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Rockies beat Padres on walk-off blast
UNDATED (AP) – Ian Desmond’s 20th home run was among the Colorado Rockies’ biggest of the season.
Desmond launched a two-run, walk-off home run with two out in the ninth inning as the Rockies beat the Padres, 4-3. He had gone 26 games without a round-tripper before going deep against Kirby Yates to give the Rockies the rubber match of the three-game series.
David Dahl also homered and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) picked up his 88th RBI as Colorado pulled within one game of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.
The Rockies have won 10 of their last 12 and are a season-high 13 games over .500.
Rockies starter Kyle Freeland got a no-decision after yielding two runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Checking out the rest of Thursday’s major league action:
– Aaron Nola outpitched Max Scherzer and Odubel (oh-DOO’-bul) Herrera homered as the Phils blanked the Nationals, 2-0 in Washington. Nola struck out nine and held the Nats to five hits over eight innings to move to 15-3. Herrera’s two-run blast was the difference as the Phillies stayed three games behind the NL East-leading Braves.
– Atlanta earned its fourth win in a row as Sean Newcomb struck out eight while holding the Marlins to two hits over six innings of a 5-0 shutout at Miami. Charlie Culberson, Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yuh) Jr. and Ender Inciarte (ihn-see-AHR’-tay) homered to help Newcomb move to 11-6. Johan Camargo had three of the Braves’ 12 hits, including an RBI double that capped the scoring.
– The Cubs were 7-1 winners at Cincinnati behind Cole Hamels, who went the distance on an eight-hitter. Hamels is 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts since joining the Cubs from Texas before the trade deadline. Anthony Rizzo belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs, and Javier Baez added a solo shot as Chicago took a three-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central.
– The Twins’ 6-4 win over the Athletics leaves Oakland 1 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Astros. Mitch Garver’s two-run double broke a 2-2 deadlock in the fourth inning as Minnesota cut Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central to 12 games. A’s slugger Khris Davis took over the major league home run lead with his 39th, moving one ahead of Boston’s J.D. Martinez.
– The Red Sox have a 9 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East after David Price fired eight innings of three-hit ball in a 7-0 shutout of the Indians. Blake Swihart, Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) and Eduardo Nunez delivered two-run doubles in a six-run fifth that helped the Bosox gain a split of their four-game series. Swihart entered the game after first baseman Mitch Moreland aggravated an existing knee injury sliding for a foul ball.
– Madison Bumgarner hit an RBI double and outdueled Jacob deGrom as the Giants beat the Mets, 3-1 to earn a split of the four-game series. Bumgarner allowed five hits with eight strikeouts in eight innings, blanking New York until Todd Frazier’s seventh-inning blast. DeGrom struck out 10 over six innings and allowed just one earned run to lower his major league-leading ERA to 1.71.
– The Rays earned their fifth straight win by beating the Royals, 4-3 on a throwing error by first baseman Ryan O’Hearn in the bottom of the ninth. Jake Bauers had two hits and led off the ninth with a walk before scoring the winning run. Bauers and Matt Duffy each scored twice and Matt Duffy went 3-for-5 as Tampa Bay moved a season-high, six games over .500.
– Three home runs and Matthew Boyd’s six shutout innings carried the Tigers past the White Sox, 7-2. Ronny Rodriguez hit his first career home run and had an RBI double to back Boyd, who was reached for six hits while fanning six. Rodriguez, Nicholas Castellanos and Mikie Mahtook each hit solo shots in the sixth inning off James Shields, who fell to 5-15.
Rockies bring back Holliday
UNDATED (AP) – Matt Holliday is back on the Rockies’ roster, nearly 10 years after being traded by Colorado to Oakland.
The Rockies selected the contract of their first All-Star outfielder from Triple-A Albuquerque and put him in the starting lineup Thursday against the Padres. He went 0-for-3 while batting fifth before he was replaced by Gerardo Parra.
