Cubs edge Bucs
UNDATED (AP) _ The Chicago Cubs have opened the second half of the season by guaranteeing themselves another day atop the National League Central.
The Cubs coughed up a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning before Jason Heyward singled home the tiebreaking run in the bottom half to lead a 4-3 win over the Pirates. Kris Bryant hit a solo homer to spark a three-run seventh and scored from second on Heyward’s go-ahead hit.
Yu Darvish settled for a no-decision after limiting Pittsburgh to two hits over six scoreless innings.
Starling Marte (mahr-TAY’) tied it with a three-run homer for the Pirates, who now sit 3 1/2 games off the division lead.
Elsewhere on major league diamonds:
_ The Nationals won for the 16th time in 20 games as Stephen Strasburg scattered seven hits over six innings of a 4-0 shutout of the Phillies in Philadelphia. Victor Robles poked a two-run single to support Strasburg, who is 13-2 all-time against the Phillies and 6-0 at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies, are 14-22 since leading the NL East by 3 ½ games on May 29.
_ The Marlins doubled up the Mets, 8-4 as Garrett Cooper, Curtis Granderson and Brian Anderson all homered and drove in two runs. New York led 2-0 until Granderson and Cooper hit back-to-back home runs as part of a four-run third inning off Jason Vargas. Caleb Smith gave up a pair of unearned runs and three hits while working around five walks over six innings of Miami’s fourth straight win over the Mets.
_ Domingo German (hehr-MAHN’) picked up his team-high 11th win and Edwin Encarnación (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) supplied a three-run double in the Yankees’ 4-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. German held Toronto to three hits over six innings and retired 15 straight after Eric Sogard led off the game with a single. The game was scoreless until Brett Gardner tripled and scored on a grounder in the fifth inning, putting the Yankees on their way to their 17th win in 21 games.
_ The Rays stayed 6 ½ games behind the AL East-leading Yankees as Brandon Lowe collected a career-high four hits while driving in three to lead a 16-4 thrashing of the Orioles. Tommy Pham and Nate Lowe homered for the Rays, who scored seven runs in the first inning off Dylan Bundy. Kevin Kiermaier had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two as Tampa Bay notched its third straight win.
Scherzer’s next start pushed back
UNDATED (AP) _ The Nationals are pushing back Max Scherzer’s next start due to back soreness.
Manager Dave Martinez says an MRI on Scherzer’s back came back negative, and the three-time Cy Young Award winner threw from 75 feet on Friday.
Scherzer experienced soreness in his middle back after his last start.
Anibal Sanchez will start in his place on Sunday against the Phillies.
Scherzer was 7-0 with a 0.84 ERA in his last nine starts before the All-Star break.
In other baseball news:
_ Corey Kluber’s broken right arm is healing as hoped, and the Indians starter could begin throwing bullpen sessions soon. Kluber was 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA this season before he was struck by a line drive on May 1 in Miami. Indians manager Terry Francona says the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner had a “good checkup” and doctors are now determining when the right-hander can pitch off a mound.
_ Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright was scratched from Friday’s scheduled start against Arizona due to back spasms and was replaced by Daniel Ponce de Leon. The three-time All-Star is 5-7 with a 4.31 ERA in 16 starts this season. The Cardinals did not put Wainwright on the injured list.
_ Former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been charged with drug possession. A criminal complaint says that on June 7 two plastic baggies allegedly containing cocaine were found in 54-year-old Gooden’s car during a traffic stop in Holmdel, New Jersey. Gooden has been charged with cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs. Gooden is scheduled to make an initial court appearance July 23.
Federer, Djokovic advance to final
WIMBELDON (AP) _ It will be No. 1 versus No. 2 in the Wimbledon men’s final on Sunday. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) disposed of No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOO’) in four sets before second seed Roger Federer took a four-setter against longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic is in the final for the sixth time following a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory against Agut. The defending champion was broken once in the second set, allowing Bautista Agut to even the score. But the Serb saved two break chances in the third set and won easily in the fourth, though he needed five match points in the final game to close it out.
Like Djokovic, Federer dropped his second set and needed five match points before completing a 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Nadal. Federer appeared to sputter when Nadal saved two break points at 1-1 in the second set before breaking serve twice in a row and serving it out at love.
In the third set, Federer broke Nadal for the first time in the match to take a 3-1 lead, then saved three break points in the next game. The final game of the match was a classic as Nadal fought off a host of match points, including one that lasted 24 hits.
Roger Federer will play for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title in his 12th final at the All England Club. He’s 22-25 all-time against Djokovic and has dropped four straight matches since the 2015 ATP Finals in London.
Porzingis signs with Mavs
DALLAS (AP) _ The Dallas Mavericks have officially re-signed Kristaps Porzingis (KRIS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) to a five-year, $158 million package.
The 7-foot-3 All-Star selection hasn’t played a game for them since being acquired from the Knicks in a big deal before the trade deadline last season. Porzingis sat out all of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee 17 months ago.
The fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft has averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds over three seasons.
Hurricanes, Dzingel reach deal
UNDATED (AP) _ The Carolina Hurricanes and free agent center Ryan Dzingel (duh-ZIHN’-gul) have agreed on a two-year, $6.75 million contract.
