Thursday’s Sports Minute

Thursday’s Sports Minute

ANOTHER WIN FOR THE NATS: Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth, left, and Michael Taylor, right, dump water on teammate Anthony Rendon after he hit the game-winning single in a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Washington. In front is Ian Desmond. The Nationals won 3-2. Photo: Associated Press/Evan Vucci

Aside from the Cowboys being ranked the NFL’s most valuable, and the latest on Tony Stewart, here is the other sports headlines making news today, Thursday, Aug. 21.

Nine straight for the Nats…Angels win game but lose Richards to knee injury

The Washington Nationals ran their lead in the National League East to seven games over Atlanta after rallying for their ninth straight victory, 3-2 over Arizona. Pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon’s game-winning single scored Bryce Harper with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. It’s the Nationals’ fourth walkoff victory during their season-high winning streak.

Harper went 3-for-4 in addition to scoring the winning run. The victory goes to Nationals closer Rafael Soriano, who pitched a scoreless ninth.

In other baseball action:

  • Pittsburgh rallied from a 2-0 deficit late in the game to beat Atlanta 3-2. That ends the Braves’ five-game win streak. Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball in the ninth which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez’s game-winning sacrifice fly that capped the Pirates’ comeback.
  • Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with two hits and three RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3. The Angels’ seventh win in eight games put them 1 1-2 games ahead of Oakland but it was costly. Right-handed starter Garrett Richards sustained a serious patellar injury in his left knee while running to cover first base in the second inning, and probably is lost for the season. He’ll be examined today in Los Angeles. Richards was 13-4.
  • Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer, Eric Campbell also connected and the New York Mets beat the Oakland Athletics 8-5 to snap a three-game losing streak. Zack Wheeler improved to 9-8, allowing two earned runs while working 5 2/3 solid innings. Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA over his nine outings since June 30.
  • Rick Porcello won his 14th game by hurling a three-hit shutout in pitching Detroit past Tampa Bay 6-0. Victor Martinez hit a grand slam. Porcello, who is 14-8, retired 20 straight batters after Ben Zobrist’s double in the first inning.
  • The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 5-2. Robbie Grossman got the big hit as the Astros broke open a close game with four runs in the seventh inning. The Yankees dropped nine and a-half games behind Baltimore in the AL East.
  • Giants win first successful protest in 28 years

    Ernie Banks would love this. They’re going to play two at Wrigley Field today. Or, at least, one and a-half.

    The San Francisco Giants became the first team since 1986 to win such a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won. The game will resume Thursday at Wrigley with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

    The game had been delayed more than 4 1/2 hours because of rain after the grounds crew couldn’t put the tarp down quickly.

    The game will resume at 4:05 p.m. (Central time) this afternoon. The playoff-contending Giants and Chicago have a regularly scheduled game set to begin three hours later.

    Swisher to have knee surgery

    Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is having surgery on both knees and is done for the season.

    Swisher has underperformed after getting a four-year, $56 million contract from the Indians before last season. He’s having arthroscopic procedures performed on both knees in Los Angeles. The club said he’ll need 8 to 10 weeks to recover.

    Before he was sidelined, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games.

    Schilling has mouth cancer

    Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he’s battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.

    Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston. He announced he had cancer in February, but had not disclosed what kind.

    Schilling is being treated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is in remission. He says he’s lost 75 pounds.

    Kelly’s cancer is gone

    Jim Kelly shows no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

    Dr. Peter Costantino says in a release issued by New York City’s Lennox Hill Hospital that the treatments have “completely eliminated” any pain Kelly was experiencing. He says Kelly’s level of function has “essentially returned to normal.”

    Costantino says a series of tests over the next week will determine if further treatments are necessary.

    Kelly had surgery in June 2013 to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus.

    Hoyer gets starting job over Manziel…2 Steelers in hot water

    Browns coach Mike Pettine has picked Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback over rookie Johnny Manziel for the Sept. 7 opener against Pittsburgh.

    Pettine delayed his decision after both Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday. During that game, Manziel gave the finger to the Redskins sideline, an act Pettine says was factored into the decision.

    In other football news:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
  • The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value. For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re valued at $3.2 billion.
  • Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff has been nominated as the senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2015 class of inductees. Tingelhoff will join 15 modern-era finalists and two contributor finalists on the ballot.
  • Serena top seed

    Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight U.S. Open title. The U.S. Tennis Association followed this week’s WTA rankings in announcing the seedings.

    That means that French Open runner-up Simona Halep is seeded second after reaching a career-best ranking this month.

    Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) is seeded No. 3 with third-ranked Li Na out because of a knee injury. Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH’-kuh rahd-VAHN’-skuh) moves up to No. 4.

    Five-time major champ Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah) is seeded fifth and could face Williams in the quarterfinals.

    Minnesota’s Moore wins MVP

    Minnesota’s Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award. That’s what a person close to the situation tells The Associated Press.

    Moore will receive the award tonight in Minnesota before the Lynx face San Antonio in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals.

    Davis taps out against Vegas

    Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis, the first girl pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series, was pulled in the third inning Wednesday night after allowing three runs in an 8-1 loss to Las Vegas.

    Davis, the darling of the sports world, was both masterful and ordinary on a night made short because of pitch-count rules. She allowed six hits and struck out six in 2 1/3 innings before leaving after 55 pitches. Her team plays an elimination game tonight against Chicago’s Jackie Robinson team.

    If Philadelphia wins that game, Davis is eligible to pitch again in the U.S. championship game on Saturday.


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