MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Philadelphia 11 Boston 2

Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 2

Minnesota 9 Detroit 4

Chicago White Sox 8 Baltimore 3

Oakland 8 Texas 4 (11)

Cleveland 14 Kansas City 6

NY Yankees 1 Houston 0

Seattle 2 LA Angels 0

San Francisco 10 Washington 4

Atlanta 5 Miami 4

Pittsburgh 6 NY Mets 2

Cincinnati 4 Milwaukee 3

St. Louis 6 Chicago Cubs 0

NY Mets 4 Pittsburgh 2

LA Dodgers 22 Arizona 1

Colorado 3 San Diego 0

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

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 11 Columbus 1…BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-clippers/2021/07/10/650130#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=650130

Fort Wayne 5 Lake County 4

Beloit 11 South Bend 5

WNBA SCOREBOARD

Washington 89 Chicago 85 OT…BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/wnba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20210710017&home=17&vis=9

PGA LEADERBOARD

John Deere Classic
Jul. 8-11, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Sebastian Munoz636767 -16 (197)F
2Brandon Hagy676467 -15 (198)F
3tScott Brown696763 -14 (199)F
3tAdam Long706564 -14 (199)F
3tCameron Champ666865 -14 (199)F
3tKevin Na676666 -14 (199)F
3tRyan Moore656668 -14 (199)F
8tMaverick McNealy716465 -13 (200)F
8tJhonattan Vegas676667 -13 (200)F
8tChez Reavie646769 -13 (200)F
8tLuke List666371 -13 (200)F
12tJason Dufner686568 -12 (201)F
12tLucas Glover686370 -12 (201)F
12tAdam Schenk676470 -12 (201)F
15tBrian Stuard696766 -11 (202)F
15tCamilo Villegas647167 -11 (202)F
15tRafa Cabrera Bello706666 -11 (202)F
15tRussell Henley676669 -11 (202)F
15tSean O’Hair696865 -11 (202)F
15tPatrick Rodgers676570 -11 (202)F
15tChase Seiffert686371 -11 (202)F
22tZach Johnson686867 -10 (203)F
22tSeamus Power686768 -10 (203)F
22tScott Harrington686768 -10 (203)F
22tVaughn Taylor696668 -10 (203)F
22tDoug Ghim666770 -10 (203)F
22tNick Taylor676571 -10 (203)F
22tChesson Hadley636872 -10 (203)F
29tSteve Stricker706668 -9 (204)F
29tSungjae Im686769 -9 (204)F
29tWill Gordon686868 -9 (204)F
29tDavid Hearn706569 -9 (204)F
29tDaniel Berger696867 -9 (204)F
29tRhein Gibson696768 -9 (204)F
29tHarold Varner III676770 -9 (204)F
29tHank Lebioda646971 -9 (204)F
37tMartin Laird686869 -8 (205)F
37tHenrik Norlander676969 -8 (205)F
37tPatton Kizzire696769 -8 (205)F
37tAlex Smalley676771 -8 (205)F
37tJim Herman686671 -8 (205)F
37tBo Hoag706768 -8 (205)F
37tCharles Howell III716767 -8 (205)F
37tCameron Percy706867 -8 (205)F
45tWes Roach686870 -7 (206)F
45tMichael Gellerman667169 -7 (206)F
45tMito Pereira706868 -7 (206)F
48tMark Hubbard686871 -6 (207)F
48tKyle Stanley686871 -6 (207)F
48tTom Lewis696870 -6 (207)F
48tScott Stallings686970 -6 (207)F
48tJ.J. Spaun677169 -6 (207)F
48tJohn Huh687069 -6 (207)F
54tWillie Mack III706672 -5 (208)F
54tKevin Tway666973 -5 (208)F
54tD.J. Trahan686872 -5 (208)F
54tRob Oppenheim696673 -5 (208)F
54tMichael Thompson686872 -5 (208)F
54tNick Watney706672 -5 (208)F
54tRoger Sloan706474 -5 (208)F
54tAndrew Landry706771 -5 (208)F
54tMatthew NeSmith696970 -5 (208)F
63tCameron Davis676973 -4 (209)F
63tScott Piercy706772 -4 (209)F
63tSam Ryder677072 -4 (209)F
63tJohn Senden746372 -4 (209)F
63tGreg Chalmers696575 -4 (209)F
63tBrian Gay696872 -4 (209)F
63tShawn Stefani746471 -4 (209)F
70tAaron Wise726474 -3 (210)F
70tPeter Malnati726672 -3 (210)F
72Ted Potter, Jr.706874 -1 (212)F

LPGA LEADERBOARD

Marathon Classic presented by Dana
Jul. 8-11, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Nasa Hataoka616964 -19 (194)F
2tElizabeth Szokol676667 -13 (200)F
2tMina Harigae666668 -13 (200)F
4Esther Henseleit706467 -12 (201)F
5tYuka Saso716764 -11 (202)F
5tAmy Yang677065 -11 (202)F
5tCaroline Masson686866 -11 (202)F
5tAustin Ernst696766 -11 (202)F
9tStacy Lewis687065 -10 (203)F
9tBrittany Lincicome676967 -10 (203)F
9tJasmine Suwannapura686768 -10 (203)F
9tDanielle Kang706568 -10 (203)F
9tGerina Piller696569 -10 (203)F
9tJennifer Kupcho696569 -10 (203)F
15tLeona Maguire696867 -9 (204)F
15tSsu-Chia Cheng667068 -9 (204)F
15tSu-Hyun Oh696768 -9 (204)F
15tMatilda Castren666969 -9 (204)F
15tAriya Jutanugarn666969 -9 (204)F
15tMegan Khang686769 -9 (204)F
15tLauren Stephenson656970 -9 (204)F
22tJennifer Song677266 -8 (205)F
22tPerrine Delacour696967 -8 (205)F
22tInbee Park716767 -8 (205)F
22tAndrea Lee716767 -8 (205)F
22tBrittany Altomare696868 -8 (205)F
22tChella Choi686671 -8 (205)F
28tEsther Lee766466 -7 (206)F
28tPannarat Thanapolboonyaras736865 -7 (206)F
28tAlana Uriell706670 -7 (206)F
28tCeline Boutier717164 -7 (206)F
28tAlison Lee676673 -7 (206)F
33tSarah Burnham707067 -6 (207)F
33tLinnea Strom686970 -6 (207)F
33tSarah Schmelzel717066 -6 (207)F
33tCarlota Ciganda707166 -6 (207)F
37tPornanong Phatlum697069 -5 (208)F
37tYealimi Noh667369 -5 (208)F
37tBronte Law736669 -5 (208)F
37tBrooke Henderson707068 -5 (208)F
37tPajaree Anannarukarn696970 -5 (208)F
37tPaula Reto736570 -5 (208)F
37tMel Reid697267 -5 (208)F
37tNuria Iturrioz756766 -5 (208)F
37tChristina Kim686773 -5 (208)F
46tAna Belac697070 -4 (209)F
46tAzahara Munoz697070 -4 (209)F
46tCheyenne Knight697169 -4 (209)F
46tLee Lopez706871 -4 (209)F
50tGemma Dryburgh706971 -3 (210)F
50tJessica Korda706971 -3 (210)F
50tMo Martin707070 -3 (210)F
50tCristie Kerr687270 -3 (210)F
50tCeline Herbin726672 -3 (210)F
50tMi Hyang Lee726969 -3 (210)F
50tCaroline Inglis707169 -3 (210)F
50tHaeji Kang717168 -3 (210)F
50tBianca Pagdanganan717168 -3 (210)F
50tElizabeth Nagel697368 -3 (210)F
60tPavarisa Yoktuan736672 -2 (211)F
60tJenny Coleman716971 -2 (211)F
60tLauren Coughlin687271 -2 (211)F
60tKatherine Kirk717169 -2 (211)F
64tKris Tamulis726773 -1 (212)F
64tJeong Eun Lee717071 -1 (212)F
64tAlbane Valenzuela717071 -1 (212)F
64tJennifer Chang727070 -1 (212)F
64tSarah Kemp707270 -1 (212)F
69tSo Yeon Ryu726774 E (213)F
69tLindy Duncan707172 E (213)F
69tMuni He706776 E (213)F
69tJing Yan727071 E (213)F
69tMirim Lee677571 E (213)F
74tA Lim Kim686977 +1 (214)F
74tYujeong Son727072 +1 (214)F
76Min Lee687374 +2 (215)F
77tIn-Kyung Kim726976 +4 (217)F
77tJaye Marie Green717175 +4 (217)F
79Vicky Hurst707276 +5 (218)F

XFINITY SERIES RESULTS

Credit Karma Money 250
Jul 10, 2021 | Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, Georgia | 251.0 mi 
PosDriverCar #MakeStartedLapsLedPoints / BonusOut ?
1Kyle Busch54Toyota1164970 / 0running
2Jeb Burton10Chevrolet11164135 / 0running
3Noah Gragson9Chevrolet9164548 / 14running
4Justin Haley11Chevrolet7164038 / 5running
5Ty Dillon23Chevrolet30164435 / 3running
6Brett Moffitt02Chevrolet20164040 / 9running
7Justin Allgaier7Chevrolet8164437 / 7running
8Jeremy Clements51Chevrolet19164029 / 0running
9Sam Mayer8Chevrolet22164028 / 0running
10Austin Cindric22Ford4164027 / 0running
11Austin Dillon1Chevrolet616400 / 0running
12Ryan Sieg39Ford16164025 / 0running
13AJ Allmendinger16Chevrolet3164242 / 18running
14Ryan Vargas6Chevrolet32164023 / 0running
15Alex Labbe36Chevrolet17164026 / 4running
16Tommy Joe Martins44Chevrolet14164021 / 0running
17Jade Buford48Chevrolet27164020 / 0running
18Josh Williams92Chevrolet18164019 / 0running
19Riley Herbst98Ford10164018 / 0running
20Colby Howard15Chevrolet36164017 / 0running
21Myatt Snider2Chevrolet15164016 / 0running
22Jeffrey Earnhardt0Chevrolet37164015 / 0running
23Josh Berry31Chevrolet28164014 / 0running
24Harrison Burton20Toyota5164326 / 13running
25Joe Graf Jr.07Chevrolet33164012 / 0running
26Matt Mills105Chevrolet24164011 / 0running
27Ronnie Bassett Jr.90Chevrolet29164010 / 0running
28Jesse Little178Chevrolet3116409 / 0running
29Mason Massey199Toyota2316408 / 0running
30Daniel Hemric18Toyota21644520 / 13running
31Brandon Brown68Chevrolet1216306 / 0accident
32Kyle Weatherman47Chevrolet3816235 / 0accident
33Santino Ferrucci26Toyota2516204 / 0running
34Bayley Currey74Chevrolet3916200 / 0running
35Gray Gaulding52Chevrolet4016002 / 0running
36Carson Ware17Chevrolet2613901 / 0accident
37C.J. McLaughlin66Ford3413900 / 0running
38Landon Cassill4Chevrolet2112801 / 0running
39Brandon Jones19Toyota1311803 / 2accident
40David Starr61Toyota355001 / 0accident

2021 Credit Karma Money 250 Stats

Scheduled Laps: 163

Total Laps: 164

Distance: 251.000 miles

Average Speed: 109.032

Pole Speed:

Cautions: 10 ( 43 Laps )

Margin of Victory: 0.550

Lead Changes: 16 among 9 Drivers

Time of Race: 2:18:59

NFL PRE-SEASON

2021 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern/PM)

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5

Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12           

Washington at New England, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 13    

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, August 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, August 15  

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00

2021 NFL SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 13, 2021

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC

TOP HEADLINES

Start the Barty! Australian wins Wimbledon for 2nd major

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Everything came so easily for Ash Barty at the start of the Wimbledon final. Hard to believe one player would grab the first 14 points of a major championship match.

Surely, it couldn’t stay that one-sided, right? Of course not.

Still, Barty used that perfect start and a strong-enough finish to get the job done, holding off Karolina Pliskova’s comeback bid to win 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 at the All England Club on Saturday for her second Grand Slam title.

“It took me a long time to verbalize the fact that I wanted to dare to dream it and say I wanted to win this incredible tournament. … I didn’t sleep a lot last night. I was thinking of all the `What-ifs,'” the No. 1-ranked Barty said. “But I think when I was coming out on this court, I felt at home, in a way.”

She adds this trophy to the one she won at the French Open in 2019.

Barty is the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980. Barty was a teenager when they first met and she considers Goolagong Cawley an inspiration and a mentor.

“Evonne is a very special person in my life,” said Barty, whose outfit was a tribute to the dress Goolagong Cawley wore when she won the tournament for the first time, 50 years ago. “I think she has been iconic in paving a way for young indigenous youth to believe in their dreams and to chase their dreams. She’s done exactly that for me as well.”

Barty, 25, was the Wimbledon junior champion a decade ago, then left the tennis tour for nearly two years in 2014 because of burnout. She played professional cricket back home, then eventually returned to her other sport.

Good call.

She was at her best at the beginning of each set against the eighth-seeded Pliskova, a 29-year-old from the Czech Republic with a big serve.

Pliskova dropped to 0-2 in major finals; she also was runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Open.

“Horrible start,” said Pliskova, a former No. 1. “That’s why I’m more, like, proud about the way (I found) a way back in that match.”

She trailed by a set and a break in the second, and Barty served for the victory at 6-5.

But Barty sailed consecutive forehands long to get broken, then ceded the tiebreaker with a double-fault.

“She dug deep,” Barty said, “and found a way to claw herself back into the match.”

In the first Wimbledon women’s final to go three sets since 2012, Barty went up 3-0 in the decider and never relented. It also was the first since 1977 between two participants who never had been that far at the All England Club.

With an audience that included Prince William and his wife, Kate, and actor Tom Cruise, the match was played under a cloud-filled sky at Centre Court. Because of the threat of showers, Barty and Pliskova shared a warmup session under the closed roof at No. 1 Court earlier in the day.

They smiled and chatted during the coin toss before the final, but once things got serious, Barty didn’t mess around.

Right from the get-go, there was not a hint of uneasiness or uncertainty. Her strokes were confident. Her demeanor, too. During the match-opening run that put her up 3-0, love-30 and, after Pliskova finally won a couple of points, 4-0 after 11 minutes, Barty showed off her varied skills.

