Update on the latest sports
Urias wins again
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers possess the first nine-game winner of the major league season.
Julio Urías (oo-REE’-uhs) is 9-2 after allowing three runs over six innings of the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Pirates. Urias also had a two-run single as Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh for the 13th consecutive time.
Mookie Betts homered just three pitches into the game after beginning the day hitting just .250, 48 points below his career average.
Zack McKinstry drove in two runs in a game that was called by rain in the top of the eighth.
In other major league action:
— Jean Segura’s two-run single completed the Phillies’ 10th-inning comeback in a 4-3 win over the Braves. Atlanta scored two earned runs in the 10th after Freddie Freeman belted a solo homer to tie it. Alec Bohm got the Phils within 3-2 with an RBI single before Segura allowed Philadelphia to earn its second straight walk-off win over the Braves.
— Daniel Vogelbach slammed a two-run homer and Jace (jays) Peterson provided a tiebreaking, two-run single in the sixth inning of the Brewers’ 11th win in 13 games, 7-2 over the Reds. Freddy Peralta allowed just one run and two hits over four innings, leaving for a pinch-hitter following a rain delay. Luis Castillo fell to 2-9 despite leaving with a 2-1 lead in the sixth.
— Jonathan Schoop (skohp) and Robbie Grossman homered and Isaac Paredes singled home the tiebreaking run in the Tigers’ 8-3 defeat of the Mariners. Detroit scored two unearned runs in three Seattle errors and beat the Mariners for the fifth time in six tries this season. The M’s wasted Mitch Haniger’s two home runs.
— The Giants-Nationals game in Washington has been postponed and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.
Pale Hose lose Madrigal
UNDATED (AP) — White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal could miss the rest of the season after tearing his right hamstring.
Madrigal was helped off the field after he tried to beat out a grounder in the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s 6-2 loss to Toronto.
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft had been rounding into form of late, batting .365 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 74 at-bats over his last 20 games.
Also in the majors:
— A Manhattan judge has rejected an attempt to force Major League Baseball to return next month’s All-Star Game to Atlanta. The lawsuit filed May 31 alleged that Major League Baseball acted unconstitutionally when it moved the game from the Atlanta Braves stadium to Denver after Georgia Republicans enacted a restrictive new voting law. The rewrite of Georgia’s election rules followed former President Donald Trump’s repeated unproven claims of fraud after his presidential loss to President Joe Biden.
— The Indians have traded first baseman Jake Bauers to the Mariners for a player to be named or cash. Bauers batted just .190 with six RBIs in 43 games before the Indians designated him for assignment last weekend.
AP source: CFP expansion to 12 teams on table for discussion
UNDATED (AP) — The College Football Playoff could triple in size.
The playoff would expand from four to 12 teams, with six spots reserved for the highest ranked conference champions. That’s under a proposal to be considered next week.
A person familiar with announcement tells The Associated Press the playoff would include six at-large selections.
The CFP’s surprising disclosure comes a week ahead of the planned presentation to CFP officials in Chicago.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
Schembechler son, players say Michigan coach knew of abuse
NOVI, Mich. (AP) — A son of legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler and two of his former players have described in detail how they were molested by the team’s longtime doctor and how Schembechler turned a blind eye when they told him about it.
Matt Schembechler and former players Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson told similar stories during a news conference about how Dr. Robert E. Anderson molested and digitally penetrated them during physical exams decades ago.
They also talked about how Bo Schembechler refused to protect them and allowed Anderson to continue abusing players and other patients for years.
Anderson died in 2008, two years after Schembechler.
Bulls G Coby White has surgery on shoulder, out at least 4 months
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Coby White has had surgery on his left shoulder after injuring it over the weekend. The team says White was hurt “while engaged in basketball activities away from the team” and will be reevaluated in four months. White averaged 15.1 points and 4.8 assists while starting 54 of the 69 games he played in last season.
