Short bb schedule...Beckham gets paid...Peppers practices
UNDATED (AP) — In a light baseball schedule, the Houston Astros won their sixth straight, 11-4 over the Oakland Athletics. Houston leads Oakland by 2 ½ games in the AL West. The Yankees fell to 6 ½ games behind the Boston Red Sox after the Chicago White Sox beat New York 6-2. The NL Central leading Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4. The Philadelphia Phillies were beaten 5-3 by the Washington Nationals, pushing them 3 ½ games back of NL East leading Atlanta. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ NL West lead is down to a half game over the Los Angeles Dodgeers after the D-backs lost to San Francisco 2-0. The Los Angeles Angels beat Colorado 10-7. The Rockies are a game back of Arizona.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is now the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver. A person familiar with the negotiations has told The Associated Press the New York Giants have agreed to a five-year contract extension with the three-time Pro Bowler. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants have not announced the deal, which comes less than two weeks before the season opener against Jacksonville.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers practiced on a limited basis for the first time since re-signing with the team earlier this offseason. The 38-year-old Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder in February and has been rehabbing ever since. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there’s no point in playing the 16-year NFL veteran in the preseason, but expects him to be ready for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against Dallas.
NEW YORK (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open when David Ferrer retired in the second set of their all-Spanish matchup. Simona Halep has become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose in first round of the U.S. Open in the professional era. Halep was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Venus and Serena Williams advanced as did defending women’s champ Sloane Stephens. Kevin Anderson, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka advanced in the men’s draw.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with veteran right winger Troy Brouwer to a one-year contract. General manager Dale Tallon announced the move Monday, saying Brouwer adds depth and should provide leadership for Florida’s young core. Brouwer became a free agent when the Calgary Flames bought out the final two years of his contract.