A little bit of command issues, especially fastball command from my view,” Ross said.
Miller turned on Alzolay’s 0-2 pitch the next time up for a drive deep down right field line that made it 4-0. Miller launched the first pitch he saw from reliever Cory Abbott in the seventh off Wrigley’s right-field message board.
Eflin scattered five hits while striking out five and walking one.
Chicago couldn’t muster much against Eflin after ending an 11-game losing streak, its longest since 2012, on Wednesday with an 8-3 win. The Cubs were in a first-place tie in the NL Central on June 24 when starter Zach Davies front-ended a combined no-hitter over the Dodgers.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second when Realmuto plowed home on a double steal.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second when Realmuto plowed home on a double steal.
Urías 1st 11-game winner, leads Dodgers over Marlins 6-1
MIAMI (AP) Julio Urias allowed Jazz Chisholm’s leadoff homer, then pitched shutout ball through the seventh inning for his major league-leading 11th win, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 Thursday to avoid a four-game sweep.
Chisholm put Miami ahead when he drove a 2-0 fastball off the facade above right-center field for his 10th homer.
Urias (11-3) allowed just four more hits, struck out nine and walked two, throwing a season-high 101 pitches. With the score 1-1, Urias singled leading off the fifth, starting a five-run inning.
“It’s truly a blessing to pitch in a season as a full-time starter,” Urias said through a translator. “To be able to accomplish that feat is something I take a lot of pride in.”
Blake Treinen pitched a two-hit eighth and Garrett Cleavinger a perfect ninth.
“I think today it was first and foremost about Julio,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “He understood the situation we were in as far needing to win a ballgame, where the pitching was at. Early he didn’t have command of his secondary stuff but found a way to get through seven innings and pitch really well. That was huge.”
Sandy Alcantara (5-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. His two shortest outings this season have been against the Dodgers, including a May 14 start at Los Angeles in which he allowed eight runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings.
“I don’t know if it’s something with me but we’re going to have to figure it out,” Alcantara said.
During the game, the Marlins announced Don Mattingly will return for a seventh season in 2022.
“It’s a good feeling to be wanted,” Mattingly said. “You want to be part of building something and growing something.”
Los Angeles arrived in Florida with a nine-game winning streak, then lost three in a row as the Marlins walked off with wins on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Chris Taylor’s RBI single tied the score in the fourth.
Matt Beaty singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth, chasing Alcantara, and Will Smith hit a sacrifice fly off David Hess.
“We definitely wanted to win this one,” Beaty said. “Today was good to get a W.”
Taylor added an RBI double, and Zach McKinstry hit a two-out grounder to second that ricocheted off the heel of Chisholm’s glove and into center field as two runs scored.
Strong start by Montas leads Athletics over Astros 2-1
HOUSTON (AP) Oakland manager Bob Melvin was a bit concerned when his team didn’t add on after jumping out to a 2-0 first-inning lead Thursday. The Athletics had led in the first two games of this series before the Astros rallied for wins.
This time Frankie Montas and Oakland’s bullpen made sure that those early runs were enough.
Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson drove in a run each to back a strong start by Montas and give the Athletics a 2-1 win over Houston.
“We’re not playing our best baseball right now, so it’s important not to get swept and stay out of serious ruts,” Melvin said.
The victory stopped a three-game skid for Oakland and ended a six-game winning streak for the Astros, who lead the AL West.
Lance McCullers Jr. (6-2) lost for the first time in 10 starts since April 14.
“I settled in and had a solid day, felt good,” McCullers said. “Early on the changeup was pretty horrific but later on it came through. I was pretty happy with most of my stuff today.”
Montas (8-7) fanned 10 while allowing five hits and a run over 6 2/3 innings for the win.
“He might have had his best overall stuff of the year and he needed it,” Melvin said.
Montas said Thursday was the best he’s felt all season.
“I was able to throw my splitter when I wanted,” he said. “The splitter was what was working for me today. They were swinging and I was throwing strikes.”
Jake Diekman gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in 11 chances.
The Athletics jumped on McCullers early. Elvis Andrus doubled with one out in the first and advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Olson’s ground-rule double.
Lowrie singled on a grounder to center field to score Olson and make it 2-0.
The Astros had trouble getting much going against Montas for most of the day. They managed just three singles through the first six innings, two by Yuli Gurriel and one by Chas McCormick.
Montas had retired seven in a row when Kyle Tucker doubled to right field with two outs in the seventh.
He reached third on a wild pitch. McCormick then doubled on a grounder that rolled down the left-field line just out of reach of a diving Matt Chapman to send Tucker home, chasing Montas.
Yusmeiro Petit retired Abraham Toro to preserve the lead.
Lou Trivino walked pinch-hitter Jason Castro to start Houston’s eighth but retired Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa to end the inning.
McCullers had been 5-0 in his previous nine starts, matching his most consecutive wins. He permitted two runs and seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings.
“We just want to make sure we’re playing good baseball,” McCullers said. “You can’t guarantee wins every time but when you’re playing good baseball good things happen.”
Rookie Logan Gilbert shines as Mariners shut out Yankees 4-0
SEATTLE (AP) After two straight days of watching their starting pitcher get battered from the outset, the Seattle Mariners were thrilled to see a clean opening inning from rookie Logan Gilbert.
Gilbert’s day only got better from there.
“I went into it saying, if they hit it, they hit home runs, that stuff will happen. I’m not going to beat myself,” Gilbert said. “I don’t want to walk people. I want to fill up the zone. I want to get after them. If they hit it, they hit it, but I’m not going to beat myself. I’m going to make them beat me.”
Gilbert pitched one-hit ball over seven innings in the best start of his young career, Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore both homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Thursday.
Seattle salvaged the final game of the three-game set with the Yankees behind a brilliant effort from the top pitching prospect in the organization.
Gilbert was dominant, allowing his only baserunner on Giancarlo Stanton’s double leading off the second inning. Luke Voit was hit with a fastball, but the Yankees were otherwise void of runners against Gilbert.
Gilbert (3-2) set a career-high with eight strikeouts and retired his final 18 batters.
“He was going to be aggressive and he went out and executed,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Nothing really fazes Logan. I’ve said it many times before, he’s well beyond his years and it’ll serve him well in his career, there’s no question about that.”
Paul Sewald struck out a pair in the eighth and Kendall Graveman closed out the one-hitter in the ninth, extending the streak to 22 consecutive batters retired before hitting DJ LeMahieu with a pitch.
