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August 13, 2017 - 8:48 am


Kisner leads following harrowing finish

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Kisner is the leader after a wild conclusion to the third round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

Kisner fired a 1-over 72 for a 7-under total that puts him one stroke ahead of Chris Stroud and two in front of second-round co-leader Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH'-kee math-soo-YAH'-mah).

Kisner had a two-shot lead with three holes to play when he hit a shot into the water on 16 and made double bogey. He also flirted with disaster on 18, pulling his approach before the ball bounced off a concrete bridge into the rough. The carom allowed him to escape with bogey.

Stroud had a chance to pull ahead until he three-putted for bogey on his last two holes. Matsuyama followed Friday's 64 with a 2-over 73 for a 6-under total.

Justin Thomas and Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hay-zehn) are within two shots of the lead. Graham Dalaet (dah-LAY') had the best round among the contenders, a 3-under 68 that puts him five shots back.

Jason Day may have played himself out of contention after entering the round just two shots back. He carded a quadruple-bogey 8 on the final hole to complete a 77 and fall seven shots back.

Jordan Spieth (speeth) is 10 shots off the pace as he tries to become the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam.


Bosox batter Bombers

UNDATED (AP) — Just three games separate the first- and fourth-place teams in the National League Central, with the Cubs and Cardinals occupying the top of the division.

Patrick Corbin pitched shutout ball and the Diamondbacks put together a four-run sixth before completing a 6-2 win over the Cubs. Corbin held Chicago to five hits while recording eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Brandon Drury capped the rally with a two-run double after an error by shortstop Javier Baez brought in another run. David Peralta made it 6-0 with an inside-the-park home run in the eighth.

The Cubs have dropped seven of 10 since taking a 2 ½-game lead in the division.

The Cardinals picked up their eighth straight win and pulled even with Chicago as Randal Grichuk (GRIH'-chuhk) and rookie Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG') hit solo homers in a 6-5 verdict over the Braves. Carlos Martinez added an RBI single and allowed three runs while striking out seven over six innings. Dexter Fowler had two hits and an RBI for the Redbirds.

— Milwaukee's six-game skid is over after Eric Sogard scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th to give the Brewers a 6-5 decision over the Reds. Eric Thames (thaymz) tied it with his 27th homer of the year, a solo shot in the sixth. Travis Shaw smacked a three-run homer and Ryan Braun added a solo blast as the Brewers moved within two games of the division lead.

Pittsburgh remains three games back after Chris Rowley won his major league debut and the Blue Jays scored three unearned runs in a 7-2 win over the Pirates. Rowley allowed a run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings, blanking the Pirates following Jordy Mercer's RBI single in the second. Mercer also homered for the Pirates,

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Nationals' 3-1 win over the Giants became secondary after Washington outfielder Bryce Harper suffered an apparent left knee injury while running toward first base in the opening inning. Harper clutched the knee after the leg buckled before he was helped off the field. Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind hit RBI doubles in the Nats' third consecutive win.

— Andrew Benitendi slammed a pair of three-run homers and finished with six RBIs as the Red Sox clobbered the Yankees, 10-5 to take a 4 ½-game lead over New York in the AL East. The home runs highlighted a pair of five-run rallies that put the Red Sox ahead 10-3 by the fifth inning. Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers drove in two runs apiece to back Drew Pomeranz, who is 12-4 after allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings.

— The Indians blanked the Rays for the second consecutive night as Mike Clevinger combined with two relievers on a four-hitter in a 3-0 win at Tampa Bay. Clevinger gave up the four hits and struck out nine over seven innings before Joe Smith and Chad Allen both struck out two in a hitless frame. Cleveland newcomer Jay Bruce hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single as the Indians stretched their lead in the AL Central to 4 ½ games over Minnesota.

— The Twins erased an early 5-0 deficit before blowing an 11-6 lead in a 12-11 loss to the Tigers. Justin Upton capped his three-RBI night with a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. James McCann was 2-for-4 with a grand slam, five ribbies and three runs scored to help Detroit end the Twins' six-game winning streak.

— Melky Cabrera's go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth allowed the Royals to end a five-game losing streak, 5-4 over the White Sox. Eric Hosmer also homered and Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar tripled home a run to help Kansas City stay five games behind the AL Central-leading Indians. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) homered twice for the White Sox, who had won four in a row.

— Corey Seager's bases-loaded single accounted for three runs as the Dodgers won for the 27th time in 32 games, 6-3 against San Diego. Seager was credited with a two-run single and got caught in a rundown that allowed Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) to score from third. Cody Bellinger belted his 34th homer of the season and Chris Taylor added his 17 as Los Angeles moved 17 games ahead of the Rockies and Diamondbacks in the NL West.

— The Astros lost for the 11th time in 14 games as Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) and Brett Nicholas drove in three runs apiece to lead the Rangers' 8-3 assault on the AL West leaders. Nicholas put Texas ahead for good with a three-run blast in the second inning. Mike Napoli added a solo shot against Mike Fiers (FY'-urz), who was tagged for six runs in just four innings.

— Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) had the big hits as the Angels doubled up the Mariners, 6-3 to take over the second AL wild-card berth. Valbuena tied it with a two-run homer in the seventh, one inning before Pujols laced a two-run double that sent Los Angeles to its fifth consecutive win. The Angels rallied after Erasmo Ramirez limited them to an unearned run and three hits in six innings.

