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June 15, 2018
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Dustin Johnson atop leaderboard


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) – Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley were tied at 1-under-par 69 as the first round of the U.S. Open concluded.


Shinnecock Hills got the best of many of the world’s top players, including Tiger Woods (8 over) and Phil Mickelson (7-over).


But Johnson and company held a one-stroke lead over Jason Dufner. The rest of the field was over par. Woods finished with a 78.




Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer


MOSCOW (AP) – The second day of World Cup action brings one of the most anticipated games of the opening round: Spain against Portugal in a match of two teams trying to bring the focus back to soccer.


Spain is in chaos after firing its coach two days before Friday’s match. Portugal has been fending off distractions since star Cristiano Ronaldo hinted at an upcoming announcement about his future.


The Group B match in Sochi is at Fisht Olympic Stadium, the first World Cup game to be played at the venue.


Friday’s other two games are Egypt versus Uruguay in Group A, and Morocco against Iran in Group B.


Egypt is making its first World Cup appearance in 28 years and its success will depend on the health of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who was injured in the Champions League final but is expected to play.


The game between Morocco and Iran will likely decide third place in Group B.


The United States is missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.




Trump says he worked hard to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America


WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he worked hard on the effort to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and thanked Bob Kraft, owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.


Trump signed letters to FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressing confidence World Cup delegations and fans would be welcomed for the tournament. Although of no legal force, the letters were used in lobbying by the U.S. Soccer Federation and the joint North American bid competed against Morocco’s. The North American bid won 134-65 in voting by FIFA members on Wednesday.


Trump tweeted Friday “Thank you for all of the compliments on getting the World Cup to come to the U.S.A., Mexico and Canada. I worked hard on this, along with a Great Team of talented people. We never fail, and it will be a great World Cup! A special thanks to Bob Kraft for excellent advice.”


Kraft became honorary chairman of the bid last July, worked to obtain U.S. government support and helped gain the support of federations.




Jones homers in seventh to lead Tigers over Twins, 3-1


UNDATED (AP) – Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrtz) hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox past Seattle 2-1.


Boston’s victory extended its winning streak to four games – and snapped the Mariners’ four-game winning streak in a matchup of two of the hottest ball clubs in the big leagues.


David Price pitched seven innings of one-run ball to earn his sixth victory over his past seven appearances. He allowed four hits, striking out seven. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to lock down his 22nd save.


In other action Thursday:


– JaCoby Jones’ two-run homer capped a three-run seventh inning as the Detroit Tigers came from behind to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1. Detroit won the last two games of the series to improve to 23-17 at Comerica Park. The Tigers, who play their next eight games on the road, are 10-20 away from home. Michael Fulmer improved to 5-0 in five career starts against the Twins. He pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in ending a three-start winless streak.


– Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer and Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win as the New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series. Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell as New York beat the blossoming left-hander for the second time this season and ended his four-game winning streak


– Anibal Sanchez allowed only four hits in seven scoreless innings, Ender Inciarte homered and scored two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-2. Ozzie Albies added a run-scoring double for the NL East-leading Braves.


– Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3. Trevor Story lined Velasquez’s 105th pitch to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez’s bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. Velasquez dominated the Rockies, giving up one hit and two runs with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.


– Pablo Sandoval’s tie-breaking two-run single in the 16th inning lifted the San Francisco Giants past the Miami Marlins 6-3. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer and Mac Williamson also homered for the Giants. The victory was just the second for the Giants in their last 10 meetings with the Marlins.


– Justin Verlander pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 for their eighth straight win Thursday afternoon. Brian McCann homered for the first time in nearly a month. Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick were among five players with two hits apiece as Houston completed the three-game sweep.


– Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez homered, Mike Clevinger struck out 11 in seven innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2. Lindor led off the game against Carlos Rodon with his 15th home run.


– David Peralta hit a pair of solo homers, Matt Koch pitched six effective innings in a combined four-hitter and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Thursday night. Amed Rosario pulled the Mets within a run on solo homer off Archie Bradley in the eighth inning. But Peralta, who homered off Jason Vargas (2-5) in the fourth inning, hit his 14th of the season off Jacob Rhame in the bottom half. Koch (5-3) gave up solo homers to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto, but only one other hit.




Indians activate Guyer, designate Cabrera for assignment


UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Indians have activated outfielder Brandon Guyer from the 10-day disabled list and designated Melky Cabrera for assignment. The Indians announced the moves prior to Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.