Aaron Judge hit into a game-ending double play, and Graveman got into a stare down with LeMahieu as the Yankees briefly milled on the field.
“I don’t want to get into it. He through one in on (Rougned Odor), he threw one in on me. It looks suspicious, but it’s just baseball,” LeMahieu said.
New York was held to one hit for the first time since Sept. 25, 2019, vs. Tampa Bay and dropped to 3-8 when going for a series sweep this year, including 1-5 on the road.
“Frustrating that we got held down but also credit to Gilbert. He was tough and on his game today,” New York manager Aaron Boone said.
After throwing mostly fastballs the first time through the Yankees order, Gilbert began spinning more sliders the second time through. The result was weak contact, uncommitted swings and a handful of strikeouts. Gilbert had 18 swings and misses, 11 coming on his slider.
New York threatened in the second after Stanton’s leadoff double, but J.P. Crawford made an excellent off balance throw to get Brett Gardner at first base for the final out and save a run.
Gary Sanchez hit one home run distance in the seventh but pulled it foul by a few feet down the left-field line.
“Sneaky fastball. He can get it up there on the radar gun. … He kind of settled in and start throwing some pretty good sliders and he shut us down,” LeMahieu said.
New York starter Jordan Montgomery (3-4) pitched well with the exception of the two long balls. Montgomery threw 6 2/3 innings allowing four hits and struck out nine.
Seager’s homer came one day after the Mariners celebrated the 10th anniversary of his major league debut. Moore’s homer was more unexpected. Montgomery recorded the first two outs of the inning with ease, but gave up a two-out single to Luis Torrens and Moore followed with his eighth home run.
Mitch Haniger hit his 19th homer in the eighth inning off Wandy Peralta.
Rookie reliever hits slam off Scherzer, Pads sting Nats 9-8
SAN DIEGO (AP) Rookie reliever Daniel Camarena hit a stunning grand slam off Washington ace Max Scherzer and the San Diego Padres overcame an eight-run deficit, finally beating the Nationals 9-8 Thursday night on Trent Grisham’s RBI single in the ninth inning.
The Padres matched the biggest comeback in franchise history, helped by Fernando Tatis’ 28th home run and Grisham’s two-out hit.
But it was Camarena’s blow that really jolted the crowd at Petco Park.
Camarena, who went to San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High, was called up earlier in the day for his second stint with the Padres. He replaced Yu Darvish starting the fourth inning and allowed Trea Turner’s second homer of the game, a two-run drive that gave the Nationals an 8-0 lead.
With the Padres’ bullpen taxed in recent days, manager Jayce Tingler had Camarena bat for himself against the struggling Scherzer with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth. The left-hander drove a 1-2 fastball into the right-field stands to send the crowd into a frenzy and pull the Padres to 8-6.
Camarena had struck out in his only previous big league at-bat. In the minors, he was 5 for 28 (.179) with no extra-base hits and zero RBIs.
Camarena became the second pitcher in history whose first hit was a grand slam. The first was Bill Duggleby of the Philadelphia Phillies on April 21, 1898.
The 28-year-old Camarena became the first relief pitcher to hit a grand slam since Pittsburgh’s Don Robinson on Sept. 12, 1985, and was the first Padres player, pitcher or position player, to have a grand slam for his first hit. The last player in the majors to do that was San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford on May 27, 2011, at Milwaukee.
Tommy Pham started the Padres ninth with a leadoff single against Sam Clay (0-2), advanced on consecutive groundouts and scored when Grisham singled to right.
Tatis, voted to start at shortstop in the All-Star Game, homered and stole a base, making him the youngest player in baseball history to have 20 homers and 20 stolen bases before the break. Tatis has 28 homers and 20 steals. His 28 homers are the most ever by a shortstop before the break.
The Nationals chased Darvish after three innings and gave Scherzer an 8-0 lead after four before the 36-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs in the fourth.
Pham singled to chase Scherzer and Tatis hit a bloop RBI single off Kyle Finnegan to pull within 8-7.
Tatis opened the fourth with a drive into the second deck in left field. With one out, Scherzer hit Manny Machado with a pitch, allowed a single to Grisham and hit Eric Hosmer with a pitch to load the bases. Wil Myers worked a walk to bring in a run before Scherzer struck out Victor Caratini. Camarena then connected.
The Padres have five grand slams this season. Their 12 slams since the start of the 2020 season are the most of any team in baseball. The Padres popularized “Slam Diego” last year when they became the first team in history to have four slams in as many games and five in six games.
The Padres tied it at 8 on Pham’s two-out double in the sixth.
Turner homered in the first and singled in the third, and scored twice against Darvish. Yan Gomes had a two-run single in the first. The Nationals added on in the third when Josh Bell had an RBI double, Starlin Castro a sacrifice fly and Josh Harrison an RBI single.
All-Star Mark Melancon (2-1) pitched the ninth for the win.
Scherzer allowed seven runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked one.
Darvish allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings, struck out two and walked none.
Astros stars Correa, Altuve will not play in All-Star game
HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros stars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa will not play in next week’s All-Star Game.
Both players were named reserves for the game Tuesday night in Denver.
Altuve, a second baseman, on Thursday cited needing the time off to deal with unspecified “issues” with his left leg as his reason for pulling out of the game.
“I really think I need those four days to get everything on my leg right and be really healthy for the second half because I feel like the team needs me 100%,” Altuve said.
Altuve, who was named to the team for the seventh time, has not missed any time with the problem this season and would not provide any details on what exactly is wrong with his leg.
Correa, a shortstop who received his second All-Star nod this season, chose to skip the game to spend time with his wife Daniella, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child.
“Baseball is really important to me, but family will always come first, so we decided I’m going to stay here with her, spend this time,” Correa said. “Obviously, we don’t get a lot of time together with baseball season, so I’m pretty excited about that.”
Both players said they’ve loved playing in the game in the past and that the decision to opt out this season was a difficult one.
“People voted for me to be in it,” Correa said. “People want to see me play in it. But we’ve been trying now for a long time to have our first child. And now that it’s finally there in her belly, I want to be able to spend those days with her.”
Altuve added that he wished he could play but decided it just didn’t make sense to push himself as he deals with his leg problem.
“This is an honor to me,” he said. “I’m really thankful. But I’m putting my team first and I really think I’m making the best decision.”
The strong play of Altuve and Correa this year has helped the Astros to a 54-33 record entering Thursday’s games to lead the American League.
