Thursday, July 2
Carrasco flirts with no-hitter...Walker does it again for Bucs...Astros sweep Royals
UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of hurling the third no-hitter of the baseball season. Joey Butler's line-drive, two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Indians' 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. His hit went just over the outstretched glove of leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Carrasco struck out 13 and was taken out after Butler's hit. Austin Adams came on and got the final out to finish the one-hitter. Carrasco improved to 10-6.
It was the third straight night the Indians took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Rays. This time, Carrasco retired the first 19 batters before walking Butler with one out in the seventh.
Washington's Max Scherzer and San Francisco rookie Chris Heston authored the first two no-hitters this season.
The Indians have not had a no-hitter since 1981.
In other baseball:
— Neil Walker homered twice, including a two-run shot in a five-run third, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3. Walker also drove in the winning run in Tuesday night's 14-inning win.
— The AL West-leading Houston Astros finished a three-game sweep of Kansas City, 6-5. Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a fielder's choice by Chris Carter.
— Atlanta got back-to-back home runs from A.J. Pierzynski (peer-ZIN'-skee) and Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) in the fourth inning of their 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals.
— Miami nipped San Francisco 6-5 on Justin Bour's three-run homer with no outs in the ninth inning. The Marlins overcame three errors to rally in the ninth against Santiago Casilla, who blew a save for the fourth time in 24 chances.
__ The Chicago Cubs blanked the New York Mets 2-0 in 11 innings. That's the ninth time the Mets have been shut out. Starlin Castro legged out a run-scoring infield single in the 11th to break the scoreless tie.
— Adam Lind homered, Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT') doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs and the hot-hitting Milwaukee Brewers won their season-best fourth straight game 9-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies.
— J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning to back an effective pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen and carry the Baltimore Orioles past the Texas Rangers 4-2. Jimmy Paredes homered and drove in two.
— The New York Yankees beat the L.A. Angels 3-1. Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAHL'-dee) improved to 8-2 with five and a-third innings of shutout ball. That ends the Yanks' three-game slide.
— The Cincinnati Reds won the rubber-match with Minnesota, winning 2-1 behind the pitching of Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh). He allowed a run on four hits in eight innings.
— Taijuan Walker pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Robinson Cano (kah-NOH') and Nelson Cruz homered and Seattle beat punchless San Diego 7-0. Cano had four hits and drove in three runs. Cruz connected for his 20th homer on his 35th birthday.
— Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate and Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) won his fourth straight decision as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 11-2. The Jays beat up Boston starter Rick Porcello for seven runs and seven hits in two innings. That ends Boston's modest three-game win streak.
— Billy Butler hit his first triple in nearly three years and also singled, Jesse Hahn pitched six solid innings and Oakland beat Colorado 4-1.
DiPoto leaves Angels
Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto resigned Wednesday, abruptly ending his 3 1/2-year tenure with the club amid apparent tensions with manager Mike Scioscia (SOH'-shuh).
Former general manager Bill Stoneman will take over as the interim GM for the rest of the season, the Angels announced.
The 71-year-old Stoneman was the Angels' GM from 2000-07, and hired Scioscia.
Scioscia and Dipoto previously have clashed over philosophical differences during the GM's tenure.
Free agency is underway in the NBA
UNDATED (AP) — Kevin Love has announced he's returning to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Love will get a five-year max contract worth more than $110 million. No NBA contract can be signed until July 9. Love helped the Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals this season averaging 17.5 points and 10.4 rebounds. He missed the final three rounds of the playoffs after suffering a separated shoulder.
Iman Shumpert has agreed to terms on a four-year, $40 million contract that will keep him in Cleveland. Shumpert came to the Cavaliers with J.R. Smith in a trade midseason with the New York Knicks. Shumpert's perimeter defense helped LeBron James take an injury plagued team to the NBA Finals.
All these other transactions are according to people with knowledge of the deals, but they have not been formally announced. Most new NBA deals can't be announced until July 9:
— Draymond Green is coming back to the Golden State Warriors. Green announced on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted website he has agreed to a five-year deal with the Warriors. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press the contract is worth about $85 million.
— Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers are reuniting. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Pierce has agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal to join the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce spent this past season with the Washington Wizards. Rivers coached Pierce when both were in Boston, helping to win the 2008 NBA title.
— Anthony Davis is reportedly going to remain a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. The agreement is reportedly for five-years and is said to be worth more than $140 million. The 22-year-old is entering the final season of a four-year contract he signed after being drafted first overall out of Kentucky in 2012.
— The Phoenix Suns have reached an agreement with forward Tyson Chandler on a three-year, $52 million contract and agreed with Brandon Knight on a five-year, $70 million extension.
— The San Antonio Spurs have reportedly worked out deals with two players. Kawhi (kuh-WEYE') Leonard agreed to the basic parameters of a five-year contract that could be worth $90 million. Danny Green is staying with the Spurs as well. Green has agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $45 million.
— Jimmy Butler has agreed to terms on a five-year maximum contract that could be worth $90 million and includes a player option for the final year. The deal comes on the heels of a breakout season in which Butler made his first All-Star team and was selected the NBA's Most Improved Player.
