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Weekend Sports in Brief

June 24, 2019

BASEBALL

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him during a confrontation in the team’s clubhouse after a loss Sunday.

The dustup with Tim Healey of Newsday occurred after the Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Reporters asked repeatedly after the game about Callaway’s decision to stick with reliever Seth Lugo during the eighth inning instead of going to closer Edwin Diaz. Lugo allowed a go-ahead three-run homer to Javier Baez.

After the press conference, Callaway walked past Healey in the clubhouse. Healey told Callaway he would “see you tomorrow,” and Callaway responded by calling Healey an obscenity. Callaway walked away and then returned, cursing at Healey again and telling him to leave the clubhouse.

Vargas then stared down Healey and eventually tried to charge him.

The Mets apologized to Healey, the team said in a statement hours later. Healey declined comment.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hours after being called up from the minors, Will Smith connected for a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Sunday.

It was the third straight day a Dodgers rookie hit a walk-off homer — all against the Rockies — the first time that has happened in major league history. Matt Beaty hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning on Friday and Alex Verdugo did it in the 11th on Saturday.

Smith, a 24-year-old catcher playing his seventh game in the big leagues, hit a slider from Scott Oberg (5-1) over the wall in center.

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz’s wife says he has moved out of intensive care.

Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement distributed by the Red Sox on Saturday that the ex-Boston slugger remains hospitalized and in good condition, almost two weeks after he was shot in the back while at a club in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz was flown to Boston the next day for treatment.

Dominican prosecutors say Ortiz was attacked in a case of mistaken identity by a gunman who was hired to kill an auto shop owner.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman at Dodger Stadium was taken to a hospital Sunday for precautionary tests after being struck in the head by a foul ball from Los Angeles star Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies.

The young woman was sitting four rows from the field along the first base line, just beyond protective netting that extends to the end of the visiting dugout. She was hit by a sharp line drive by Bellinger, who checked on her between innings. She at first stayed in her seat and was given an ice pack, but she left about 15 minutes later for further attention.

A first-aid person who treated the woman says she was taken to the hospital for precautionary tests but that she was alert and answering questions. The name of the woman was not released.

CHICAGO (AP) — Pete Alonso has hit his 27th home run, passing Darryl Strawberry for the New York Mets rookie record in just his 77th game.

Alonso hit a solo drive against Chicago Cubs starter Cole Hamels in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field on Sunday. The 24-year-old slugger entered the day second in the majors in home runs, trailing NL MVP Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers with 29.

Strawberry won NL Rookie of the Year by hitting 26 homers in 122 games in 1983. He issued a statement via the Mets congratulating Alonso, saying “what he’s done in a short period of time is most impressive. No goal seems out of reach.”

HOCKEY

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The New Jersey Devils acquired P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators on Saturday in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies and a pair of draft picks.

Just hours after taking American center Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick of the NHL draft, the Devils landed a star defenseman to potentially share the ice with their new young forward.

Subban was thought to be on the trade block because of his $9 million salary cap hit for each of the next three seasons. But it’s a fit for the Devils, who are expected to have more than $30 million in cap space.

The 2013 Norris Trophy winner spent the past three years in Nashville and had 31 points in 63 games last season.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have freed up valuable salary-cap space by trading veteran forward Patrick Marleau to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes acquired a conditional first-round pick and a seventh-round selection in next year’s draft.

The trade was announced shortly before the start of the second round of the NHL draft in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Don Fehr are in favor of rebooting the World Cup of Hockey tournament and holding it every four years.

The stumbling block to laying out a long-term calendar of international competition, however, revolves around the hot-button topic of the NHL competing at the Winter Olympics after skipping out on South Korea last year.

Fehr told The Associated Press during the NHL draft weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia, he prefers to have both the World Cup and Olympics on the calendar. And he expects that to be a topic of discussion with formal labor negotiations set to begin this summer.

Bettman is on board when it comes to the World Cup, which was last held in 2016. But he’s not committing the NHL returning to the Winter Games.

GOLF

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Hannah Green held her nerve and saved par from the bunker with a 5-foot putt on the final hole to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her first major championship, and the first by an Australian in 13 years.

Green closed with an even-par 72 at Hazeltine National for a one-shot victory over defending champion Sung Hyun Park, whose 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole gave her a 68.

Among those who celebrated with Green was Karrie Webb, who brought Green to America four years ago as part of her scholarship program. Webb was the last Australian to win an LPGA Tour major in 2006 at the Kraft Nabisco.

Green, in only her second full year on the LPGA Tour, is the first wire-to-wire winner of this major since 2011.

COLLEGES

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut official says the school is working to leave the American Athletic Conference and return to the Big East for basketball and other sports.

The official confirmed Saturday that there have been talks with the Big East, but said they were not aware any invitation had been extended.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

The school released a statement Sunday saying it is “our responsibility to always be mindful of what is in the best interest of our student athletes, our fans and our future. With that being said, we have been and remain proud members of the American Athletic Conference.

The Big East and American conferences declined to comment on the potential move.

—By AP Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb.

HORSE RACING

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been banned by the ownership of Santa Anita after a fourth horse from his stable has died — and the 30th overall — at the Southern California track.

The Stronch Group, which owns the track, says Saturday in a statement that Hollendorfer “is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities.”

On the recommendation of a special panel convened to review horses’ medical, training and racing history, the track’s stewards scratched four horses trained by Hollendorfer that were to run Saturday and Sunday.

A 4-year-old gelding trained by Hollendorfer was injured Saturday while exercising on the training track and was euthanized.

It was the 30th death since the racing season began on Dec. 26. The track closes for the season Sunday.

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