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August 10, 2018

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kevin Kisner (KIHZ’-nur) has charged into the lead at the PGA Championship, making four birdies in his first six holes to reach 7 under for the tournament.

There could be quite a few low scores Friday at Bellerive. The course is playing shorter than it did in the opening round, including a driveable par-4 on the back nine. The greens are also rolling more quickly, and more to the players’ liking, after they were a touch slow Thursday from rain early in the week.

Adam Scott and Matt Wallace each were 4 under through their first nine Friday.

Gary Woodland had a one-shot lead after the first round, after shooting a 6-under 64. But the top 15 players were separated by just three shots.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Betts looks to keep rolling

UNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts tries to follow up his first career cycle when Boston opens a series at Baltimore.

The AL MVP contender homered off Ken Giles in the ninth inning against Toronto Thursday, after he singled and scored in the first inning, tripled in the second and doubled in the fourth. Boston still lost the game, 8-5.

Betts is the 21st Red Sox player to hit for the cycle and the first in the major leagues this season.

A trip to Camden Yards doesn’t figure to slow Betts — he’s hit 13 homers there in 35 games, by far his most in any stadium other than Fenway Park. Betts is hitting .347 with 27 homers, 59 RBIs and a 1.102 OPS this season.

Elsewhere in the majors Friday:

— Jon Gray aims to continue a strong second half of the season when Colorado hosts the Dodgers. Gray struggled hard in the first half, even getting demoted to Triple-A in early July, but he’s been solid since returning to the majors. He’s 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his past four starts, and the Rockies haven’t lost with him on the mound since June 17. Kenta Maeda pitches for LA as the NL West contenders continue their four-game series.

— Carlos Correa is expected back in the lineup for Houston. The star shortstop has been out with lower back soreness since June 25. Correa completed a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday and was in Houston for a scheduled day off Thursday. Correa is batting .268 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs.

— The Athletics have charged into the AL playoff picture with a never-say-die lineup, but Oakland is looking to make a name for keeping leads, too. Fernando Rodney may join the team Friday after being acquired via trade from Minnesota on Thursday night. The longtime closer joins a deep bullpen led by Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino and former Mets closer Jeurys Familia. That quartet could prove pivotal if Oakland winds up in the AL wild-card game. For now, the group will try to lock down victories as the A’s open a series in Anaheim.

TRUMP-NFL

Trump weighs in again on protesting NFL players

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is once again lashing out at football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Trump claimed on Twitter Friday that “most of them are unable to define” what they’re demonstrating against.

Instead, Trump tweets players should “Be happy, be cool!”

A number of player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. Players have been protesting police killings of black men, social injustice and racism.

Trump writes from his New Jersey golf resort that players “make a fortune doing what they love” and that those who refuse to stand “proudly” for the anthem should be suspended without pay.

Trump has told associates he believes the anthem issue is a winning one that riles up his base.

BASKETBALL COACH-FATAL PUNCH

Parents of man killed by punch say condolences ‘too late’

NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a Florida man who died after he was punched by an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University say they don’t accept the coach’s condolences.

Bob and Donna Kent tell NBC’s “Today” show that the coach, Jamill Jones, should have tried to save their son Sandor Szabo’s life after punching him early Sunday.

Police say Szabo banged on Jones’ SUV window, apparently thinking the vehicle was his Uber ride.

They say Jones got out, punched Szabo and sped off. Szabo fell and hit his head. He was taken off life support Tuesday.

Jones was arraigned on an assault charge Thursday. He expressed his condolences through his lawyer.

Jones’ lawyer called Szabo’s death “a tragic accident.”

Donna Kent says Jones’ condolences are “are a little bit too late.”

ULLRICH ARRESTED

Former Tour champion Ullrich arrested over alleged attack

BERLIN (AP) — Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich (yahn OOL’-rik) was arrested early Friday and is in police custody for allegedly attacking an escort at a hotel in Frankfurt, Germany.

A police spokeswoman says the retired German cyclist was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and could be charged with “assault or attempted murder.”

A police statement said the woman needed medical treatment.

News agency dpa reported that the 44-year-old Ullrich had been arrested the week before in Mallorca (mah-YOHR’-kah), where he lives, after an incident on the property of his neighbor.

On Monday, Ullrich had told German tabloid Bild of personal problems.

Ullrich, the only German to win the Tour de France, was dogged by doping allegations over his career and admitted to German magazine Focus in 2013 that he received blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

Ullrich served a two-year ban for doping in 2012, five years after he retired in 2007.

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