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Update on the latest in sports:

 

MLB-SCHEDULE

 

Brewers inch closer to Redbirds

 

UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers have shaved another half-game off the St. Louis Cardinals’ lead in the NL Central by completing a sweep of the Reds.

 

Orlando Arcia (AHR’-see-ah) laced a three-run double and the Brewers earned their seventh straight win by downing Cincinnati, 5-3. The Reds led 1-0 until Arcia cleared the bases and scored on Ben Gamel’s double.

 

Chase Anderson scattered five hits over five innings, blanking the Reds after Aristides (ar-ih-STEE’-dehs) Aquino’s solo homer in the bottom of the first.

 

The game also was the last for longtime Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman. He began his career in 1974 describing Hank Aaron’s historic homer No. 714 that tied Babe Ruth.

 

The Brewers have won 18 of their last 20 to pull within a game of the Cardinals, who have the day off before embarking on a three-game series with the slumping Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee ends the regular season with three games in Colorado.

 

Elsewhere in the majors:

 

– The Nationals earned a 6-3 win over the Phillies to stay one game ahead of Milwaukee for the first NL wild card. Michael Taylor and Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera hit solo homers to back Stephen Strasburg, who struck out 10 and held the Phillies to one run and four hits over six innings. Cabrera finished with two RBIs and Taylor provided three of the Nats’ nine hits.

 

– Clayton Kershaw combined with four relievers on a three-hitter as the Dodgers blanked the Padres’ 1-0 for their NL-leading 104th win. Kershaw struck out seven and yielded just two hits over six innings of the Dodgers’ fourth straight win. Chris Taylor scored the game’s lone run from first base on Max Muncy’s single in the sixth.

 

– Oakland’s magic number to clinch an AL wild card is one after Matt Chapman’s two-run homer gave the Athletics a 3-0 lead in the second inning of a 3-1 verdict over the Mariners in Seattle. Matt Olson singled home the first run and Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) improved to 4-1 since coming off the injured list, allowing one run and four hits over six innings. Felix Hernandez dropped to 1-8, going 5 1/3 innings in what was likely his final start for the Mariners.

 

– The Indians are another step closer to elimination after being manhandled by the White Sox, 8-0. Rookie Aaron Civale (sih-VA’-lee) was sailing until the fourth, when he served up Brian McCann’s three-run blast and Daniel Palka’s solo shot on consecutive pitches. Palka added a sixth-inning blast for the White Sox, who dropped Cleveland two games behind the Rays for the second AL wild card with three games to play.

 

– The Twins became the first team in major league history to belt 300 home runs in a season when Jonathan Schoop (skohp) went deep in the seventh inning of a 10-4 rout of Detroit. Before this year, the single-season team record for home runs was 267 by the 2018 Yankees. Willians Astudillo (as-too-DEE’-oh) also homered for the AL Central champs, who are one away from their first 100-win season since going 102-60 in 1965.

 

– Houston failed to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs by falling to the Angels, 4-3 in 12 innings. Kaleb Cowart scored when Kyle Tucker made an error on Andrelton (AN’-drul-tuhn) Simmons’ two-out grounder. Josh Reddick tied his career high with his fifth hit in the 12th for the Astros, who loaded the bases three times in the final five innings without scoring.

 

– Homers by Austin Dean, Tyler Heineman and pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson rallied the Marlins past the Mets, 4-2. The Mets lead 2-0 in the eighth until Heineman and Granderson hit back-to-back shots to put Miami ahead.

 

– The Cubs will haul a nine-game losing streak to St. Louis after Pablo Reyes was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Pirates to a 9-5 win against Chicago. Joe Musgrove fanned eight and allowed two runs and three hits over six innings to help Pittsburgh complete a three-game sweep that followed a nine-game losing streak.

 

– Mike Minor reached the 200-strikeout plateau for the first time and Danny Santana launched a grand slam in the Rangers’ 7-5 win over the Red Sox. The game was tied 5-5 until Willie Calhoun and Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOHR’) went deep in the seventh.

 

– Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) and Mauricio Dubon homered for the Giants in an 8-3 drubbing of the Rockies. San Francisco starter Tyler Beede (BEE’-deE) struck out seven in 3 1/3 hitless innings before grabbing his left side and leaving the game after fanning Ryan McMahon leading off the fourth.

 

MLB-PIRATES-HURDLE

 

Hurdle hopes to be back in ’20

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Clint Hurdle hopes to return for what would be his 10th season as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager in 2020.

 

Hurdle has two more years remaining on his current contract, but the Bucs began the day just 67-91 this season and 23-46 since the All-Star break. He is completing his ninth season with the ballclub and led Pittsburgh to three straight playoff berths from 2013-15.

