Update on the latest in sports:
Yanks tie MLB home run streak record
UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees have tied the major league record for consecutive games with a home run.
Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton went deep as the Yanks topped the Blue Jays, 10-8 and extended their home run streak to 27 games, matching the mark set by the 2002 Rangers. Stanton’s first home run of the season was a three-run blast that highlighted the Yankees’ seven-run sixth. Hicks also hit a three-run shot while New York built a 10-2 lead.
CC Sabathia pitched six innings of two-run ball for his 251st career victory.
Elsewhere on the major league diamonds:
– The Red Sox were able to celebrate a 6-5 win over the White Sox when Marco Hernandez beat out an infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Eduardo Nunez hit a solo homer and tied the game with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Mookie Betts also homered as Boston ended a two-game skid and won for the ninth time in 12 games.
– The Indians picked up a 3-2 win over the Royals on a walk-off, solo homer by Jason Kipnis in the 10th inning. Kipnis is batting .471 with four homers and 14 RBIs in his past nine games, one reason why Cleveland is an AL-leading 15-6 this month. Indians rookie Bobby Bradley hit an RBI double for the second time since making his big league debut on Sunday.
– David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) hit a tiebreaking RBI single while the Diamondbacks scored four times in the eighth to beat the Dodgers, 8-5. Former Dodger Tim Locastro put the game out of reach with a two-run double. Christian Walker and starting pitcher Zack Greinke homered for Arizona, which ended the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak.
– Willson Contreras slammed a solo homer and drove in three as the Cubs won a matchup of NL division leaders, 8-3 over the Braves. Jason Heyward added a solo homer for the Cubs, who put together a five-run fifth and moved a game ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central. Jon Lester pitched five-hit ball through six innings to help Chicago cut the Braves’ lead in the NL East to 5 1/2 games over Philadelphia.
– The Phillies scored just 15 runs during their seven-game losing streak before their offense broke through with four home runs in a 13-7 victory over the Mets. Jean Segura, Rhys Hoskins and Mikael (MY’-kehl) Franco went deep off Steven Matz before Jay Bruce added a blast against his former team. Franco had three RBIs, including a two-run blast that put Philadelphia ahead, 7-6.
– David Dahl hit a two-run homer in the third and Jon Gray worked six innings as the Rockies posted a 2-0 shutout of the Giants. Jon Gray struck out six in six innings, allowing four hits and walking two in his eighth win. Drew Pomeranz matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over five innings but left trailing 2-0.
Cardinals closer has torn elbow ligament
UNDATED (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks has a torn elbow ligament, an injury that usually leads to Tommy John surgery.
The team says it’s determining what to do with Hicks, who has hit 105 mph with fastballs this season and routinely reaches triple digits with his heater.
Hicks left Saturday’s game against the Angels in the ninth inning after retiring four batters.
The 22-year-old Hicks is 2-2 with 14 saves and a 3.14 ERA in 29 games, striking out 31 in 28 2/3 innings.
Hicks made his big league debut last year, pitching in 73 games.
In other MLB news:
– The Cubs say closer Craig Kimbrel could be activated later this week, three weeks after signing a free-agent contract. Kimbrel allowed one run in 2/3 innings for Iowa on Saturday. It was his only run allowed in 2 2/3 innings over three appearances.
– Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera has had his suspension reduced from four to three games on appeal by Major League Baseball. The Texas Rangers third baseman will miss the team’s upcoming three-game series that begins Tuesday at Detroit. Cabrera was punished for hitting umpire crew chief Bill Miller on the foot with a small plastic guard or batting gloves.
– The Orioles have signed the top overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, catcher Adley Rutschman of Oregon State. The 21-year-old switch-hitter batted .411 with 17 home runs as a junior for the Beavers this year.
– The Mets have fined manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas for their expletive-filled confrontation with a reporter after a weekend loss at Wrigley Field. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen made the announcement before the Mets played in Philadelphia. He did not disclose the amount of the fines.
