Update on the latest sports
Medvedev, Svitolina cruise into quarterfinals
NEW YORK (AP) — No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev (DAN’-ihl MEHD’-veh-dehv) has cruised into the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 24 Daniel Evans.
Medvedev has yet to drop a set on his way to the quarterfinals for the third straight year. He next plays gualifier Botic van de Zandschulp (BOH’-tihch van de ZAND’-shoolp), the third unseeded player he’ll face at Flushing Meadows. Van de Zandschulp pulled off a 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 win over No. 11 Diego Schwartzman. He joined Nicolas Escude and Gilles Muller as just the third men’s qualifier ever to reach the quarterfinals.
No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina (svih-toh-LEE’-nah) advanced to the quarterfinals by beating two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) 6-3, 6-3. Svitolina has not dropped a set in the tournament.
Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez has followed up her upset of defending champion Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open by beating another past title winner at Flushing Meadows. The 73rd-ranked Fernandez came back from a set and a break down to eliminate 2016 U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Ray fans 10, Blue Jays finish 3-game sweep of struggling A’s
UNDATED (AP) — Robbie Ray struck out 10 while pitching one-hit ball into the seventh inning, Marcus Semien hit his 35th home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-0 to complete a three-game sweep.
Bo Bichette went 4 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run and Alejandro Kirk homered as Toronto reached double figures in hits for the fourth straight game. The Blue Jays have won seven of eight.
The playoff-contending A’s have lost 14 of 20 after winning 12 of the previous 15.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Gary Sánchez hit a grand slam and a two-run homer, but the New York Yankees blew a late lead and lost again to Baltimore, falling to the last-place Orioles 8-7. The wild card-contending Yankees dropped to 7-9 against the Orioles this year. Baltimore is 1-18 against AL East-leading Tampa Bay. New York wasted leads of 4-1, 5-2 and 7-4 and lost for the sixth time in eight games following its first 13-game winning streak since 1961. Sánchez hit a slam in the second inning and his home run in the sixth gave the Yankees a 7-4 lead and earned the catcher a brief curtain call. But the reception from the crowd changed when Andrew Heaney allowed four runs in the seventh.
—Ozzie Albies homered on the first pitch of Ryan Feltner’s major league debut, and the Atlanta Braves added three more home runs in a 9-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Austin Riley, Adam Duvall and Travis d’Arnaud also went deep for the Braves. Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on two hits. He walked two and struck out three in helping the NL East-leading Braves maintain a two-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rockies scored their runs on an RBI grounder by Brendan Rodgers and a sacrifice fly by Ryan McMahon.
— Franmil Reyes homered over the Green Monster to spark a three-run third inning — Cleveland’s franchise-record tying 19th straight game with a home run — and the Indians salvaged the finale of the series with an 11-5 victory over the COVID-impacted Boston Red Sox. Reyes added a two-run double and went 4 for 4, and Bradley Zimmer had a two-run single for the Indians, who matched their single-season record streak of homering in consecutive games, set in May of 2000. The Red Sox scratched scheduled starter Nick Pivetta before the game, placing him on the COVID-19-related injured list. About 30 minutes before the first pitch, they added infielder/outfielder Danny Santana to the list, giving them 11 players — six position and five pitchers — in the last 10 days.
— Five Detroit pitchers teamed up to allow Cincinnati just one run, Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelerio delivered a two-run triple and the Tigers took the rubber match of the three-game series 4-1. The loss dropped Cincinnati percentage points behind San Diego for the National League’s second wild card. The Padres host the Astros on Sunday. All-Star closer Gregory Soto threw a wild pitch in the eighth inning that scored Cincinnati’s only run, but he finished the game for his 18th save.
— Odúbel Herrera hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies averted a three-game sweep, beating the Miami Marlins 4-3. Bryce Harper hit his 27th home run and Freddy Galvis also connected for the playoff-chasing Phillies. Herrera had been 0 for 4 in the game before driving in automatic runner Freddy Galvis from second.
