Update on the latest in sports:
Rox, DBacks and Bums still deadlocked
UNDATED (AP) — It was a good day for the three contenders in the National League West. The Rockies, Dodgers and Diamondbacks remain in a three-way tie for first after winning on Wednesday.
Colorado ended its three-game losing streak as German Marquez combined with four relievers on a six-hitter in a 5-1 victory at Pittsburgh. Marquez worked five-plus innings and drove in a run on a fifth-inning bunt. Raimel Tapia went 4-for-4 with three runs scored to help the Rockies stay in the first-place tie.
Taijuan (TY’-wahn) Walker returned from the disabled list and allowed a run and six hits over five innings in Arizona’s fourth consecutive win, 2-1 at Detroit. Randall Delgado followed with three scoreless innings and Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances. The Diamondbacks scored twice in the first inning and improved to 9-1 in interleague play this season.
The Dodgers earned their sixth straight win by scoring four times off Andrew Miller in the eighth inning to earn a 6-4 win and a three-game sweep at Cleveland. Enrique Hernandez sparked the eighth-inning rally with a solo homer after Jose Ramirez hit a solo shot in the seventh to tie the game, 2-2. Brandon McCarthy received a no-decision after limiting the Indians to a run and three hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Julio Teheran pitched six-hit ball over seven innings and the Braves captured the rubber match of their three-game set in Washington by trashing the Nationals, 13-2. Brandon Phillips had four hits and three RBIs for the Braves, who had lost 23 of 25 games in Washington before the series. Kurt Suzuki homered off losing pitcher Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk), who was tagged for seven runs and nine hits over five innings.
— Curtis Granderson’s 300th career home run broke a tie in the bottom of the eighth before Lucas Duda (DOO’-duh) added a three-run blast later in the inning to lead the Mets to a 9-4 win over the Cubs. Pitcher Steven Matz hit an RBI single as a pinch-hitter before Juan Lagares collected two RBIs, including a game-tying triple. Anthony Rizzo, Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber homered off Matt Harvey to give Chicago a 4-1 lead before the Mets took the rubber match of the three-game set.
— Eric Thames smacked his 17th homer and drove in three as the Brewers topped the Cardinals, 7-6 to stretch their lead in the NL Central to two games over the Cubs. Thames was in a 1-for-15 slump before providing a two-run shot in the first and an RBI double in the second. Eric Sogard added a two-run double to lead a four-run second inning as Milwaukee improved to 18-13 on the road.
— Derek Fisher had two hits in his major league debut and the Astros exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning of a 13-2 pounding of Texas. Fisher led off the big rally with a homer and added an RBI single later in the inning to help Houston end a three-game slide. Francis Martes picked up the victory in his first big league start, striking out seven and giving up just one run and three hits in five innings.
— The Yankees dropped their second straight since a six-game winning streak, blowing an early 4-0 lead in a 7-5 loss to the Angels in Anaheim. Danny Espinosa broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh after Andrelton (AN’-drul-tuhn) Simmons slammed a two-run shot in the second. Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a three-run blast for the Yankees, whose lead in the AL East is down to two games over the Red Sox.
— Boston beat Philadelphia for the third straight day as Mookie Betts smacked a pair of solo homers to send the Red Sox past the Phillies, 7-3. Betts was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and four runs scored, while Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrts) added three ribbies. Boston’s bullpen tossed 6 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, with Hector Velazquez recording 10 outs to get the win.
— The Orioles ended their six-game losing streak and climbed back to .500 with a 10-6 verdict over the White Sox. Welington Castillo drove in a career-high five runs, including a grand slam that put Baltimore ahead 8-5 in the fifth. Former Oriole Miguel Gonzalez was tagged for eight runs and nine hits over five innings to fall to 1-8 in his last nine starts.
— Mitch Haniger’s two-run homer and Mike Zunino’s three-run shot gave Seattle a 5-0 lead by the third inning of a 6-4 win at Minnesota. Winner Sam Gaviglio carried a shutout into the fifth but eventually served up homers by Eduardo Escobar, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano before leaving with one out in the sixth. The Mariners won for the third time in seven games and prevented the Twins from stretching their two-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.
— Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) slammed his 17th homer of the season and finished with three RBIs as the Marlins turned an early 4-0 deficit into an 11-6 rout of Oakland. Tyler Moore also homered and scored three times to help the Marlins overcome a shaky outing by Edinson Volquez. Ryon Healy’s three-run blast didn’t stop the Athletics from falling a season-worst 11 games under .500.
— Kendrys (KEHN’-drees) Morales launched a go-ahead, three-run homer and had four RBIs as Toronto outlasted Tampa Bay, 7-6. The Blue Jays coughed up a 6-3 lead in the eighth before Russell Martin homered in the bottom of the inning. Logan Morrison hit a two-run shot for the Rays.
— Homers by Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs), Jorge Bonifacio (boh-nah-FAH’-see-oh) and Lorenzo Cain powered the Royals past the Giants, 7-2 in San Francisco. Moustakas banged out his 18th homer of the year in the top of the second, one inning before Bonifacio and Cain hit back-to-back shots. Jason Hammel allowed a run over 6 2/3 innings in beating the Giants for the first time in 12 starts.
— The Padres completed a three-game sweep by rallying from a 2-0 deficit in a 4-2 win over the Reds. Hunter Renfroe tied it with a two-run homer in the sixth, one inning before Franchy Cordero singled home the lead run. Winning pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (joo-LEES shah-SEEN’) allowed five hits over seven innings, including homers by Jose Peraza and Joey Votto (VAH’-toh).