– The Dodgers say they’re studying how to improve the protective netting after a young girl was hit in the head by a liner from slugger Cody Bellinger. The fan was hit Sunday and taken to a hospital for precautionary tests.
Greek Freak takes MVP honors at NBA awards
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA handed out its annual awards on Monday, and two of the big winners are from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bucks forward GIannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. The 24-year-old forward from Greece beat out Paul George of Oklahoma City and Houston’s James Harden, who won last year. Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer came away with Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career at the NBA Awards. He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals before a loss to the eventual-champion Raptors.
Mavericks small forward Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) won the Rookie of the Year award. The 20-year-old small forward from Slovenia averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists for Dallas this past season after being taken with the third overall pick in the draft.
Lou Williams of the Clippers has received the Sixth Man award for the second consecutive season and third time in five years. Williams delivered 20 points and 5.4 assists a game while starting just once in his 75 games.
Toronto’s Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) is the league’s most improved player after averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 boards for the NBA champs. He also scored 19 points a game during the postseason.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal has received the NBA Cares Community Assist honor.
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were given the league’s lifetime achievement award.
In other NBA news:
– Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers plans to meet with both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson ahead of the start of free agency this weekend. Asked if he is optimistic about the talks with the two stars, Myers said “We’ll see.”
– The Hawks have traded Kent Bazemore to the Trail Blazers for Evan Turner is a swap of high-priced players heading into the final year of their contracts. Bazemore lost his starting job midway through last season and is set to make nearly $19.3 million in the last season of a four-year, $70 million deal. Turner will make $18.6 million to serve as a backup point guard behind rookie star Trae Young.
– The NBA has fined the Knicks $50,000 for violating media rules by not allowing the New York Daily News to cover one of the team’s news conferences. The Knicks have feuded with the tabloid for years over what the team feels is negative coverage.
US beats Spain to reach Cup quarters
REIMS, FRANCE (AP) – The U.S. Women’s soccer team has advanced to the quarterfinals at World Cup after passing its first major test of the tournament.
Megan Rapinoe (ra-PEE’-noh) converted a pair of penalty kicks to lead a 2-1 victory over Spain. The tense match was knotted at 1 until Rapinoe’s second penalty put the defending champions ahead in the 75th minute.
The U.S. won its three first-round games by a combined 18-0 score before struggling against the Spaniards.
The French defeated Brazil 2-1 in extra time Sunday night.
Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The IOC selected Italy over Stockholm, giving the Italians the Winter Games just 20 years after they were held in Turin.
Both candidates would likely have failed to get this far in previous Olympic bidding contests. The IOC has relaxed previously strict rules that demanded financial guarantees and government support earlier in the process.
AP source: Big East votes to invite UConn to rejoin
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation has confirmed to The Associated Press that the presidents of Big East schools have extended an invitation to UConn to rejoin the conference for basketball and other sports.
The school’s Board of Trustees is expected to accept the invitation on Wednesday and announce the move as early as Thursday morning. Connecticut currently is a member of the American Athletic Conference and is required to pay a $10 million withdrawal fee and give 27 months’ notice before leaving.
The result of the vote was first reported Monday by CBS Sports.
BASEBALL-COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Wolverines top Commodores
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Michigan is one victory away from its first NCAA baseball title since 1962.
Jimmy Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, a two-run blast in the seventh inning of the Wolverines’ 7-4 win against Vanderbilt in Omaha, Nebraska.
Kerr has hit seven of his 15 homers over 11 NCAA Tournament games and is 7 for 18 in the CWS.
Tommy Henry was unflappable for a second straight start, striking out eight while pitching 8 1/3 innings of seven-hit ball.
Game 2 is Tuesday night.
NFL-RAMS-ST. LOUIS LAWSUIT
Judge approves $24 million settlement over Rams’ PSLs
A federal judge has approved a settlement calling for the NFL’s Rams to pay up to $24 million to personal seat license holders in St. Louis.
