NBA PLAYOFFS

Milwaukee 113 Atlanta 102

BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2021062701&home=1&vis=15&final=true

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Oakland 6 San Francisco 2

Toronto 5 Baltimore 2

Boston 9 NY Yankees 2

Detroit 2 Houston 1 (10)

LA Angels 6 Tampa Bay 4

Minnesota 8 Cleveland 2

Texas 4 Kansas City 1

Chicago White Sox 7 Seattle 1

Atlanta 4 Cincinnati 0

Philadelphia 4 NY Mets 2

Washington 5 Miami 1

Milwaukee 5 Colorado 0

Pittsburgh 7 St. Louis 2

San Diego 5 Arizona 4

LA Dodgers 7 Chicago Cubs 1

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Louisville 2 Indianapolis 1

BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-bats/2021/06/27/647449#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=647449

Fort Wayne 3 South Bend 2

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Atlanta 0 New York 0

New York City FC 2 D.C. 1

Austin 0 Columbus 0

FC Dallas 2 New England 1

WNBA SCOREBOARD

Connecticut 74 Chicago 58

Las Vegas 95 Seattle 92

Phoenix 88 Los Angeles 79

BOX SCORES: https://www.wnba.com/scores/#/06/27/2021

PGA LEADERBOARD

TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Playoff Total Thru 
1Harris English – z6768676531-13 (267)F
2Kramer Hickok – y6369686732-13 (267)F
3Marc Leishman69666964 -12 (268)F
4Abraham Ancer72666665 -11 (269)F
5tKevin Kisner70637463 -10 (270)F
5tBrooks Koepka69676965 -10 (270)F
5tHank Lebioda69686766 -10 (270)F
5tBrian Harman68686767 -10 (270)F
5tBrice Garnett65686968 -10 (270)F
10tBeau Hossler65707264 -9 (271)F
10tSepp Straka66706966 -9 (271)F
10tJason Day69627070 -9 (271)F
13tAndrew Putnam70676966 -8 (272)F
13tGuido Migliozzi69657167 -8 (272)F
13tAdam Scott69696767 -8 (272)F
13tSam Burns66716768 -8 (272)F
13tPatrick Cantlay68667068 -8 (272)F
13tMark Hubbard69656969 -8 (272)F
19tLucas Herbert70676769 -7 (273)F
19tSeamus Power66677169 -7 (273)F
19tBryson DeChambeau69666870 -7 (273)F
19tRobert Streb68686770 -7 (273)F
19tRussell Henley67666872 -7 (273)F
19tBubba Watson66666873 -7 (273)F
25tChez Reavie70676968 -6 (274)F
25tZach Johnson66706969 -6 (274)F
25tPatrick Reed69667069 -6 (274)F
25tJim Herman68696770 -6 (274)F
25tDustin Johnson70686571 -6 (274)F
30tStewart Cink68677466 -5 (275)F
30tCharley Hoffman72637070 -5 (275)F
30tMaverick McNealy65707070 -5 (275)F
30tBrian Stuard69667070 -5 (275)F
30tBrendon Todd68696771 -5 (275)F
30tCameron Smith67686674 -5 (275)F
36tJonas Blixt68687268 -4 (276)F
36tJoaquin Niemann68677368 -4 (276)F
36tPaul Casey71676969 -4 (276)F
36tKevin Chappell68677269 -4 (276)F
36tTalor Gooch64707369 -4 (276)F
36tJustin Rose70637469 -4 (276)F
36tJ.B. Holmes70686771 -4 (276)F
36tIan Poulter68667072 -4 (276)F
36tMatt Jones70666773 -4 (276)F
36tSatoshi Kodaira63726873 -4 (276)F
36tTroy Merritt68657073 -4 (276)F
47tTom Lewis67677469 -3 (277)F
47tAustin Eckroat72666970 -3 (277)F
47tJ.J. Spaun71676970 -3 (277)F
47tCarlos Ortiz70657171 -3 (277)F
47tHarold Varner III70686871 -3 (277)F
47tKevin Na69686872 -3 (277)F
47tScottie Scheffler69657172 -3 (277)F
54tRyan Moore72657269 -2 (278)F
54tTyler Duncan69677270 -2 (278)F
54tCameron Percy70667270 -2 (278)F
54tSam Ryder69697070 -2 (278)F
54tPeter Malnati68706971 -2 (278)F
54tKyle Stanley70686971 -2 (278)F
54tDoug Ghim68667272 -2 (278)F
61tPhil Mickelson69697269 -1 (279)F
61tAndrew Svoboda69697269 -1 (279)F
61tDoc Redman69667371 -1 (279)F
61tHenrik Norlander65717172 -1 (279)F
61tRyan Armour70647273 -1 (279)F
66tTom Hoge67717270 E (280)F
66tKevin Tway70667371 E (280)F
66tAaron Wise73657171 E (280)F
66tRobby Shelton73647073 E (280)F
70tWilliam McGirt71677370 +1 (281)F
70tLanto Griffin71677172 +1 (281)F
70tKristoffer Ventura69697172 +1 (281)F
73tDavid Hearn70687371 +2 (282)F
73tDenny McCarthy72667173 +2 (282)F
73tKyoung-Hoon Lee69646980 +2 (282)F
76tPatrick Rodgers65717473 +3 (283)F
76tMackenzie Hughes67717174 +3 (283)F
76tNate Lashley69677374 +3 (283)F
79Will Gordon71677675 +9 (289)F

PGA LEADERBOARD

KPMG CHAMPIONSHIP

RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Nelly Korda70636868-19 (269)F
2Lizette Salas67676771-16 (272)F
3tHyo Joo Kim71697068-10 (278)F
3tGiulia Molinaro70706672-10 (278)F
5tDanielle Kang73677367-8 (280)F
5tPatty Tavatanakit70716574-8 (280)F
7tCeline Boutier73646975-7 (281)F
7tAustin Ernst69717170-7 (281)F
9tCydney Clanton70677570-6 (282)F
9tXiyu Lin69717072-6 (282)F
9tAmy Yang72727464-6 (282)F
12tDottie Ardina70706875-5 (283)F
12tSei Young Kim76697068-5 (283)F
12tWichanee Meechai73677271-5 (283)F
15tEsther Henseleit71687075-4 (284)F
15tNanna Koerstz Madsen70717271-4 (284)F
15tJessica Korda69727271-4 (284)F
15tLeona Maguire72707171-4 (284)F
15tYealimi Noh69727073-4 (284)F
15tMadelene Sagstrom70687175-4 (284)F
21tGeorgia Hall75677271-3 (285)F
21tBrooke Henderson74706972-3 (285)F
21tCharley Hull68717472-3 (285)F
21tYuka Saso73707567-3 (285)F
25tYu Liu72697273-2 (286)F
25tAlena Sharp69687574-2 (286)F
27tIn Gee Chun70737074-1 (287)F
27tDani Holmqvist69747569-1 (287)F
27tMoriya Jutanugarn76677569-1 (287)F
27tMegan Khang73737071-1 (287)F
27tAlison Lee74727467-1 (287)F
27tLindsey Weaver73707173-1 (287)F
33tMarina Alex72697869E (288)F
33tChella Choi70727274E (288)F
33tJeong Eun Lee73737468E (288)F
33tRyann O’Toole71697276E (288)F
33tGabriela Ruffels76657275E (288)F
33tSo Yeon Ryu72707373E (288)F
33tMariah Stackhouse74707470E (288)F
40tBrittany Lang74727172+1 (289)F
40tMinjee Lee73727470+1 (289)F
40tInbee Park71687773+1 (289)F
40tGerina Piller70737175+1 (289)F
40tHinako Shibuno76707667+1 (289)F
40tLauren Stephenson77687371+1 (289)F
46tPerrine Delacour76707569+2 (290)F
46tMina Harigae70707476+2 (290)F
46tAriya Jutanugarn70727672+2 (290)F
46tJin Young Ko75717470+2 (290)F
46tAlbane Valenzuela73737173+2 (290)F
46tMichelle Wie West77697272+2 (290)F
52tAlly Ewing73707375+3 (291)F
52tLydia Ko72727473+3 (291)F
52tLuna Sobron75707274+3 (291)F
52tLexi Thompson73707276+3 (291)F
56tJanie Jackson76687375+4 (292)F
56tCaroline Masson71727574+4 (292)F
58tEun-Hee Ji74717672+5 (293)F
58tJennifer Kupcho77697572+5 (293)F
58tJeongeun Lee69747773+5 (293)F
58tAnna Nordqvist71707874+5 (293)F
58tAngela Stanford72747671+5 (293)F
63Su-Hyun Oh73727574+6 (294)F
64tPajaree Anannarukarn74727575+8 (296)F
64tDana Finkelstein75687479+8 (296)F
66Annie Park78687378+9 (297)F
67tSarah Burnham73717678+10 (298)F
67tChristina Kim75707578+10 (298)F
67tLauren Kim73727677+10 (298)F
70Paula Reto74728179+18 (306)F

