Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for the second straight year Sunday, comfortably holding off teammate Kyle Busch for his fourth victory of the season.The late-blooming 38-year-old is a three-time Sonoma champion.Hopefully we can keep this going.”Ryan Blaney was third, with Matt DiBenedetto finishing a career-best fourth.Truex and Busch were the class of the final stage in a caution-free race on the hilly road course.Truex got the lead early in the third stage, and Busch didn’t follow Truex into the pits for the final stop.
Bobby Bradley doubled and drove in a run in his first major league plate appearance and the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with an 8-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.Bradley, who leads the International League with 24 home runs, was promoted from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day and went 1 for 3 with one run and a walk.The 23-year-old first baseman also made a running over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory, delighting the home fans who eagerly awaited his debut.“Just to know that this childhood dream is coming true is unreal.”Bradley’s hit a ground-rule double to left field to ignite a five-run second inning for the Indians, who have won six straight over the Tigers and are a season-high seven games over .500.Zach Plesac (3-2) matched his longest outing in the majors to earn the victory, allowing one run over seven innings.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for every state to legalize sports betting, a regional divide has opened as states decide whether to expand their gambling options.By year’s end, legalization is possible in a dozen states in the Northeast and Midwest.But most states in the Deep South and far West — SEC and Pac-12 territory in college sports — are staying on the sidelines, at least for now.State lawmakers are weighing the benefits of a slight boost in state revenue and the ability to add consumer protections against concerns about the morality of allowing another form of gambling.“We have all of the ills of gaming,” Martiny said during a committee hearing, “but none of the benefits.”Opponents such as Rep. Valarie Hodges, also a Republican, said gambling preys on the poor and that the state should find a better way to pay for early education.
Right-hander Trevor Rosenthal has been released by the Washington Nationals, who ran out patience waiting for the reliever to return to form.Rosenthal ends his three-month stint in Washington with a 0-1 record and an unsightly 22.74 ERA.The Nationals made the move Sunday, less than 24 hours after Rosenthal walked all three batters he faced in a 13-9 loss to Atlanta.After having Tommy John surgery in 2017, Rosenthal sat out last season before signing as a free agent with Washington in November.The Nationals were hopeful he would pitch as he did in 2014 and 2015 with St. Louis, when he totaled 93 saves.The 29-year-old Rosenthal appeared in 12 games with Washington, issuing 15 walks and allowing 16 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Alex Verdugo is not afraid of the big moments, a rookie who wants to receive the postgame Gatorade dunks.The center fielder hit his second home run of the game in the 11th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.He doesn’t run from it,” manager Dave Roberts said.It couldn’t have ended better for us.”It was the second straight night the Dodgers won with the long ball by a rookie.Matt Beaty ended Friday’s game with a two-run shot in the ninth inning.
A four-run deficit in the first inning didn’t mean much to Nomar Mazara and Lance Lynn.Mazara hit two home runs, Lynn shook off a rough start and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, and Texas beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Saturday night.“Nothing (Lynn) does kind of surprises me,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.“His competitiveness, no matter what the circumstances, it’s awesome for all our guys to watch.”Run-scoring singles by Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields wiped out Chicago’s 5-4 lead in the sixth inning against Evan Marshall (3-1), who had not allowed an earned run in 17 1/3 previous innings this season.“A four-pitch walk, 3-0 to the next guy.
