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Archer to make first start for Pirates


UNDATED (AP) – Chris Archer makes his first start for the Pirates Friday night in what the team hopes could be the beginning of a long and productive stint in Pittsburgh.


The Pirates acquired Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. He has options in his contract that could keep him in Pittsburgh through 2021.


The 29-year-old former All-Star hopes to help the Pirates earn a playoff spot. Pittsburgh got back into contention with an 11-game winning streak last month. Archer made the postseason once in seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– The Yankees are hoping their ace will get back on track amid turmoil at the bottom of their starting rotation. Luis Severino has allowed 17 earned runs over 19 1/3 innings in his last four starts, and the All-Star’s ERA has risen from 1.98 to 2.94 during that span. His most recent outing was the worst of the bunch as he allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Kansas City. He takes the mound Friday night against the rival Boston Red Sox and Rick Porcello.


– Left-hander Gio Gonzalez tries for his first win since May 28 when the Nationals host Cincinnati. He’s 6-7 with a 3.78 ERA. Anthony DeSclafani starts for the Reds. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in six appearances against Washington, and 4-3 overall with a 5.47 ERA.




Buckeyes to hold first football practice without coach or reporters


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State holds its first football practice Friday, without the coach – or reporters.


Urban Meyer has been put on administrative while the university investigates his handling of a former assistant accused of domestic violence. And the school says reporters will be barred from practices at least until next week.


Ohio State is investigating claims that Meyer’s wife knew about 2015 allegations of abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week. Meyer told reporters he didn’t know about the 2015 allegations until just before Smith was fired.


Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will run the team during the investigation.




Royal Troon to host Women’s British Open in 2020


LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) – Royal Troon will stage the Women’s British Open for the first time in 2020, four years after the Scottish club voted to admit female members.


The announcement was made on Friday. It was also announced that Woburn will host the tournament in 2019, three years after it was last held there.


Troon was an all-male club until 2016 when it voted overwhelmingly to admit women as members for the first time in its 138-year history.


Troon is the latest course to be added to the Women’s British Open rotation this decade, after Carnoustie in 2011 and Royal Liverpool in 2012.


The 2018 Women’s British Open is at Royal Lytham this week.




Ricciardo to leave Red Bull for Renault at end of F1 season


MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) – Daniel Ricciardo is leaving Red Bull for Renault at the end of this Formula One season. The Australian driver, who has won seven races since joining Red Bull in 2014, has agreed to a two-year deal with Renault.


The 29-year-old Ricciardo is already familiar with Renault, whose engines have powered Red Bull’s cars.


Ricciardo is fifth in the 20-driver standings after 12 of the season’s 21 races.