Update on the latest sports
Giants’ Kapler refusing to take field for anthem in protest
UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler says he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in a protest over the nation’s political direction following this week’s school shooting in Texas.
Kapler said he needs more time to consider specific actions he might suggest be taken to prevent more tragedies of this type, such as stronger gun control laws.
He said in his personal blog that “Every time I place my hand over my heart and remove my hat, I’m participating in a self congratulatory glorification of the only country where these mass shootings take place.” Kapler said he wanted to kneel for the anthem on Wednesday and felt like a coward because his body wouldn’t allow him to.
In other MLB news:
— Reds outfielder Tommy Pham and Giants outfielder Joc Pederson were involved in a brief altercation before Friday’s game at Great American Ball Park. The Giants were warming up in the outfield when Pham confronted Pederson in the outfield before the pair quickly were separated without punches being thrown.
— Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martínez has been suspended for 80 games under baseball’s minor league drug program. He tested positive test for a performance-enhancing substance that increases Human Growth Hormone. The 30-year-old right-hander signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on May 7.
— Mets reliever Yoan López sat out Friday’s game against the Phillies after his three-game suspension was cut to one. López had appealed after Major League Baseball ruled that he intentionally threw at Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber on May 1.
— Newly-elected Hall of Famer Gil Hodges will have his No. 14 retired by the Dodgers before their game against the Mets on June 4. Hodges played 18 seasons with the Dodgers, winning three Gold Gloves at first base and two World Series before retiring as the National League’s all-time leader for home runs by a right-handed hitter. He collected over 100 RBIs in seven straight seasons and later managed the Mets to the 1969 World Series title.
— Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson is hitting .238 with five homers and 15 RBIs.
— The Nationals and Rockies were rained out tonight in Washington, creating a split doubleheader for Saturday.
— Tonight’s game between the Guardians and Tigers has been postponed by rain in Detroit. It’s now scheduled as part of a split doubleheader on July 4.
Herro out again
BOSTON (AP) — Heat guard Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) remains sidelined because of a strained left groin as Miami tries to stave off elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight in Boston.
The reigning sixth man of the year hasn’t played since Game 3 of the Heat’s matchup with the Celtics.
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra (SPOEHL’-strah) said Herro has made progress and wants to play, but that this was deemed to be the most responsible decision.
Njoku gets extension
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has accepted a four-year extension, according to two people familiar with the trade.
Njoku and the Browns couldn’t come to terms on a long-term deal before free agency in March, so the team used its $10.9 million franchise tag to retain the 25-year-old.
After catching 36 passes for 475 yards and a team-high four touchdowns last season, Njoku said he hoped to play the rest of his career with the Browns.
Marchand to miss start of season
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins leading scorer Brad Marchand had surgery on both hips on Friday and is expected to be out six months, meaning he would miss the start of next season.
The team said Marchand had arthroscopic surgery to repair the cartilage in his hips.
Marchand had 32 goals and 48 assists this season. He added four goals and seven assists in the playoffs, when the Bruins lost in the first round to the Hurricanes.
Djokovic, Nadal reach fourth round
PARIS (AP) — Top seed Novak Djokovic, third seed Alexander Zverev, No. 5 Rafael Nadal and No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz have advanced to the fourth round of the French Open with straight-sets victories. Nadal remains in line for his men’s record 22nd Grand Slam singles title and Djokovic is trying to match Nadal’s current mark of 21 Majors. Zverev and Alcaraz won their third-round matches against Americans as Zverev knocked off Brandon Nakashima and Alcarez ousted Sebastian Korda.
Americans Coco Gauff, Amanda Anisimova and Sloane Stephens have moved into the fourth round of the French Open. Gauff and Stephens advanced in straight sets and Anisimova was leading 3-0 in the third set of her match when Karolina Muchova (MOO’-koh-vah) had to retire. No. 14 Belinda Bencic (BEHN’-chihch) dropped her third-round match to Leylah Annie Fernandez and Victoria Azarenka was beaten by Jil Teichmann.
Stallings pulls into lead with Scheffler, Hossler
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scott Stallings shot a 6-under 64 without a bogey on a relatively day in the Colonial at Hogan’s Alley.
That put the Massachusetts-born and 206th-ranked player in the world at 9-under along with with Dallas-area resident Scottie Scheffler and former University of Texas player Beau Hossler, who both had bogey-free 65s.
Scheffler and Hossler were among the Colonial-record eight players to share the 18-hole lead at 66. Stallings began the second round as one of the seven others within a stroke of that.
Patrick Reed matched his opening 66 with another and was alone in fourth place at 8-under 132.
INDY 500-CARB DAY
Herta walks away from crash during Indianapolis 500 practice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colton Herta rolled his Indianapolis 500 car end-over-end during Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500.
The star driver for Andretti Autosport was uninjured, but the crash with 25 minutes remaining on “Carb Day” destroyed the Andretti Honda and he will need a backup for Sunday’s race.
The 22-year-old Californian was speaking on his team radio as his car was still rolling. When it came to a stop, his father, Bryan, radioed for Herta to stay put and strapped in until emergency crews could free him from the car.