Sports briefs: Angels manager Scioscia dismisses report he’ll step down

CLEVELAND — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia has dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season, calling it “just chatter” and “poppycock.”

Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, said before Sunday’s series finale against the Indians that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends. Following Saturday’s game, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, citing unnamed sources, reported that Scioscia is expected to step down following his 19th season with the Angels.

The longest-tenured manager in the majors is under contract only through this season. He signed a 10-year contract in 2008. The 59-year-old said “nothing has changed since we talked in October,” referencing his position that he would not address his situation with ownership until the season is over.

Scioscia says he has no idea what is driving the report. Scioscia, who led the Angels to a World Series title in 2002, says he still loves managing.

Cardinals claim Ross off waivers

PITTSBURGH — The St. Louis Cardinals have claimed right-hander Tyson Ross off waivers from the San Diego Padres. The 31-year-old Ross is 6-9 with a 4.45 ERA in 22 starts this season. He will join the team during its upcoming series in Miami.

Brewers claim RHP Lyles from Padres

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers announced they had claimed right-hander Jordan Lyles off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Sunday. The 27-year-old Lyles is 2-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 24 appearances this season.

Astros place McCullers on disabled list

LOS ANGELES — The Houston Astros placed starting pitcher Lance McCullers on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with right elbow discomfort and activated right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna. Osuna was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade-deadline deal last week and is coming off a 75-day MLB-imposed suspension for violation of the league’s domestic violence policy.

A’s acquire reliever from Nationals

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics acquired right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley and cash considerations from the Washington Nationals in exchange for international slot money Sunday. Kelley was 1-0 with a 3.34 ERA in 35 games for Washington.

Antron Brown nets 50th Top Fuel victory

KENT, Wash. — Antron Brown became the fourth driver in NHRA history to reach 50 Top Fuel event victories, ending a yearlong drought Sunday at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals. The three-time Top Fuel season champion beat teammate Leah Pritchett with a 3.835-second run at 322.84 mph for his third consecutive victory at Pacific Raceways and first Wally since the 2017 event. Ron Capps won in Funny Car, and Tanner Gray topped the Pro Stock field.

Former Louisville player faces charges

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chane Behanan, a member of Louisville’s 2013 men’s basketball national championship team, has been arrested on charges of possessing marijuana and receiving a stolen gun. Behanan, 25, was arrested Saturday night with three other men following a traffic stop.

Hall claims Women’s British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Georgia Hall of England reeled in long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a final-round duel at Royal Lytham to win the Women’s British Open for her first major title on Sunday.

Roared on by the large galleries in her home country, the 22-year-old Hall only took the lead for the first time after a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 16th hole and stayed steady to post 5-under 67. She won by two shots from Pornanong (70).

Bhullar wins Fiji International

SIGATOKA, Fiji — India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar held out a record-breaking charge from Australian Anthony Quale on Sunday to win the Fiji International by one stroke while Ernie Els shot a 7-under 65 to finish a further stroke behind.

Bhullar, the overnight leader by a shot, produced his best round of the tournament, a 6-under 66, to move to 14-under over four rounds at the par-72 Natadola Bay course. Quayle went lower, shooting a course record 9-under 63.

Perry wins 3M Championship

BLAINE, Minn. — Kenny Perry won the 3M Championship one last time Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the PGA Tour Champions event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour’s 3M Open.

Also the 2014 and 2015 winner at TPC Twin Cities, the 57-year-old Perry matched Hale Irwin’s tournament record of three victories in the final edition of the event that started in 1993 at Bunker Hills. Wes Short Jr. was second after a 63.

Putnam tops field at Barracuda

RENO, Nev. — Andrew Putnam won the Barracuda Championship for his first PGA Tour title, holding off Chad Campbell by four points in the modified Stableford scoring event.

Fognini upsets del Potro in Los Cabos final

LOS CABOS, Mexico — Second-seeded Fabio Fognini upset top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-2, on Saturday night in the Mifel Open final.

Zverev repeats as Citi Open champ

WASHINGTON — Alexander Zverev became the first man in nearly a decade to win consecutive titles at the Citi Open, overpowering Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in the hard-court tournament final Sunday.

Kuznetsova tops Vekic at Citi Open

WASHINGTON — Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second title at the Citi Open, and first at any WTA tournament in two years, by erasing four match points to beat Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Sunday.

Buzarnescu captures 1st career singles title

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mihaela Buzarnescu won her first career singles title at age 30, beating Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-0 in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. The fifth-seeded Romanian threw her arms in the air in triumph and hit a ball into the stands Sunday after closing out the match with a 107 mph ace.

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