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June 13, 2018
Donald Kelly “Don” Temple
June 13, 2018
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Update on the latest sports:




Harper leaves early as Nats lose to Yanks


UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees kept their share of first place in the AL East while causing the Washington Nationals to lose their piece of the NL East lead.


CC Sabathia (sah-BATH’-ee-uh) combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Yanks blanked the Nats, 3-0. Sabathia scattered four hits over 5 2/3 innings and hit Bryce Harper on the right elbow in the fifth.


Harper also was plunked on the left foot by a Dellin Betances (beh-TAN’-sehs) pitch in the eighth inning and was lifted from the game. However, manager Dave Martinez says Harper was fine after the game.


Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) ended a long power outage with a pair of solo home runs for the Bombers, who remain tied for first with Boston.


The Red Sox kept pace by getting homers by Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) and Andrew Benintendi in a 6-4 victory at Baltimore. Devers smacked a two-run homer and Benintendi added a solo shot and two RBIs to help Eduardo Rodriguez improve to 8-1. Rodriguez put 10 runners on base over 5 2/3s, but he allowed just two runs as Boston won for the seventh time in 10 games.


Washington’s loss allowed Atlanta to take a one-game lead in the NL East. The Braves cruised to an 8-2 win over the Mets as Ozzie Albies crushed a grand slam and Freddie Freeman added a solo shot. New York led 2-1 until Freeman and Albies went deep in the Braves’ six-run sixth.


Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) worked five innings and combined with five relievers on a three-hitter.


Checking out Tuesday’s other major league action:


– The Brewers are back atop the NL Central after Travis Shaw and Chase Anderson led a 4-0 win over the second-place Cubs. Shaw provided a pair of two-run doubles to back Anderson, who limited Chicago to one hit over seven innings before the bullpen finished up a two-hitter. Tyler Chatwood gave up the four runs over five innings as the Cubs fell a half-game behind Milwaukee.


– The Cardinals’ 4-2 loss to the Padres leaves St. Louis three games behind the Brewers. Eric Hosmer hit a solo homer and A.J. Ellis added a two-run single while San Diego scored three times in the fourth inning off Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-lahs). The Padres have won 10 of their last 14 games.


– The Diamondbacks outscored the Pirates, 13-8 to maintain their three-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. Ketel Marte (keh-TEHL’ mahr-TAY’) collected three RBIs for Arizona, which scored six times in the first inning to withstand the Pirates’ six-run fourth. Marte’s two-run triple gave the DBacks a 6-0 lead.


– Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) homered off Bartolo Colon as part of the Dodgers’ 16-hit attack in a 12-5 thrashing of the Rangers. Puig went deep while Los Angeles was erupting for seven runs in the fourth to take an 11-2 lead. Colon remains tied with Juan Marichal for the most career victories among Dominican-born pitchers with 243.


– The Phillies were 5-4 winners over the Rockies behind Aaron Nola, who fanned 10 while yielding one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Scott Kingery put Philadelphia ahead with a three-run blast in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the third. Colorado scored three times in the ninth before suffering its fifth straight loss.


– Trevor Richards picked up his first big league win by tossing two-hit ball over six innings of the Marlins’ 3-1 verdict over the Giants. Miami blanked San Francisco following Brandon Crawford’s RBI grounder in the first inning. JT Riddle delivered a two-run double and Starlin Castro had two hits and an RBI for the Fish.


– Mitch Haniger and Ryon Healy each homered twice as the Mariners knocked off the Angels, 6-3. Haniger’s second home run was a two-run shot that broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth. Mike Leake is 7-3 after holding Los Angeles to a run and four hits over six innings.


– Houston also earned a 6-3 win over the Athletics to stay a half-game behind the AL West-leading Mariners. Evan Gattis led the Astros to their sixth straight win by providing a three-run homer and five RBIs. Lance McCullers gave up two runs and five hits over seven frames to move to 8-3.


– James Shields was sharp in the White Sox’s 5-1 win over the Indians, yielding a run and just four hits over seven innings. Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez opened the bottom of the first with consecutive home runs to help Chicago send Cleveland to its second loss in seven games. Matt Davidson furnished a pair of RBI doubles for the White Sox, who have won five of eight.


– Ehire Adrianza (AY’-ray ah-dree-AHN’-zuh) belted a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning to lead the Twins past the Tigers, 6-4. Adrianza supplied three of Minnesota’s seven hits as the team won its second straight and pulled within five games of the AL Central-leading Indians. Detroit remains 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland.


– Wilson Ramos (RAH’-mohs) launched a two-run homer and six Tampa Bay relievers combined for a five-hitter in a 4-1 win against the Blue Jays. Ramos opened the scoring in the third inning before pinch-hitter Joey Wendle and Mallex Smith both had run-scoring singles in the sixth.


– Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) lined a tiebreaking, base-loaded triple in the 10th inning to send the Reds past the Royals, 5-1. Tucker Barnhardt slammed a solo homer and Cincinnati starter Sal Romano lowered his ERA to 5.67 by holding the Royals to a run and four hits over eight frames.




Nats’ Murphy activated


UNDATED (AP) – Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy made his season debut against the Yankees Tuesday after coming off the disabled list.