McDavid, Matthews, MacKinnon finalists for NHL MVP honors
UNDATED (AP) — Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon have been named finalists for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.
McDavid is considered the likely winner of the award after dominating the scoring race with 105 points in 56 games. That’s 21 more than the next-closest player, teammate Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul).
Matthews led the league with 41 goals.
Also in the NHL:
— The Blue Jackets have promoted Brad Larsen to fill the head coaching vacancy created when Columbus parted ways with John Tortorella after six seasons at the helm. The 44-year-old Larsen is a former NHL forward who has been an assistant coach with the Blue Jackets for the past seven seasons. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen (YAHR’-moh keh-kah-LAY’-nehn) says Larsen agreed to a three-year contract.
Wilson wants to remain a Seahawk
UNDATED (AP) — Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he did not request a trade this offseason.
Wilson added that he believes conversations with coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have strengthened his relationship with the team.
Wilson spoke for the first time since February, when a series of comments he made led to trade speculation and a growing furor surrounding his future in Seattle.
Wilson repeated numerous times that winning is the ultimate cure for any dissatisfaction and that any rifts with the franchise have been mended for now.
In other NFL news:
— Chiefs offensive lineman Kyle Long suffered a knee injury during voluntary workouts that could require surgery and keep him out of training camp. The 32-year-old Long came out of a one-year retirement designed largely to get him healthy to sign a one-year contract with the Chiefs.
— Packers reserve tight end Jace Sternberger has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He will be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 21, and he could play as early as Sept. 26 at San Francisco.
— The Packers expect to fill Lambeau Field for games this season. They also plan to welcome fans to training camp and their annual shareholders meeting this year. Fans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 won’t need to wear masks. Unvaccinated fans will be asked to wear masks. Proof of vaccination won’t be required.
Pavlyuchenkova advances to French Open final
PARIS (AP) — Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will play her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros.
The 31st-seeded player defeated unseeded Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-3 to become the first Russian woman to reach a final at a major since Maria Sharapova at the 2015 Australian Open.
Both players struggled with their serves on Court Philippe Chatrier but Pavlyuchenkova managed to hold her nerves better on important points.
Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova saved one match point to book the other spot in the French Open final Saturday.
Down 5-3, 30-40 on her serve in the decider against 17th-seeded Maria Sakkari, Krejcikova hit a backhand winner at the net to stay alive in the match. She finally held and broke back in the next game to level at 5-5. Krejcikova then needed five match points to seal the absorbing contest 7-5, 4-6, 9-7.
Roach leads, Johnson 1 back
RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Wes Roach is the first-round leader at the PGA’s Palmetto Championship.
Roach opened with a 7-under 64, his lowest PGA Tour round since November 2019. He eagled the par-5 fourth, holing out from 105 yards on the 633-yard hole.
Roach is splitting time on the PGA and Korn Ferry tours this season.
Dustin Johnson got off to a fast start in his home-state tournament, carding a 65 that leaves him tied for second with Doc Redman, Chesson Hadley and South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen. Johnson hadn’t played since missing the cut the last time he teed it up in South Carolina at the PGA Championship last month.
Race organizers apologize for Confederate flag inside car
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Organizers of a NASCAR racing series in North Carolina have apologized after a car with a Confederate flag decal competed in a race last weekend, violating the governing body’s ban.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the flag was spotted inside Lee Stimpson’s car Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Track spokesperson Gray Garrison says it won’t happen again, adding that track officials must have missed seeing the flag.
SOFTBALL-WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Sooners take title
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Giselle Juarez threw her second consecutive complete game and Oklahoma won its fifth national championship with a 5-1 win over Florida State in the Women’s College World Series.
Juarez allowed just two hits in Game 3 after earning a 6-2 win that tied up the series. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the World Series after finishing 5-0 with four runs allowed over 31 1/3 innings.
Jocelyn Alo hit her team record-extending 34th homer of the season in the clincher.