Cubs’ Hoyer ready to sell after losing streak: ‘Life comes at you fast’
The Chicago Cubs snapped an 11-game losing streak Wednesday, but that win was probably too little, too late for their postseason hopes.
President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer all but acknowledged that reality Thursday. While it appeared as though the Cubs might make a surprise run at the playoffs thanks to a hot start, Hoyer admitted the recent skid altered the front office’s approach to the upcoming trade deadline.
“Listen, we’ve believed in these guys since 2015. They’ve had a ton of success, and I would never count these guys out,” Hoyer said, according to 670 The Score. “But 11 days ago, we were fully on the buy side of this transaction, and everyone was calling about that. And obviously now, people are calling to see which players are available. So it’s a very different scenario than we expected.
“You know, life comes at you fast. Eleven days ago, this is not where we were mentally. Obviously, 11 games certainly changes a lot of things.”
Chicago’s combined no-hitter in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on June 24 moved it into a tie for first place in the NL Central. Since then, the team’s fallen below .500 and entered play Thursday 8 1/2 games back of the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers, while their run differential plummeted to minus-15.
“When your playoff odds get into single digits at this time of the year, you have to keep one eye on the future and what moves you can potentially make that can help build the next great Cubs team,” Hoyer said, according to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic.
Pivoting into sell mode means that many of Chicago’s core pieces from its 2016 World Series-winning club could be on the move before the July 30 deadline. All-Star third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and shortstop Javier Baez are all pending free agents. Other potential trade chips could include closer Craig Kimbrel, who’s enjoying a renaissance season anchoring the bullpen, and slugger Joc Pederson.
Hoyer refused to call the upcoming sale a full-blown rebuild and rejected comparisons to the 2012 teardown that helped build the current roster, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago.
Trevor Bauer paid leave extended through July 15 by MLB
NEW YORK (AP) Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave was extended by seven days through July 15 by Major League Baseball and the players’ association on Thursday while the sport’s investigators check into allegations of sexual misconduct against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.
Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave on July 2 under the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union in 2015. The paid leave has been repeatedly extended for players in the past while investigations proceed.
Police in Pasadena, California, and MLB are investigating the allegations made against Bauer by a Southern California woman who says the pitcher choked her to the point where she lost consciousness and punched her during two sexual encounters earlier this year. The woman obtained a protection order against Bauer last month under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.
According to the woman’s declaration attached to the request for the protection order, she suffered injuries as a result of the second encounter, including two black eyes, a bloodied swollen lip, significant bruising and scratching to one side of her face.
“We continue to refute (the woman’s) allegations in the strongest possible terms and Mr. Bauer vehemently denies her account of their two meetings,” the pitcher’s agents, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, said in a statement. “Again, administrative leave is neither a disciplinary action nor does it in any way reflect a finding in the league’s investigation.”
Feteroff has said his client’s interactions with the woman were wholly consensual. A hearing related to the protection order is scheduled for July 23.
Bauer agreed to a $102 million, three-year contract to join his hometown Dodgers earlier this year after winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds last season. Bauer is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 starts this season.
Don Mattingly agrees to manage Miami Marlins in 2022
MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly will return for a seventh season in 2022, general manager Kim Ng said Thursday afternoon during the team’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mattingly and the club agreed to the mutual option in his contract that allows him to manage next season.
“There was a deadline in the contract by which we had to make our feelings known, and that was coming up real soon,” Ng said, “We just decided to make sure to get it done. A little bit early but, nonetheless, we wanted to make sure to tell you guys.”
The Marlins ended a 17 year playoff drought when they reached the postseason in 2020. That accomplishment earned Mattingly NL Manager of the Year honors.
Miami is currently last in the NL East but has won the first three games of a four-game series against the World Series champion Dodgers.
Five-star DE Jeremiah Alexander commits to Alabama football team over Clemson
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Alabama beat Clemson on the recruiting trail for five-star defensive end Jeremiah Alexander, who announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide on Thursday.
Alexander is the No. 11-ranked recruit overall and the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state of Alabama. He’s a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end (who could also play linebacker) from Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama.
This is the second time Alexander has committed to Alabama, as he first chose the Tide in March 2020, only to decommit in October. He considered other schools along the way, including Georgia, UCF and Clemson, but ultimately Alabama won out again.
“I committed [again] because of what I still saw in Alabama,” Alexander told ESPN. “When I decommitted from Alabama, I never really lost love, I was just opening back up to have fun with the process.”
He took visits to UCF, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama, which helped him wade through what each school had to offer and which school was the best fit for him.
“I went in there open-minded and with a clear mind because that was the point of decommitting, so I could see other schools,” Alexander said. “I wasn’t really comparing them to Alabama, I was just seeing what they had to offer.”
At that point, Alexander still felt Alabama was the best place for him.
“The home atmosphere, me being up there every weekend,” Alexander said. “Whether it was for a visit or just chilling with the players. I felt, ultimately, I know this is rare, but I felt like every coach at Alabama is someone I’m comfortable with.”
His commitment gives Alabama seven ESPN 300 commitments in the class, four ranked in the top 50 with Alexander: Emmanuel Henderson, the No. 1 running back in the class; Ty Simpson, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback; and Le’Veon Moss, the No. 3-ranked running back.
With the seven ESPN 300 commitments, Alabama is now four behind Ohio State, three behind LSU and Penn State, two behind Oregon and Notre Dame and one behind Georgia in the 2022 class.
North Carolina players not in favor of proposed 12-team College Football Playoff, says coach Mack Brown
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North Carolina coach Mack Brown said Thursday that during a team discussion about the expanded 12-team College Football Playoff, his players were against the format and preferred six to eight teams.
During a wide-ranging Zoom with reporters, Brown mentioned that ACC commissioner Jim Phillips had asked all coaches to get feedback from players about playoff expansion. Last month, the CFP board of managers authorized commissioners to move forward with expanding from four to 12 teams, with an implementation date to be determined.
North Carolina linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel told ESPN that nobody on the team raised their hand in favor of a 12-team playoff. He said a few players preferred to stay at four, while the majority was split between six and eight teams.
“I feel like 12 teams is too many games in a season for players who want to play long-term football,” Gemmel said in a phone interview. “Sixteen, 17 games in a season is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially for guys who don’t come out when they’re playing.”
Players also felt strongly that conference champions should get an automatic spot, in addition to the top Group of 5 champion. Under the proposed 12-team format, there would be no automatic bids. In addition, Brown said some players wondered whether there were 12 teams good enough to win the national championship.
