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September 29, 2017


Brewers top Reds

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers made good use of their game in hand on the Colorado Rockies, but the Brew Crew remains a longshot for a playoff berth.

The Brewers wasted a 3-1 lead before Brett Phillips lined an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to lead Milwaukee to a 4-3 win against Cincinnati.

The Brewers’ bullpen worked four innings of one-hit ball, although Oliver Drake surrendered the game-tying hit in the sixth.

The outcome leaves the Brewers two games behind the Rockies for the final NL wild card with three games remaining for each team.

The Brewers close out the regular season in St. Louis, while Colorado hosts the NL West-champion Dodgers.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Carlos Carrasco struck out 14 over 8 1/3 innings as the Indians picked up their 100th win of the year, 5-2 over the Twins. Carrasco scattered six hits and improved to 18-6, tying teammate Corey Kluber and Kansas City’s Jason Vargas for the American League lead in wins. Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez hit two-run homers and Jay Bruce added a solo shot for the AL Central champs.

— Giancarlo Stanton banged out his 58th and 59th home runs while collecting three RBIs in the Marlins’ 7-1 verdict over the Braves. Dillon Peters notched his first big league win by limiting Atlanta to two hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.


A’s skipper extended...Rangers break ground for new stadium

Also in the majors:

— The Athletics have announced a one-year contract extension for Bob Melvin that would keep the manager in their dugout through the 2019 season. Melvin has been a Manager of the Year in both leagues and ranks third in Oakland history with 535 wins, trailing only Tony La Russa and Art Howe. The 55-year-old Melvin earned his 1,00th career managerial win in late July.

— The Rangers have held a groundbreaking ceremony for their $1.1 billion retractable-roof stadium that is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 season. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred joined Rangers ownership and city officials for the ceremony Thursday across the street from the current stadium where the team has played since 1994.


NBA alters lottery chances, curbs resting of healthy players

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has eliminated the desire for teams to tank games in an effort to improve their chances for a No. 1 draft pick. The league has also made it tougher for coaches to rest their top players.

Each of the league’s three worst teams will have a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick, beginning with the 2019 draft. The team with the worst record previously had a 25 percent shot of winning the lottery and could fall to the No. 4 spot in the draft. Now, that team call tumble all the way to fifth.

The Board of Governors also voted to allow Commissioner Adam Silver to fine teams that violate the league’s new guidelines about resting healthy players for nationally televised games.


LeBron James rolls left ankle, misses practice

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James turned his left ankle during practice Wednesday night, his first workout with newly signed teammate Dwyane Wade.

A Cavaliers spokesman said X-rays of the ankle were negative, but the team hasn’t revealed the severity of the injury. The three-time NBA champion didn’t practice Thursday so he could undergo treatment. He’s expected to be day to day.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Oklahoma State has fired Lamont Evans for cause after the top assistant to new coach Mike Boynton was ensnared in the federal investigation of basketball recruiting at seven universities.

Evans is accused of accepting $2,000 a month in bribes to funnel athletes to certain agents, including “one and done” players that are talented enough to jump to the NBA after one season.

Evans had been suspended by the university and surrendered to federal marshals early Wednesday.


Puerto Rico tournament moves to SC due to Hurricane Maria

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — The Puerto Rico Tip-Off is now slated for Nov. 16-19 at the campus of Coastal Carolina.

The eight-team tournament was relocated in the wake of Hurricane Maria. It will feature South Carolina and Iowa State but will not include the host school.


Browns’ Garrett practices

UNDATED (AP) — Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett has returned to practice after missing the first here regular-season games with a high right ankle sprain.

The first player taken in this year’s NFL draft got hurt on Sept. 6 when a teammate inadvertently fell on his ankle during practice.

There’s a strong chance Garrett will make his debut Sunday against the Bengals.

In other NFL news:

— Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has donated his first NFL game check to three NRG stadium employees who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Watson surprised three women who work in the team cafeteria at the stadium on Wednesday, donating about $27,000 of his base salary of $465,000. The women became emotional when he handed them an envelope with a red ribbon and one asked for a hug.

— The league says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm over protests during the national anthem. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart says the issues have been “overtaken by political forces” following President Trump’s criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem. More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity during Week 3 of the season.

— The helmet that performed best in NFL testing this year is being used by some 50 players spread across only half of the NFL teams. Its developer is “thrilled” with that number and expects the VICIS Zero1 to catch on the way Larry Fitzgerald snags passes.


Sharks’ Joel Ward says he won’t protest during anthem

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward says he has decided not to protest by kneeling during the national anthem.

The Canadian-born Ward had said he was considering a protest to raise awareness to the issues of racial inequality and excessive force by police against minorities in the United States. But he said Thursday that he doesn’t want the focus to be on the anthem and wants to work on bringing minorities and law enforcement together.


Boston sports teams tell fans to take a stand against racism

BOSTON (AP) — Athletes from the Boston area’s five professional sports teams are launching a new campaign to fight racism and discrimination.

The Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Revolution are joining a project they’re calling “Take the Lead” that was unveiled Thursday at Fenway Park.

It includes a public service announcement featuring a montage of athletes telling fans to “stand for our teams but don’t stand for racism.”


Americans lead through Day 1

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Americans have won the opening session of the Presidents Cup for the sixth straight time, winning three matches and rallying to a halve in the final one.

The International team managed to get a half-point when Phil Mickelson missed an 8-foot par putt on the par-3 18th at Liberty National.

Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas rolled to a 6-5 rout, Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Patrick Reed were 5-and-4 winners, and Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) earned a 1-up victory.

The lone bright spot for the International team was Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Branden Grace, who were 5-and-4 winners against Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Daniel Berger.

The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in these matches, their lone loss in 1998.

The start of the tournament gave golf a new “Big Three” — former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton posing with players and wives on each team in an opening ceremony unlike any other.

It was the first time three U.S. presidents have attended the matches at the same time since this event began in 1994, named after the highest office in the land.


Arnie’s grandkid fires 59

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sam Saunders has become the seventh player in Web.com Tour history to fire a 59 or better as he tries to regain his PGA Tour card.

The grandson of Arnold Palmer closed with six straight birdies in a 12-under 59 in the Tour Championship today. Saunders entered the week 24th in the race for 25 PGA Tour cards with $27,900 in the first three events.

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