 

NFL-EAGLES/PACKERS

 

Late pick allows Eagles to hold off Packers

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Philadelphia Eagles are a .500 team at the one-quarter mark of their NFL schedule after handing the Green Bay Packers their first loss of the season.

 

Nigel Bradham picked off Aaron Rodgers’ pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left to secure the Eagles’ 34-27 win over the Packers at Lambeau Field. Jordan Howard gashed Green Bay for his second career three-touchdown game as Philadelphia ended a two-game skid.
Howard finished with 15 carries for 87 yards with two touchdowns rushing and one receiving. Carson Wentz went 16 for 27 for 160 yards, three scores and no turnovers in helping the 2-2 Eagles drop the Packers to 3-1.

 

Rodgers completed his first 10 passes and finished 34 for 53 for 422 yards, two touchdowns and a fumble that set up a short Philadelphia scoring drive. Davante Adams had a career-high 180 yards on 10 catches before a toe injury kept him off the field for Green Bay’s final drive.

 

NFL-NEWS

 

Chargers’ Gordon returns

 

UNDATED (AP) – Chargers running back Melvin Gordon took part yesterday in his first practice since the final day of minicamp on June 13.

 

Gordon missed training camp and LA’s first three games as he held out for 65 days in the vain hopes of getting a new contract.

 

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he doubts Gordon would be ready to play Sunday at Miami. However, Lynn wants to assess his conditioning and agility during practices before making a final decision.

 

Elsewhere in NFL news:

 

– Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are going to bring the heat to the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the superstar singers will perform on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

 

– The “Nola No-call” lawsuit is back on, weeks after an attorney and New Orleans Saints fan said he was dropping it. Antonio Le Mon sued the NFL over officials’ failure to call an obvious penalty at a crucial point in a playoff game. He said his quest was over after the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled against him. Now he’s asked the court to reverse itself, saying he changed his mind after the Catholic church cited the ruling in a suit against church officials over alleged sexual abuse.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA TECH

 

Tech hoopsters punished

 

ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team has been banned from postseason play this season and slapped with four years of probation.

 

The punishment follows major recruiting violations committed by a former assistant coach and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner. The sanctions handed down Thursday by the NCAA also included a reduction in scholarships, limits on recruiting and a fine of $5,000 plus 2% of the program’s budget.

 

NBA-NEWS

 

Grizzlies’ Melton out 4-8 weeks

 

UNDATED (AP) – Memphis Grizzlies forward De’Anthony Melton will miss one to two months with what the team has described as a stress reaction in his back.

 

Melton played 50 games for the Suns last season and averaged five points, 3.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 19.7 minutes. Phoenix shipped him to the Grizzlies over the summer.

 

In other NBA items:

 

– Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-mah) will be sidelined at least until mid-October with a stress reaction in his left foot. Kuzma was injured while training with the U.S. national team in August. He still hasn’t been cleared for practice or game participation.

 

NCAA-GEORGIA TECH

 

NCAA penalizes Georgia Tech hoops program

 

ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team has been banned from postseason play this season and slapped with four years of probation.

 

The punishment follows major recruiting violations committed by a former assistant coach and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner.

 

The sanctions handed down Thursday by the NCAA also included a reduction in scholarships, limits on recruiting and a fine of $5,000 plus 2% of the program’s budget.

 

The NCAA says former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie gave $300 to a highly touted prospect for a visit to an Atlanta strip club and arranged for him to meet with a former Georgia Tech athlete who played for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, including a visit to the player’s home and a free meal at a lounge owned by the player.

 

TENNIS-KYRGIOS SANCTIONED

 

Kyrgios punished, sort of

 

LONDON (AP) – Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) has been handed a suspended 16-week ban from the ATP Tour following an investigation into his abusive behavior in a tournament in Cincinnati last month.

 

The sanctions will only be applied if he commits similar offenses in the next six months. Kyrios also was fined $25,000 by the tour.

 

The Australian player insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during a second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open.

 

PGA-SAFEWAY OPEN

 

Scott, Landry share Safeway lead

 

NAPA, Calif. (AP) – Adam Scott and Andrew Landry each shot 7-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead at the Safeway Open.

 

Scott had six birdies and an eagle to make up for an early bogey. Landry teed off 4 1/2 hours later and played bogey-free with seven birdies.

 

Francesco Molinari and Matthew NeSmith were a stroke back. Cameron Champ, Adam Long and Chris Baker shot 67.

 

LPGA-INDY WOMEN OF TECH

 

 

Hur off to fast start

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Mi Jung Hur shot a 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the LPGA’s Indy Women in Tech Championship.

 

Hur had a bogey-free round at Brickyard Crossing as she seeks her fourth LPGA victory and second in two months.

 

Bronte Law, Nanna Koerstz Madsen and Sakura Yokomine share second.

 

 

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