Update on the latest sports
Beeks gets 1st win, Rays sweep Angels with 4-2 win
UNDATED (AP) — Jalen Beeks got his first major league win, C.J. Cron had a two-run single and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Thursday.
Beeks, the second pitcher in a bullpen day, allowed two runs and two hits in five innings. The rookie left-hander, acquired from Boston for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on July 25, gave up eight runs and 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings against Baltimore in his Tampa Bay debut Saturday.
Tampa Bay’s Hunter Wood struck out five and allowed one hit over the first two innings. Diego Castillo and Sergio Romo, who worked the ninth for his 13th save, completed a three-hitter.
Angels star Mike Trout didn’t play due to a sore right wrist and is listed as day to day. The center fielder was hurt sliding during a stolen base attempt of third base on Wednesday night.
Meyer’s contract could provide grounds for firing
UNDATED (AP) — A contract extension given to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in March could provide grounds for the university to fire him over the handling of a longtime assistant accused of domestic violence. The extension signed March 27 added a requirement to Meyer’s contract that he immediately report any “known violations” of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy. The contract lists “intimate violence and stalking” as violations.
Meyer has been placed on administrative leave while Ohio State investigates claims that Meyer’s wife knew about 2015 allegations of abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week. Meyer told reporters last week that he was never told anything about the incident that resulted in injuries to Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney.
In other college football news:
—Defending national champion Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll, with Clemson No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3. The Crimson Tide received 61 first-place votes from a panel of major-college coaches in the poll. Alabama won its fifth national championship under coach Nick Saban last season, beating Georgia in overtime of the College Football Playoff national title game. The Bulldogs were ranked fourth by the coaches and Oklahoma was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Washington, Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State and Auburn.
— Transfer wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson, two of Florida’s most dynamic players during spring practice, are now eligible to play. The NCAA on Thursday granted both players waivers to play in 2018. Grimes spent last season at Ohio State, catching three passes for 20 yards. Jefferson spent the past three seasons at Mississippi, hauling in 91 catches for 999 yards and four touchdowns the last two years. Both transferred to Florida in January.
— Former Baylor football coach Art Briles is going to Italy to try to revive his career. Briles was fired by Baylor in 2016 amid a sexual assault scandal at the Baptist school and hasn’t coached since. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he has been hired to coach an American football team in Florence, Italy.
Johnathan Cyprien has torn ACL, Titans may look at Eric Reid
UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee safety Johnathan Cyprien will miss the season with a torn ACL.
Cyprien left practice Wednesday after grabbing at his left knee. Coach Mike Vrabel announced after practice Thursday that Cyprien tore his left ACL.
Vrabel says veteran Eric Reid is among the safeties the Titans want to look at as a potential replacement. The Titans have Kendrick Lewis and Demontre Hurst among the other options at safety on the roster.
Cyprien signed a four-year deal last season. He started 10 games after dealing with an injured hamstring last year.
In other NFL news:
— The Los Angeles Chargers have placed cornerback Jason Verrett on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon. Verrett, a 2014 Pro Bowl selection, missed all but five games over the past two seasons with knee injuries. He was back to full strength this season until he tore his Achilles last week while running in a conditioning test before training camp began. The Chargers also placed rookie tight end Austin Roberts on injured reserve and signed receiver Marcus Peterson and cornerback Channing Stribling.
— Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says wide receiver Josh Doctson is OK after landing hard on his left shoulder. Gruden said Thursday “everything checked out fine” after an evaluation. The third-year receiver is expected to be held out of at least one practice.
— Holdout safety Earl Thomas reiterated Thursday he wants to be traded if the Seattle Seahawks aren’t willing to offer him a contract extension. Thomas has skipped Seattle’s entire offseason program and missed the first week of training camp. His current contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
— Rookie guard Nick Callender has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The move Thursday comes one day after veteran guard Jack Mewhort abruptly announced his retirement. Callender originally signed with Seattle after the 6-foot-6, 321-pound offensive lineman was not drafted. He was waived by the Seahawks on June 12. At Colorado State, he started 21 games and played in 37.
Avalanche bring back defenseman Patrik Nemeth on 1-year deal
UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are bringing back defenseman Patrik Nemeth on a one-year deal.
Nemeth ranked first on the squad with 185 blocked shots last season. He played in a career-high 68 games and had a career-best 15 points, including three goals. The 26-year-old had a plus-27 rating, which was the highest by an Avalanche defenseman since Adam Foote was plus-30 in 2002-03.
Colorado claimed Nemeth on waivers from the Dallas Stars on Oct. 3. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Nemeth has played in 176 career NHL Games with three goals and 26 assists.
In other NHL news:
— The Calgary Flames have placed assistant captain Troy Brouwer on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out the remaining two years of his contract. The move will save the Flames $3 million in space under the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. Brouwer has struggled in two seasons since signing an $18 million, four-year contract with the Flames in free agency. Brouwer was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. He also played for Washington and St. Louis.
WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN
Minjee Lee shoots 7-under 65, leads Women’s British Open
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — The big thing missing for Minjee Lee in her impressive season is a strong performance at a major championship. She might get it at the Women’s British Open.
The No. 8-ranked Australian shot a 7-under 65, including a right-to-left putt for eagle from 25 feet on the par-5 15th hole, to lead by one stroke after the first round on Thursday.
Mamiko Higa was a shot behind after a 66, while five players — Georgia Hall, Teresa Lu, Park Sung-hyun, Lee Mi-hyang and Pornanong Phatlum — were a further stroke back on a day that started with showers and a breeze before brightening up.
Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE’-uh juh-TAN’-uh-garn) bounced back from a double-bogey 6 at the second hole to shoot 71. Second-ranked Inbee Park dropped four shots in her first five holes in a 76.