Guyer – hitting .150 – was batting fifth and playing right field in his first appearance since he strained his neck on May 19. He was hurt in a collision with a fan while chasing a foul ball at Houston.


Cabrera hit .207 with 11 RBIs in 17 games. With Guyer back and outfielder Tyler Naquin just about ready to return from a hamstring strain, manager Terry Francona says the Indians “didn’t see a way we were going to be able to keep” him.


In other MLB news:



– Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is trying to remove from the internet the leaked video of former Mets manager Terry Collins ranting at umpires. The profanity-laced video surfaced this week. Manfred says baseball made a commitment to the umpires that if they would wear microphones for some games, certain exchanges would not be aired.


– Mark Lerner has replaced his 92-year-old father Ted Lerner as managing principal owner of the Washington Nationals. The team announced that Ted Lerner is stepping down and will be succeeded by his 64-year-old son after Major League Baseball approved the move at its quarterly meeting in New York. Ted Lerner has controlled the Nationals since his family bought the team from MLB in 2006, the year after the team moved from Montreal.


– San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch. Longoria was struck by Dan Straily in Miami. There is no timetable for Longoria’s return. The 32-year-old Longoria says he will decide in the next few days if he will need surgery.


– The Texas Rangers have optioned infielder Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock. That clears a roster spot for left-hander Yohander Mendez to make his first big league start. He will pitch the opener of a three-game series at home against Colorado. Mendez is 0-6 in 10 starts for Round Rock this season. His 10 previous career MLB appearances were in relief.




Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr arrested on rape charges


UNDATED (AP) – Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge.


The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow on Thursday at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas. The 34-year-old was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and single counts of forcible sodomy, oral copulation and indecent exposure. He’s free after posting $50,000 bail.


Winslow was due to appear in court Thursday after being charged with burglary following an incident last month at a mobile home park. He now faces arraignment Friday.


The son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow spent 10 seasons in the NFL from 2004-13 with Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets.


In other NFL news:


– The Arizona Cardinals have signed punter Andy Lee to a two-year contract extension through 2020. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed Thursday. The 35-year-old Lee averaged 47.3 yards last season, his first with Arizona, to break the franchise record and finish seventh in the NFL.


– New Orleans Saints No. 1 draft choice Marcus Davenport will undergo minor thumb surgery now that the team has completed its mini-camp. Davenport, a defensive end from Texas-San Antonio, is expected to be ready to go when the team reconvenes for the start of training camp in late July.


– Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media. The Good Guy Award is given to an NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs.




Sabres acquire Boston U’s Hickey; send Fasching to Coyotes


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres stocked up on another Boston University product by acquiring defenseman Brandon Hickey in a trade that sent forward Hudson Fasching to the Arizona Coyotes.


Buffalo also acquired minor-league forward Mike Sislo in the deal Thursday.


Hickey joins three former Boston University teammates on Buffalo’s roster, including star center Jack Eichel. Hickey was the Terriers’ captain in completing his senior season, and finished his career with 21 goals and 54 points in 147 games.


Hickey also played in college with Buffalo forwards Evan Rodrigues and Danny O’Regan.




New Jersey launches sports betting


OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey has launched sports betting.


Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy kicked off a new era of gambling in the state, making the first official bets on Thursday morning at Monmouth Park, a racetrack near the Jersey shore.


He placed two $20 bets – one on Germany to win soccer’s World Cup and another on the New Jersey Devils to win next year’s Stanley Cup.


New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case last month that cleared the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting should they choose.


The Borgata casino planned to start taking bets 30 minutes after Murphy made his.


Other casinos and tracks eventually plan to offer sports betting, but none has announced plans to do so in the next few days.




Michigan State trustee calls for school president to resign


DETROIT (AP) – A Michigan State University board trustee is asking interim school president John Engler to resign immediately.


Brian Mosallam released a statement Friday morning, saying the crisis on campus related to Larry Nassar will not settle until Engler steps down.


According to emails, Engler has criticized lawyers who represent Nassar’s assault victims and suggested the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a “kickback” from her attorney.


His remarks were made to another university official in April, a month before Michigan State agreed to a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar, a former campus sports doctor now serving decades in prison. The Chronicle of Higher Education and Detroit Free Press reported on the emails Wednesday.