Update on the latest sports
MLB-BLUE JAYS-WHITE SOX
Blue Jays bop at Fenway, Rays-Chisox meet up
UNDATED (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the bashing Toronto Blue Jays will try to keep up their power surge at Fenway Park this evening.
Teoscar Hernandez hit a pair of three-run shots over the Green Monster as Toronto hit eight home runs – the most ever allowed in a game by the Red Sox – in an 18-4 romp Sunday.
The Blue Jays have hit 13 homers the past two days in Boston, with nine of them going over the Monster. Toronto’s Marcus Semien, meanwhile, stretched his road hitting streak to 26 games, best in the majors since Dexter Fowler hit safely in 27 straight road games for the Cubs from September 2015 to May 2016.
In other baseball action:
– The teams with the best two records in the majors meet in Chicago when the Rays take on the White Sox in a three-game set. Randy Arozarena and Tampa Bay are 42-24 and have won 23 of their last 28. Jose Abreu and the White Sox are 41-24. Lance Lynn (7-1, 1.23 ERA) starts for the White Sox against Tyler Glasnow (5-2, 2.57).
– Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. gets a break, a day after he exited a 6-4 win in Miami with what the team said was right pectoral soreness. Manager Brian Snitker says, “I don’t see this being lingering.” Acuna is hitting .282 with 18 home runs and 39 RBIs. The Braves are off until starting a series at home against Boston on Tuesday night.
– Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is having back spasms, the latest setback in a career filled with impressive feats and frequent injuries. Judge didn’t play Sunday in a 7-0 loss at Philadelphia. Manager Aaron Boone said postgame that Judge was unavailable even for pinch-hitting duties and will undergo off-day treatment today. The star outfielder is hitting .289 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs. New York has lost seven of nine and is fourth in the AL East, only one game over .500.
– Baltimore has dropped 15 road games in a row, extending its worst slide since the St. Louis Browns moved to Maryland in 1954 and became the Orioles. The Orioles were swept for the seventh time this season with their latest loss at Tampa Bay and have an AL-worst record of 22-42. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde says a pitcher probably will be called up from Triple-A Norfolk to start at Cleveland.
SOCCER PLAYER COLLAPSES
Denmark soccer player sends message to teammates after cardiac arrest
COPENHAGEN (AP) – Denmark soccer player Christian Eriksen has sent a message to his teammates after suffering cardiac arrest during Saturday’s game against Finland at Euro 2020. Eriksen had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.
Eriksentold has told his teammates to look forward to their European Championship game against Belgium on Thursday. Teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg told reporters that Eriksen delivered the message via video link from the hospital, saying that he’s doing OK and that they should try to focus on playing the next game.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel praised Denmark’s medical staff as heroes who performed “a miracle.”
FIBA-SEXUAL ABUSE INVESTIGATION
World basketball head steps aside amid sexual abuse inquiry
MIES, Switzerland (AP) – The president of basketball’s world governing body has stepped aside during its investigation into alleged systemic sexual abuse of women players at his home federation.
The International Basketball Federation says Hamane Niang “strongly denies the allegations” that he ignored abuse by coaches and officials in Mali. He led the national basketball federation there from 1999 to 2007.
The allegations were published by the New York Times. They implicated around 12 coaches and officials in sexual abuse claimed by around 100 female players. FIBA’s investigation will be done by Richard McLaren who detailed the Russian state-backed doping scandal.
Tsitsipas says his grandmother died just before French final
PARIS (AP) – French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas (SEET’-see-pahs) says his grandmother died just before his final at Roland Garros against Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch).
Tsitsipas posted on social media that his “very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life” five minutes before he entered the court Sunday for his first Grand Slam title match.
He thanked her for raising his father and called her a “wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to give and provide can’t be compared to any other human being that I have ever met.”
The 22-year-old from Greece lost to Djokovic 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.