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Kluber strikes out 12 as Indians beat Rangers...NBA gets high marks for diversity...Gordon to drive pace car at Brickyard 400

June 29, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) allowed three hits and struck out 12 in eight innings to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 5-1. Kluber tied a franchise record held by Bob Feller with four consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts. Feller struck out 10 or more batters in his last three starts in 1938 and his first start in 1939. It’s the 30th time that Kluber has reached double figures in strikeouts in his career.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A diversity report shows the NBA again leads professional sports in racial and gender hiring practices. The league received an A for racial hiring and a B for gender hiring practices for the 2016-17 season. The NBA drew an overall grade of A-minus, continuing its run of A grades since the start of the 2000s. The report card was released today by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

UNDATED (AP) — The roster of NFL officials this season will include eight rookies on the field and the league’s first female instant replay official in the booth. Terri Valenti has worked on instant replay for the NFL for the past five years. The instant replay official determines when the game should be stopped for reviews after scoring plays and the two-minute warnings, and throughout overtime.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon will lead the field into the race one more time next month — as the pace-car driver. Gordon competed in each of the first 23 races on the historic 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that’s not far from his childhood home. He was scheduled to drive the pace car last year, but instead, he came out of retirement to replace the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Former Edmonton Oilers tough guy Dave Semenko, who protected Wayne Gretzky in the 1980s, has died. He was 59. The Oilers say Semenko died after a short battle with cancer. The 6-foot-3 winger was the body guard for “The Great One” for parts of 10 seasons with the Oilers in the World Hockey Association and NHL. He helped Edmonton win the Stanley Cup in 1984 and 1985.

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