Update on the latest in sports:


Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 9:05 AM


Orioles unload on Nats late...Athletics take Battle of Bays opener for fifth in a row

UNDATED (AP) — Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado all homered in a six-run 11th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles an 8-2 victory over Washington in the opener of a four-game "Battle of the Beltways" interleague series. It was the 14th home run of the season for Davis, the third for Hardy and the eighth for Machado.

Nelson Cruz cracked his major league-leading 28th homer, a two-run shot, for the AL East-leading Orioles. Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') hit a two-run homer for all of the Nationals' offense. The Nats have lost eight straight extra-inning home games in a streak dating to September 2012.

In other baseball action:

— The Oakland Athletics improved baseball's best record to 56-33 with a 5-0 whitewash of San Francisco in a "Battle of the Bays" series renewal. Jesse Chavez matched a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings, and three relievers pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way. The A's have won five straight.

— The New York Mets knocked off AL East-leading Atlanta 4-3 in 11th innings. Ruben Tejada (teh-HAH'-dah) delivered the game-winning hit the 11th, his second walk-off hit of the season.

— Jay Bruce played first base for the first time since high school and committed an error that let in a run Monday night, but later homered to help the Cincinnati Reds rally for a 9-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a five-game series.

— Scott Carroll pitched 6 2-3 innings of one-hit ball, and Dayan Viciedo (dy-AN' vih-see-AY'-doh) hit a three-run homer in the Chicago White Sox' 4-0 victory over Boston. The Red Sox have lost six of seven.

— Matt Adams delivered a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh. The victory moves the defending NL champion Cardinals to within four games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

— Philadelphia built an early 3-0 lead and held off Milwaukee 3-2. Chase Utley hit his seventh homer, a two-run shot. Cole Hamels improved to 3-5 after his first victory in a month. The Brewers have lost six of seven.

— The Houston Astros snapped a seven-game skid with a 12-7 victory over the Texas Rangers. Jon Singleton homered among three hits and drove in four runs, Marwin Gonzalez had a bases-loaded triple.

— Kansas City blanked Tampa Bay 6-0 on a James Shields gem against his former team. Shields held the Rays to three hits over seven innings, striking out 10. He's 9-4.

— Shane Greene allowed two runs in six innings for his first major league win and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3. Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits apiece for New York.

— Rene Rivera hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 in a game that included a 56-minute weather delay at Coors Field. Chase Headley added four hits for San Diego.

— David Peralta drove in three runs and Miguel Montero knocked in two in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 9-1 rout of Miami.

— Seattle blanked Minnesota 2-0. Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH-shee ih-wah-KOO'-mah) and two relievers combined on a four-hitter.

— The L.A. Angels beat Toronto 5-2. Angels ace Jered Weaver had to leave the game after two innings when his back stiffened. Matt Shoemaker relieved and picked up his seventh victory. The Angels rallied with four in the fifth with Howie Kendrick's run-scoring single the big hit.


Jays lose Encarnacion...D-Backs' Arroyo scheduled for Tommy John

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have put All-Star first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (en-kar-nah-see-OHN') on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right quadriceps. Encarnacion ranks among the major league leaders with 26 home runs and 70 RBIs. He was picked Sunday for the AL All-Star team, but won't be able to play in the game July 15 at Minnesota.

In other baseball news:

— Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo will undergo Tommy John surgery. He's the third Diamondbacks pitcher to undergo the ligament-replacement procedure this season. Arroyo had never been on the disabled list during his 15-year career before going out on June 16 with elbow tendinitis.

__The St. Louis Cardinals say an MRI exam on right-hander Michael Wacha's (WAH'-kuhz) injured shoulder showed progress, but not enough for him to resume throwing. Wacha has been on the DL since June 18 with a 5-5 record.

— Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn could miss one month with a strained left hamstring. The team said the results of an MRI confirmed a "mild to moderate" sprain and that Bourn will miss at least three weeks. Bourn has had issues with the hamstring all season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.


