MLB remembers 9/11/19
UNDATED (AP) _ Major League Baseball pays tribute to those affected by the 9/11 tragedy with a moment of silence before all games. First responders will be among those honored in pregame ceremonies.
Players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear caps that have a side patch of a “We Shall Not Forget” silhouette, which will also be displayed on bases and lineup cards.
The Toronto Blue Jays will wear caps that salute Canada and the United States.
Here’s what else is happening in the majors:
_ Big league hitters are poised to set the single-season home run record following another day with lots of long balls. The mark of 6,105 homers was set in 2017. There have been 6,084 so far this season — there were 57 more Tuesday, with Kris Bryant, Matt Olson, George Springer, Didi Gregorius and Corey Seager among several hitters who homered twice during the day.
_ NL MVP Christian Yelich travels back to Milwaukee for further tests, a day after breaking his right kneecap when he fouled a ball off himself. The Brewers said the star outfielder is done for the regular season. They didn’t say whether Yelich might be able to return for the playoffs that begin Oct. 1 if they make it that far. Milwaukee has won five in a row going into its game at Miami and is chasing the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot. _
_ The Los Angeles Dodgers can get back to work once the visitors’ clubhouse at Camden Yards is cleaned from all the bubbly they sprayed. The Dodgers clinched their seventh straight NL West title Tuesday night, becoming the first team to seal a playoff spot this year with a 7-3 win in Baltimore. Los Angeles, coming off consecutive World Series losses to Houston and Boston and seeking its first title since 1988, will likely begin the postseason at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 3 against the NL wild-card team.
_ No telling what’s in store at Minute Maid Park after a pair of crazy games between the Athletics and Astros. Matt Olson and Sean Murphy both homered twice as Oakland piled up 25 hits to rout Houston 21-7 on Tuesday night. That came a day after the Astros hit seven home runs in pounding the A’s 15-0. And on Sunday, the AL West-leading Astros wrecked the Mariners 21-1. Houston became the first team in the majors to score at least 20 runs in a game and allow at least 20 in a different game in a three-game span since the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in 1894, according to STATS.
Antonio Brown faces rape accusations by former trainer
UNDATED (AP) _ A lawyer for New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown says his client plans to counter-sue a former trainer who is accusing Brown of rape.
Britney Taylor filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida, accusing Brown of sexually assaulting her on three occasions.
Brown’s lawyer Darren Heitner says his client and Taylor had “a consensual personal relationship” and that Taylor “will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”
Taylor issued a statement saying that speaking out about Brown “been an incredibly difficult decision.” She says, “Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.”
Taylor also says she will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies.
A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters
DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships.
Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U.S. 89-79 in the World Cup quarterfinals today, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset.
The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since. It was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span.
Player’s agent arrested in money laundering soccer probe
BRUSSELS (AP) — Police have arrested two people, including a player’s agent, as part of an international money laundering and corruption investigation in soccer.
Brussels prosecutors say that several raids took place in Monaco, Belgium and London today and Tuesday. Belgian police cooperated with their Monaco and British counterparts, leading to the arrest of the agent in Monaco.
Prosecutors did not reveal the agent’s identity and said his assistant also was arrested. The agent is suspected of collecting undue commissions over players’ transfers.
Brussels federal prosecutor’s office says the sever raids are linked to a first wave of searches in April when Belgian police probed the offices of Anderlecht football club and the Belgian football association.
This case is not related to the massive corruption scandal that engulfed Belgian soccer last year when authorities carried out 57 police raids in the country and around Europe in a probe into financial fraud and match-fixing.
SKorea asks IOC to ban ‘rising sun’ flag at Tokyo Olympics
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has formally asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese “rising sun” flag at next year’s Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan’s brutal wartime past and comparing it with the Nazi swastika.
South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism says it sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach expressing “deep disappointment and concern” over Japanese plans to allow the flag in stadiums and other facilities during the 2020 Olympics.
South Korean Olympic officials last month urged the local organizing committee to ban the flag, but Tokyo organizers responded by saying it was widely used in Japan, was not considered a political statement and “it is not viewed as a prohibited item.”