Update on the latest in sports:
Update on the latest in sports:
Aug. 30, 2018
Frazier slams the Cubs
UNDATED (AP) — Todd Frazier pounded a grand slam and drove in a season-high five runs sending the New York Mets to a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs avenging a tough loss earlier in the day at Wrigley Field.
Frazier's grand slam in the first inning gave New York a 4-0 lead as the Mets snapped the Cubs' season-high seven-game winning streak. In a game suspended Tuesday night because of rain, Ben Zobrist hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the 11th inning, sending the Cubs to a 2-1 victory.
In other MLB games:
—Adalberto Mondesi socked a two-run homer and drove in four runs while Danny Duffy allowed just two hits over six innings as the Kansas City Royals routed the Detroit Tigers 9-2. Alex Gordon added a two-run homer and Brett Phillips drove in a pair of runs for the Royals.
—Tyler White's one-out homer in the ninth inning gave the Houston Astros a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Astros took two of three games in the series and now lead the A's by 2 ½ games atop the AL West.
—In San Diego, Hunter Renfroe homered and drove in four runs and Manuel Margot had three hits including a homer as the Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 for a two-game sweep.
Indians reliever on DL
DATELINE (AP) — Cleveland Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller has been placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.
It's the third time this year that Miller has been on the DL. He was previously sidelined with a hamstring issue and inflammation in his right knee.
The AL Central-leading Indians describe Miller's issue as an "external impingement" in his shoulder. Miller is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in just 27 games this season.
Murray dumped in round-two
NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Murray missed last year's U.S. Open with a hip injury and the 2012 champion wasn't around for much of this year's tournament either. Murray was eliminated by No. 31 Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in their second round match. It was just the second time Verdasco has beaten Murray in 15 career meetings.
In other Wednesday results:
—Juan Martin del Potro beat American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (4). The third-seeded del Potro who won the Open in 2009 will face Fernando Verdasco in the third round.
—Defending champion Sloane Stephens rallied after dropping the opening set and defeated Anhelina Kalinina 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to reach the third round. It was the first Grand Slam tournament for Kalinina.
—Venus Williams who's seeded 16th this year, beat 40th-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4, 7-5. If Serena Williams can beat Carina Witthoeft in their second round match Wednesday night, the Williams sisters will play each other Friday. That would be the earliest Williams vs. Williams showdown at a Grand Slam tournament since their first tour-level match at the 1998 Australian Open.
Lucrative deal for Rodgers:
UNDATED (AP) — The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers have agreed on a four-year extension that would keep Rodgers under contract through the 2023 season. The four-year deal is worth $134 million, with $100 million guaranteed for the two-time NFL MVP.
In other NFL news:
— A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints have an agreement to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the New York Jets for a draft pick. The move indicates Saints coach Sean Payton wasn't entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill as the backups to Drew Brees.
— The Seattle Seahawks are also making a move to solidify their backup quarterback position. A person familiar with the deal says the Seahawks have acquired quarterback Brett Hundley from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a late-round draft pick.
— Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks used insider tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals. Prosecutors say Kendricks' co-defendant, a trader at an unnamed firm, was paid $10,000 in kickbacks as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games. Kendricks played for the Eagles before signing with the Browns in June. An NFL spokesman says the league is reviewing the situation.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
Fired Ohio State assistant Zach Smith lashes out in tweets
UNDATED (AP) — Fired Ohio State assistant Zach Smith is defending himself in a series of tweets.
The former receivers coach for the Buckeyes again denied that he abused his wife and blames the Ohio State University president for the investigation into his behavior.
The 34-year-old Smith also posted a photo of his children to show critical Twitter users who they are hurting.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was suspended for three games for mishandling the abuse allegations against Smith.
San Antonio Spurs sign forward Quincy Pondexter
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have signed forward Quincy Pondexter, just days after veteran star Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) announced his retirement.
The 6-foot-7 Pondexter spent last season with the Chicago Bulls, appearing in 23 games and averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.5 minutes. Pondexter has also played Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Memphis during his seven-year NBA career.
In other NBA news:
—Philips Arena in Atlanta is being renamed for State Farm after a $192.5 million renovation. The Atlanta Hawks and the insurance company announced Wednesday they have reached a 20-year deal on the naming rights for the arena which opened in 1999. The arena is expected to reopen in October.
USA BASKETBALL-HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING
Top Basketball organizations join for expanded prep training
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Basketball is expanding its men's junior national team program, partnering with the NBA, NCAA AND National Basketball Players Association to bring about 80 high school players to training camps.
USA Basketball says about 20 athletes from each high school class will participate in six camps during the 2018-19 season.
The first camp will take place for players from all high school grades from Oct. 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Another will take place at the 2019 NCAA Men's Final Four in Minneapolis.
Players will be educated on off-court life skills, including preparation for college recruiting, and the program will include a parent education program.