Alex Dickerson has had two nights to remember in his return to the big leagues.Dickerson had three RBIs, and five San Francisco relievers held the Arizona Diamondbacks scoreless for five innings in the Giants’ 7-4 win Saturday night.Dickerson, who doubled twice, has now driven in nine runs in two games after a six-RBI night on Friday, when he was called up from the minors.“This year has been about having fun after missing two years,” Dickerson said, referring to injuries that cost him time.David Peralta had two hits and reached base four times on the night of a bobblehead giveaway featuring his likeness for Arizona, which has lost a season-high six straight.The Diamondbacks’ bullpen held the Giants hitless for 4 2/3 innings, until Yastrzemski’s two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Aaron Civale didn’t get much sleep before his major league debut.Civale dazzled, striking out the side to begin the game and allowing just two infield hits over six innings to pitch the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.“Pretty much every one you could think of,” he said.Got about 15-20 people in the stands, traveling pretty far away to come out here, so it’s a pretty special day.”The Indians purchased Civale’s contract from Triple-A Columbus when outfielder Leonys Martín was designated for assignment before the game.He was making a spot start because Mike Clevinger is on the injured list with a sprained ankle.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a pair of go-ahead, two-run singles, both off third baseman Yuli Gurriel’s glove, and the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 7-5 Saturday night for their eighth straight win.The Astros lost their seventh in a row in the matchup of AL division leaders.Stanton made it 4-2 in the sixth inning with a hard grounder that skipped off Gurriel’s mitt and into shallow left field — ruled a hit on a tough call for the official scorer.Stanton smashed an almost identical ball an inning later, which Gurriel dived for and tipped.That tied Joe DiMaggio and the 1941 Yankees for most in franchise history.The 2002 Texas Rangers hold the major league mark at 27.
The Cardinals were crowd pleasers, too.Pujols was all smiles as he circled the bases after his 13th home run, a solo drive in the seventh inning.He got a standing ovation during his trot, and the cheers grew louder until Pujols emerged from the dugout and tipped his hat to the sellout crowd.The three-time NL MVP who helped the Cardinals win two World Series championships returned to the ballpark on Friday night for the first time since helping St. Louis take the 2011 title.Pujols was showered with ovations while hitting a single in two at-bats and drawing a walk Friday night.“I guess Cardinals fans got what they wanted today,” Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus said.
Chez Reavie shot a 7-under 63 on Saturday and took advantage of second-round leader Zach Sucher’s problems to take a six-stroke lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship.Coming off a third-place tie last week in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the 37-year-old Reavie was six shots behind Sucher at the turn, then matched the tournament record with a back-nine 28.The 2008 Canadian Open winner for his lone PGA Tour title, Reavie had a 16-under 194 total at TPC River Highlands.10-13, 15 and 17-18 in his back-nine spree.Sucher had a 71 to drop into a tie for second with Keegan Bradley (69) at 10 under.Sucher dropped five strokes on the first three holes on the back nine, making a bogey on 10 and double bogeys on 11 and 12.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned by the ownership of Santa Anita on Saturday after a fourth horse from his stable died — and the 30th overall — at the Southern California track.The Stronach Group, which owns the track, said in a statement that effective immediately Hollendorfer “is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities.”On the recommendation of a special panel convened to review horses’ medical, training and racing history, the track’s stewards scratched four horses trained by Hollendorfer that were entered to run Saturday and Sunday.Hollendorfer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.Now I have to step away for a while.”Hollendorfer has 7,617 winners from 33,519 starters and purse earnings of $199,737,768 in his career, according to Equibase.com.
Pujols spent the first 11 years of his All-Star career with the Cardinals, helped them win the 2011 World Series and then signed with Angels as a free agent.Pujols received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 48,423 every time he stepped to the plate, including one in the first inning that lasted over a minute.I’m just glad to be able to play here for 11 years and have the great memories.I was pretty close from having a couple of tears there I think, especially when I hugged Yadi and we had that little moment to ourselves.”In the fourth, Wacha heard a smattering of boos after walking Pujols on four straight pitches to lead off the inning.Pujols got more cheers heading to the dugout after being erased on a forceout.
Subban and Patrick Marleau are on the move in a pair of trades, overshadowing the start of the second day of the NHL draft.Subban was dealt from Nashville to New Jersey shortly before the Ottawa Senators opened the second round by selecting American center Shane Pinto.The Predators acquired defensemen Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies, the 34th pick in this year’s draft and a second-rounder next year.The Devils also headlined the opening round of the draft by selecting American center Jack Hughes with the No.The 30-year-old Subban won the Norris Trophy in 2013 as the NHL’s top defenseman.But he is coming off a season in which injuries limited him to nine goals and 22 assists in 63 games.