She returned Pliskova’s speedy serves – the ones that produced a tournament-high 54 aces entering Saturday – without any trouble. She lobbed Pliskova, who at 6-foot-1 is 8 inches taller than the 5-foot-5 Barty. She hit winners with heavy topspin forehands and set up others with sliced backhands. She threw in an ace of her own, and even compiled more than Pliskova, 7-6.

“She didn’t really miss much. She played everything super deep,” Pliskova said. “I think it was tough for me to really play my game in that moment.”

The key stat probably was this: Barty won 22 of 31 points that lasted nine strokes or more.

As balls flew past Pliskova, and the murmuring in the full-capacity stands reached a crescendo, she watched with little more than a blank stare. She fiddled with her racket strings as if she’d rather be anywhere else and, indeed, said afterward: “I didn’t feel like I (wanted) to be there.”

Pliskova’s coach, Sascha Bajin, who previously worked with Naomi Osaka and was Serena Williams’ hitting partner, observed the scene with arms crossed.

Pliskova finally got the measure of her strokes in the second set. That could have shaken Barty. Except here’s the thing: She speaks clearly about never letting anything get her too down, including the hip injury that knocked her out of the French Open last month and prevented her from her usual preparation for Wimbledon.

Actually, it wasn’t until after Saturday’s win that Barty’s team told her that hip was much worse than she knew and should have required two months for a full recovery.

And so, with her typical grit, Barty managed to get back to the steadier version of herself down the stretch. When she got a second chance to serve it out, Barty didn’t flinch, even when she had to stare down a break point.

When one last backhand miss from Pliskova ended it, Barty crouched at the baseline and covered her face with her arm.

“Being able to reset at the start of the third was really important, just for me to continue to turn up each and every point,” said Barty, who climbed into the stands to hug her coach, Craig Tyzzer, and others. “That’s all I was really focusing on, just trying to do the best I could every given point, regardless of what the scoreline was.”

2021 NBA FINAL: PRESSER…CHRIS PAUL

FOLLOWING SATURDAY PRACTICE:

Q. I know you had to take a pass on going to Tokyo, but I wanted to ask you, that first trip when you played there your rookie year in the Worlds, was that meaningful to you looking back? You have a lot of friendships, it seems like, with guys on that team. Did they form there and just make you want to keep going back and doing this again with those guys?

CHRIS PAUL: Are you talking about 2006?

Q. Yes, sir.

CHRIS PAUL: We lost.

Q. I remember.

CHRIS PAUL: We lost. That was a hard trip. We went to Seoul, I think. But that was a fun team, a lot of really good guys. Joe Johnson. Obviously Bron, Melo, D (Dwyane Wade). That’s when we really got close.

I’ve been talking to Book a lot about his experience coming up. It’s so cool to hear how excited he is about it, rightfully so, as he should be. There’s not too many greater honors than representing your country. Hopefully we can handle business here and he can go get him a gold medal.

Q. Monty just said he hasn’t delved too much into your team’s success on the road this season, which is the league’s best, but he did give some credit to you and how you set a tone. I’m just curious what you think in terms of doing well on the road. I mean, how much of it is in the arena, in the moment, handling a game? How much of it is work habits in between?

CHRIS PAUL: I feel like there’s a lot of athletes out there that will tell you they like playing on the road. I love our home crowd, but I also love playing on the road. It’s always been like that my whole career. When you go on the road it’s just you and your guys, just you and the team, the people that travel with you. So you really got to stick together. And it’s nice when you can silence a crowd. It’s fun, it’s entertaining. I think our team, we just had a right mindset for it.

Q. Throughout the season many of your teammates have been asked by people like us what you have taught them. So I’m going to flip that question around on you. What are the biggest things that you’ve learned from your teammates this year and specifically what’s the biggest thing you’ve learned from Book this year?

CHRIS PAUL: Man, one thing about Book is he stays in kill mode all game long, no matter what’s going on. If you’re thinking you need to hold the ball with like 40-some seconds left and you might be up four, five, Book going to shoot it. He going to let it ride. That’s just his mindset, which you got to appreciate.

I think from our team, it’s just we have a very fun team, guys who try not to take themselves too serious. And I think that’s what’s really good about our team. One of the things we say before we run out on the court is — you can be so serious and all that, we just say have fun. Have fun. And I think that’s what keeps us focused, remembering that this is a game. We got to go out there and enjoy ourselves.

Q. The other night on NBA TV after Game 2, you and Isiah Thomas had this moment where he said he was honored to be compared to you. Considering the fact that there seems to be this generational divide between a lot of the older guys and some of the younger generation, does it mean something to have that type of respect and admiration from a previous generation?

CHRIS PAUL: It definitely means a lot. For me, not just playing in the league for a long time, I’ve always been a student of the game since I was a kid growing up with my dad watching Isiah. Obviously, I was the biggest Michael Jordan fan you could ever know. But also, my dad’s two favorite players going growing up were Dr. J (Julius Erving) and Iceman (George Gervin). And my dad, in the two leagues that he played in, one league he wore No. 6 (Erving’s number) and the other one he wore No. 44 (Gervin’s number). So my appreciation for the game comes from my dad. He’s the first one to ever put a ball in my hands and I’m grateful for it.

Q. Mikal was talking about some of the dinners you hosted at your house this year for teammates to watch games. One thing he noticed the year before were the TikToks with Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) and Baze (Darius Bazley) and he realized just how cool you were to hang out with the younger guys. Is there anything you learned from your friendship with Shai and Bazley in OKC that you apply to forming the bonds you have with the young guys here in Phoenix?

CHRIS PAUL: Oh, man, that’s a good question. Mikal is like a kid himself. But I think with Shai and Baze, they became my extended family, being at Oklahoma City a year without my family. Baze was closer in age to little Chris than he was to me. So him and Shai and Baze — who I still talk to on a regular; I talk to Shai about every day — they really keep you young. They keep you lighthearted. They keep you having fun.

And then getting here with our team in Phoenix, being away from my family once again, I was grateful that the guys would even come over and eat and kick it with me, you know? In a time where we’re so secluded because of the pandemic, it was a really good chance for us to bond and have these guys try vegan food every now and then. They ain’t always love that, but we did get a lot of time together.

Q. Obviously the Bucks treat tomorrow’s game as the must-win game. And then when you do the pep talk in the locker room tomorrow, would you tell them to treat this like a normal game or it’s like the biggest test of this whole season?

CHRIS PAUL: Yeah, you said it right there. For us, the biggest game of the year is tomorrow. Tomorrow. It’s a must-win game for us. We got to come out with that mindset. Know that they’re home, they’re more comfortable, they will be in front of their fans. But we got to be us. We got to be us and we got to be the hungrier team, and so that’s what we’ll do.

Q. I was just talking to Brook Lopez and he had said the idea of defense to him is to you try to contain someone in a box. They’re going to break out of that box, and then you try to contain them into a different box. For you as a point guard, what do you find enjoyable about breaking out of that box, like finding the things that you want when you know they want you to do certain things on certain plays?

CHRIS PAUL: Brook is smart. Very, very smart. I say this, just like we play Connect Four, just like you play Sorry, this is a game. This is game. Everybody is trying to figure out how to stop this guy or stop that guy, and usually some of the best people are the people that have counters. Everybody is always saying, Oh, that’s all you got to do. We were just talking about it on the bus. Oh, you just got to do this. If it was that easy, everybody would.

So I think for us, it’s all about making adjustments. That’s why when you start out the game, you see how you’re guarded. We’re professionals so it’s like, okay, let’s do that. Let’s counter with that. And that’s the only reason that teams advance this far, being able to adjust and maneuver on the fly.

2021 NBA FINALS PRESSER: Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Q.
 Any added excitement knowing you’ll be able to play in the NBA Finals in front of the home fans for the first time? Just does it feel like it’s something starting a little bit over again, just the fact that you guys are home?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: I’m just here not to get fined. (Laughing) I’m joking. I’m joking.

No, it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be fun. We know playing in the NBA Finals in front of the fans that have supported us all year long, and it’s been (almost) 50 years since we played one here in Milwaukee. For sure, it’s going to be exciting.

Q. As you get to 42 points, you hit a number of those mid-range jumpers, those turnarounds that you’ve been working on. Do you feel like you’ve had a breakthrough on that at all in the postseason where you’re feeling even more comfortable with that shot? It felt like maybe during the Nets series you got to it a couple more times. What are you feeling with that shot and kind of how you use it right now?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: I’m more comfortable, not trying to think about it. Now that you said it, I might go and miss them tomorrow because of you. But, no, I’m feeling more comfortable. I’m just trying to be aggressive, trying to go downhill. Sometimes guys stay in front of me or they create a wall that doesn’t allow me to get in the paint. So you got to try to figure out other ways to be effective, whether it’s pass the ball or pull up for the mid-range jump shot or get to a spot and then shoot over them. But you just got to feel out ways to be effective. Sometimes you’re going to make them. Sometimes you’re going to miss them. But you got to keep being aggressive.

My mindset is always try to get downhill, try to make the right play, the right decision, either is that a pass, either is that scoring. But, as I said, sometimes you have to take those shots. You got to keeping the defense guessing. But I feel comfortable, and hopefully moving forward, I can feel more comfortable in those shots and be even more effective.

Q. Why were you worried about getting fined?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: (Laughing) There was the football player, Marshawn Lynch? He said that in his media day. But do I have to do this? This is my first time here. I don’t know what I’m doing, man. This is my first time to the NBA Finals. I don’t know if I get fined. I don’t know if I really have to do this or I can just go home, you know? But probably if I don’t do it, they’re probably going to fine me. I don’t know.

Q. The more serious question, when you decided to commit to the extension, how did you tell the Bucks? Who did you call or who did you text?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: Oh, man, I don’t remember. I probably talked with Jon Horst, I think. I think I called him and told him, Yeah, you know, I’m staying, and then just hang up the phone and just went about my day. That was pretty much it.

Q. Were you surprised how well you played, considering it was just your second game back from the knee injury?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: No. No, what I tried to think about, I didn’t care about the outcome, stats, or whatever. I just cared about competing and enjoying the game. In the first game, I felt we didn’t win. It wasn’t my best game numbers-wise. But two things, when I leave the game, I always think about: enjoying the game and competing. In the first game, coming back from my knee, I was able to do that. In the second game, I was able to do that.

So I don’t think about my knee injury or how many points I scored or if who win or whatever the case might be. Like, that just makes it more complicated. There’s two things: If you enjoy the game and you compete, it puts you in a position to be successful. If you put yourself in a position to be successful, you help the team to be in a position to be successful. So I wasn’t thinking about my knee, how my knee felt and how I was able to play.

The two games we’ve played so far, I was able to compete as hard as I possibly could. I enjoyed the moment, being in my first time NBA Finals. But now going back home, even more enjoy it. Go out there, compete even more, help the team in any way possible, help the team in any way possible to compete and hopefully at the end of the day, we can be the team that put ourselves in a position to win the game.

Now, going to the game you don’t know what’s going to happen. You can’t predict the future. But that’s all I care about.

Q. I know you just went through that you only focus on competing and enjoying the game, but did you feel anything different from Game 1 to Game 2 in terms of whether it was your comfort on the court or stuff you could do or even just knocking some rust off after a week off? Or was it just sort of the same from Game 1 to Game 2?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: It was the same. I was just trying to be more aggressive. That’s all. We didn’t win the game. It doesn’t really matter. But from Game 1 to Game 2, I was just trying to be more aggressive, more involved in the actions and stuff.

Q. You talk a lot about trying to have fun and enjoy the moment, and throughout this series, including showing up today, you’ve seemed to be pretty lighthearted in media sessions and kind of trying to enjoy this. Are you treating this like a special occasion, that you’re in the Finals after all the stuff you guys have been through the past few years in getting here? Or is it the same as the conference semifinals or some other playoff series?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: You know, I personally think, obviously, I know it’s the Finals. Like, tomorrow, we all understand what kind of game we are getting ourselves into tomorrow. So we know what we got to do. But at the end of the day, you got to keep it light. You cannot tell yourself, Oh, it’s the Finals. You got to do this. There’s so much pressure, man. No, like, it’s still basketball. It’s easy to say, hard to do, but at the same time, you have to try to approach it that way. Just got to keep it light. Got to keep the ball light. You got to keep the atmosphere light.

Once we go out there and you see the fans, you know that you understand what kind of game you’re into. But me personally, one thing that helps me that I do is keep it light and enjoy that. Knowing I enjoy things, I really like put my heart into it. If I don’t enjoy it, I’m just going through the motions. So I just try to enjoy it, enjoy this, try to enjoy that I’m here. We have come a long way to be in this position and we got to try to make the best out of it. That’s what we did I guess in the first round, in the second round, in the third round. That’s what we’ll do now and hopefully it works out in our favor.

Q. Leading up to this, you and Khris have talked about all your one-on-one battles and all that stuff and how your’re trusting him in games. I’m curious back then, at those initial stages, when did it become like a friendship and a real kind of bond as opposed to just teammates and we’re going at each other trying to find a spot? Did it take a year, two years? When can you kind of recall that?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: I think probably more in the third year, when we were kind of a little more mature, had more minutes on the floor, know our roles. At first, I said in the past, you know, friendly competition, a guy like him from Detroit and I just got drafted. We just tried to get on the floor, going at one another in practices. But throughout the time, there was a lot of times that he proved that he’s going to do whatever it takes to help the team win. That’s the type of guy that you want next to you.

He lead the team in Atlanta when I was down. He played great. Everybody. Jrue played great. All those guys played great. But he’s always there. He’s always leading with his voice, leading with his actions. And I’ve been eight years with him. There’s so many times that he proved to me that, yeah, I’m here to do whatever it takes to win also. That’s what you kind of like gravitate to, to him. So I think it was probably my third year.

Q. In that fashion, when you guys kind of play your two-man game on the court now, do you kind of know how maybe you can help him get going? Because we kind of know how you can get yourself going. His game is little different. Do you try to screen differently or do you roll differently? You know what I mean? Do you kind of know and feel how you can do that and when do you try to do that?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: Almost every time. He likes a lot of pocket mid-range shots. He likes to jab, move his player. You kind of have to know the angles to screen. Sometimes you come one way, set it the other way so he can shoot the pocket shots from the other way. There’s so many things. Sometimes I touch some guys and roll hard and the guys come with me and he gets a wide-open three. I know things to do to help him get open. I try to do it as much as possible throughout the game whenever I physically can. That’s pretty much it.