Murphy batted fifth and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Nats’ 3-0 loss. The 33-year-old Murphy missed the Nats’ first 64 games while recovering from right knee surgery.


The three-time All-Star batted .322 with 43 doubles, 23 home runs and 93 RBIs in 144 games last season.


In other MLB news:


– Dodgers rookie pitcher Walker Buehler has landed on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a right rib microfracture. The injury was sustained when he was hit by a 108-mph line drive by Colorado’s Trevor Story on May 21, but he made three more starts despite feeling slight discomfort


– Rays right-hander Chris Archer could be sidelined through the All-Star break as he deals with a left abdominal strain. He felt discomfort after a 22-pitch mound session on Saturday and has no timetable for throwing off a mound again.


– Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with lower back spasms. He is expected to miss at least one start. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Cashner is on the mend, but not feeling well enough to make his scheduled start Wednesday against Boston.




Party time in Oakland, Washington


UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors and Washington Capitals held their championship parades on Tuesday.


Hundreds of thousands of Warriors fans turned out for the team’s third victory parade in four years as players rode open, double-decker buses.


An equal number of Caps fans lined Constitution Ave. or stood at the National Mall to celebrate the first championship in the team’s 43-season history.




Celtics’ Irving coy on possible reunion with LeBron


BOSTON (AP) – Kyrie Irving is playing coy about the possibility of reuniting with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James next season in Boston.


The Celtics guard on Tuesday deferred when asked about the prospect of the team pursuing James this summer. The 33-year-old James has a player option to remain in Cleveland next season but could opt for free agency.


Irving simply said he’s experienced it all in the NBA and that he’ll “see what management decides.”




Mack stays away from minicamp


UNDATED (AP) – Khalil Mack is holding out from the Oakland Raiders’ mandatory minicamp as he seeks a long-term contract.


Mack is entering the final season of his rookie deal that is set to pay him $13.8 million. He was a first-team All-Pro at both defensive end and linebacker in 2015 and won AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.


In other NFL news:


– Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas officially commenced his holdout as the team began its three-day mandatory minicamp. Thomas released a statement on Twitter on Sunday announcing his intention to skip the minicamp and all team-related activities until his contract situation is resolved.


– Zack Martin has rejoined the Cowboys for mandatory minicamp with the two-time All-Pro closing in on a contract that’s expected to make him the highest-paid guard in the NFL. Martin’s new contract is expected to surpass the $13.3 million annual average in the $66.5 million, five-year contract that Jacksonville’s Andrew Norwell signed in March.


– All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is not attending the Rams’ mandatory minicamp while he continues his lengthy quest for a lucrative new contract. Donald is due to make nearly $6.9 million this season in the fifth year of his rookie contract, and the team agrees he deserves a raise after turning in four dominant seasons as the cornerstone of the Rams’ defense.


– Colts quarterback Andrew Luck attempted his first passes in front of reporters as Indy opened its three-day minicamp. Luck only threw a handful of balls before he finished with a lob of about 20 yards. He then jogged from the outdoor practice field to the Colts’ indoor facility.


– Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looked good running pass routes after being cleared to practice. However, he did little work in team periods at the opening of minicamp as he recovers from a broken left ankle that caused him to miss the final 11 games last season.


– Panthers four-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (KEEK’-lee) says he should be ready for full contact when training camp begins following offseason surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder. Kuechly participated in individual drills during minicamp Tuesday, but was held out of team drills.


– Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown says he skipped most of organized team activities to spend time with his family and clear his head before his ninth season. Brown expressed frustration at stories suggesting he stayed away because he didn’t want to work with the team’s backup quarterbacks.


– Broncos pass rusher Shane Ray will undergo another operation on his left wrist. It’s his fourth surgery since August and one he hopes will finally allow him to return to the field healthy.


– A St. Louis jury has ordered the NFL’s Rams to pay former running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million for a severe left knee injury suffered at the Edward Jones Dome in 2015, the team’s final season before moving to Los Angeles. Bush was playing for the San Francisco 49ers when he was pushed out of bounds and slipped on concrete.


– The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says it is investigating the circumstances of former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr.’s arrest on suspicion of burglary. The department told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Monday that Winslow has given inconsistent and varied statements relating to his presence in a mobile home in Encinitas. Winslow was arrested June 7 after a resident reported seeing a stranger walk into a neighboring residence.




North Americans win 2026 World Cup vote 134-65


MOSCOW (AP) – FIFA member federations voted 134-65 in favor of selecting the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup over Morocco.


The outcome was an endorsement for the more profitable and stable bid from the North American neighbors.


The four countries involved in the bidding and three U.S. territories were not involved in the ballot.


In his acceptance speech, U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro says “Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honor.”


The 2026 World Cup has 48 teams playing a total of 80 games – 60 planned across 10 U.S. cities, and 10 games in three cities for each of Canada and Mexico.




Michigan OKs Nassar-related laws to give victims time to sue


LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed two bills inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal, including one giving childhood sexual abuse victims more time to sue.


One law will allow people who were sexually abused as children to sue until their 28th birthdays, or three years from when they realize they have been abused. Nassar’s victims will get a 90-day window to sue retroactively.


Nassar is serving several decades-long sentences for sexual assault of female athletes while serving as a team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State athletics.


Calley signed the bills because Gov. Rick Snyder is out of state.