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September 22, 2018


Cubs hammered by White Sox after putting Russell on leave

CHICAGO (AP) — Friday afternoon wasn’t kind to the Chicago Cubs as they lost to their crosstown rivals and placed their starting shortstop on administrative leave.

Kevan Smith slammed a three-run homer in the second inning to put the White Sox ahead to stay in a 10-4 romp over the Cubs. Pinch-hitter Daniel Palka added a two-run shot while the Pale Hose were building a 10-1 lead.

Reynaldo Lopez struck out eight and held the NL Central leaders to one run and five hits over seven innings.

Jose Quintana dropped to 13-11, yielding five runs and nine hits over five frames.

The game began after Addison Russell was placed on leave following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife.

Late Thursday, a blog post attributed to Melisa Reidy contained more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse.

The team said it supported the decision and would cooperate so any “appropriate action” can be taken.

Chicago also saw its lead in the NL Central shrink to 1 ½ games when the Brewers thumped the Pirates, 8-3 in Pittsburgh. The Brewers trailed 3-2 until Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) and Erik Kratz homered in a six-run sixth. Keon Broxton added a solo shot and Milwaukee’s bullpen tossed five scoreless innings of relief in the team’s 12th victory in 17 games.

Checking out Friday’s other major league action:

— Hunter Renfroe banged out a two-run homer and Wil Meyers added a big two-run double as the Padres knocked off the Dodgers, 5-3. Freddy Galvis also went deep and Eric Lauer held the NL West leaders to one run and four hits over seven innings. The loss puts Los Angeles just 1 ½ games ahead of Colorado.

— The Rockies scored four times in the eighth to turn a 2-2 deadlock into a 6-2 victory at Arizona. David Dahl and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) provided RBI singles and Ian Desmond singled home a pair to cap the rally. Desmond had three RBIs and German (hur-MAHN’) Marquez fanned 11 over seven innings and blanked the Diamondbacks after David Peralta’s (peh-RAHL’-tahz) two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

— Atlanta’s magic number to clinch the NL East is down to two after the Braves put together a five-run seventh to beat the second-place Phillies, 6-5. Johan Camargo broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run single following Ender Inciarte’s (ihn-see-AHR’-tayz) RBI single. Ozzie Albies smacked a two-run homer in the eighth to ignite the comeback for the Braves, who can wrap up a division crown on Saturday.

— The Astros rolled to an 11-3 pounding of the Angels behind Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-gur-ee-EHL’), who was 3-for-4 with a grand slam, a two-run blast and a career-high seven RBIs. The grand slam off Andrew Heaney put Houston ahead 4-0 just five batters into the game and helped the Astros clinch at least an AL wild-card berth. George Springer added a three-run shot and Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over seven innings in helping the Astros reduce their magic number to six for winning the AL West.

— Khris Davis slammed his second homer of the night and major league-leading 45th of the season in the 10th inning to give the Athletics a 7-6, walk-off triumph over the Twins. Oakland blew a 4-0 lead and trailed 6-4 until Mark Canha slammed a two-run blast in the sixth. The A’s have a magic number of three to win a wild-card berth and eliminate Tampa Bay.

— The Red Sox earned their team record-tying 105th victory by rallying from a 4-1 deficit in a 7-5 victory at Cleveland. Sam Travis tied it with a two-run double while Boston was scoring four in the seventh to pull ahead. Travis, Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) and Tzu-Wei Lin hit solo shots to help the AL East champions withstand home runs by Josh Donaldson and Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz).

— Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) and Aaron Hicks belted two-run homers while the Yankees were building a six-run lead in a 10-8 win against the Orioles. Luke Voit added a two-run single to give him 24 RBIs in 31 games with the Yankees. CC Sabathia (sah-BATH’-ee-uh) gave up two runs over six innings for his second victory since the All-Star break.

— Pinch-hitter Matt Adams laced a tiebreaking, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to give the Cardinals a 5-3 triumph over the Giants. Kolten Wong delivered a two-run single and John Brebbia struck out the side in the eighth to get the win. St. Louis stayed 1 ½ games ahead of Colorado for the second NL wild card and pulled within 4 ½ games of the NL Central-leading Cubs with eight to play.

— Adrian Beltre (BEHL’-tray) smacked a three-run homer in the first inning and finished with a season-high five RBIs as the Rangers won a rain-shortened game against the Mariners, 8-3. Beltre has 1,703 career RBIs, moving past Reggie Jackson and Jim Thome (TOH’-mee) into 22nd place. The game was called with two out in the top of the seventh following a 69-minute rain delay.

— Austin Meadows drove in three runs and the Rays bounced back from Thursday’s stunning 9-8 loss by crushing the Blue Jays, 11-3. Tammy Pham had two hits and two RBIs in Tampa Bay’s sixth win in seven games. Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) and Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhk) hit fourth-inning homers for the Jays, who went deep three times while scoring seven runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rays one night earlier.

— The Mets were 4-2 winners at Washington as Cy Young candidate Jacob deGrom lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.77. DeGrom held the Nationals to one run and three hits while fanning eight over seven innings as New York beat the Nats for the second straight night. Jay Bruce had two hits and two RBIs to support deGrom.

— The Marlins beat the Reds, 1-0 on Isaac Galloway’s RBI double in the bottom of the 10th. Wei-Yin Chen struck out eight and allowed three hits over seven innings of a no-decision.