NASCAR

Explore the Pocono Mountains 350
Jun 27, 2021 | Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, Pennsylvania | 350.0 mi 
PosDriverCar #MakeStartedLapsLedPoints / BonusOut ?
1Kyle Busch18Toyota191403044 / 4running
2Kyle Larson5Chevrolet12140038 / 3running
3Brad Keselowski2Ford111403150 / 16running
4Kevin Harvick4Ford13140033 / 0running
5Bubba Wallace23Toyota7140338 / 6running
6Ryan Blaney12Ford16140038 / 7running
7Alex Bowman48Chevrolet201401830 / 0running
8Ryan Preece37Chevrolet23140029 / 0running
9Tyler Reddick8Chevrolet10140031 / 3running
10Joey Logano22Ford14140028 / 1running
11Martin Truex Jr.19Toyota31401941 / 15running
12William Byron24Chevrolet181402235 / 10running
13Austin Dillon3Chevrolet21140024 / 0running
14Denny Hamlin11Toyota17140132 / 9running
15Daniel Suarez99Chevrolet8140024 / 2running
16Aric Almirola10Ford5140032 / 11running
17Michael McDowell34Ford2140725 / 5running
18Matt DiBenedetto21Ford32140019 / 0running
19Chris Buescher17Ford1140618 / 0running
20Kurt Busch1Chevrolet15140017 / 0running
21Chase Briscoe14Ford24140016 / 0running
22Ryan Newman6Ford37140015 / 0running
23Corey LaJoie7Chevrolet36139014 / 0running
24Cole Custer41Ford38139013 / 0running
25Justin Allgaier77Chevrolet2713900 / 0running
26Ross Chastain42Chevrolet33139012 / 1running
27Chase Elliott9Chevrolet9139016 / 6running
28Cody Ware51Chevrolet2513900 / 0running
29B.J. McLeod78Ford3013800 / 0running
30James Davison15Chevrolet2813707 / 0running
31Erik Jones43Chevrolet2213606 / 0running
32Christopher Bell20Toyota4135312 / 7running
33Quin Houff00Chevrolet3113504 / 0running
34Anthony Alfredo38Ford2613403 / 0running
35Josh Bilicki52Ford3413202 / 0running
36Garrett Smithley53Chevrolet2912200 / 0engine
37Timmy Hill66Toyota3511300 / 0handling
38Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47Chevrolet611105 / 4engine

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: INDIANA CROSSROARDS COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

Friday, Aug. 20

Beech Grove at Lutheran ©, 7 pm

Covenant at Speedway, 7 pm

Cardinal Ritter at Monrovia ©, 7 pm

Scecina at Shenandoah, 7 pm

Triton Central at Cascade ©, 7 pm

Friday, Aug. 27

Cascade at Beech Grove ©, 7 pm

Edgewood at Monrovia, 7 pm

Greensburg at Triton Central, 7 pm

Lutheran at Cardinal Ritter ©, 7 pm

Scecina at Speedway ©, 7 pm

Friday, Sep. 3

Brebeuf Jesuit at Cardinal Ritter, 7 pm

Cascade at Scecina ©, 7 pm

Linton at Monrovia, 7:30 pm

Speedway at Beech Grove ©, 7 pm

Triton Central at Lutheran ©, 7 pm

Friday, Sep. 10

Beech Grove at Scecina ©, 7 pm

Cloverdale at Cascade, 7 pm

Lutheran at Lapel, 7 pm

Monrovia at Triton Central ©, 7 pm

Speedway at Cardinal Ritter ©, 7 pm

Friday, Sep. 17

Cascade at Lutheran ©, 7 pm

Scecina at Heritage Christian, 7 pm

Shortridge at Cardinal Ritter, 7 pm

Washington at Beech Grove, 7 pm

Speedway at Monrovia ©, 7 pm

Triton Central at Indian Creek, 7 pm

Friday, Sep. 24

Beech Grove at Monrovia ©, 7 pm

Cascade at North Putnam, 7 pm

Cardinal Ritter at Triton Central ©, 7 pm

Scecina at Lutheran ©, 7 pm

Washington at Speedway, 7 pm

Friday, Oct. 1

Beech Grove at Cardinal Ritter ©, 7 pm

Cascade at Speedway ©, 7 pm

Lutheran at Monrovia ©, 7 pm

Scecina at Triton Central ©, 7 pm

Friday, Oct. 8

Cardinal Ritter at Scecina ©, 7 pm

Monrovia at Cascade ©, 7 pm

Speedway at Lutheran ©, 7 pm

Triton Central at Beech Grove ©, 7 pm

Friday, Oct. 15

Beech Grove at Franklin County, 7 pm

Lutheran at Traders Point, 7 pm

Cardinal Ritter at Cascade ©, 7 pm

Monrovia at Scecina ©, 7 pm

Triton Central at Speedway ©, 7 pm

©conference game

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: METROPOLITAN CONFERENCE

Friday, Aug. 20

Ben Davis at Brownsburg, 7 pm

Carmel at Louisville Trinity (Ky.), 7 pm

Center Grove at Warren Central ©, 7 pm

Lawrence Central at Hamilton SE, 7 pm

Lawrence North at Avon, 7 pm

North Central at Fishers, 7 pm

Pike at Zionsville, 7 pm

Friday, Aug. 27

Avon at Ben Davis, 7 pm

Decatur Central at Center Grove, 7 pm

Detroit King (Mich.) at Carmel, 7 pm

Fishers at Pike, 7 pm

Hamilton SE at North Central, 7 pm

Bishop Chatard at Warren Central, 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Lawrence Central, 7 pm

Whiteland at Lawrence North, 7 pm

Friday, Sep. 3

Center Grove at Carmel ©, 7 pm

Lawrence Central at Lawrence North ©, 7 pm

North Central at Warren Central ©, 7 pm

Pike at Ben Davis ©, 7 pm

Friday, Sep. 10

Ben Davis at Center Grove ©, 7 pm

Carmel at Pike ©, 7 pm

Lawrence North at North Central ©, 7 pm

Warren Central at Lawrence Central ©, 7 pm

Friday, Sep. 17

Center Grove at North Central ©, 7 pm

Lawrence Central at Pike ©, 7 pm

Lawrence North at Carmel ©, 7 pm

Warren Central at Ben Davis ©, 7 pm

Friday, Sep. 24

Ben Davis at Lawrence North ©, 7 pm

Center Grove at Lawrence Central ©, 7 pm

North Central at Carmel ©, 7 pm

Pike at Warren Central ©, 7 pm

Friday, Oct. 1

Carmel at Ben Davis ©, 7 pm

Lawrence Central at North Central ©, 7 pm

Pike at Center Grove ©, 7 pm

Warren Central at Lawrence North ©, 7 pm

Friday, Oct. 8

Ben Davis at Lawrence Central ©, 7 pm

Lawrence North at Center Grove ©, 7 pm

North Central at Pike ©, 7 pm

Warren Central at Carmel ©, 7 pm

Friday, Oct. 15

Carmel at Lawrence Central ©, 7 pm

Center Grove at Cathedral, 7 pm

North Central at Ben Davis ©, 7 pm

Pike at Lawrence North ©, 7 pm

©conference game

ACC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

ACC Football Schedule Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 2

USF at NC State

North Carolina at Virginia Tech (could be Friday, Sept. 3)

Friday, Sept. 3

Old Dominion at Wake Forest

Saturday, Sept. 4

Clemson vs. Georgia (in Charlotte)

Miami vs. Alabama (in Atlanta)

Syracuse at Ohio

Duke at Charlotte

Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech

UMass at Pitt

William & Mary at Virginia

Colgate at Boston College

Sunday, Sept. 5

Notre Dame at Florida State

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs Ole Miss (in Atlanta)

ACC Football Schedule Week 2

Saturday, Sept. 11

Pitt at Tennessee

NC State at Mississippi State

Illinois at Virginia

Rutgers at Syracuse

Applachian State at Miami

Georgia State at North Carolina

Middle Tennessee at Virginia Tech

Boston College at UMass

Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech

Eastern Kentucky at Louisville

Jacksonville State at Florida State

Norfolk State at Wake Forest

North Carolina A&T at Duke

South Carolina State at Clemson

ACC Football Schedule Week 3

Friday, Sept. 17

UCF at Louisville

Saturday, Sept. 18

Virginia at North Carolina

Michigan State at Miami

Florida State at Wake Forest

Virginia Tech at West Virginia

Georgia Tech at Clemson

Northwestern at Duke

Western Michigan at Pitt

Boston College at Temple

Furman at NC State

Albany at Syracuse

ACC Football Schedule Week 4

Friday, Sept. 24

Wake Forest at Virginia

Liberty at Syracuse

Saturday, Sept. 25

Clemson at NC State

Louisville at Florida State

Missouri at Boston College

Kansas at Duke

North Carolina at Georgia Tech

Richmond at Virginia Tech

New Hampshire at Pitt

Central Connecticut at Miami

ACC Football Schedule Week 5

Thursday, Sept. 30

Virginia at Miami

Saturday, Oct. 2

Boston College at Clemson

Louisville at Wake Forest

Duke at North Carolina

Pitt at Georgia Tech

Syracuse at Florida State

Louisiana Tech at NC State

ACC Football Schedule Week 6

Saturday, Oct. 9

Notre Dame at Virginia Tech

Florida State at North Carolina

Virginia at Louisville

Wake Forest at Syracuse

Georgia Tech at Duke

ACC Football Schedule Week 7

Friday, Oct. 15

Clemson at Syracuse

Saturday, Oct. 16

Miami at North Carolina

Pitt at Virginia Tech

NC State at Boston College

Duke at Virginia

ACC Football Schedule Week 8

Saturday, Oct. 23

Clemson at Pitt

NC State at Miami

Boston College at Louisville

Georgia Tech at Virginia

Syracuse at Virginia Tech

Wake Forest at Army

UMass at Florida State

ACC Football Schedule Week 9

Saturday, Oct. 30

North Carolina at Notre Dame

Florida State at Clemson

Miami at Pitt

Virginia at BYU

Louisville at NC State

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech

Boston College at Syracuse

Duke at Wake Forest

ACC Football Schedule Week 10

Friday, Nov. 5

Virginia Tech at Boston College

Saturday, Nov. 6

NC State at Florida State

Clemson at Louisville

Wake Forest at North Carolina (counted as non-conference game)

Georgia Tech at Miami

Pitt at Duke

ACC Football Schedule Week 11

Thursday, Nov. 11

North Carolina at Pitt

Saturday, Nov. 13

Miami at Florida State

Notre Dame at Virginia

Miami at Florida State

NC State at Wake Forest

Boston College at Georgia Tech

Syracuse at Louisville

Duke at Virginia Tech

UConn at Clemson

ACC Football Schedule Week 12

Thursday, Nov. 18

Louisville at Duke

Saturday, Nov. 20

Virginia Tech at Miami

Wake Forest at Clemson

Virginia at Pitt

Florida State at Boston College

Syracuse at NC State

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame

Wofford at North Carolina

ACC Football Schedule Week 13

Friday, Nov. 26

North Carolina at NC State

Saturday, Nov. 27

Virginia Tech at Virginia

Clemson at South Carolina

Florida State at Florida

Georgia at Georgia Tech

Kentucky at Louisville

Miami at Duke

Pitt at Syracuse

Wake Forest at Boston College

ACC Football Championship Game

Saturday, Dec. 4

ACC Football Championship Game (in Charlotte)

TOP HEADLINES

Middleton’s 38 power Bucks past Hawks 113-102 for 2-1 lead

ATLANTA (AP) Khris Middleton showed once again that the Milwaukee Bucks have more than one player capable of taking over a game.

