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Laureano hits grand slam, Athletics beat Rays 6-2

UNDATED (AP) _ Ramon Laureano hit his first career grand slam to break an eighth-inning tie and finished with five RBIs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Wednesday.

Oakland went 6-4, including taking two of three from the Rays, on a season-long 10-game road trip that included some significant travel issues.

The Athletics didn’t arrive in Florida until after 3 a.m. Monday. They spent 3½ hours in the clubhouse following their game at the Texas Rangers on Sunday because of storm-related damage to their plane.

Yandy Diaz and Tommy Pham both had three hits for the Rays, who are 18-16 at home and dropped one-half game behind the idle AL East-leading New York Yankees.

Elsewhere in the majors:

_ Cole Hamels struck out nine in seven scoreless innings, singled twice and drove in two runs to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Colorado Rockies 10-1 in a testy game. Rockies All-Star third-baseman Nolan Arenado left in the fifth inning with a left forearm contusion after Hamels hit him with a pitch in the third, and three more batters _ including Hamels _ were hit by pitches later in the game. Javier Báez and Kyle Schwarber homered for Chicago, which snapped a five-game road losing streak.

_ Rookie Nick Senzel and Joey Votto hit back-to-back home runs to open the game and Cincinnati later got deep shots from Eugenio Suárez and Curt Casali, powering the Reds to a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. The quick homers by Senzel and Votto in the first off rookie Zach Plesac marked the first time an opposing team hit consecutive homers to start a game in Cleveland. The Reds snapped an eight-game losing streak in interleague play.


Blue Jays closer Giles placed on IL with elbow inflammation

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have placed closer Ken Giles on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.

Giles is 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA and has 11 saves in 12 tries. The move, announced by the team on Wednesday, is retroactive to June 9.

Manager Charlie Montoyo expects Giles to serve the minimum time on the IL.

Montoyo says Joe Biagini will serve as the closer during Giles’ absence.

In other MLB news:

_ Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has left a game against the Chicago Cubs with a left forearm contusion after getting hit with a pitch. Arenado was batting in the bottom of the third inning when Cole Hamels hit him with a 90-mph fastball. Arenado looked toward the mound before bending down and taking off his shin guard. He stayed in the game initially before being pulled in the top of the fifth.


5, including gunman, detained in Ortiz shooting

Wife says Ortiz is making ‘progress’ after shooting

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP)_ The chief prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says five people, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz.

Authorities say a sixth suspect is being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses say was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars.

Police say the coordinator of the shooting was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to carry out the crime.

Meanwhile, Ortiz’ wife says her husband is making “good progress” at a hospital in Boston after being shot at a bar in his native Dominican Republic.

Tiffany Ortiz says her husband was in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of trauma surgeon Dr. David King. She said his condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he has been able to sit up as well as take some steps.


Bruins’ Grzelcyk to return for Game 7

BOSTON (AP) _ Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lihk) is expected to return to the Boston lineup for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against St. Louis.

Grzelcyk’s return is a major boost on the blue line for Boston. He suffered a concussion two weeks ago in Game 2 of the series and has missed the past four.

Coach Bruce Cassidy says the puck-moving defenseman was cleared through the concussion protocol Wednesday, hours before the game. Connor Clifton is set to come out to make room.


Chicago Bears waive kicker Chris Blewitt

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) _ The Chicago Bears have waived Chris Blewitt, leaving them with two kickers as they try to replace Cody Parkey.

Blewitt left Pittsburgh as the school’s career scoring leader with 363 points after making 55 of 79 field goals and 198 of 204 extra points from 2013-16. But he has not played in the NFL.

Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro remain on the roster. Neither has kicked in an NFL game.

The Bears let Parkey go after one rough season that ended with a missed field goal off the left upright and crossbar in a wild-card loss to Philadelphia at Soldier Field. Chicago won the NFC North at 12-4 last year.

In other NFL news:

_ Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Quincy Williams, a third-round draft pick from Murray State, has signed his rookie contract. Williams signed a four-year deal following mandatory minicamp practice Wednesday, becoming the last of the team’s seven draft picks to do so.

_ Israel is rolling out the red carpet for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who arrives next week to collect the Genesis Prize, a prestigious award dubbed by its sponsors as the “Jewish Nobel Prize.” The ceremony is expected to be Kraft’s highest-profile public appearance since he was charged in February with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida massage parlor.

_ Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk says nobody with the Tennessee Titans will ever wear Eddie George’s No. 27 nor the No. 9 of the late Steve McNair again. Strunk says the franchise will retire both numbers Sept. 15 at their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. George and McNair helped the franchise through its difficult relocation from Houston to Tennessee and were major contributors during its lone Super Bowl berth.


Cavs hire former Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant

UNDATED (AP) — The Cavaliers have hired former California coach Lindsay Gottlieb as an assistant on John Beilein’s staff.

Gottlieb spent the past eight years coaching the Golden Bears, leading them to seven NCAA Tournament appearances. While she’s not the first female assistant coach in the NBA, she is the first to go from being a head college coach to the pro league.

Gottlieb went 179-89 at Cal and led the school to its first Final Four in 2013.

In other NBA news:

_ Taylor Jenkins has talked enough with Memphis’ new front office to feel confident he will be given time to turn around the Grizzlies. He is the team’s fourth head coach since Memphis reached the 2013 Western Conference finals. Jenkins says everyone understands it will take time and that’s why he had no concerns about the team’s recent coaching turnover. Memphis’ executive vice president of basketball operations says the Grizzlies made a long-term commitment to Jenkins.


Ex-Stanford coach avoids prison in bribery case

BOSTON (AP) — A former head sailing coach at Stanford will avoid prison after he admitted to accepting bribes in the college admissions cheating scheme.

John Vandemoer apologized to his friends, family, the sailing team and Stanford during the sentencing hearing Wednesday in Boston federal court.

U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel sentenced him to one day in prison, which he was deemed to have served. He will pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years of supervised release, including six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring.


Nassar’s ex-boss at MSU not guilty of sexual misconduct

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University has been found guilty of neglect of duty but acquitted on a more serious criminal sexual conduct charge.

William Strampel, the ex-dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was also convicted Wednesday of misconduct in office.

The 71-year-old had been accused of abusing his power to sexually harass female students.


Froome crashes in training, will miss Tour de France

ROANNE, France (AP) — Chris Froome will miss this year’s Tour de France after a “bad crash” in training. Team INEOS leader Dave Brailsford says the four-time champion sustained a suspected fractured femur in a 40 mph crash.

The British cyclist was riding in gusty winds and Brailsford says he seemed to lose control of his front wheel when trying to clear his nose.


Grunewald, runner with cancer who inspired many, dies at 32

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gabriele Grunewald, one of the country’s top middle-distance runners, has died at her home in Minneapolis after inspiring many with her long and public fight against cancer. She was 32.

Grunewald was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma — a rare form of cancer in the saliva glands — in 2009 while running for the University of Minnesota. Following surgery and radiation therapy, she went on to finish second in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA championships.

She kept on running through three more bouts with the disease, forging a career as a professional athlete and U.S. champion while enduring surgeries, radiation treatments, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

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