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Resurgent Nats and Mets open series


UNDATED (AP) – The Nationals and Mets begin a three-game series with surprising significance, considering both teams have been more than 10 games below .500 this season. Washington now leads the NL wild-card race, and New York is only 2 1/2 games behind. The Mets have won 13 of 14 after deciding to be buyers at the trade deadline.


Former Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman will make his second start for the Mets since being acquired last month. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is up for the Nats.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– The Yankees and Blue Jays are set to slug it out again, a night after making history in Toronto. New York hit three home runs – two from Gio Urshela – to set a big league record with 19 homers over four games. Meanwhile, Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette became the first player ever to double in nine straight games. He also homered to give him an unprecedented 13 extra-base hits in the first 11 games of his career. Former Toronto lefty J.A. Happ is scheduled to start for the Yankees against righty Sean Reid-Foley. AL East-leading New York has won nine straight.


– The Red Sox will try to remain relevant to the AL playoff picture without David Price. The left-hander was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday after an MRI revealed a cyst on his left wrist. The team says the cyst isn’t cancerous or related to any other serious illness, and Price was treated with a shot of cortisone in the wrist. Price is 7-5 record with a 4.36 ERA over 21 starts this season.


– Right-hander Trevor Bauer is slated to make his first appearance in front of his new home fans as Cincinnati continues a series against the Cubs. Bauer was acquired from Cleveland ahead of the trade deadline. In his first start with the Reds, Bauer lasted only 4 2/3 innings of a 5-4 loss at Atlanta. Bauer hasn’t faced the Cubs since May of last year, when he pitched six scoreless innings in a 10-1 victory. Yu Darvish starts for the Cubs. He is 3-0 in six career starts against the Reds.




Woods withdraws from Northern Trust, citing oblique strain


JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) – Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the opening FedEx Cup playoff event with what he calls a mild oblique strain.
Woods opened with a 75 on Thursday in The Northern Trust. He says his oblique muscle caused him mild pain and he went for treatment Friday morning. He says it wasn’t enough for him to play the second round Friday afternoon.


It’s the first time this year Woods has withdrawn in the middle of a tournament.


He says he hopes to be able to play next week in the BMW Championship at Medinah, where he won two of his PGA Championships.


If he plays next week, Woods would need to move back into the top 30 in the FedEx Cup to be able to defend his title at the Tour Championship, where last year he won to cap off a remarkable return following four back surgeries.




Lawyer suing league relieves Saints from subpoena


NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A Louisiana lawyer suing the NFL over the failure to call a crucial penalty in a January playoff game says he won’t force the New Orleans Saints to comply with a subpoena for records regarding the game.


Antonio LeMon says in a Friday letter to team officials that he doesn’t want the subpoena to distract the Saints organization from the upcoming season.


LeMon’s lawsuit against the league alleges fraud and seeks damages in connection with the failure to flag a blatant penalty by a Los Angeles Rams player, helping the Rams beat the Saints and advance to the Super Bowl.


The league – supported by Saints’ attorney – has asked Louisiana’s Supreme Court to halt the suit, which could result in Commissioner Roger Goodell being questioned under oath in September.




McLaren to return to full-time IndyCar racing in 2020


UNDATED (AP) – McLaren will return to full-time IndyCar competition next season for the first time since 1979 in a partnership with existing team Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.


The new venture will be renamed Arrow McLaren Racing SP and rely on Arrow SPM’s current infrastructure. McLaren will be responsible for technical expertise, commercial experience and marketing. It will be a two-car team but switch next season to Chevrolet.


The team currently fields cars for James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson, but Hinchcliffe is a longtime Honda ambassador and star of ads for the automaker in North America.


Arrow Electronics will remain the team’s title partner and team co-founders Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson will continue in their current leadership roles. Gil de Ferran, the sporting director for McLaren Racing, will lead the IndyCar effort.


McLaren failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in May with celebrated two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.




Ex-US Olympic dressage athlete charged with attempted murder


MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) – A former U.S. Olympic dressage athlete is accused of shooting a woman at his New Jersey farm where he trains equestrian athletes.


Prosecutors in Morris County on Thursday charged 54-year-old Michael Barisone with two counts of attempted murder and weapons offenses.


Authorities say police found a woman with multiple gunshot wounds at Barisone Dressage in Washington Township on Wednesday. A man was also injured, and a handgun was recovered.


Authorities have not released their names or conditions.


According to his business’ website , Barisone was a member of the 2008 Olympic team and the 1997 gold medal-winning Nations Cup team in Hickstead, England. It says he has coached Olympians and is a member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s board of directors.



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