He did it Sunday night at the best possible time.

Middleton scored 20 of his playoff career high-tying 38 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Bucks to a 113-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks for a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

“What he did today was unreal,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “He was unbelievable. Carried the team at the end. … What I saw today was greatness. Simple as that.”

Trae Young scored 35 points for Atlanta but was slowed in the final period. He stepped on an official’s foot late in the third and injured his right ankle. He will have an MRI on the ankle on Monday.

“It’s hurting. It’s frustrating,” Young said, adding the injury impacted “my blow-by speed.”

Game 4 is Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Middleton scored 10 points in the decisive run in the fourth that gave Milwaukee the lead. He had 11 rebounds and seven assists.

“I just finally got them to go,” Middleton said. “I’ve been struggling some with the ball going in the basket. Finally they started dropping for me at the right time. I’m thankful for that.”

Antetokounmpo, who often has the spotlight for Milwaukee, had 33 points. The Bucks trailed most of the game before surging in the fourth quarter. Atlanta led 95-88 before Middleton made his first of three 3-pointers during the 15-3 run for a 103-98 lead.

“Just being around him a lot, he starts to see it go in, he starts to feel good, he gets in a rhythm in a lot of ways,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer before adding “I’m just glad he’s on our side.”

After never leading in a 125-91 Game 2 loss, the Hawks were eager for a better start in their first home game of the series. Turnovers by Middleton and Antetokounmpo led to dunks by Clint Capela, and Kevin Huerter added a 3-pointer for a 7-0 lead.

The Hawks stretched the advantage to 13 points. Antetokounmpo was held to five first-quarter points but regained his scoring form in the second period. He had 11 points in the period as the Bucks finally pulled even at 56-all on a 3-pointer by Pat Connaughton with 12 seconds remaining in the half.

The Bucks took their first lead at 82-80 on a basket by Bobby Portis Jr. with 1:47 remaining in the third. A 3-pointer by Danilo Gallinari, who had 18 points, gave Atlanta an 85-83 lead at the end of the period.

Middleton opened the final period by sinking a 3 that signaled the start of his big period. He went on to outscore the Hawks, who had 17 points, by himself in the period.

“He was really going from everywhere,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said.

All eyes on Young’s ankle after freak encounter with ref

ATLANTA (AP) Finally, Trae Young ran into someone he couldn’t beat.

A referee.

The Atlanta Hawks’ playoff star sprained his right ankle in a freak encounter with an official’s foot late in the third quarter of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.

Young was able to return for much of the fourth quarter, but he didn’t have the sort of explosiveness that has made him the breakout leader of Atlanta’s stunning playoff run.

“It’s sore right now.,” he said, rubbing his forehead. “It’s hurting. It’s frustrating.”

Young will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the sprain. He’ll also be getting extensive treatment over the next 48 hours in an attempt to make sure he’s as healthy as possible going into Game 4.

“I don’t know how bad it is, but he was definitely limping,” teammate Danilo Gallinari said. “I’m guessing he was not feeling very good.”

Even though Young finished with 35 points, the Hawks bogged down offensively in the closing minutes, allowing the Bucks to rally for a 113-102 victory that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.

It’s hard to envision the Hawks advancing to the NBA Finals if Young is not at least some semblance of himself the rest of the series.

“Of course, he’s our best player,” Gallinari said. “If we had to play without him, it’s tough.”

Young was injured after he threw a pass that was deflected by Jrue Holiday. The Hawks guard turned to run back on defense, only to step on the foot of ref Sean Wright, who was standing just out of bounds.

It was simply an accident, but that didn’t make it any less painful for Young.

“I didn’t see him,” he said. “I guess I’ve got to have eyes in the back of my head now to see who’s behind me.”

Young remained down on the court until the next whistle. He hobbled first to the bench and then to the locker room to be examined.

The Atlanta crowd roared when Young returned to the sideline early in the fourth quarter, having been cleared to go back in the game.

But he was limping noticeably and grimacing when he came up the court. Young made only one of four shots in the fourth period, ruining what had been a bounce-back performance from a tough outing in a 34-point rout by the Bucks in Game 2.

Young acknowledged that he didn’t have the speed to blow by defenders the way he normally does.

“That’s a big part of my game,” he said.

Coach Nate McMillan took Young out with just under a minute remaining and saw no reason to put him back in.

Now, the focus is on getting him ready for Game 4.

Young intends to play.

McMillan sounded a little less certain.

“I don’t know right now,” McMillan said. “When he returned to the floor, he was obviously limping on that (ankle). When I subbed for him. we just decided to keep him out.”

Billups gets first chance as head coach with Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have hired Chauncey Billups as their new coach.

Billups, a five-time NBA All-Star over a 17-year playing career, has never been a head coach. He has served as an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers for the past season.

“Portland is a special place and a unique franchise,” Billups said in a statement Sunday night. “As a player I always loved playing here because the passion and knowledge of the fans brought out the very best in me as a competitor. Now I’m looking forward to being on the other side of that energy and engaging with the Portland community on a whole other level.”

The Blazers have scheduled a Tuesday press conference to introduce Billups, 44. He becomes the 15th head coach of the franchise.

“Chauncey is a proven leader with an elite basketball IQ that has won everywhere he has been,” said Neil Olshey, Portland’s president of basketball operations. “He is prepared for the challenge of developing the Championship habits and strategic approach we need to achieve the expectations and goals for our franchise.”

The Blazers were also interested in Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni, as well as San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jason Kidd withdrew his name from consideration after it was reported that Blazers guard Damian Lillard had endorsed him for the job.

Over the course of his career, Billups played for Boston, Toronto, Denver, Minnesota, Detroit, New York and the Clippers. Known as Mr. Big Shot, he was voted the 2004 NBA Finals MVP while with the championship-winning Pistons.

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue named Billups to his staff last November.

Word that the Blazers had settled on Billups was first reported on Friday. The decision was met with backlash in Portland because of allegations that he was involved in a sexual assault in 1997. No criminal charges were ever filed.

The Blazers fired Terry Stotts shortly after the team was eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the opening round of the playoffs.

Stotts coached the Blazers for nine seasons, taking them to the playoffs in the last eight. But Portland failed to advance past the first round in four of the last five years.

The 63-year-old Stotts was the NBA’s fourth-longest tenured coach this past season, behind only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and Dallas’ Rick Carlisle. He went 402-318 in his nine regular seasons in Portland and led the Blazers to the Western Conference finals in 2019, where they were swept by Golden State.

Muller gets 1st career win, Braves beat Reds 4-0 for split

CINCINNATI (AP) Kyle Muller earned his first career victory, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Austin Riley hit solo homers, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 on Sunday to split a four-game series.

Muller (1-1) who was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game, retired the first seven batters he faced and cruised through five scoreless innings, allowing one hit with a career-high nine strikeouts.

Muller’s first win came in his second start and third career appearance.

“It makes me feel like a big leaguer,” Muller said. “It’s really, really cool. Anyone coming into the big leagues is looking to have success early. Just knowing your stuff plays. It’s a big confidence boost.”

Five relievers followed Muller, with only Shane Greene allowing a hit, to complete the two-hitter. Ender Inciarte’s catch against the wall in center robbed Joey Votto of an extra-base hit off Greene in the eighth.

“Muller made a lot of good pitches,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He threw a lot of 3-2 breaking balls. We went deep into counts and almost broke through a few times.”

The Braves went 8-for-53 with runners in scoring position in the series, but a pair of two-out RBI singles by Acuna and Freddie Freeman got them on the board in the third.

Acuna’s solo homer to center, his 21st of the season, made the score 3-0 in the fifth.

Riley led off the sixth with his 13th homer of the season, his first since June 13.

The struggles continued at Great American Ball Park for right-hander Tyler Mahle (7-3), who came in with a 6.93 ERA in five starts at home and a 2.01 ERA on the road. He gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, walking one and striking out seven, and was outshined by the rookie Muller.

“He used his secondary pitches to get himself ahead in counts,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He was aggressive, had unbelievable pace.”

Kershaw’s 13 Ks, McKinstry’s slam lift Dodgers past Cubs 7-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw wrapped up the eighth inning and left the mound to a standing ovation from the Dodger Stadium crowd after a performance measuring up to the best in his remarkable career.

Those wild cheers quickly turned to boos when umpires inspected him for foreign substances, but Kershaw only smiled and then waved his cap as the roar returned.

“To have a full crowd of Dodgers fans again, I missed it, and it’s awesome,” Kershaw said. “I don’t ever want to go back.”

Kershaw and the Dodgers are surging forward again after a week that began with a few steps backward for the defending World Series champions.

Kershaw racked up a season-high 13 strikeouts over eight dominant innings, and Zach McKinstry hit a grand slam in the second inning of Los Angeles’ 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.