Holliday hit .346 in 15 games for Albuquerque after signing a minor league deal with Colorado last month. He played the first five seasons of his 14-year career with Rockies, hitting .290 as a rookie in 2004 and helping Colorado to its only World Series appearance three years later.
The 38-year-old Holliday hadn’t played in the majors since last season, when he batted .231 with 19 homers for the Yankees.
Also in the majors:
– Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish says he was relieved when an MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right elbow. Darvish has been sidelined since late May with what was originally diagnosed as triceps and elbow injuries. The Cubs were hoping to get the veteran right-hander back for the final month of the season, but Darvish left a rehab start Sunday with Single-A South Bend after one inning and 18 pitches.
Steelers work out 5-year pact with Boswell
UNDATED (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell has accepted a five-year contract that could keep him in black and gold through the 2022 season.
Boswell was entering the final season of his current deal and was scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the end of the year.
He has become one of the best in the league over the last three seasons despite kicking in the tricky winds at Heinz Field. The 27-year-old made his first Pro Bowl in 2017 when he hit 35 of 38 field goal attempts and 37 of 39 extra point attempts.
In other NFL news:
– The Lions have bolstered their depth at linebacker by acquiring Eli Harold from the 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick. Harold started 24 games for San Francisco and played in 48 games over three seasons. He played in every game last season, starting 10 times and recording 34 tackles with two sacks.
– The Bills have placed linebacker Keenan Robinson on the reserve/retired list, one month after signing the six-year veteran. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier describes Robinson’s decision as being personal, adding he has a lot of respect for him as a person and player. Robinson spent the previous two seasons with the New York Giants and was limited to six games last year before sustaining a season-ending quadriceps injury.
– George Andrie, a Dallas Cowboys defensive end who scored a touchdown in what became known as the Ice Bowl game against Green Bay in 1967, has died. He was 78. Andrie’s family has said he suffered from dementia. Andrie was part of the “Doomsday Defense” that included Hall of Famer Bob Lilly and fellow starters Willie Townes and Jethro Pugh. He led the Cowboys in sacks four straight seasons from 1964-67 and was an All-Pro in 1969.
Crowded leaderboard through 18 in Paramus
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) – There’s a four-way tie for the lead after the first round of the PGA’s Northern Trust, the first event in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Kevin Tway, Jamie Lovemark, Vaughn Taylor and Sean O’Hair opened with 5-under 66s for a one-stroke edge over Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Dustin Johnson and 11 others.
Tway, Taylor and Lovemark all need to play well to make sure they are among the top 100 who advance to the next event at the TPC Boston. Tway and Lovemark are ranked in the mid-80s, while Taylor is at No. 112.
Tiger Woods opened with an even-par 71, failing to take advantage after hitting nine of 14 fairways.
Brandt Snedeker had to withdraw due to back spasms after earning a berth in the playoffs with a win last weekend.
Palestinian soccer head banned for inciting Messi hatred
ZURICH (AP) – FIFA has banned the head of the Palestinian Football Association from attending soccer games for a year for inciting hatred and violence toward Lionel Messi.
Jibril Rajoub called on Arab soccer fans to burn Messi posters and shirts if he participated in an Argentina game in Israel in June. It led to Argentina canceling the World Cup warmup match.
FIFA’s disciplinary committee cited comments by the Palestinian FA president “calling on football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys and pictures of Lionel Messi.”
Rajoub is banned from attending any football matches in an official capacity for 12 months from Friday.
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French Open says ‘Non!’ to Serena’s black catsuit
PARIS (AP) – Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open.
The French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, says the tournament that Williams has won three times is introducing a dress code to regulate players’ uniforms because “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far.”
In an interview in Tennis Magazine’s 500th edition, Giudicelli singled out the figure-hugging black suit that Williams wore this year at Roland Garros and said made her feel like a superhero. Giudicelli said: “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.”
He said Roland Garros’ new rules won’t be as strict as Wimbledon’s, which require that players wear white, but will “impose certain limits.”
Many player uniforms for 2019 have already been designed but Giudicelli said the FFT will be asking manufacturers for an advance look at them.