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MLB-SCHEDULE

 

Athletics rip Rangers, catch Astros

 

UNDATED (AP) – The Oakland Athletics have moved back into a first-place tie with the Houston Astros in the American League West.

 

Khris Davis banged out his 37th home run and Ramon Laureano added the first two round-trippers of his career while the Athletics were torching Bartolo Colon for seven runs over five innings of a 9-0 laugher against the Rangers. Davis asked a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey, then slugged a 438-foot blast.

 

Laureano had five RBIs and Stephen Piscotty also homered in Oakland’s seventh win in nine games. Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) struck out eight and held Texas to one hit over seven innings for the A’s.

 

The Astros were 7-4 losers at Seattle on Robinson Cano’s (kah-NOHZ’) tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning. Cano also doubled twice after failing to get an extra-base hit in his first five games since serving an 80-game suspension for violating MLB’s substance abuse policy.

 

Mitch Haniger and Ben Gamel each went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to help the Mariners get within three games of the AL West lead.

 

Felix Hernandez was reached for four runs over six innings in his return to Seattle’s starting rotation.

 

Checking out the rest of Monday’s big league schedule:

 

– Greg Allen ran his career-high hitting streak to 13 games by belting a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Indians’ 5-4 victory in Boston. Melky Cabrera and Michael Brantley also homered after the Red Sox took a 3-0 lead. Corey Kluber to improve to 16-6 and helped Cleveland take a 13-game lead in the AL Central. Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) had three RBIs for Boston, which leads the AL East by nine games over the Yankees.

 

– The Braves’ 1-0 victory at Pittsburgh gives Atlanta a one-game lead over Philadelphia atop the NL East. Bryse Wilson was sharp in his major league debut as the 20-year-old allowed three hits over five innings. Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) singled home the only run in the first inning to help the Braves bounce back from a four-game sweep by the Rockies.

 

– Travis Shaw smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth and Chase Anderson worked six innings as the Brewers topped the Reds, 5-2. Anderson gave up just two hits but fell behind 2-0 on second-inning homers by Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez and Phillip Ervin in the second inning. Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) hit a solo shot for Milwaukee, which is three games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.

 

– Kenley Jansen came off the disabled list and served up ninth-inning homers by Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) and Matt Carpenter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 5-3 victory against the Dodgers. Jose Martinez hit a solo shot and an RBI single while St. Louis was taking a 3-0 lead. The outcome puts the Redbirds 3 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs and drops Los Angeles 2 1/2 games off the NL West lead.

 

– Rays reliever Ryan Yarbrough is 11-5 after working 5 1/3 innings of two-hit ball in a 1-0 shutout of Kansas City. Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) provided the lone run with a second-inning single that scored Joey Wendle before Tampa Bay wrapped up its second straight shutout victory. Slumping outfielder Kevin Kiermaier had three of Tampa Bay’s eight hits to lift his average to .189.

 

– Dominic Smith’s error in left field allowed Andrew McCutchen to score the tiebreaking run in the 13th inning to send the Giants past the Mets, 2-1. New York hurler Zack Wheeler had a 1-0 lead until Alen Hanson hit an RBI double in the seventh. San Francisco received eight shutout innings from its bullpen and ended a four-game skid.

 

– Kendrys (KEHN’-drees) Morales drove in four runs with a pair of homers as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 5-3. Kevin Pillar put Toronto ahead for good with an RBI double in the fifth and came around to score on Morales’ three-run blast. Winning pitcher Marco Estrada allowed three runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings to move to 7-9.

 

– Matt Davidson blasted a two-run homer and had three RBIs as the White Sox doubled up the Twins, 8-5. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) added atwo-run double and Lucas Giolito gave up three runs over six innings for Chicago. Jake Cave and Max Kepler homered for Minnesota.

 

MLB NEWS

 

Jansen returns

 

UNDATED (AP) – Dodgers All-Star closer Kenley Jansen has been activated off the disabled list earlier than expected after being cleared by a cardiologist.

 

Jansen hadn’t pitched since Aug. 7 and was on the 10-day DL after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat on Aug. 9. He was initially expected to miss about a month.

 

Jansen was previously treated for an irregular heartbeat in 2011 and 2012. He has said it’s likely he’ll need offseason surgery to deal with the issue.

 

Also in the majors:

 

– Astros manager A.J. Hinch says reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) likely will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday after being out since July 25 with a sore right knee. Houston has gone just 7-11 without the six-time All-Star second baseman, who is batting .329 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs in 104 games.

 

– The White Sox were without manager Rick Renteria for Monday’s game against the Twins in Minnesota. The 56-year-old Renteria was at the ballpark before heading to a hospital after complaining of light-headedness. A team official said tests didn’t show any problems.

