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August 29, 2018


Zobrist hits RBI single in 11th, Cubs beat Mets 2-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Zobrist hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the 11th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets and their season-high seventh straight win on Wednesday in a game that was suspended the previous night because of rain.

Zobrist grounded the winning single up the middle with one out after Chicago loaded the bases against Paul Sewald. That kept the Cubs rolling after play was stopped Tuesday night with the game tied at 1-all.

Cole Hamels threw five scoreless innings. Jesse Chavez got the win with a scoreless 11th, and Anthony Rizzo matched a career high with four hits.

New York’s Jacob deGrom went eight innings, allowing one run and eight hits. He struck out 10 and walked one while lowering his ERA to 1.68. He also had two hits, including an RBI single to the shortstop in the sixth.


Indians’ Miller placed on disabled list with shoulder issue

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have placed valuable reliever Andrew Miller on the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.

This is the former All-Star’s third trip to the DL this season. He was previously sidelined with a hamstring issue and inflammation in his right knee.

The AL Central-leading Indians described Miller’s issue as an “external impingement” in his shoulder. Miller is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in just 27 games this season.

One of baseball’s best relievers when healthy, Miller has made 10 appearances since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 3.

The Indians are hoping they can count on using Miller in the postseason. They rode him hard in the 2016 playoffs when he helped get them to the World Series.

In case Miller isn’t available, the Indians acquired closer Brad Hand and right-hander Adam Cimber before the trade deadline.

Tyler Olson was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.


Venus does her part to set up all-Williams match

NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams has done her part to set up an all-Williams matchup at the U.S. Open. Now it’s her sister’s turn to make it happen.

The 16th-seeded Williams reached the third round at Flushing Meadows for the fifth year in a row, beating 40th-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4, 7-5 despite producing fewer than half as many winners.

If Williams’ younger sister, Serena, can beat Carina Witthoeft in the second round on Wednesday night, the two siblings with a combined 30 Grand Slam titles will play each other Friday. It would be the earliest Williams vs. Williams showdown at a Grand Slam tournament since their very first tour-level match, all the way back at the 1998 Australian Open.

In other Wednesday results:

— Defending champion Sloane Stephens rallied to reach the third round of the U.S. Open with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Anhelina Kalinina. The Ukrainian qualifier who was playing her first Grand Slam tournament. Stephens set up a third-round matchup with Victoria Azarenka, the former No. 1 player who has twice been a U.S. Open finalist.

— Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah) has run his U.S. Open winning streak to nine with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over qualifier Ugo Humbert of France. The 2016 champion advances to face No. 25 seed Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) in the third round.


AP source: Saints acquiring QB Bridgewater from Jets

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the New York Jets for a draft pick. The move indicates that Saints coach Sean Payton wasn’t entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill serving as the backup to Drew Brees.

The Saints have their sights set on Super Bowl contention after coming within one play of reaching the NFC title game last season. The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles demonstrated the importance of a solid backup quarterback in 2017, winning a championship after Nick Foles had to replace injured starter Carson Wentz.

In other NFL news:

—A person familiar with the deal says that the Seattle Seahawks have acquired quarterback Brett Hundley from the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks are reportedly sending a late-round draft pick to Green Bay. The move would give Seattle a proven backup behind Russell Wilson. Hundley stepped into a starting role last season for the Packers when Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. Hundley started nine games and threw for 1,836 yards and nine touchdowns, but also threw 12 interceptions.

—Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks used insider tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals. Prosecutors say Kendricks’ co-defendant, a trader at an unnamed firm, was paid $10,000 in kickbacks as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games. Kendricks played for the Eagles before signing with the Browns in June. An NFL spokesman says the league is reviewing the situation.


Fired Ohio State assistant Zach Smith lashes out in tweets

UNDATED (AP) — Fired Ohio State assistant Zach Smith has lashed out in a series of tweets.

The former receivers coach again denied that he abused his wife and blames the Ohio State president for the investigation into his behavior.

The 34-year-old Smith also posted a photo of his children to show critical Twitter users who they are hurting.

Smith’s former boss, Urban Meyer, was suspended for three games for mishandling the abuse allegations against him.


San Antonio Spurs sign forward Quincy Pondexter

UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have signed Quincy Pondexter, adding a forward in the same week veteran star Manu Ginobili (MAN’-oo jih-NOH’-blee) announced his retirement.

The 6-foot-7 Pondexter spent last season with the Chicago Bulls, averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.5 minutes in 23 games. The seven-year NBA veteran out of Washington has averaged 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes over 302 total games with Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago.

Ginobili announced his decision to retire Monday. The 41-year-old helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons. This season will be the first for coach Gregg Popovich without stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.

In other NBA news:

— Philips Arena in Atlanta is being renamed for State Farm after a $192.5 million renovation. The Atlanta Hawks and the insurance company announced Wednesday they have reached a 20-year deal on the naming rights for the arena, which is currently in the final phase of its renovation. The arena is expected to reopen in October. The Hawks had played in Philips Arena since its opening in 1999. The new arena might be one of the smallest-capacity NBA venues with 17,600 seats. State Farm has one of its three regional hubs based in Dunwoody.


Top basketball organizations join for expanded prep training

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Basketball is expanding its men’s junior national team program, partnering with the NBA, NCAA and National Basketball Players Association to bring about 80 high school players to training camps.

USA Basketball say about 20 athletes from each high school class will participate in six camps during the 2018-19 season.

The first camp will take place for players from all high school grades from Oct. 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Another will take place at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Minneapolis.

Players will be educated on off-court life skills, including preparation for college recruiting, and the program will include a parent education program.

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