Update on the latest sports
Rays rip Yanks
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have left the Bronx with a four-game split of the New York Yankees.
Ryan Yarbrough tossed the Rays’ first complete game in more than five years, leading a 9-2 rout of the Yankees. Yarbrough hadn’t won a start since August 29, serving as an opener much of that time. He scattered six hits while fanning six with no walks, helping the AL East leaders move 4 ½ games ahead of New York.
Austin Meadows homered and drove in five as Tampa Bay improved to 10-3 in the Bronx since the start of last season. Meadows homered three times in the series.
Gerrit Cole was tagged for five runs over five innings, matching his worst start of the season.
The Yankees have lost seven of their last 10.
In other baseball finals:
— Martín Pérez (mahr-TEEN’ peh-REHZ’) pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Red Sox avoided a four-game sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Astros. Christian Arroyo slammed a three-run homer to support Pérez, who scattered six hits while fanning four.
— Dansby Swanson belted a two-run homer in a four-run sixth that secured the Braves’ win over the Nationals, 5-1. Tucker Davidson was a winner following his recall from Triple-A, allowing just five hits with five walks and five strikeouts over 5 2/3s.
— Jacob Stallings laced a three-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Pirates past the Marlins, 5-3. Bryan Reynolds also homered as he and rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes had two hits each to help Pittsburgh end a three-game losing streak.
— The Rangers have ended a franchise-worst 0-9 road trip with an 11-6 loss to the Rockies. Austin Gomber pitched six shutout innings and Charlie Blackmon homered as Colorado dealt Texas its 15th consecutive road loss.
White Sox place Vaughn on COVID-19 list
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have placed outfielder Andrew Vaughn on the COVID-19 injured list, with general manager Rick Hahn saying the prized rookie was asymptomatic.
Manager Tony La Russa said Vaughn was held out of Monday’s doubleheader at Cleveland because of allergies.
The 23-year-old Vaughn is batting .226 with four homers and 12 RBIs.
B’s beat Isles in OT
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Boston Bruins have swiped home ice advantage from the New York Islanders while taking a two-games-to-one lead in the Stanley Cup second-round series.
Brad Marchand scored 3:36 into overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.
The Bruins went ahead, 1-0 on Craig Smith’s goal 5:52 into the contest. Boston maintained the lead until Mat Barzal (bahr-ZAL’) notched his first goal of the postseason, beating Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask with 5:26 left in regulation. Rask stopped Barzal on a point-blank shot early in OT and finished with 28 saves.
Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) handled 39 shots for the Islanders, who will host Game 4 on Saturday.
Scheifele gets four-game ban
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has handed down a four-game suspension to Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (SHY’-flee) for charging Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup second round series on Wednesday.
The incident occurred as Evans scored an empty-net goal in the final minute of the Canadiens’ 5-3 victory. Scheifele was assessed a major penalty for charging and game misconduct.
If the term of the suspension is not fully served during the playoffs, the remaining game will be served at the beginning of next season.
FRENCH OPEN-DAY 5
Ash Barty retires with injury; Swiatek, Federer, Djokovic advance
PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal celebrated his 35th birthday at the French Open with another victory against Richard Gasquet.
Nadal won 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 to improve to 17-0 for his career against the Frenchman since they first met in 2004. Gasquet hasn’t even won a set in the past 12 losses to Nadal and not since 2008.
The defending champion improved to 102-2 at Roland Garros as he bids to win a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic reached the third round for the 16th straight year with a straight-set win over Pablo Cuevas. Defending women’s champion Iga Swiatek advanced by beating Rebecca Peterson 6-1, 6-1.
Former champion Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Top-ranked Ash Barty retired from her second-round match because of an injury. The 2019 champion trailed 6-1, 2-2 when she returned to her chair and signaled she was not able to continue against Polish rival Magda Linette.
Winners on the women’s side include 2020 runner-up Sofia Kenin, Coco Gauff, fifth seed Elina Svitolina (svih-toh-LEE’-nah) and former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, who beat a top-10 players for the first time in 2 1/2 years. Stephens downed 10th-ranked Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah).
Morikawa leads when Memorial is suspended
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa was the leader when the first round of the The Memorial was suspended.
Morikawa opened with a 6-under 66 that put him one shot ahead of Adam Long. Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) is in a four-way tie for third with Bo Hoag, Nick Taylor and Rafa Cabrera Bello.
The weather was bad enough that the first round was suspended twice, with only half the field finishing the round.
NFL judge: Lawyers for Black players can join mediation
UNDATED (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the NFL’s $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims has invited lawyers for Black players who call the settlement racially biased to join mediation over the issue.
The lawyers have challenged the settlement’s use of “race-norming” in dementia testing since 2018. The practice assumes Black players start with lower cognitive skills and makes it harder for them to show injury and get an award. The judge’s order comes a day after the NFL pledged to end the practice and review the scores of retired players who believe the race-based scoring adjustments deprived them of settlements that average $500,000 or more.
In other NFL news:
— The Vikings have signed former Titans cornerback Tye Smith. The move adds a little depth and experience to a group that was lacking both last season. Smith spent the last four years with the Titans.
— Lions defensive tackle Jashon Cornell has been suspended by the NFL for the first three games of the season for violating the league’s policy and program on substances of abuse. The NFL said Thursday that Cornell can play in preseason games and participate in practices before the season begins.
— The Bills have agreed to sign their top draft pick, edge-rusher Greg Rousseau, to a four-year contract. Buffalo selected Rousseau with the 30th pick in the draft in April as part of a bid to upgrade its pass rush.
USFL relaunching next year, four decades after its birth
UNDATED (AP) — The USFL is relaunching in 2022, four decades after the spring football league’s short-lived run that featured such stars as Reggie White, Herschel Walker, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and future president Donald Trump.
The new USFL announced Thursday it will play next spring with a minimum of eight teams, Teams and schedules have not been announced, but the league said it retains the rights to “key original team names.”