 

– Former major league catcher and Indians manager Doc Edwards has died at 81. Edwards spent more than a half century in baseball and was a .238 hitter with 15 homers and 87 RBIs over four big league seasons from 1962-65. He succeeded Pat Corrales and manager of the Indians in 1987 and went 173-207 in three years at the helm.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-MEYER

 

Ohio State trustees set Wednesday meeting on Meyer’s future

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State trustees will meet privately on Wednesday to discuss the future of coach Urban Meyer as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed the football program for nearly a month.

 

The panel will convene in a public session on Wednesday morning before going behind closed doors to discuss the next steps.

 

President Michael V. Drake will have the final say on whether Meyer keeps his job or faces other consequences following an investigation into his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

 

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

 

Alabama tops preseason Top 25

 

UNDATED (AP) – Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare feat.

 

The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press football poll for three straight seasons, joining the Oklahoma Sooners of 1985-87. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.

 

No. 2 Clemson picked up 18 first-place votes. Georgia is third, followed by Wisconsin and Ohio State.

 

Washington, Oklahoma, Miami, Auburn and Penn St. round out the top 10.

 

The Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference lead the way with five teams each in the Top 25. The Big 12, PAC 12 and ACC each have four.

 

Elsewhere in college football:

 

– Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says Shea Patterson will be his starting quarterback when the 14th-ranked Wolverines play their season opener at No. 12 Notre Dame on Sept. 1. Most expected the decision to start the experienced Patterson, who appealed to the NCAA to play this season after transferring from Mississippi. He threw for 3,000-plus yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions over 10 starts at Ole Miss.

 

NFL NEWS

 

Adrian Peterson signs with running back-depleted Redskins

 

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Redskins have added to their depleted group of running backs by signing four-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa (DAHR’-kwah) also visited the Redskins the past two days after several injuries at the position, with the team opting to sign Peterson and De’Veon Smith. The former Minnesota Vikings star split last season between Arizona and New Orleans, playing 10 games and delivering 529 yards and two touchdowns.

 

In other NFL news:

 

– Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler are back from a weeklong suspension, although neither is talking about what got them banned for a week or how they spent their time away. The team said both players will answer questions following Jacksonville’s preseason game against the Falcons on Saturday. Coach Doug Marrone suspended Ramsey and Fowler for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player.

 

– Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein has agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season. Havenstein has started 43 games over the past three seasons since being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. He made 15 regular-season starts last year as the Rams led the league in scoring while winning the NFC West for the first time since 2003 under first-year head coach Sean McVay.

 

– The Seahawks have released punter Jon Ryan, who had been the longest-tenured member of the team. He played for three head coaches in Seattle, starting with Mike Holmgren in 2008, Jim Mora in 2009 and the past eight seasons under Pete Carroll. Ryan is also responsible for one of the most important touchdowns in franchise history, throwing a TD pass on a trick play in the 2014 NFC Championship game that helped Seattle reach its second straight Super Bowl.

 

– The Bears have lost outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and tight end Adam Shaheen to injuries. Floyd has a broken bone in his right hand and Shaheen sprained his right ankle, leaving both players uncertain for the regular-season opener Sept. 9 at Green Bay.

 

– Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall has been suspended for the season opener at Green Bay for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Hall has played in 10 NFL games and is currently in a battle for a roster spot.

 

INDYCAR-WICKENS-SURGERY

 

Wickens undergoing surgery

 

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – IndyCar says driver Robert Wickens was scheduled to undergo surgery yesterday for a spinal injury suffered in a crash at Pocono Raceway. The circuit was not expected to issue another immediate update on his condition.

 

The 29-year-old Canadian was airlifted to a hospital following a crash six laps into Sunday’s race. Wickens has injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine and a pulmonary contusion.

 

His car sailed into the fence at Pocono when he and Ryan Hunter-Reay made slight contact. Hunter-Reay’s car spun and Wickens’ car launched over it and into the fence.

 

NHL-DEVILS-SMITH

 

Devils ink top pick

 

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – The New Jersey Devils have signed first-round draft pick Ty Smith to a three-year, entry-level contract.

 

The defenseman was the 17th overall pick in the recent NHL draft after scoring 14 goals and 73 points with a plus-44 rating in his second season with Spokane of the Western Hockey League. His assist and point totals were the second highest in the league among defensemen.

 

TENNIS-US OPEN

 

Tsonga pulls out of US Open with knee injury

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Former top-10 player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG’-guh) has pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured left knee.

 

Tsonga has played only six matches this year, none since February. He has been ranked as high as No. 5 but is currently 64th.

 

Tsonga was the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open.