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Dodgers get Machado from Orioles


UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup just got a lot better.


The NL West leaders have acquired All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Orioles for a package of five minor league prospects. The trade ends weeks of speculation concerning Machado’s landing spot with Baltimore sitting deep in the AL East cellar. Machado is scheduled to become a free agent this fall.


The 26-year-old Machado is having another outstanding season, batting .315 with a .963 OPS, 24 home runs and 65 RBIs in 96 games. The four-time All-Star is on pace to break career highs in most offensive categories.


The Dodgers are filling a gaping hole at shortstop created by the loss of Corey Seager, who underwent elbow surgery in May.


The Orioles will receive outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, righty Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera. The 21-year-old Diaz belted two home runs in the All-Star Futures Game last weekend and is hitting .314 with a .905 OPS with six homers, 30 RBIs and 36 runs scored this season.


In other baseball news:


– Major League Baseball is ordering Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader to go through sensitivity training and participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives. The commissioner’s office made the requirements after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Brewers general manager David Stearns said in a statement that the team will continue to work through the issue with Hader, calling the pitcher’s tweets “inexcusable.”


– The Angels are praising outfielder Mike Trout “for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion.” The Angels’ statement was released one day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself. The team extolled the time he spends visiting hospitals, schools and charities and the quality time he spends with family.


– Tuesday’s All-Star Game received record-low television ratings, dropping to 5.2 from 5.5 last year. The American League’s 8-6, 10-inning win over the National League was viewed in about 8.7 million homes, the lowest figure since 2013.




Leonard, DeRozan swapping teams


UNDATED (AP) – The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors have completed a blockbuster deal involving a pair of NBA stars.


The Spurs have shipped 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and guard Danny Green to the Raptors for four-time All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl (YAH’-kahb PUR’-tul) and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick to San Antonio. The transaction follows Leonard’s request to be traded following a difficult season in which he played just nine games due to a leg injury. The deal was met with frustration by DeRozan, who wrote on Instagram that “Ain’t no loyalty in this game.”


The 28-year-old DeRozan had spent his first nine seasons with the Raptors, averaging 19.7 points and 3.1 rebounds. He averaged a career-best 5.2 assists last season while scoring 23 points a game.


Leonard has a 16.3 scoring average over seven seasons as an NBA forward, all with the Spurs. The 26-year-old had his best offensive campaign in 2016-17, scoring 25 1/2 points per game.


Also in the NBA:


– The Mavericks have hired former University of Virginia standout Jenny Boucek (BOO’-sehk) as an assistant to the team’s coaching staff and special projects. Boucek spent last season as a player development coach with the Kings and previously served as head coach of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and Sacramento Monarchs.




Darrelle Revis retiring after 11 NFL seasons


UNDATED (AP) – NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis (dah-REHL’ REE’-vihs) has formally announced his retirement following an 11-year career that included four All-Pro selections.


Revis returned three of his 29 career interceptions for touchdowns, including a 100-yarder against Miami. In 2009, he was beaten out by Charles Woodson for Defensive Player of the Year honors.


Revis played eight seasons with the Jets and spent one year each with the Patriots, Buccaneers and Chiefs.


The 33-year-old Revis said he is “closing a chapter on my life that I once dreamed of as a kid.”


In other NFL news:


– A person familiar with the situation says veteran running back Shane Vereen has agreed to join the Saints in a move that could help the club respond to Mark Ingram’s early season suspension. Vereen rushed for 164 yards and caught 44 passes for 253 yards last season. Ingram has been suspended four games for use of a banned substance.


– Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones has been arrested after allegedly pushing an employee while forcing his way into a hotel to use a restroom. Scottsdale police said the 23-year-old was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing. Seals-Jones has denied shoving anyone.


– A federal judge has denied a request from the NFL to appoint a special investigator to look into what the league says is extensive fraudulent claims on the $1 billion concussion settlement. Judge Anita Brody wrote in her ruling that the league’s attorneys have demonstrated that there is “sufficient evidence of probable fraud to warrant serious concern.” Brody says the already-in-place special master and claims administrator have effectively ferreted out those claims.


– Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey says he plans to protest during the national anthem this season even if it means getting a fine. The NFL approved a policy in May allowing players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbidding them from sitting or taking a knee if they’re on the field.




Alabama’s starting QB still to be determined


UNDATED (AP) – Alabama football coach Nick Saban says it remains to be determined who will start at quarterback for the defending national champions. The choice comes down to two-year starter Jalen Hurts or the sophomore-to-be who replaced him in last season’s title game, Tua Tagovailoa.


Tagovailoa served as Hurts’ backup through the 2017 season. Then, after the starter struggled in the first half of the national championship game against Georgia, Saban made the switch. Tagovailoa completed 14 of 24 pass for 166 yards and three touchdowns, including the winning 41-yard strike to Devonta Smith in overtime to earn the game’s offensive MVP award.