— Giancarlo Stanton crushed his major league-leading 41st home run of the year, a three-run shot that put the Marlins ahead 4-1 in the fourth inning of a 4-3 victory against the Rockies. Stanton is hitting .382 with eight home runs and 15 RBIs in his last nine games. Justin Nicolino limited Colorado to one earned run and six hits over 5 1/3 as Miami dropped the Rockies into a tie with Arizona for the first NL wild-card berth.

— Baltimore's Tim Beckman was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored in a 12-5 throttling of Oakland. Beckham's two-run double capped a seven-run first that put the Orioles in control. Adam Jones added three hits and three RBIs to the rout.

— Aaron Nola was sharp in the Phillies' 3-1 win over the Mets, giving up just one run and two hits while fanning eight over seven innings. Nola and the bullpen blanked New York following a fourth-inning homer by Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-AY'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs). Steven Matz pitched shutout ball until Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis hit RBI singles in the fifth to put the Phils ahead.


Marlins confirm sale to Sherman/Jeter group

UNDATED (AP) — Derek Jeter has himself a major league ballclub.

Marlins president David Samson says a signed $1.2 billion agreement has been submitted to Major League Baseball to sell the team to a group that includes the former Yankees captain and is headed by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman.

Samson says baseball's ownership committee will review the transaction Wednesday. He expects owners will approve the deal in September, with the closing projected to occur in October.

Samson says Sherman will serve as the controlling owner, while Jeter will be in charge of business and baseball operations.

In other baseball news:

— Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make a minor league rehab start Monday at Class A Potomac and is slated to throw about five innings and 75 pitches. Strasburg has been on the disabled list since late July with a right elbow nerve impingement.

— Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) is back on the disabled list for the third time this year because of knee trouble. Pedroia has been hobbled by knee problems since being injured in a late slide by Manny Machado at Baltimore on April 21.

— Masahiro Tanaka has landed on the Yankees' 10-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation. Tanaka won't throw for five days while doing strengthening exercises.

— First baseman Ryan Howard has accepted a minor league contract with the Rockies and will report to Triple-A Albuquerque. The 37-year-old Howard hasn't played in the majors this season but could be a September call-up if he shows power at the plate.


Tannehill to miss season

UNDATED (AP) — Jay Cutler just became a very large part of the Miami Dolphins' offense.

The Dolphins have placed quarterback Ryan Tannehill on injured reserve with a left knee injury, sidelining him for the entire season. A person familiar with the decision said Tannehill will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL, making Cutler the No. 1 signal-caller in Miami.

The Dolphins signed Cutler to a one-year, $10 million contract Monday as insurance in case Tannehill couldn't play this season. Tannehill missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee, and he reinjured the knee a week into training camp.

Also in the NFL:

— Broncos coach Vance Joseph says defensive end Derek Wolfe has been diagnosed with only a lower ankle injury. Wolfe's injury appeared more serious after he was carted off the field during practice.

— The Redskins have placed linebacker Trent Murphy on injured reserve with a torn left knee ligaments knee suffered in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens. The team also waived injured offensive tackle Kevin Bowen and signed receiver Jamari Staples.


Bolt ends stellar career with injury

LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt ended his stellar career in excruciating pain.

The Jamaican great crumpled to the track with a left-leg injury as he was chasing a final gold medal for the Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team at the world championships in London.

Having to make up lots of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt suddenly screamed, stumbled and somersaulted as he came down, his golden farewell shattered by the first injury he has experienced at a major competition.

That wasn't the only surprise. Britain went on to beat the United States in a tight finish.


Longtime NHL coach and GM Bryan Murray dies

UNDATED (AP) — Longtime NHL head coach and general manager Bryan Murray has died at 74.

Murray was coach and general manager of the Ducks, Panthers, Red Wings and Senators. He began his coaching career with the 1981-82 Capitals and helped revive a foundering franchise that had never made the playoffs before his arrival.

Murray was diagnosed in 2014 with colon cancer that he was told was incurable. He became an advocate for awareness and early detection.

Murray was 620-465-131-23 in an NHL coaching career that spanned 27 years and 1,239 games.


Red Wings denounce use of logo at white nationalist rally

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings say they are considering legal action to stop white nationalists from using their logo as part of a "disturbing" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The team said in a statement it "vehemently" disagrees with the rally and is in no way associated with it. The logo of the NHL club could be seen on items held by people at the rally.

The Red Wings say they are "exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration." The team adds that it believes hockey is for everyone and celebrates the diversity of its fan base and the country.

There is a Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings that uses the Red Wings' logo.


NBA heads to the Holy Land to develop talent, promote values

JERUSALEM (AP) — The NBA is heading to the holy land.

A league delegation headed by Commissioner Adam Silver is in Israel this week on a mission with its "Basketball Without Borders" program.

The program has brought together top teenage players from across Europe for a chance to compete and train at the highest level. Silver says these players are seen as potential professionals.

But the program also teaches athletes how sports can be a tool for bringing people together. It will include a series of workshops for local Jewish and Arab children.

Silver says the goal is to grow interest in basketball and help develop young people around the world.

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