Update on the latest sports

June 17, 2017 - 6:35 pm


Thomas shoots 63 in 3rd round at US Open

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — What a day for Justin Thomas.

The 24-year-old Thomas eagled the par-5 18th for just the fifth 63 in U.S. Open history. Vijay Singh was the last player to accomplish the feat in 2003 at Olympia Fields.

Thomas broke the U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par. Thomas' 9-under 63 was one better than Johnny Miller's 63 in the 1973 final round at Oakmont.

Thomas also moved into the lead with his putt at 18. He is at 11 under, two shots ahead of Charley Hoffman and Tommy Fleetwood.


Ramirez 2 HRs, Indians beat Twins 9-3 in doubleheader opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs as the Cleveland Indians pulled even with Minnesota atop the AL Central by beating the Twins 9-3 Saturday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Ramirez touched off a three-run first inning with a two-out homer off Adam Wilk (0-2). He chased the spot starter with a two-run double in the fourth and added another solo shot off Alex Wimmers in the sixth. It was the second multihomer game of Ramirez's career, both this season.

Zach McAllister (1-0) pitched two hitless innings, striking out three. He worked in relief of starter Ryan Merritt, who made his season debut. A trio of Cleveland relievers combined for five scoreless innings.

In other day games:

— Todd Frazier and Matt Davidson hit consecutive home runs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday in Toronto. Jose Abreu also went deep to help the White Sox win their fourth straight series against the Blue Jays, beating them for the ninth time in the in the last 10 games. Mike Pelfrey earned his second road win of the season, limiting Toronto to one run and four hits in six innings.

— Kyle Freeland tossed six solid innings, Tony Wolters drove in two runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants again, 5-1 on Saturday. The Rockies are 9-1 against San Francisco this season and have won the last eight against the Giants. Freeland pitched with runners on base in every inning


Orioles' Davis likely out until after All-Star break

UNDATED (AP) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is likely out until after the All-Star break with a right oblique strain.

Davis went on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. Manager Buck Showalter says a return in three weeks "would be real ambitious."

Davis was sidelined in 2014 with a strained left oblique. He tried to play through the pain before going on the DL, which proved to be a mistake. This time, he's taking it slow, even though he feels this injury isn't quite as severe.

In other MLB news:

— The Texas Rangers have placed right-handed starter Andrew Cashner on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. The Rangers purchased the contract of right-hander Ernesto Frieri from Triple-A Round Rock and had him in the bullpen for Saturday night's home game against the Seattle Mariners. The team designated first baseman-outfielder Peter O'Brien for assignment. The Rangers also announced infielder Hanser Alberto will hav shoulder surgery on Monday.

— Atlanta left fielder Matt Kemp says he's available to pinch-hit and hopes to return from a leg injury on Sunday against Miami. Kemp has missed one game, a 5-0 loss to the Marlins on Friday, with a sore left hamstring. He considers this injury minor compared to a strained right hamstring that landed him on the 10-day disabled list in April. Kemp, a two-time All-Star, is hitting .327 and leads the Braves with 32 RBIs.


Browns' Garrett has sprained foot, expected to be in camp

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett has a sprained left foot, but is expected to be ready for training camp next month.

The No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft injured his foot late in practice Wednesday. The Browns waited until Garrett received a second opinion before providing an update Saturday.

The team said Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist with OrthoCarolina, agreed with a diagnosis by team physician Dr. James Voos of University Hospitals that Garrett has a lateral foot sprain. He was spotted in a walking boot on Friday at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

The Browns recently signed the former Texas A&M star to a four-year, $30.4 million contract.


Ducks C Ryan Kesler has hip surgery, will be out 3 months

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler has undergone hip surgery that will keep the Selke Trophy finalist away from full hockey activity for 12 weeks.

The 32-year-old Kesler had surgery last week.

Kesler had bone fragments removed during a general cleaning of his hip. The Ducks will begin training camp in approximately three months.

Kesler had 22 goals and 36 assists during the regular season, but he managed just one goal in 17 playoff games while Anaheim advanced to the Western Conference finals.

The Ducks also signed forward Nic Kerdiles to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension.

In other NHL news:

— The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Mike Buckley as their new goaltending coach after Mike Bales left to take the same job with Carolina. Buckley has spent the last four years as the team's goaltending development coach, where he worked closely with Matt Murray, who has helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups.


Coyotes trade goalie Mike Smith to Flames

UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have traded longtime starting goaltender Mike Smith to the Calgary Flames. Arizona received a conditional 2018 third-round pick, defensive prospect Brandon Hickey, and the rights to pending unrestricted goaltender Chad Johnson.

The 35-year-old Smith has been the Coyotes' starter for the past six seasons and helped them reach the 2012 Western Conference final. Last season he was 19-26-9 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

In other trades:

— The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Sharks. San Jose got a second-round pick, 49th overall, and a fourth-round pick, 123rd overall. The Sharks also sent their fifth-round pick, 143rd overall, to New Jersey.

— The Buffalo Sabres have acquired defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens for a third-round pick. Buffalo sent the 68th overall pick in the 2017 draft to Montreal for the pending restricted free agent. The 24-year-old Beaulieu set career highs with four goals, 24 assists and 28 points last season.


Hamlin edges Byron in thrilling Xfinity finish at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Denny Hamlin inched ahead of William Byron on the final turn and nosed out the rookie at the finish line, winning Saturday in the closest NASCAR Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway since the advent of electronic scoring in the series.

It was Hamlin's 16th career Xfinity victory and first in three starts this year, but the 19-year-old Byron made him earn it. Byron led after a restart with two laps remaining, but Hamlin pressured him the rest of the way, and the Cup Series veteran eventually prevailed by 0.012 seconds in his No. 20 Toyota.

Elliott Sadler finished third behind Hamlin and Byron and took over the series lead from Justin Allgaier.

Pole winner Kyle Busch went spinning just seconds into the race after contact with Brad Keselowski.


Commission urges Title IX reforms at University of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An independent commission appointed after the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit last year issued recommendations on Saturday for how the University of Tennessee's campuses can improve Title IX compliance.

Its suggestions include selecting a Title IX coordinator for the entire University of Tennessee system, and enhancing campus staffing and resources to address Title IX issues, including case management, care and support, education and training. Another recommendation involved updating and modifying policy, grievance procedures and student codes of conduct.

After the university agreed to a $2.48 million settlement of Title IX complaints filed by eight women last July, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced the commission and its mandate to review programs throughout the university system.

The women accused Tennessee of fostering a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assault complaints against athletes.

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