Judge OKs concussion settlement for retirees

UNDATED (AP)— A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages. Brody had previously questioned whether that would be enough money to pay all claims.

More than 4,500 former players have filed suit, some accusing the league of fraud for its handling of concussions. They include former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (dor-SEHT') and Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who suffers from dementia.

The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and give $1 million or more to retirees who develop Lou Gehrig's disease and other profound neurological problems.


Hall of Famer says '64 title ring stolen

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says his 1964 NFL championship ring being auctioned online was stolen from him more than 40 years ago.

Brown's ring is up for bidding on www.lelands.com until July 25. As of Monday, the highest bid was for $33,275.


Expert says Sterling has Alzheimer's

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A neurologist has testified that Donald Sterling has Alzheimer's disease, as a trial over the Los Angeles Clippers sale finally gets underway.

Dr. Meril Suer Platzer said Monday that she was hired by Sterling's wife, Shelly, to evaluate him.

The NBA has moved to oust Sterling as team owner because of racist remarks he made.

Shelly Sterling has made a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but Donald Sterling claims she didn't have authority to make a unilateral agreement.

Earlier in the day, a federal judge rejected a motion by Sterling's lawyers to move the case to federal court.


Rambis lands in New York...Heat land 2 free agents

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks are taking on a familiar look, if you are a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks have announced the hiring of Kurt Rambis as associate head coach where he is reunited former L.A. teammate and now New York head coach Derek Fisher. They join Phil Jackson, who worked with both men in L.A. and is now in charge of running the Knicks.

Fisher played eight seasons for the Lakers while Rambis spent 12 seasons with the team, including seven under Jackson when he was L.A.'s coach.

In other NBA news:

— The Miami Heat have announced they intend to sign forwards Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts when the NBA's moratorium on deals being formally struck ends later this week. Granger has agreed to sign a two-year deal, while McRoberts has agreed to a four-year contract that could be worth about $23 million.

— Lionel Hollins has been introduced as the new coach of the Brooklyn Nets. After leading Memphis to the NBA Western Conference finals in 2012-13 he was dismissed by the club and failed to land another job. In his time with the Grizzlies he won a franchise record 214 games. Unlike his predecessor, Jason Kidd, who asked for more control of the basketball operations, Hollins says he is content to just be coach.

— A person familiar with the deal says veteran forward Channing Frye has agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Orlando Magic. The 31-year-old Frye opted out of the final year of his contract with Phoenix to become an unrestricted free agent. NBA players can't be signed until July 10 under NBA free agency rules.


Brazil-Germany today

UNDATED (AP) — The World Cup semifinals start today with host Brazil facing Germany. The other semifinal will be Wednesday with Argentina playing Netherlands.

Germany coach Joachim Loew is worried about Brazil's "brutal" tackling in recent games, and appealed to the referee of their World Cup semifinal to be on the lookout for such tactics. Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez in charge of the match.

The third place match will take place Saturday with the championship being contested Sunday in Rio de Janiero.


Race continues in England

LONDON (AP) — The Tour de France is set to hit France. In the third stage, held in England, Germany's Marcel Kittel finished first for his second win of the competition. Rain in the City of London doused riders at the end of the 96-mile ride from the university town of Cambridge to a dramatic finish past landmarks like Big Ben and Westminster.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey with a 2-second lead on the most likely contenders to win the three-week race in Paris on July 27.


Just what the national pastime needed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Beer drinkers now have a new way of satisfying their craving for "a cold one" during a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field. The team has begun a self-serve beer station with a second one coming for next week's All-Star Game.

To buy a brew from the vending machine, buyers prove their age at a concession stand and purchase a vending card. That card is used at the vending machine where buyers can tap up to 48 ounces every 15 minutes. Repeating, 48 ounces, or four 12 ounce cans, every 15 minutes. The machine offers four beers and shuts down, like the concession stands do, by the seventh inning.

The Star Tribune reports that a stadium employee will be stationed nearby to see if any customers have had a bit too much to drink.