Update on the latest sports
PGA Championship underway
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The 100th edition of the PGA Championship is underway at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
The course is playing long and soft because of rain on Tuesday and temperatures in the 90s that require PGA officials to keep water on the greens.
With much of the attention on young stars such as defending champion Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, it’s been the veterans who have gotten off to hot starts.
Forty-two-year-old Ian Poulter led the way at 3 under, and 48-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and 45-year-old Stewart Cink were among a group one shot back.
Another 48-year-old, Phil Mickelson, and 42-year-old Pat Perez were among a group at 1 under.
Tiger Woods got off to an inauspicious start with a bogey-double bogey.
Report: Hackers compromise PGA of America files
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Golfweek is reporting the PGA of America is trying to regain control of computer servers that have kept officials from accessing files for the PGA Championship.
The magazine says on its website that PGA staff members discovered their systems had been compromised when attempts to access files generated a message that the network had been penetrated and that any attempt to break the encryption could cause files to be lost.
The PGA of America declined comment, saying it was an ongoing investigation.
Golfweek reports the files included promotional banners and logos that are used in digital and print communications, and on digital signage around Bellerive Country Club.
The magazine says the message included a Bitcoin wallet number, without stating what was required to regain control of the files.
Indians place Martin on DL with non-baseball condition
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a non-baseball condition.
Martin became sick Tuesday night and didn’t play Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins. He was put on the DL before Thursday’s game.
Martin is batting .333 with two home runs and four RBIs in six games since being acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline. He’s hitting .255 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs overall in 84 games.
Outfielder Greg Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
Kluber starts Indians finale vs Twins
UNDATED (AP) – Indians ace Corey Kluber pitches the finale of the four-game series against Minnesota Thursday afternoon game in Cleveland.
Kluber pitched a three-hitter and his seventh career complete-game shutout in his previous start on Aug. 3 against the Los Angeles Angels. The Twins send right-hander Jose Berrios to the mound.
The Indians’ lead in the AL Central is back to 10 games over Minnesota after Francisco Lindor’s (lihn-DOHRZ’) three-run, walk-off homer in the ninth pushed Cleveland past the Twins 5-2 Wednesday night.
In other games on the Thursday schedule:
– The Atlanta Braves send Anibel Sanchez to the mound for their series finale in Washington this afternoon. He’s 10-1 with a 2.11 ERA lifetime against Washington. Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nationals. He’s 0-6 in his last 11 starts since May 28 and owns a 5-11 career record against the Braves. Atlanta has won eight of 10 to move within a half-game of first-place Philadelphia in the NL East, while Washington fell six games back following its second consecutive loss to the Braves. 1:05
– Rick Porcello starts for Boston against Toronto. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, has 20 strikeouts and two walks over his past three starts combined. He’s coming off an astounding game against the Yankees, when he completed nine innings of one-hit ball on just 86 pitches in a 4-1 victory. The only blemish on his stat line was a homer allowed to Miguel Andujar.
– The Yankees are expected to activate J.A. Happ to start the opener of a season-long 11-game homestand against Texas. The left-hander is coming off the disabled list after being sidelined by hand, foot and mouth disease. Right-hander Chance Adams was optioned to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to make room on the roster. Rookie righty Ariel Jurado starts for the Rangers. Joey Gallo is on a tear for Texas. He slugged two homers in an 11-7 win over Seattle on Wednesday, and he enters a series at Yankee Stadium having hit 10 of his 31 homers in his past 19 games. The 24-year-old is closing in on his career high of 41 homers, reached last season.
– Struggling Seattle turns to ace James Paxton as it opens a series against AL West-leading Astros in Houston. The Mariners have lost seven of nine overall and three of Paxton’s past four starts dating to July 7. Paxton will oppose Justin Verlander, who struck out 14 last time out in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Seattle is eight games back of the Astros and also chasing Oakland in the AL wild-card race.
– The Rockies are trying to keep pace with the Diamondbacks and Dodgers in the NL West race, and they have a chance to make progress during a four-game series against Los Angeles. Tyler Anderson takes the Coors Field mound for Colorado in the opener against Ross Stripling, whose breakout season hit a bump with a pair of shaky outings late in July followed by a DL stint with an inflamed toe on his right foot.
Welcome to the NFL, Baker Mayfield
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL preseason kicks off Thursday night for most teams.
Top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield will see some action when the Cleveland Browns visit the New York Giants, who have their own prized rookie in second overall selection Saquon Barkley. Cleveland isn’t expecting too much from Mayfield early on with veteran Tyrod Taylor as the starter, but New York expects a huge boost for its offense from the Penn State running back.
Andrew Luck is expected to take some snaps for the Indianapolis Colts when they face the Seahawks in Seattle. It’s been roughly 600 days between starts for the Colts quarterback, who’s been sidelined with a series of injuries.
Luck hurt the right shoulder in September 2015 against Tennessee, missed two games, then returned to make four more starts before sustaining a season-ending lacerated kidney. He played through shoulder pain in 2016, then had surgery that sidelined him for all of last season.
Elsewhere on the first full night of preseason games, it’s Carolina at Buffalo, Chicago at Cincinnati, New Orleans at Jacksonville, Tampa Bay at Miami, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore, Washington at New England, Tennessee at Green Bay, Houston at Kansas City, and Dallas at San Francisco.