Update on the latest sports
UNDATED (AP) — Several games are under way in Major League Baseball with one already in the books. Jacob deGrom struck out 10 over six innings, received rare significant run support and earned his first win in nearly two months as the New York Mets blanked the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 on Wednesday. Brandon Nimmo
tied a team record with three doubles and drove in three runs as the Mets won for the 22nd time in their last 66 games. DeGrom (6-7) ended a seven-start winless streak, allowing four hits in a 100-pitch outing and lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.77. He won for the first time since June 18.
It was his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season of 27th of his career. His first nine strikeouts were on change-ups and fastballs, and deGrom used his curveball to fan Scooter Gennett to end the sixth.
Nationals place reliever Herrera on DL with shoulder injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals right-hander Kelvin Herrera has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff impingement, further thinning the back of Washington’s bullpen.
The injury occurred Tuesday night in the ninth inning of a loss to the Atlanta Braves. After allowing a two-run triple, Herrera was examined by a team trainer and left the game.
Washington already is without closer Sean Doolittle, who is on the DL with a foot injury. Herrera, obtained in a trade with Kansas City in June, was serving as the closer in Doolittle’s absence.
Herrera was 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA and three saves with the Nationals.
Washington recalled Koda Glover from Triple-A Syracuse. As a rookie last season, Glover notched eight saves in 23 games.
Devin Harris back with Mavs
UNDATED (AP) — Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract. The Mavericks announced the deal with the 14-year veteran on Wednesday. His contract is for the veteran minimum.
Dallas originally acquired Harris from Washington, along with Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner, in a draft-day trade for Antawn Jamison in June 2004. He played for the Mavericks until getting traded to New Jersey in February 2008, in a deal that brought Jason Kidd to the Mavericks. Harris first returned to Dallas as a free agent before the 2013-14 season, and stayed until the Mavericks traded him to Denver last February as part of a three-team deal at the trade deadline.
The 35-year-old Harris has averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals in his 917 career games, including 446 starts.
In other NBA news:
— Two people familiar with the situation say free-agent center Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL’ OH’-kah-for) has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans that includes a team option in Year 2. Philadelphia made 6-foot-11 Okafor the third overall pick out of Duke in the 2015 NBA draft, but his production fell considerably last season. He appeared in only two games with Philadelphia last season before being traded to Brooklyn, where he played about 13 minutes per game as a reserve, averaging 6.4 points.
— The NBA has released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. NBA fans will get a smorgasbord of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, the All-Star laden lineup of the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the up-and-coming Boston Celtics. The highlight of the coveted Christmas Day games is James facing a familiar foe — Stephen Curry and the Warriors — for a fourth straight year, only this time wearing Lakers’ gold and purple.
NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — College basketball players who go undrafted by the NBA will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal.
The rule changes include allowing players to work with an agent while declaring for the NBA draft. College players would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on their draft prospects. The rules would also allow elite high school players to work with an agent if the NBA removes its one-and-done rule. The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020. Until then, agents certified by the NBA players’ union would qualify.
The changes reflect the recommendations made in April by the Rice Commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was formed in response to an FBI nvestigation into payments from shoe companies to coaches for steering players to certain schools.
Panthers sign offensive lineman Larsen to 2-year extension
UNDATED (AP) — The Panthers have signed offensive lineman Tyler Larsen to a two-year contract extension. Larsen is now under contract through the 2020 season. Financial terms of the contract were not available Wednesday.
Larsen has played in 23 games with 15 starts over the last two seasons with Carolina, working at center and guard. He played in 14 games with 10 starts last season in place of injured center Ryan Kalil. Larsen is viewed by coach Ron Rivera as the team’s long-term replacement for Kalil, who has already said 2018 will be his final NFL season.
The extension comes after the Panthers lost starting offensive linemen Daryl Williams and Amini Silatolu to injuries in training camp.
In other NFL news:
— Browns rookie receiver Antonio Callaway had bullets and gun parts in his car when he was cited for marijuana possession, according to dash-camera video obtained by TMZ. The video shows an officer asking Callaway to step out of his vehicle after the officer smells marijuana following a routine traffic stop. Callaway cooperates, and later one officer tells his partner that he became “real nervous” when he found the bullets and a strap for a Glock handgun in the vehicle. There is no mention of the ammunition or gun parts in the report filed by Strongsville, Ohio police. The AP has requested the dash-cam video.
— The San Francisco 49ers will honor former tight end Dwight Clark with a season-long celebration of his life that will include unveiling a statue of “The Catch.” All 49ers players will wear 87 helmet decals throughout the season, and Levi’s Stadium field bunting will pay tribute to Clark during all 49ers games. Clark died in June at age 61. He suffered from ALS.
— Faye Spanos, the wife of Los Angeles Chargers owner Alex Spanos, has died. She was 92. Faye Spanos died late Tuesday night of undisclosed causes. She married Alex Spanos in 1948, and they raised four children in Stockton, California. Alex Spanos built a billion-dollar fortune in real estate and construction during their marriage, and he purchased a majority share in the San Diego Chargers in 1984. Faye and Alex Spanos became prolific philanthropists, donating to causes related to schools, children, the arts and hospitals.
Larry Nassar appeals his other sentence for sexual assaults
(Information in the following story is from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com)
CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Attorneys for imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar have appealed his other sentence for sexually assaulting women and girls who sought treatment for injuries.
The Lansing State Journal reports that the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor’s attorneys filed a motion in Eaton County Circuit Court seeking a new judge and sentencing hearing for Nassar on three sexual assault charges he pleaded guilty to in November.
They recently made a similar request in a separate case in Ingham County, where dozens of Nassar’s accusers spoke during a televised sentencing earlier this year of the harm he caused them. The judges in both cases sentenced Nassar to a minimum of 40 years behind bars.
Nassar also has a pending appeal of his 60-year federal prison sentence for possessing child pornography.