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Friday’s Sports Minute

Friday’s Sports Minute

CLAYTON KERSHAW:Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, July 10, in Los Angeles. Photo: Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill

A look at the sports news making headlines today, Friday, July 11.

Kershaw tosses another beauty…Braves and Nats tied at the top

Clayton Kershaw has made his case to be the National League starter in Tuesday’s All-Star game.

The Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw, who already has a no-hitter this season, tossed a three-hitter Thursday night, striking out 11 in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over San Diego. Kershaw has won eight straight decisions and enters his All-Star break with an 11-2 mark.

The only downer for Kershaw was he saw his scoreless innings end at 41 when Chase Headley homered in the sixth inning. That’s the third-longest scoreless streak in Dodger history after Orel Hersheiser and Don Drysdale.

Kershaw’s streak was the longest in the majors since Brandon Webb went 42 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.

In other major league action:

  • Atlanta is back in a first-place tie in the NL East with Washington. The Braves snapped their four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Mets. Aaron Harang allowed four hits in seven innings in ending the Mets’ four-game win streak.
  • Baltimore won its 50th game by edging Washington 4-3 to take two of three in the “Battle of the Beltways.” The Orioles scored an unearned run in the third inning on an error by Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who made the Nationals’ first error in 13 games.
  • Pittsburgh downed St. Louis 9-1 on an Edison Volquez six-hitter. Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen all drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which avoided being swept in the four-game series.
  • Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza’s no-hit bid with a single in the seventh, then opened the flood gates an inning later in Philadelphia’s 9-1 win over Milwaukee. Rollins greeted reliever Will Smith with a two-run single to spark a seven-run outburst in the eighth. Garza had just been pulled from the game to a standing ovation but could only watch helplessly from the dugout as his shutout evaporated. The Phillies sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth.
  • The Cleveland Indians erupted with nine runs in their final two innings and beat the New York Yankees 9-3. Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut. Carlos Santana also went deep. Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter enjoyed his 1,000th multi-hit game.
  • The L.A. Angels ripped Texas pitching for 15 runs in the first three innings and routed the last-place Rangers 15-6. Mike Trout hit his 21st homer, a three-run shot, to spark the Angels’ 17-hit attack. The Rangers have lost five straight and 19 of 22.
  • Cards lose Molina…Yanks’ Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament

    Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The injury will force him to miss between eight and 12 weeks. Molina was injured Wednesday when he planted his hand for balance after sliding feet-first into third base.

    Elsewhere around the majors:

  • Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and the New York Yankees are hoping their rookie sensation will be able to pitch again this season. Yanks GM Brian Cashman says Tanaka could return in six weeks, but didn’t rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn’t respond to a rehab program.
  • Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were voted by fans onto the rosters for Tuesday’s All-Star game. In another change, Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon, who has a sprained wrist.
  • Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is expected to miss six weeks after he has surgery on Friday to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb suffered Wednesday night.
  • Chicago bigs OK Cubs’ renovation plan

    Changes could be in the works for Wrigley Field, the century-old iconic home of the Cubs on Chicago’s North Side. A city commission unanimously approved the Cubs’ massive $500 million renovation project that includes a Jumbotron and six other electronic signs, although owners of rooftop venues across the street have vowed a court challenge if their sight lines to the games are blocked.

    Timeout in legal wrangling

    A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal — but there is hope for more time.

    Donald Sterling has vowed never to sell the team and he’s trying to block his wife’s single-handed deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Attorneys for Shelly Sterling have accused his side of stalling tactics.

    Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing until July 21 because two of Sterling’s lawyers had plans for a vacation and a wedding anniversary. He set closing arguments for July 28.

    That’s well past the expiration of Ballmer’s offer next Tuesday. Ballmer’s lawyer, Adam Streisand, said outside the court that there’s a provision to extend the deadline another month as long as progress is being made in court.

    Irving lands new deal with Cavs

    As they work on trying to entice LeBron James back to Cleveland, the Cavaliers have wrapped up the services of All-Star guard Kyrie Irving for another five years. The deal is worth $90 million. Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds a game in 71 games last season. The former No. 1 overall pick was also voted MVP of the NBA’s All-Star game.

    In other NBA signings:

  • Toronto Raptors has re-signed guard Kyle Lowry to a multiyear contract. Lowry posted career highs with 17.9 points and 7.4 assists per game in helping the Raptors to a club-record 48 victories and their second Atlantic Division championship.
  • Center Marcin Gortat has signed his five-year, $60 million contract to remain with the Washington Wizards. He averaged 13.2 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds after he was acquired in a preseason trade with the Phoenix Suns.
  • Free agent center Chris Kaman has signed a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers that is reportedly worth $9.8 million. The burly 7-footer has averaged 11.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over an 11-year NBA career.
  • The Phoenix Suns have reached an agreement with forward P.J. Tucker on a three-year contract worth $16.5 million with the third year only partially guaranteed. Tucker was the Suns’ top defender in their turnaround season last year.
  • Staying home was important to Jordan Farmar, so he moved from the Lakers to the Clippers as the backup to Chris Paul. He officially signed a two-year contract worth a reported $4.2 million.
  • Wie falters in opening round

    Recently crowned Women’s U.S. Open champ Michelle Wie (wee) didn’t have the kind of first round she was hoping for in the Women’s British Open. Wie completed play at 3-over-75, seven strokes off the pace set by Japanese leader Ayako Uehara.

    American Mo Martin is alone is second place at 3-under while Stacy Lewis is 1-under and Inbee Park even.

    McIlroy grabs lead

    Rory McIlroy rolled in six birdies in seven holes around the turn and shot a 7-under 64 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Scottish Open. Phil Mickelson missed a 3-foot par putt at the final hole for his only bogey in a 68, a solid start to the defense of his title. The tournament is a tune-up event for next week’s British Open.

    Germany’s Greipel wins stage

    Andre Greipel of Germany has won the 120-mile, mostly flat sixth stage of the Tour de France as the pack entered Champagne country. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali has retained the yellow jersey.

    FIFA denies appeal

    FIFA, the governing body of soccer, has rejected Luis Suarez’s appeal against his four-month ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match. The Uruguayan can appeal the verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Suarez was banned from all soccer matches and fined more than $100,000 for biting the shoulder of an Italian player. This is the third time Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent.

    Net profit of $25 million on record revenue for Pack

    The Green Bay Packers had another year of record revenues, yet income fell after making some high-priced player moves. The NFL’s only publicly owned team said revenue rose 5 percent from 2013 to $324 million, but total expenses increased nearly 18 percent to $298 million, leaving a net income of around $26 million.

    The Packers are required to release detailed financial data as a publicly owned team. They are the only NFL team to do so.

    Demolition plans in the works

    They say it’s more a concept than a plan but the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have developed a $66 million plan to demolish the historic Astrodome and replace it with a green space and “Astrodome Hall of Fame.”

    The Texans and the rodeo propose to have the project completed in time for the 2017 Super Bowl at neighboring NRG Stadium, the NFL team’s home venue.

    But Leroy Shafer, chief operating officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, told The Associated Press there is no timetable because the plan is not being placed before the Harris County commissioners for a decision on the county-owned stadium.

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