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MLB SCHEDULE

 

Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row

 

UNDATED (AP) – The Astros are aiming for their 12th straight victory today, which would tie for the longest winning streak in franchise history set in 1999 and duplicated in 2004.

 

Fresh off a 10-0 road trip to Texas, Oakland and Kansas City in which they outscored opponents 74-35, the World Series champions return to Minute Maid Park to take on Tampa Bay.

 

Houston starter Gerrit Cole (8-1, 2.40 ERA) leads the AL with 130 strikeouts; the Rays will start a reliever for the third straight game, with Ryne Stanek opening up.

 

Also in MLB today:

 

– Bartolo Colon goes for his 244th career win, which would break a tie with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic. The 45-year-old Colon gave up a season-high eight runs in his last outing for Texas, tagged by the Dodgers. Colon has won one of his past five starts going into this game at Kansas City. Ian Kennedy has won just one of his last 27 home starts for the Royals.

 

– The New York Yankees and Washington meet for a doubleheader – sort of – at Nationals Park. The teams were tied at 2 in the sixth inning on May 15 when their game was stopped because of rain, and they were postponed the next night. So the Yanks and Nats will pick up in the sixth, with both clubs expected to start out with relievers. Sonny Gray will start Game 2 for the New York against rookie Erick Fedde.

 

– Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will go on paternity leave for the birth of his fourth child and could miss as many as three games. San Francisco returns home from a 10-day road trip to face the Miami Marlins.

 

SOCCER WORLD CUP

 

Pogba goal for France now an Australia own goal

 

MOSCOW (AP) – Paul Pogba is no longer the scorer of France’s winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Australia.

 

FIFA says its panel of former coaches and players analyzing World Cup games judged that Australia defender Aziz Behich got the decisive final touch in the 81st minute.

 

After Pogba stretched to shoot, the ball looped up from Behich’s attempted clearance and struck the crossbar on its way down to land over the goal-line.

 

The decision means an assist for France forward Olivier Giroud is also cancelled.

 

FIFA’s technical study group reviews each goal as part of its work preparing a report of tactical trends at the tournament.

 

Saturday’s game was contentious when France scored from the spot after being awarded a penalty following a VAR review.

 

SOCCER WORLD CUP-MEXICO

 

FIFA probes Mexico over fans’ anti-gay slur

 

MOSCOW (AP) – FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after its fans used an anti-gay slur in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Germany.

 

Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute.

 

Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.

 

Mexico’s football federation has been repeatedly fined by FIFA over fans chanting the slur.

 

The Court of Arbitration for Sport canceled two fines against Mexico in November, ruling the chant was “insulting” but not meant to offend, though it left other fines in force.

 

KOREAS-TENSIONS

 

2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games

 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The rival Koreas have agreed that their athletes will march together under a single flag in the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.

 

South Korea’s Sports Ministry says sports officials from two countries also agreed today to field combined teams in some unspecified events at the Asian Games. And the two Koreas have decided to hold friendly basketball matches in Pyongyang and Seoul in the coming months.

 

The officials met today at a border village.

 

MURRAY COMEBACK

 

Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week

 

LONDON (AP) – Andy Murray is excited to be returning at the pre-Wimbledon Queen’s Club event this week after the former top-ranked player in the world experienced the “lowest point” of his career during an 11-month absence from tennis.

 

The 31-year-old Briton, who has been out of action with a hip injury since losing in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been drawn to meet Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the first round at Queen’s.

 

Murray says, “I’m really looking forward to playing again.” He says in his regular BBC Sport column, “While I will be nervous, it will be great to finally step back on the court.”

 

Murray, who won the Wimbledon title in 2013 and 2016 and the U.S. Open crown in 2012, had an operation on his hip in January.

 

GERMANY-BORIS BECKER

 

Report: CAR foreign minister says Boris Becker not diplomat

 

BERLIN (AP) – Central African Republic’s foreign minister reportedly says that retired German tennis star Boris Becker doesn’t have diplomatic status in his unpaid role as a sports attache for the country.

 

Becker claims that his role gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain. He argues that, as CAR’s attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs, he’s covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations.

 

But the African country’s foreign minister, Charles Armel Doubane, was quoted Monday as telling German daily Die Welt that “Boris Becker is not an official diplomat of Central African Republic.” He said that he would have had to sign a document giving Becker that status, but was never asked to.

 

Doubane said his country won’t obstruct justice in any case against Becker.