Update on the latest sports
Depleted Cubs quiet playoff-contending Reds again, win 7-1
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets finally have their first win in a 13-game stretch against the two best teams in the National League West.
The Mets had dropped five in a row and trailed 1-0 in the ninth before pulling out a 6-2, 12-inning victory over the Giants in San Francisco. Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR’) snapped a 2-2 deadlock with a three-run homer before Chance Sisco added an RBI double.
J.D. Davis forced extra innings with a sacrifice fly in the ninth before the Mets improved to 1-5 in their string of games against the Giants and Dodgers.
The outcome gives Los Angeles a chance to get within three games of the division-leading Giants by the end of the night.
In other major league action:
— Michael Hermosillo (hur-moh-SEE’-oh), Ian Happ and Sergio Alcantara (al-KAHN’-tah-rah) homered for the Cubs in their second straight win over the Reds, 7-1. Hermosillo’s two-run blast was his first home run since 2018, highlighting the Cubs’ four-run second. Chicago banged out 12 hits and won for just the fourth time in 19 games since moving several key plays at the trade deadline.
— The Reds remain 1 1/2 games behind San Diego for the second NL wild card following the Padres’ seventh loss in eight games, 7-5 to Colorado. C.J. Cron had two hits and three RBIs and Trevor Story homered for the Rockies. Colorado scored five runs in 3 1/3 innings against Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH’-tah) before he left his Padres debut with an injured left hamstring.
— Josh Bell hit a three-run homer off former teammate Brad Hand to push the Nationals past the Blue Jays, 8-5. Juan Soto and Carter Kieboom (KEE’-boom) also connected for Washington, which won back-to-back games for the first time since July 27-29. Marcus Semien homered twice and Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernández went deep for the fourth consecutive game for Toronto.
— Jorge Polanco drove in the game-ending run for the third time in four games, lining a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning to give the Twins an 8-7 win over the Indians. Minnesota erased a 5-2 deficit with six straight hits in a five-run fifth, including Miguel Sanó’s (sah-NOHZ’) two-run double. José Ramírez homered and hit an RBI double for Cleveland before scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth.
A’s say Bassitt has cheek fracture but no eye damage
UNDATED (AP) — Oakland Athletics right-hander Chris Bassitt has a broken bone in his cheek but no eye damage after being struck on the side of the head by a line drive.
Bassitt was taken to the hospital after being hit by a drive from Brian Goodwin in the second inning of Tuesday’s 9-0 loss to the White Sox in Chicago. He was released from Rush University Medical Center after receiving stitches for two cuts on his face and being diagnosed with a fracture in his right cheek that will require surgery. The A’s say an exam of his right eye was normal for vision and no other damage was found in the eye or the orbital bone.
In other MLB news:
— Anthony Rizzo is back in the Yankees’ lineup after a bout with COVID-19. Rizzo made his debut with the Yankees on July 30 at Miami and got off to a fast start with his new team, hitting .281 with three homers and six RBIs in his first nine games for New York. Closer Aroldis Chapman also was activated following a stint on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation.
— Tigers broadcaster Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely for racist comments made about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) during Tuesday’s game. When asked by play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard how the Tigers should pitch to Ohtani in the sixth inning, Morris adopted an exaggerated East Asian accent while saying “be very, very careful.” When Ohtani came back up in the ninth, Morris issued a lengthy apology.
Attorney: FBI probing allegations tied to Texans quarterback
UNDATED (AP) — An attorney for 22 women who have filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment says he and some of his clients have spoken to the FBI about the case. Tony Buzbee told The Associated Press that the FBI “reached out to me, and I responded.”
In a news conference Wednesday, Watson’s lead attorney said FBI agents approached him in April over allegations that one of the women who has sued Watson tried to extort $30,000 from him. The attorney said agents interviewed Watson.
In an email, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Houston office said she could neither confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.
In other NFL news:
— Jets guard Alex Lewis is retiring from football, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. The 29-year-old Lewis last practiced on Aug. 5, when he came off the field with what coach Robert Saleh said was a head injury. Lewis was entering his third season with the Jets, who acquired him from Baltimore for a seventh-round draft pick in 2019.
NCAA investigating Nebraska’s storied football program
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has announced that the NCAA is looking into its football program amid allegations Cornhuskers staff improperly used analysts and consultants with the knowledge of coach Scott Frost . The team also allegedly moved workouts off campus last year when such activities were banned during the pandemic.
Athletic director Trev Alberts confirmed the investigation first reported by The Action Network. Citing unidentified sources, The Action Network report said Nebraska has “significant video footage” confirming practice violations occurred in the presence of Frost and other assistants.
Frost said any workouts were approved by his superiors.
Defending champion Thiem pulls out…Venus Williams gets a wild card
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Dominic Thiem (teem) has pulled out of the U.S. Open, saying he will miss the rest of the year because of a right wrist injury.
Thiem was hurt in June while playing in the Mallorca (mah-YOHR’-kah) Open, He said the pain returned last week after he hit a ball during training. Doctors recommended he wear a wrist splint for another six weeks before resuming training.
Two-time champion Venus Williams has been given a wild card into the the U.S. Open. The seven-time Grand Slam champ has fallen to 112th in the WTA ranking, below the 104 cutoff for automatic entry into the women’s main draw.
CoCo Vandeweghe (VAN’-duh-way) also was awarded a wild card by the U.S. Tennis Association after injuries dropped her to 160th in the ranking.
F1-JAPANESE GP CANCELED
Japanese GP canceled because of coronavirus pandemic
TOKYO (AP) — This year’s Japanese Grand Prix has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The race in Suzuka had been scheduled for Oct. 10.
Formula One says it is working on the details of a revised calendar.