Update on the latest in sports:
Twins rip ChiSox to expand division lead
UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Twins clobbered the White Sox on Tuesday to increase their lead in the AL Central to three games over Cleveland.
Nelson Cruz was 4-for-5 with a solo homer, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Twins stormed past Chicago, 14-4. Max Kepler added his team-leading 34th home run of the season to stay one ahead of the 39-year-old Cruz in the power department.
Kepler drove in three runs and scored three times to back Michael Pineda (pih-NAY’-dah), who lasted seven innings after spotting the White Sox a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.
The Indians were knocked off in New York as Michael Conforto belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth before the Mets broke open an eventual 9-2 rout of Cleveland. Pete Alonso hit a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh in New York’s third straight win. J.D. Davis also went deep and Steven Matz permitted only one earned run over 6 1/3 innings to help the Mets improve to 25-10 since the All-Star break.
Elsewhere on major league diamonds:
– George Springer, Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) and Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) homered to lead the Astros past the Tigers, 6-3. Houston starter Aaron Sanchez gave up four hits and three runs with two walks in a season-low 2 1/3 innings before landing on the injured list with a sore pectoral muscle. Brad Peacock took over for Sanchez and struck out three in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, helping Houston retain its eight-game lead over Oakland atop the AL West.
– Matt Olson and Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) hit back-to-back homers in the first inning to jumpstart the Oakland Athletics’ fifth victory in six games, 6-2 over the New York Yankees. The early outburst proved to be more than enough for Homer Bailey, who shut the Yankees down after allowing a solo homer to Gary Sanchez in the first inning.
– Tom Murphy ran his home run streak to four games by slamming a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth inning of the Mariners’ 7-4 victory over the Rays. Kyle Seager went deep for the M’s, giving him eight home runs during his 14-game hitting streak. Tommy Milone got the win after giving up four runs in five innings of Seattle’s sixth victory in eight games.
– Andrew Heaney had a career-high 14 strikeouts without a walk over eight innings of the Angels’ 5-1 victory against the Rangers in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Luis Rengifo (rehn-HEE’-foh) also hit a two-run shot to support Heaney, who allowed just four hits and blanked the Rangers until Willie Calhoun’s two-out homer in the sixth. Mike Trout belted his 42nd home run to tie Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger for the major league lead.
– The Rangers gained a split of the twinbill as Delino DeShields raced home from second on an error by first baseman Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) to complete a 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Nick Solak blasted his first career homer and hit a hard two-out shot that got past Pujols. Emmanuel Clase worked two perfect innings for his first major league victory.
– The Orioles ended an eight-game skid by downing the Royals, 4-1 on Hanser Alberto’s tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning. Dylan Bundy struck out seven and allowed one run and five hits over seven innings. Brad Keller’s bid for his first win since July 24 ended when reliever Richard Lovelady allowed a game-tying single to Rio Ruiz in the seventh.
– Dexter Fowler supplied a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double and drove in four runs as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 9-4 to keep their half-game lead over Chicago in the NL Central. The Cardinals added two more runs when Fowler and Tommy Edman drew bases-loaded walks. Kolten Wong hit a two-run single to help St. Louis win for the ninth time in 11 games.
– Anthony Rizzo homered twice and the Cubs stayed a half-game behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals by topping the Giants, 5-3. Cole Hamels permitted three runs and five hits over six innings en route to his first win since June 12 at Colorado. Nicholas Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) also went deep and Jonathan Lucroy (LOO’-kroy) snapped a 3-3 deadlock with an RBI single in the fifth.
– The Braves’ 5-1 win over the Marlins gives Atlanta a six-game lead over Washington atop the NL East. Freddie Freeman was 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, four RBIs and three runs scored. Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) fanned seven and allowed six hits over six frames, including Jon Berti’s (BUR’-teez) third-inning homer.
– The Nationals’ bullpen wasted a strong outing from Stephen Strasburg by surrendering four runs in the eighth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Pirates. Starling Marte belted a three-run homer off Daniel Hudson to cap the winning rally. Strasburg limited Pittsburgh to four hits and a walk over seven shutout innings, leaving with a 1-0 lead.
– Clayton Kershaw became the Dodgers’ all-time winningest left-hander by allowing three runs over six innings of a 16-3 blowout over the Blue Jays. Kershaw moved one ahead of Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax with his 167th victory. Will Smith hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and Cody Bellinger notched his 100th RBI of the season with a three-run double that put Los Angeles ahead, 8-2 in the fourth inning.
– Aaron Nola is 12-3 after giving up two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings of the Phillies’ 3-2 triumph over the Red Sox. Nola and the Philadelphia bullpen blanked Boston following Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-run homer in the third. Jean Segura doubled home a pair in a three-run first for the Phils.
– Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb furnished a tiebreaking, two-run single in the sixth inning and Eduardo Escobar followed with a two-run triple before the Diamondbacks held on to beat the Rockies, 8-7. Arizona scored five runs in the sixth off Colorado starter Kyle Freeland and reliever Bryan Shaw.
– Freddy Galvis (GAL’-vees) launched a tiebreaking, two-run blast in the sixth inning to push the Reds past the Padres, 3-2. Sonny Gray improved to 9-6 by limiting San Diego to a run and four this while striking out 10 over six innings. Cal Quantrill struck out nine over six innings for the Padres.
