Update on the latest sports
‘Savage’ Yanks host Rockies, deadline watch, Boone suspended a game
UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees open a three-game home series against Colorado with a new rallying cry inspired by manager Aaron Boone’s profane rant during a doubleheader sweep of the Rays on Thursday.
Boone repeatedly called his hitters “savages” in the batter’s box while chewing out rookie plate umpire Brennan Miller during the second inning of the opener. Television microphones picked up the audio, which went viral and was being printed on t-shirts before the first game ended.
Asked about the unusual expression, Boone said “Sometimes in the heat of the battle, you just kind of utter some things.”
Now, Boone has been suspended for one game for his rant. MLB executive Joe Torre also says Boone has been fined.
Boone was to serve the suspension Friday during New York’s series opener against Colorado.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Evaluators figure to be tuned into starts by Toronto’s Marcus Stroman and Texas’ Mike Minor with the July 31 trade deadline approaching. The 28-year-old Stroman (5-10, 3.25) is set to face Detroit knowing he’s likely auditioning for a number of contenders. Minor’s Rangers opened the second half as wild-card hopefuls, but they have lost four straight, including a 19-4 drubbing by Arizona on Wednesday. Minor has said he doesn’t want to be traded, but general manager Jon Daniels said last week the team was “not going to rule anything out.”
– Mike Montgomery (1-2, 5.67) will make his first big league appearance with Kansas City a decade after he emerged as a top prospect in the Royals system. Montgomery was traded to Tampa Bay in a package that brought back Wade Davis and James Shields in 2012 and eventually ended up with the Cubs, who he helped win a World Series in 2016. Chicago traded him to the Royals this week for catcher Martin Maldonado, and the left-hander is set to start against Cleveland All-Star MVP Shane Bieber (8-3, 3.49).
– There’s a matinee in Chicago, where San Diego sends lefty Eric Lauer to the mound against Jon Lester and the Cubs.
– The rest of the National League schedule has the Washington Nationals in Atlanta, the Cardinals in Cincinnati, Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, the Arizona Diamondbacks hosting Milwaukee, Miami at the L.A. Dodgers and the Mets back on the field in San Francisco after a 16-inning loss against the Giants last night.
– In the American League, it’s Boston at Baltimore, Chicago’s White Sox in Tampa Bay, Oakland at Minnesota, and the Seattle Mariners hosting the L.A. Angels.
NFL won’t suspend Chiefs’ Hill; Bills sign safety
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL will not suspend Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill under its personal conduct policy in a domestic violence case involving his 3-year-old son.
The league says it has not been given access to information in the court proceedings. A district attorney in June said an investigation was dropped because officials couldn’t prove who injured the boy, the league says those court proceeding are confidential and all law enforcement records are sealed.
Hill was suspended in April by the Chiefs. He is now is eligible to attend training camp and participate in all activities if the Chiefs lift their suspension.
– The Buffalo Bills have signed safety Kurt Coleman to replace Rafael Bush after Bush unexpectedly announced his retirement less than a week before the start of training camp. The 31-year-old Coleman has nine seasons of NFL experience and had nine starts in 16 games with New Orleans last year.
Raptors’ Kyle Lowry has surgery on thumb injured in playoffs
TORONTO (AP) – Kyle Lowry has undergone surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left thumb, an injury he played through during the last two rounds of Toronto’s run to the NBA championship.
The All-Star point guard was hurt May 12 during Game 7 of a victory over Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He continued to play and helped Toronto win its first title when he finished with 26 points and 10 assists in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Golden State.
Lowry averaged 15 points and 6.6 assists in 24 postseason games.
The Raptors say Lowry had the surgery in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Lowry, Holmes share lead; Tiger, Phil miss cut
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) -Shane Lowry of Ireland goes into the weekend with a share of the lead at the British Open.
Lowry opened with three straight birdies and became the first player to reach double figures under par when he holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole as the roar from the gallery pierced the heavy air and rain. But he dropped a shot on the 14th, and a bogey on the 18th hole gave him another 67. He was 8-under 134 and tied with J.B. Holmes.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood are one shot back.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are headed home. The pair have played in the same major 77 times as professionals, and this is first time they have both missed the cut.
And Rory McIlroy won’t be around for the weekend despite shooting a 65. He fell one stroke short of making the cut.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Alaphilippe wins time trial and keeps Tour yellow jersey
PAU, France (AP) – Inspired by his yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe has held off defending champion Geraint Thomas to extend his lead and win the only individual time trial stage of this Tour de France, a victory to raise French hopes that he could go all the way in yellow to Paris next week.
Cheered on by boisterous crowds hammering on roadside barriers, Alaphilippe sprang a surprise in his margin of victory on Friday’s tricky, hilly, turning course, emphatically relegating Thomas, a time-trial expert, to second place, 14 seconds slower.
All eyes turn to the high Pyrenees, to see whether Alaphilippe can continue his dream race when the Tour on Saturday ascends the legendary Tourmalet climb, the first of seven ascents to above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet). It’s the highest the Tour is going in the 116-year history of the race.
Media picks Alabama over Georgia in SEC; Big Ten holds media day
UNDATED (AP) – Defending Southeastern Conference champion Alabama is the favorite to once again beat Georgia in the title game in a preseason media poll.
The Crimson Tide was selected by 203 of 260 voters this week at SEC media days. Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the championship game last season, received 49 first-place votes.
Eight teams were picked as the SEC champion on at least one ballot.
The predicted order of finish in the West was Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn, Mississippi State, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Georgia was picked first in the East, followed by Florida, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
– Matt Millen will be back in a broadcast booth for the Big Ten network this season after getting a heart transplant. The former Penn State star who played on four Super Bowl championship teams was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare disease in which abnormal protein buildup can cause organ failure. He waited about three months to get the call and received his new heart during a procedure last December.
– Michigan hasn’t played a game outside the United States in more than a century but coach Jim Harbaugh said that will change soon. Asked about the possibility of playing a game in Mexico, Harbaugh tipped an upcoming international date, saying the program is “close to announcing playing a team on foreign soil.”
Report urges new board, funding model for US Olympic system
DENVER (AP) – A report examining the U.S. Olympic system urges a move away from the “money for medals” funding system and a reconfigured board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee that would give more power to athletes.
The USOPC called for the document, a 113-page report delivered this week by a committee headed by former WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders. The report comes after the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal that was followed by the resignation or removal of most of the federation’s top employees.
The report didn’t offer recommendations about how to pay for its recommendations.