AP NEWS
Related topics

Update on the latest in sports:

September 20, 2017

MLB-HOME RUN RECORD

Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hits record-setting homer

TORONTO (AP) — Going, going ... Gone!

Another home run in Major League Baseball Tuesday evening, but this wasn’t just any long ball.

Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit MLB’s record 5,694th home run of 2017, breaking a season record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera, which cut the Royals’ deficit to 5-2, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.

It was the 17th of the night and came just after Detroit’s Alex Presley tied the record when he connected at home against Oakland’s Daniel Gossett.

There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.

Power subsided after the start of drug testing with penalties in 2004. The home run average dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since 1992, then started rising during the second half of the 2015 season.

When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49. Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the major leagues with 55 home runs this year, followed by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge with 44.

Also in MLB games Tuesday evening:

— Marcus Stroman pitched seven innings to win for the first time in six starts, Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in the game in which Alex Gordon hit a record-setting home run.

— Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber hit his 28th home run and the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to a season-high seven by beating the the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1. For Cubs manager Joe Maddon, it was his first trip back to Tropicana Field in Tampa, where he managed for several years.

— Chase Anderson had eight strikeouts in six innings, Domingo Santana homered and the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight day, 1-0. The Brewers won for the ninth time in 11 games, keeping pace in the NL Central and wild-card races.

—Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs to reach 101 rbis for the season and Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon chipped in with two hits apiece as the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-2. The Nationals have clinched the Eastern Division title in the National League.

NFL CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT

Lawyers: Predators targeting NFL concussion victims

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers representing former NFL players now eligible for payments under the league’s $1 billion concussion settlement say they’ve found evidence that unscrupulous third-party providers are trying to take advantage of players with significant brain damage.

At a hearing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, lawyers who represented the class of more than 20,000 former NFL players told the judge some players entered contracts with exorbitantly high interest rates for advances on their eventual claims. Others agreed to high fees.

Lawyers Christopher Seeger and TerriAnne Benedetto have been investigating groups like claims service providers and lenders at U.S. District Judge Anita Brody’s request.

They told the court one firm even touted itself as being able to coach former players on how to take neurological tests to get inaccurate results to qualify them for payments.

DOLPHINS-TIMMONS

Timmons suspended indefinitely by Dolphins after going AWOL

MIAMI (AP) — AWOL linebacker Lawrence Timmons wanted to rejoin the Miami Dolphins.

Instead, they suspended him indefinitely and traded for a replacement, moves that signal his disappearance from the Dolphins’ defense may be permanent.

The Dolphins announced Timmons’ suspension in a one-sentence news release Tuesday, a day off for the team.

They also acquired linebacker Stephone Anthony from the New Orleans Saints for a fifth-round draft pick in 2018.

Anthony, who has been nursing a sprained ankle, fell out of favor with the Saints after they took him with the 31st overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Timmons’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment on the suspension. Coach Adam Gase was angered by the disappearance of the 11th-year veteran, which occurred Saturday in Los Angeles the day before Miami’s season opener at the Chargers

NBA-MORRIS BROTHERS-ASSAULT

Lawyers for NBA twins focus on victim’s motive

PHOENIX (AP) — A defense lawyer has pressed the man the Morris brothers are accused of beating on whether knowing about the NBA players’ substantial assets was relevant to him.

Erik Hood said he wasn’t looking at any of the defendants differently from each other but he did want them to pay for what they did to him.

Defense attorney Timothy Eckstein asked Hood to confirm that he knew if he didn’t have a claim against one of the twins he “better” have one against the other, but Hood denied that.

Eckstein reviewed text messages Hood sent to people about the case indicating the Morris twins would have to pay him millions in financial damages.

The brothers could face prison time and discipline from the NBA if convicted, including a minimum 10 games of suspension.

Also in the NBA:

— Doug Collins has returned to the Chicago Bulls. Just not on the sideline this time around.he rebuilding Bulls hired Collins on Tuesday to serve senior adviser of basketball operations, providing “an expert resource” for the front office and coaching staff. Collins will report directly to executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson. General manager Gar Forman and coach Fred Hoiberg remain in their jobs.

— A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham have agreed on a one-year contract worth $2.3 million.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo, has not been announced. The 6-foot-8 Cunningham spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, where he averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in about 25 minutes per game last season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CHICK-FIL-A-KICKOFF

Louisville to face Ole Miss in 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

ATLANTA (AP) — There will be a second Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2021 — the first-ever meeting between Louisville and Mississippi.

Officials made the announcement Tuesday. The game is normally held over the Labor Day weekend, though an exact date is still to be determined.

Atlanta’s other kickoff game in 2021 will pit Alabama vs. Miami.

Two games were held this year to mark the opening of $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama defeated Florida State and Tennessee beat Georgia Tech in overtime.

GEORGIA-QUARTERBACKS

Georgia’s Eason back at practice, no word on return

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is back at practice but it’s not known if he’ll be cleared to play Saturday when the 11th-ranked Bulldogs host No. 17 Mississippi State.

Eason started in 2016 as a freshman but strained a ligament in his left knee in Georgia’s season-opening victory over Appalachian State. Touted freshman Jake Fromm has played well since taking over, most notably leading Georgia (3-0) to a victory at Notre Dame in his first college start.

When Eason is ready to play, there is no guarantee he will be the starter. Coach Kirby Smart says “a lot of that is determined by how Fromm is playing. We’ll make that decision when the time comes.”

PHELPS-INTERVIEW

Phelps has ‘no desire’ to return to swimming

UNDATED (AP) — Michael Phelps says he has “no desire” to return to competitive swimming, but he’s eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake.

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press while promoting a healthy pet food campaign, Phelps said he’s excited about the birth of his second child and numerous opportunities away from the pool. It was about this time four years ago when he got serious about ending his first retirement, but he now seems very content with his post-swimming life.

His wife, Nicole, is about four months pregnant. The couple already has a 16-month-old son, Boomer.

Phelps says flatly, “I’ve got no desire, no desire to come back.” He’s attended a couple of swim meets since winning five golds and a silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but says “they truly didn’t kick anything off or spike any more interest in coming out of retirement again.”

BOXER-CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT

Former boxing champ dies in construction accident

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former heavyweight boxing champ who was defeated by Larry Holmes has died in a construction accident in New Jersey.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says David Bey of Philadelphia was struck by a piece of metal on Thursday while working on a mixed-use real estate development project in Camden.

His union says the 60-year-old was a second generation pile driver.

Bey made his professional boxing debut in 1981 and he went on to defeat Greg Page in 1984 for the United States Boxing Association’s heavyweight championship.

He went 10 rounds with Holmes for the International Boxing Federation title in 1985, losing to Holmes by technical knockout.

Bey left the ring in 1994 and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame this year.

AP RADIO
Update hourly