Update on the latest sports

June 19, 2017 - 3:45 am


Koepka claims first major title by taming Erin Hills

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — The scores were low at Erin Hills this weekend, and no one had a lower total than Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh).

The 27-year-old Koepka (KEHP'-kuh) earned his first major victory by clowing with a 5-under 67 to win the U.S. Open by four strokes over Brian Harman and Hidei Matsuyama (hih-DEH'-kee) maht-soo-YAH'-mah). Koepka grabbed control with three straight birdies on the back nine and matched Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open record by finishing at 16 under.

Koepka earned $2.16 million, the largest single-day earnings in golf. He's also the seventh straight first-time major champion in men's golf.

Harman's bogey on the par-4 12th put Koepka ahead to stay. The lead grew as Koepka birdied 14, 15 and 16

Harman completed his tournament with an even-par 72, while Matsuyama closed with a 66 to climb the leaderboard.

Tommy Fleetwood finished fourth, five shots back and one ahead of Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Xander Schauffele (SHOW'-flee).

Justin Thomas was unable to sustain momentum after carding a 9-under 63 Saturday, the best round in relation to par at a U.S. Open. Thomas began the final round one stroke back before carding a 75 that left him eight off the pace.

University Texas product Scottie Scheffler is the low amateur for this year's Open. The 20-year-old closed with a birdie and finished at 1-under 287, one shot better than amateur Cameron Champ.


Canada's Brooke Henderson wins Meijer LPGA Classic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Brooke Henderson claimed her fourth LPGA Tour title by taking the Meijer (MY'-ur) Classic in Michigan by two strokes over Michelle Wie (wee) and Lexi Thompson.

The 19-year-old Henderson closed with a 66 for a 17-under total and a $300,000 first-prize check. The Canadian led after each of the first two rounds before falling one shot behind Thompson on Saturday.


Rockies complete Giant sweep

UNDATED (AP) — It was a great Father's Day for the Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH'-doh) and the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies still lead the NL West by one game over the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers after all three teams won.

Arenado was serenaded with chants of "MVP! MVP!" after capping his first career cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Rockies to their fifth straight win, 7-5 over San Francisco. Colorado blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth and trailed 5-3 until DJ Lemahieu (leh-MAY'-hyoo) hit an RBI single and scored on Arenado's 15th homer of the season. Arenado finished with five RBIs on the day.

Trevor Story and Pat Valaika (vah-LAY'-kuh) also homered in helping the Rockies beat the Giants for the ninth straight time.

The outcome leaves Colorado at 46-26, tops in the National League.

Arizona kept pace with the Rockies as Rey Fuentes hit his first major league home run, a 10th-inning blast that sent the Diamondbacks past the Phillies, 5-4. Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings hit first-inning homers for the Diamondbacks, who trailed 4-3 in the ninth until Gregor Blanco slapped an RBI single.

Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner homered while the Dodgers built an 8-1 lead in an 8-7 win at Cincinnati. Kenta Maeda (mah-EH'-dah) pitched five strong innings and drove in two runs as Los Angeles won for the ninth time in 10 games. Kike (KEE'-kay) Hernandez made a spectacular game-saving catch to wrap up the Reds' ninth consecutive loss.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 and scattered six hits in his first career complete game to pitch Milwaukee past San Diego, 2-1. Nelson improved to 5-3, lowered his ERA to 3.39 and helped the Brewers maintain their 2 ½-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Milwaukee trailed 1-0 until Hernan Perez and Manny Pina homered in the sixth.

— The Cubs were 7-1 winners against Pittsburgh as Anthony Rizzo fell a triple shy of the cycle. Rizzo's two-run homer in the seventh was his team-high 16th of the season. Willson Contreras drove in three runs with a pair of doubles to back John Lackey, who combined with three relievers on a three-hitter.

— Jacob deGrom (deh-GRAHM') belted his first career homer and followed Tuesday's complete game with an eight-inning masterpiece to lead the Mets past the Nationals, 5-1. DeGrom allowed an unearned run and just three singles to help the Mets avoid a four-game sweep at home. Michael Conforto drove in two runs and T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 as New York cut the Nats' lead in the NL East to 10 ½ games over the Mets and Braves.

— Atlanta beat Miami, 5-4 on Brandon Phillips' RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. It was the second straight game-ending hit for Phillips, whose run-scoring single in the 10th won Saturday's game. Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) hit a two-run single for the Braves.

