Update on the latest sportsAP
Morikawa, Dahmen co-leaders at US Open
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The storm clouds never arrived at the U.S. Open. Only the stars did. Collin Morikawa leads the way in his quest for a third straight year winning a major.
He had a 66 to match the low score this week at The Country Club. That gave him a share of the lead with Joel Dahmen, a popular everyman on the PGA Tour.
In the group one shot behind is defending U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. Another shot back is Masters champ Scottie Scheffler. Morikawa, Rahm and Scheffler have won four of the last nine majors.
Kupsho on top at Meijer Classic
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Jennifer Kupcho opened a two-stroke lead over defending champion Nelly Korda on Friday in the LPGA Meijer Classic, shooting a 5-under 67 in windy conditions for her second straight bogey-free round.
A stroke ahead after a career-best 63 on Thursday, Kupcho had a 14-under 130 total at wind-swept Blythefield Country Club.
Korda holed out from 82 yards for eagle on the par-5 14th in a bogey-free 65. She’s making her second start since returning from a four-month break because of a blood clot in her left arm.
Kupcho won the major tournament at Mission Hills in the California desert in early April for her first LPGA Tour victory. On Friday, she parred the first eight holes, then played the next nine in 5 under.
Braves win streak finally ends
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs became the first team in 23 years to stop a losing streak of 10 or more game while ending an opponent’s winning streak of at least 10 games, beating the Braves 1-0 to end the Braves’ 14-game run. Rookie Christopher Morel hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, helping the Cubs stop a 10-game slide, their longest since last Aug. 5-16. Atlanta’s 14 straight wins were the most for the Braves since 2000. A pair of double-digit streaks had not ended in the same game since Philadelphia beat Houston on Sept. 15, 1999.
In other MLB action:
— Francisco Lindor homered after being surprised by his mom’s first visit to see him at Citi Field, Pete Alonso slugged a grand slam during an eventful sixth inning and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 10-4. Lindor’s wife, Katia, surprised her husband by flying in his mother, Maria Serrano, for her first visit to New York since Lindor was acquired from Cleveland in January 2021. Lindor met with his mother in the press conference room a few hours before first pitch. Lindor pointed to his family in the suites after hitting a three-run homer in the first inning off Pablo López.
— J.T. Realmuto hit a go-ahead two-run single in the 10th inning with the aid of an obstruction call, and the Philadelphia Phillies won 8-7 to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Washington Nationals, their 14th victory in 16 games. Bryce Harper had three hits against his old team, helping the Phillies win 5-3 in the opener. Josh Bell homered twice in the nightcap and three times on the day for the Nationals. Matt Vierling’s first multihomer game helped the Phillies in the second game, when Washington’s losing streak stretched to seven.
— Keston Hiura hit a tiebreaking home run off Ross Detwiler in the seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a battle of long balls for their third win in 13 games. Hunter Renfroe’s three-run homer in the fourth and Willy Adames’ solo shot in the fifth built a 4-0 lead against Hunter Greene on a night every run scored on a homer. Albert Alomar Jr., Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham homered to tie the score 4-4.
— C.J. Cron homered twice among his three hits and drove in five runs, Randal Grichuk also homered and the Colorado Rockies snapped a seven-game home losing streak by beating the San Diego Padres 10-4 on Friday night.Charlie Blackmon added three hits for the Rockies, including a run-scoring triple and RBI single.Trent Grishman homered for San Diego, which lost its eighth straight to the Rockies at Coors Field.
— José Ramírez extended his hitting streak to nine games, Owen Miller scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Cleveland Guardians extended the winning streak to a season-long five games, as they rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1. Andrés Giménez had two hits for the Guardians, who won despite a potentially-fatal error in the ninth inning and having only one hit after the fourth inning. Cody Bellinger homered and Trea Turner had three hits for the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to 10-games.
— Carlos Rodón scattered two hits over eight sharp innings and the San Francisco Giants edged the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0. Rodón won his second straight start and lowered his ERA to 2.84 after striking out eight against two walks as the Giants sent the Pirates to their 10th loss in 11 games. Luis Gonzalez and Joc Pederson homered for San Francisco. The Giants have won six of seven and 12 of 18.
— Anthony Rizzo capped the Yankees’ eight-run fifth inning with a grand slam off the facing of the third deck in right, and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to eight with a 12-3 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays. New York has won 15 of its last 16 and at 48-16 is off to its best start since 1998. The Yankees opened an 11-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East. Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, and Joey Gallo also homered for the Yankees, who lead the major leagues with 105 home runs.
