Update on the latest sports
Cubs visit Atlanta
UNDATED (AP) – Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery is expected to come off the disabled list Thursday when Chicago visits Atlanta for a makeup game, in a matchup of NL division leaders. Montgomery has been sidelined by shoulder inflammation.
All-Star right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) pitches for the Braves, who expect first baseman Lucas Duda (DOO’-duh) to join the team. Duda was acquired Wednesday in a trade with Kansas City. Atlanta also added catcher Rene Rivera on a waiver claim from the Angels, but he’s unlikely to arrive until rosters expand Saturday.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– The major league-leading Red Sox open a four-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. Right-hander Rick Porcello starts for Boston against righty Lucas Giolito.
– Wade Miley tries to remain perfect at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park this afternoon when he starts the Brewers’ final game of a series against the Reds. The left-hander beat the Reds 3-1 in his Brewers debut at Cincinnati in May. Miley is 4-0 in four career starts at Great American with a 2.51 ERA. Lefty Cody Reed makes his second start of the season for the Reds.
– Veteran lefty J.A. Happ tries to stay perfect with the Yankees when New York opens a four-game set against Detroit. Happ is 5-0 with a 2.37 ERA in five starts since being acquired from the Blue Jays. Happ’s career-best winning streak came in 2016 with the Blue Jays – a run he capped with a 6-0 victory over the Tigers.
– Justin Verlander pitches for Houston at home in the opener of a four-game series against Mike Trout and the Angels. Verlander, who ranks second in the AL with 229 strikeouts, has won his last two starts to give him 201 career wins.
– Seattle is chasing AL West rival Oakland for the league’s second wild card, and the teams begin a four-game series at the Coliseum. Frankie Montas will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start for the Athletics, who are second in the AL West behind Houston. Montas allowed eight hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 3-2 loss to Colorado in his last big league start on July 29. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc is scheduled to start for the third-place Mariners.
– Two left-handers are on the mound in Los Angeles when the Diamondbacks and Dodgers renew acquaintances. Robbie Ray starts for Arizona against Rich Hill. The Diamondbacks, Rockies and Dodgers are locked in a tight race atop the NL West.
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College football starts
STORRS, Conn. (AP) – No. 21 UCF comes into its season opener at UConn on Thursday night with the nation’s longest winning streak at 13 games.
Junior quarterback McKenzie Milton, the reigning American Athletic Conference player of the year, says that after last year’s undefeated season and a self-declared national championship the Knights are anxious to show they remain one of the nation’s top programs.
Milton, eighth in the Heisman voting a year ago, has a chance to put up some big numbers early in this year’s race. After throwing for 4,037 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2017, he will face a Connecticut secondary that starts three sophomores and a true freshman.
Randy Edsall’s UConn team went 3-9 in 2017, his first year back as head coach. He says he’s not focusing on wins and losses right now and is just hoping his young team improves week-to-week.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR
Ohio State: 145 firsthand accounts of doctor sex misconduct
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State University says 145 people have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by a former team doctor accused of groping scores of male athletes and other students during his two decades at the school.
The update by Provost Bruce McPheron to trustees Thursday indicated more than 330 people have been interviewed by a law firm hired to investigate allegations raised this year about Dr. Richard Strauss.
Investigators also are reviewing whether university officials properly responded to any concerns raised about Strauss during his tenure. The allegations dating from 1979 to 1997 involve male athletes from a variety of sports, plus Strauss’ work at the student health center and his off-campus medical office.
Strauss killed himself in 2005. His relatives have said they were shocked by the allegations.
Former gymnastics coach denies charges in Nassar scandal
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach who’s charged with lying to investigators in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal has appeared in court.
Kathie Klages (KLAY’-jis) appeared by video Thursday from a police lockup in Lansing, Michigan. A judge ordered her to post $500 to be released.
Klages is accused of denying that gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar. Authorities say two teens complained to her back in 1997. Defense attorney Mary Chartier (SHAR’-tee-ay) says Klages will fight the charges.
Nassar was the doctor for Michigan State’s women’s gymnastics team. He also treated other gymnasts in the Lansing area and Olympians at USA Gymnastics. He’s been sentenced to decades in prison for sexual assault and child pornography crimes.