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Cubs’ Contreras gets 3 hits and steal, beats brother, Braves
UNDATED (AP) — Willson Contreras had three hits and stole a base in his first game against younger brother William, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3. Chicago won a day after ending its 10-game losing streak and also stopping the Braves’ 14-game winning string.
The Contreras brothers both started at catcher, marking the first time they shared a field. They hugged before the 30-year-old Willson, a two-time All-Star, singled in the first inning. Contreras then stole second base against his brother, and scored on Jonathan Villar’s two-run single. Willson Contreras later doubled and drove in a run. His 24-year-old brother had two hits for the Braves.
In other MLB action:
— Jameson Taillon and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Aaron Hicks lined a three-run double and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to nine by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0. Taillon allowed four hits and struck out eight in 5 2-3 innings to win his eighth straight decision. New York’s shutout was its 11th of 2022.
Brewers designate Cain
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have designated for assignment two-time All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the same date he reached 10 years of major league service time. Cain hit .179 with one home run and nine runs batted in over 43 games this season. He is in the last year of a five-year, $80 million contract he signed with Milwaukee in January 2018. He’s helped the Brewers reach postseason play each of the past four seasons. He played a key role in the Kansas City Royals winning the 2015 World Series.
In other news around the majors:
— The Miami Marlins beat Jacob Stallings in salary arbitration, and the catcher will earn $2.45 million this season rather than his $3.1 million request. Today’s decision gave teams a 9-3 advantage with just two cases remaining to be heard next week, involving New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Atlanta left-hander Max Fried. Stallings hit .246 last year for Pittsburgh with career bests of eight homers and 53 RBIs, earning $1.3 million. He entered Saturday with a .199 average, two homers and 21 RBIs. Richard McNeill, Gary Klendellen and Fredric Horowitz made the decision on Stallings, a day after hearing arguments.
— Ryan Zimmerman has become the first player for the Washington Nationals to have his jersey number retired by the club. Zimmerman was honored during an on-field pregame ceremony Saturday before Washington hosted the Philadelphia Phillies. Zimmerman was the first player ever drafted by the new-to-town Nationals in 2005. Zimmerman owns most major offensive career records for the franchise and helped the team win the 2019 World Series. Several former teammates were on hand to help celebrate the occasion.
— When Sandy Koufax joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, he was in awe of being on the same team with Jackie Robinson. Now 67 years later, the two are immortalized in bronze at the entrance to Dodger Stadium. Koufax’s statue was unveiled on Saturday in the Centerfield Plaza before the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Cleveland Guardians. It is the second sculpture the Dodgers have commissioned after Robinson’s in 2017.
Contenders heating up play
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Will Zalatoris got up-and-down from a greenside bunker on No. 18 to save par and finish his third round with the lead in the U.S. Open on Saturday. Zalatoris shot 3-under 67 and finished the day at 4-under 206. He was one shot ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick and Scottie Scheffler, who were on the back nine on a cool, blustery day at The Country Club.
Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa were two of six players who were another shot back at 2 under. Zalatoris lost to Justin Thomas in a playoff last month at the PGA Championship.
It was the latest in string of five top-10 finishes at majors since the 2020 U.S. Open for the 25-year-old.
Nelly Korda eagles 18th to take lead in LPGA Meijer Classic
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Defending champion Nelly Korda made a 22-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 66 and the third-round lead in the LPGA Meijer Classic, with six majors champions topping the leaderboard. Making her second start since returning from a four-month break because of a blood clot in her left arm, Korda also eagled the par-5 eighth. She was at 18-under 198 at Blythefield Country Club.
Jennifer Kupcho was a stroke back after 69. She rebounded from her first bogey of the week with a birdie on 18. Brooke Henderson, the winner Sunday in New Jersey and 2017 and 2019 champion at Blythefield, was 15 under after a 67. Lexi Thompson, the 2015 winner, had a 68 to get to 14 under.
Atkinson now not taking over as Hornets’ coach
UNDATED (AP) — Kenny Atkinson’s tenure as coach of the Charlotte Hornets is over before it started. A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Atkinson has reversed course and will not take over as coach of the Hornets.
The move came Saturday, more than a week after the Golden State assistant had agreed to a four-year contract.
The Hornets having to reopen their search is not ideal for a multitude of reasons. Among those is the fact that they have three picks, including two in the top 15, of Thursday’s draft. Charlotte may have to make the No. 13, No. 15 and No. 45 selections without a coach in place.
The Hornets had talked to several other candidates in their search to replace James Borrego, who was fired in April at the end of his fourth season. Darvin Ham, Mike D’Antoni and Terry Stotts were known to be on Charlotte’s radar.
Osaka to skip Wimbledon
UNDATED (AP) — Naomi Osaka has pulled out of Wimbledon for the second consecutive year. She says she is still having trouble with her left Achilles tendon.
The four-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player posted a photo of herself on a grass court and wrote on Twitter on Saturday: “my Achilles still isn’t right so I’ll see you next time.”
Osaka withdrew from the grass-court Grand Slam tournament in 2021 as part of a mental health break she took after pulling out of the French Open.
The 24-year-old hasn’t played an official match since losing in the first round of this year’s French Open. She has played only 17 matches this season and her ranking fell to No. 43 this week.
In other tennis news:
— Coco Gauff’s best run yet in a grass-court tournament has come to an end. The 18-year-old American lost to Ons Jabeur 7-6, 6-2 today in the semifinals of the Berlin Open. Jabeur recovered from 3-1 down in the first set and dominated the second to set up a final Sunday against Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich). Bencic is back in the Berlin final for the second straight year in her quest for a first grass-court title in seven years after a hard-fought win over Maria Sakkari in the semifinals.
— Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev will play Hubert Hurkacz (HUR’-kahts) in the final of the Halle Open in Germany. The top-ranked Medvedev advanced with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Oscar Otte, who beat Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. Hurkacz hit 27 aces against 30 for Kyrgios, who lost despite holding in every one of his service games.
RACING-F1-CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Verstappen edges Alonso to win pole for Canadian Grand Prix
MONTREAL (AP) Max Verstappen overcame slick conditions to win his second pole of the season, and Fernando Alonso used the wet track to earn his first front row start in a decade in rainy qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Saturday run for Verstappen was no surprise even though its the Dutchman’s first career pole at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Instead, it was 40-year-old Alonso who brought the crowd to its feet with a thrilling run to qualify second. He jumped ahead of Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton as time expired and drew a rousing ovation from the rain-soaked spectators.
Ledecky reclaims 400 title at swimming worlds
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky (leh-DEH’-kee) has started the United States’ medal collection at the world swimming championships with a gold by reclaiming her title in the women’s 400 meters. Ledecky clocked 3 minutes, 58.15 seconds on the first day of racing for her fourth world title in the 400 freestyle after 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Ariarne Titmus edged Ledecky for the title in 2019 and took her world record last month but the Australian has skipped the worlds in Budapest to focus on the on the Commonwealth Games. Canada’s 15-year-old Summer McIntosh finished 1.24 seconds behind Ledecky for the silver. Both were well ahead of the competition.