Q. You only had to play against Chris Paul twice a year throughout the course of your career just because he’s been out West and you’ve been here. Now that you see him up close and in a consistent way, do you allow yourself to be impressed by him? Is there anything that sort of surprises you about the way that he kind of controls games?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: No. He’s a really good player. This is year 17 for him, year 16?

Q. 16.

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: 16. It’s amazing everything that he’s accomplished. It’s amazing that he can still play at that high level. Growing up, like, we all knew who Chris Paul was. But at the same time, you got to go out there and compete. This is the NBA Finals, this is the playoffs. You got to compete against those guys. But he’s a great player and he’s proven it year after year after year. He’s helping his team do some great stuff right now. But at the end of the day, as much as you always appreciate greatness and respect it, because you respect the history of the game, we got to compete against him. We got to make it as tough as possible for him, and that’s what we’re going to try to do. But at the same time, we appreciate everything he’s done and the way he’s played in year 16. I think he’s like 34, 35 years old? It’s —

Q. 36.

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: 36? It’s pretty high level. But at the same time, we got to guard him. We got to compete against him. We got to try to figure out ways to make it tough on him to win.

Q. What did you learn in the first couple of games in Phoenix about that series? And how different is the dynamic of the team at Fiserv Forum, because you have seven wins in eight games?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: We got to play better. We got to compete harder to put ourselves in a position to win. I’m trying not to think about playing at home — winning at home, that doesn’t really matter. It’s still basketball. You still have to play basketball. You still have to go out there and do the things to help your team win and put yourself in a position to win. So, yeah, that’s it.

MLB DRAFT: Everything you need to know about the Draft

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For the first time, the Major League Baseball Draft will be part of All-Star Weekend, beginning on Sunday in Denver. Here’s what you need to know about the three-day, 20-round 2021 Draft:

Broadcast and logistics details

For the first time since the Draft began in 1965, it will take place outside of June. The first 36 picks will occur on the opening night of the Draft on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on both MLB Network and ESPN, with MLB Network preceding the first pick with an hour-long Draft preview show at 6 p.m. ET. The first night will provide coverage of the first round and Competitive Balance Round A, with four minutes between picks in Round 1 (picks 1-29) and two minutes for the comp round selections, all coming live from the Bellco Theatre in Denver.

Day 2 of the Draft kicks off on Monday at 1 p.m. ET with the start of the second round and will continue through the completion of Round 10, exclusively on MLB.com, with MLB Network providing live look-ins and coverage during All-Star Monday. There will be one minute between picks on Monday. The Draft concludes with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday, starting at noon ET, with no delay between selections, all heard on MLB.com.

The Pirates have the No. 1 pick in this year’s Draft by virtue of having the worst record in baseball in 2020, the fifth time the organization has had the top selection and first since they took Gerrit Cole No. 1 overall 10 years ago. Here’s the top 10:

1. Pirates

2. Rangers

3. Tigers

4. Red Sox

5. Orioles

6. D-backs

7. Royals

8. Rockies

9. Angels

10. Mets

The Cincinnati Reds (17th, 30th, 35th) have a Major League-best three selections within the first 36 picks during the first day of the Draft. The Detroit Tigers (3rd, 32nd), Miami Marlins (16th, 31st), Milwaukee Brewers (15th, 33rd), Minnesota Twins (26th, 36th) and Tampa Bay Rays (28th, 34th) each have two selections on the Draft’s opening night. The Reds have extra selections courtesy of free agent Trevor Bauer signing with the Dodgers (Cincinnati got pick No. 30 and the Dodgers forfeited their second-round pick as a result) and a pick in the Competitive Balance Round A. The other teams with multiple selections all have Comp Round A picks as well.

Conversely, the Astros don’t pick until the third round, pick No. 87 overall, after forfeiting selections in the first and second rounds as part of their penalties for illegally stealing signs.

Bonus pool & slot values

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team gets an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club’s selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool.

Any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round is also applied to the bonus pool total. Slot values were frozen at the 2019 values per an agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association. Because of the pandemic, it was decided to keep the slot values for this year the same as it’s been for the past two years. Typically, the slot value assigned to each pick in the top 10 rounds had gone up the same amount MLB’s annual revenues increased (which would have been 3.5 percent from 2019 to 2020).

As a result, the Pirates’ top pick comes in with the same assigned value as last year: $8,415,300 and the Rangers’ No. 2 selection is valued at $7,789,900. With the top pick in each round, as well as a pick in Competitive Balance Round B, the Pirates have the highest overall pool to use in the top 10 rounds ($14,394,000). They are one of 10 teams with eight-figure bonus pools: the Tigers ($14,253,800), Rangers ($12,641,000), Reds ($11,905,700), Orioles ($11,829,300), Red Sox ($11,359,600), D-backs ($11,271,900), Royals ($10,917,700), Rockies ($10,543,900) and Brewers ($10,063,400). The Astros, as a result of not picking until the third round, have the smallest pool at $2,940,600.

Top prospects

MLB Pipeline’s Draft Top 250 list has a lot of high school talent, particularly at shortstop, at the top, with four prep shortstops in the top eight, giving this class the chance to be the first to have four taken in the top 10 in the history of the Draft. That list is topped by Eastlake High School (Calif.) standout Marcelo Meyer. Jesuit Prep (Texas) shortstop Jordan Lawlar is No. 3, while Wake Forest High School (N.C.) star Kahlil Watson comes in at No. 4, a run interrupted only by No. 2 prospect, Vanderbilt right-hander Jack Leiter. The top 10 is filled out by two more college arms, a pair of college bats and one high school right-hander:

1. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS (Calif.)

2. Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt

3. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (Texas)

4. Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forst HS (N.C.)

5. Henry Davis, C, Louisville

6. Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt

7. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Hall HS (Okla.)

8. Brady House, SS, Winder-Barrow HS (Ga.)

9. Ty Madden, RHP, Texas

10. Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston

2021 TOP 250 PROSPECTS: https://www.mlb.com/prospects/draft/

TOP INDIANA PROSPECTS:

1. Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (Ohio)…HSE

2. Colson Montgomery, INF, Southridge

3. McCade Brown, RHP, IU

4. Chayce McDermott, RHP, Ball State…PENDLETON HEIGHTS

5. Niko Kavadas, 1B, Notre Dame…PENN

6. Luke Albright, RHP, Kent State….FISHERS

7. Tanner Kohlhepp, RHP, Notre Dame

8. Chad Patrick, RHP, Purdue Northwest….HEBRON

9. Carter Mathison, OF, Homestead

10. Grant Richardson, OF, IU….HOMESTEAD/FISHERS

11. Geremy Guerrero, LHP, Indiana State 

OTHER INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR:

Austin Bode, C, Columbus North

Hunter Dobbins, C, Mt. Vernon….BALL STATE

Nate Dohm, RHP, Zionsville….BALL STATE

Garrett Harker, RHP, Lebanon….CINCINNATI

Luke Hayden, RHP, Edgewood….INDIANA

Camden Jordan, OF, Cathedral….LOUISVILLE

Trey Reed, RHP, Washington…INDIANA STATE

C.J. Richmond, 1B/OF, Park Tudor…WESTERN ILLINOIS

John Rogers, OF, Carmel….VANDERBILT

Calvin Shepherd, RHP, Lawrence North…ILLINOIS

Khal Stephen, RHP, Seeger….PURDUE

Braves star Acuña out for season after tearing knee vs Miami

MIAMI (AP) Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. will undergo season-ending surgery after suffering a complete tear of the ACL in his right knee during Atlanta’s 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

An MRI showed the severity of the injury and the Braves made the announcement shortly before midnight, finishing the year for one of the most dynamic players in the majors.

Hours earlier, Acuna had tears in his eyes as he was carted off the field at Marlins Park.

Acuna landed awkwardly on his right leg after jumping on the warning track in right field trying to catch a drive from Jazz Chisholm Jr. in the fifth inning. He slammed into the outfield wall and crumbled on the warning track, immediately grabbing his right knee while Chisholm sprinted for an inside-the-park homer.

Acuna tried to walk off but dropped back to the ground in shallow right field. A trainer tended to him while a cart was retrieved, and concerned teammates gathered quietly around him.

Tears welled in the 23-year-old’s eyes as he waited. When the cart pulled around to the nearby warning track, he had to be helped over and did not put any weight on his right leg.

“He’s in a lot of pain, I can tell you that. It’s a tough break for the team and for him,” manager Brian Snitker said after the game.

Acuna had been slated to start in the outfield for the NL All-Star team in Tuesday’s game, his third appearance. He is hitting .283 with 24 home runs and 52 RBIs for the three-time defending NL East champions, who are four games behind the first-place New York Mets.

Braves pitcher Max Fried gave up three straight hits after seeing Acuna get hurt.

“You never like to see one of your teammates come up injured after trying to make a great play,” Fried said. “It’s obviously very unfortunate, but you have to stay with the task at hand and finish the game.”

Chisholm at first thought Acuna was going to make the catch and didn’t realize the severity of the injury until after he crossed home plate.

“A guy like that, him getting injured, the baseball world is going to miss him if he’s out for a long time,” Chisholm said right after the game. “Hopefully he gets better.”

Suárez HR off Hader in 9th lifts Reds over Brewers 4-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning against All-Star closer Josh Hader and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Saturday night in a game that included three ejections.

Suarez hit a 2-0 pitch from Hader (3-1) into the second deck of the right-field bleachers for his 18th homer.

“It was a big moment for me and for the team,” Suarez said. “Big win, man, before the All-Star break. Everybody knows that Hader has a really good fastball. He’s one of the best closers in the game. In my mind, I was like, ‘don’t let him beat you.'”

Prior to the go-ahead homer, Suarez was hitless in his previous 10 at-bats and is 3 for 38 (.079) against the Brewers in 2021.

“It was a game-winner,” Reds manager David Bell said. “And, it came against one of the best in the game.”

Heath Hembree took care of Milwaukee in the bottom half for his second consecutive save and sixth overall, helping the Reds pull within five games of the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Josh Osich (2-0) got one out in the eighth for the win.

Tyrone Taylor hit a two-run homer off Reds reliever Brad Brach in the eighth to tie it at 3.

Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta, who will be replacing teammate Brandon Woodruff on the NL All-Star team, held Cincinnati hitless until All-Star Nick Castellanos connected in the sixth for his 18th homer, a three-run shot that made it 3-1.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell then came out to get Peralta and was ejected by plate umpire Gabe Morales for arguing about the 2-2 pitch to Castellanos.

“That was the pitch,” Counsell said about what got him tossed. “I feel like it’s been a rough series for the umpires. So, yeah, there’s a lot of guys upset, both teams.”

Counsell was ejected for the third time this season and for the 21st time overall.

Milwaukee star Christian Yelich was ejected by first base umpire John Libka in the bottom of the sixth after reaching on a wild throw by pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez. Yelich turned toward second just enough that second baseman Jonathan India slapped a tag on him, Libka signaled out, and Yelich became irate, tossing his helmet.

“In the umpire’s judgment, there was something,” Counsell said of Yelich’s inadvertent twitch. “That’s just a clear case of an umpire kind of making something up or thinking he sees something that has no influence on the game, and then making a call. It was a poor call, and it cost us a baserunner.”

Third base umpire Doug Eddings ejected Joey Votto in top of the eighth after the Reds star struck out swinging.

Gutierrez allowed one run on five hits in six solid innings.

This is the third of seven consecutive games between these divisional foes. They’re playing a four-game series in Milwaukee this week and meet the Reds again in a three-game series in Cincinnati immediately after the All-Star break.

The Brewers won the opener of this series 5-3 on Thursday. The Reds got a measure of revenge Friday thanks to Wade Miley and his 2-0 gem.

Cardinals hit 3 homers in 5th, beat Cubs 6-0

CHICAGO (AP) Paul Goldschmidt, Paul DeJong and Tommy Edman homered in the fifth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Saturday night.

Kwang Hyun Kim struck out seven in six innings, helping St. Louis bounce back from Friday’s 10-5 loss in the series opener. The Cardinals had dropped four of six overall.

The sputtering Cubs lost for the 13th time in 15 games. Javier Baez had two of the team’s six hits.

“I feel like everybody was off,” Cubs catcher Willson Contreras said. “Everybody was distracted. I don’t know why, probably because the All-Star break is really close.”

The Cardinals homered off three pitchers during their five-run fifth inning.

Goldschmidt led off with his 13th homer, a drive to left against Zach Davies (5-6) that traveled an estimated 441 feet.

“I’ve had games here that have been good, and I’ve had games where they struck me out three times,” Goldschmidt said. “It’s just how it goes. I’m just trying to do my job, go up there and compete and help us win.”

Tyler O’Neill singled with one out before Edman, hitting for Matt Carpenter, greeted Adam Morgan with a two-run shot to left. It was Edman’s second career pinch-hit homer.

DeJong capped the scoring with a two-run shot off Dan Winkler for a 6-0 lead.

The Cardinals improved to 2-6 against the Cubs this season, their worst start against their division rival since dropping the first 12 in 1978.

Kim (4-5) extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings. He permitted five hits and walked one.

“Slider was really good. He was just in control, good rhythm, good pace,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.

Davies gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He held the Cardinals scoreless in 11 2/3 previous innings this season.

Davies has yielded seven runs in 13 1/3 innings since the right-hander and three relievers combined to no-hit the Dodgers on June 24, when the Cubs were tied for first in the NL Central.

The Cardinals jumped in front on Carpenter’s RBI single in the first. Davies walked two in the inning.

Chicago (44-46) will enter the All-Star break below .500 for the first time since it was 43-45 in 2017. The Cubs were a season-high 11-games over .500 on June 13.

“We have to win as a team. But I cannot ask everybody to play like I do or to play like Baez and I play,” Contreras said. “Everybody’s different. I know they might be tired, but I’m here to win.”

Twins rally for third straight win over Tigers, 9-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jorge Polanco hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 Saturday.

Alex Kirilloff also homered for Minnesota to put the Twins on the board in the sixth. Luis Arraez drove in two insurance runs with an eighth-inning single.

“We play hard,” Arraez said. “That’s why we won the game today.”

The Twins have won the first three games of the series against the Tigers, with one remaining before the All-Star break.

For the second straight day, it took until the sixth inning for Minnesota to get on the scoreboard against Detroit. The Twins had a four-run sixth on Friday, then on Saturday they scored two in the sixth, three in the seventh and four in the eighth.

