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July 24, 2019
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Update on the latest in sports:




A look at majors:


UNDATED (AP) – Paul Goldschmidt homered for the second straight night, Jose Martinez added his 10th home run of the season and Dakota Hudson rebounded from a shaky start to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. Goldschmidt delivered a two-run blast to the left-field seats in the third inning off Chris Archer (3-7). Martinez put St. Louis in front with a solo shot leading off the fifth and Hudson and two relievers shut the Pirates down after spotting Pittsburgh an early 3-0 lead.


St. Louis moved to 9-2 since the All-Star break to close ground on the first-place Chicago Cubs in the quickly widening NL Central. The Cardinals and Pirates were separated by a half-game at the break. The gap has expanded considerably over the last two weeks.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Pablo Sandoval homered with one out in the 13th inning, sending the San Francisco Giants past the Chicago Cubs 5-4. Sandoval just cleared the left-field fence with his first-pitch drive off Brad Brach that went to replay and was upheld to formally finish the 3-hour, 45-minute game.


– Dwight Smith Jr. hit a three-run home run, Dylan Bundy pitched six solid innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2. Renato Nunez and Anthony Santander also homered for the Orioles, with Nunez raising his team-leading total to 24. Bundy allowed two runs, four hits and three walks while striking out five for his second win in three starts. Baltimore executed double plays in three straight innings and has won four of six.


– Aaron Hicks made a game-saving catch in center field for the final out in the 10th inning, Didi Gregorius had five hits and seven RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 14-12 in a game that featured five lead changes or ties in the final three innings. Gleyber Torres scored Gregorius with an RBI single in the top of the 10th and New York tacked on another run on a wild pitch by Kohl Stewart. Hicks ended the game with a diving catch to leave the bases loaded.


– Scott Kingery tripled to lead off the 15th inning and scored on a single by Rhys Hoskins as the Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the Detroit Tigers 3-2. Kingery, who had struck out four times, hit a drive to deep right off Daniel Stumpf to start the winning rally. Hoskins followed with a clean single to right.


– Eugenio Suarez hit his third two-run home run in two games and the Cincinnati Reds battered Zach Davies for seven runs in a 14-6 rout over the Milwaukee Brewers. Jesse Winker and Joey Votto also hit two-run homers and pinch-hitter Phillip Ervin had a three-run triple as Cincinnati beat the Brewers for the fifth straight time. Davies allowed six earned runs and nine hits in four-plus innings. His ERA rose from 2.79, sixth-lowest among qualified pitchers, to 3.17.


– Trea Turner hit his second career cycle, Stephen Strasburg earned his major league-leading 13th win and the Washington Nationals routed the Colorado Rockies 11-1. Turner led off the first inning with a homer, singled in the second and tripled leading off the fifth. After grounding into a double play in the sixth, he doubled home a run during Washington’s eight-run seventh. It was the fourth cycle for the Nationals since relocating to Washington in 2005.


– Paul Goldschmidt homered for the second straight night, Jose Martinez added his 10th home run of the season and Dakota Hudson rebounded from a shaky start to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. Goldschmidt delivered a two-run blast to the left-field seats in the third inning off Chris Archer.


– Justin Smoak tied the game with a homer in the ninth inning and knocked in the winning run with a two-out single in the 10th as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1.


– Caleb Smith retired his first 17 batters and cruised through seven innings of two-hit ball, and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1. Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer to cap Miami’s four-run fourth inning against Dylan Covey.


– Lucas Duda came through with Kansas City’s first pinch-hit homer of the season to break a tie in the eighth inning, and the Royals held on for a 5-4 victory over the first-place Atlanta Braves. Alex Gordon also homered for the Royals and drove in two runs.


– Robinson Cano hit three home runs for the first time, breaking loose from a season-long slump in a huge way and leading Jason Vargas and the New York Mets over the San Diego Padres 5-1. The 36-year-old Cano drove in all five runs and went 4 for 4. Vargas pitched one-hit ball for six shutout innings, possibly enhancing his trade value. Cano began the day batting just .243 with six homers in his first season with the Mets.


– Christian Vazquez hit his second career pinch-hit home run, snapping a seventh-inning tie and helping Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Tuesday night. The defending World Series champions climbed a season-high 10 games over .500, pulling into a virtual tie with the reeling Rays for third place in the AL wild standings behind the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics.


– Toronto’s Justin Smoak hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, then singled home the winning run with two outs in the tenth as the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Tuesday night.




Yonder Alonso brought up to Rockies from Triple-A


UNDATED (AP) – Yonder Alonso has been brought up to the Colorado Rockies from Triple-A Albuquerque. The 32-year-old was signed to a minor league contract on July 10, a week after he was released by the Chicago White Sox from a contract he signed with Cleveland.


In other MLB news:


– The Cleveland Indians say the 3-year-old boy hit by a foul ball in Cleveland last weekend is showing no signs of serious injury. The boy, identified by the team as Henry, was hit by a line drive off the bat of Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor on Sunday. Cleveland said in a statement the boy was released from a hospital on Sunday evening.


– Nationals ace Max Scherzer is slated to start Thursday against the Colorado after recovering from inflammation under his right shoulder. The 34-year-old right-hander threw a bullpen session before Washington’s game against the Rockies on Monday was postponed.


