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June 20, 2018
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June 20, 2018
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Update on the latest sports:





Kluber goes for 11th win


UNDATED (AP) – Corey Kluber tries to become the major league’s first 11-game winner this season when Cleveland hosts the White Sox Wednesday afternoon.


Kluber won five straight decisions before losing to Minnesota last time out, giving up two homers and four runs in a 6-3 defeat.


Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez is looking to solve the reigning AL Central champs after they tagged him for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings on May 30.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Ross Stripling tries to win his seventh consecutive start when the Dodgers complete a three-game set against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Stripling joined LA’s rotation amid a bevy of injuries and has been consistently on point, walking just two batters over his past seven starts. Chicago will counter with Jon Lester.


– Anibal Sanchez hopes to give the upstart Braves a little more late-career magic. The 34-year-old Sanchez has been excellent for Atlanta, most recently throwing seven scoreless innings against San Diego. Sanchez has been a surprise contributor after posting a 6.09 ERA over his final two seasons in Detroit and signing with the Braves on a minor league contract in March. He’ll face Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ in Toronto in an afternoon game.


– Felix Hernandez pitches for Seattle at Yankee Stadium in the middle game of a series between AL playoff contenders. King Felix is 7-2 with a 2.00 ERA over 11 career starts in the Bronx, including 6-1 with a 1.41 ERA in nine outings at the current Yankee Stadium. The 32-year-old righty, a six-time All-Star and the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, is 10-7 with a 3.04 ERA and four complete games in 21 starts against New York overall. Jonathan Loaisiga (loh-AY’-see-gah) gets the ball for the Yankees after throwing five scoreless innings to win his major league debut vs. Tampa Bay last Friday.




Ronaldo scores in Portugal’s 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated


MOSCOW (AP) – Morocco has become the first North African team to be eliminated from the World Cup, losing to Portugal 1-0.


Morocco lost its second straight Group B match and is out of contention for a spot in the next round.


Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal. His header in the fourth minute was his fourth goal at this year’s tournament, and his 85th for his country. That put him ahead of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas and alone in second place worldwide behind Ali Daei’s 109 goals for Iran.


The other matches Wednesday are Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia in Group A and Iran vs. Spain in Group B.




Predators’ Watson arrested on domestic assault charge


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Police in Tennessee have arrested Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson on a charge of domestic assault.


Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner says Watson was arrested Saturday evening. Warner says Watson has been released from jail on $4,500 bond and is due in court June 28. No further information was immediately available.


The Predators issued a statement saying they “are still gathering facts and it’s not appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”


The 26-year-old Watson is a former first-round draft pick who scored a career-high 14 goals and had five assists in 76 games during the 2017-18 regular season. He had five goals and three assists in 13 playoff games.


Watson has 23 goals and 24 assists in 216 career regular-season games, all with the Predators.




Brady, James, Ovechkin, Shiffrin earn bids for The ESPYs


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vies for best male athlete while Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin contends a second time for best female athlete among nominations for The ESPYS honoring the past year’s top sports achievements and moments.


Brady, a three-time nominee, will be up against first-time nominees Jose Altuve of the World Series champion Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Alexander Ovechkin of the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in male athlete nods announced Wednesday. Brady was also nominated in 2004 and 2008.


Shiffrin faces three first-time nominees for female athlete in Sylvia Fowles of the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim and soccer player Julie Ertz.


Newly retired racecar driver Danica Patrick will be the first woman to host when the show airs July 18 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.