Update on the latest sports
Cluber tries for win No. 18
UNDATED (AP) – Corey Kluber tries to become the majors’ first 18-game winner as Cleveland concludes a three-game series at home against Kansas City.
The Indians moved closer to their third straight AL Central title with a 9-3 win over the Royals on Tuesday night. They ended a three-game losing streak and reduced their magic number for clinching another division title to 10 following Minnesota’s 5-2 loss to Houston.
Brad Keller starts for the Royals.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez will make his seventh start of the season when Boston wraps up a three-game series in Atlanta. Velazquez has made 33 relief appearances. Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) starts for the Braves. He allowed one run and three hits in seven innings during a 7-1 win at Boston on May 27 in his only previous appearance against the Red Sox.
– Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is set to finish serving his two-game suspension Wednesday night when Los Angeles hosts the New York Mets. Puig lost his appeal and sat out the first game Tuesday. He was involved in an altercation with San Francisco’s Nick Hundley during an Aug. 14 game, taking an open-handed swipe at the catcher’s mask. Puig is eligible to return for Friday’s series opener at Colorado.
– First baseman Anthony Rizzo said he plans to play as the Cubs try to avoid a three-game sweep in Milwaukee. Rizzo left last night’s 11-1 loss with a bruised right foot but said he was OK and the team said X-rays were negative. Rizzo entered the game hitting .284 with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs. Jose Quintana pitches for the NL Central leaders against Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) and the second-place Brewers, who trail Chicago by three games.
– Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH’-loh koh-LOHN’) is expected to pitch for Texas in his first game since going on the disabled list. The 45-year-old was hit hard by Oakland in his last outing on Aug. 20, then was sidelined by back stiffness. Colon is set to start at home against the Angels. He has 247 career wins.
Fans rejoice: Subscription-free streaming for NFL games
NEW YORK (AP) – Good news for football fans: It’s going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year.
The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription. It’s seeking to expand its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining.
The regular season starts Thursday.
There are some restrictions. Streamed games are typically only accessible via phones and tablets. To watch on a big TV, you’ll still need a cable or satellite subscription, or one through a cable-like online package such as PlayStation Vue.
Other major professional leagues still require TV subscriptions for hometown teams. A key element to getting TV networks on board: They’ll get to sell the majority of ads on the subscription-free football streams.
Trump says Nike getting ‘killed’ over Colin Kaepernick deal
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says Nike is getting “killed” over an endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk).
Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday, “Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way?”
Nike this week unveiled the deal with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who’s known for starting protests among NFL players over police brutality and racial inequality. The deal spurred debate among fans, with some urging a boycott of the Beaverton, Oregon-based company.
Some players say they’re proud of Nike.
Trump has repeatedly slammed NFL players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem. He says he’ll find it difficult to watch the NFL “until they stand for the FLAG!”
RYDER CUP-EUROPEAN PICKS
Europe picks Garcia, Poulter, Stenson, Casey for Ryder Cup
LONDON (AP) – Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey are the European team’s wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup.
European captain Thomas Bjorn made the announcement Wednesday, picking experienced players to balance a team containing five rookies among the automatic qualifiers.
The eight qualifiers were Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Thorbjorn Olesen, Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren.
The Ryder Cup will take place at Le Golf National in Paris from Sept. 28-30. The United States won the last edition, at Hazeltine in 2016.
Short-track speedskater Viktor Ahn of Russia retires
MOSCOW (AP) – Olympic speedskating great Viktor Ahn is retiring from the sport.
The South Korean-born Russian short-track speedskater, who is 32 years old, is the most decorated athlete in his sport in Olympic history.
Ahn won three gold medals while competing for South Korea in 2006 as Ahn Hyun-soo. He then won three more in 2014 for Russia as Viktor Ahn after switching allegiance following conflicts with the South Korean coaching staff.
Ahn was excluded from the Pyeongchang Olympics in February after the International Olympic Committee refused to invite him. With the Russian team banned for widespread doping, the IOC said it couldn’t be sure he was clean.