“Because they wanted the playoffs to be about who is good enough to win all the games or win the national championship, not just have a bunch of teams involved,” Brown said.
Interestingly, North Carolina might have benefited from a 12-team format last season. The Tar Heels finished the regular season 8-3 and received a spot in a New Year’s Six game against Texas A&M in the Capital One Orange Bowl after ranking No. 13 in the final CFP standings. There is little doubt they would most definitely have been in the discussion to take the final spot.
“Just talking with some guys on the team, when we let Virginia and Florida State slip away you can’t get those games back,” Gemmel said. “I don’t feel like we deserve to be in the playoff if you lose two games like that during the season.”
Phillips said in a statement last month after the board of managers approved moving forward with expansion that the league looked forward to having student-athletes participate in the discussions about what is best for postseason college football.
Brown lamented the fact that the expansion discussion and subsequent decision moved as quickly as it did, without getting as much input as possible from all the stakeholders. The CFP management committee is currently going through a summer review with bowl games and ESPN to determine the feasibility of the 12-team plan. The board is next scheduled to meet in September.
“I said that we need more inclusion in my opinion with athletes that are playing, and we need more inclusion from the coaches that are coaching it, so the voice needs to be heard,” Brown said. “Decisions aren’t finalized yet, but I did think it was important our commissioner wanted reactions from our players. We’re just trying to make sure that everybody understands what the thoughts of everybody are when we go into such a huge jump from four to 12, instead of just having it happen.”
Gemmel added that while playoff expansion will open the field to more teams, he and his teammates have only one goal in mind: Win every game and become ACC champions.
“It’s giving us a better opportunity to get in the playoffs, but that’s not really our cause right now,” Gemmel said. “We’re trying to win every football game and win the ACC championship, so we want to be top four regardless going into the College Football Playoffs. We thought between the 12, 6 and 8, maybe we slip a game here and there, but everybody’s thoughts on the team is we’re winning every game, and we’re winning the ACC championship. Why worry about if we come in 12th place, we’re in the playoff? We’re not thinking about that. We’re thinking about being the No. 1 team in the nation. That’s a good thing.”
2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CAPSULE: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
HEAD COACH: Jim Harbaugh
RECORD AT MICHIGAN: 49 – 22
CAREER RECORD: 107 – 49
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Josh Gattis, Sherrone Moore
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mike Mcdonald, Maurice Linguist
KEY RETURNING PLAYERS:
DE Aiden Hutchinson
WR Ronnie Bell
FS Dax Hill
DE Kwity Paye
WR Nico Collins
RB Zach Charbonnet
at Minnesota 49 – 24
Michigan State 24 – 27
Indiana 21 – 38
Wisconsin 11 – 49
Rutgers 48 – 42 OT
Penn State 17 – 27
September 4 Western Michigan
September 11 Washington
September 18 Northern Illinois
September 25 Rutgers
October 2 at Wisconsin
October 9 at Nebraska
October 23 Northwestern
October 30 at Michigan State
November 6 Indiana
November 13 at Penn State
November 20 at Maryland
November 27 Ohio State
2020 BIG TEN RANKINGS:
SCORING: 20.3 (5).
RUSHING: 131.5 (11)
PASSING: 250.3 (6)
TOTAL OFFENSE: 381.8 (7)
SCORING: 34.5 (12)
RUSHING: 178.8 (10)
PASSING: 255.5 (13)
TOTAL DEFENSE: 434.3 (12)
ADJUSTED TURNOVER MARGIN
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
5.99%…. Michigan allowed 5.99% of opponents total pass plays two game 30 yards or more.
0.9%…. Michigan intercepted only two passes in 217 opportunities, a 0.9% rate that ranked hundred and 21st in the country.
8.0%… Michigan led the Big Ten and ranked 19th in the country with a turnover rate of 8.0%.
2020 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:
PASSING: Joe Milton, eight incompletions, 141 attempts, 1,077 yards, 4TD, 4INT
RUSHING: Hassan Haskins, 61 attempts, 375 yards, 6.1 average per carry, 6TD
RECEIVING: Ronnie Bell, 26 receptions, 401 yards, 15.4 average per catch, 1TD
TACKLES: Josh Ross, 53
SACKS: Carlo Kemp, 2.0, Kwity Paye 2.0
INTERCEPTIONS: Dax Hill 1, Josh Ross 1
WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING:
Michigan fans might be getting a little impatient with head coach Jim Harbaugh. Yes, 2020 was an difficult season for everybody, but Michigan one only two games and had to go into overtime to win at Rutgers. Everybody is now expecting better things, including coach Harbaugh. The offense struggled last season and they have only three returning, and just one skilled player. Though the defense returns nine starters, they were one of the worst defenses in the Big Ten and in the country last season.
They needed game – changing quarterback and an identity on offense.
On the outside looking in Michigan appears to be a successful program, but what it boils down to is they need a huge season. In fact, it needs to be a remarkable season.
A LOOK AHEAD AT 2021:
2020 is a season to forget four Michigan football fans. It was marred by several mistakes and just plain bad football. There are several questions going into this season about the offense and if it will be able to provide enough firepower to make a difference in the Big Ten.
On defense, the Wolverines lose longtime coordinator Don Brown and replace him with Mike Mcdonald, who arrived from Baltimore with a brand new scheme.
Michigan has the talent to be very good, but with all the new faces, and a few new coaches, there will be plenty of question marks heading into the fall.
The quarterback position at Michigan last season was undoubtedly surrounded by controversy. Both Joe Milton and Cade McNamara suffered injuries that completely hindered their development. McNamara came out a spring football as the #1, but he is not a shoe – in starter. Look for JJ McCarthy, a five – star recruit, to push McNamara for the starting job. McCarthy, an early enrollee, God valuable experience in the spring learning the new offensive system.
The running game could be strong this season with starter Hassan Haskins returning and Blake Corum getting valuable experience in 2020. Donovan Edwards is an explosive talent as the top recruit out of Michigan. He could be an immediate contributor to this Michigan offense.
Upfront, Michigan returns only two starters in left guard Chuck Filiaga and right tackle Andrew Stueber.
Ronnie Bell is the only skill player on the outside, so Michigan will rely on several true freshman to make an immediate contribution.
Now that longtime coordinator Don Brown is out, it’s time to find out what this Michigan defense will look like under Mcdonald. He has stated the scheme will include several combinations from coaching stops with the Baltimore Ravens and add Georgia. Mcdonald has several pieces the work with, but now he must make those pieces fit together.
