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September 14, 2018
Richard Allen Miller
September 14, 2018
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Update on the latest sports




Cubs outlast Nats


UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs needed 10 innings to add a half-game to their lead in the National League Central.


Kris Bryant doubled and scored on a bunt single by Javier Baez with one out in the 10th to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Nationals in Washington. Baez also belted a solo shot in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie, but the Nats forced extra innings on Trea Turner’s seventh-inning double.


Pedro Strop (strohp) improved to 6-1 and was the eighth of nine pitchers used by manager Joe Maddon. However, Strop also pulled a hamstring while running the bases.


The outcome gives the Cubs a 1 1/2-game edge over the idle Milwaukee Brewers.


Checking out the rest of Thursday’s matinee action around the ballparks:


– Boston’s magic number to win the AL East is down to six following the Red Sox’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. The Red Sox blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth before an error by second baseman Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR’-vihs soh-LAHR’-tay) allowed Xander Bogaerts to score the go-ahead run in the bottom half. J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) hit solo homers to back Eduardo Rodriguez, who was in line to get the win after allowing one run over six frames.


– Oakland’s 5-3 loss at Baltimore gives the Astros a 3 1/2-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West. The A’s never caught up following Tim Beckham’s two-run single in the first inning. Stephen Piscotty homered for the Athletics, who had won six in a row before falling 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the first AL wild card.


– Colorado kept its 1 1/2-game lead over Los Angeles in the NL West as Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) homered in the Rockies’ 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks. David Dahl had three hits and two RBIs to back Kyle Freeland, who carried a two-hitter into the seventh and allowed three runs and four hits over 6 1/3. The Diamondbacks are 3-12 this month and 4 1/2 games behind the Rockies.


– Manny Machado was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs as the Dodgers knocked off the Cardinals, 9-7 to keep pace with Colorado. David Freese (freez) poked a two-run triple against his ex-team to opening the scoring. Clayton Kershaw delivered an RBI single and struck out eight while allowing three earned runs in six innings.


– Nelson Cruz slammed a three-run homer and Mike Leake worked seven strong innings in the Mariners’ 8-2 romp over the Angels. Leake was reached for only one run and four hits as Seattle ended a two-game skid.


– Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier hit back-to-back homers with two out in the bottom of the ninth to send the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Marlins in Game 1 of a twinbill. Mets starter Steven Matz smacked his first career home run, a two-run blast right after he surrendered back-to-back homers to Peter O’Brien and Isaac Galloway in the second. Matz left the game tied 2-2 in the seventh, but he was on the hook for the loss before Conforto and Frazier went deep.


– Conforto kept up the offense in the nightcap by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the Mets’ 5-2 victory. Thomas Nido belted his first career home run, Amed Rosario was 3-for-4 and Jason Vargas limited Miami to two runs and three hits over six innings.


– Salvador Perez and Jorge Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH’-see-oh) hit back-to-back homers during a four-run sixth as the Royals topped the Twins, 6-4. Heath Fillmyer matched a career high with six strikeouts and allowed four runs and five hits over 7 1/3 innings. Minnesota’s loss drops the Indians’ magic number to two for winning the AL Central for the third straight year.




Mets’ Wright set to play on Sept. 29


NEW YORK (AP) – David Wright is going to play one more game, but it will likely be his last.


The New York Mets say their longtime third baseman will be activated before their final homestand and start Sept. 29 against the Marlins, the team’s penultimate game of the season.


Wright hasn’t played since May 2016 while dealing with neck, back and shoulder injuries that have required surgery. He is the team’s all-time leader with 1,777 hits, 390 doubles, 970 RBIs, 761 walks and 949 runs scored, while ranking second with 242 home runs and tied for third with a .296 batting average.


In other MLB news:


– Diamondbacks right-hander Clay Buchholz was scratched from his start Thursday because of tightness in his right arm. Buchholz is 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA since signing a minor league contract on May 4, and 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his late nine starts following a stint on the disabled list. Matt Koch started in his place and was reached for four runs and eight hits in three innings.


– Former Major League pitcher Billy O’Dell has died in South Carolina at 85. O’Dell went straight from Clemson to the majors with the Orioles in 1954 and was 105-100 with a 3.29 ERA in 479 games over 13 seasons. He won a career-high 19 games while helping the 1962 Giants get within one victory of a World Series championship.




Bengals knock off Ravens


CINCINNATI (AP) – A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals are 2-0 after beating a division rival.


Green grabbed three touchdown passes in the first half while the Bengals were building an early 21-point lead in a 34-23 victory over the visiting Baltimore Ravens. He set the tone with scoring receptions of four, 28 and seven yards on consecutive possessions.


Andy Dalton threw all four of his scoring strikes in the first half and finished 24 of 42 for 265 yards. It was his fifth career game with at least four touchdown passes.


Joe Flacco couldn’t do anything against Cincinnati until the Bengals led by three touchdowns. He threw for 356 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, including a 21-yarder to John Brown that cut it to 28-23 with 9:35 left.