Cody Bellinger homered in his second straight game and drove in three runs in the Dodgers’ third consecutive win over Chicago after four Cubs pitchers combined for a no-hitter in the series opener Thursday.

Kershaw (9-7) yielded four hits while flummoxing the Cubs with his slider, recording his highest strikeout total in a regular-season game since July 2017 and getting a season-high 26 swings and misses.

“It’s hard to imagine him being any better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Beyond Kershaw’s brilliance, the Dodgers appear to be back on form after they followed up three straight losses in San Diego with their lifeless effort in Chicago’s no-hitter.

“Coming back here and being no-hit, I think that maybe was a wakeup call in some regards,” Kershaw said. “It was kind of a collective effort, the reasons why we were struggling there. We’ve got back on the highs the last three games, and it was good to see.”

Javier Baez hit his 18th homer for the Cubs, who haven’t won a series at Dodger Stadium since 2014. Anthony Rizzo also left in the fourth with lower back tightness.

Kershaw lasted just one inning at Wrigley Field last month in the shortest start of his 14-year career, but the 33-year-old left-hander was spectacular in the rematch.

He didn’t get into a three-ball count until the sixth, and he issued his only walk in the seventh. He matched his highest strikeout total since he struck out 13 Brewers to wrap up last fall’s NL wild-card series on the way to his first World Series title.

“He’s one of the greats,” McKinstry said. “He’s a great baseball player, great competitor. He’s a great leader in this clubhouse, and everybody just kind of swarms around him.”

McKinstry’s first career grand slam was the Dodgers’ first hit after they loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsman against Adbert Alzolay (4-7).

Three batters and one inning-prolonging error later, Bellinger followed up Saturday’s walk-off homer with a two-run shot off Alzolay, who yielded six runs on five hits over three innings in his third consecutive defeat.

“Just wasn’t sharp,” Cubs manager David Ross said of Alzolay. “Looked like his command was off. Just his whole rhythm in general, syncing up his mechanics, led to sporadic command. He was battling himself out there.”

Sergio Alcantara got into the Cubs’ first three-ball count against Kershaw in the sixth, but Kershaw struck him out anyway to set a new season high.

Mookie Betts tripled and scored on Bellinger’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.

LHP Santiago ejected, glove confiscated during Mariners’ win

CHICAGO (AP) Just sweat and rosin. That is Hector Santiago’s story, and he’s sticking to it.

Santiago became the first player to be ejected as part of Major League Baseball’s new foreign substance protocols when he was thrown out of the Seattle Mariners’ 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Santiago was checked by the umpires as he exited in the fifth inning. His glove was confiscated, and it was later announced that Santiago had been ejected.

The 33-year-old left-hander said after the game that what the umpires found was a combination of rosin and sweat. He had used rosin to stop the sweat from dripping on both his arms on a humid day in Chicago.

“I think once they take it back and check, it’s just sweat and rosin,” Santiago said. “They’re going to inspect it and all this science stuff and it’s going to be sweat and rosin.”

Major league umpires last week started regular checks of all pitchers for sticky substances used to get a better grip on the balls, but can also increase the spin of the balls and make hitting them more difficult.

“This is part of it, this is what we have to do, this is part of the game, we’re going to get caught if we’re going to use any substances,” Santiago said. “My mindset was just use rosin and attack the zone, that’s what I’m trying to do. I know that I didn’t use anything today.”

Taylor Trammell homered twice for Seattle, which improved to 10-2 in its last 12 games. Paul Sewald got one out for the win, and Kendall Graveman worked the ninth for his seventh save.

The White Sox lost AL MVP Jose Abreu when he was hit on his left knee by a pitch in the sixth. The team announced the first baseman had a bruised left knee and X-rays were negative.

“You definitely never want to see that happen, especially to pretty much the backbone of the team,” White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel said. “We’re all hoping it’s nothing major but we’re already hampered as it is. We’re all hoping for the best for Jose.”

The teams played 2 1/2 innings Saturday before the game was postponed because of rain.

Trammell connected for his seventh homer in the fifth, and Ty France went deep against Keuchel in the sixth. Leury Garcia hit an RBI single in the fifth for Chicago, and Yasmani Grandal added a tying sacrifice fly in the sixth.

The Mariners went ahead to stay when Trammell hit a towering drive into the right-field bleachers with two out in the ninth against Liam Hendricks (3-2).

“Unbelievable game,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Taylor was locked in. That’s one of the best closers in the game.”

Grandal led off the bottom half with a base hit, but Jake Lamb flied out and Yermin Mercedes bounced into a double play.

The teams will play a seven-inning game for the series finale later Sunday.

Keuchel allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one in his first relief appearance since Aug. 6, 2013.

The AL Central-leading White Sox have dropped seven of eight.

Indians OF Naylor injured in scary collision, Twins win 8-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer shortly after Cleveland right fielder Josh Naylor was carted off the field following a frightening collision with a teammate, and the Minnesota Twins went beat the Indians 8-2 on Sunday.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Naylor had suffered a broken bone, but didn’t say which one, and was being treated at a hospital.

Naylor and rookie second baseman Ernie Clement chased a popup in short right field in the fourth inning on a ball hit by Jorge Polanco. Naylor went flying after the collision and had his right foot catch underneath him, twisting the foot the wrong way.

Naylor writhed on the ground in pain and teammates immediately called for medical attention. His foot was placed in an air cast and he was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Clement, playing his seventh game in the majors, had the ball glance off his glove for a single. He had a cut on his chin.

Played resumed after a 12-minute delay and Justin Garza relieved for his major league debut. Two batters later, Cruz hit his 434th career homer, tying him with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 47th on the all-time list.

Andrelton Simmons and Josh Donaldson also homered for Minnesota, which has won seven of nine games and won the series 2-1 against Cleveland after Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain.

J.A. Happ (4-3) bounced back with six strong innings. He allowed two runs on six hits, striking out seven. In his previous eight starts, covering 36 2/3 innings, he had surrendered 38 earned runs.

Minnesota native Sam Hentges (1-2) took the loss for Cleveland. He gave up six runs on six hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.

The 6-foot-6 left-hander was a fourth-round draft pick by the Indians in 2014 out of Mounds View High School, approximately 12 miles northeast of Target Field.

Rene Rivera homered for Cleveland, which has lost five of eight.

Ohtani hits 25th homer, drives in 3 as Angels beat Rays 6-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Shohei Ohtani hit his 25th homer and drove in three runs, and the Los Angeles Angels stopped a five-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Sunday.

Ohtani hit an opposite-field shot to left in the ninth against Pete Fairbanks. He also had a run-scoring double in the sixth and a tying RBI triple during the Angels’ two-run seventh inning.

“He really likes the moment,” Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon said. “He loves to play baseball. He loves to compete. He has a really high baseball IQ. He sees things and then goes in and does it.”

Ohtani has 46 extra-base hits this season.

“He can beat you in many ways,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “He hangs in there against lefties. He’s willing to go the other way, like he showed for the home run.”

Phil Gosselin put the Angels up 5-4 with his leadoff homer in the eighth against Matt Wisler (1-3).

Tony Watson (3-3) worked one inning for the win, and Raisel Iglesias got four outs for his 13th save.

Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi homered for the Rays, who had won four in a row.

Wander Franco and Austin Meadows chased Patrick Sandoval with consecutive singles to start the sixth. After Mike Mayers retired Randy Arozarena, Choi’s three-run shot gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead.

Choi’s run, charged to Mayers, ended the right-hander’s season-long stretch of not allowing a run on the road at 14 games.

Franco had been hitless in 18-at bats since collecting a homer and double in his major league debut Tuesday.

David Fletcher opened the sixth with a single and scored on Ohtani’s double off Ryan Yarbrough, lifting the Angels to a 2-1 lead.

Maddon moved Fletcher, who has a 12-game hitting streak, from ninth to leadoff. Ohtani had hit first the previous two games.

Tampa Bay was held hitless by Sandoval until Lowe tied it at 1 with his 15th homer with two outs in the fifth.

Ohtani walked, swiped second for his 11th stolen base and scored on an infield single by Gosselin in the fourth.

“He’s special,” Rays catcher Mike Zunino said. “Being able to see him three days in a row hitting-wise is impressive. Then knowing every fifth or sixth day on the mound throwing 100 (mph), an unbelievable talent.”

Ohtani went 6 for 11 with two homers and five RBIs in the three-game series. He has eight homers in his last 11 games overall.

Los Angeles had two on in the third when Fletcher hit into an unique inning-ending double play. His pop fly along the first-base line was caught by second baseman Lowe, who threw wildly to the plate with the ball ending up near the third-base dugout.

Yarbrough backed up the play and made a throw to catcher Zunino, who was up the third-base line but was able to tag Taylor Ward as he tried to score from third.

Yarbrough allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. Sandoval gave up three runs and four hits over five-plus innings.

Red Sox hammer Cole, rout Yanks 9-2 for another 3-game sweep

BOSTON (AP) The Yankees were hoping a faster start might help them find a way to slow down the rival Red Sox.

Instead, Boston beat up on their best pitcher on the way to posting its most-lopsided win of the series.

Kike Hernandez and Rafael Devers homered in the first inning as Boston hammered Gerrit Cole, routing New York 9-2 Sunday to complete a second straight sweep of its longtime rivals.

J.D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez also homered for the Red Sox. Boston outscored the Yankees 18-7 in the three-game series at Fenway Park, improving to 6-0 against them this year and improving to a season-best 16 games above .500. It was Boston’s first time sweeping New York in consecutive series since 2011.

With the Rays’ loss Sunday on the road to the Angels, the Red Sox moved back into first place in the AL East.

“All around probably the best series we’ve played the whole season,” manager Alex Cora said. “We played defense. We ran the bases well. We put pressure on them and we got timely hitting.”

Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4) was solid in earning his first win in nine starts. He gave up a two-run homer to Aaron Judge in the sixth but held New York to five hits and struck out eight in six innings.

“That’s what we’ve got to do with every team,” Rodriguez said.

Cole (8-4) allowed six runs on eight hits, including three homers, in five innings. He walked two, struck out six and threw a wild pitch.

Cole’s spin rates have slipped in recent starts, adding to speculation he’s had trouble adjusting to MLB’s recent crackdown on pitchers using substances to get traction on balls. He was checked by umpires for sticky stuff after giving up four runs and four hits in the first inning.

He said he was never able to locate his pitches where he wanted.

“I think everybody was well aware of the importance of the game,” Cole said. “It’s a pretty brutal feeling to let the team down like that.”

Boston quickly put Cole and the Yankees in a hole.

Hernandez jumped on Cole’s first pitch of the game – a 96 mph fastball – and drove it just over the top of the Green Monster for his seventh home run of the season. It marked the first time Cole had allowed a homer on his first pitch of a game.

Alex Verdugo then doubled and Martinez drew a walk. Xander Bogaerts flied out, but three pitches later Devers got ahold of Cole’s 100 mph four-seam fastball and crushed a drive 450 feet into the right-field seats for his 19th home run of the season.

“That crooked number was hard for us obviously to overcome,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Never before in Cole’s nine major league seasons had he surrendered multiple homers in the first inning.

“After we scored those four runs, my mind was just go out there and put zero on the board,” Rodriguez said.

Things got worse in the third when Martinez sat on Cole’s knuckle-curve and roped his 15th home run of the year to straightaway center to make it 5-0.

Trailing 6-2. New York loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. But Garrett Whitlock struck out DJ LeMahieu looking and got Judge to pop out to shallow right.

Whitlock said he hopes this series can be a spark for the Red Sox moving forward.

“I think the statement is we’re here to win,” Whitlock said. “This isn’t just another year for the Red Sox.”

Houston Astros lead way with seven MLB All-Star finalists

(ESPN NEWS SERVICE)

The Houston Astros have a major league best seven finalists to start in the 2021 All-Star Game.

The top three finalists for each position based on fan voting in each league, plus designated hitter for the American League, were announced Sunday.

Three teams — the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays — have five finalists for the Midsummer Classic, which will be played July 13 at Coors Field.

Voting on the finalists begins Monday and ends Thursday. The AL and NL All-Star starters, based on those votes, will be announced Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The remainder of the All-Star teams will be unveiled next Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The finalists:

Catcher:

AL:

Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

Martin Maldonado, Astros

Yasmani Grandal, Chicago White Sox

NL:

Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Willson Contreras, Cubs

First base:

AL:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays

Yuli Gurriel, Astros

Jose Abreu, White Sox

NL:

Max Muncy, Dodgers

Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

Second base:

AL:

Marcus Semien, Blue Jays

Jose Altuve, Astros

DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees

NL:

Ozzie Albies, Braves

Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates

Gavin Lux, Dodgers

Shortstop:

AL:

Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

Bo Bichette, Blue Jays

Carlos Correa, Astros

NL:

Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

Javier Baez, Cubs

Brandon Crawford, Giants

Third base:

AL:

Rafael Devers, Red Sox

Alex Bregman, Astros

Yoan Moncada, White Sox

NL:

Kris Bryant, Cubs

Nolan Arenado, Cardinals

Justin Turner, Dodgers

Outfield:

AL:

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Aaron Judge, Yankees

Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

Michael Brantley, Astros

Adolis García, Texas Rangers

Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays

Cedric Mullins, Baltimore Orioles

Alex Verdugo, Red Sox

Randal Grichuk, Blue Jays

NL:

Ronald Acuna Jr.

Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds

Jesse Winker, Reds

Mookie Betts, Dodgers

Chris Taylor, Dodgers

Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

Joc Pederson, Cubs

Mike Yastrzemski, Giants

Designated hitter:

AL:

Shohei Ohtani, Angels

J.D. Martinez, Red Sox

Yordan Alvarez, Astros

UConn Huskies pitcher, family barely escape Florida building collapse

(AP)  HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn pitcher Justin Willis and his family were among those fortunate enough to escape the collapse of a Miami-area apartment tower last week that has left more than 100 people missing.

The West New York, New Jersey, man told news outlets that he and his sister were watching television in an apartment on the 11th floor of the Champlain Towers condominium complex in Surfside, Florida, when they heard the building shake sometime after 1 a.m. Thursday. 

When they saw dust and debris rising up over the balcony, they went out into the hall and saw two holes where the elevators once were, and saw the next-door apartment was gone. Willis, sister Athena Aguero and parents Albert and Janette Aguero made it down 11 flights of stairs, and helped an elderly woman walking with a cane descend from the third floor.

When they reached the ground floor they saw the building’s garage had flooded and a wall near a pool had collapsed. Willis, 22, estimated he and his sister were about 15 feet away from where the edge of the building collapsed. He said he didn’t look back at the building until they had reached the beach safely because he was focusing on getting out. That’s when the weight of the moment set in.

“It just gives you a new sense,” Willis told The Hartford Courant. “I’ve always been a positive kid. I like to think I’ve had some unreal experiences in baseball and what my parents have sacrificed for me, but it definitely gives you a new meaning.”

Willis, a right-handed pitcher, was 4-0 this season for UConn and helped pitch the Huskies into the NCAA tournament with a win against Xavier to clinch the Big East title. He has a year of eligibility remaining.

Through Sunday morning, nine people were confirmed dead from the collapse and about 150 others remained missing as rescuers continued to dig through the rubble.

In the clutch: Kyle Busch ends Hendrick win streak at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Kyle Busch came through in the clutch. Even when he raced without one.

Busch busted Hendrick Motorsports’ winning streak and denied the organization a shot at NASCAR history when he raced to his second victory of the season Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Busch took a broken Toyota to victory lane.

Busch, runner-up in Saturday’s opening Pocono race, ran into trouble early when a leak in the transmission left the car stuck in fourth gear. He needed an assist from a Joe Gibbs Racing crew member who slid in the passenger’s side window on one pit stop and tried to pry the stick back into gear.

“I’m going to need a push truck to get to Victory Lane because I have no clutch,” Busch said on the radio.

Busch was loose early and sang a few bars of “Fly Like An Eagle” over the radio. His 59th career Cup victory will go down as one of Busch’s greatest hits. NASCAR’s career wins leader in all series has 100 in Xfinity and 61 in Trucks.

The 2 1/2-mile tri-oval wreaked havoc on fuel and William Byron and Denny Hamlin all saw their shot at the checkered flag disappear over the final five laps when they ran out of gas.

“Sometimes these races aren’t always won by the fastest car,” Busch said.

Hamlin faded to 14th.

“Fuel mileage got us the last two weeks,” Hamlin said. “We can’t see the checkered right now.”

Kyle Larson, whose blown tire on the last lap cost him a win Saturday, was second for Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick had won six straight Cup races, including Alex Bowman’s victory Saturday in the first race of Pocono’s doubleheader.

Hendrick was trying to become the first team since NASCAR’s modern era began in 1972 to win seven straight races.

“Seemed like every point of the race, everything that happened in the race, nothing went my way,” Larson said. “Restarts, just guys messing up in front of me, me getting shuffled out of the groove, bad lane choices on my part, everything didn’t go my way.”

Bowman started the streak in May at Dover and Chase Elliott followed the next week at Texas. Larson then ripped off three straight points victories at Charlotte, Sonoma and last week at Nashville – and squeezed in the $1 million All-Star race for four wins, total – all while Hendrick Motorsports became the winningest organization in NASCAR history.

Brad Keselowski was third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Bubba Wallace was fifth in his best finish of the season for Michael Jordan’s 23IX team.

URBAN YOUTH

Larson met with 40 students at the Urban Youth Racing School and he announced plans to race in the school’s go-kart race in August in Philadelphia.

The Philly-based program that creates opportunities in racing for minorities developed a deeper relationship with Larson after he was suspended last season for using a slur during an iRacing event. Larson often calls or Zooms with the students and bought the school racing simulators.

“Just having that relationship where they can pick up the phone and call me if they have questions about iRacing or something is pretty neat,” Larson said. “It’s a closer friendship, relationship with them. I think all of them look up to me and I think that’s great to be there for them whenever they need me.”

NASCAR made a $70,000 donation on Sunday to the school.

UYRS founder Anthony Martin said Larson and other NASCAR drivers will compete Aug. 7 in a go-kart grand prix near the school’s location in Philly.

“A lot of our students have never been to a race before, so to actually come see it up close, be a part of it, smell the gas, hear the sounds are very important,” Martin said. “Actually being here is a lot different than seeing it on television.”

UP NEXT

NASCAR heads to Road America in rural Wisconsin, one of the new road course events on the 2021 schedule.

English wins Travelers, beating Hickok in 8-hole playoff

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Six and a half hours in, Harris English was tired. His hamstrings hurt. His back was sore. After 80 holes in 80-degree heat, he was struggling to focus. Darkness was becoming a factor. He lost count of how many holes he had played.

“It’s hard to stay mentally into it,” English said Sunday after winning an eight-hole playoff – tied for the second-longest sudden death in PGA Tour history – to beat Kramer Hickok and win the Travelers Championship.

“Hats off to him for a good fight,” said English, who shot a 5-under 65 to finish at 13 under and then rattled off seven pars in the playoff before holing a 16-foot birdie putt for the win. “We were both joking that somebody’s got to make a birdie sometime. I had that putt a few times, and I finally read it right.”

Both players birdied the final hole in regulation to force the playoff, which is second only to the 11-hole sudden death in the 1949 Motor City Open, when Lloyd Mangrum and Cary Middlecoff were declared co-winners by mutual agreement due to darkness. Four other events have reached an eighth sudden death hole.

