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September 4, 2019
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Update on the latest in sports:




A look around the majors


UNDATED (AP) – Kurt Suzuki hit a game-ending three-run home run as the Washington Nationals scored seven runs in the ninth inning to earn an improbable 11-10 victory over the New York Mets. New York relievers Paul Sewald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Diaz contributed to the meltdown, securing only one out as Washington earned its 20th victory in its last 26 games. It was the largest ninth-inning comeback in Nationals history.


In other Tuesday action:


– Carlos Carrasco received a standing ovation in his first appearance at Progressive Field since being diagnosed with leukemia, but gave up home runs to James McCann and Eloy Jimenez in the eighth inning that lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 6-5. Cleveland missed a chance to move into a virtual tie with Tampa Bay for the AL wild-card lead.


– Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) lost his first game since joining Houston, giving up a three-run homer to Eric Thames as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Astros 4-2 for a split of the interleague series. Greinke came in 4-0 in his five previous starts.


– Jorge Soler (HOHR’-hay soh-LEHR’) broke the Kansas City home run record with his 39th homer of the season and Ryan O’Hearn hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5.


– Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in four runs, and the Chicago Cubs celebrated the return of Willson Contreras and Ben Zobrist with a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Contreras also homered in his first game since he strained his right hamstring last month. Zobrist scored twice in his first major league action since he left the team in May to be with his family while going through a divorce.


– Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano connected in the fifth inning to pad Minnesota’s record home run total, and the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5. Jake Cave added a two-run triple for the Twins, who won for the ninth time in 10 games and improved to 7-1 on a 10-game trip. Minnesota extended its major league record to 271 homers with nearly four weeks left in the season.


– Rio Ruiz and Anthony Santander homered and Mark Trumbo drove in a run with a pinch-hit double as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Tampa Bay began the day with a slight edge over Cleveland for the top AL wild-card spot. The afternoon game, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, was rescheduled on Aug. 31 as a precaution for Hurricane Dorian.


– James Paxton pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings, striking out 12 and winning his seventh straight start as the New York Yankees bounced back in a big way, routing the Texas Rangers 10-1. Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run drive in his return from the injured list, and Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner also connected.


– Bryce Harper drove in his 100th run with a single, J.T. Realmuto had a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly, and the Philadelphia Phillies won their third in a row, 6-2 over the Cincinnati Reds. The Phillies began the day 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the final NL wild card.


– Austin Meadows homered, seven Tampa Bay relievers combined on a five-hitter and the playoff-contending Rays blanked the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 to split a doubleheader. The Rays, who began the day with a slight lead atop the AL wild-card race, had their five-game winning streak stopped with a 4-2 loss in the opener. The first game of the twinbill was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but was moved up in advance as a precaution for Hurricane Dorian.


– Merrill Kelly pitched three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, closer Archie Bradley stranded the bases loaded in the ninth and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 2-1. Arizona is five games over .500 for the first time since being 25-20 on May 17. The club is 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card. Kelley is the fifth Diamondbacks rookie to win 10 games.


– Russell Martin hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs and pinch-hitter David Freese followed with a solo shot in the seventh inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 5-3. Colorado lost its eighth in a row.


– Seth Brown hit his second RBI triple of the game to break a sixth-inning tie in a special home debut, Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-5. Brown followed Mark Canha’s single in the sixth with the go-ahead hit off loser Noe Ramirez. Brown’s first triple came in the second, and he tied Oakland’s single-game record that has been done 12 times. Chapman hit two triples on July 26, 2018, at Texas.




Pirates rookie Keller leaves game after being hit by liner


UNDATED (AP) – Pirates rookie right-hander Mitch Keller has been pulled from a game after being struck in the right wrist by a line drive. Keller was injured in the second inning on a comebacker hit by Miami’s Garrett Cooper. Considered the Pirates’ top prospect coming into the season, Keller was making his eighth major league start. He is 1-3 with an 8.18 ERA.


Elsewhere in MLB news:


– The New York Yankees activated slugger Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN’) from the injured list before their game against the Texas Rangers. Encarnacion missed 30 games with a fractured right wrist and appeared in two rehab games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before returning. He was injured when he was hit by a pitch from Boston reliever Josh Smith on August 3rd.


– The Chicago Cubs have scratched All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant because of right knee soreness. While Ben Zobrist and Willson Contreras returned to Chicago’s starting lineup against Seattle, Bryant was replaced by Ian Happ.