— The New York Yankees concluded a 1-6 road trip with their sixth consecutive loss, 4-3 at Oakland. The Athletics did their scoring in the third inning as Chad Pinder tied it with a two-run double and Khris Davis followed with a two-run blast. The A's completed a four-game sweep following a first-pitch temperature of 90 degrees, the warmest for an A's home game since 2008.

— The Yankees now share first place in the AL East with Boston after Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) homered and had three RBIs in the Red Sox's 6-5 triumph over Houston. The Bosox scored four times in the sixth as Bogaerts belted a two-run shot and Jacki Bradley Jr. added a two-run double that put Boston ahead 5-2. Jake Marisnick, Carlos Correa and George Springer homered for the Astros, whose lead in the AL West remains 11 ½ games over Texas.

— Danny Valencia's two-run homer capped a four-run first against Yu Darvish before the Mariners finished up a 7-3 victory against the Rangers. Kyle Seager drove in three runs with three doubles as Seattle ended an eight-game losing streak in Texas. Christian Bergman held the Rangers to two runs and four hits over 5 2/3s after yielding nine runs in his previous start in Minnesota.

— Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') homered twice and the Indians pushed their lead in the AL Central to two games over Minnesota by completing a four-game sweep of the Twins, 5-2. Encarnacion was 11-for-18 with six runs scored and four RBIs in the series. Cleveland also got seven strong innings from Trevor Bauer, who gave up two runs and four hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings.

— Jason Vargas picked up his major league-leading 10th win and Salvador Perez smacked a three-run homer as the Royals whipped the Angels, 7-3. Vargas gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings as the Royals won for the seventh time in eight games. Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) doubled home three runs, giving him 19 RBIs this month.

— Logan Morrison homered twice and Steven Souza Jr. hit his first career grand slam as the Rays clobbered the Tigers, 9-1 to split a four-game series. Derek Norris and Evan Longoria also went deep to back Jake Faria, who struck out a career-high nine and limited Detroit to a run and six hits in seven innings. Faria joined Jeremy Hellickson as the only Tampa Bay hurlers to win their first three big league games.

— Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEH'-nehz) was sharp in the Orioles' 8-5 win over the Cardinals, allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings. Mark Trumbo homered for the second straight day, one of 10 hit by Baltimore in the three-game series. Seth Smith, Trey Mancini and Welington Castillo also went deep for the Birds on Sunday.

— The White Sox had won nine of 11 before Kendrys (KEHN'-drees) Morales and Russell Martin slammed two-run homers to help Toronto beat Chicago for the first time in seven tries, 7-3. The Blue Jays trailed until Martin went deep in the sixth and Ryan Goins tripled home the go-ahead run later in the inning. J.A. Happ picked up his first home win of the season, giving up three runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.


Yankees get their closer back

UNDATED (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman returned to a major league mound Sunday after more than a month on the disabled list.

The lefty worked a perfect eighth inning at Oakland, his first big league action since being diagnosed with inflammation in the rotator cuff of his pitching shoulder.

In other MLB news:

— The Cincinnati Reds have reinstated catcher Stuart Turner from the 10-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. The Reds optioned right-hander Jake Buchanan to Louisville and designated pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (woh-jih-KOW'-skee) for assignment.


Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Larson earned his second NASCAR Cup Series win of the season by holding off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway.

Larson started from the pole and took control on a restart with five laps remaining before closing out his third career Cup win.

Martin Truex Jr. won the first two stages of the race but finished sixth, ceding the points lead to Larson.

Joey Logano was third, followed by Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray.


Fleury among players exposed for Vegas NHL expansion draft

UNDATED (AP) — Three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Nashville forward James Neal and Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen (SAM'-ee VAH'-tah-nehn) are among the high-profile players available for the Vegas Golden Knights to select in the NHL expansion draft.

Now it's on Golden Knights general manager George McPhee to spend the next three days poring over the list of available players and select one from each of the NHL's 30 teams.

Fleury was left unprotected by Pittsburgh after he agreed to waive the no-movement clause in his contract. The Penguins instead protected Matt Murray a week after the second-year goalie led them to win their second consecutive championship.

The Predators were put in a bind in exposing Neal once they elected to protect a fourth defenseman instead of the 10-time 20-goal-scorer.

Vatanen was the odd man out in being left unprotected from a deep and talented group of Ducks defensemen.


NHL salary cap set at $75 million for 2017-18 season

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL salary cap has been set at $75 million for this season in a slight increase over last year.

The league and NHL Players' Association announced the cap and the salary floor of $55.4 million in a joint statement Sunday. The figures are set by the league's hockey-related revenue.

It's an increase of $2 million from the $73 million cap last season, as players elected to use their escalator clause to raise it.

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