Altherr, Arrieta help Phillies past Marlins, 2-0
MIAMI (AP) — Aaron Altherr drove in his first run of July and later started a sensational relay to protect the lead, helping Jake Arrieta and the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies top the Miami Marlins 2-0 on Friday night.
Arrieta pitched seven innings of three-hit ball. Victor Arano got three outs and Pat Neshek finished the three-hitter for his first save.
Maikel Franco hit his 13th homer of the season in the ninth for the Phillies, who have won 10 of their last 13.
Altherr, who came in hitting only .169, doubled in Scott Kingery in the second inning for all the support Arrieta, who is now 7-6, would need. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner struck out three and walked three.
In other action:
— Josh Bell tied a career with four hits, Gregory Polanco homered and both drove in two runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The fourth-place Pirates have won five of their last six.
— Noah Syndergaard pitched out of trouble in a rusty return from the disabled list and helped himself with an RBI single as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2. Amed Rosario tripled and doubled, both times over Bryce Harper’s head in center field, and the Mets won for only the sixth time in their last 26 home games.
Indians’ Kluber receives knee injection, will miss All-Star
UNDATED (AP) — Indians ace Corey Kluber has received an injection in his right knee that will force him to miss the All-Star Game.
The two-time Cy Young winner got the shot Friday, a day after he was beaten by the New York Yankees. The team said he will need at least one week to recover from the injection and will not make his next start until July 23 against Pittsburgh.
Kluber will be replaced on the AL All-Star roster by Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.
The right-hander suffered his fifth loss of the season on Thursday night. Kluber has given up 19 runs over his last 34 innings, an uncharacteristic stretch for one of baseball’s best pitchers. Kluber allowed a go-ahead double to New York’s Aaron Hicks in the eighth inning of Thursday’s loss.
In other MLB news:
— Albert Pujols will spend the All-Star break on the disabled list with left knee inflammation, a move that lets the Los Angeles Angels rest their slugger without him missing too many games. Manager Mike Scioscia says Pujols had an injection in his knee. Pujols tied Ken Griffey Jr. on the career home run list with his 630th blast on Thursday. Pujols is hitting .252 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs.
— Houston right-hander Charlie Morton was added to the American League All-Star team on Friday, giving the Astros a major league-leading six players in next week’s game. Morton joins fellow starters Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on the squad, which also features Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, outfielder George Springer and third baseman Alex Bregman. Manager A.J. Hinch is managing the AL team.
— Chase Utley’s baseball career is nearing an end. A person with knowledge of the situation says the six-time All-Star will retire from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of this season. The 39-year-old second baseman made his name with the Philadelphia Phillies, earning five All-Star berths and winning four Silver Slugger awards. He helped the team to a World Series title in 2008. The Phillies traded Utley to the Dodgers in August 2015.
— Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman won’t pitch in the All-Star Game in order to rest his sore left knee. Chapman earned his 25th save Thursday against the Cleveland Indians in his first appearance since Saturday at Toronto. He was removed from that game after facing one batter because of discomfort in the knee.
Anderson edges Isner 26-24 in 5th for 1st Wimbledon final
LONDON (AP) — Kevin Anderson won the longest Centre Court match in history and earned a chance to try to collect his first Grand Slam championship, edging John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 at Wimbledon in a 6-hour, 36-minute marathon between two big servers on Friday.
The fifth set alone lasted nearly 3 hours as the semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill. Anderson finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty.
Only one match at the All England Club has been longer: Isner’s record-setting 2010 first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, which went more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth.
Anderson, a 32-year-old from South Africa, eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a 13-11 fifth set in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
The eighth-seeded Anderson will face the winner of the second semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), which will resume at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The match was halted after the third set because of the tournament’s 11 p.m. curfew, with Djokovic leading 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9).
NFL-DEMARCO MURRAY RETIRES
2014 top offensive player RB DeMarco Murray retires
UNDATED (AP) — DeMarco Murray is retiring from the NFL.
The 2014 Offensive Player of the Year made the announcement on ESPN on Friday, four months after being released by the Tennessee Titans.
Murray, 30, lost his job to Derrick Henry last season and was due to make $6.25 million in 2018 when the Titans let him go. He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season, dealt with a knee injury late in the year, and missed the Titans’ final regular-season game and two playoff contests.
The Titans acquired Murray in a March 2016 trade with the Eagles. Murray had spent one year with Philadelphia after playing four seasons with the Cowboys. Murray was playing for Dallas in 2014 when he won the NFL rushing title and Offensive Player of the Year honors.
In other NFL news:
— NFL game officials are getting ready for another season, this time with a revamped catch rule. The three criteria are having control of the ball, getting two feet down or another body part and making a football move. The new rule essentially eliminates the ground as a consideration. The ground played a key role in Dez Bryant’s infamous catch that wasn’t almost four years ago.
Marc-Andre Fleury inks 3-year extension with Knights
UNDATED (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms with three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on a three-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $7 million.
Fleury had one year remaining on his contract. The extension announced Friday would keep him with Vegas through the 2021-22 season, creating the possibility that the 33-year-old Fleury could end his career with the Golden Knights.
Fleury helped the Golden Knights to the Pacific Division title and an appearance in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season.
