Update on the latest sports
Yanks host Red Sox for two
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees host the Red Sox in a day-night doubleheader as the longtime rivals jostle for playoff position. Boston holds one of two AL wild-card spots, but New York is only two games behind after winning 10 of 13 heading into the three-game series. Left-hander Jordan Montgomery is expected to come off the COVID-19 injured list to start one game for the Yankees — a day after ace Gerrit Cole did the same — and lefty Luis Gil will make his third big league start in the other. Boston plans to pitch right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Tanner Houck.
Among the other games on the big-league schedule:
— Following a day off for the Tigers, Miguel Cabrera takes another swing at career homer No. 500 when Detroit faces Dylan Bundy and the Los Angeles Angels at home. Cabrera struck out twice and hit a shallow flyball Sunday as Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie retired the first 23 Detroit batters in an 11-0 Indians victory.
— There’s an interesting pitching matchup on tap in St. Louis, where Corbin Burnes and the NL Central-leading Brewers face Adam Wainwright and the streaking Cardinals. Burnes tied a major league record by striking out 10 straight batters in his last start against the Chicago Cubs. Wainwright, who turns 40 this month, is coming off a two-hit shutout against Pittsburgh in which he helped himself with a pair of hits. St. Louis has won six in a row to climb within four games of a playoff spot.
— Both the Cubs and Orioles try to halt 12-game losing streaks. Chicago sends Kyle Hendricks to the mound in Cincinnati as the right-hander looks to become the first 14-game winner in the majors. Reds rookie Vladimir Gutiérrez has won his past four starts. Following a huge sell-off at the trade deadline, the Cubs have lost 12 in a row for the first time since 2012.
— Meanwhile, the Orioles turn to John Means at first-place Tampa Bay in a matchup between the top and bottom teams in the American League. Baltimore is 1-12 against the Rays this season, getting outscored 103-51, and has given up nine runs or more in eight of the games. At least there might not be many people rooting against them — the announced crowd Monday night for the opener of a seven-game Rays homestand was just 5,460.
AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree to $196 million, 4-year deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have kept their trust in Joel Embiid. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a four-year, $196 million contract extension that will take the All-Star center through the 2026-27 season.
The 27-year-old Embiid was NBA MVP runner-up this season and led the Sixers to the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers lost in the second round to the Atlanta Hawks. Embiid averaged more than 28 points and 10 rebounds last season and became eligible for the NBA’s super-max extension.
Tim Tebow’s comeback story ends with Jaguars cutting him
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow’s NFL comeback seems over. The Jacksonville Jaguars waived Tebow on Tuesday, parting with the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who switched from quarterback to tight end in hopes of rejuvenating his pro football career.
Tebow’s blocking ranged from awkward to awful in Jacksonville’s preseason opener against Cleveland on Saturday night, his 34th birthday. He failed to get a catch and played no snaps on special teams.
Tebow says he’s “thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks.” He adds, “I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream.”