– The New York Mets have activated second baseman Robinson Cano from the injured list after he missed nearly a month with a torn left hamstring.




Federer can be oldest male Slam semifinalist since Connors


NEW YORK (AP) – Serena Williams picked up her 100th match win at the US Open to reach the semifinals in dominating fashion. Williams won 6-1, 6-0 in 44 minutes against Wang Qiang of China. She next faces No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina for a berth in the final.


The men are following that match with Roger Federer facing unseeded Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv). The 38-year-old Federer was trying to become the oldest male Grand Slam semifinalist since Jimmy Connors. Connors was 39 during his 1991 run at the U.S. Open.


In other action:


– Elina Svitolina reached the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Johanna Konta. The No. 5 seed followed her first appearance in the final four of a major at Wimbledon in July by getting right back there at Flushing Meadows, where she will face either six-time champion Serena Williams or Wang Qiang.




AP source: Cowboys, Elliott have deal, ending long holdout


UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys have reached agreement on a $90 million, six-year contract extension that will make Ezekiel Elliott the highest-paid running back in the NFL and end a holdout that lasted the entire preseason.


The breakthrough was finalized Wednesday, the day of the team’s first full workout for the opener at home against the New York Giants. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced. Elliott, who has two years remaining on his current deal, will get $50 million guaranteed.


The standoff between Dallas and the two-time NFL rushing champion came with the Cowboys holding high expectations coming off their first playoff win with Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott. They’ve won two NFC East titles in three seasons together.


On Tuesday, the Cowboys and right tackle La’el Collins agreed to a $50 million deal over five years with $35 million guaranteed. It’s the second extension Collins and the Cowboys have negotiated since he chose them as an undrafted free agent in 2015.


Elsewhere in the NFL:


– The Los Angeles Chargers say they’ve extended Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey’s contract through the 2020 season. Pouncey was in the final season of a two-year, $15 million contract. The extension will be worth $9 million next season.


– The Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season. He could have become a free agent after this season.


– The Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Andy Jones from injured reserve. Jones played in eight games last season for Detroit and made three starts. He had 11 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.


– Quarterback Jared Goff has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams through the 2024 season. Goff is beginning his fourth year with the Rams, who made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.





Brooklyn Nets player charged with assaulting girlfriend


NEW YORK (AP) – Brooklyn Nets player Rodions Kurucs has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend inside his apartment.
The 21-year-old Latvian-born small forward turned himself in on Tuesday and was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge. He’s due back in court Oct. 21.


Police say the 32-year-old woman claims she had a verbal dispute with Kurucs in his Brooklyn apartment on June 27 and he choked her. She says he also struck her.


The Daily News reports that Kurucs’ lawyer noted there are no photos of the alleged assault and the woman didn’t report the incident for nearly two months. He says the two then flew together to Las Vegas the day after the alleged assault.


The Nets released a statement saying they’re in “the process of gathering more information.”




Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall retires after 15 seasons


DETROIT (AP) – Niklas Kronwall is retiring after 15 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.


The hard-hitting defenseman announced his retirement in a video Tuesday on the team’s Twitter account, saying he would be taking a new role within the organization. Kronwall played 953 games in his NHL career and was part of the Detroit team that won the Stanley Cup in 2008.


Kronwall had three goals and 24 assists in 79 games last season.




Rankings mostly unchanged after top teams win


UNDATED (AP) – The Top 25 went 23-0 against unranked teams to open the season, leaving the rankings mostly unchanged: No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama are at the top of the first regular-season AP college football poll of 2019.


The Tigers received 54 first-place votes out of 62 in the media poll, up two from the preseason. The Crimson Tide received the remaining eight in the poll presented by Regions Bank.


The only Top 25 team to lose was Oregon, which slipped to 16 after dropping a thriller to Auburn. The Tigers moved up to 10th.


The top seven teams in the preseason rankings held their spots Tuesday. Clemson and Alabama were followed by No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Michigan. Notre Dame moved up a spot to No. 8 and Texas was ninth. Florida slipped three spots to No. 11.


In college football news:


– Western New Mexico University officials say freshman wide receiver Eddie Cruz has died in an apparent drowning. A New Mexico State Police dive team was called out to Bill Evans Lake north of Silver City Monday afternoon. Divers recovered a man’s body. Sheriff’s officials say the incident remains under investigation.



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