— The Milwaukee Bucks have reached agreement with restricted free agent Khris Middleton on a five-year, $70 million contract. Middleton averaged 13.4 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range in his third season.
— Free agent forward Thaddeus Young says he's staying in Brooklyn with the Nets. Young tweeted that he is "extremely happy" to continue his career with the team. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the two sides have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $50 million.
— Miami is reportedly retaining the services of Goran Dragic (GOHR'-uhn DRAH'-gitch). According to a person with knowledge of the negotiations he wasted little time in accepting a five-year, $90 million deal to remain with the Heat. Dragic averaged 16.6 points on 50 percent shooting in 26 games with the Heat.
— DeMarre Carroll is leaving the Atlanta Hawks to join the Toronto Raptors. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that it's a four-year deal worth $60 million.
— A person familiar with the situation says the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Brandan Wright. The Grizzlies used their full mid-level exception - three years and about $18 million - to land the 6-foot-10 forward. The 27-year-old averaged 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds this season while spending time with the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns.
— The Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement to re-sign free agent power forward Paul Millsap. It's said to be a two-year deal with a player option for a third year that makes the contract worth $58.9 million.
LONDON (AP) — Men's top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a straight sets win over Jarkko Nieminen (YAR'-koh NEE'-mih-nin). The two-time Wimbledon champ is now 6-1 lifetime against the Fin.
Men's fourth-seed and reigning French Open champ Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) won his second match as well.
Women's No. 1 Serena Williams won her second round match with a straight sets win. The 20-time major champion has already won the Australian Open and the French Open this year. If she can win the last two majors, she would become the first player to win a true Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.
The women's fourth seed, Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah), has won her second match to reach the third round as she advanced with a win over a Dutch qualifier.
Day 3 was the hottest day on record at Wimbledon. Britain's official weather service said temperatures reached 96.26 degrees. The previous record was 94.28 in the summer of 1976.
Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) faces a daunting task at Wimbledon Thursday when he plays seven-time champion Roger Federer in a second-round match. Querrey, an American ranked 36th, will try to accomplish something only one man has in the past 48 Grand Slam tournaments: defeat Federer before the third round.
Kessel to Penguins in blockbuster deal
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have bolstered their attack by acquiring Phil Kessel in a trade with Toronto. The Penguins sent the Leafs Nick Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington, former first-round pick Kasperi Kapanen and a draft pick for Kessel, defenseman Tim Erixon, forward Tyler Biggs and other conditional picks. The 27-year-old Kessel has 247 goals and 273 assists in nine seasons between Boston and Toronto.
In other moves:
__ No. 2 overall draft pick Jack Eichel has signed an entry level contract with Buffalo that is expected to pay him the rookie maximum. Eichel will pass up his final three years at Boston University where he was the Hobey Baker winner as college hockey's top player in his freshman season.
— The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE'-see-mawv) one day after they acquired the center in a seven-player trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
— The Colorado Avalanche fortified their blue line by signing defenseman Francois Beauchemin (FRAHN'-swah BOH'-shee-mihn) to a three-year deal. The 35-year-old averaged a team-best 22 minutes, 44 seconds of ice time per game for Anaheim last season.
— The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Andrej Sekera (AWN'-dray seh-KEHR'-ah) and center Mark Letestu (luh-TEHS'-too). Sekera's deal is worth $33 million over six years while Letestu got a three year pact.
— Veteran defenseman Mike Green agreeing to a three-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He departs after 10 seasons with Washington, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2004.
— Defenseman Taylor Chorney signed a one-year $700,000 contract with Washington. He's had seven points (one goal, six assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 68 games with Edmonton, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old appeared in seven games with the Penguins last season.
Sather stepping down
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Glen Sather (SAY'-thur) is stepping down as the general manager of the New York Rangers and being replaced by longtime assistant Jeff Gorton. In making the announcement of the front office change Sather said he would remain as the Rangers president.
The 71-year-old Sather has been in charge of the Rangers since 2000.
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
U.S.-Japan will do it again in championship match
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The U.S. women's World Cup team will play Japan for the championship this Sunday in Vancouver in a rematch of the title match four years ago won by Japan. Japan defeated England 2-1 when Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time.
The Americans advanced with a 2-0 win Tuesday night over Germany as Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and assisted on Kelley O'Hara's first international goal late in the victory. Goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded her fifth straight shutout before a crowd of 51,176 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
By the way, when the U.S. plays for the title Sunday, Sepp Blatter, the president of soccer's governing body won't be on hand. Blatter's organization, FIFA (FEE'-fuh), is under investigation in the U.S. for corruption.
Critical, but not dumping him
UNDATED (AP)— Donald Trump says the golf industry supports him because "they know I'm right." Four leading golf organizations say he's wrong.
The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America broke their silence Wednesday — but only briefly — to say that Trump's views on Mexican immigrants and his opinion that golf organizations are behind him are not accurate.
While the golf organizations spoke out against Trump's comments, they declined additional comment on plans to play tournaments on Trump courses.