— Michael Wacha pitched neatly into the sixth inning against his former team and the Boston Red Sox held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5. The NL Central-leading Cardinals trailed 6-1 going into the ninth inning and reliever Austin Davis retired the first two batters. But Dylan Carlson doubled, Harrison Bader tripled and Andrew Knizner was hit with a pitch. Reliever Tanner Houck gave up an RBI double to Tommy Edman and a two-run double to Brendan Donovan. Paul Goldschmidt then was called out on strikes. Wacha allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. Wacha made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2013 and helped them reach the World Series against Boston. He was the losing pitcher in Game 6 at Fenway Park as Boston won the championship.
— Dean Kremer pitched six scoreless innings and rookie Adley Rutschman singled home the game’s only run in the seventh as the Baltimore Orioles handed the Tampa Bay Rays their fourth straight loss, 1-0. Kremer allowed five hits and matched the six scoreless frames thrown by Tampa Bay’s Shane Baz. Then Ryan Mountcastle hit a one-out double off Calvin Faucher and Rutschman followed with a single to center. It was just the fourth RBI in 23 games for the highly touted catching prospect, who hit his first home run two days earlier at Toronto.
— Jordan Luplow homered twice to back Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-2. Bumgarner labored through his first three innings, giving up eight hits, but the veteran left-hander limited the Twins to two runs, and then permitted just one hit in the next three innings before being relieved. He struck out three and walked one in 103 pitches over six innings. Byron Buxton hit his 19th home run of the season on the second pitch of the game, a 446-foot blast to the back of the left-field stands. Jake Hager had three hits for his first career multi-hit game for the Diamondbacks.
— Michael Brantley’s grand slam was one of three homers in a 10-run sixth inning that propelled the Houston Astros to a 13-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker also homered in the sixth on a night when the Astros hit five homers and tied a season high for runs.
— Robbie Ray lost a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning on a grounder that bounced off his own glove in the Seattle Mariners’ 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Ray lost his bid when Max Stassi hit a high chopper toward the mound that went right over the pitcher’s head. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner didn’t jump, and the ball skipped off the top of his glove, giving Stassi time to beat out an infield single. The left-hander winced, then looked toward the outfield scoreboard to see the ruling from the official scorer. He smiled when Stassi was awarded a hit, ending a run of 18 consecutive batters retired.
— Jonah Heim doubled, homered and drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers beat Detroit 7-0, extending the Tigers’ losing streak to six games. Jon Gray pitched seven scoreless innings to end a five-start winless streak. He struck out six without walking a batter. Tigers ace Tarik Skubal allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings. The Tigers have been outscored 43-7 in the six losses and have scored one run in their last 35 innings.
— Daniel Lynch had a career-high 10 strikeouts in five innings to win for the first time in nearly two months, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Friday night in a matchup of teams with the two worst records in the major leagues. Salvador Perez doubled and homered for the Royals. Whit Merrifield added three hits while Andrew Benintendi and Michael A. Taylor each had two to send the plummeting A’s to their 21st loss in their last 24 home games. The Royals (22-41) began the day percentage points ahead of the A’s, who fell to 22-44 with the loss and dropped 19 games behind the first-place Astros in the AL West.
Rendon to miss rest of regular season
UNDATED (AP) — Anthony Rendon will miss the rest of the regular season. The Los Angeles Angels say their third baseman will undergo surgery for a right wrist injury. Rendon re-aggravated a previous injury to the wrist during Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and has not played since.
The 32-year-old Rendon has played in 155 of the Angels’ 384 games during the first three seasons of the $245 million, seven-year deal he signed before the 2020 season.
Rendon batted .228 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 45 games this season.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— Mets pitcher Tylor Megill won’t throw for four weeks because of a strained right shoulder while infielder Eduardo Escobar rejoined the team after having hospital tests for an unspecified “non-workplace event.” Megill was put on the injured list for the second time this season, a day after he started against Milwaukee. New York manager Buck Showalter said Escobar was available off the bench for the series opener against Miami and likely would be back in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game.
— Jesús Aguilar and Jesús Sánchez were placed on the injured list by the Miami Marlins, who did not specify why. Manager Don Mattingly said he couldn’t talk about the medical issues of Aguilar and Sánchez, who rank third and fourth on the Marlins in homers. Aguilar has played in a team-high 58 games. Miami recalled infielder Lewin Díaz and outfielder Jerar Encarnacion from Triple-A Jacksonville. Díaz hit .193 in 161 at-bats for the Marlins the previous two seasons and .266 with 13 homers and 52 RBIs in 58 games this year for Jacksonville.
