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May 30, 2018
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May 30, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:





Yanks rally to beat Astros


UNDATED (AP) – Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres certainly knows how to make up for a couple of fielding miscues.


Torres delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Yankees a 6-5 comeback win over the Astros. The second baseman committed two of New York’s five errors before helping the Yanks keep pace with the Red Sox.


The Astros were two outs from a 5-3 victory until Brett Gardner belted his second home run of the game, a two-run blast off Chris Devenski. The blast prevented Charlie Morton from becoming the American League’s first eight-game winner.


Checking out Tuesday’s other major league action:


– Sandy Leon was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as the Red Sox hammered the Blue Jays, 8-3. Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) also homered to help Boston maintain its two-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. Rick Porcello is 7-2 after allowing two earned runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings.


– Homers by Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez powered the Indians to their fourth straight win, 7-3 over the White Sox. Brantley went 3-for-4 while extending his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest active streak in the majors. Winning pitcher Mike Clevenger allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings.


– Cleveland tops the AL Central by 4 1/2 games over Minnesota and Detroit after the Twins absorbed a 2-1 loss at Kansas City on Alcidis (al-SEE-dihs) Escobar’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th. Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson threw five-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, but Kansas City forced extra innings when Addison Reed issued a bases-loaded walk to Jorge Soler in the eighth.


– Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer and Luis Valbuena went deep twice in the Angels’ 9-2 rout of the Tigers. Martin Maldonado furnished a two-run homer as Los Angeles won for just the fifth time in 14 games. Nick Tropeano was reached for two runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings to get the win.


– Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOHR’) lined a tiebreaking, three-run double in the ninth inning to send the Rangers past the Mariners, 9-5. Ronald Guzman went 4-for-4 with three RBIs as Texas ended Seattle’s four-game winning streak. Nelson Crus homered for the Mariners, who remain one game behind the AL West-leading Astros.


– The Rays were 4-3 winners at Oakland behind Blake Snell, who was reached for an unearned run and two hits while fanning seven over 5 2/3 innings. C.J. Cron, Joey Wendle and Wilson Ramos hit consecutive home runs in the third inning. Daniel Robertson’s ninth-inning blast gave Tampa Bay much-needed breathing room after the Athletics scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.


– The Braves beat the Mets with a walk-off homer for the second straight day as Johan Camargo’s ninth-inning solo homer capped Atlanta’s rally from a 6-2 deficit in a 7-6 thriller over New York. Ender Inciarte (ehn-see-AHR’-tay) tied it with a two-run triple while the Braves were scoring three times in the eighth off Jacob Rhame (raym). Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera homered twice, and Adrian Gonzalez also went deep for the Mets, who are 10 games under .500 since an 11-1 start.


– Bryce Harper slammed his National League-leading 17th home run while going 3-for-5 in the Nationals’ fourth consecutive victory, 3-2 at Baltimore. Mark Reynolds also homered and Jeremy Hellickson gave up two runs and six hits over five innings to get the victory. Washington remains a half-game off the NL East lead.


– Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH’-tuh) dropped his ERA to 2.16 by tossing six scoreless innings to lead the Phillies’ 6-1 verdict over the Dodgers. Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on Nick Williams’ solo homer and Odubel Herrera’s two-run single. Jorge Alfaro and Carlos Santana added RBI doubles as the Phils stayed one game behind the NL East-leading Braves.


– Harrison Bader smacked a solo homer and Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) added a two-run single while the Cardinals scored four in the second inning of a 6-1 trouncing of Milwaukee. Matt Carpenter and Francisco Pena also hit solo homers and Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah) held the NL Central leaders to one run and two hits over 6 2/3s. The Brewers had won four straight before their division lead dipped to 3 1/2 games over Chicago.


– Ben Zobrist (ZOH’-brihst) and Kyle Schwarber belted two-run homers and Anthony Rizzo added a solo blast as the Cubs outscored the Pirates, 8-6. Rizzo’s seventh-inning homer broke a 3-3 tie and helped Chicago send Pittsburgh to its fourth straight loss and ninth in 11 games. Jon Lester spotted the Bucs an early 3-0 lead before moving to 5-2.


– Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh), Chris Ianetta (eye-ah-NEH’-tuh) and pinch-hitter David Dahl drove in two runs apiece as the Rockies clobbered the Giants, 11-4. Dahl’s two-run shot capped a four-run seventh that put the game out of reach. Kyle Freeland evened his record at 5-5, yielding three runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 frames.


– Colorado’s lead in the NL West is still 1 1/2 games after Zack Godley gave up two runs while striking out seven over six innings to send the second-place Diamondbacks to a 5-2 win over the Reds. Daniel Descalso’s two-run homer in the second inning put Arizona ahead to stay. Descalso had two of the DBacks’ four hits.


– Franmil Reyes cracked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth and the Padres added four runs in the eighth to beat the Marlins, 9-5. Christian Villanueva furnished a two-run single in the eighth, Raffy Lopez had two ribbies and Eric Hosmer was 3-for-4 with an RBI. JT Riddle’s first homer of the season was an inside-the-park job in the ninth for Miami.




McCann sidelined with knee soreness


UNDATED (AP) – Astros catcher Brian McCann has been put on the 10-day disabled list because of right knee soreness and returned to Houston to be examined. Houston manager A.J. Hinch said McCann has been dealing with the issue and felt it more during Monday’s game. McCann is mired in a 1-for-26 slump that has dropped his batting average to .219.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Indians pitcher Andrew Miller visited a specialist in New York on Tuesday to have his injured left knee examined. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said there’s no indication at this point that Miller will need surgery.