The eight-hole playoff was a record for the tournament, which went seven holes in 1961 (Ted Kroll) and again in ’62 (Bob Goalby), when it was known as the Insurance City Open.

It was the second win this year and the fourth career victory for English, who finished third at the U.S. Open last week – and fourth in the pandemic-delayed U.S. Open in September. He won $1,368,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points, moving into second in the standings.

English sank a 28-footer on the 72nd hole to emerge from a three-way tie and finish at 13 under. Then he headed to the range to stay warm in case Hickock, who was minus-12 with two holes to play, could catch him.

The 29-year-old Texan, who had never won on the PGA Tour, couldn’t convert a 39-foot birdie putt on the 17th, but he knocked in a nine-footer for birdie on No. 18 to match English.

They played 18 again – twice – and parred it again – twice. On to No. 17, then 18, then 17, then 18, then 18 again: All pars. Hickok lipped out on two long birdie putts that would have won it; on the sixth playoff hole, English missed a seven-foot birdie putt to win.

The crowd at the 18th green chanted “Kramer!” and did the wave while it waited for the golfers to head back and forth to the tee. On the final trip down the 438-yard par 4 – their seventh of the day and 10th of the weekend – Hickok put his second shot 28 feet from the pin and two-putted.

English landed his approach 16 feet away and made birdie.

“I don’t know how many it went,” English said afterward. “That was incredible. What an experience, and the fans were awesome. They’re always great here in Hartford, and glad we got to give them a little show at the end.”

Hickok has never won on the PGA Tour. The second-place finish was his best ever, topping a tie for eighth in the 2018 Bermuda Championship that was his only other time in the top 10.

“I learned that I belong,” said Hickok, who was joined after the round by his wife and his puppy, Elvis. “It was a huge learning experience for me.”

Four players were tied at 12 under after Bubba Watson bogeyed the 14th. But the three-time Travelers winner played the last five holes at six over to drop out of the chase.

“I’m glad that I was there, had the opportunity,” Watson said. “You know, I would love to do it again next week, throw up on myself again. It would it be great. I want to the opportunity and the chance to win.”

Watson’s collapse left Hickok – his 54-hole co-leader — on top at 12 under with English and Marc Leishman, who had finished his round with a 64 two hours earlier.

English finished the fourth round birdie-bogey-birdie, skipping after the ball and pumping his fist after the final hole of regulation. Hickok’s celebration was even more emphatic.

But there was still a playoff to come.

“I never thought I’d be playing 27 holes today,” Hickok said. “I was just trying to put as much pressure on him as possible. He was trying to do the same. I put him in uncomfortable spots, he put me in some too, and he came out on top today, and that’s a true champion.”

Leishman won the tournament in 2012, shooting a 62 on Sunday to come from six strokes behind and earn his first career victory on the tour. This year, he shot 64 in the final round and was the leader in the clubhouse for several hours at 12 under but settled for third.

With plenty of low scores Sunday and all of the leaders still on the course, he sensed it wasn’t enough.

“Nice to make a run and be around the lead,” said Leishman, who did head out to the range to warm up before English took his place. “Not holding my breath, but I won’t be going anywhere.”

Abraham Ancer (65) was fourth at minus-11. Kevin Kisner had his second 63 of the tournament – along with a 70 and a 74 – to tie for fifth at 10 under with Brooks Koepka (65) and three others.

A top-five finish would have moved Dustin Johnson back to the No. 1 spot in the world. But the defending champion shot 71 on Sunday to tied for 25th at 6 under.

Whoa, Nelly! A major title for Korda and No. 1 world ranking

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) Nelly Korda powered her way to her first major championship Sunday with a performance worthy of her new status as the No. 1 player in women’s golf.

Korda nearly holed out with a 7-wood from 243 yards for a tap-in eagle, and the 22-year-old American seized control by using her length from that graceful swing for another eagle that sent her to victory in KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

“A major championship and No. 1 in the world,” she said. “Is this week even real? It’s amazing.”

She finished with a 15-foot par putt for a 4-under 68, giving her a three-shot victory over Lizette Salas at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

At 19-under 269, she tied the Women’s PGA record to par last matched by Inbee Park at Westchester Country Club in 2015.

Korda won for the second straight week on the LPGA Tour – her third this year – and it was enough to become the first American at No. 1 in the women’s world ranking since Stacy Lewis in 2014. Jin Young Ko had held the No. 1 spot for nearly two years.

“I put in a lot of work,” Korda said. “To get three wins under my belt and get a major, I don’t even have words.”

Her only mistake came when it didn’t matter.

Korda seized control with an iron into the par-5 12th for the 8-foot eagle putt, a three-shot swing when Salas – who had to lay up on the hole – hit wedge over the green into a bunker and made bogey.

“That was my favorite wedge, too,” Salas said. “The good thing is I was committed to that shot. This wind is pretty swirly. Maybe a little drop-kick, I don’t know. Got a few extra yards out of it.”

Korda made an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 14 to stretch her lead to five shots with four holes to play. She ended 49 consecutive holes without a bogey by hitting into the water on the par-3 15th for a double bogey.

But she steadied herself with a pair of pars and played it conservatively down the par-5 closing hole over water.

Salas closed with a 71 in her bid to win a first major, and her first LPGA Tour title in seven year.

Korda’s older sister, Jessica, was among the first to embrace her on the 18th green as the tears began to below, and before long the newest major champion was doused with champagne.

Jessica Korda finished much earlier – they shared a hug as Nelly was teeing off and Jessica was making the turn – though the older sibling had another reason to celebrate. She easily held down the fourth American spot for the Olympics in Japan.

It was a big celebration for one of the top sporting families in the world. The Korda sisters each have six LPGA victories. Their younger brother, Sebastian, is at Wimbledon this week as the 50th-ranked player in men’s tennis and has a chance to join them in Tokyo for the Olympics.

Their father is Petr Korda, who won the Australian Open in tennis in 1998.

Salas, who felt a burden lifted this week when she opened up about emotional struggles exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, made Korda work for it.

They started the final round tied for the lead, five clear of anyone else, and it was up for grabs until the pivotal 12th hole.

Korda took the lead for good with a birdie on the third hole. Even after he eagle on the fifth, Salas bounced back with a tee shot on the reachable par-4 sixth that set up birdie to close the gap to one shot.

But it all turned so quickly. Salas had a 15-foot birdie putt on the 10th to tie for the lead. Two holes later, she was four shots behind against a player who was not about to let Salas back in the game.

Korda is the first American to win a major since Angela Stanford three years ago in the Women’s British Open, and it extended a big year for U.S. women’s golf. Americans have won six times on the LPGA Tour this season. South Korea and Thailand each have two.

“She played great, and there’s nothing I could have done differently to change her game plan, and that says a lot about her,” Salas said. “I’m just lucky she’s on the American side for that Solheim Cup.”

Serena Williams says she will not play at the Tokyo Olympics

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Serena Williams said she will not go to the Tokyo Olympics, but did not want to say why during her pre-Wimbledon video conference with reporters Sunday.

“I’m actually not on the Olympic list. … Not that I’m aware of. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it,” Williams said.

The 39-year-old Williams has won four gold medals at past Summer Games for the United States: in both singles and doubles at the 2012 London Olympics – which held the tennis competition at the All England Club – and in doubles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

All of her doubles golds were won with her older sister, Venus, as her partner.

At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Serena Williams lost in the third round of singles to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and the siblings were beaten in the first round of doubles. Before that, they had been 15-0 as an Olympic doubles team.

“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision,” Williams said the day before the start of main-draw action at Wimbledon, where she will try to collect her 24th Grand Slam singles title. “I don’t really want to – I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday: “Ultimately, the decision to participate in the Games is an individual one, and as we emerge from the pandemic, we recognize and respect the personal decisions made by our top athletes regarding participation in the Tokyo Games. Although we fully support the IOC and the (International Tennis Federation), and have encouraged our athletes to participate, we recognize the fact that in this unique time, some athletes may choose not to participate for personal reasons.”

Other top tennis players such as Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem also have said they’ll skip the trip to Japan, where the Olympics open on July 23, a year after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Roger Federer said Saturday he hasn’t decided whether to participate in the Tokyo Games and will figure that out after he sees how things go at Wimbledon.

Asked what she thinks it will be like to sit out these Summer Games, Williams replied: “I have not thought about it. In the past, it’s been a wonderful place for me. I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it.”

Czechs beat Netherlands 2-0 to reach Euro 2020 quarterfinals

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Once the Oranje were shown red, it all went the Czech Republic’s way.

So much so that someone other than Patrik Schick finally scored for the Czechs at the European Championship before the striker knocked in his fourth goal of the tournament.

Those goals gave the Czech Republic a 2-0 victory over a Netherlands team forced to play most of the second half with 10 men. It also gave the Czechs a spot in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals.

“We worked hard to succeed,” Schick said. “We’re not as great players as they are, but team spirit might perhaps be of greater importance in today’s soccer.”

The turning point of the game came in the 55th minute when Netherlands central defender Matthijs de Ligt was sent off for a handball when under pressure from Schick. The red card was given following a video review.

Midfielder Tomas Holes then put the Czechs ahead with a powerful close-range header in the 68th minute following a free kick from the right. He sprinted into the left of the penalty area and squared the ball to set up Schick for his goal in the 80th.

“The Dutch were the favorites and to beat them feels like unreal. It’s the best game of my life,” Holes said. “It’s the Euros, we had a lot of fans here and I really enjoyed it.”

Schick scored both goals in the team’s opening 2-0 victory over Scotland, then scored in the 1-1 draw with Croatia. Only Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has more goals at Euro 2020 with five.

The Czechs will next face Denmark in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Czechs have reached the last eight of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 2012, when they lost to Portugal. Ronaldo scored the winner that day. They have not qualified for the past three World Cups and finished last in their group at Euro 2016.