The 27-year-old split last season between Ottawa and Columbus, and had career highs with 26 goals, 30 assists and 56 points. Traded to the Blue Jackets at the trade deadline, he provided just four goals and 12 points in 21 games before collecting just one point in nine playoff games.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
_ The Sabres have re-signed restricted free agent forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract worth $1.55 million. The 26-year-old Larsson had six goals and 14 points in 73 games with Buffalo last season.
_ Flyers President Paul Holmgren has stepped down to become a senior adviser for the franchise. Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher becomes president of hockey operations in a related move. Holmgren has been a Flyers player, assistant coach, head coach, general manager and president for 40 years.
Jets TE Herndon suspended 4 games
UNDATED (AP) _ Jets second-year tight end Chris Herndon has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first four regular-season games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Herndon pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated in New Jersey in June 2018.
New Jersey State Police said Herndon was driving his Nissan Armada when he crashed into a Toyota Land Cruiser that was towing a trailer carrying another vehicle. Neither Herndon nor the 76-year-old driver was seriously injured.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
_ Tyreek Hill’s former fiancée has gone to court seeking to prove that the Chiefs wide receiver is the father of her newborn twins and to require him to pay child support. The Kansas City Star reports that Crystal Espinal filed a petition Thursday in Johnson County, Kansas, District Court. The Chiefs suspended Hill on April 25th over allegations that his 3-year-old son was abused, which he denies. The local district attorney said in June that an investigation was no longer active because he couldn’t prove who injured the boy.
_ Raiders guard Richie Incognito has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Incognito pleaded guilty in April to disorderly conduct in Arizona after being accused of threatening employees at a funeral home where his father’s body was being held.
_ Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts is condemning his treatment by a Texas sheriff’s deputy who is heard on dash-cam video referring to him as a “big black male” during a March traffic stop. The Fort Bend County deputy also is heard telling a colleague that Roberts “wouldn’t comply” with an order to get back into his car after the linebacker got out. But a copy of the video shows Roberts, with his arms raised, briefly hesitating before getting back inside as ordered. Roberts’ attorney says the sheriff’s office later withdrew the citations and apologized.
_ The Packers reported a profit of just $724,000 in their latest fiscal year, which included their second straight season without a playoff appearance, a large contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and change in head coach from Mike McCarthy to Matt LaFleur. Green Bay’s profit in the year ending March 31 was down 97.9% from $34.1 million in the year ending March 2018
Suarez, Stewart-Haas shine in qualifying
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) _ Daniel Suarez led a front-row sweep for Stewart-Haas Racing in provisional qualifying at Kentucky Speedway.
The field will not be finalized until cars pass inspection prior to Saturday night’s race.
Suarez turned a lap at 184.590 mph to bump teammate Aric Almirola and nab the top starting spot. If it stands after inspection, it will be Suarez’s second pole in 91 career starts.
Three-time Kentucky winner Brad Keselowski (kehs-LOW’-skee) completed a top-three sweep for Ford by qualifying third.
Vegas leads Deere
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) _ Jhonattan Vegas is the leader at the midway point of the PGA’s John Deere Classic in Illinois.
Vegas shot a 9-under 62 that leaves him 13 under through 36 holes, one shot ahead of Andrew Landry at TPC Deere Run.
Lucas Glover had an albatross on the par-5 10th in a 64 that got him to 11 under.
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) _ Bernd Wiesberger carded a 10-under 61 at the Scottish Open to move into a three-way tie for the lead through two rounds.
The lowest round of Wiesberger’s career on the European Tour lifted him alongside England’s Lee Slattery and South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen, who shot consecutive 64s to be at 14 under. They were two strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson and Nino Bertasio of Italy.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Goosen has lead in major
AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ Retief Goosen (reh-TEEF’ GOO’-sehn) fired an 8-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead in the second round of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship at Firestone.
After completing a 69 in the morning in the rain-delayed first round, Goosen eagled the par-5 second hole in the second round and added six birdies in the bogey-free round.
First-round leader Steve Stricker followed his opening-round 64 with a 70 to drop into a tie for second with Brandt Jobe.
King leads by 1
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) _ Sei Young Kim shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 (jung-yoon lee-six) in the Marathon Classic.
Kim had four straight birdies on Nos. 3-6 and also birdied the par-4 12th and 15th holes and the par-5 18th to get to 11-under. Lee6 shot her second straight 66.
Cleveland State fires Felton
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Men’s basketball coach Dennis Felton and his entire staff have been fired by Cleveland State.
Athletic director Scott Garrett says in a statement the school expects coaches to “operate with the expectation that they should build a culture supportive of our student-athletes in the classroom, accountable for their conduct as representatives of the University, and for their performance on the court.”
The Vikings went 22-24 in two years under Waters and was 5-13 in the Horizon League last season.
CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE
Groenewegen sprints to victory
CHALON-SUR-SAONE, France (AP) _ Dylan Groenewegen won the longest stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as Giulio Ciccone kept the yellow jersey. The Dutch sprinter edged Australian rival Caleb Ewan and former world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia to claim his fourth career stage win of the Tour.
A Tour de France rookie, Ciccone seized the yellow jersey on Thursday following a long breakaway during the race’s first mountain stage.