Update on the latest sports
Giants rally to beat Rockies
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants will take a two-game lead in the NL West if the Los Angeles Dodgers lose at St. Louis tonight.
The Giants are 40 games over .500 after putting together a four-run ninth in a 7-4 victory at Colorado. The Rockies led 4-3 until Lamonte Wade Jr. lined a two-run single and scored on Evan Longoria’s two-run double.
Brandon Crawford homered and Brandon Belt had three hits for the NL West leaders, who are the first major league team with 90 wins.
Tyler Rogers helped San Francisco get its fourth straight victory, working a scoreless eighth to move to 6-1.
Checking out the rest of Wednesday’s major league slate:
— The Mariners avoided a three-game sweep by scoring four times in the ninth inning of an 8-5 win over the Astros. José Marmolejos (mahr-moh-LAY’-hohs) hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two out in the ninth before J.P. Crawford slammed a two-run homer. The Mariners trailed most of the game before tying it at 4 on a two-run double by Jarred Kelenic with two out in the seventh.
— Jose Trevino drove in three runs and Nathaniel Lowe had three hits as the Texas Rangers beat the Diamondbacks, 8-5. Arizona’s Luke Weaver retired his first nine batters before Texas broke through with three runs while sending nine to the plate in the fourth. The Rangers’ fourth straight win ties a season high.
BASEBALL-HALL OF FAME
Derek, Walker, Simmons, Miller inducted
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Derek Jeter and the rest of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 finally had their day at Cooperstown.
The former New York Yankees shortstop and captain received raucous applause from a crowd that included NBA luminaries Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing, along with several of Jeter’s former teammates.
Larry Walker was the second Canadian to be inducted at Cooperstown, joining former pitcher Ferguson Jenkins. Walker was a slugger for the Expos, Rockies and Cardinals.
Former catcher Ted Simmons also was enshrined as was union boss Marvin Miller.
The 2020 Class had to wait an extra year for induction due to the pandemic.
Djokovic-Berrettini in Wimbledon rematch
NEW YORK (AP) — The man Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) beat to win Wimbledon is his next opponent at the U.S. Open. The No. 1 seed faces No. 6 Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals tonight.
It’s the third straight Grand Slam tournament in which the two are meeting. Djokovic beat Berrettini in the quarterfinals of the French Open in June, then came back after dropping the first set to top the Italian again at the All England Club in July. That gave Djokovic his 20th major title, tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most among men. It also kept him on pace to be the first man to win all four Grand Slams trophies in the same year since 1969, which he would do with three more victories.
Meanwhile, Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev has made it back to the semifinals a year after finishing as the U.S. Open runner-up. The 24-year-old from Germany saved a set point in the opener and wound up beating unseeded Lloyd Harris 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. Zverev will take a 16-match winning streak into his contest against the winner of the Djokovic-Berrettini match.
On the women’s side, Emma Raducanu (rah-doo-KA’-noo) has become the second teenager in two days to reach the semifinals. The 18-year-old qualifier from Britain upset Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich) 6-3, 6-4. Raducanu joins Leylah Fernandez of Canada, who earned her semifinal spot a day after her 19th birthday.
Vikings sign RT Brian O’Neill to contract extension
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed right tackle Brian O’Neill to a contract extension, securing their most reliable blocker for the long term.
O’Neill was drafted in the second round out of Pittsburgh in 2018 and would have been eligible for free agency next year. He cracked the lineup as a rookie and has started 42 games in his first three seasons.
In other NFL news:
— Curtis Samuel’s chances of playing in Washington’s season opener took a hit Wednesday when the wide receiver appeared to tweak a groin injury that has been bothering him for months. Samuel was supposed to practice for the second time in three days after missing all of camp with the groin injury and a stint on the NFL’s COVID-19 list.
— The Ravens have signed Le’Veon (LEH’-vee-ahn) Bell to their practice squad, adding another backfield option in the aftermath of J.K. Dobbins’ season-ending injury. Bell was cut early last season by the New York Jets, then rushed for 328 yards in 11 games with Kansas City.
— The Texans will be without kicker Kaʻimi Fairbairn when they open the season against the Jaguars on Sunday. Fairbairn missed the final preseason game Aug. 28 against Tampa Bay with what the team called a minor pulled muscle in his leg.
Pens to open season without Crosby
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will open the upcoming season without their captain.
Sidney Crosby has undergone surgery to address a lingering issue with one of his wrists. General manager Ron Hextall said Crosby would need a minimum of six weeks to recover, which would keep him out of the lineup until at least October 20.
In other NHL news:
— The Flames signed defenseman Connor Mackey and forward Brad Richardson. The 36-year-old Richardson has 107 goals and 139 assists in 825 regular-season games over 16 seasons with five teams, all in the Western Conference.
Stricker fills out US team with 4 more Ryder Cup rookies
UNDATED (AP) — Steve Stricker has filled out his U.S. Ryder Cup team with six captain’s picks.
The list does not include Patrick Reed, who has a 7-3-2 record.
Stricker added Tony Finau (FEE’-now), Xander Schauffele (ZAN’-dur SHOW’-flee), Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Harris English. That was expected. They were next in line in the standings.
He also added Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler. That gives the Americans six rookies, the most for a Ryder Cup since 2008.
In other golf news:
— The British Open is heading back to Royal Portrush. The R&A says the world’s oldest major championship will return to the Northern Irish venue in 2025 after a successful staging of the British Open there in 2019.
BEIJING OLYMPICS-BROADCASTER PRESSURE
Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — Some of the world’s largest broadcasters, including NBC, are being asked by human rights groups to cancel plans to cover the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The request comes in an open letter from rights groups representing minorities in China including Uyghurs (WEE’-gurz), Tibetans, Hong Kong residents and others.
NBC has paid $7.75 billion for the rights to the next six Olympics. Those payments are estimated to account for about 40% of the International Olympic Committee’s income.