Update on the latest sports


Tsustugo hits game-ending homer, Pirates beat Cardinals 4-3

UNDATED (AP) — Yoshi Tsutsugo (YOH’-shee soot-SOO’-goh) hit a three-run homer off Alex Reyes in the ninth inning, sending the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bryan Reynolds started the game-ending rally with a leadoff walk. After Colin Moran struck out swinging, Jacob Stallings walked and Tsustugo drove Reyes’ next pitch deep to right.

Five of Tsustugo’s nine hits with the Pirates have been home runs. Reyes has allowed at least one run in four of his last six appearances.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Jesús Luzardo allowed one hit and no runs in six-plus innings as the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 to take the rubber game of their series.

Luzardo had by far his best outing since being acquired from Oakland for Starling Marte (mahr-TAY’) at the trade deadline. The left-hander tied a career high with eight strikeouts.

Jesús Sánchez hit a two-run homer in the first, his sixth homer of the year and his second in two days. Miami won the final two games of the series after losing 11 in a row to Cincinnati over the past two years.


AP source: Mets’ Syndergaard tests positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has tested positive for COVID-19.

Syndergaard was scratched from a rehab start on Sunday. New York manager Luis Rojas said Syndergaard had a “non-baseball-related injury.” He did confirm that Syndergaard has been vaccinated.

Syndergaard, who turned 29 on Sunday, tweeted: “This birthday is so sick.” Syndergaard is recovering from Tommy John surgery and the Mets are hoping he can rejoin the team as a reliever.


Vikings sign safety Harrison Smith to 4-year extension

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed five-time Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith to a four-year contract extension. The deal secures the team’s longest-tenured player for what could be the remainder of his decorated career.

Smith has a league-leading 28 interceptions among all safeties since he entered the NFL in 2012. Only Hall of Famer Paul Krause has started more games at safety in Vikings history than Smith.

According to a person with knowledge of the deal, the new contract is worth $64 million with a little more than $26 million guaranteed. That will put Smith safely among the top five highest-paid safeties in the NFL, with Seattle’s Jamal Adams at the top of the annual average values.

The 32-year-old Smith was in the final year of his deal with a salary cap hit slightly above $10 million.

In other NFL news:

— The New York Jets have acquired edge rusher Shaq Lawson from the Houston Texans for a sixth-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The Jets were in dire need of a pass-rushing specialist after Carl Lawson was lost for the season two weeks ago with a ruptured Achilles tendon. . Shaq Lawson, who is unrelated, had 20 1/2 sacks in five seasons with Buffalo and Miami. He was acquired by Houston in a trade with the Dolphins in March.

— A person with knowledge of the decision says the New Orleans Saints are planning to practice this week at the home of the Dallas Cowboys after evacuating because of Hurricane Ida. The Saints are scheduled to practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at AT&T Stadium before taking a break heading into the regular season. That’s according to a person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club wasn’t discussing its plans publicly. New Orleans is supposed to open at home Sept. 12 against Green Bay. Ira made landfall 16 years to the day after Katrina devastated New Orleans. The Saints spent the entire 2005 season away from home.


Verstappen wins rain-marred Belgian GP after short restart

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Max Verstappen has won a rain-soaked and shortened Belgian Grand Prix.

The race was called off Sunday after it had restarted under a safety car nearly three hours later than its scheduled time. The race was shortened to last one hour with only half points awarded to the winner, who needed to complete only two laps to earn points.

Red Bull driver Verstappen was leading Williams driver George Russell and Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton on Lap 4 when the restarted race ended after roughly 10 minutes with rain still lashing down.

Verstappen’s sixth win of the season was the 16th of his career and denied Hamilton a record-extending 100th win, while also trimming his overall lead from eight points to three. Verstappen collected 12.5 points instead of 25, with Russell getting nine for his second career podium and Hamilton picking up 7.5.


Jacques Rogge has died at 79

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says Jacques Rogge (zhahk ROH’-geh), who led the organization as president for 12 years, has died. He was 79.

The IOC announced his death on Sunday without giving details. Rogge’s health had visibly declined when he attended Olympic events since his presidency ended in 2013.

Rogge represented Belgium in rugby and was a world champion in sailing. He competed in the Finn class at three Olympic Games from 1968 through 1976.

Rogge led the European group of Olympic committees before being elected as the IOC’s eighth president in 2001.