On a warm evening at the 67,215-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest, the orange-clad Dutch team paid for not creating enough chances. Then the Czechs made them pay even more.

With Schick practically on his back inside the penalty area, De Ligt slipped and scooped the ball away with his right hand. Referee Sergei Karasev awarded a free kick and, after jogging over to check his TV monitor, sent off De Ligt with a red card.

The incident came only moments after the Dutch could have taken the lead when forward Donyell Malen went clean through. He failed to get around goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik with an empty net waiting.

“Details change games and in one minute your world is turned upside down,” Netherland coach Frank de Boer said through a translator. “We had a chance for 1-0. These are hard lessons to learn.”

When De Ligt was sent off, de Boer took Malen off in a surprising move which summed up a poor performance for a team which had won all three of its group games.

“I’m responsible at the end of the day, so you can always blame it on me,” de Boer said. “I need to look in the mirror.”

Forward Memphis Depay and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum combined for five goals in those three group matches but they had almost no impact on Sunday as the favored Dutch failed to even hit the target against the Czechs.

“Our players were not good enough,” de Boer said. “They didn’t play at their usual level.”

The referee used another video review in the 60th minute to rule out a penalty for a handball from Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries.

Moments later, Dumfries blocked a shot from left back Pavel Kaderabek. But the Czechs’ next chances couldn’t be stopped.

After the match, the Dutch fans clapped as the Czechs walked off the field.

“The greatest reward is when your opponent applauds you,” Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Silhavy said. “Hats off to the Dutch fans.”

Purdue football adds another recruit for the 2022 class

Jersey City OL Andre Oben announced his intentions to play college football at Purdue early Sunday morning. Oben is a 6’5” 310 pounder, whose father played in the NFL and was a teammate of Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm at Louisville.

Oben makes five commitments for Purdue football in the last three days.

Indy Fever waive forward Lauren Cox

The end of the line came for Fever forward Lauren Cox on Sunday as the third overall selection in the 2020 the NBA draft was waived by Indiana.

Cox appeared in just 25 games over two season, averaging just 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

He has been hampered by injuries during her short two seasons in Indianapolis. She also contracted Covid-19 before the start of her rookie season, missing training camp and the first four games.

At one time Cox was expected to be the player of the future for Indiana.

Cox played her college basketball at Baylor where he was a three – time All-American leading the Bears to a national championship.

She is only the second player since 1999 to score 1,500 points, grabbed 975 rebounds, block 300 shots and add 300 assists in her career.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907       Branch Rickey is behind the plate when the Senators steal 13 bases in the Highlanders’ 16-5 loss to the Senators at Hilltop Park. Although the New York catcher is not a terrific player, ‘the Mahatma’ will become one of the premier baseball administrators in the history of the game.

1910       At Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans, Joe Tinker steals home twice, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat in the same game. The Cubs shortstop’s thievery helps Chicago beat the Reds, 11-1.

1911       After playing home games at the Highlanders’ Hilltop Park for the past six weeks, the Giants return to the Polo Grounds with a 3-0 victory over Boston. Their home, devastated by an April fire, re-opens with temporary wooden stands until the completion of a renovated structure made of steel and concrete next season.

1913       Due to the relocation of the Covington (KY) Blue Sox franchise to Kansas City, organized baseball declares war on the new independent Federal League. The City of Fountains is considered the territory of the American Association.

1918       After moving up to the mound for a possible cutoff play, White Sox backstop Ray Schalk continues to second base, taking a throw from first baseman Chick Gandil to double up Browns Ray Demmitt, who failed retouch second base, attempting to get back to first. The play makes the future Hall of Famer the first catcher to make a putout at every single base, a feat not accomplished again until this date in 1964, when Johnny Roseboro tags Willie Mays out in a rundown play when the outfielder tries to steal second.

1919       Red Sox right-hander Carl Mays, before his July trade to today’s opponents, hurls two complete games in a doubleheader, beating the Yankees, 2-0, in the first game and losing the nightcap, 4-1, at the Polo Grounds. The 26 year-old submariner accomplished the same feat last season on August 30 when he beat the A’s 12–0 and 4–1 in a twin bill played at Fenway Park.

1939       In a twin bill sweep at Shibe Park, the Yankees set the major league record for home runs in a game and two consecutive games when the team hit eight homers in the opener and another five in the nightcap on their way in sweeping the A’s, 23-2 and 10-0. In the first game of the twin bill, the Bronx Bombers collect 53 total bases to establish an American League record.

1939       At Shibe Park, Lou Gehrig receives a tremendous standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd when he brings out the lineup card to the umpires before the second game of a twin bill. A’s manager Connie Mack, who rarely leaves the dugout, goes to home plate to shake the terminally ill Yankee captain’s hand.

1941       White Sox rookie Don Kolloway hits two home runs and a single in the team’s 6-4 victory over the Indians at Cleveland Stadium. The 22 year-old second baseman also steals four bases, including second, third, and home in the ninth inning to add an insurance run for Chicago.

1949       Joe DiMaggio returns to the lineup after missing the first 69 games of the season due to an ailing heel, which required an operation for bone spurs. The Yankee Clipper will go 5-for-11 (.455), connecting for four home runs and driving nine runs in the team’s three-game sweep against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

1959       In a 6-0 loss to the Giants, Wally Post becomes the first major leaguer to throw out two runners from the outfield in one inning. In the bottom of the first, the Phillies’ outfielder nails Orlando Cepeda at second base and then starts a 9-6-3 double play on Daryl Spencer’s fly ball to right field.

1969       After ending an 11-game losing streak in their previous contest, the expansion Padres are the victims of a 19-0 shutout for the second time this season when Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale equals the National League-record for the largest margin of victory in a shutout. L.A. will score more than half of their runs when they tally ten times in the third inning.

1970       In the final games played at Forbes Field, the Pirates sweep a doubleheader from the Cubs, 3-2 and 4-1, in front of 40,198 fans, to gain a first place tie with the Mets. After returning from their 18-day road trip, the team will play at Three Rivers Stadium, abandoning the old Pittsburgh ballpark that served as the Bucs’ home since 1909.

1973       White Sox first baseman Dick Allen suffers a fracture in his left leg as a result of a collision at the bag with Angels’ baserunner Mike Epstein. The Chicago slugger, hitting .310 with 16 homers at the time, will miss most of the season, and his team, only one game out of first place, will finish the 17 games behind Oakland, the AL West Division winners.

1974       “He thinks he’s in a sales convention dealing with a bunch of short-order cooks. That’s not the way to go about getting a winner. Somebody ought to sit him down and straighten him out.” – DOUG RADER, Astros third baseman’s comments concerning Ray Kroc’s ownership style of the Padres. Padres president Buzzie Bavasi, inspired by disparaging remarks made by Astro third baseman Doug Rader about Ray Kroc, team owner and the board chairman of McDonald’s, stages a Short-Order Cooks’ Night, giving fans wearing a chef’s hat free admission. The Houston captain, who compared Kroc’s management of the Friars to a sales convention of short-order cooks, joins in on the fun by wearing a chef’s hat and an apron and carrying a skillet and spatula when he brings the lineup card to home plate.

1976       At Tiger Stadium, Mark Fidrych, known as the ‘Bird,’ amuses a Monday Night Baseball national TV audience, talking to the baseball when he one-hits the Yankees, 5-1. The unsung Detroit rookie, who made the team on the final cut of spring training, will finish the season with a 19-9 record.

1979       The Giants trade Bill Madlock, along with Lenny Randle and Dave Roberts, to the Pirates for hurlers Ed Whitson, Fred Breining, and Al Holland. The ‘Mad Dog’ will play a pivotal role for Pittsburgh this season, batting .328 in 88 games for the World Champion Bucs.

1984       Dwight Evans completes a cycle with a walk-off home run, becoming only the fourth major league player to accomplish the feat. The Red Sox outfielder’s game-ending three-run blast in the 11th inning gives Boston a dramatic 9-6 victory over Seattle at Fenway Park.

1986       Indian knuckleballer Phil Niekro and Angels right-hander Don Sutton become the first pair of 300-game winners to start against one another in this century. Both future Hall of Famer pitch into the seventh inning, but neither gets the decision in the Halos’ 9-3 victory over the Tribe at Anaheim Stadium.

1987       In a seven-game day, American League batters combined to hit a record 28 home runs. The A’s contribute five round-trippers to the new mark when Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, known as the Bash Brothers, both go deep twice, with teammate Reggie Jackson adding another in the team’s 10-0 rout of Cleveland.

1989       In an area known as Camden Yards, the razing of structures on the 85-acre parcel of land begins to make room for a new ballpark for the Orioles in downtown Baltimore. The fan-friendly baseball-only facility, which will make its debut in April of 1992, will set the standard for all new ballparks to be built in the future as teams try to copy the “retro” look done so successfully by the HOK architectural firm.

1991       In the Reds’ 8-5 victory over Houston at Riverfront Stadium, Barry Larkin hits three consecutive home runs to join Ernie Banks (1955 Cubs) and Freddie Patek (1980 Angels) as the only shortstops to go deep three times in a game. The trio of round-trippers also gives the future Hall of Famer a major league record-tying five homers over a two-game span.

1994       In the Giants’ 7-4 loss at Dodger Stadium, Matt Williams becomes the second National Leaguer to hit 28 home runs before the start of July, tying the mark established in 1971 by Willie Stargell. The San Francisco third baseman will finish the strike-shortened season with league-leading 43 round-trippers, losing a legitimate opportunity to break Babe Ruth’s mark of 60 when the season prematurely ends on August 11.

1999       Padres shortstop Damian Jackson swipes five bags in the team’s 8-7 victory at Qualcomm Stadium, establishing the modern-day rookie record for stolen bases. In 2009, Rockies freshman Dexter Fowler matches the mark in a contest that also involves San Diego.