“It’s a beautiful thing when you stay at it and you continue to have the at-bats you’re looking for and you put some runs across the board,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There’s different ways to do it. Today, we went deep and brought some runs in and made it happen.”

After Andrelton Simmons snapped an 0-for-19 slump with a base hit and Arraez followed with a single, Polanco took reliever Joe Jimenez (2-1) deep to right to give Minnesota a 5-4 lead in the seventh.

Detroit threatened in the eighth with the tying run on third and one out, but Twins reliever Alex Colome struck out Eric Haase and Jeimer Candelario to escape the jam.

“That would have changed the game more than necessarily even the Jimenez homer,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said of the eighth inning. “The back half of this game was a mess. We didn’t do a lot right.”

Kyle Funkhouser started Saturday’s bullpen game for the Tigers. Funkhouser gave up just two first-inning singles in 2 1/3 innings of work. Detroit used seven total pitchers Saturday.

Niko Goodrum and Zack Short hit back-to-back solo homers in the second inning off Twins starter Bailey Ober to put Detroit up 2-0. It was the third time this year the Tigers have gone back-to-back.

Ober surrendered four runs in just 3 1/3 innings, matching the shortest of his eight starts in his debut season. Danny Coloumbe (1-0) earned his first win since 2018 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Nelson Cruz stole his second base of the year. It’s the first time since 2016 that the veteran slugger stole multiple bases in a season.

Hernández, Mercado lead Indians past Royals 14-6

CLEVELAND (AP) Cesar Hernandez and Oscar Mercado each hit a three-run homer, and the Cleveland Indians beat the struggling Kansas City Royals 14-6 on Saturday night.

Hernandez’s 15th homer capped a six-run fourth inning against Mike Minor (6-8). Mercado’s drive highlighted a four-run seventh that put the game away.

Cleveland staggered into the series on a nine-game losing streak, but won the first two games on ninth-inning homers by Franmil Reyes on Thursday and Bobby Bradley on Friday. The Indians have beaten the Royals eight straight times this season.

Mercado thinks the momentum from the back-to-back walk-off wins carried over into Saturday’s game.

“That’ll light a fire in any ballclub,” he said. “Everyone wants to win, but just the fact that the last two nights you get to go out and win in walk-off fashion with home runs, that really just sets the tone and brings the energy life back into the clubhouse.”

The Royals have dropped 15 of 18 to fall a season-worst 17 games under .500. Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer in the fourth, but the Royals’ All-Star catcher was removed in the sixth with back tightness. Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said the tightness was the result of a diving play Perez made catching a foul bunt in the third.

“It was aggravated, we’ll get him in there and have (the trainers) take a look at him, but we’re going to have to see how he feels tomorrow,” Matheny said.

Mercado had three hits and drove in four runs. Jose Ramirez and Roberto Perez also homered for Cleveland, which totaled 17 hits.

Cal Quantrill (1-2), one of several pitchers trying to give Cleveland’s injury-riddled rotation a boost, allowed three runs in six innings.

Cleveland finally had success against Minor in the bottom half. Bradley hit an RBI double and Mercado’s run-scoring single tied the game. Bradley Zimmer’s hard grounder off Minor’s leg went for an RBI single.

Hernandez followed with a drive to left-center, giving Cleveland a 6-2 lead.

Minor had dominated the Indians in his career, going 3-0 and allowing four earned runs in 28 2/3 innings over nine appearances. The left-hander gave up six runs and nine hits in four innings.

Perez warmed up for his matchup in Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby against Pete Alonso of the New York Mets with his 21st of the season. Alonso won the most recent derby in Cleveland in 2019.

Royals reliever Kyle Zimmer struck out his brother, Bradley, in the seventh in the first major league matchup between the two which came following Mercado’s home run. Several members of the Zimmer family were at Progressive Field for the game.

“They were all here,” Bradley said. “I’m sure I’ll hear all about it.”

Kyle Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in 2012 while Bradley was the 21st overall pick in 2014. The two faced each other in a Triple-A game this season with Bradley getting a single. Bradley Zimmer said their parents have always looked forward to when then brothers would face off.

“They talk about it non-stop, and try to play out the scenarios of how it’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m sure they’re beside themselves that it finally happened in the major leagues.”

Dodgers tie franchise record with 8 HRs, blast D-Backs 22-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Justin Turner and Mookie Betts hit grand slams, Albert Pujols and AJ Pollock each homered twice and the Los Angeles Dodgers matched a franchise record by connecting eight times in all, routing the Arizona Diamondbacks 22-1 on Saturday night.

Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry also homered as the Dodgers matched a Los Angeles mark for runs, last scoring 22 in 2001 at Colorado. This was their highest-scoring game ever at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers led 9-0 after two innings and breezed behind the pitching of Walker Buehler, who was chosen as an All-Star Game replacement Saturday.

Buehler (9-1) went six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven.

The Dodgers won for just the second time in their last six games. They scored in just four different innings, but broke loose in a big way – five runs in the first, four more in the second, seven runs in the seventh and six in the eighth.

Turner, added earlier in the day to the All-Star team, hit his first career grand slam in the second inning off starter Caleb Smith (2-6). Smith never recorded an out in the second before departing, giving up nine runs on six hits with three walks while recording just three outs.

Betts hit his fifth slam in the seventh. The Dodgers top the majors with nine grand slams this year.

Pujols connected in the seventh and eighth, giving him 675 career home runs. His last homer came off Arizona outfielder Josh Reddick, who got the last two outs.

Bellinger and Pollock hit back-to-back home runs in the first. McKinstry and Pujols went back-to-back in the seventh.

The Dodgers sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning against Smith, taking a 2-0 lead on Max Muncy’s double that scored Betts and Chris Taylor.

Muncy, Taylor and Betts already had been named National League All-Stars, with Betts bowing out of Tuesday’s game because unspecified injuries.

The Dodgers improved to 8-1 against the Diamondbacks this season.

Segura opens game with HR; Phillies end Boston’s home streak

BOSTON (AP) Jean Segura and Alec Bohm homered, and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Boston’s nine-game home winning streak with an 11-2 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday.

Segura opened the game with a drive over the Green Monster, and Bohm made it 3-0 with a two-run shot against Martin Perez (7-5) in the second. The Phillies then broke it open with eight runs in the eighth, earning their fourth win six games.

Segura finished with three hits and three RBIs. Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper each hit a two-run double, and Bailey Falter (1-0) pitched two hitless innings for his first major league victory.

“We have everyone back, which is nice, and we had contributions from everyone up and down the lineup,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “Two guys can’t carry a team. When you score runs, it’s nice.”

Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer for Boston, which lost for just fourth time in 15 games. It was the team’s longest win streak at Fenway Park since 2011.

After Sunday’s series finale, Boston will enter the All-Star break atop the AL East a year after posting its second-worst winning percentage in 88 years. The Red Sox were just 24-36 in last season’s pandemic-reduced season.

Segura’s 10th career leadoff homer left the ballpark. Bohm’s sixth homer of the season also went over the Monster, a drive that bounced off a billboard near the left-field foul pole and led to loud cheers of “Let’s Go Phillies!” from the right-field corner.

The Phillies can go into the break at .500 with a victory on Sunday.

“I can tell you what: It can feel a lot better than being two games below,” Hoskins said.

Ronald Torreyes had three hits for Philadelphia, including a run-scoring single in the eighth.

“To me what’s most impressive is to hold them to two runs,” Girardi said. “That’s not an offense that usually doesn’t score runs.”

Red Sox reliever Josh Taylor’s streak of scoreless appearances ended at 26 games.

“We haven’t seen that in a while, right?'” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of the eighth. “We had the right guy on the mound. Hard to stop it right there, one bad inning.”

Taylor gave up four runs and retired just one batter.

“I wasn’t locating today. I was all around the zone,” he said. “I’ve got to go back and watch video and figure it out.”

Bogaerts homered into the Monster seats in the second.

Lowe helps Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2 for 6th straight win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brandon Lowe is finding his form heading into the All-Star break.

Lowe homered twice and Mike Zunino also connected, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Saturday for their sixth consecutive win.

Ryan Yarbrough (6-3) pitched five innings of two-run ball, improving to 5-0 in his last 12 appearances. The left-hander is 8-1 in 16 appearances against Toronto.

Matt Wisler (one hit in 1 2/3 innings) and Pete Fairbanks (1 1/3 innings) combined for three innings before Diego Castillo finished the six-hitter for his 13th save. Rays relievers have given up two hits over 16 scoreless innings in the past three games.

Lowe has four career multihomer games, including May 21 against the Blue Jays.

“B-Lowe is really turning his season around,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

After hitting under .200 for a large part of the season, Lowe went 2 for 3 and raised his average to .208.

Marcus Semien hit his 22nd homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost four of five.

“Anytime he is at the plate he’s got a chance to hit one out,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He’s got power to all fields so that’s been fun for me to watch.”

Toronto led 2-1 before Tampa Bay scored three times in the third. Zunino led off the inning with his 19th homer. Kevin Kiermaier then doubled and Lowe made it 4-2 with a two-run shot off Ross Stripling (3-5).

Lowe opened the scoring with his 19th homer, connecting on the first pitch leading off the first. He has gone deep six times over his last eight games.

“I feel normal,” Lowe said. “I don’t think that I’m on a tear or hot as I can be, I definitely feel better at the plate. Hopefully keep trending in the right direction.”

Randy Arozarena added an eighth-inning RBI single for the Rays.

Semien’s two-run shot off Yarbrough gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead in the third.

“He competed with what he had,” Cash said of Yarbrough, who threw 104 pitches. “I don’t think it was coming easy for him the first couple innings. Give Yarbs a ton of credit just for fighting through some of the stuff.”

Toronto had runners on the corners with two outs in the first when Zunino, an All-Star catcher, picked Vladimir Guerrero Jr. off first base.

Stripling allowed four runs and four hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander had allowed 12 earned runs over 46 innings in his previous eight appearances.

“Today he didn’t have his best stuff,” Montoyo said. “That’s going to happen.”

Twins rally for third straight win over Tigers, 9-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jorge Polanco hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 Saturday.

Alex Kirilloff also homered for Minnesota to put the Twins on the board in the sixth. Luis Arraez drove in two insurance runs with an eighth-inning single.

“We play hard,” Arraez said. “That’s why we won the game today.”

The Twins have won the first three games of the series against the Tigers, with one remaining before the All-Star break.

For the second straight day, it took until the sixth inning for Minnesota to get on the scoreboard against Detroit. The Twins had a four-run sixth on Friday, then on Saturday they scored two in the sixth, three in the seventh and four in the eighth.

“It’s a beautiful thing when you stay at it and you continue to have the at-bats you’re looking for and you put some runs across the board,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There’s different ways to do it. Today, we went deep and brought some runs in and made it happen.”

After Andrelton Simmons snapped an 0-for-19 slump with a base hit and Arraez followed with a single, Polanco took reliever Joe Jimenez (2-1) deep to right to give Minnesota a 5-4 lead in the seventh.

Detroit threatened in the eighth with the tying run on third and one out, but Twins reliever Alex Colome struck out Eric Haase and Jeimer Candelario to escape the jam.

“That would have changed the game more than necessarily even the Jimenez homer,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said of the eighth inning. “The back half of this game was a mess. We didn’t do a lot right.”

Kyle Funkhouser started Saturday’s bullpen game for the Tigers. Funkhouser gave up just two first-inning singles in 2 1/3 innings of work. Detroit used seven total pitchers Saturday.

Niko Goodrum and Zack Short hit back-to-back solo homers in the second inning off Twins starter Bailey Ober to put Detroit up 2-0. It was the third time this year the Tigers have gone back-to-back.

Ober surrendered four runs in just 3 1/3 innings, matching the shortest of his eight starts in his debut season. Danny Coloumbe (1-0) earned his first win since 2018 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Nelson Cruz stole his second base of the year. It’s the first time since 2016 that the veteran slugger stole multiple bases in a season.

Goodwin HR, 4 hits as White Sox beat O’s 8-3, win 4th in row

BALTIMORE (AP) Brian Goodwin had four hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

Chicago has won nine of its last 12 and has taken seven in a row from the Orioles dating to 2019, its longest streak against Baltimore since winning eight straight in 1989-90. The White Sox have outscored the Orioles 38-11 in six games this season.

Baltimore has lost three in a row and is 1-6 in July.

Lucas Giolito (7-6) struck out nine while allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings to beat the Orioles for the second time this season. Liam Hendriks struck out Ryan McKenna on three pitches upon entering in the eighth to escape a bases-loaded jam, then worked a perfect ninth for his AL-leading 23rd save.

Goodwin homered in the second, and the White Sox did more damage against Baltimore starter Thomas Eshelman (0-2) the following inning. Jake Burger lined a comebacker off Eshelman’s leg to lead off, though the pitcher remained in the game — though not for long.

After a walk, freshly minted all-star Tim Anderson doubled in a run and Yoan Moncada followed with a two-run double. Eshelman’s day ended after another walk. He gave up four runs in two-plus innings and has not completed five innings in any of his five starts.

Goodwin’s RBI single and Leury Garcia’s run-scoring double in the fifth bumped the White Sox lead to 6-1. Goodwin singled in a run against a drawn-in infield in the seventh, then scored on another double by Garcia.

Domingo Leyba had RBI singles in the fourth and sixth for Baltimore.

Crawford homers, Giants assured MLB’s top record at break

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) All-Star Brandon Crawford had three hits, including his 18th home run, and the San Francisco Giants ensured themselves the best record in baseball at the break by thumping the Washington Nationals 10-4 on Saturday.

Anthony DeSclafani had six strikeouts and pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings to win his 10th for the Giants. Thairo Estrada added four hits and two RBIs. Darin Ruf doubled and scored twice.

San Francisco is 56-32, assured of the major leagues’ top record at the All-Star break in a season when it was expected to lag behind the Padres and Dodgers.

“So far in this series we’ve fought for every pitch,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. “That’s a huge factor, and we’re not letting our foot off the gas at any point. That’s also important.”

Named to his third All-Star team last week, Crawford had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, singled in a run as part of San Francisco’s five-run third, doubled in the fourth and homered off Kyle McGowin in the sixth.

The 18 home runs by Crawford ties Jose Valentin’s mark for most before the All-Star break by a shortstop 34 years or older. Crawford’s career high for home runs in a season is 21.

“We all feel good as a team,” Crawford said. “We feel good about being in first place. What we’ve done a really good job of is going game by game and not worrying about other teams. Just focusing on what we need to do as a team to win games.”