In other college football news:


– Tennessee sophomore offensive lineman Trey Smith has been cleared for fall practice after being held out of spring drills because of an undisclosed medical condition. He was one of 12 players held out of spring practice for medical reasons. Smith was a second-team All-SEC pick as a freshman in 2017.




ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Michigan basketball coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) has agreed to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.


The 65-year-old Beilein has been at Michigan for 11 seasons and took the Wolverines to the national championship game in 2013 and 2018. Beilein has 799 victories in his 40 seasons as a college coach, including a school-record 248 with the Wolverines.




Forward Chris Tierney re-signs with Sharks for 2 years


SAN JOSE (AP) – Forward Chris Tierney has re-signed with the San Jose Sharks following a season in which he set career highs in nearly every major statistical category.


The Sharks did not disclose the terms of the two-year deal.


Tierney recorded 17 goals and 23 assists last season and was one of only three players to play in all 82 games with the Sharks.




Tough closing holes living up to reputation


CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) – Carnoustie (kar-NOOS’-tee) is widely known to have the toughest closing holes on the British Open rotation, and it’s proving the case in this first round. The first eight groups have finished and there have been only two birdies between the 24 players on Nos. 16-18. The aggregate score over those three holes was 28 over.


They have been playing in what likely will be the best conditions of the day, too.


Kevin Kisner of the United States has made par saves on each of the final three holes and signed for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead in the clubhouse.




Former PGA player Mark Hayes dies


EDNUND, Okla. (AP) – Former PGA Tour member and Oklahoma State star Mark Hayes has died at 69.


Hayes captured three PGA events, including the 1977 Players Championship. He also won the 1976 Byron Nelson and Pensacola Open.


Hayes was a two-time All-American at hometown Oklahoma State and won the 1972 Sunnehanna Amateur and World Cup Amateur, helping the United States win the Eisenhower Trophy.




Truex, Furniture Row seeking new primary sponsor for 2019


DENVER (AP) – Furniture Row Racing and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. are looking for a new sponsor.


The team says 5-hour ENERGY will end its activity in NASCAR after this season, leaving the No. 78 Toyota seeking a primary backer for 2019.


The energy shot company has been a primary NASCAR sponsor for nearly a decade, including the last seven at the Cup level.


Rise’ Meguiar, sales president for company parent Living Essentials, says it was simply a business decision.




2-time finalist Azarenka misses direct entry for US Open


NEW YORK (AP) – Two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is ranked just below the cutoff for direct entry into the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.


Azarenka, a former No. 1 and twice the champion at the Australian Open, is No. 108 this week, seven spots outside of an automatic spot in the main draw.


The U.S. Tennis Association announced Wednesday that defending champion and top-ranked Rafael Nadal is one of six past male singles champions in the U.S. Open field, along with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic. Another past title winner at Flushing Meadows, Stan Wawrinka, is ranked 199th this week.




Jordan interviewed in doctor sex abuse inquiry


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A congressman who coached wrestling at Ohio State University has been interviewed by the law firm investigating allegations that a now-dead team doctor sexually abused male athletes there decades ago.


The spokesman for Republican Rep. Jim Jordan says the congressman spoke Monday with the firm looking into allegations against Dr. Richard Strauss and how the school responded to any complaints about Strauss. Jordan has publicly said he was never aware of abuse when he was an assistant coach from 1987 to 1995. Jordan has repeatedly denied some former wrestlers’ claims that he knew they were inappropriately groped by Strauss. Jordan has said he’ll cooperate with the investigators.


Ohio State says the allegations involve athletes from 14 sports. Strauss killed himself in 2005.




Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs


LOS ANGELES (AP) – More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse by a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University joined hands on stage to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs.


The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports.


Gymnast Aly Raisman, softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Sarah Klein, who said she was Nassar’s first victim 30 years ago, took turns speaking. Klein chided the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State for placing “money and medals above the safety of child athletes.”


Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim won a leading three ESPYs, including best female athlete, while Alex Ovechkin claimed best male athlete.




IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games program


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The International Olympic Committee has added seven events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, creating a program of 109 gold medals.


The IOC says its executive board approved women’s monobob, Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, plus mixed team events in short track speed skating, ski jumping, ski aerials and snowboard cross.


Aiming to cut organizing costs, there should be 41 fewer athletes in Beijing than the 2,933 competitors at the Pyeongchang Olympics last February.


The IOC says an improved gender balance will see 45.4 percent female athletes in Beijing, rising from 41.1 percent in Pyeongchang.


Women’s ice hockey becomes a 10-team lineup instead of eight, adding 46 athletes.


Sports losing athletes from their Olympic quota include 41 in skiing disciplines, 26 from skating, and 20 fewer in biathlon.