Setback for Kluber
UNDATED (AP) – Indians ace Corey Kluber has been shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain suffered while continuing his rehab from a broken arm.
Kluber was pulled from a minor league start for Triple-A Columbus at Charlotte on Sunday after one inning because of abdominal tightness. He hasn’t pitched for the Indians since May 1, when he was struck by a line drive at Miami.
In other MLB news:
– Cubs reliever Steve Cishek (SEE’-shehk) has been activated after spending time on the injured list due to left hip inflammation. Infielder David Bote (BOH’-tee) was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Monday to make room for Cishek, who is 3-5 with seven saves and a 3.58 ERA in 54 games this year.
– Mets reliever Robert Gsellman (guh-ZEHL’-man) has a partially torn lat muscle that puts the rest of his season in jeopardy. The injury was confirmed in an MRI, a blow to the Mets’ bullpen as the team tries to earn a playoff berth. Gsellman is 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA and one save in 52 appearances covering 63 2/3 innings.
– Braves reliever Jacob Webb is likely done for the season after being placed on the 60-day injured list with an ailing right elbow. The 26-year-old Webb had been one of the most effective pitchers in Atlanta’s shaky bullpen, with a 4-0 record, two saves and a 1.39 ERA in 36 appearances.
– Pitcher Felix Hernandez will rejoin the Mariners’ starting rotation this weekend, according to manager Scott Servais (SUR’-vihs). The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has missed three months with right shoulder stiffness. He pitched 3-plus innings Monday night for Triple-A Tacoma in his fourth rehab appearance, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five.
– Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel (ohk-TAH’-vee-oh doh-TEHL’) and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring. The country’s attorney general says police are also actively pursuing the suspected leader of the ring, Cesar Emilio Peralta, also known as “Cesar the Abuser.”
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Clemson QB Lawrence leads AP preseason All-America team
UNDATED (AP) – Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team presented by Regions Bank.
Lawrence just became the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years. He’s joined on the first-team by Clemson running back Travis Etienne and Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons.
Clemson and No. 2 Alabama tied for the most first-team selections with three.
Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, was selected to the preseason first team, along with defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses of Alabama.
In other college football news:
– Sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels will start at Southern California for the second straight season. Coach Clay Helton announced that Daniels won a four-man competition for the job over freshman Kedon Slovis, redshirt junior Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears.
Brown joins Raiders walkthrough without helmet
UNDATED (AP) – Star receiver Antonio Brown was back on the field for the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday after missing the previous practice as part of his dispute with the league and union over his helmet.
Brown took part in a walkthrough without wearing a helmet and then went into the weight room as the rest of his teammates stretched. Brown came back out toward the end of the stretch but wasn’t wearing a helmet like all of his teammates who were practicing.
Brown didn’t attend practice Sunday as he works to find a helmet that he’s comfortable using and that meets safety standards set by the NFL and NFLPA.
In other NFL news:
– The Patriots have cut punter Ryan Allen, who booted them to three Super Bowl victories in six seasons. First signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013, he put three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line during February’s Super Bowl victory over the Rams. The move likely means fifth-round draft choice Jake Bailey will make the team.
– The Cowboys have agreed on a contract extension with young linebacker Jaylon Smith while the holdout by Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott nears a month since the team reported to training camp. Smith was a second-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2016 but didn’t make his NFL debut until a year later. He started all 16 games last season.
– Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will miss another week of practice as he continues recovering from a lower left leg injury. He last practiced July 28. The Colts already had said the injury probably would keep Luck out of the entire preseason.
– A person familiar with the situation says Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock will miss the rest of the preseason with a sprained right thumb. Lock is competing with Kevin Hogan to be Joe Flacco’s backup.
CLEAVES-SEX ASSAULT CHARGES
Jury acquits Michigan State’s Cleaves of assault
FLINT, Mich. (AP) – A jury has acquitted former Michigan State basketball star Mateen (mah-TEEN’) Cleaves of sexual assault and other charges.
The verdict Tuesday by the jury in Cleaves’ hometown of Flint comes nearly four years after a then-24-year-old woman accused Cleaves of sexually assaulting her in a Flint area motel room.
Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.
TENNESSEE STATE-QB INDICTED
Tennessee State QB indicted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft has been indicted on six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery.
The 22-year-old Croft was released from jail Monday on $50,000 bond. An arraignment has been scheduled for Sept. 4.
The indictment against Croft says he engaged in unlawful sexual conduct and sexual penetration on Dec. 1 without the woman’s consent.
School officials said they’re aware a student-athlete was arrested but added that they would have no further comment because of state and federal student privacy laws.
lawsuit goes to trial May 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge has set a May 5 trial date for the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the women’s national team against U.S. Soccer, just over 2 1/2 months before the Tokyo Olympics.
The players sued U.S. Soccer in March, alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men’s national team. The federation claims that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements, and that the pay structures are different as a result.
Swedish hockey players boycott goes ahead, talks planned
STOCKHOLM (AP) – Female hockey players in Sweden will go ahead with their boycott of an international tournament in Finland because of their unhappiness about pay and working conditions.
Sweden was to play its first game of the Five Nations Tournament today against Japan, but the squad of 43 players will be absent. They refused to attend a five-day training camp in Sweden last week.
Anders Larsson, chairman of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, says the boycott is damaging the brand of the country’s hockey team and is a failure for both the federation and the Swedish team.