Update on the latest sports


Cards blank Sox

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were able to avoid a three-game sweep this afternoon.

Tommy Edman homered twice to give the Redbirds a 2-0 lead in a 4-0 shutout of the White Sox in Chicago. Edmundo Sosa added a two-run single in the ninth to help the Cards win for just the second time in their last six games.

Winning pitcher John Gant dodged bases-loaded jams in the first and third innings before pitching into the sixth.

Edman’s first home run was the only hit allowed by Carlos Rodón, who worked six innings.

In other major league games:

— James Kaprielian (kah-PREE’-lee-an) tossed seven shutout innings and the Athletics avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Mariners, 6-3. Kaprielian surrendered just two hits and two walks in his third career start, helping the A’s end a three-game skid.

— Taylor Ward slammed a three-run homer in the first inning and had a career-high five RBIs in leading the Angels to a 9-8 win over the Rangers. Ward hit a drive to right-center in a five-run first and drove in a pair with a bloop single that gave Los Angeles a 9-1 lead.

— The Twins earned their fourth straight win as Miguel Sanó (sah-NOH’) smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and give Minnesota a 3-2 win over the Orioles. Michael Pineda (pih-NAY’-dah) allowed one run and three hits over six innings in his first start since May 13 following a stint on the injured list caused by a thigh abscess.

— The Yankees and Blue Jays were postponed by rain in the Bronx. The game is now part of a Thursday doubleheader.

— The rain in New York also caused the Mets and Rockies to be postponed. The rainout has created a Thursday twinbill.


Callaway banned through 2022

UNDATED (AP) — Mickey Callaway won’t be in a major league dugout until 2023 at the earliest.

The longtime pitching coach and former Mets manager has been placed on the ineligible list by Commissioner Rob Manfred following an investigation of sexual harassment allegations. The Athletic reported in February that Callaway “aggressively pursued” several women who work in sports media and sent three of them inappropriate photos.

The 46-year-old Callaway was the Indians’ pitching coach for five years before managing the Mets from 2018-19. He was placed on leave by the Angels after serving as their pitching coach last season. The Angels dismissed him following Wednesday’s ruling.

Callaway can apply for reinstatement after the 2022 season.

Also around the majors:

— Indians right-hander Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) will not need surgery and is expected to begin a throwing regimen in three weeks. Plesac broke the thumb on his pitching hand while yanking off his undershirt following a rough outing.

— The Cubs have placed infielder Nico Hoerner on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring and selected outfielder Rafael Ortega from Triple-A Iowa. Hoerner was injured while trying to beat out a bunt in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s 4-3 victory over the Pirates.


Timme, Dickinson announce decisions

UNDATED (AP) — Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) is staying. Hunter Dickinson could be leaving.

Timme has announced he is returning for his junior season at Gonzaga, where he will mentor the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class. He led the West Coast Conference in scoring at 19 points a game, and in field goal percentage at 65.5.

The Bulldogs won their first 31 games last season before losing to Baylor in the national championship game.

Dickinson has entered the NBA draft while giving himself the option of staying at Michigan. The 7-foot-1, 255-pound Dickinson averaged team highs of 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during the pandemic-shortened season.

Dickinson helped the Wolverines reach as high as No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 and finish No. 4 after a 19-3 regular season.


Tagavailoa says he’s feeling much better

UNDATED (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) says his surgically repaired hip feels 10 times better than last year.

He’s optimistic he’ll be much improved in Year 2, However, now 18 months removed from surgery for the hip injury that ended his Alabama career, Tagovailoa said he feels much better physically, and also has an improved grasp of the Dolphins’ playbook.

In other NFL news:

— Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) says the league expects full stadiums this season and players and staff are being encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Thirty of of 32 teams have approval to safely open at 100% capacity before the preseason schedule begins. The Colts and Broncos do not but are on a path to get approval before August.

— The league approved a rule change for player safety, expanding the prohibition for blocks below the waist. Rosters for training camp were set for a maximum of 90 players. The NFL and the Players Association also agreed to a salary cap ceiling of $208.2 million for 2022.

— 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. will miss the start of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery on his injured knee. General manager John Lynch says Wilson injured his knee last week following practice and a weightlifting session.

— Former Saints head coach J.D. Roberts has died at age 88. Roberts became interim coach in November 1970 and served as head coach the next two years. He was Archie Manning’s first NFL coach and sent out Tom Dempsey to kick a then-NFL record 63-yard field goal as time expired in his first game.


Osaka to skip press conferences at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she is not going to speak to the media during the upcoming French Open.

The world’s highest-earning female athlete has written in a Twitter post that she hopes the “considerable amount that I get fined for this will go towards a mental health charity.” She cited athletes’ mental health, repeated questions and questions that bring doubt in their minds for her decision.


Kang, Park star in Match Play

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Nevada residents Danielle Kang and Inbee Park made themselves right at home at Shadow Creek in the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play at Las Vegas.

Kang routed Albane Valenzuela 7 and 6 in the most-lopsided match to start group play. Park got up-and-down for birdie to win the par-5 18th to tie Jennifer Chang.

The second-ranked Park rallied to avoid an opening loss in the final event before the U.S. Women’s Open next week at Olympic in San Francisco.