— Brady Singer tossed seven scoreless innings and Salvador Perez hit another home run as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-0. Singer (4-9) matched his season high with seven innings and allowed four hits with no walks and struck out six. It was the third time this season that Singer has issued no walks. Perez had his third home run of the series, eighth in the last 11 games and 41st of the season. He’s second in the majors behind Shohei Ohtani. Dylan Cease (11-7) took the loss. He gave up four runs and four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out nine.
— Javier Báez went 4 for 4 with a home run, Kevin Pillar hit a grand slam that capped a game-sealing, six-run ninth inning, and the New York Mets withstood another rally from the Washington Nationals to earn a 13-6 victory. Francisco Lindor and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Mets, who wasted an early four-run lead but got 4 2/3 shutout innings from their bullpen to win for the seventh time in eight games. Lane Thomas and Josh Bell homered for Washington, which has lost eight of nine and 24 and its last 31.
Yankees put Loaisiga on IL with strained rotator cuff
UNDATED (AP) — The Yankees have placed reliever Jonathan Loaisiga (loh-AY’-see-gah) on the 10-day injured list because of a strained right rotator cuff.
Manager Aaron Boone said Loaisiga experienced some pain Saturday morning after he surrendered a game-tying homer to Jorge Mateo in the seventh inning of Friday night’s 4-3 victory over Baltimore. An MRI showed the strain and Loaisiga was given a cortisone injection. Boone said Loaisiga will not throw for 10 days, and he is hoping the hard-throwing right-hander can return this season.
In other MLB news:
— Twins manager Rocco Baldelli plans to leave the team to return home to Minnesota for the birth of his child. Baldelli says he will be in the dugout for the start of Minnesota’s game at Tampa Bay but could depart before it ends. The schedule called for Baldelli to head to the clubhouse to prepare for his flight about three hours after the scheduled first pitch. Veteran coach Bill Evers will fill in for Baldelli, who may miss a four-game series that starts Monday night at Cleveland.
Cowboys’ Martin likely to miss opener after positive test
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are expected to open the season at Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay without right guard Zack Martin after the four-time All-Pro tested positive for COVID-19.
Martin is the latest of several Dallas starters to test positive and miss time, but the others have since returned. Coach Mike McCarthy said news of Martin’s positive test came Saturday. Backup tackle Brandon Knight is also on the COVID-19 list.
Third-year pro Connor McGovern is the likely replacement for Martin as the Cowboys get set for Thursday’s visit to the Bucs and seven-time champion quarterback Tom Brady.
Cantlay delivers another clutch moment to win FedEx Cup
ATLANTA (AP) — Patrick Cantlay has won the FedEx Cup and it’s $15 million prize, and he did it style. This time, “Patty Ice” was clutch with his 6-iron.
Cantlay had a one-shot lead over Jon Rahm on the final hole of the Tour Championship. With Rahm just behind the green in light rough in two, Cantlay hit a 6-iron to 12 feet.
Rahm narrowly missed his chip-in for eagle. That left Cantlay a safe two-putt birdie for a 69 and the $15 million prize.
Rahm made $5 million as the runner-up. Cantlay is now a front-runner for player of the year.
Reid and Maguire give Europe 9-7 lead at Solheim Cup
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Defending champion Europe will take a 9-7 lead into the final day of the Solheim Cup. The Europeans relied heavily on the team of Leona Maguire and Mel Reid to stay in front. Reid and Maguire improved to 2-0-1 on the weekend when Reid birdied the 18th to halve their four-ball match against Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas.
Europe is attempting to win the Cup on U.S. soil for just the second time in the event’s 31-year history.
Verstappen’s like royalty as Dutch king watches home win
ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) — Max Verstappen thrilled his home crowd by winning the Netherlands Grand Prix in style to reclaim the Formula One championship lead from Lewis Hamilton.
The Red Bull driver’s leading seventh win of the season and 17th of his career moved him three points ahead of the defending champion, who finished second but softened the blow with a bonus point for fastest lap. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was third.
Verstappen started from pole position for a season-leading seventh time, and sixth in the past seven races, courtesy of a brilliant qualifying session. He leads Hamilton 7-4 for wins.