– The Mets have placed starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right index finger that manager Mickey Callaway said isn’t a serious injury. Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings as the Mets’ No. 2 pitcher. Jason Vargas will take Syndergaard’s scheduled start on Wednesday as he tries to improve on his 1-3 record and 10.62 ERA in five starts this season.


– The Mets also have an injury issue with starting pitcher Steven Matz, who left Tuesday’s game with an apparent problem with his left hand. Matz went out to the mound to warm up for the bottom of the fourth in Atlanta when he suddenly stopped throwing and began to look at his hand.




Love status still uncertain for Game 1


UNDATED (AP) – Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is unclear.


Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue gave an update Tuesday before the team flew to San Francisco for Thursday’s opener. The Cavs are playing the Golden State Warriors in the finals for the fourth straight year.


Love missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at Boston after banging heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the previous game. Jeff Green started for Love in Game 7 and finished with 19 points with eight rebounds in Cleveland’s 87-79 victory.


Love has played center and forward this season and is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this postseason. He sat out the 2015 finals with a separated shoulder.


Also in the NBA:


– A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia 76ers have worked out a three-year contract extension with head coach Brett Brown through the 2021-22 season. The Sixers won 52 games this season and beat Miami in the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals by Boston.


– A basketball player who just finished his rookie season with the Atlanta Hawks has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in Oregon. Police in Eugene say 22-year-old Tyler Dorsey was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving without lights and having an open alcoholic beverage container and was released after posting $590 bail.




Villanova’s DiVincenzo stays in NBA draft


UNDATED (AP) – Villanova is losing one of its most important players from the Wildcats’ most recent run to an NCAA men’s basketball title.


Final Four most outstanding player Donte DiVincenzo is staying in the NBA draft after helping Villanova win the national championship. The school announced DiVincenzo’s decision a day before the NCAA deadline for players who haven’t hired an agent to withdraw from the draft and return to school. The 6-foot-5 guard had two years of eligibility remaining.


DiVincenzo was the Big East sixth man of the year and averaged 13.4 points with 4.8 rebounds, capped by a dazzling 31-point showing against Michigan for the Wildcats’ second NCAA title in three seasons.


In news of other college basketball players:


– Bryant Crawford is starting his professional career and will not return to Wake Forest for his senior season.


– Michigan State forward Nick Ward is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school for his junior season.


– UCLA guard Kris Wilkes will skip next month’s NBA draft and return to school for his sophomore season.


– Admiral Schofield is pulling his name out of the NBA draft and returning to Tennessee for his senior season.


– Auburn center Austin Wiley, point guard Jared Harper and shooting guard Bryce Brown are returning to school after exploring their NBA draft prospects.


– Florida guard Jalen Hudson, the team’s leading scorer last season, will return to school for his senior year. Hudson declared for the NBA draft in late March, but didn’t hire an agent and left open the possibility of staying in school.




Players continue to pan NFL anthem policy


UNDATED (AP) – The NFL’s new policy against national anthem protests continues to receive backlash from players.


Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and left tackle Kelvin Beachum say the policy is “disappointing” and team owners are “missing the point.” And Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith says the NFL has “dropped the ball” on its new policy that forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the national anthem.


NFL owners voted last Wednesday to require players to stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room. Teams will be fined if players don’t stand.


Some players have been kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games the last two seasons to protest police brutality and racial inequality.


Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said shortly after the league announced the policy that he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests – and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players’ actions.


Kearse says he wishes other NFL owners would be more like Johnson by supporting their players and having conversations with them.




Serena wins first match as mom


PARIS (AP) – Serena Williams has won her first Grand Slam match as a mother – and first match at a major in 16 months.


Williams beat 70th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6, 6-4 to reach the second round of the French Open. The 36-year-old American had not competed at a Grand Slam tournament since the Australian Open in January 2017, when she was pregnant and won her 23rd major championship.


Williams gave birth to a daughter last September.


Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia was pushed to three sets in her return to the Paris Grand Slam following a two-year absence. Sharapova eventually prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in her first win at the French Open since 2015. She served a drug ban in 2016 and was not granted a wild card last year.


Other first-round winners on the women’s side were third seed Garbine Muguruza (gahr-BEEN’ moo-gah-ROO’-thuh), seventh seed Caroline Garcia, No. 11 Julia Georges and No. 12 Angelique Kerber. None of the seeded players were beaten.


Rafael Nadal narrowly avoided dropping a set at the Open for the first time in three years as he finished off his rain-interrupted 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 victory over 129th-ranked Simone Bolelli of Italy. Beginning his bid for a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros, Nadal needed to erase four set points to close things out.


Third seed Marin Cilic (CHIH’-lihch) and sixth seed Kevin Anderson also won in straight sets, while Juan Martin Del Potro advanced in four sets after dropping the opener, 6-1.


American and 14th seed Jack Sock was highly critical of the official during and after his 6-7, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 loss to Jurgen Zopp.


Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is through to the third round, making light work of 91st-ranked Lara Arruabarrena of Spain in a 6-0, 6-4 win. The eighth-seeded Kvitova lost in the second round last year when she was coming back to the tour after a knife attack in her home in 2016 that left her needing surgery on her left hand, her playing hand.


In the last match of the opening round, top-ranked Simona Halep put aside a terrible start and came back to claim 12 of the last 14 games, beating 83rd-ranked Alison Riske of the United States 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the second round of the French Open. Halep, the runner-up at Roland Garros in 2014 and a year ago, played poorly in the first set, with only four winners and 16 unforced errors. But she had 16 winners and 12 unforced errors the rest of the way, while Riske made more and more mistakes.