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Alonso edges Guerrero in rookie battle for HR Derby title


CLEVELAND (AP) – Pete Alonso didn’t have the most round-trippers in the Home Run Derby on Monday, but he hit them when it mattered.


The New York Mets rookie first baseman is $1 million richer after defeating Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the final.


Needing 23 homers to beat Guerrero, Alonso connected for a homer to left-center before flipping his bat high into the air and hugging his pitcher, cousin Derek Morgan.


Guerrero lost the derby despite hitting a record 91 home runs in the three rounds compared to 57 by the winner.


Alonso disappointed the local fans by homering on his final sweep to defeat Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, 14-13. He was booed as he walked away from the plate.


Alonso repeated his walk-off magic by going deep on his last swing to beat Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr., 20-19.


Guerrero advanced to the final by winning a prodigious second-round battle against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. They were tied after regulation and overtime before Guerrero hit two in the second three-swing run-off to beat Pederson, 40-39.


Guerrero eliminated Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman in the first round by belting 29 home runs, which was the derby record until the semifinals.




AL’s Verlander, NL’s Ryu starting pitchers in All-Star Game


CLEVELAND (AP) – Justin Verlander will start the All-Star Game for the American League for the second time and lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon-jihn ree-OO’) will make his first start for the National League. Verlander is 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA this year for the Astros, striking out 153 in 126 2/3 innings. Ryu is 10-2 with a major league-leading 1.73 ERA for the Dodgers.


Astros outfielder George Springer will lead off and play right field for the AL. He’s followed in the batting order by Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo), Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez, Houston third baseman Alex Bregman, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Astros left fielder Michael Brantley and Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco.


Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) tops the NL order and plays left field. Cubs shortstop Javier Baez hits second, followed by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (ahr-eh-NAH’-doh), Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell at designated hitter, Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras, Arizona second baseman Ketel Marte (mahr-TAY’) and Atlanta center fielder Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr.




Serena to face fellow American Riske


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Serena Williams will face fellow American Alison Riske today in the quarterfinals at the All England Club as she chases an eighth Wimbledon title and a 24th major overall.


Riske upset top-ranked Ash Barty in the fourth round and will be playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal – in her 30th appearance at a Grand Slam tournament.


No. 7 Simona Halep is the highest seeded woman left in the draw. After beating teenage sensation Coco Gauff in straight sets, Halep will take on Zhang Shuai of China in the quarterfinals.


Also, Johanna Konta, the last British player in the tournament, will play Barbora Strycova, while No. 8 Elina Svitolina faces Karolina Muchova.




– Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh), the 2017 Wimbledon champion, has split with her coach of about four years, Sam Sumyk. The champion at the All England Club in 2017 and French Open in 2016 wrote on Twitter that it was “the end of an Extraordinary ride. … Beyond grateful for this last 4 years. Merci Sam.” Besides winning two major titles, Muguruza also rose to the No. 1 ranking in 2017. She is currently ranked 27th and lost in the first round at this year’s Wimbledon tournament.




US Women’s World Cup champs arrive home ahead of parade


NEWARK, N.Y. (AP) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has arrived home following their World Cup win against the Netherlands.


The soccer team, which won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title, touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport at about 4:30 p.m. Monday where they were met with cheers and a banner saying “Congratulations Team USA!”


The team members gathered on the tarmac for a toast and posed for pictures as they sang “We Are The Champions.”


The Americans beat the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday when Megan Rapinoe converted a penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.


On Wednesday, the team will be showered with a ticker-tape parade up lower Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes. It’s the city’s first ticker-tape parade since the women’s team won the 2015 Cup.




Nuggets acquire Jerami Grant from Thunder for draft pick


UNDATED (AP) – Two people familiar with the situation say the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded forward Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets for a 2020 first-round draft pick.


Grant is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds.


It’s another first-round selection for the Thunder, who are in line for at least four more assuming the blockbuster deal that sends Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers goes through. The deals would also give Oklahoma City the rights to as many as 13 first-round picks over the next seven drafts.


Also in the NBA:


– The Mavericks have finalized a deal to acquire guard Delon Wright from Memphis in a sign-and-trade agreement for the restricted free agent. The Grizzlies get two second-round draft picks and the rights to Satnam Singh.




Sharks ink Lebanc for 2019-20


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The San Jose Sharks have re-signed 23-year-old forward Kevin Labanc to a one-year, $1 million contract.


The 23-year-old Labanc set career highs with 17 goals, 39 assists and 56 points last season before helping the Sharks reach the Western Conference final. He became the first player in NHL history to record four points in a single period in a Game 7 of a playoff series.




Women’s British Open increases payout


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – The Royal & Ancient is raising the total prize money to $4.5 million for the Women’s British Open, with the winner receiving $675,000. The increase in prize money for the Women’s British Open comes in the first year of AIG’s five-year deal as the title sponsor.


The tournament will be held the first weekend in August.


The men’s British Open next week has a $10.75 million purse.