DeSclafani (10-3) walked one and only allowed two runners past first base while setting a career high for wins. DeSclafani got Juan Soto to strike out looking twice and got help from right fielder Mike Yastrzemski, who made a sliding catch in foul territory to end the sixth.

Washington’s Starlin Castro singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Alcides Escobar added a two-run triple.

The Giants batted around twice in the first three innings to chase starter Jon Lester (2-4).

“It was tough but his pitch count got way up there.” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “We had to do something. He’s definitely frustrated. I believe in him, we all believe in him. We need him.”

Lester had won five of his six career starts against the Giants before Saturday. The five-time All-Star retired eight batters and allowed nine hits and eight runs – three earned. It’s the second time in his last four starts that Lester failed to make it out of the third.

“Kind of the same song and dance as the last couple here,” Lester said. “Seems like I can’t minimize the bad. I’m OK with the hits and runs but when it’s consistently two and three innings, it’s putting the team in a bad position.”

Anderson, Reynolds lift Pirates past Mets 6-2 in DH opener

NEW YORK (AP) Tyler Anderson pitched five innings and helped himself with a tiebreaking homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 victory over Marcus Stroman and the New York Mets on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

All-Star Bryan Reynolds also connected as last-place Pittsburgh bounced back from a 13-4 loss in the opener of the four-game set on Friday. John Nogowski had two hits and two RBIs.

Anderson (5-8) won consecutive starts for the second time this season, allowing two runs and six hits. He went winless in an eight-start span from May 15-June 28.

The game was tied at 2 when Anderson went deep with two out in the fifth, driving a 1-1 cutter from Stroman (6-7) over the wall in right-center. It was Anderson’s second career homer in 152 at-bats and first since July 9, 2016, for Colorado against Philadelphia.

“As soon as I hit it, I was hoping it got over the outfielder’s head,” Anderson said. “And then they were catching home runs earlier in the game. So, once it looked like it had a chance, I was hoping it wouldn’t get caught too.”

It was Pittsburgh’s first homer by a pitcher since Steven Brault on Sept. 1, 2019, and the first go-ahead homer by a Pirates pitcher since Gerrit Cole on Aug. 26, 2017.

“Really good swing,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “He got it out front, got it up in the air. Big swing at the time, 2-2 game, so yeah that was kind of cool to see.”

It also was the second game-winning RBI by a Pittsburgh pitcher this year. The Dodgers are the only other team with multiple game-winning RBIs from pitchers.

Reynolds was robbed of a home run when Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo made a terrific leaping catch at the wall in the first. But Reynolds easily cleared the fence in right-center on his two-run homer off Trevor May in the sixth.

“Bryan could have had two homers today, a really good play,” Shelton said. “But I give credit to our guys. We had a situation where we played a really close game for six innings last night and the game gets broken open. That happens in the first, Stro looked really good through three. We came right back.”

Nogowski continued his impressive start with the Pirates, hitting a two-run double in the fourth and a single in the sixth. He has 12 hits in five games since being acquired from St. Louis last weekend.

Ke’Bryan Hayes padded Pittsburgh’s lead with an RBI double in the sixth off Drew Smith.

Jonathan Villar homered for the Mets, who are playing their 10th doubleheader and third this week. Kevin Pillar had an RBI single.

Stroman lost his third straight decision. He was charged with three runs and five hits in five innings.

“I threw a slider that didn’t slide,” Stroman said of Anderson’s homer. “If I execute that pitch, he probably swings over it.”

Stroman retired his first nine hitters on 29 pitches. Adam Frazier got Pittsburgh’s first hit with a clean single to left and the Pirates had second and third for Nogowski, who doubled down the left-field line just past the diving attempt of Villar at third base.

Oakland 4 runs in 11th to beat Rangers 8-4 in game of solos

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning after an earlier home run and the Oakland Athletics went on to beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Saturday.

“Ride the wave,” Lowrie said. “We had a big inning, and I think that was good for everybody in the dugout.”

Lowrie singled to right with one out in the 11th off Spencer Patton (0-1), who then threw a wild pitch that allowed another run before Stephen Piscotty added a two-run homer.

After both teams scored a run in the 10th, the A’s won for only the third time in their last nine games. They have to win the rubber game Sunday to avoid going winless in their last seven series before the All-Star break.

The A’s had their most runs since a 13-6 win at Texas on June 22. The five runs just in extra innings were more than they scored in eight of their previous 10 games.

“We got some big hits that we’ve been missing here recently,” manger Bob Melvin said.

J.B. Wendelken (2-1), the sixth Oakland pitcher, worked both extra innings.

There were five solo homers before the game went to extra innings, with both teams having back-to-back shots.

“It seemed like every ball that was hit in the air was a homer early on,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “We had our opportunities. We couldn’t get the big hit to win it.”

Texas led 2-0 when All-Star sluggers Adolis Garcia and Joey Gallo homered in a span of three pitches in the first. Garcia hit his 22nd homer and Gallo his 24th, the 11th in 12 games for the right fielder who will participate in MLB’s Home Run Derby on Monday night.

Sean Murphy and Seth Brown went back-to-back in the A’s second. Murphy hit a 438-foot homer into the second deck of seats in left-center, then Brown followed with one that went even farther – 472 feet over the Texas bullpen in right-center, the longest ever hit at Globe Life Field.

“Obviously the home runs makes you feel a little bit better about yourself, because that’s typically what we do from time to time,” Melvin said.

Lowrie went deep in the fourth for a 3-2 lead. The Rangers got even in the eighth when Jake Diekman, the third Oakland reliever, walked two batters before Jonah Heim’s RBI single.

Elvis Andrus, who started the second extra frame at second base, came home on Lowrie’s third hit of the game before Matt Olson, who walked leading off the inning, scored on the wild pitch. Piscotty hit his fifth homer, his first since May 14.

Piscotty pinch-hit and reached leading off the 10th, with Murphy going to third, when Nick Solak misplayed a grounder for his first error since April 13. That ended his 71-game errorless streak that was the longest ever by a Rangers second baseman. Ramon Laureano had an two-out RBI infield single, and Texas got even on an RBI grounder by Heim.

Anderson, Reynolds lift Pirates past Mets 6-2 in DH opener

NEW YORK (AP) Tyler Anderson pitched five innings and helped himself with a tiebreaking homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 victory over Marcus Stroman and the New York Mets on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

All-Star Bryan Reynolds also connected as last-place Pittsburgh bounced back from a 13-4 loss in the opener of the four-game set on Friday. John Nogowski had two hits and two RBIs.

Anderson (5-8) won consecutive starts for the second time this season, allowing two runs and six hits. He went winless in an eight-start span from May 15-June 28.

The game was tied at 2 when Anderson went deep with two out in the fifth, driving a 1-1 cutter from Stroman (6-7) over the wall in right-center. It was Anderson’s second career homer in 152 at-bats and first since July 9, 2016, for Colorado against Philadelphia.

“As soon as I hit it, I was hoping it got over the outfielder’s head,” Anderson said. “And then they were catching home runs earlier in the game. So, once it looked like it had a chance, I was hoping it wouldn’t get caught too.”

It was Pittsburgh’s first homer by a pitcher since Steven Brault on Sept. 1, 2019, and the first go-ahead homer by a Pirates pitcher since Gerrit Cole on Aug. 26, 2017.

“Really good swing,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “He got it out front, got it up in the air. Big swing at the time, 2-2 game, so yeah that was kind of cool to see.”

It also was the second game-winning RBI by a Pittsburgh pitcher this year. The Dodgers are the only other team with multiple game-winning RBIs from pitchers.

Reynolds was robbed of a home run when Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo made a terrific leaping catch at the wall in the first. But Reynolds easily cleared the fence in right-center on his two-run homer off Trevor May in the sixth.

“Bryan could have had two homers today, a really good play,” Shelton said. “But I give credit to our guys. We had a situation where we played a really close game for six innings last night and the game gets broken open. That happens in the first, Stro looked really good through three. We came right back.”

Nogowski continued his impressive start with the Pirates, hitting a two-run double in the fourth and a single in the sixth. He has 12 hits in five games since being acquired from St. Louis last weekend.

Ke’Bryan Hayes padded Pittsburgh’s lead with an RBI double in the sixth off Drew Smith.

Jonathan Villar homered for the Mets, who are playing their 10th doubleheader and third this week. Kevin Pillar had an RBI single.

Stroman lost his third straight decision. He was charged with three runs and five hits in five innings.

“I threw a slider that didn’t slide,” Stroman said of Anderson’s homer. “If I execute that pitch, he probably swings over it.”

Stroman retired his first nine hitters on 29 pitches. Adam Frazier got Pittsburgh’s first hit with a clean single to left and the Pirates had second and third for Nogowski, who doubled down the left-field line just past the diving attempt of Villar at third base.

Realmuto to start at catcher for NL, Molina a replacement

DENVER (AP) Philadelphia’s J.T. Realmuto will take over from injured San Francisco catcher Buster Posey as the National League’s starter in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Coors Field.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina earned his 10th All-Star selection, among 10 replacements announced Saturday by Major League Baseball.

Molina was elected on the players’ ballot and filled the spot vacated when Posey was put on the injured list Friday, five days after his left thumb was bruised by a foul tip.

Kansas City second baseman Whit Merrifield and Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson also earned selections from the players’ ballot, replacing Houston second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa.

Altuve said he needed time off to deal with unspecified issues with his left leg, and Correa said he wanted to spend time with wife Daniella, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Merrifield became a two-time All-Star. Anderson, the 2019 AL batting champion, earned his first All-Star trip.

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom also said he was withdrawing from the All-Star Game, wanting to rest for the second half. DeGrom, who has a 1.08 ERA, was bothered in the first half by discomfort in his right lat muscle, tightness in his right side and flexor tendinitis in his right arm.

The commissioner’s office picked Washington’s Max Scherzer, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, the Mets’ Taijuan Walker and Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta as additions to the NL pitching staff. Mets manager Luis Rojas and Brewers manager Craig Counsell had said Friday their pitchers would be added.

Scherzer earned his eighth All-Star selection.

MLB also added Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner to the NL roster, and Oakland pitcher Chris Bassitt and Tampa Bay second baseman Joey Wendle to the AL roster.

Houston outfielder Michael Brantley and San Diego pitcher Yu Darvish are withdrawing becauce of injuries.

Cleveland pitcher Shane Bieber, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Washington outfielder Kyle Schwarber were previously ruled out because of injuries.

San Francisco’s Kevin Gausman and Mikwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff remain active for the game but are scheduled for starts for their teams on Sunday.

Houston reliever Ryan Pressly will miss the game because of paternity leave.

Anderson, Bassitt, Peralta, Walker and Wendle raise the total to 39 first-time All-Stars, matching 2013 for the high.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians Offense Knock Out Clippers, 11-1

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Indianapolis Indians dominated the Columbus Clippers with ten runs in the first five innings and seven shut-out frames from Beau Sulser on Saturday night, 11-1.

Three runs on three hits gave the Indians (29-29) an early lead in the top of the second inning. Fabricio Macias started the hitting off with a single to the shortstop followed by a walk to Chris Sharpe. Taylor Davis knocked in Macias with a single to right field and Dee Strange-Gordon launched his second home run with Indy to take the 3-0 lead over Columbus (27-31).

Indy continued to tack on insurance runs as they batted around the order in the third inning. Christian Bethancourt lead-off the inning with an infield single followed by a walk to Ethan Paul and a RBI double by Bligh Madris to score the first run of the inning. Macias drove his first Triple-A home run over the right field fence to extend the lead to 7-0.

The Indians’ bats stayed hot by adding three more runs on four hits in the fifth inning. Sharpe singled to right field and Davis reached base safely for the third time of the night with a walk. With two outs, T.J. Rivera doubled to left-center to score Sharpe and move Davis to third. Bethancourt and Paul continued the two-out rally and each collected an RBI with back-to-back singles to center field.

After loading the bases with singles from Madris and Macias and a walk to Sharpe, relief pitcher Anthony Gose walked Davis to push across one more run for Indy in the eighth inning.

The Clippers scored one run in the bottom of the ninth with a home run from Owen Miller but it wasn’t enough as the Indians took the 11-1 win.

Sulser (W, 4-2) earned his fourth win of the season and extended his scoreless streak to 17.1 innings with seven shut-out frames and seven strikeouts. Columbus starter, Logan Allen (L, 0-3) suffered the loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings.

The Indians will look to split the series tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM ET at Huntington Park. RHP Mitch Keller (0-0, 1.84) will take the mound for Indy and face RHP Brad Peacock (0-1, 1.93).

Shocker: US falls to Nigeria 90-87 in pre-Olympic opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) This is not how USA Basketball expected to open its Olympic summer.

Nigeria probably didn’t expect it, either.

If there was any expectation of invincibility for the Americans heading into the Tokyo Olympics, it’s already gone – after Nigeria beat the U.S. 90-87 on Saturday night, an international shocker pulled off by a roster primarily filled by little-known NBA players that found a way to beat a group of All-NBA, All-Star and max-contract performers.

“We just wanted to compete,” said Nigeria’s Gabe Nnamdi, who goes by Gabe Vincent when playing for the Miami Heat. “We know what USA Basketball means around the world and what they’ve stood for for so long.”

The U.S. had lost 11 games before Saturday in major international play – Olympics and World Cups, mostly – since NBA players began filling the American rosters with the first Dream Team in 1992. None of those losses came against a team from Africa.

“I thought that the Nigerian team played very physically, did a great job in that regard and knocked down a lot of 3s,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “Give them credit.”

Nnamdi led Nigeria with 21 points. Caleb Agada scored 17 points, Ike Nwamu added 13 and Nigeria outscored the U.S. 60-30 from 3-point range.

Kevin Durant, who had never before played in a loss for USA Basketball in 39 senior international games, had 17 points. Jayson Tatum added 15, Damian Lillard had 14 and Bam Adebayo 11.

“Just goes to show that we have to play better,” Tatum said.

A lot better.

The Americans had gone 39-0 in their last three Olympic seasons – including pre-Olympic exhibitions – on their way to gold medals and had been 54-2 in major exhibitions since NBA players began playing for USA Basketball in 1992. Plus, they’d beaten Nigeria by a combined 127 points in their last two meetings, one at the 2012 London Games, the other a warm-up for the 2016 Rio Games.

Nigeria lost to the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics by 83 points. Lost to the Americans again four years later in an exhibition, that time by 44 points.

