Update on the latest in sports:
Newcomb, Turner face fallout after tweets
UNDATED (AP) – Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington shortstop Trea Turner will face the fallout from their tweets, a day after they apologized for offensive posts from 2011 and 2012.
The 25-year-old Newcomb came within one strike of a no-hitter Sunday at SunTrust Park against the Dodgers. Less than an hour later, after the racist, homophobic and sexist tweets came to light, he said he regretted his actions. Major League Baseball, which dealt with a similar situation involving Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader on the night he pitched in the All-Star Game, said it will determine a course of diversity training for Newcomb.
Homophobic and racially insensitive tweets by Turner surfaced Sunday night. The 25-year-old Turner apologized in a statement released by the team.
The Braves are home tonight against Miami. The Nationals begin a home series against the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
In other MLB news:
– The World Series champion Astros have lost a season-high four in a row, getting swept for the first time this year when Texas took three straight at Minute Maid Park over the weekend. Houston also is minus its star middle infielders – second baseman Jose Altuve has a sore knee and is on the disabled list for the first time in his career and shortstop Carlos Correa has a back problem.
– More deals could come as teams approach the Tuesday afternoon deadline for making trades without waivers. The Braves added an arm for their bullpen on Sunday, getting right-hander Brad Brach from Baltimore for $250,000 of international signing bonus allotment. Brach was the latest Orioles player to get traded after star third baseman Manny Machado went to the Dodgers and relief ace Zach Britton was sent to the Yankees.
– A pair of division leaders meet at Fenway Park when All-Star Aaron Nola (12-3) and Phillies visit David Price (11-6) and the Red Sox to start a two-game series. Philadelphia tops the NL East despite losing three in a row for the first time in more than a month. Boston owns the best record in the majors, winning 18 of its last 22 to stay atop the AL East.
– The Giants will see how Andrew McCutchen and Pablo Sandoval are feeling after they got jarred in a win over Milwaukee. Sandoval ran out his first triple in more than three years, but strained his right hamstring diving home and is set for an MRI. McCutchen was pulled for a pinch-hitter after fouling multiple pitches off his left foot. The team also is waiting test results after Johnny Cueto met with doctors regarding his sore elbow – he’s winless in four starts since coming off a two-month stay on the disabled list.
Olympic gold medalist Skofterud dies in jet ski crash
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Olympic cross-country skiing gold medalist Vibeke Skofterud (VEE-beh’-keh SKOHF-tuh-rood) has died in a jet ski accident in southern Norway.
A police investigator says the 38-year-old Norwegian hit an island in the archipelago near Arendal when darkness set in late Saturday.
Her body was found Sunday. He says that Skofterud was on her way back to a vacation cabin when the accident occurred. Skofterud was on the team that won gold in the 4 x 5-kilometer relay at Vancouver in 2010.
Ex-WWE star Brian Christopher Lawler dead at age 46
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say former World Wrestling Entertainment star Brian Christopher Lawler has died after attempting suicide in his jail cell.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 46-year-old son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler was found hanging in his cell on Saturday. The agency says officers performed CPR and Lawler was taken to a hospital in Memphis, where he died Sunday.
Authorities are investigating.
Lawler was placed in the Hardeman County Jail on July 7. The agency says he was booked on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and evading arrest.
In a statement, WWE said Lawler, “who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay,” competed during the height of the “Attitude Era.”
Caesars launching sports betting in 2 states
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August.
Caesars Entertainment tells The Associated Press its Bally’s casino in Atlantic City is taking bets today. Its sister casino in Atlantic City, Harrah’s will start taking sports bets on Wednesday.
The company says it soon will offer mobile sports betting, as well.
By mid-August, Harrah’s Gulf Coast in Biloxi and Horseshoe Tunica, both in Mississippi, will begin taking on-premises sports bets.
The company says it may expand the mobile betting app to other states besides New Jersey.
Bally’s and Harrah’s will become the third and fourth Atlantic City casinos with sports betting, joining Borgata and Ocean Resort.