Update on the latest sports
Kershaw, Dodgers look to continue domination of Braves
UNDATED (AP) – Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers look to continue dominating Atlanta in the second game of their weekend series at SunTrust Park.
Kershaw has never lost to the Braves, going 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in nine career starts. The Dodgers haven’t lost a series to the Braves since 2015.
Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) will be looking to get back on track after three straight rough outings. He has surrendered 21 hits, 14 earned runs and four homers in his last 18 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers routed the Braves 8-2 Thursday behind seven dominant innings from Rich Hill and Manny Machado’s first homer with his new team. Machado, acquired last week from Baltimore, now has 25 homers on the season.
The Dodgers hold a 1 1/2-game lead in the NL West. The Braves slipped 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner pitches the second game of a four-game weekend set at home against Milwaukee. The left-hander is making his 10th start of the season, and the Giants are 4-1 in his home outings. The 2014 World Series MVP is coming off a career-high six walks last Saturday at Oakland, when he lasted only four-plus innings. Two-time All-Star closer Joakim Soria is expected to join the Brewers, a day after they acquired him from the Chicago White Sox.
– The New York Mets will go for a rare four-game winning streak in Pittsburgh. Jason Vargas is expected to come off the disabled list to start for the Mets. He’ll try to do something he hasn’t done since 2005: beat the Pirates. Pittsburgh is going with Ivan Nova, who is 4-1 since returning from a stint on the DL with a sprained right ring finger on June 10.
– World Series champion Houston could have a new catcher in the lineup for its series opener at home against rival Texas. The Astros acquired Martin Maldonado from the Los Angeles Angels Thursday for left-hander Patrick Sandoval and $250,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation. Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) starts against right-hander Yovani Gallardo (gy-YAHR’-doh). Keuchel is 5-0 in his last seven starts.
Redskins sign backup quarterback Colt McCoy to extension
UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Redskins have signed backup quarterback Colt McCoy to an extension that keeps him under contract through the 2019 season.
The team announced the deal Friday. NFL Network reported Thursday the contract could be worth up to $7 million.
McCoy is entering his fifth season with Washington, all under coach Jay Gruden, who called the 31-year-old a “great player to have around.” Gruden says if anything happens to new quarterback Alex Smith, the team is in good hands with McCoy.
Drafted in the third round out of Texas by Cleveland in 2010, McCoy started 21 games for the Browns and appeared in three more. He started four games for the Redskins in 2014. McCoy has thrown for 5,586 yards, 26 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in 35 NFL games.
In other NFL news:
– The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan. The team did not disclose specific terms Friday, but multiple reports say it’s a five-year deal worth $80 million with $50 million guaranteed. Lewan arrived at training camp on time Wednesday after skipping mandatory minicamp in June because of the stalled contract talks. The 27-year-old is a former first-round draft pick from Michigan who made his second consecutive Pro Bowl last season.
– The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract extension with left tackle Jake Matthews. The 26-year-old Matthews was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft. He has started in each of his 63 games while serving the key role of protecting quarterback Matt Ryan. The deal on Friday is through the 2023 season and comes one day after the team agreed on a contract “adjustment” with wide receiver Julio Jones.
– President Donald Trump is congratulating Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for saying his players will be required to stand for the playing of the national anthem. Jones was the first owner to publicly say that his players would not be allowed to stay off the field during the anthem. Jones said the team’s policy is “you stand at the anthem, toe on the line.” Trump writes: “Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do!”
University stops Nassar victims’ payments amid fraud worries
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University has halted payments from a $10 million fund it set up for counseling services for victims of now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar amid concerns about possible fraudulent claims.
The Lansing State Journal reports the school stopped making payments Wednesday after the Healing Assistance Fund administrator’s flagged the issue. MSU spokeswoman Emily Guerrant says stopping payments will allow an investigation into the issue.
Guerrant says the fund had distributed more than $1.1 million as of June 30.
Nassar worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He is imprisoned for molesting athletes and possessing child pornography.
The Detroit News reports John Manly, a civil attorney for roughly 200 victims, says fraud should be rooted out but that he worries about how victims will cope without.
TOKYO 2020-DAYLIGHT SAVING
2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat
TOKYO (AP) – Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are considering introducing daylight saving time as a countermeasure to the extreme heat that could prevail in the Japanese capital during the games.
Japan has been gripped by a deadly heatwave this summer that has resulted in more than 65 deaths nationwide. The temperature on Monday reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest ever recorded in Japan.
Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) on Friday to discuss the possibility of introducing daylight saving time during the 2020 Games. Mori said after the meeting the prime minister said putting clocks forward one or two hours during the games “may be one solution.”
The International Olympic Committee decided this month the marathon would be staged at 7 a.m. to lessen the effect of extreme heat.