Having DE Aiden Hutchinson return is huge for the Wolverines. A likely high draft pick in next year’s NFL draft, Hutchinson decided to return to Ann Arbor and that gives this defense much needed leadership on that side of the football.
Also returning for Michigan will be Taylor Upshaw, Mike Morris and Gabe Newberg. Also returning upfront will be Donovan Jeter and Christopher Hinton. Look for Mazi Smith to take a step forward with increased playing time.
The linebacking corp enters the season in tact except for Cameron McGrone, who left for the NFL. Leading the way will be Senior Josh Ross and Junior Michael Barrett.
All four starters return in the secondary including former five – star recruit Dax Hill.
In 2020 Michigan split their kicking duties, but this season, Jake Moody will be the likely starter. Brad Robbins is expected to be the starting punter, although freshman Tommy Doman will give Robbins a run for the starting role in the early fall. Michigan loses Giles Jackson as their return man, so the Wolverines may use a combination of players to fill that role.
Anyone who knows anything about college football knows Michigan is entering this season with a ton of question marks. It will be up to coach Harbaugh and his staff to re – tool the offense and find a way to make it more explosive. The defense has talented, but it may take time to get everybody on the same page.
The Wolverines will know where they stand early on in the season with a whole matchup against Washington. The biggest early conference test will be October 2 at Wisconsin.
Harbaugh’s future may rest on how quickly the questions about this football team are answered.
BIG 10 PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL WATCH LIST
Here are the top players by position to watch for this college football this season in the Big 10:
*FIRST TEAM SELECTION
*Michael Pennix Jr. Indiana
CJ Stroud Ohio State
Tanner Morgan Minnesota
Graham Mertz Wisconsin
Tyler Goodson Iowa
*Mohammed Ibrahim Minnesota
Jalen Berger Wisconsin
Noah Cain Penn State
Hassan Haskins Michigan
Chase Brown Illinois
Zander Horvath Purdue
*Kenneth Walker Michigan State
John Lovett Penn State
*Chris Olave Ohio State
*Garrett Wilson Ohio State
Ty Fryfogle Indiana
David Bell Purdue
Dontay Demus Jr. Maryland
Ronnie Bell Michigan
Bo Melton Rutgers
Jahan Dotson Penn State
Milton Wright Purdue
*Jake Ferguson Wisconsin
Peyton Hendershot Indiana
Sam LaPorta Iowa
Dan Barker Illinois
Jahan Dotson Penn State
Cam Porter Northwestern
Bo Melton Rutgers
*Tyler Linderbaum Iowa
John Michael Schmitz Minnesota
Doug Kramer Illinois
Gus Hartwig Purdue
*Thayer Munford Ohio State OT
*Peter Skoronski Northwestern OT
Nicholas Petit-Frere Ohio State
Rasheed Walker Penn State
Cody Ince Iowa
Blaise Andres Minnesota
Logan Bruss Wisconsin
Mike Miranda Penn State
Alex Palczewski Illinois
Andrew Stueber Michigan
Harry Miller Ohio State
Connor Olson Minnesota
Tyler Beach Wisconsin
Dan Faalele Wisconsin
*Kyler Schott Iowa G
Tyler Witt Purdue
JD Duplain Michigan State
Mike Miranda Penn State
*Josh Seltzner Wisconsin G
Spencer Holstege Purdue
Juice Scruggs Penn State
Owen Carney Illinois
Zach VanValkenberg Iowa
Jacub Panasiuk Michigan State
*Tyreke Smith Ohio State DE
Zach Harrison Ohio State
*Haskell Garrett Ohio State DT
George Karlaftis Purdue
*Ben Stille Nebraska DT
PJ Mustipher Penn State
Boye Mafe Minnesota
Mike Tverdov Rutgers
Keeanu Benton Wisconsin
Ifeanyi Maijeh Rutgers
Jacob Slade Michigan State
*Aiden Hutchinson Michigan DE
Drew Beasley Michigan State
Arnold Ebiketie Penn State
Chris Bergin Northwestern
Jake Hansen Illinois
*JoJo Domann Nebraska
*Micah McFadden Indiana
Olakunle Fatukasi Rutgers
*Jack Sanborn Wisconsin
Leo Chenal Wisconsin
Jack Campbell Iowa
Brandon Smith Penn State
Matt Hankins Iowa
Sevyn Banks Ohio State
*Taiwan Mullen Indiana
Cam Taylor – Britt Nebraska
Jaylin Williams, Indiana
Tariq Castro – Fields Penn State
Reese Taylor Indiana
*Riley Moss Iowa
AJ Hampton Northwestern
Cameron Mitchell Northwestern
Jack Koerner Iowa
Nick Cross Maryland
*Jaquan Brisker Penn State
*Brandon Joseph Northwestern
Devon Matthews Indiana
Daxton Hill Michigan
Brandon Hawkins Michigan
Justus Harris Minnesota
Avery Young Rutgers
Tarheeb Still Maryland
Faion Hicks Wisconsin
Tre Avery Rutgers
*Matt Trickett Minnesota
Connor Culp Nebraska
Charles Campbell, Indiana
Matt Coghlin Michigan State
Charlie Kuhbander Iowa
Adam Korsak Rutgers
*Tory Taylor Iowa
Blake Hayes Illinois
Brad Robbins Michigan
TJ Sheffield Purdue
*Aron Cruickshank Rutgers
Devin Chandler Wisconsin
Bo Melton Rutgers
Jayden Reed Michigan State
Jahan Dotson Penn State
Charles Jones Iowa
DJ Matthews Jr. Indiana
Garrett Wilson Ohio State
Reese Taylor Indiana
AP source: Winger Vladimir Tarasenko asks Blues for trade
(AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko has asked the St. Louis Blues for a trade, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The Blues declined comment when asked about Tarasenko’s trade request, which was first reported by The Athletic. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the request was not made public.
Tarasenko is a five-time 30-goal scorer, but injuries have limited him to just seven in 34 games the past two seasons. He has undergone three shoulder surgeries in three years, most recently a second operations on his left shoulder last fall.
The 29-year-old Russian winger who helped the Blues win the Stanley Cup in 2019 has two years left on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $7.5 million.
Tarasenko is a homegrown member of the Blues after they drafted him in the first round in 2010. He has 218 goals and 223 assists in 531 regular-season games, all with St. Louis.
But his value has shown through in the playoffs. Tarasenko scored 10 goals and added six assists during the Blues’ 2019 run that ended in the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship.
