Update on the latest in sports:
Martinez (28th homer) leads Red Sox to 5-0 win over Rangers
UNDATED (AP) – J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 28th home run, Steve Pearce hit a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox won their seventh in a row to end the day with their biggest lead over the Yankees in the AL East since April.
Elsewhere around the majors:
– Pablo Sandoval singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning a day after driving in five runs, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Brandon Crawford loaded the bases when he was intentionally walked by Pedro Strop to bring up Sandoval, who hit a sharp single to left against a five-man infield. Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt started the rally with consecutive one-out singles off losing pitcher Steve Cishek (2-1).
– Clayton Kershaw pitched six scoreless innings, and Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner each had three hits as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-2. Kershaw improved his career mark to 18-6 against the Padres as the Dodgers moved a half-game behind the idle Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League West lead.
– Gregory Polanco drove in four runs in the first two innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to a 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Polanco hit a two-run double in the first as the Pirates started the game with four straight hits. The right-fielder then added a two-run home run in the second, his 13th of the season to extend the lead to 6-1.
– Anthony DeSclafani allowed one run in seven innings, Scott Schebler was 4 for 5 with a homer, and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-5. All-Star first baseman Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati, which took the opener of the team’s annual battle for the Ohio Cup and sent the AL Central leaders to their third straight loss.
– The Mets and Phillies met in New York for a doubleheader and each finished the night winner. Aaron Nola allowed one hit in seven shutout innings and lashed a three-run double that sent the Phillies to a 3-1 victory in the nightcap. Nola struck out 10 and won his sixth straight decision to become the only 12-game winner in the National League. The opener went to extra innings with Wilmer Flores connecting for a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 10th to give New York a 4-3 victory.
-The Yankees and Orioles split a doubleheader in Baltimore. In the opener, Danny Valencia snapped an 0-for-25 skid with a three-run homer off CC Sabathia, and Baltimore ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory. Brett Gardner had four hits, homered and drove in three runs to help the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 in game two.
– Backup catcher Bryan Holaday hit a walk-off RBI single with one out in the 10th inning, and the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. Holaday came into the game batting .165. He was in the lineup because the Marlins placed All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MYOO’-toh) on the paternity list before the game in anticipation of the birth of his first child.
– Daniel Robertson hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won for the 12th time in their last 13 home games by beating the Detroit Tigers 10-9. Kevin Kiermaier had a one-out triple off Blaine Hardy (3-2) in the 10th. After Matt Duffy walked, Robertson won it on his hit to center.
– Frankie Montas and two relievers combined for a five-hitter and Stephen Piscotty homered and hit an RBI single to give the Oakland Athletics a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros. Houston starter Gerrit Cole struck out 11 and scattered three singles across six scoreless innings before Brad Peacock took over for the seventh. Piscotty, who finished with three of Oakland’s six hits, greeted him with his home run to left field to make it 1-0.
– Eduardo Escobar had three hits and drove in the game-winning run in the seventh to support Jose Berrios’ strong outing as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Monday night. Escobar plated Joe Mauer with a seventh-inning single as Minnesota took advantage of Kansas City’s struggling bullpen to win its fifth straight game.
Puig, Frazier land on DL; Posey to miss All-Star game with hip injury; Frazier on DL
UNDATED (AP) – The Dodgers placed right fielder Yasiel Puig on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique sprain prior to Monday’s game against the San Diego Padres. Puig, who is hitting .265 with 11 home runs, was removed from Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Angels during a fifth-inning at-bat. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Puig might not return until August.
– Mets third baseman Todd Frazier has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left rib cage. It’s the second DL stint for Frazier during his first season with the struggling Mets. The 32-year-old slugger had never been on the disabled list before 2018.
– Giants catcher Buster Posey will miss the All-Star game because of a lingering right hip issue that needs an injection to calm the inflammation. Manager Bruce Bochy says the Giants had been discussing the possibility for about a month.
Sale of NFL’s Panthers closed
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The sale of the Carolina Panthers franchise to David Tepper has closed. Tepper becomes only the second owner in team history. He started work on Monday.
Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, L.P., bought the team from founder Jerry Richardson for $2.2 billion – the most ever paid for an NFL franchise. Richardson put the team up for sale in December after reports of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace, which the league later confirmed. Tepper says he’s thrilled to begin a “new era” in Carolina.
LeBron James officially a Laker; Doncic signs rookie deal with Mavs
UNDATED (AP) – LeBron James has officially joined the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers announced the signing of the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player as a free agent Monday night.
James’ representatives at Klutch Sports Group tweeted a photo of James signing his contract with general manager Rob Pelinka. James’ agency announced last week that the superstar had agreed to a four-year deal worth $153.3 million with the Lakers, who have missed the playoffs in a franchise-record five consecutive seasons.
James has played in the past eight NBA Finals with the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning three titles.
In other NBA news:
– Luka Doncic has signed his rookie contract with the Dallas Mavericks. It will pay the third overall pick $5.5 million next season. Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft last month to get the 19-year-old EuroLeague MVP. Atlanta took the versatile guard third, and sent him to Dallas for No. 5 pick Trae Young and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick.
– Kyle Anderson’s move to Memphis is official. Anderson is now a member of the Grizzlies, and their likely starting small forward. San Antonio had until midnight Sunday to match the Grizzlies’ four-year, $37.2 million offer to Anderson, and declined. Anderson averaged 7.9 points for the Spurs last season, in his first year as a full-time starting forward.
– The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free-agent guard Elfrid Payton and re-signed guard Ian Clark. New Orleans announced the roster moves Monday along with the formal signing of former Lakers forward Julius Randle, who agreed last week to a two-year contract worth about $18 million. Payton and Clark each have signed for one year.
FORMER NBA PLAYER-CHARITY FRAUD
Kermit Washington sentenced for charity fraud
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Former NBA player Kermit Washington has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in charity donations on vacations, shopping sprees and plastic surgery for his girlfriend.
The U.S. attorney’s office says the 66-year-old Las Vegas man also was ordered Monday to pay nearly $970,000 in restitution. Washington pleaded guilty in November in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri, to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft.
Washington played for several NBA teams in the 1970s and 1980s and is best known for throwing a punch that fractured Houston Rockets player Rudy Tomjanovich’s face and left him unconscious during a 1977 game. Washington was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers at the time.
Sabres sign top pick Rasmus Dahlin
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres have signed top draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Buffalo selected the 18-year-old defenseman from Sweden with the first pick in last month’s draft. Dahlin is expected to make an immediate jump to the NHL after playing two seasons with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League.
In other NHL news:
– The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with forward Jan Kovar. Kovar chose the Islanders among several teams interested in signing him. The 28-year-old played the past five seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League
– The Anaheim Ducks will retire the numbers of Hall of Famers Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer next season. Kariya’s No. 9 will go into the Honda Center rafters on Oct. 21, and Niedermayer’s No. 27 will be raised Feb. 17. Teemu Selanne’s No. 8 is the only other number the Ducks have retired.
UEFA president says World Cup showcasing strength of Europe
MOSCOW (AP) – The World Cup semifinal stage is beginning with the all-European lineup being celebrated by soccer’s governing body on the continent.
Belgium and France play in St. Petersburg today and then Croatia and England meet the following night in Moscow.
It is the fifth time the last four has featured only European teams.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says “even though some of our traditional contenders such as Germany, Spain and Portugal were eliminated, there are other teams which have surpassed expectations and can now win the title.”
In a statement to The Associated Press, Ceferin added “these results validate all the work that is being done across the continent to develop football, and they also showcase the strength and quality that exists across the whole UEFA region.”