Update on the latest sports
Lucroy to join Cubs…Indians take aim at Twins
UNDATED (AP) – Two-time All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy is expected to join the Cubs Thursday night in Cincinnati. He signed with Chicago after being cut by the Angels.
Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs against fellow left-hander Alex Wood. Hamels pitched five shutout innings versus Milwaukee last Saturday in his return from a five-week stint on the injured list with a strained oblique. He and is 2-2 with a 1.07 ERA in his last seven starts.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) starts a series opener at Minnesota. Clevinger is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three road starts. A couple months ago, Cleveland trailed the Twins by 11 1/2 games in the AL Central. But by going a baseball-best 38-16 since June 4, the Indians have closed within two games of Minnesota heading into this four-game series. Right-hander Kyle Gibson starts for the Twins.
– Rockies star Trevor Story will try to keep his home run surge going when Colorado visits San Diego. Story has homered four times in five games. His 114 career home runs are the most in major league history for a shortstop’s first 500 games, surpassing Alex Rodriguez’s 103, Nomar Garciaparra’s 101 and Ernie Banks’ 100.
Man accused of threats to shoot people and blow up stadium
UNDATED (AP) – Authorities say a former worker at the Atlanta Braves’ stadium threatened to shoot people there and also to “blow up the place.”
Cobb County jail records show 30-year-old Jamar Antonio Golfin is charged with making terroristic threats and acts. He remained jailed Thursday.
An arrest warrant shows Golfin was a temporary worker cleaning a seating area of SunTrust Park, just northwest of Atlanta. The warrant says he’d gotten into an argument with his boss Friday morning and was asked to leave. That’s when he’s accused of vowing to return and “shoot everyone there.”
Braves spokeswoman Beth Marshall tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Golfin worked for a third-party vendor and no longer works for them.
In other baseball news:
– The Chicago White Sox will play a game against the New York Yankees next August at the site in Iowa where the movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the White Sox will play host to the Yankees in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13. A temporary 8,000-seat stadium will be built on the site to accommodate the first major league game ever played in Iowa. The game will air nationally on Fox.
Saints join NFL in opposing ‘no-call’ lawsuit
UNDATED (AP) – Lawyers for the New Orleans Saints have joined NFL lawyers in opposing a fan’s lawsuit over the failure to call a crucial penalty during a playoff game.
The failure to call a roughness or pass interference call on a Los Angeles Rams cornerback helped the Rams defeat the Saints in the NFC title game and move on to the Super Bowl.
In a Wednesday night filing with Louisiana’s Supreme Court, the Saints say allowing the lawsuit to proceed would “open the door to countless legal claims” that would overburden courts, the league and the teams.
The NFL late Wednesday asked the high court to halt proceedings in the lawsuit. A lower court judge has allowed the suit to proceed and ordered that Commissioner Roger Goodell submit to questions in September.
In other NFL news:
– The Cleveland Browns have traded disgruntled running back Duke Johnson to the Houston Texans for an undisclosed 2020 draft pick. Johnson has been unhappy with his role in past seasons. He asked to be traded this year after the Browns signed suspended free agent running back Kareem Hunt. The 25-year-old Johnson has been sidelined for much of training camp with a hamstring injury. Johnson has been one of the NFL’s most versatile backs over the past four seasons, rushing for 1,286 yards and catching 235 passes for 2,170. The Browns drafted Johnson in the third round in 2015 out of Miami.
Kyler Murray’s first game action tops 1st preseason weekend
UNDATED (AP) – Eleven NFL games are on tap Thursday, the first full night of preseason play.
April’s top overall draft pick, quarterback Kyler Murray, will make his preseason debut for Arizona when the Cardinals host the Chargers.
Murray won’t be on the field very long against Los Angeles, but he should get a chance to show some of the skills that impressed the Cardinals. He also could wind up on the ground a few times – for the first time as a pro considering QBs don’t get hit in practice.
With the worst record in the NFL in 2018, Arizona fired coach Steve Wilks and hired Kliff Kingsbury, an offensive guru who had recently been fired as head coach at Texas Tech.
Elsewhere on the preseason schedule, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz could see his first action since a back injury ended his season early for the second straight year and forced him to watch Nick Foles lead the team to a playoff victory in his absence.
WNBA players to appear in NBA 2K20
NEW YORK (AP) – The WNBA is expanding its reach in video games as its players will appear in NBA 2K20.
It’s not the first time that gamers will be able to use female basketball players. WNBA players appeared in NBA Live 18 in 2017.
Many of the top WNBA players, including Candace Parker, A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart were scanned into NBA 2K20 earlier this summer.
All game modes featuring the WNBA will be available to play next month when NBA 2K20 is released on Sept. 6. Players can play a full season with their favorite WNBA team, according to the league.
The 2K series has partnered with the NBA to operate the NBA 2K League, which recently ended its second season.
ARTHUR ASHE-KIDS DAY
Blanco Brown, Novak Djokovic, more headline US Open Kids Day
NEW YORK (AP) – The “Git Up Challenge” is coming to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, courtesy of Blanco Brown.
The country star, who’s had big success with the song “The Git Up,” will be among the celebrities and athletes headlining the 24th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the U.S. Open later this month. The event is held the weekend before the tennis tournament begins, and it will air Aug. 25 on ABC.
Others scheduled to participate include “The Lion King” star JD McCrary, singers Ava Max and Meg Donnelly, as well as reigning U.S. Open’s men’s champion Novak Djokovic, former champion Rafael Nadal and former women’s champ Sloane Stephens.