— Kansas City infielder Nicky Lopez lost his salary arbitration case with the Royals and will get $2.55 million instead of his $2.9 million request, a decision that clinched management’s third straight win. Teams lead 8-3 with just three cases pending. Miami catcher Jacob Stallings had his hearing with the Marlins, asking for $3.1 million while the club argued for $2.45 million. The last two cases are scheduled for next week, involving New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Atlanta left-hander Max Fried.
Former Tennessee governor buying majority share of Predators
UNDATED (AP) — The chairman of the Nashville Predators has agreed to sell the majority of his stake in the NHL team to former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The Predators announced the agreement Friday. No details of the purchase price were disclosed for a franchise valued recently at $680 million by Sportico.
Haslam’s brother owns the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and the MLS’ Columbus Crew.
The former governor will buy a majority of chairman Herb Fritch’s share in what the Predators described as a “multi-phased purchase transaction” that will make Haslam the team’s majority owner over the “next few years.”
In other NHL news:
— The New York Rangers have given Sammy Blais a one-year contract extension after the forward missed most of the season with a lower body injury. General Chris Drury announced the agreement Friday without releasing details. The 25-year-old ranked third on the team with 37 hits before being sidelined for the season on Nov. 14. The Canadian has 17 goals and 22 assists in 133 NHL games split between the Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Blais was part of the Blues’ Stanley Cup-winning team in 2019.
— The Arizona Coyotes are in the process of working out the details in what they hope are the final steps toward securing a new permanent home in Tempe. The City Council has agreed to negotiate on a proposed development of nearly $2 billion that would include a new arena, entertainment district and residential units. The Coyotes have been searching for a permanent home since the city of Glendale pulled out of a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement in 2015. Glendale decided to not renew the lease after the 2021-22 season and the Coyotes found a temporary home at Arizona State University’s new 5,000-seat arena starting next season.
AP source: Commanders fined for excessive practice contact
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the NFL has fined the Washington Commanders $100,000 and stripped the team of two offseason workouts next year because of excessive contact in practice among players.
The fine applies to coach Ron Rivera. One particular hit in organized team activities incensed Rivera to the point he stopped practice to lecture his team.
The fine is the latest off-field development for the Commanders after assistant Jack Del Rio was fined for downplaying the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and a lawyer for Dan Snyder told Congress the team’s owner would not testify at a hearing next week.
Elsewhere around the NFL:
— The NFL has suspended New York Giants linebacker Justin Hilliard without pay for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Hilliard will be eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Giants’ active roster on Sept. 19, following the team’s game against Carolina. The former Ohio State player was awarded to the Giants on waivers in 2021. He played in two games.
— The Baltimore Ravens have signed linebacker Steven Means. The Ravens announced the move Friday. Means started 29 games for the Atlanta Falcons across the 2018, 2020 and 2021 seasons. Prior to that, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Means has six sacks and three forced fumbles in his career.
Nadal optimistic on Wimbledon after treating pained foot
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal says he will try to play at Wimbledon after receiving new treatment on his painful left foot. The 22-time Grand Slam champion says he has gone “a week without limping.”
Nadal had said after winning his 14th French Open almost two weeks ago that he wasn’t sure if he could continue to play with the extreme foot pain. He was only able to finish Roland Garros after numbing his foot with painkilling shots.
The mild improvement to the chronic condition that has bothered him for years came after Nadal visited a clinic in Barcelona last week to receive radiofrequency treatment.
The 36-year-old Nadal has said that if this latest attempt to make his foot condition more bearable doesn’t work he will consider surgery, a move that could put the continuation of his career in question.
Larry Nassar loses last appeal in sexual assault scandal
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a final appeal from sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts, including Olympic medalists. The court declined to take the case Friday.
Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting gymnasts, dancers and other athletes with his hands under the guise of medical treatments for hip and leg injuries.
Bowyer in crash that killed pedestrian
LAKE OZARK, Mo. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian in southwest Missouri earlier this month. Police say Bowyer’s vehicle struck a woman walking on an exit ramp on June 5 near Osage Beach. Bowyer stopped immediately and called 911. Police say 47-year-old Mary Jane Simmons of Camdenton died at the scene. The crash report says Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kansas, provided a roadside blood sample that recorded no alcohol. Bowyer, a Fox Sports racing analyst, retired from NASCAR in 2020 after winning 10 Cup Series races in 15 years.