Not this time.

“Nigeria’s come a long way with their basketball,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said.

Ike Iroegbu – a former Washington State player who spent some time in the G League – hit a 3-pointer with about 1:15 left to put Nigeria up 88-80. Durant scored the next seven points for the U.S.; a 3-pointer, two free throws following a turnover, then two more from the line with 16.5 seconds remaining.

Nnamdi made two foul shots with 13.2 seconds left to restore Nigeria’s 3-point edge. The Americans ran 9.7 seconds off the clock on the ensuing possession without getting a shot off, and Zach LaVine missed a pair of free throws – the second intentionally – with 3.5 seconds left.

Precious Achiuwa got the rebound for Nigeria, and that was it. It’s only an exhibition – but the upset was still of the massive variety, the 22nd-ranked nation by FIBA beating the No. 1-ranked team and three-time reigning Olympic gold medalists.

Popovich heard the final buzzer and shook hands with Nigeria coach Mike Brown, the Golden State assistant, as the Americans walked off stunned.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t mean much in the standings as far as where we’re trying to get to,” Brown said. “But it’s a good win for us. I don’t think any African team has been able to beat USA Basketball in an exhibition game or a real game. … We’re trying to get a little bit of momentum for Nigeria and for the continent of Africa.”

The U.S. led 43-41 at the half, then pushed the lead out to 52-43 early in the third. But the Nigerians connected on 3s on their next three possessions – Vincent, Achiuwa and Nwamu all connected – and just like that, the game was tied.

Achiuwa took one 3-pointer all season with the Heat. It missed. But he connected in this one, as did Miye Oni – who made two 3s in the fourth quarter, including the one that put Nigeria up for good with 6:08 left. Oni averaged all of 1.9 points per game this season for Utah, and made two enormous shots late Saturday to help seal the U.S. fate.

“We kept the game simple,” Nnamdi said, “and came out on top.”

FIBA U19 WORLD CUP: US BEATS CANADA IN SEMI-FINAL

Jaden Ivey and Caleb Furst helped the USA team advance to today’s gold medal game following the 92-86 win over Canada. The duo combined for six points and five rebounds in a combined 15 minutes.

Zach Edey posted his sixth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Canada.

Messi’s Argentina beats Brazil 1-0, wins Copa America title

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Two long droughts ended on Saturday at the Copa America final: Argentina won its first major title since 1993 after a 1-0 win against Brazil. And Lionel Messi finally lifted his first major trophy for the national team, filling in one of the biggest gaps in his decorated career.

Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass to Angel di Maria. The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi to take control and lob it past goalkeeper Ederson.

When the match ended, a tearful Mess i knelt down and put his hands on his face. Then most of his teammates ran in his direction to celebrate and threw him into the air. Once criticized by Argentina fans for his quietness, he went to the few hundred guests chanting his name at the Maracana and chanted with them. Messi kissed the trophy before lifting it into the air during the presentations.

The match at the Maracana started with some surprises. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni made five changes from the starting lineup that beat Colombia on penalties in the semifinal.

Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Marcos Acuna, Leandro Paredes and Di Maria took the places of Nahuel Molina, Nicolas Tagliafico, Guido Rodriguez and Nicolas Gonzalez.

Brazil, a team recognized for its steadiness, did not make any changes from the team that advanced to the final.

The teams were cautious early in the match, barely offering chances. When Argentina opened the scoring in a rare Brazil defensive mistake and Di Maria’s classy finish, the match became more physical and Argentina successfully stopped the ball from getting to Neymar.

Neymar tried hard with dribbles and passes, but the Selecao barely threatened Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the first half. Argentina sat in the back, hoping for counter-attacks.

Brazil coach Tite tried to change the dynamic of the match by replacing defensive midfielder Fred for Roberto Firmino, and managed to do so for much of the second half. But though the Selecao had more ball posession there were few real opportunities.

Messi’s performance in the final was not as impressive as in previous matches of the tournament, during which he scored four goals and had five assists. He had a clear opportunity in the 88th minute, tried to dribble Ederson, but the Brazilian goalkeeper stopped him.

“I can’t cry yet,” Di Maria said after the match. “We dreamed of getting this, and we fought. Many people criticized us and asked us not to come back (to the national team).”

The title, however, provides Messi some relief after all the questions throughout his career on his effectiveness playing for the national team.

The South American trophy is a relief for Argentina, which won its last major title when Messi was only 6 years old. Saturday’s victory in Rio gave the team its 15th Copa America title, this time unbeaten, equaling Uruguay’s total. Brazil has won the South American title nine times.

“If we achieved something, it was by making things natural. It is above all about transparency, one enters the other leaves. No one has a safe place,” said Argentina coach Scaloni. :”I hope fans enjoy this. They wanted to win it as much as us, they felt identification with this team, which may play well or badly, but never gives up.”

Messi, who has several titles with Barcelona, had reached the final of Copa America three times and lost all of them in 2007, 2015 and 2016. Now, he will have good memories at the Maracana, where Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany.

Munoz takes 1-shot lead in wide-open John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Sebastian Munoz tried to imagine what Saturday at the John Deere Classic would have felt like without electronic scoreboards around the golf course.

It have created a lot less stress. In rain-softened conditions at the TPC Deere Run, everyone knew that making birdies was the only way to stay in the game.

Once the rain cleared and Munoz no longer had to deal with keeping clubs dry and umbrella open, the Colombian ran off three birdies that gave him a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead going into the final round.

“It’s huge,” said Munoz, who was at 16-under 197. “Every shot counts, and having every extra one for tomorrow might help me out a lot.”

Even so, there’s reason to feel as though the 50th edition of this tournament is just getting started with 10 players separated by three shots.

Brandon Hagy, still looking for his first PGA Tour victory in his 93rd career start, also had a 67 and was one shot behind.

“Definitely within my grasp,” Hagy said. “I feel like I can hit all the shots that’s necessary to get me over the top. But the key is all these guys here can hit those shots, you just have to stay within yourself, and a few bounces here and there go your way, and we’ll see what happens.”

Five players were two shots behind, a group that included Scott Brown, who had a 63 to match the low score of the round. Adam Long (64), Cameron Champ (64), Kevin Na (66) and Ryan Moore (68) joined him at 14-under 199.

“The beauty of this place is it ain’t over until it’s legitimately over,” said Zach Johnson, a past Deere winner who had a 67. He was six shots behind.

Five of the last six winners of the John Deere Classic finished at 20 under or better, the exception being Bryson DeChambeau four years ago when he captured his first PGA Tour title at a paltry 18 under.

Luke List is among those within three shots of the lead despite his struggles. List began the weekend with a one-shot lead. He didn’t make a birdie until the 10th hole, and when he missed a 6-foot birdie attempt on the final hole, he had to settle for a 71.

Even so, he still has a chance at his first PGA Tour title.

Of the 20 players within five shots of the lead, seven have never won on tour.

Five of the seven players within two shots of Munoz are not yet eligible for the British Open next week a Royal St. George’s in England. The leading player from among the top five gets in the final major of the year. Munoz already is eligible, while Na has withdrawn because of international travel requirements.

Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker, a three-time winner at the Deere who chose to help celebrate the tournament’s 50th anniversary instead of defending his title in the U.S. Senior Open, had a 68 and was seven shots behind. Stricker birdied his last three holes.

Munoz had two early birdies to take the lead, only to give those shots back with a pair of bogeys from the fairway. Those boards let him know he was falling behind.

“We could see on the leaderboard that people were going low, and you didn’t want to kind of fade,” Munoz said. “So it was really important to birdie 11, 13 and 16 coming in, so it was nice to be in the position I am right now.”

The timing is critical for some players beyond going after their first win. Players like Brown, Moore and Champ are well outside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup with only a month remaining before the PGA Tour postseason begins.

“At this point with my position in the FedEx Cup, I kind of need to win,” Brown said. “So it kind of frees me up in a way. I have one goal, and it’s to come in here and win.”

Nasa Hataoka opens 6-stroke lead in Marathon LPGA Classic

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Nasa Hataoka opened a six-stroke lead Saturday in the Marathon LPGA Classic, birdieing four of the last five holes for a 7-under 64.

A month after losing a playoff to Yuka Saso in the U.S. Women’s Open at Olympic Club, Hataoka has led wire-to-wire at Highland Meadows to put herself in position for her fourth LPGA Tour victory.

“I think the original thinking of this course was that it was a very narrow course so it might be difficult for me,” Hatoaka said. “Then it came out to be that the narrow makes it easier to get to the target, so I think this is what was good.”

Hataoka had a tournament-record 19-under 194 total. The 22-year-old Japanese player opened with a 10-under 61 on Thursday and had a 69 on Friday. She has played Nos. 14-18 in 4 under each of the three days.

“I think last five holes are usually the place where you really have to concentrate and try for the birdies,” Hatoaka said. “I think that kind of clicked and gave me those birdies.”

Americans Elizabeth Szokol (67) and Mina Harigae (66) were 13 under.

“I’ve seen the scores out here.” Harigae said. “Some girls – you can go really low out here. But you just never know. Golf is a funny game. I think if I just keep my head down and keep going forward, it might pan out.”

Esther Henseleit had a 67 to get to 12 under, and Saso (64) was another stroke back with Amy Yang (65), Austin Ernst (66) and Caroline Masson (66).

“My ball-striking was so bad today,” Henseleit said. “I think I hit one good iron shot today, so it really was a grind out there. I made a lot of up-and-downs. Holed a few good putts. It just wasn’t that easy out there for me today.”

Defending champion Danielle Kang (68) was 10 under in a group that included Stacy Lewis (65), Brittany Lincicome (67) and Jennifer Kupcho (69).

Atlanta LB Mingo charged with indecency with child in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) NFL linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who is currently with the Atlanta Falcons, has been arrested in Texas on a charge of indecency with a child-sexual contact, police said Saturday.

Mingo, 30, was arrested on Thursday by police in the Dallas suburb of Arlington. Jail records listed an address for Mingo in West Monroe, Louisiana.

Arlington Police said in a statement that the agency could provide no further information about the investigation, citing “the nature of the charges and age of the victim.”

“Mingo turned himself in on his own accord in consultation with his attorney,” police said.

Mingo was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

His attorney did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Saturday.

Mingo was chosen by Cleveland as the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. He signed a one-year contract in March with the Falcons. Mingo also has played for Chicago, Houston, New England and Seattle during his NFL career.

“Our organization became aware of the allegations involving Barkevious Mingo today and are currently gathering information on this incident. The Falcons take the allegations very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation,” the Falcons said in a statement.

Chiefs’ Clark charged with possession of firearm, could face jail time

Kansas City Chiefs pass-rusher Frank Clark has been charged with possession of an assault weapon and could face up to three years in prison, TMZ Sports reports.

The L.A. County District Attorney’s office confirmed the charge to NFL.com.

The two-time Pro Bowler was arrested in California in March after two loaded guns were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop, and he was arrested again in June after police found an Uzi submachine gun in his car during another routine stop. The charge stems from the incident in March.

Clark will return to court on July 14 for a hearing. He’s scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 18 for the June arrest.

The 28-year-old was a key cog of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning team in 2019 and picked up another six sacks in Kansas City’s trip back to the championship game last season. Clark has 49 career sacks in six seasons, split between the Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.

Clark will likely face league discipline for the off-field incident.

Fitzgerald still undecided about playing this season

The NFL community awaits word on whether legendary receiver Larry Fitzgerald will retire or return for his 18th season.

That wait will continue as the Arizona Cardinals star remains undecided.

“I haven’t decided on anything. I’m just sitting here playing golf and having a good time,” Fitzgerald said Friday on ESPN’s “The Jump.”

“Training camp starts in a few weeks, and I’m excited, it’s going to be another great season for the NFL.”

The 37-year-old has spent his entire NFL tenure with the Cardinals, but his usage dropped last campaign. Fitzgerald recorded the fewest single-season targets (72), receptions (54), yards (409), and touchdowns (one) in his career over 13 games in 2020.

Arizona signed fellow veteran wideout A.J. Green in the offseason, but the club hasn’t ruled out bringing Fitzgerald back.

Arians putting title in rearview: This year’s team ‘hasn’t done crap’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are returning all their starters after winning Super Bowl LV last season, but head coach Bruce Arians still thinks his players have a lot to prove ahead of the 2021 campaign.

“I’m going to have to be harder. Make sure that we stay the hunter, not the hunted,” Arians recently said. “We’ve relaxed a lot over this spring, teams are getting ahead of us right now, but I think we can catch up quickly.

“In training camp, we know what it takes to come to work every day. I think our players know the level of competition at practice every day. I don’t think I’m going to say much about it, except we’re nowhere near where we were last year. Just knocking them down to pay and making sure this team doesn’t think they are last year’s team. Because last year’s team won the Super Bowl. This team hasn’t done crap.”

The Buccaneers were one of the league’s busiest teams this offseason. Tampa Bay was able to keep all its key pending free agents, including linebackers Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett, tight end Rob Gronkowski, running back Leonard Fournette, and wide receivers Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin.

The organization also extended superstar quarterback Tom Brady for another year and added backfield depth with running back Giovani Bernard’s signing.

Brady led the Bucs to their first playoff appearance since 2007 in his first year with the squad, en route to winning the franchise’s second Super Bowl.

The Brady-led New England Patriots were the last NFL team to win back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004.

Wolff among 3 more players to withdraw from British Open

SANDWICH, England (AP) Matthew Wolff was among three more players who have withdrawn from the British Open next week at Royal St. George’s.

The R&A did not list a reason for Wolff withdrawing. The No. 35 player in the world, he took 10 weeks off to clear his head, returning at the U.S. Open and tying for 15th. He then played the next two weeks.

Danny Lee, who pulled out of the John Deere Classic on Friday, withdrew because of injury. K.H. Lee withdrew because of the birth of his child.

They were replaced in the field by Andy Sullivan of England, Antoine Rozner of France and Troy Merritt of the U.S. Merritt lost in a playoff last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

That brings to 10 the number of players who chose not to play this year, not including past champions like the injured Tiger Woods.

