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Scheffler and Fitzpatrick lead, McCarthy a surprise contender

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Denny McCarthy has become an unlikely contender on a U.S. Open leaderboard filled with stars. On Friday McCarthy needed par on the final hole to make the cut. Then he shot a 68 in the third round. He started Sunday with three birdies in five holes and moved into a tie for fourth.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and Matt Fitzpatrick are setting the pace. Scheffler had three birdies in four holes to give him the lead. Fitzpatrick made birdie on No. 3 to tie Scheffler at 5 under. Jon Rahm has all pars through four holes and is two behind. Rory McIlroy is up and down, three birdies and two bogeys and is three back.


Soto’s homer helps Nationals slow Phils, avoid 5-game sweep

UNDATED (AP) — Juan Soto hit a three-run homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 to avoid a five-game sweep. Washington ended an eight-game skid and snapped Philadelphia’s seven-game road winning streak.

The Phillies haven’t swept a five-game series since pummeling the Marlins in 2001 at home. Bryce Harper and crew were seeking payback after being swept over five games by Washington in September of 2019.

Nats starter Jackson Tetreault earned his first major league victory in his second appearance. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up three unearned runs over seven innings, with two walks, six hits and two strikeouts.


Machado takes tumble, exits with injured leg

UNDATED (AP) — San Diego Padres star Manny Machado has exited a game at Colorado after injuring his left leg while taking a tumble at first base trying to beat out an infield grounder.

Machado, in the midst of a stellar season, stretched his left leg toward the base trying to beat the throw from pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the first inning. Machado’s cleat appeared to slip across the top of the bag and he fell to the ground, his left leg buckling beneath him. There was no immediate word from the team on Machado’s injury. But the All-Star third baseman clearly was in pain, grimacing and clasping his hands around his lower left leg.

Machado entered Sunday’s game batting .329 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs.

In other MLB news:

— Come Monday, there is going to be a little more room in big league bullpens. Major League Baseball is finally moving forward with its plan for a 13-pitcher limit on active rosters. The move could affect the game in a variety of ways, from more position players taking the mound to a few more trips to the minors for pitchers with options. The 13-pitcher limit originally was announced by MLB before the 2020 season, but it was pushed back repeatedly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


World swimming bans transgender athletes from women’s events

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events.

FINA (FEE’-nuh) members at the organization’s extraordinary general congress voted 71.5% in favor of its new “gender inclusion policy” that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events.

James Pearce is the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam. He said that it is not about encouraging athletes to transition by 12, but that scientists say transitioning after puberty gives transgender women an unfair advantage.


Huske, Dressel, Walsh claim more golds for U.S. at swimming worlds

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Torri Huske, Caeleb Dressel and Alex Walsh have all won golds for the United States on the second day of racing at the world swimming championships.

Only Nicolò Martinenghi prevented an American clean sweep as the 22-year-old claimed Italy’s first-ever gold medal in the men’s 100 breaststroke.

Huske improved on her own American record in the women’s 100 butterfly. Dressel was half a second off the world record as he took gold in the men’s 50 butterfly with 22.57 seconds. Walsh clocked 2:07.13 in the women’s 200 medley, the fifth fastest time ever posted. Her 16-year-old teammate Leah Hayes set a junior world record to finish third.