Several St. Louis PSL holders filed a class-action lawsuit after the team moved to Los Angeles in January 2016. The lawsuit calls for PSL holders to get 30% of the original purchase price, a refund for the nine unused years of the seat license fee, plus damages.
Knights keep Karlsson
UNDATED (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights have signed high-scoring forward William Karlsson to an eight-year contract before he can test the free agent market on Monday.
The deal has an average annual value of $5.9 million. The 26-year-old Karlsson had 24 goals and 32 assists in 82 games last season after establishing career highs with 43 goals and 35 assists in the Knights’ inaugural season.
Elsewhere around the NHL:
– The Stars have acquired right wing Ryan Hartman from the Flyers for center Tyler Pitlick. Hartman had 12 goals and 14 assists while playing 83 games last season, splitting time between Nashville and the Flyers. Pitlick had eight goals and four assists in 47 games for Dallas before appearing in six playoff games for the Stars.
– The Blackhawks have acquired veteran defenseman Calvin de Haan (deh-HAHN’) and minor league forward Aleksi Saarela from the Hurricanes for defenseman Gustav Forsling and goaltender Anton Forsberg. The 28-year-old de Haan had one goal and 13 assists in 74 games last season after signing a four-year, $18.2 million free-agent package with Carolina last season.
– Wild defenseman Brad Hunt has agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.4 million. Hunt had five points in 29 games with the Wild last season after coming over from Vegas in a midseason trade.
Woods deleted from wrongful death suit
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Tiger Woods is no longer a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a drunken driver who died in a December car crash.
Attorneys for the parents of Nicholas Immesberger filed an amended complaint Friday in Palm Beach County court dropping Woods from the suit. The complaint still targets The Woods restaurant in Jupiter, in which the pro golfer is an investor. It also includes restaurant general manager Erica Herman, who is in a relationship with Woods.
2 Russian biathletes banned based on doping lab data
MOSCOW (AP) – Two Russian biathletes have been banned for doping based on computer data from a laboratory in Moscow.
The International Biathlon Union says it handed four-year bans to Alexander Chernyshov and Alexander Pechyonkin because of “aggravating circumstances (participating in an organized doping scheme).”
The cases relied on information from the lab database, which held records of years of drug testing at a time when Russian officials routinely covered up cases.
There was no immediate word on two other ongoing biathlon cases using the lab data. The athletes in those cases are Olympic gold medalists Evgeny Ustyugov and Svetlana Sleptsova.
Another Russian, Ekaterina Glazyrina, was banned for two years in 2018 because evidence of her drug use was covered up prior to the 2014 Olympics.
IOC president cautions against profit-driven sports events
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – IOC President Thomas Bach has called on local governments to resist promoting independently run sports events that he believes go against the Olympic ideal.
Bach says the organizers of profit-driven sporting ventures are “cherry picking” events without sharing the International Olympic Committee’s duty to use profits to help athletes around the world.
He tells the annual IOC meeting that “narrow self-interest” encourages “a purely market-based approach to sport that ignores the values we stand for.”
In swimming, three elite athletes filed an anti-trust case against governing body FINA and others risked bans by supporting a privately owned league. FINA then withdrew the ban threat, increased prize money and launched a new top-tier competition series.
Bach says some businesses “deserve a profit” for presenting sports in innovative ways. But he adds “what is not fair at all, is that more and more public authorities are ignoring the differences between these purely commercial companies and us, as values-based organizations.”
KLITSCHKO-RESCUED AT SEA
Wladimir Klitschko rescued at sea after yacht fire off Spain
LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says his boat trip off Spain with family and friends was cut short after a fire broke out on board.
The 43-year-old Ukrainian said in a tweet Tuesday the group was evacuated from the motor yacht in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday night.
Spain’s Maritime Rescue Service confirmed it responded to an emergency call, though a spokeswoman declined to provide the identities of those involved because of privacy rules.
The spokeswoman told The Associated Press the yacht carrying nine people reported a fire in its engine room and was drifting 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Port Adriano, which is on the island of Mallorca. Nobody was hurt.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with the agency’s rules.