When Tarasenko wasn’t fully healthy in the 2020 bubble playoffs, the defending champions struggled and bowed out to Vancouver in the first round. He missed the start of this past season while rehabbing from his latest surgery but was still productive after returning March 6 and finished with 14 points in 24 games.
Rahm lives up to billing with 1st-round 66 at Scottish Open
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) About to start his first event as a major champion, Jon Rahm was taking some practice swings on the first tee at the Scottish Open when his status as golf’s hottest player was underlined.
“On the tee,” the official starter said, “the U.S. Open champion, the Race to Dubai champion, the world No. 1 from Spain, Jon Rahm.”
An opening round of 5-under 66 saw him live up to the billing on Thursday.
Rahm mixed seven birdies with two bogeys over the links at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick and was two strokes off the lead held by Jack Senior, a 353rd-ranked English player who was upstaging one of the best fields assembled on the European Tour for some time.
No. 3-ranked Justin Thomas holed a 90-foot eagle putt and also birdied the last to wind up in a tie for second place with Lee Westwood, with both players shooting bogey-free 65s.
Rahm was a further stroke back in a nine-way tie for fourth and showing his game remains in great shape after a two-week break following his win at Torrey Pines for his first major title.
“I was a little surprised by it,” Rahm said of his introduction on the first tee. “I didn’t expect it. And my ego might have gotten a little too big. I tried to hit it too hard on No. 1.”
Another major is coming up next week – the British Open at Royal St. George’s in the south of England – and that explains why there is such a strong lineup at the Scottish Open, which is regularly used as a warmup event due to it also being played on a links course.
Of the other high-profile names, No. 11-ranked Rory McIlroy birdied two of his last three holes and shot 1-under 70 along with Collin Morikawa, last year’s PGA Championship winner and the world No. 4.
Xander Schauffele, the No. 5, shot 67.
Senior, who has never won on the European Tour despite a stellar record as an amateur, blotted his round of 64 by bogeying his last hole – the No. 9 – after starting at the 10th.
Before that, he had rolled in eight birdies, including four in five holes from No. 4.
Nasa Hataoka shoots 10-under 61 in Marathon LPGA Classic
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Nasa Hataoka parred the final two holes to miss a chance for the second 59 in LPGA Tour history, finishing with a 10-under 61 and a four-stroke lead Thursday in the Marathon LPGA Classic.
Annika Sorenstam is the only player to shoot 59 on the LPGA Tour, accomplishing the feat in her 2001 Standard Register PING victory at Moon Valley in Arizona.
“When I had my ninth birdie it kind of did come to my mind,” Hataoka said. “But then, after I only having two holes (left), I just thought how great Annika was more than me getting it.”
Hataoka was a stroke off the Highland Meadows record of 60 set by Paula Creamer in 2008. The 22-year-old Japanese player had her lowest score on the LPGA Tour, topping a third-round 63 in her 2018 NWA Championship victory.
“I think what was really working is I was able to control my iron shots to make sure I could get close to the pin to get the birdies,” Hataoka said.
Hataoka had six straight birdies on Nos. 15-2 and added three more in a row on Nos. 5-7 before closing the bogey-free round with the two pars.
“I didn’t feel any pressure on myself or didn’t feel way good,” Hataoka said. “Everything was just right at the center, so I guess I would say it was the zone, yes. I was able to control everything.”
The three-time LPGA Tour winner lost a playoff to Yuka Saso a month ago in the U.S. Women’s Open at Olympic Club.
Lauren Stephenson was second after a 65. She also missed a chance to go lower on her final two holes, finishing with two pars on the par-5 17th and 18th.
“I took all of last week off,” Stephenson said. “I didn’t touch a club for eight days so I felt really just rest and recovered. I felt pretty tired at KPMG because that was my sixth week, so I knew I needed to just take a good break.”
Matilda Castren was another stroke back at 66 with Ariya Jutanugarn, Mina Harigae, Yealimi Noh and Ssu-Chia Cheng.
Castren won last week in California at foggy Lake Merced to become the first Finnish winner in LPGA Tour history. She was second behind Jin Young Ko last week in the Volunteers of America Classic in Texas.
“I think I’m in a good place,” Castren said. “I think I need to hit a couple 3-woods and drivers on the range and kind of get that sorted out. I think I’m in a good spot going into tomorrow. My irons have been really well for the past couple, well, past month really.”
So I’m excited about the coming few days.
No. 1 Barty to face Pliskova in 1st Wimbledon final for both
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) It was difficult for Ash Barty to imagine that a trip to her first Wimbledon final was just around the corner when she stopped playing at last month’s French Open with a hip injury.
Or even when she was two points from being pushed to a third set by Angelique Kerber in their semifinal at the All England Club.
Barty does not let obstacles trouble her for too long. She figures out a way and pushes forward. That’s why she’s ranked No. 1 and it’s why she stands one win from a second Grand Slam title after beating 2018 champion Kerber 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Thursday.
“I’ve had ups and downs and everything in between and I wouldn’t change one day or one moment or one, kind of, road that we’ve taken in my path and my journey,” said Barty, who was the 2011 junior champion at the All England Club and stepped away from tennis for almost two years starting in 2014 because of burnout. “It’s been unique. It’s been incredible. It’s been tough. There have been so many things that led to this point.”
Her opponent in Saturday’s final will be No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova, who emerged from a power-hitting and serving display to come back to defeat No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
“Super proud about the way how I handled the situation out there,” Pliskova said.
Pliskova produced 14 aces, Sabalenka 18, and the combined total was the most in a women’s match at Wimbledon since they started keeping such stats in 1977. The difference in this match, ultimately: Pliskova was broken just once, Sabalenka twice.
After going 0 for 8 on break points in the first set, the first set she dropped in six matches, Pliskova “got a bit frustrated,” she acknowledged afterward.
But she went 1 for 1 in that category in each of the last two sets.
“She just returned like crazy – like, really good – and I couldn’t do anything,” said Sabalenka, the only top-20 seed in the draw without a major quarterfinal appearance until now.
Neither Pliskova – whose coach, Sascha Bajin, used to work with Naomi Osaka and was Serena Williams’ hitting partner – nor Barty had ever been past the fourth round at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.
“Coming into this tournament, the dream was to make the second week. … Sascha was super confident in me,” said Pliskova, a 29-year-old from the Czech Republic who was the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Open to Kerber and used to be ranked No. 1. “He said, `I told you, you were going to make the final.'”
The 25-year-old Barty won the 2019 French Open and has been atop the WTA rankings for 1 1/2 years.