Flacco also fumbled with 2:42 remaining to set up a game-clinching field goal by Randy Bullock.


The Ravens are 1-1.




Big Ben sits out practice again


UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t saying much about the status of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) for Sunday’s home opener against the Chiefs.


Roethlisberger skipped practice for a second straight day due to an issue with his right elbow. The 36-year-old Roethlisberger injured the elbow on Pittsburgh’s next-to-last offensive snap in a Week 1 tie with Cleveland. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner declined to get into specifics about Roethlisberger’s status for Sunday.


In other NFL news:


– The Titans limited Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) at practice today and gave more work to backup Blaine Gabbert in preparation for Sunday’s game against Houston. Coach Mike Vrabel says they want to evaluate which quarterback will give them the best chance against the Texans. Mariota practiced fully yesterday after an injured elbow knocked him out of Tennessee’s 27-20 opening loss in Miami.


– Leonard Fournette is running again and feeling “better and better” about his strained right hamstring. The Jaguars running back also is hopeful he will be able to play against the Patriots on Sunday. Fournette cautions, though, that “it’ll be a game-time decision.”


– Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa will sit out a second straight game because of a bone bruise in his left foot. Bosa hurt the foot during training camp and reinjured it during practice last week. He missed the opener against Kansas City and will be sidelined for Sunday’s game at Buffalo.


– Dolphins left guard Josh Sitton was held out of a second straight practice with a shoulder issue, casting doubt about his availability for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets. Dolphins coach Adam Gase (gays) said receiver DeVante Parker should be able to play after sitting out the opener with a broken finger on his right hand.


– Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has again been held out of practice with a sore knee, leaving his status uncertain this weekend’s game against Carolina. Coach Dan Quinn says he’ll know more about Freeman’s status on Friday.


– A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press the Seahawks are expected to sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year contract despite his recent guilty plea on insider trading charges. His sentencing is not expected to take place until January.


– Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills says he’s committed to activism ‘forever.’ That means he plans to continue to be among the handful of NFL players participating in protests during the national anthem. Stills met with some veterans this week to explain his position. He says they understood his stand.




Sharks acquire Erik Karlsson from Senators


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The San Jose Sharks now have two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson on their blueline.


Karlsson was acquired from the Ottawa Senators for a package of young players and several high draft picks. The Sharks also received forward Francis Perron and sent forwards Chris Tierney, Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers to Ottawa, along with defenseman Dylan DeMelo.


The Senators also get a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, a second-round pick next year and two conditional selections. San Jose will also send Ottawa a second-rounder in 2021 if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks.


The four-time, First Team All-Star is coming off one of his worst seasons, scoring nine goals and 62 points with a minus-25. The 28-year-old defenseman has scored 126 goals and 518 points in 627 NHL games, all with Ottawa.


In other NHL news:


– Five-time All-Star center Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) has signed an eight-year $78.8 million extension with the Dallas Stars through the 2026-27 season. The 26-year-old was entering the final year of his contract after scoring 40 goals and 78 points for the Stars last season. The 26-year-old center has furnished 229 goals and 505 points in 590 NHL games.


– The Blues have activated forward Robby Fabbri off injured reserve before their first training camp practices. Fabbri missed all of last season after re-tearing the ACL in his left knee.


– A trial date has been set in a harassment case against former Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee, who resigned in August after 23 years with the organization. A Buffalo judge scheduled a non-jury trial for Nov. 9 on a violation charge of harassment stemming from an incident at the NHL scouting combine in May.


– The Hurricanes have picked forward Justin Williams as their captain and said center Victor Rask had surgery on two fingers he injured while slicing food in his kitchen. General manager Don Waddell says Rask will be out indefinitely after having the procedure on the fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand.




Milwaukee officer involved in NBA player’s arrest fired


MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts.


Police Chief Erik Morales disclosed the firing during a speech at Marquette University on Thursday but he did not name the officer.


Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s black.


One officer later mocked Brown on Facebook for his Jan. 26 arrest stemming from a parking violation.


In other NBA news:


– Prosecutors say Celtics guard Jabari Bird choked his girlfriend multiple times, kicked her and prevented her from leaving his apartment for hours last week before he collapsed in distress. Bird was held on $50,000 bail at his arraignment Thursday on domestic violence-related charges. Not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.




US Open umpire tells AP he is focusing on ‘working again’


ZADAR, Croatia (AP) – The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final says he is pleased to be getting back to work.


Preparing to take his seat to direct matches in the Davis Cup semifinals between Croatia and the United States, Carlos Ramos tells The Associated Press he is “just focusing on this tie and working again. That’s all I can say.”


Ramos gave Williams three code violations in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka last weekend, and the American great argued that she wasn’t being treated the same as some male players.


USTA president and CEO Katrina Adams, who defended Williams, was overheard apologizing to Ramos on the sidelines of today’s draw ceremony.


Ramos wouldn’t go into details over his discussion with Adams, who initiated the conversation, saying only “I cannot talk about that.”