Tapia inside-the-park slam lifts Blue Jays over Red Sox 28-5
BOSTON (AP) — Raimel Tapia hit an inside-the-park grand slam after a misplay by Boston center fielder Jarren Duran and the Toronto Blue Jays set a franchise record for runs in a game, rolling past the Red Sox 28-5. Toronto came within two runs of the modern major league record for runs in a game after stranding two in the ninth inning with Boston infielder...
Tapia inside-the-park slam lifts Blue Jays over Red Sox 28-5
BOSTON (AP) — Raimel Tapia hit an inside-the-park grand slam after a misplay by Boston center fielder Jarren Duran and the Toronto Blue Jays set a franchise record for runs in a game, rolling past the Red Sox 28-5. Toronto came within two runs of the modern major league record for runs in a game after stranding two in the ninth inning with Boston infielder Yolmer Sanchez on the mound. Every starter had at least two hits, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tied Frank Catalanotto’s franchise record with six of them. Danny Jansen homered twice and drove in six runs. Matt Chapman and Teoscar Hernández added solo home runs for the Blue Jays.
QB Deshaun Watson reports to Browns camp not knowing future
CLEVELAND (AP) — Deshaun Watson reported to his first training camp with the Cleveland Browns not knowing how long he’ll be their starting quarterback. As he awaits word on whether he’ll be suspended by the NFL, the three-time Pro Bowler arrived at Cleveland’s training facility along with the team’s other QBs and rookies. The 26-year-old is facing a likely league suspension for violating its personal conduct policy following allegations by two dozen massage therapists in Texas that he was sexually inappropriate with them. Watson’s fate is being decided by a league disciplinary officer. Retired federal judge Sue L. Robinson has spent the past few weeks reviewing the case following a hearing and briefs submitted by the quarterback’s legal team, the NFL Players Association and league.
AP source: Panthers get Tkachuk from Flames for Huberdeau
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk is being traded to the Florida Panthers, part of a blockbuster that sends Jonathan Huberdeau to the Calgary Flames in a swap of players who are each coming off the best season of their respective careers, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday night. Tkachuk will sign an extension with Florida as well, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized. Tkachuk decided earlier in the week that he would not accept such a deal to stay in Calgary — which immediately led to trade talks and no shortage of suitors around the league wanting to land him.
McVay: LA Rams are starting over in quest for repeat crown
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams threw the last of their lavish offseason parties so they could hand out their massive Super Bowl championship rings to their current and former players. Coach Sean McVay sees the morning after that soirée as the dividing line between the success of last season and the formidable task in front of the Rams this fall as they attempt to become the NFL’s first repeat champions in 18 years. The Rams hold their first practice at UC Irvine on Sunday. McVay and general manager Les Snead are finalizing contract extensions with the team and McVay is optimistic they’ll be announced before the season starts.
Murray embraces franchise QB label, ready to lead Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray has a low-key personality by nature. That’s a big reason he’s glad a high-stress offseason contract squabble is over. Murray has signed a long-term deal with the Arizona Cardinals that will keep him with the franchise through 2028. It could be worth up to $230.5 million. The two-time Pro Bowl selection and the No.1 overall pick in the 2019 draft has had a productive first three seasons in the desert. Now he hopes to bring a championship to a franchise that hasn’t won one since 1947.
NCAA charges Tennessee with 18 major violations under Pruitt
The NCAA has charged Tennessee with 18 recruiting violations involving allegations of impermissible cash, gifts and benefits given under former football coach Jeremy Pruitt. The school has 90 days to respond to the Level I violations. The NCAA notice of allegations says at least a dozen members of Pruitt’s staff were involved in more than 200 individual violations over a two-year period. Pruitt and nine others were fired for cause in January 2021 after an internal investigation. Chancellor Donde Plowman had said Pruitt was responsible for overseeing the football program. The firing negated Pruitt’s $12.6 million buyout after he went 16-19 in three seasons.
Scott Piercy shoots 64, takes 3-shot lead in 3M Open
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Scott Piercy shot a 7-under 64 on Friday at TPC Twin Cities to take a three-stroke lead in the 3M Open. Piercy had a 13-under 129 total. The four-time PGA Tour winner opened with a 65 on Thursday in windy conditions. Emiliano Grillo was second after a 65. Callum Tarren had a 63 to reach 8 under and Tony Finau was 7 under with Robert Streb, Tom Hoge, Sungjae Im and Doug Ghim. Starting his afternoon round on the back nine, Piercy birdied the first four holes. He added birdies on No. 2, 6 and 7 coming home to extend his lead and made a 10-footer for par on the par-3 eighth.
Sydney McLaughlin obliterates world record in 400 hurdles
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sydney McLaughlin shattered her world record by a whopping 0.73 seconds, blazing through the 400-meter hurdles in 50.68 seconds for her first title at world championships. The 22-year-old obliterated the field in setting the first world record of these championships in Eugene, Oregon. More impressively, it marked the fourth straight major race in which she’s bettered the mark. Femke Bol of the Netherlands finished second in 52.27 — that’s a 1.59-second difference — and defending world champion Dalilah Muhammad finished third in 53.13 — a time that would’ve won the race going away a mere seven years ago.
Trevor Bauer’s accuser says she didn’t lie about abuse
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Diego woman who alleges Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer beat and sexually abused her has denied that any of the accusations were “false, fabricated, or bogus,” her attorneys said in a court filing. Bauer has denied abusing the woman he met through social media. He sued her for defamation in April, claiming she lied about details involving their sexual encounters in order to destroy his reputation and career while enriching herself. After he sued, Major League Baseball suspended Bauer for two years. Bauer has said he engaged in consensual rough sex with the woman but did nothing to warrant a suspension.
Royals’ Merrifield says he ‘poorly articulated’ vax remarks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two-time All-Star Whit Merrifield of the Kansas City Royals has apologized for what he called his “poorly articulated” comments about the COVID-19 vaccine after missing the team’s trip to Canada. Merrifield was among 10 Royals players who didn’t travel to Toronto because of their vaccination status for a four-game series against the Blue Jays before the All-Star break last week. The 33-year-old outfielder/second baseman has been a fan favorite in Kansas City. But backlash came quickly and harshly after Merrifield tried to explain his reasoning. Royals manager Mike Matheny said Merrifield has spoken to the team about his comments.