She is the first woman from Australia to reach the title match at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong won the trophy 1980; Barty has been wearing an outfit intended as a tribute to Goolagong this fortnight.
“Now to kind of give myself a chance to create some history, almost in a way that’s a tribute to her, is really exciting,” Barty said.
She arrived in England not having competed since June 3, when she withdrew during her second-round match in Paris, her left hip in too much pain to continue.
“To be honest, it was going to be touch and go. Everything had to be spot on to give myself a chance to play pain-free and to play knowing that I could trust my body,” Barty said. “If you told me a month ago we’d be sitting in this position, I really wouldn’t have thought that we would even get close.”
On Thursday, she faced a big test in the second set, which Kerber was two points from owning when Barty served at deuce while trailing 5-2. The full-capacity crowd was backing the comeback effort for the 33-year-old German, too, with shouts of “Come on, Angie!” and “Go on, Kerber!”
But Barty steeled herself to hold there, then broke to get within 5-4 with a cross-court forehand passing winner.
That was part of a 38-16 advantage in total winners for Barty, responsible more than anything else for her triumph. And this was remarkable: She compiled that many point-ending shots while making only 16 unforced errors.
“A great level, the best level I’ve played in quite some time,” Barty said. “Angie is an incredible competitor. She brought out the best in me today.”
It was a rather entertaining and, from point to point, rather even contest, two talented baseliners willing to try a volley, drop shot or lob when required. They were each other’s equal for long exchanges – in all, 22 points lasted at least nine strokes, with Kerber winning a dozen.
Their approaches are different, though. Kerber is a left-hander who hits flat groundstrokes and is just fine with handling foes’ low shots, often dropping a knee onto the turf to get leverage.
Barty is a righty who relies on heavy topspin for a forehand packed with power, and her slice backhand can produce tricky bounces on the grass.
She ended up with an 8-0 edge in aces and 18-9 in forehand winners.
“I was trying to playing my game,” Kerber said. “But she had always a good answer.”
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Olympics
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, saying playing without spectators “doesn’t feel right.”
Kyrgios says an abdominal injury was also a factor in his withdrawal from the Games, which start on July 23.
“It’s a decision I didn’t take lightly,” Kyrgios posted on Twitter on Friday (Australia time).
Just hours before Kyrgios’ statement, Olympic organizers banned all crowds from the Games amid Tokyo’s ongoing state of emergency due to the coronavirus.
Kyrgios maintained it was his “dream” to compete at an Olympics.
“And I know I may never get that opportunity again,” he wrote.
“But I also know myself. The thought of playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t sit right with me. It never has.”
The 26-year-old said he was also seeking treatment for an abdominal injury that forced him to retire midway through a third-round match at Wimbledon five days ago.
“I also wouldn’t want to take an opportunity away from a healthy Aussie athlete ready to represent the country,” he posted.
“I will also take all the time I need to get my body right.”
Following his Wimbledon withdrawal he told the assembled media that he was unsure of his immediate playing future.
“Look, I don’t know about the Olympics or Atlanta just yet. If I’m to play the Olympics, I’ve said it numerous times, I want to do it the right way. I want to do it with full crowds, with my guests there. I want to do it when I’m able to watch other athletes do their thing. That’s the Olympics for me,” he said.
“The Olympics, the way it’s going to go on, is not the Olympics. That’s not what it is for me. With these restrictions, that’s not how I want to remember the Olympics either if I play it just one time. We’ll see. We’ll see what I do.”
Australia’s tennis hierarchy will now meet to discuss a replacement for Kyrgios, after initially selecting 11 players, including Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur.
Report: Fury tests positive for COVID-19, Wilder trilogy fight postponed
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury tested positive for COVID-19, forcing his July 24 trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder to be postponed, a source told boxing journalist Dan Rafael.
At least three other members of Fury’s camp also reportedly tested positive for the virus. Fury is experiencing symptoms and can’t train, Rafael reports.
Fury received his first COVID-19 vaccine but never got a second shot, according to Rafael.
A new date for the fight hasn’t been set. Fury-Wilder III could be delayed until October due to other events scheduled at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, including the Manny Pacquiao-Errol Spence fight on Aug. 21, according to Lance Pugmire of The Athletic.
McGregor: Poirier ‘going out in a stretcher’
Conor McGregor is back with another bold prediction ahead of his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier.
The former UFC two-division champion said he doesn’t think Poirier will be able to leave the Octagon under his own power after Saturday’s UFC 264 main event.
“Dustin’s going out in a stretcher,” McGregor told BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani. “That’s my prediction. He’s going out of this fight in a stretcher.”
When asked if he would finish Poirier early, midway through, or late in the fight, McGregor initially said he was prepared for any outcome, but then went with the first option.
“I’m ready for it all,” McGregor said. “I’m not jumping the gun. … But he’s going out in a stretcher. … Early.”
McGregor didn’t mince words when describing Poirier in an interview with The Mac Life, calling the former interim lightweight titleholder “a corpse, a dead body, a blank face that’s going to get his ass whooped.”
The Irishman also thought he would make quick work of Poirier in their January rematch, but “The Diamond” avenged his 2014 loss to McGregor with a second-round TKO victory.
The lightweight stars will settle the score this weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Defenseman Chase Blackmun Joins The Irish
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson has announced the addition of graduate transfer Chase Blackmun for the 2021-22 season. A defenseman, Blackmun played his first three seasons at UMass Lowell.
“Chase is an experienced college defenseman with some offensive upside,” Jackson stated. “His mobility and instincts will make him a valuable asset on both sides of the puck. He should compete to be in our top four defensemen immediately.”
Blackmun has played 85 career games while scoring 16 goals and adding 26 assists for 42 points.
In 2020-21 Blackmun skated in 19 of Lowell’s 20 games, notching six goals and five assists for 11 points. His six goals were the most by a defenseman on the team, with two of the goals coming on the power play.
During the 2019-20 season, Blackmun had a career-high 17 points on five goals and 12 assists, leading all River Hawk defensemen in scoring while playing all 34 games. He notched two game-winning goals, including the overtime winner against Penn State in the Turkey Leg Classic Championship Game at the Tsongas Center (November 30).
As a freshman in 2018-19, the Hudson, Wisconsin native played in 32 of 37 games and posted 14 points on five goals and nine assists to go along with a +9 plus/minus rating. His 14 points ranked second-most among River Hawk rookies and was the third highest total among Hockey East rookie blueliners. Seven of his nine assists came on the power play. He earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors on Feb. 25 after a four-point (2g, 2a) series versus Merrimack. Blackmun dressed in the last 28 contests for the River Hawks.