The Golden Knights selected Fleury in the 2017 expansion draft from the Penguins. He won 29 games last season, including the 400th victory of his career.
In other NHL news:
— The federal judge overseeing the NHL concussion case has denied class-action status for the former players suing the league over head injuries. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued her 46-page order on Friday, the first significant victory for the league in a landmark lawsuit that was filed almost five years ago.
— The Dallas Stars have re-signed young forward Devin Shore to a two-year contract. Shore was a restricted free agent before the $4.6 million deal was completed. The 23-year-old center as played in all 82 games for the Stars each of the past two seasons. He had 11 goals and 21 assists last season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
U of Louisville stadium removes Papa John’s name
UNDATED (AP) — The University of Louisville is removing the Papa John’s name from its football stadium. It’s the latest fallout over the reported use of a racial slur by the pizza chain’s founder, John Schnatter (SHNAH’-tur).
The Kentucky school announced the name change for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday, as the pizza chain said it is removing Schnatter’s image from its marketing. Also being renamed is John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at the university’s business college. Schnatter has resigned from the university’s board of trustees.
In other college football news:
— The College Football Playoff agreements for the Cotton Bowl Classic, Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl have been extended six years through 2026. The three bowl games will host a CFP game every year during the six-year period: the semifinals twice, and other non-playoff games assigned by the CFP selection committee four times.The Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls were previously announced as semifinals hosts on a rotating basis through 2026.
— Alcorn State running back P.J. Simmons and Grambling State linebacker De’Arius Christmas are the favorites to win Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year honors. The two highlighted the SWAC’s preseason all-conference teams released at media day.
Lakers guard Lonzo Ball to undergo surgery on his left knee
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee.
The team said Friday that it will provide an update on Ball’s condition after the surgery. He has a torn meniscus.
Ball, who was chosen by the Lakers with the second overall pick in last year’s draft, averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 assists during his first NBA season. He started 50 games.
He’s expected to compete with the recently signed Rajon Rondo during training camp this fall to be Los Angeles’ starting point guard. The 32-year-old Rondo agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million this month to suit up alongside LeBron James.
General manager Rob Pelinka said this week that Ball will be fully healthy for training camp.
In other NBA news:
— The Brooklyn Nets have acquired forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur along with a first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets. The Nets also received a second-round pick in 2020 and sent guard Isaiah Whitehead to Denver. The Nuggets, looking to cut costs after giving new deals to Nikola Jokic and Will Barton, subsequently waived Whitehead.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS
Duke’s White to chair NCAA selection committee for 2019-20
UNDATED (AP) — Duke athletic director Kevin White will serve as the chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee in 2020.
The NCAA announced White’s role Friday. White will serve as vice chairman this season for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee headed by Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, then take over for the 2019-20 season.
White has been a committee member since the 2015-16 season.
Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen served as chairman of the committee last season and will rotate off the committee Sept. 1.
In other college basketball news:
— Former North Carolina guard Jalek Felton will play professionally in Slovenia this upcoming season. The Petrol Olimpija team announced Friday that it has signed Felton. Felton withdrew from UNC as a freshman after being suspended by the university for an unspecified reason. Felton was UNC’s top incoming recruit last year and the nephew of former UNC player Raymond Felton.
PGA-JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
Kim takes 4-shot lead at weather-delayed John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Illinois (AP) — Michael Kim took a four-shot lead Friday at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities, which was suspended twice because of weather concerns.
Kim, who is winless in 84 career PGA Tour starts, was 16 under through 35 holes, with the second round to be completed Saturday morning.
Kim birdied eight of his first 14 holes without a bogey to race past first-round leader Steve Wheatcroft, who shot 68. Wheatcroft was 12 under along with David Hearn (64) and Johnson Wagner (66).
Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was 11 under along with Matt Jones and Bronson Burgoon, who made two eagles on Friday and was 8 under for the round with three holes to play.
PGA-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Parel grabs 1-stroke lead in second round of Senior Players
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Scott Parel grabbed a one-stroke lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 in Friday’s second round to reach 11 under.
The 53-year-old Parel made seven birdies after starting the day two shots off the lead. He is seeking his first PGA Tour Champions victory.
Parel remained in the lead when Jeff Maggert three-putted from about 15 feet to bogey the par-4 18th. That left Maggert (68) tied with Brandt Jobe (67) at 10 under in the fourth of five majors on the tour’s schedule.
Three-time champion Bernhard Langer (67), defending champion Scott McCarron (68), Kenny Perry (70) and Vijay Singh (67) were in a pack two strokes off the lead. Illinois golf coach Mike Small shot 71 and was three shots back.
Baylor settles lawsuit with woman who said players raped her
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit brought by a former volleyball player who alleged that she was drugged and gang raped by at least four football players in 2012.
Terms of Friday’s settlement with the woman, identified in court papers only as Jane Doe, were not disclosed.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reports it’s the fifth Title IX lawsuit the university has settled. Fifteen former students who say they were sexually assaulted still have ongoing litigation with the nation’s largest Baptist school.
Baylor, meanwhile, also has reached settlement agreements with at least three women who did not file lawsuits.
In a statement on Friday’s settlement, the university said its new leadership team is “steadfast in our commitment to properly respond to incidents of sexual assault, interpersonal violence and harassment.”