– The Dodgers plan to welcome the All-Star Game back to Dodger Stadium with a $100 million renovation of their historic ballpark. The Dodgers unveiled the logo for next year’s Midsummer Classic and their latest renovation plans that includes a Centerfield Plaza at their 57-year-old home, the majors’ third-oldest park.


– Seattle second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quadriceps and could be sidelined for several weeks. Gordon was placed on the IL after leaving after the second inning of a win over Texas on Monday. Gordon said he strained the muscle rounding first base.


– Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been arrested again in New Jersey. Newark police say Gooden was pulled over late Monday night after driving the wrong way down a one-way road and charged with driving while intoxicated. Last month, the 54-year-old Gooden was charged with drug possession after suspected cocaine was found in his car. In a text message to Newsday on Tuesday, Gooden said he is “going away for a while to try and save my life.”




A look at what’s happening around the NFL


UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons’ defense, which was devastated by injuries in 2018, already has lost two players in training camp.


Safety J.J. Wilcox will miss the season with a right knee injury, defensive tackle Michael Bennett has suffered a broken ankle and will miss the start of the season. Both were hurt on Monday’s opening day of camp. The injuries follow defensive end Steven Means’ season-ending Achilles tendon injury in organized team activities in May. Atlanta lost linebacker Deion Jones and both safeties, Neal and Ricardo Allen, to injured reserve last season.


In other NFL news:


– Receiver Tyler Boyd signed a four-year contract extension today, coming off his breakthrough season with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals also are trying to work out a contract extension with A.J. Green, who is entering the final season of a four-year, $60 million deal. Green has fully recovered from a toe injury that required surgery.


– Minnesota Vikings cornerback Holton Hill has been suspended for an additional four games, this time for violation of the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse. Hill will be out of action for the first half of the season, having previously received a four-game ban the league handed him in April for violation of the policy on performance-enhancing drugs.


– The Washington Redskins have released inside linebacker Mason Foster on the eve of training camp. Agent Blake Baratz confirmed the surprise move on Twitter and blasted the Redskins for having “zero good faith” and tweeted that Foster couldn’t get a straight answer about why he was cut.


– Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman was seen wearing a brace or splint on his left thumb at a youth camp he organized last weekend and he will reportedly be limited for three weeks. Training camp starts Thursday.


– The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive lineman Isaac Asiata and safety Abraham Wallace two days before the start of training camp. Buffalo placed offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles on injured reserve and released receiver Da’Mari Scott.


– The Jacksonville Jaguars will open training camp with two offensive starters and a rookie on the physically unable to perform list. The Jaguars placed veteran receiver Marqise Lee, left tackle Cam Robinson and fifth-round draft pick Ryquell Armstead on the PUP list two days before they open camp. The team also placed rookie offensive lineman Donnell Greene and linebacker Jake Ryan on the non-football injury list.


– Seattle second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quadriceps. Gordon was placed on the IL after leaving after the second inning of a win over Texas on Monday. Gordon said he strained the muscle rounding first base. Manager Scott Servais says an MRI showed the injury will keep Gordon sidelined several weeks.




Boxer Dadashev dies after suffering brain injury in ring


MOSCOW (AP) – Boxer Maxim Dadashev has died after suffering a brain injury in a fight in Maryland. He was 28. The Russian Boxing Federation says Dadashev died “as a result of the injuries he sustained” in Friday’s light-welterweight fight with Subriel Matias at the Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Dadashev was hospitalized shortly after the fight, which was stopped by his corner following the 11th round after Dadashev took numerous shots to the head.


Footage from the fight shows Dadashev shaking his head as his trainer, Buddy McGirt, pleads with him to stop the fight.




Suns sign Diallo


UNDATED (AP) – The Phoenix Suns have signed big man Cheick Diallo to a multiyear contract. The 22-year-old Diallo played the past three seasons with New Orleans, averaging 6.0 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 62%.


In other NBA moves:


– The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent Boban Marjanovic (BOH’-bahn mahr-YAH’-noh-vihch), bringing the 7-foot-3 center back to Texas three years after he spent his rookie season with the rival San Antonio Spurs. Marjanovic was sent to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Clippers before the trading deadline last season.




Knights sign defenseman Deryk Engelland to one-year deal


LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights signed defenseman Deryk Engelland on Tuesday to a one-year deal for the upcoming season.


The contract includes a $700,000 base salary and incentives that could bring the total value of the deal to $1.5 million. Engelland played in 74 games last season and finished with 12 points and 18 penalty minutes.




Monitoring group says racism on rise in English soccer


LONDON (AP) – English soccer’s anti-racism monitors say cases of discrimination have risen for the seventh straight year.


The Kick It Out group says it tracked 581 cases of discrimination in the 2018-19 season, compared to 520 the year before. The figures include games from the top professional leagues to grassroots youth level, as well as some incidents on social media.


Racist incidents made up 65 percent of total reports. The sharpest rise was in cases of discrimination based on religion – including anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim incidents – with 63 cases noted compared to 36 the season before.


Kick It Out’s chief executive Roisin Wood says “football reflects the society it is played and watched in and these figures are sadly not surprising.”



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