Sabathia could land on DL
UNDATED (AP) — The Yankees will be spending time without CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh), who has suddenly become the team’s best pitcher.
Sabathia has been diagnosed with Grade 2 left hamstring strain that could keep him out at least four weeks. The lefty was injured during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels in Anaheim.
Sabathia opened the season 2-2 with a hefty 5.77 ERA in seven starts. Since then, he is 5-0 with a 0.99 earned run average.
In other MLB news:
— Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) is appealing the one-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball for making an obscene gesture during Tuesday’s game against Cleveland. Puig made the gesture following his home run in the top of the second inning. He can continue to play until the appeal of his suspension is heard.
— Mets second baseman Neil Walker appears headed for the disabled list after suffering a leg injury while running out a bunt Wednesday against the Cubs. Walker grabbed at his left leg and collapsed to the ground before he walked off the field under his own power. He is hitting .270 with nine homers and 33 RBIs.
— James Shields is ready to return to the Chicago White Sox’s rotation after being sidelined because of a strained right back muscle. The 35-year-old right-hander is scheduled to start Sunday at Toronto, his first big league appearance since April 16. He is 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA in three starts this year.
— Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia is expected to miss about two months after having surgery to repair ligament damage in his left ring finger. The 32-year-old Garcia hurt his hand during a swing and was placed on the 10-day disabled list last week.
— The Orioles have put slugging first baseman Chris Davis on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right oblique suffered in Monday’s game against the White Sox. Davis is batting .226 with 14 homers and 26 RBIs.
CONGRESSMAN SHOT-THE GAME
Game on: Tragedy won’t stop congressional baseball game
WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual Congressional Baseball Game will be played on Thursday at Nationals Park as scheduled despite Wednesday’s shooting at the Republican squad’s practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
House Speaker Paul Ryan assured lawmakers assembled at a members’ briefing that the game will go on.
The game dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, benefiting several charities.
Curry, Durant committed to keeping Golden State on top
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors’ top two players are ready to make financial sacrifices in an effort to win another championship next year.
Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry and Kevin Durant say they would seriously consider less money to keep the core group intact. Curry said all the pieces they have are important to the equation of winning a championship and competing for a title every single year.
Curry is the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP and could sign the richest contract in the league at more than $200 million.
Durant said he has “no question” in his mind he will be back with the Warriors. The MVP of the just-completed finals hinted he would opt out of a deal that pays him the maximum he can get in order to help Golden State’s chances of re-signing players such as Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) or Shaun Livingston
Vikings to induct Moss, Rashad into ring of honor
UNDATED (AP) — The first pick in this year’s NFL draft limped off the field Wednesday with a left foot injury. Browns rookie Myles Garrett got hurt while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler (AHS’-wy-lur) during a two-minute drill and stayed on the ground for about a minute. Coach Hue (hyoo) Jackson did not know the severity of Garrett’s injury and declined to speculate until the 21-year-old is examined by doctors.
Also at Cleveland camp, rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer signed his four-year contract and will battle Cody Kessler and Osweiler for the starting job.
In other NFL news:
— The Vikings will induct Randy Moss into the team’s Ring of Honor during the upcoming season. The team also announced that former receiver Ahmad Rashad will be inducted with Moss in the team’s first ceremony since 2013.
— Washington has restructured the contract of their longest-tenured player, safety DeAngelo Hall. Hall said Wednesday he agreed to a pay cut in the hopes of remaining on the roster after missing most of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
— The Broncos have signed six-year veteran cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris and waived cornerback Taurean Nixon.
NY Rangers sign Puempel, meet expansion draft requirement
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers will buy out the final three years of Dan Girardi’s contract, clearing up just under $2.9 million in salary-cap space next season.
Girardi spent 11 seasons with the Blueshirts, scoring 46 goals and 230 points in 788 regular-season games. The buyout allows the Rangers to protect an extra player in the Vegas Golden Knights’ upcoming expansion draft.
The Rangers also agreed to terms with forward Matt Puempel (PUHM’-pul), who had six goals and nine points in 40 games last season.
650,000 turn out to celebrate Penguins’ Stanley Cup
PITTSBURGH (AP) — There was a huge celebration in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
An estimated 650,000 people turned out downtown for the Penguins’ Stanley Cup victory parade and rally.
The crowd estimate is the largest for any of the Penguins’ five championships. Sunny weather and temperatures in the mid-80s helped the turnout.
The Penguins won the Cup Sunday with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6.
Mayweather to fight UFC star McGregor Aug. 26
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says on his Instagram account that he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match on Aug. 26.
The fight that will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules.
Mayweather retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights.
Goffin says he won’t play Wimbledon due to ankle injury
UNDATED (AP) — David Goffin says he won’t play at Wimbledon as he continues to recover from an ankle injury that knocked him out of the French Open.
The world’s 13th-ranked player tripped on a tarp while chasing a ball behind the baseline during his third-round match with Horacio Zeballos at Roland Garros. His right foot got stuck under the tarp and prevented him from finishing the match.
WCUP 2018-FAN RACISM
Russia making progress on racism before World Cup - report
MOSCOW (AP) — A new report says Russia has made progress fighting soccer racism ahead of next year’s World Cup, but players, coaches and fans still risk abuse.
Today’s report by European anti-discrimination group FARE and Russia-based SOVA says there were 89 racist and far-right incidents at Russian games in the 2016-17 season, slightly below the two previous seasons.
In one case, an African player complained of racist abuse by an opponent during a Russian Premier League game. The report says that in another case, a hardline fan group segregated part of a stadium for people of “Slavic appearance.”