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June 21, 2017 - 4:36 pm


Marlins rally in 8th to end Scherzer no-hit bid and beat Nationals

MIAMI (AP) — Max Scherzer's bid for the third no-hitter of his big league career ended with one out in the eighth inning, and he then gave up two unearned runs as the Miami Marlins rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1.

After backup catcher A.J. Ellis reached on an infield single for Miami's first hit, an error by first baseman Adam Lind and a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs. Scherzer threw a wild pitch that scored the tying run, and Giancarlo Stanton lined an RBI single — the Marlins' only other hit — to put them ahead.

Scherzer (8-5) threw no-hitters against the Pirates and Mets in 2015, and he seemed on his way to another when he began the eighth inning with a 1-0 lead.


Smith, Rays finally catch Hamilton in rundown, beat Reds 8-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay left fielder Mallex Smith rushed in to tag out speedy Billy Hamilton after a lengthy rundown, highlighting the Rays' 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Hamilton stole his major league-leading 31st base in the fourth inning. But he later got trapped when he thought about scoring from second base on a two-out grounder by Eugenio Suarez that shortstop Daniel Robertson bobbled.

It took five throws to nab Hamilton between home and third, with six Rays lined up ready to take part in the rundown. Smith dashed from the outfield and was stationed at third to take a throw and tag Hamilton.

Smith also singled twice, extending his hitting streak to 12 games for Tampa Bay.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A week ago, New York led the AL East by four games after winning the opener of a West Coast trip. But even with the return of closer Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list, the Yankees have dropped out of first place for the first time since mid-May.

Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery attempts tonight to stop the skid against Ricky Nolasco and the Angels. Nolasco is winless in nine starts since April 27, losing his last six.

— Jeff Hoffman can extend a dominant stretch to begin the season when the Rockies continue a surprisingly meaningful NL West series against the Diamondbacks. Hoffman, a rookie right-hander acquired from Toronto in a trade for Troy Tulowitzki in 2015, gave up seven runs in his lone appearance against Arizona last season, but he's been a different pitcher this year for contending Colorado. He'll face right-hander Taijuan Walker who has allowed one run in 11 innings over his past two starts.

— Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR'-juh) hopes to avoid becoming the first big league pitcher with 10 losses this season when he starts in Atlanta against Matt Kemp and the Braves. Samardzija is tied for most losses in the majors with Boston right-hander Rick Porcello, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner.


Addison Russell's wife files for divorce from Cubs player

CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell's wife has filed for divorce nearly two weeks after the Chicago Cubs shortstop was accused of hitting her.

Melisa Reidy-Russell filed the divorce petition in Cook County last week, according to a filing provided by her attorney, Thomas T. Field. She is seeking full custody of the couple's young son along with child and other support.

Earlier this month, Reidy-Russell posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband had been unfaithful to her. In another post, a user — described by Melisa as a close friend — made the accusation that Russell had "hit" his wife.

Russell has denied the allegation. A statement released by Field's communications firm said Reidy-Russell "has declined the invitation from Major League Baseball to be interviewed relative to social media postings and allegations of domestic violence."


Woman testifies against ex-football player in rape trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman who was raped while unconscious in a college dorm room has testified that her appearance at an ex-Vanderbilt football player's trial marks the first time she has seen the defendant face to face.

The visibly shaken woman at times cried while testifying in Brandon Banks' trial. She told prosecutors she had only seen Banks' image in the collection of evidence.

Amid multiple court proceedings against other defendants, the woman has testified five times about the 2013 rape.

Two other ex-players were convicted and sentenced to prison after jury trials. A fourth ex-player charged in the incident has testified against his teammates.

Banks is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. The 23-year-old has pleaded not guilty. He's expected to testify.


CHICAGO (AP) — Dwyane Wade has told the Chicago Bulls that he is exercising his $23.8 million option and will remain with them next season, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Bulls nor Wade had spoken publicly about the matter. Wade had until next week to decide whether to opt in or become a free agent.

Wade averaged 18.3 points on 43 percent shooting last season, his first with the Bulls after 13 years in Miami. He missed 11 games in March with a fractured elbow, but he returned for Chicago's final three games to help the Bulls make the playoffs.

Wade made $23.2 million this past season. He turns 36 in January.


