Update on the latest sports
Aug. 04, 2018
Washington hosts split doubleheader after rainout
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals are hosting a split doubleheader after Friday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed because of weather.
It was Washington's fourth home postponement and the 46th in the major leagues this season. That's seven more than last year's season total. The Nationals and Reds were also rained out in Cincinnati on opening day.
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start the first game after being pushed back from Friday. In the late game, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson will attempt to continue his strong history against Cincinnati. He owns a 1.50 career ERA against the Reds.
Cincinnati right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, the scheduled Friday night starter, will pitch the first game while righty Matt Harvey takes the nightcap in his first game in Washington since leaving the NL East rival Mets. He's allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts, pitching to a 3.84 ERA in that stretch.
Washington beat Cincinnati 10-4 in the series opener on Thursday night.
In other games on the Saturday schedule:
— Kyle Hendricks takes the mound as the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs face San Diego in another afternoon game at Wrigley Field. Left-hander Joey Lucchesi starts for the Padres. The Cubs beat San Diego 5-4 on Friday with the help of All-Star second baseman Javier Baez, who tied his career high with his 23rd homer and took over the National League lead with 84 RBIs. Baez also tripled and threw out a runner at home in the eighth inning as the Cubs survived a late bullpen meltdown.
— Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAHL'-dee) makes his second start for the AL East-leading Red Sox when Boston continues its series against the Yankees at Fenway Park. Eovaldi allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings in his Red Sox debut, a win over the Minnesota Twins. Eovaldi is quite familiar with the Yankees, having spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with them, winning 23 games. Yankees right-hander Chance Adams is scheduled to make his major league debut when he takes the rotation spot of J.A. Happ, who is sidelined with hand, foot and mouth disease.
— Kevin Gausman makes his debut for the Atlanta Braves, who acquired him in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles just ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline. His addition gives Atlanta enough pitching depth that manager Brian Snitker is going with a six-man rotation for now. The hard-throwing right-hander made three postseason appearances for the Orioles in 2014, all in relief. In eight playoff innings, he's allowed four hits and one home run and struck out seven. The Braves are battling with Philadelphia for the NL Central lead.
Titans sign pair of safeties with neither named Eric Reid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have added a pair of safeties to replace injured Johnathan Cyprien, and neither is named Eric Reid. The Titans announced Saturday morning they have agreed to terms with Kenny Vaccaro and Jason Thompson.
A source familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Reid was coming to Nashville to work out for the Titans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not announce which players it is working out.
Reid has been unsigned since his rookie contract expired in March with the San Francisco 49ers. He filed a claim this spring after visiting with Cincinnati, arguing he was unsigned as a result of collusion by NFL owners over his protests of police brutality and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem.
The 6-foot Vaccaro spent the past five years as a starter with New Orleans, starting 67 games with eight interceptions, 7½ sacks and four forced fumbles. The Saints drafted him 15th overall in 2013 out of Texas. Thompson has spent time with New England, Chicago, Seattle and Dallas since coming into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2017.
Cyprien tore his left ACL on Wednesday and was placed on injured reserve Friday.
In other NFL news:
— The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Brian Brown and waived wide receiver Dom Williams. The team announced the moves Saturday. Brown, who played college football at Richmond, entered the NFL with Dallas last year as an undrafted free agent. He spent time on the practice squad for the Cowboys. Brown was chosen as a second-team FCS All-American by the AP in 2016.
— The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomes eight new members Saturday: Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer and Bobby Beathard. Seven of them are expected to attend the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, joined by nearly 140 current Hall of Famers. Only Owens is expected to skip the event. He plans to mark the occasion with an acceptance speech in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he played college football and basketball and ran track.
US beats Taiwan 7-0 at women's softball worlds
ICHIHARA, Japan (AP) — Alison Aguilar and Delaney Spaulding drove in three runs each as the United States beat Taiwan 7-0 Saturday to improve to 2-0 in Group A at the women's softball world championship, a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Aguilar hit a bases-loaded double in a five-run second inning when Spaulding doubled in a pair of runs. Spaulding completed the scoring with a two-run homer in the fourth and the game was called after five innings on the tournament's mercy rule.
Keilani Ricketts picked up the win after striking out four and giving up only three hits over five innings.
The winner of the tournament will be awarded an Olympic berth. If Japan wins, the second-place finisher will be granted the Olympic spot as Japan has an automatic berth as host.
Softball and baseball were dropped after the 2008 Beijing Olympics but have been added to the program for 2020.
Trump tries to dunk on LeBron James, says 'I like Mike'
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is turning his wrath on basketball superstar LeBron James.
Trump tweeted late Friday that James was interviewed "by the dumbest man on television," CNN anchor Don Lemon, but that he "made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do."
The president ended his tweet by saying "I like Mike!" — seeming to side with Michael Jordan in the debate over whether he or James is the greatest NBA player of all time.
James has long been critical of Trump. In his interview with Lemon, he said he'd consider running for president if he believed he was the only person who could stop Trump from being re-elected.
James had just opened a school for underprivileged children in Ohio. Trump is traveling to Ohio on Saturday for a campaign rally.