2000       After giving up 11 runs in the first four innings, the Rockies storm back to beat San Francisco, 17-13. Colorado third baseman Jeff Cirillo hits three homers, doubles, drives in six runs, and scores five times in the Coors Field slugfest.

2000       The Rockies draw their 20 millionth fan to one ballpark faster than any other team in major league history. Taking less than six years, Colorado eclipses the Dodgers’ mark of taking nine years in two stadiums to reach the milestone.

2001       After 20 seasons in San Diego, Padre outfielder Tony Gwynn announces he’ll retire at the end of the season. The future Hall of Famer has the highest lifetime batting average (.338) among all active players.

2004       With his seventh-inning triple in the Phillies’ 14-6 win over Montreal at Citizens Bank Park, David Bell becomes the eighth player in franchise history and the first since Gregg Jefferies in 1995, to hit for the cycle. The Philadelphia third baseman joins his grandfather Gus Bell (1951) as the only grandson and grandfather combination to have accomplished the feat.

2006       Losing to the White Sox, 4-3, the Pirates set a team record with their 13th consecutive defeat. The 1939 Bucs had held the dubious mark, losing 12 in a row during their 68-85 sixth-place finish in the National League.

2006       In his worst outing as a Met during two seasons with the team, Pedro Martinez is routed by his former Red Sox teammates in his return when the Mets drop a 10-2 decision. The Fenway crowd, who chanted, “Pedro! Pedro!” before the game, showed their appreciation of the Dominican’s history as a Red Sox player with a standing ovation during yesterday’s video tribute which highlighted the right-hander’s achievements with Boston.

2007       With the third of his five hits in the Astros’ 8-5 victory over Colorado at Minute Maid Park, Craig Biggio collects his 3000th hit to become the 27th major leaguer to reach the plateau, and the ninth player to accomplish the feat playing for one team. The hustling Houston second baseman reaches milestone in the seventh inning with a single off Aaron Cook, trying to stretch the historic hit into a double.

2007       Frank Thomas hits a three-run homer off Twins hurler Carlos Silva in the first inning of the Blue Jays’ 8-5 loss at the Metrodome to become the 21st major leaguer to hit 500 home runs. The ‘Big Hurt,’ who has hit 50 homers (10%) against the Twins, also hit the first home run of his career in Minnesota in 1990.

2008       In Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers, without the benefit of a hit for the entire game, defeat the Angels, 1-0. The combined losing effort of Halo hurlers Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo isn’t considered officially as a no-hitter, because the home team didn’t have to bat in the ninth.

2009       Mariano Rivera joins Trevor Hoffman in becoming only the second pitcher to record 500 major league saves. The right-handed reliever, who also registers his first RBI of his 15-year career, reaches the milestone by getting the last four outs in the Yankees’ 4-2 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

2010       In a scene reminiscent of Dave Dravecky breaking his arm in 1989 as a result of throwing a ball to a batter, Tiger reliever Joel Zumaya crumbles to his knees in extreme pain after releasing a pitch in a game against Minnesota at Target Field. The hard-throwing right-hander will miss the remainder of the season, but because there is no ligament damage to his elbow, the prognosis for next season is optimistic.

2010       The Cubs place Carlos Zambrano, suspended for three games for his recent tirade against teammate Derrek Lee, on the restricted list. Doctors, mutually selected by Major League Baseball and the players’ union, will evaluate the excitable right-hander after his first-inning meltdown in the visitors’ dugout after surrendering four runs to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

2010       The Cubs honor Ron Santo for his 50 years in baseball, giving the former third baseman and current WGN radio analyst a “Santo 50” white flag autographed by the players and a photo of the Wrigley Field marquee with the message, “Thank you, Ron, for 50 great years.” The seventy-year-old will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sings “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.

2011       After playing 299 games without a grand slam, the Mets hit two bases full homers in the span of seven at-bats during their 14-3 rout of Detroit at Comerica Park. Jason Bay breaks the nearly two-year drought with a fourth-inning round-tripper, and Carlos Beltran goes deep, six batters later in the fifth frame.

2012       During an on-field ceremony before the game against Arizona at Turner Field, the Braves honor 40 year-old Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones, who was officially inducted into the Braves’ Hall of Fame earlier in the day. Joining Hank Aaron (44), Warren Spahn (21), Eddie Mathews (44), Phil Niekro (35), Dale Murphy (3), Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), John Smoltz (29), and Bobby Cox (6), becomes the tenth person to have his number retired by the franchise with the unveiling of his jersey #10 on the outfield wall.

2015       Steven Matz, who goes 3-for-3 at the plate, becomes the first pitcher to drive in four runs in his major league debut, delivering a two-run double in his first at-bat and then driving in another pair with a sixth-inning single. The Mets’ 24 year-old rookie right-hander from Stony Brook, NY, gives up five hits and two runs in 7.2 innings en route to earning his first victory when the Mets beat Cincinnati at Citi Field, 7-2.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston4731.60323 – 1724 – 1421 – 108 – 68 – 136 – 4W 3
Tampa Bay4732.5950.523 – 1624 – 1621 – 115 – 413 – 154 – 6L 1
Toronto4036.526616 – 1724 – 1917 – 184 – 66 – 107 – 3W 2
NY Yankees4037.5196.521 – 1819 – 1917 – 2413 – 67 – 35 – 5L 3
Baltimore2454.3082312 – 2612 – 2810 – 234 – 138 – 112 – 8L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox4532.58428 – 1417 – 1810 – 724 – 127 – 103 – 7W 1
Cleveland4133.5542.520 – 1321 – 207 – 722 – 145 – 55 – 5L 2
Detroit3444.43611.519 – 2115 – 234 – 514 – 2411 – 105 – 5W 1
Kansas City3343.43411.518 – 1915 – 248 – 815 – 235 – 113 – 7L 5
Minnesota3343.43411.517 – 2316 – 206 – 714 – 169 – 167 – 3W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston4830.61526 – 1322 – 1715 – 78 – 623 – 128 – 2L 1
Oakland4733.588225 – 1822 – 1512 – 1112 – 215 – 154 – 6W 1
Seattle4138.5197.524 – 1617 – 2210 – 512 – 1315 – 127 – 3L 1
LA Angels3740.48110.521 – 1916 – 214 – 913 – 714 – 204 – 6W 1
Texas3048.3851820 – 2110 – 2711 – 107 – 910 – 185 – 5W 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4033.54824 – 1116 – 2218 – 155 – 614 – 64 – 6L 1
Washington3738.493421 – 1816 – 2016 – 169 – 106 – 87 – 3W 1
Atlanta3740.481520 – 2017 – 2017 – 2015 – 73 – 35 – 5W 1
Philadelphia3639.480521 – 1415 – 2519 – 219 – 44 – 84 – 6W 1
Miami3344.429918 – 1815 – 2614 – 126 – 1311 – 94 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4533.57723 – 1822 – 157 – 917 – 1319 – 67 – 3W 5
Chi Cubs4236.538326 – 1316 – 2310 – 1119 – 1410 – 74 – 6L 3
Cincinnati3838.500618 – 1820 – 205 – 419 – 129 – 183 – 7L 1
St. Louis3741.474820 – 1817 – 2314 – 1314 – 177 – 62 – 8L 1
Pittsburgh2947.3821516 – 2113 – 264 – 710 – 237 – 106 – 4W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5027.64926 – 1124 – 1610 – 711 – 420 – 118 – 2L 1
LA Dodgers4731.6033.526 – 1321 – 188 – 410 – 1020 – 116 – 4W 3
San Diego4733.5884.530 – 1517 – 183 – 414 – 1322 – 159 – 1W 1
Colorado3147.39719.525 – 166 – 315 – 85 – 1514 – 214 – 6L 3
Arizona2257.2782912 – 2410 – 338 – 157 – 107 – 252 – 8L 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England11722181355-0-02-2-223
Orlando City SC10631187113-2-03-1-121
Philadelphia11542151053-1-22-3-019
New York City FC10523181173-1-22-1-117
Columbus104339723-1-01-2-315
Nashville SC10361131123-4-00-2-115
New York10415141314-0-10-1-413
D.C.114161013-33-0-21-1-413
CF Montreal10343111011-2-12-2-213
Atlanta10262111012-3-00-3-212
FC Cincinnati9315917-80-0-33-1-210
Inter Miami CF10226916-70-1-42-1-28
Toronto FC101271220-81-1-20-1-55
Chicago10127717-101-2-30-0-45
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle11740207134-3-03-1-025
Sporting KC12723221575-2-02-0-323
Los Angeles10703171524-0-13-0-221
Colorado9513151143-0-12-1-216
Minnesota104241012-23-0-21-2-214
Houston113531516-13-2-00-3-314
Portland104151315-23-0-21-1-313
Real Salt Lake9342141132-3-11-1-113
Los Angeles FC10334121203-2-10-1-312
San Jose113171220-82-0-41-1-310
FC Dallas102441115-42-4-00-0-410
Austin11245611-50-2-02-2-510
Vancouver102261016-62-0-20-2-48

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun105.6677-13-45-25-52 W
Chicago Sky98.5292.03-56-38-37-31 L
New York Liberty88.5002.53-45-44-53-71 W
Washington Mystics78.4673.05-32-54-45-52 L
Atlanta Dream59.3574.52-63-34-43-73 L
Indiana Fever115.0639.51-70-81-80-1011 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm124.7505-37-15-37-32 L
Las Vegas Aces114.7330.57-14-35-28-21 W
Dallas Wings88.5004.03-35-56-56-42 W
Phoenix Mercury77.5004.02-55-24-45-52 W
Minnesota Lynx77.5004.05-32-43-47-32 W
Los Angeles Sparks68.4295.04-32-51-64-61 L