— Alex Gordon was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and Ian Kennedy gave up two earned runs over six innings as the Royals, nipped the Tigers, 4-3. Kennedy had a shutout until Ronny Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the fifth. Nicholas Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) lined a couple of RBI doubles to get Detroit within 4-3.


Rangers fire Banister

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jeff Banister is out after almost four full seasons as manager of the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers captured AL West titles in each of his first two seasons, but they were 64-88 this year and lost 11 of their final 15 games under Banister. Texas has logged consecutive losing seasons for the first time in 10 years.

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the season.


UCF keeps winning

UNDATED (AP) — No. 16 UCF has run the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games with a 20-point win over Florida Atlantic.

McKenzie Milton ran for a career-best three touchdowns while throwing for three more as the Knights thumped the Owls, 56-36. The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, completed 21 of 32 passes for 306 yards without an interception.

Devin Singletary rushed for 131 yards and three TDs for the Owls, who finished with 320 yards on the ground.

Penn State won Friday’s other top-25 game as Miles Sanders set career highs by rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the Nittany Lions’ 63-24 dismantling of Illinois. Trace McSorley threw for three TDs and ran for a personal-best 92 yards to help the 11th-ranked Nittany Lions improve to 4-0.


Tiger Woods shares lead going into weekend at East Lake

ATLANTA (AP) — Not even one bad hole could keep Tiger Woods from a share of the 36-hole lead for the first time in more than five years.

Woods was on the verge of building a cushion Friday in the Tour Championship with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, only to make double bogey from the rough and a plugged lie in the bunker that forced him to play away from the hole at No. 16.

He finished with a two-putt birdie for a 2-under 68 to tie Justin Rose going into the weekend at East Lake.

Woods last shared the 36-hole lead in the 2015 Wyndham Championship. He wound up tied for 10th.

Rory McIlroy made enough birdies to offset his mistakes and had a 68. He was two back.


Tight leaderboard

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Four players share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

Jerry Smith and Steve Stricker each shot 30 on the front nine for a 7-under 63 and a piece of the lead with Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos are one shot back and one ahead of five others.


Report says UM used inadequate cooling devices

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The findings of an independent investigation into the death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair were released Friday and the report stated that there appeared to be a failure to recognize the severity of the incident.

The report stated that when the severity was identified, inadequate cooling devices were used in place of cold water immersion or cold whirlpools.

Dr. Rod Walters, a former college athletic trainer and sports medicine consultant who led the investigation launched by the school following McNair’s death,

McNair was hospitalized on May 29 after a team workout and died June 13. The family attorney said the cause of death was heatstroke.


Coach won’t yet say Mayfield is the starter

UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson says he’s not ready to officially name his starter for next week’s game despite Baker Mayfield’s enthusiastic performance in Thursday’s 21-17 win over the New York Jets.

The top pick in this year’s draft replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor in the second quarter and was 17 of 23 for 201 yards, leading four scoring drives after the Browns fell behind, 14-0.

Although Jackson wouldn’t publicly say Mayfield is his new starter, he gave strong indication he’s leaning that way by telling reporters on a conference call, “I think that you guys all feel good about where things are headed.”

Jackson gave his players the weekend off and will wait until Monday before saying who will start at quarterback on Sept. 30 at Oakland.

In other NFL news:

— The Eagles won’t have running backs Jay Ajayi (ah-JY’-ee) and Darren Sproles for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. Ajayi missed practice all week because of a back injury suffered in last week’s 27-21 loss at Tampa Bay. Sproles already missed one game with a hamstring injury.

— Bills running back LeSean McCoy is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings due to a rib cartilage injury. McCoy has practiced on a limited basis since being hurt in a 31-20 loss to the Chargers last weekend. Backup running back Taiwan Jones is also listed Friday as questionable due to a deep cut on his forehead.

— Jaguars running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon are among five players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Tennessee. Fournette missed last week’s victory against New England because of a strained right hamstring and was limited in practice this week. Yeldon was limited all week because of an ankle injury.

— Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says free safety Earl Thomas was at practice on Friday but did not take part because of reasons of a personal nature. Without getting into specifics, Carroll left open the possibility that the issue could keep Thomas from playing Sunday in the team’s home opener against the Cowboys.

— The Panthers have placed starting safety Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve following his second concussion in five weeks. Searcy was injured in the team’s 31-24 loss to Atlanta last Sunday.

— Falcons running back Devonta (deh-VAHN’-tay) Freeman will miss his second straight game with a bruised knee suffered in a Week 1 loss to Philadelphia. Tevin Coleman took over as the primary running back against the Panthers last weekend and rushed for 107 yards. Coach Dan Quinn also said defensive end Takk McKinley is out after sustaining a groin injury that kept him off the field in the closing stages of the 31-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

— Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo has been fined more than $53,000 by the league for his hit during a play in Minnesota’s tie at Green Bay last Sunday. Sendejo was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after tackling Packers wide receiver Davante (dah-VAHN’-tay) Adams in the third quarter.

— A man from Guatemala living illegally in the U.S. has been sentenced to the maximum of 16 years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver. Orrego-Savala pleaded guilty in July to two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or more, causing death.


Harvick has Richmond pole

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has won the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Harvick turned a lap at 121.880 mph to edge hometown favorite Denny Hamlin in qualifying for the second race of NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs.

The pole is the third for Harvick this season and his 24th in 638 career starts.

Points leader and defending series champion Martin Truex Jr., will start third, followed by Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola. Brad Keselowski qualified eighth has he seeks his fourth straight victory.

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