Cavs owner, Billups meet for 2nd time

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is meeting for the second straight day with former NBA star Chauncey Billups about a front-office position.

Gilbert could be close to offering a job to Billups, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

The Cavaliers are looking for a general manager after Gilbert and David Griffin parted ways this week after three consecutive trips to the Finals. It's believed that Billups would take on a different role, perhaps as director of basketball operations.

Billups has no previous executive experience, but he does have a long-standing relationship with Gilbert and knows the league well. Billups, who was a five-time All-Star, also is close with Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.

Cleveland's front-office shake-up came days before tomorrow's draft. The Cavaliers currently do not own a pick.


MIAMI (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is donating his brain for medical research.

Sapp announced on social media that his brain will go to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death.

The 44-year-old said in a statement that he's started to feel the effects of the many hits he took during his 13-year NFL career. He said he's specifically become concerned about his memory. Sapp said he hopes his donation can help prevent concussions and permanent brain damage for future football players.

Sapp played defensive tackle from 1995-2003 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl ring in 2002. He then played for the Oakland Raiders from 2004-2007.


Vegas Golden Knights to play first game at Dallas on Oct. 6

UNDATED (AP) — The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will make their regular-season debut on the road in Dallas on Oct. 6 and host Arizona on Oct. 10 in the first home game in franchise history.

NHL teams announced their home openers today with the full 2017-18 schedule set to be released tomorrow.

The back-to-back Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins will raise another banner Oct. 4 against St. Louis. The Penguins visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 5 in a matchup of the only teams to win the Cup three times in the salary-cap era.

The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators open the season Oct. 5 at Boston.

The Detroit Red Wings host Minnesota on Oct. 5 in the first NHL regular-season game at the new Little Caesars Arena.


Blackhawks' Hossa to miss 2017-18 season with skin disorder

CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss the entire 2017-18 NHL season because of a progressive skin disorder.

The 38-year-old veteran says severe side effects associated with medication to treat the skin disorder has made playing hockey next season impossible.

Hossa says he has privately been undergoing treatment for the last few years under the supervision of Chicago's medical staff.

Hossa, a 19-year veteran, has only missed 46 games over the past six seasons. He had 45 points last season.


Judge temporarily halts daily fantasy sports merger

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily halted the planned merger between daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia approved a temporary restraining order that was agreed upon Tuesday by the two companies and the Federal Trade Commission.

Without the order, the merger could have been completed Tuesday, court records show.

The FTC, along with the attorneys general of California and the District of Columbia, oppose the merger because they say it creates a company controlling more than 90 percent of the U.S. market for paid daily fantasy sports contests.

A spokesman for the companies didn't immediately comment.

Daily fantasy sports contests are online games in which players build rosters of real-life athletes and compete for cash and other prizes.


James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowship

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city's police watchdog agency.

The city and Blake's attorney announced the agreement today. The fellow will serve two-year terms and the city will fund it for six years.

Blake's legal team also received about $175,000 that included travel expenses for the 37-year-old Blake.

Surveillance video showed an officer charging at Blake in September 2015 before grabbing him by the arm and taking him to the ground in a case of mistaken identity. An internal case against the officer is pending.

Blake retired from tennis after the 2013 U.S. Open.


Djokovic heading to Eastbourne for Wimbledon warmup

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) will play at the grass-court tournament in Eastbourne next week in preparation for Wimbledon.

Organizers say the No. 4-ranked Djokovic has accepted a wildcard into the main draw.

It will be the first time Djokovic has played a grass-court event between the French Open and Wimbledon since 2010. He is coming off a surprise straight-set loss to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Gael Monfils, Feliciano Lopez and John Isner are also playing at Eastbourne in southern England.


Olympic stars Phelps, Biles among finalists for ESPY Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook are among the finalists for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards.

Tennis star Serena Williams and gymnast Simone Biles are two of the finalists for best female athlete.

National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who both led their teams to championships, are the other finalists for best male athlete. Swimmer Katie Ledecky and Candace Parker of the WNBA champion LA Sparks are the other female nominees.

The Cubs, who won the World Series for the first time since 1908, are a nominee for best team.

The 25th ESPY Awards will be hosted by Peyton Manning on July 12 on ABC.

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