INDIANA’S TOP FOOTBALL SENIORS IN THE CLASS OF 2022

247Sports.com has compiled a list of the top seniors for the upcoming high school football season:

No. 1 Dasan McCullough, ATH – Bloomington South – Indiana

No. 2 Kiyaunta Goodwin, OT – Charlestown – Kentucky

No. 3 Caden Curry, DL – Center Grove – Uncommitted

No. 4 Joey Tanona, OT – Zionsville – Notre Dame

No. 5 Joe Strickland, DL – Brebeuf Jesuit – Uncommitted

No. 6 Brady Allen, QB – Gibson Southern – Purdue

No. 7 Omar Cooper, WR – Lawrence North – Indiana

No. 8 Tayven Jackson, QB – Center Grove – Tennessee

No. 9 Popeye Williams, EDGE – Westfield – Louisville

No. 10 Demon Moore, IOL – Fort Wayne Snider – Uncommitted

No. 11 Ashton Craig, OT – Lawrenceburg – Notre Dame

No. 12 DJ Allen, DL – Leo – Rutgers

No. 13 Landen Livingston, IOL – Leo – Uncommitted

No. 14 Kalen Carroll, CB – Center Grove – Cincinnati

No. 15 Hunter Whitenack, OT – New Prairie – Illinois

No. 16 Keylen Davis, OT – Ben Davis – Uncommitted

No. 17 Jeffrey Simmons, TE – Fishers – Miami (Ohio)

No. 18 Javon Tracy, ATH – Decatur Central – Miami (Ohio)

No. 19 Kiel Eldridge, EDGE – Heritage – Toledo

No. 20 James Schott, EDGE – Center Grove – Miami (Ohio)

No. 21 Domanick Moon, LB – Fort Wayne Snider – Purdue

No. 22 Isaiah Street, EDGE – Brownsburg – Western Michigan

No. 23 Rashon Myles, Jr., S – Brownsburg – Northern Illinois

No. 24 Dillon Moore, ATH – Ben Davis – Western Michigan

No. 25 Sam Secrest, IOL – Roncalli – Central Michigan

KEEP AN EYE ON:

Kenneth Grant, DL- Merrillville-Uncommitted

Rowan Zolman, ATH-East Noble-Uncommitted

Zaven Koltookkian, LB-Concord-Uncommitted

Cooper Koers, OT-Cathedral-Princeton

Max Sullivan, TE-Whiteland-Louisville

Nate Anderson, WR-Homestead-Western Michigan

Danny Royster, LB-Lawrence North-Louisville

Tyler Doston, TE-Danville-Kent State

Sam Buras, OT-Center Grove-Louisville

Max Williams, OT-Lebanon-Uncommitted

Jeff Utzinger, LB-Cathedral-Uncommitted

Jack Greer, OL-Hamilton SE-Uncommitted

Drew Terrill, DL-Lebanon-Uncommitted

Christopher Hood, OT-East Noble-Louisville

Mariere Omnode, DL-West Lafayette-Uncommitted

Sam Secrest, OL-Roncalli-Central Michigan

Jaylen Lattimore, DE-FW South-Uncommitted

Jahmad Harmon, CB-Lawrence Central-Uncommitted

Cael Vanderbush, TE-Plainfield-Uncommitted

Justin Fisher, QB-Mishawaka-Uncommitted

Theodore Sparks, OL-Merriville-Uncommitted

Owen Wood, OT-Cathedral-Uncommitted

Solomon Williams, S-Carmel-Uncommitted

Zach Osborne, QB-Carmel-Uncommitted

Aiden Leffler, QB-Roncalli-Uncommitted

Reece Lozano, QB-Blooington North-Uncommitted

DeJuan Eicholes, LB-Warren Central-Louisville

Jeff Becker, QB-FW Carroll-Uncommitted

Rylan Crawford, WR-Leo-Illinois State

Kyle Busch completes 5-for-5 Xfinity sweep with Atlanta win

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Kyle Busch’s Xfinity Series sweep wasn’t as sweet as he hoped.

Busch completed a 5-for-5 sweep of what he says will be his final season in the Xfinity Series with a late recovery at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Busch knocked teammate Daniel Hemric from the lead with a late push. That cast a pall on what otherwise would have been an ideal way for Busch to say goodbye to NASCAR’s second-tier series.

“It’s not quite the win we were hoping for,” Busch said. “A little bit of a somber win I guess, not just for it being the last one but for the way it kind of happened.”

Busch finished 0.550 seconds ahead of Jeb Burton for his 102nd Xfinity victory and 222nd overall in NASCAR’s three national series.

Busch took the lead after pushing Hemric on a restart with six laps remaining. Busch appeared to be trying to give Hemric, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, a helpful push on the restart. Instead, Hemric lost control and hit the wall.

“I just wanted to hit him forward and straight but turned him sideways a little bit,” Busch said.

Busch said he plans for this to be his final Xfinity race, though he left room to change his mind.

“Yeah, this is it,” Busch said. “You never say never, but this was the last one, the last scheduled one. We’ll hang it up and do something else on Saturdays.”

One week after Hemric had a runner-up finish to Busch, he was on the verge of his first career win before spinning on a restart when pushed by Busch with six laps remaining.

Busch said some will say he wrecked his teammate to clear the way for his sweep-clinching victory.

“People would say I did it on purpose, but why would I need to do it on purpose?” he said. “Kid going for his first win. I’m going for 102. I’ve been there, done that. I don’t need it. It would certainly help him a hell of a lot more than it’s going to help me and give the perception that now I have on that.”

Hemric took the lead on the final stage after Busch won the first two stages.

Busch has 102nd Xfinity victories and 222 overall in NASCAR’s three national series.

Noah Gragson was third, followed by Justin Haley and Ty Dillon. Hemric finished 30th.

Xfinity points leader Austin Cindric was 10th.

“Unfortunately, that was the position we were in last time we were here and came with a new setup and tried to make things work today and we found ourselves in about the same position or maybe worse,” Cindric said.

Austin Dillon finished 11th as a late fill-in for Michael Annett, who was unable to drive the No. 1 Chevrolet due to a nagging leg injury. Dillon started at the back of the field.

One of Dillon’s first radio communications was a question asking for the name of his spotter and crew chief.

NASCAR only allows Cup Series drivers, including Busch, to compete in five Xfinity and five Truck Series races each year. Atlanta was Busch’s fifth and final Xfinity event – and fifth win – of 2021.

Busch said the scattered turnout by fans shows NASCAR shouldn’t be keeping the big names away from the second-tier series.

“I know it’s Atlanta, I know it’s 86 degrees out there but those grandstands didn’t look too good today,” he said. “… Names sell and if you ain’t got names you ain’t selling.”

Busch will start second, behind Chase Elliott, in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event, the final race before the Atlanta Motor Speedway track is repaved and remodeled.

Heat forced C.J. McLaughlin to leave his 66 Toyota about halfway through the final stage. He was treated and released from the infield care center.

Conor McGregor injures leg, Poirier wins UFC 264 showdown

LAS VEGAS (AP) Conor McGregor sat and seethed with his back on the cage, a temporary cast around his left shin and foot. The biggest star in mixed martial arts was convinced he had just been robbed of revenge on Dustin Poirier by a broken leg.

“I was boxing the bleedin’ head off him, kicking the bleedin’ leg off him,” McGregor shouted. “This is not over! If we have to take this outside for him, we’ll take it outside.”

McGregor’s animosity toward Poirier hasn’t cooled, but this three-fight rivalry ended – for now, at least – with another victory for his more mild-mannered enemy.

Poirier beat McGregor for the second time in six months when McGregor was unable to continue after the first round at UFC 264 on Saturday night.

McGregor (22-6) fell to the canvas and never got up after a punch by Poirier (28-6), who will get the UFC’s next lightweight title shot. McGregor’s leg and ankle buckled when he stepped back from the blow, and Poirier finished the round raining blows down on the former two-division UFC champion.

“Just the thing had separated, and I bleedin’ landed on the wonky leg like Anderson Silva that one time, something similar to that,” McGregor said, referring to longtime middleweight champ Silva’s infamously gruesome broken leg against Chris Weidman. “It’s a mad business.”

UFC President Dana White said he was told McGregor broke his shin near the ankle. McGregor will have surgery on Sunday morning.

Poirier said he thought McGregor’s leg broke when he checked one of McGregor’s kicks earlier in the fight. McGregor disagreed, saying there was “not one check.”

“You never want to get a win that way, but what happened was the result of checking a kick,” Poirier said. “I’m more than sure of it. He got what he had coming to him. Karma is a mirror.”

McGregor dropped to 1-3 in the cage since 2016, when he abdicated his UFC title reigns and accepted a wildly lucrative boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor has been unable to recapture his fearsome MMA form over the past half-decade – and despite his protestations, there was little in the first round at UFC 264 to suggest McGregor was back in elite form.

Poirier was largely in control of the opening round, parrying McGregor’s kicks and landing several strikes before getting control over McGregor on the ground. After McGregor got up from a long stretch of punches and elbows, Poirier knocked him down one last time – and McGregor’s ankle bent gruesomely as he fell.

White confirmed Poirier will get the next shot at new lightweight champ Charles Oliveira. White also said he expects a fourth fight between McGregor and Poirier at some point after McGregor’s leg heals.

“The fight didn’t get finished,” White said. “You can’t have a fight finish that way. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out. Who knows how long Conor is out? Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready.”

Poirier stopped McGregor in the second round when they met in Abu Dhabi last January, avenging his first-round knockout loss to McGregor in 2014. Poirier’s clear superiority in the fighters’ second bout made a third showdown seem questionable just six months later, but McGregor demanded the chance to fix his mistakes and Poirier accepted the massive paycheck that comes from sharing a cage with McGregor.

Instead of taking an easier fight or another boxing match, McGregor wanted another shot at Poirier after getting stopped by strikes for the first time in his MMA career. He claimed he had been distracted by his plans to box Manny Pacquiao this year, and he vowed to devote his full attention to MMA in training camp.

McGregor has lost decisively to Khabib Nurmagomedov and twice to Poirier since 2016 while beating only an over-the-hill Donald Cerrone.

McGregor’s star power has shown no significant decline despite the dwindling evidence of his once-transcendent skills. The celebrity-studded Vegas crowd was vocally behind McGregor, who strutted into the octagon with his usual flair.

But the steady, hardworking Poirier has earned the chance to recapture the lightweight title he held on an interim basis in 2019 before his loss to Nurmagomedov. That was the only defeat in nearly five years for Poirier, who has mostly maintained a decade of upward momentum in the UFC.

McGregor was charming and friendly to Poirier throughout the promotion of their second bout earlier this year, but that collegiality was gone for the third fight. McGregor returned to his verbose, mean-spirited promotional persona, repeatedly insulting Poirier’s wife and vowing to kill the man who beat him six months earlier.

Poirier also refused to return insults to McGregor when the Irish fighter insulted Poirier’s wife again afterward.

“We don’t talk like that,” Poirier said. “I hope this guy gets home safe and gets to be with his family.”

T-Mobile Arena was packed with a sellout UFC crowd for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, and President Dana White said the gate revenue was around $16.5 million, ranking among the highest in UFC history. The celebrity crowd included Dave Chappelle, Mel Gibson, Miles Teller, Jared Leto, Steve Aoki, Jackass’ Steve-O, Baker Mayfield and NFL owners Robert Kraft and Mark Davis.

Donald Trump also arrived for the final three fights and got a brief, loud burst of cheers and boos from the packed arena.

Gilbert Burns won a unanimous decision over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the co-main event, with the Brazilian bouncing back from his knockout loss to welterweight champ Kamaru Usman in February.

Earlier on the pay-per-view card, Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa celebrated his violent first-round knockout of former NFL player Greg Hardy by climbing onto the octagon fence and doing a shoey — drinking booze from a shoe in proper Aussie celebratory style. Hardy, who lost his NFL career in 2015 after being convicted of domestic violence, has lost two straight fights after a 7-2 start to his MMA career.

Welterweights Michel Pereira and Niko Price put on the best show on the early undercard, and Pereira highlighted his narrow decision victory with a remarkable standing backflip and a scramble into full mount on a prone Price.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       Waco Steers hurler Clyde Bateman makes baseball history again this season when he fires a no-hitter, beating the Fort Worth Panthers, 2-0. In May, the 26 year-old Texan hit four home runs to become only the second player in Texas League history to accomplish the feat.

1914       Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth, making his major league debut, beats the Indians, 4-3. Duffy Lewis, pinch-hitting for the 19 year-old rookie southpaw, singles in the seventh inning, giving the future slugger the first of his 94 victories in 140 decisions.

1925       At Sportsman’s Park, George Sisler becomes a one-man wrecking crew when he comes to the plate with the bases loaded in back-to-back frames in the Browns’ 10-5 victory over Washington. The St. Louis first baseman drives in seven runs in two innings, tripling with the bases jammed in the third and hitting a grand slam in the fourth.

1939       All three runs in the American League’s 3-1 All-Star Game victory are driven in by a Yankee player when their ballpark in the Bronx plays host to the Midsummer Classic. The 20 year-old Indians fireballer Bob Feller steals the show at Yankee Stadium when he hurls 3.2 scoreless innings.

1944       At Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, Phil Cavaretta sets an All-Star Game record by reaching base five consecutive times. The 27 year-old Cub first baseman’s triple, single, and three walks help the National League beat the Junior Circuit, 7-1.

1950       The Midsummer Classic returns to Comiskey Park, the game’s first venue, with the National League winning, 4-3, thanks to Red Schoendienst’s 14th-inning home run. The All-Star Game features many firsts – first extra-inning contest, the first time the NL wins at an AL park, and the first to be broadcast on national television.

1953       Giant rookie Al Worthington throws a four-hitter, blanking the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 6-0. The whitewashing, which halts Brooklyn’s record NL streak of homering in 24 consecutive games and marks the only game this season the team will not a score, makes the 24 year-old right-hander the first National League freshman this century to throw consecutive shutouts at the start of a career, a feat that Karl Spooner will also match next season.

1954       Jim Command, known as Igor to his teammates, gets his first major league hit, a grand slam off Carl Erskine, and in the nightcap, he doubles in another run. The 25-year-old infielders’ offensive output during the twin bill will account for five of the six major league RBIs of his very brief 14-game career, with the final one recorded in a July 15 contest

1954       In the first game of a doubleheader, Giants right fielder Don Mueller hits for the cycle in the team’s 13-7 victory over the Pirates at the Polo Grounds. ‘Mandrake the Magician,’ who homers in his final at-bat to complete the deed, will be the only major league player to accomplish the feat this season.

1958       The Los Angeles city council declares today ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game Day’ to celebrate the iconic baseball song’s fiftieth anniversary. In a pregame ceremony at the LA Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers honor lyricist Jack Norworth, presenting him with a lifetime pass to any American or National League game.