Prior to joining Lowell, Blackmun skated for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) during the 2017-18 season. A two-time Hockey East All-Academic Team honoree, he also won a Wisconsin state championship with Hudson High School during his senior season.
Vincennes University names Marty Rogier Interim Track and Field head coach
VINCENNES, Ind – The Vincennes University athletic department formally welcomed new Interim Track and Field head coach Marty Rogier this past week.
Rogier originally joined the VU Track and Field staff as an assistant after Tim Marsee stepped away in May. Rogier was promoted to Interim Track and Field head coach after Chris Gafner announced he would be resigning in late June.
“I’m really excited to be here,” Rogier said. “I obviously knew about the program and knew about the talent that VU has had over the years from my time coaching in Evansville.”
“The whole reason I decided to come coach at Vincennes University was because I knew the Track and Field program is a perennial top-10 program but I really feel like we can take it up a couple more notches,” Rogier added. “It may sound naïve, but I want to hang my hat on a National Championship in Track. I know VU has placed high in Cross Country and the Half Marathons, but I want to compete at the Track level.”
“I’m excited, I think it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to help take this program to a very, very high level,” Rogier said. “I knew Bill Smith from years ago, when I first started coaching Bill Smith let me bring my pole vaulters up here and that’s how I first got to know Vincennes University,” Rogier said. “That’s really how I first got into coaching and that’s how we really got good was because we were able to come up from Evansville and use this facility at VU.”
“When Coach Gafner decided he no longer wanted to be our Track coach we already had Marty onboard and he seemed to be the logical choice to be the Interim Head Track and Field coach,” VU Athletic Director and Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball coach Harry Meeks said. “We have recruiting to do, we have all the things that we normally do during the summer to do with our track program and that’s the most important part of that job right now, it to get us some athletes in here that we can coach.”
“Marty has a vast knowledge track and field in our area that we recruit from. He knows a lot of the coaches and he’s come in and done a really good job of communicating with me and our Office Manager Lesa with how his recruiting is going,” Meeks added. “He has a terrific personality and I think that the athletes that we are bringing in here will really like him.”
“Chris Gafner did a great job in his time with us,” Meeks added. “We had National Champions in a variety of different events and we really hated to see him go but I think we have the right person in the right spot to help keep this program at the level we wish to keep it and build on it.”
Rogier comes to VU with more than 30 years’ experience as a personal trainer and track and field coach at the high school, NCAA Division I and professional levels.
Marty most recently was a part-time assistant coach at the University of Evansville and oversaw the pole vault, long jump, high jump and triple jump athletes at UE.
During his time at the University of Evansville, Rogier’s athletes set five school records and finished with top-nine finishes at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championships five times.
Rogier worked with many athletes at the high school level in the Evansville-area and sent multiple athletes to the IHSAA Track and Field State Championships as an Assistant coach at Harrison High School.
Rogier is level 1 certified by the United States Track and Field and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
“My background as a strength and conditioning coach for 20 years is pretty big,” Rogier said. “I’ve worked with a lot of professional athletes, some NCAA Champion-type athletes. Putting together a team and 20 events, that’s going to be my challenge. But I think my background from a training aspect is going to be very valuable.”
“NCAA Division I experience in any sport is a really big deal,” Meeks said. “It shows that you’ve put in the work to get there and it gives your program some notoriety, that you have a coach on your staff that’s been around Division I athletes and been around a Division I program. I know for myself, having been in Division I basketball for a number of years, that experience is still very valuable to me today.”
“You don’t lose what it feels like to be a Division I coach in a Division I program,” Meeks added. “Marty has that and it is really good for the University to have somebody in that position that has had Division I experience. I think Marty will be a great fit in the office, we’re happy to have him here and I think he will do a great job for us.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
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.
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|Toronto||44||40||.524||8||19 – 20||25 – 20||20 – 20||4 – 6||7 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
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|Baltimore||28||58||.326||25||13 – 27||15 – 31||11 – 24||4 – 13||11 – 14||4 – 6||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||51||35||.593||–||31 – 14||20 – 21||10 – 7||30 – 15||7 – 10||7 – 3||W 2|
|Cleveland||43||42||.506||7.5||22 – 19||21 – 23||7 – 10||24 – 16||5 – 9||1 – 9||W 1|
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|NY Mets||45||38||.542||–||26 – 12||19 – 26||19 – 18||7 – 7||14 – 6||5 – 5||L 1|
|Philadelphia||42||43||.494||4||24 – 16||18 – 27||20 – 22||12 – 6||6 – 9||6 – 4||W 1|
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|Washington||42||44||.488||4.5||24 – 22||18 – 22||17 – 16||9 – 10||8 – 14||4 – 6||L 1|
|Miami||38||48||.442||8.5||21 – 19||17 – 29||16 – 15||6 – 13||14 – 10||5 – 5||L 1|
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|Cincinnati||45||42||.517||7||23 – 20||22 – 22||6 – 4||22 – 13||10 – 20||6 – 4||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||43||45||.489||9.5||27 – 16||16 – 29||11 – 14||19 – 20||10 – 7||1 – 9||L 1|
|St. Louis||43||45||.489||9.5||23 – 18||20 – 27||14 – 13||14 – 17||13 – 10||6 – 4||L 1|
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|Orlando City SC||12||6||3||3||20||12||8||3-2-1||3-1-2||21|
|New York City FC||11||5||2||4||19||13||6||3-1-2||2-1-2||17|
|Inter Miami CF||11||2||2||7||9||17||-8||0-1-4||2-1-3||8|
|Los Angeles FC||12||5||3||4||15||12||3||3-2-1||2-1-3||18|
|Real Salt Lake||11||4||4||3||18||12||6||2-3-2||2-1-1||16|
|Connecticut Sun||12||6||.667||—||7-1||5-5||7-3||6-4||1 L|
|Chicago Sky||10||9||.526||2.5||3-5||7-4||8-3||8-2||1 L|
|New York Liberty||10||9||.526||2.5||5-4||5-5||5-6||5-5||2 W|
|Washington Mystics||7||10||.412||4.5||5-4||2-6||4-6||5-5||4 L|
|Atlanta Dream||6||11||.353||5.5||3-6||3-5||5-4||2-8||2 L|
|Indiana Fever||2||16||.111||10.0||2-8||0-8||2-9||1-9||1 W|