The 32-year-old from Alabama says he’s finally feeling healthy again after knee surgery sidelined him for 13 months following the 2017 Travelers Championship.He shot a 5-under 65 in the rain Friday morning at TPC River Highlands and his 11-under 129 total held up in the afternoon sunshine for a two-stroke lead midway through the Travelers,Sucher, who said he grew up in south Alabama doing “swamp stuff” like wrestling alligators and also played high school basketball.Chronic leg problems from that sport led to the surgery for a torn knee tendon and cartilage.Sucher worked his way back and is playing in just his fourth tour event this year.“I was talking to my caddie about how wet it was and it was going to skid,” he said.
Sajid Javid is the frontrunner to be the next UK chancellor, with Boris Johnson almost certain to be named Prime Minister.Mr Javid went up against Johnson and a host of Conservative MPs battling it out to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.But since Javid was dumped out of the race after not earning enough votes, speculation he is making a run to be the next chancellor has increased.Indeed, it appears as though Mr Javid’s pitch to become PM may have inadvertently aided his chances of securing a top position in what is expected to be Johnson’s cabinet.Bookmakers Ladbrokes have seen Javid’s odds on becoming the next chancellor fall from 10/1 back in early May to just 3/1 now.That puts the current Home Secretary as joint-favourite alongside Liz Truss, who is currently Chief Secretary to the Treasury.Javid vs Truss for Chancellor
Boris Johnson is the overwhelming favourite to be Britain’s next Prime Minister as the Conservative Party prepare to let their members vote on the leadership contest.Mr Johnson has been out in front of the hopeful candidates ever since Theresa May confirmed she would step down as Prime Minister.After weeks of debates and surprise policy initiatives, the list of candidates to become the next Tory leader has whittled down from 11 to two.Boris Johnson will come up against Jeremy Hunt, who beat rival Michael Gove to earn a spot in the run-off after a fifth round of Tory MP voting in Westminster on Thursday.Boris vs HuntYet Mr Hunt has a lot of catching up to do.Bookmakers BetVictor saw Hunt’s odds on becoming the next Prime Minister drop from 14/1 before the final vote to 7/1 by Friday morning.
A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, Memphis’ Ja Morant and New York’s R.J. Barrett were chosen first, second and third in moves that were widely expected for weeks — is now done.Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving all were All-Star starters this past season and may soon change addresses.Al Horford has apparently decided to leave Boston.“We’ll have more answers then,” Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge said.Add up the value of every deal that’s going to be signed starting on July 6, and it’s conceivable that teams will combine to commit more than $2 billion in new salaries over the next four or five years.“I feel like I’m going to need every dollar,” Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand said.
After a season-long soft sell that ended with the team’s first championship and a massive downtown parade, the Raptors have just more than a week to craft, plan and present their final pitch to the best player in franchise history.“We obviously want to put a couple of special touches on it,” general manager Bobby Webster said Friday.I think we’ll just continue that.”Now, after two months of hectic, high-pressure playoff games, there’s fine-tuning to be done.“And so collecting those and putting them a little bit more in a presentation, or kind of a little bit more in order will help, even in our brains as we start to think about all the different ways to pitch him.”Injured for all but nine games in his final season with San Antonio, Leonard played 60 regular-season games for Toronto and 24 more in the postseason, increasing his minutes once April arrived.
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:Albert Pujols returns for his first game in St. Louis since leaving the Cardinals to sign a $240 million contract with the Angels before the 2012 season.The slugger won three NL MVP awards and made nine All-Star teams with the Cardinals, leading them to World Series championships in 2006 and 2011.The slugger is expected to be reinstated from the injured list to play against Houston, his first game since straining his left oblique April 20.“I’m not going to try to baby it or go at 80%.We’re in the major leagues,” Judge said Thursday at Yankee Stadium.