1961       On a very windy day at Candlestick Park, the NL beats the American League, 5-4, in the first of the two All-Star Games played this season. The contest features a record seven errors and the memorable sight of a 165-pound pitcher Stu Miller balking after being blown off the mound by a gust of wind, an exaggerated fact perpetrated over the years, according to the right-hander.

1967       1967 Reds first baseman Tony Perez’ homer off A’s right-hander Catfish Hunter gives the Senior Circuit a 2-1 All-Star victory over the American League. The 15-inning Anaheim Stadium contest is the longest Midsummer Classic contest ever played.

1968       A ground-breaking ceremony takes place for the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City, which will feature separate side-by-side stadiums built explicitly for baseball and football. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL’s Chiefs, will open in 1972, followed by the debut a year later of Royals Stadium, the new home ballpark of the American League’s franchise in the City of Fountains.

1968       After whiffing in the first inning, Bill Hands grounds out in his next at-bat, ending his major league record-setting streak for consecutive strikeouts. The Cubs’ right-hander, who goes the distance, blanking New York at Shea Stadium, 2-0, sets the dubious mark when he strikes out in fourteen straight plate appearances.

1968       Rick Renick becomes the first Twin player to homer in his first major league at-bat when he goes deep off Mickey Lolich in Minnesota’s 5-4 victory over Detroit at Metropolitan Stadium. The 24 year-old shortstop’s second-inning solo shot will be the first of 20 round-trippers he’ll hit during his five-year career, spent entirely with the Twin Cities team.

1973       Jim Northrup knocks in eight runs and scores three times as the Tigers rout the Rangers, 14-2. The 3-for-4 performance by the Tigers’ leadoff hitter helps him record the 500th run and RBI of his career.

1976       Hank Aaron becomes the oldest major leaguer (42 years, five months, seven days) to hit a walk-off homer when he goes deep in the bottom of the tenth inning off Steve Foucault in the Brewers’ 5-4 victory over Texas at County Stadium. The ‘Hammer’ will hold the elderly distinction until Cleveland’s Jason Giambi, who will be a month and 15 days older than Henry, at the time, accomplishes the feat with a pinch-hit game-winning round-tripper in 2013.

1976       At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, thirty-four couples marry at home plate, and a wrestling championship match takes place in a promotion billed as Headlocks and Wedlocks. The Braves take down the Mets, 9-8.

1978       At Jack Murphy Stadium, Steve Garvey becomes the first two-time MVP in All-Star history. The Dodger first baseman’s game-tying, two-run single and a triple help the National League beat the AL, 7-3.

1980       Rangers General Manager Eddie Robinson considering the deal a bargain obtains an underachieving Charlie Hough from the Dodgers at the waiver wire price of $20,000. The 32 year-old knuckleballer will not disappoint, spending 11 seasons with Texas, posting a 139-123 record and an ERA of 3.68.

1985       In a game won by Houston, 4-3, in 12 innings at the Astrodome, Nolan Ryan fans Mets left fielder Danny Heep in the sixth inning, becoming the first major leaguer to record 4000 career strikeouts. The ‘Ryan Express’ will end his 27-year Hall of Fame career whiffing 5,714 batters, establishing a major league mark unlikely to be challenged.

1987       Billy Ripken makes his debut with the Orioles, making his dad, Cal Sr., the first major league baseball skipper to manage two of his sons in the same game. The rookie second baseman and his brother Cal Jr., the team’s shortstop, collectively go 0-for-7 in Baltimore’s 2-1 loss to the Twins at Memorial Stadium.

1989       In a contest best remembered for the Ruthian blast by Bo Jackson, the game’s MVP who will join Willie Mays as the second player to hit a home run and steal a base in an All-Star Game, the American League beats the NL’s best players, 5-3, at Anaheim Stadium. During the first inning of the Midsummer Classic, former US President and one-time baseball announcer Ronald Reagan joins Vin Scully in the NBC broadcast booth.

1994       Handling four chances in the 8-1 defeat to the Rockies, Cardinal infielder Ozzie Smith passes Luis Aparicio and moves into the top spot on the all-time list for assists by a shortstop. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will end his 19-year career in 1996 with 8,375 assists.

1995       “Don’t be like me, God gave me a body and ability to play baseball. I had everything, and I just…” – Yankee legend Mickey Mantle, lamenting about the effects of his hard living.

Mickey Mantle makes his first public appearance since undergoing a liver transplant in June. The frail-looking Yankee legend, who will die next month, tells the dozens of people attending the press conference at the Baylor University Medical Center he is not a hero, but an example of the worst sort.

1995       At the Ballpark in Arlington, Marlins outfielder Jeff Conine, the tenth player to homer in his first All-Star at-bat, Craig Biggio, and Mike Piazza go deep for the Senior Circuit. Frank Thomas becomes the first White Sox player ever to hit a round-tripper in the Midsummer Classic when the NL out-homers the American League, 3-2.

1996       The United States Postal Service issues ‘Mighty Casey”, a commemorative stamp which depicts the title character of Ernest L. Thayer’s immortal poem, ‘Casey at the Bat.’ The maligned Mudville outfielder joins Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Pecos Bill as part of a set commemorating American folk heroes.

1998       Padre reliever Trevor Hoffman, brother of opposing manager Glenn Hoffman, saves the Padres’ 4-1 victory over the Dodgers. The reliever’s appearance marks the first time in major league history a player has faced his brother as the opposing team’s skipper.

1999       The first MLB Futures Game provides a stage for future major-league All-Star Alfonso Soriano to shine when the Yankees farmhand goes 2 for 3, hitting two of the game’s three home runs in the World’s 7-0 victory over the USA at Fenway Park. The former Hiroshima Carp infielder, who now plays shortstop for the Columbus Clippers, is named the contest’s MVP.

2000       At Turner Field, the AL beats the National League, 6-3, in the 71st All-Star contest, dubbed the All-Scar game due to the many stars absent from both lineups because of injuries. Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves’ third baseman Chipper Jones provide the offensive punch, with both going 3-for-3.

2002       The Marlins are busy on the trading block, making separate deals with the Expos and the Reds. Florida deals Ryan Dempster to Cincinnati for Juan Encarnacion, getting four players, Carl Pavano, Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, and prospect Justin Wayne from Montreal for Cliff Floyd, Wilton Guerrero, and prospect Claudio Vargas.

2002       The Indians fire Charlie Manuel and name third-base coach Joel Skinner as the interim manager, releasing their skipper after he issued an ultimatum to the front office about his status. The 58 year-old guided the team to a 39-47 record, 9.5 games behind the first-place Twins in the AL Central before his dismissal.

2004       Carlos Beltran, selected to be an American League All-Star, will now have an opportunity to patrol the NL outfield instead. The former Royals’ flycatcher, traded to the Astros last month, was invited by Senior Circuit skipper Jack McKeon to replace Ken Griffey, Jr., on the star-studded roster.

2006       Jim Eriotes leads off for the Sioux Falls Canaries against the St. Joe (Mo.) Blacksnakes and strikes out, including fouling off one of the four pitches he sees. The at-bat makes the 83 year-old former minor leaguer the oldest man to ever play in a professional baseball game.

2006       One strike away from ending the American League’s decade of dominance, Trevor Hoffman yields a two-run triple to Michael Young of the Texas Rangers, giving the American League a come-from-behind 3-2 All-Star Game victory at Pittsburgh’s picturesque PNC Park. The timely three-bagger off the National League closer keeps the Junior Circuit unbeaten in the Midsummer Classic since 1997, compiling a 9-0-1 record.

2006       Before starting the fifth inning of the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, Vera Clemente is escorted onto the field by 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski to accept the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband. With the scoreboard showing Roberto’s replays, tears flowing from AL skipper Ozzie Guillen, and the heartfelt ovation from the crowd, the ceremony honoring the Pirates’ Hall of Famer becomes a truly memorable moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic.

2009       On a rare 9-2 put out, Red Sox right fielder JD Drew forces KC’s backstop Miguel Olivo at home plate in the sixth inning. The unusual play dampens the Royals’ comeback attempt in the team’s eventual 15-9 loss to Boston at Fenway Park.

2010       After firing Sean Berry as the club’s hitting coach, the struggling Astros name Jeff Bagwell fills the position for the remainder of the season. The former All-Star first baseman, who retired with a lifetime .297 batting average, is the all-time team leader with 449 home runs and 1,529 RBIs.

2010       At Wilmington’s (DE) Frawley Stadium, the Blue Rocks celebrate Mr. Celery’s tenth birthday, the team’s beloved mascot known for only appearing when the team scores. The inception of the’ stalker,’ known for his CEL-ebratory dances to Blur’s ‘Song 2’ (Woo Hoo), stems from the discovery of a dusty celery costume housed in a warehouse for years.

2010       Longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard dies at the age of 99. The ‘Voice of God,’ a nickname bestowed by Reggie Jackson, informed patrons of the lineups and the players coming to bat in over 4,500 contests during his 56 years behind the ballpark’s microphone in the Bronx.

2011       Robinson Cano, the fourth straight left-handed swinger to win the competition, beats Adrian Gonzalez with 12 dingers in the final round of the Home Run Derby. The highlight of the three-hour-long contest comes when the Yankee slugger gives his father, a former major league hurler with the Astros, a huge bear hug on the mound and tells his pitcher, “I love you, Dad” after he ties the Red Sox first baseman for the lead.

2015       On her 108th birthday, Evelyn Jones becomes the oldest person to throw the first ceremonial pitch when she tosses the ball a short distance from home plate to Felix Hernandez. The fans serenade the centenarian, wearing a Seattle jersey featuring her name and the number 108, to a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday at Safeco Field.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5535.61128 – 1827 – 1721 – 1012 – 611 – 166 – 4L 1
Tampa Bay5336.5961.528 – 1625 – 2024 – 138 – 413 – 156 – 4W 6
NY Yankees4642.523823 – 2223 – 2017 – 2413 – 612 – 66 – 4W 2
Toronto4442.512919 – 2025 – 2220 – 224 – 67 – 124 – 6L 2
Baltimore2860.3182613 – 2915 – 3111 – 244 – 1511 – 144 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5335.60231 – 1422 – 2112 – 730 – 157 – 107 – 3W 4
Cleveland4542.5177.524 – 1921 – 237 – 1026 – 165 – 93 – 7W 3
Detroit4050.4441421 – 2219 – 284 – 518 – 2913 – 115 – 5L 3
Minnesota3850.4321521 – 2517 – 256 – 719 – 239 – 165 – 5W 3
Kansas City3653.40417.521 – 2215 – 318 – 1217 – 275 – 113 – 7L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5436.60028 – 1926 – 1715 – 1212 – 625 – 136 – 4L 3
Oakland5140.5603.527 – 2224 – 1813 – 1312 – 218 – 204 – 6W 1
Seattle4842.533629 – 1919 – 2313 – 812 – 1319 – 137 – 3W 3
LA Angels4444.500926 – 2018 – 2411 – 1113 – 714 – 226 – 4L 2
Texas3554.39318.522 – 2413 – 3011 – 108 – 1114 – 224 – 6L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4739.54728 – 1319 – 2619 – 189 – 814 – 66 – 4W 1
Atlanta4444.500424 – 2220 – 2223 – 2216 – 93 – 37 – 3W 3
Philadelphia4344.4944.524 – 1619 – 2820 – 2212 – 66 – 96 – 4W 1
Washington4246.477624 – 2218 – 2417 – 169 – 108 – 162 – 8L 3
Miami3850.4321021 – 2117 – 2916 – 176 – 1314 – 105 – 5L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5338.58227 – 2026 – 188 – 1124 – 1619 – 65 – 5L 2
Cincinnati4742.528523 – 2024 – 226 – 424 – 1310 – 208 – 2W 2
Chi Cubs4446.4898.528 – 1716 – 2911 – 1420 – 2110 – 72 – 8L 1
St. Louis4446.4898.523 – 1821 – 2814 – 1315 – 1813 – 105 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh3356.3711919 – 2514 – 317 – 1011 – 267 – 134 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5632.63629 – 1327 – 1912 – 712 – 623 – 146 – 4W 3
LA Dodgers5535.611229 – 1426 – 2113 – 710 – 1023 – 126 – 4W 1
San Diego5339.576533 – 1820 – 216 – 816 – 1423 – 164 – 6L 1
Colorado3951.4331831 – 178 – 345 – 811 – 1616 – 246 – 4W 1
Arizona2665.28631.515 – 2811 – 378 – 157 – 1311 – 304 – 6L 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England13733221845-0-12-3-224
Orlando City SC12633201283-2-13-1-221
Philadelphia13553161243-1-22-4-120
CF Montreal12543141133-2-12-2-219
Nashville SC12471161334-5-00-2-119
New York City FC11524191363-1-22-1-217
New York12525171524-1-11-1-417
Columbus12453131123-2-01-3-317
D.C.12516171434-0-21-1-416
Atlanta122731315-22-3-00-4-313
FC Cincinnati113351220-80-1-33-2-212
Chicago123271318-53-2-30-0-411
Inter Miami CF11227917-80-1-42-1-38
Toronto FC122281629-131-1-21-1-68
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle13850238155-3-03-2-029
Sporting KC13823241595-2-03-0-326
Los Angeles12804201825-0-23-0-224
Colorado11623181264-1-12-1-220
Los Angeles FC12534151233-2-12-1-318
Real Salt Lake11443181262-3-22-1-116
Minnesota124351216-43-1-21-2-315
Houston133641619-33-3-00-3-415
Portland114161419-53-0-21-1-413
Austin133461014-41-2-12-2-513
San Jose123271422-82-0-41-2-311
FC Dallas122551420-62-5-00-0-511
Vancouver122371222-102-0-30-3-49

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun136.6848-15-58-36-41 W
Chicago Sky1010.5003.53-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1010.5003.55-45-65-74-61 L
Washington Mystics810.4444.55-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream612.3336.53-63-65-52-83 L
Indiana Fever316.15810.03-80-83-92-82 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm155.7507-38-27-47-31 L
Las Vegas Aces146.7001.08-36-37-47-32 L
Minnesota Lynx117.6113.06-35-47-48-26 W
Phoenix Mercury99.5005.03-76-26-64-62 W
Dallas Wings911.4506.04-45-76-64-62 L
Los Angeles Sparks612.3338.04-62-61-102-85 L