#SportsReport: Mets Down Indians, Athletics Beat Yankees

Aug 22, 2019

The Indians lost to the Mets for the second consecutive night as New York scored twice in the 10th inning to pull out a 4-3 victory. J.D. Davis won it with an RBI single that scored Michael Conforto, who was credited with the tying RBI after closer Brad Hand failed to cover first on a potential game-ending double-play grounder. 

The Mets rallied for their fourth straight win after Carlos Santana slammed his 30th home run to put Cleveland ahead in the top of the 10th. The Mets and the Phillies are now 1 ½ games behind the Cardinals for the second NL wild card.

Khris Davis and Marcus Semien belted two-run homers off JA Happ and Stephen Piscotty added a solo blast as the Oakland Athletics knocked off the New York Yankees, 6-4. Mike Fiers improved to 12-3 by limiting the Yankees to two runs over 5 1/3 innings, helping the A’s win for the sixth time in seven games. The Athletics kept their half-game lead over Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card, and the Yankees dropped their third in a row to cut their lead in the AL East to nine games over the Rays.

Bryce Harper smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning as the Phillies downed the Red Sox, 5-2 to sweep the two-game series. Corey Dickerson drove in two runs with a triple and a single in Philadelphia’s sixth victory in eight games. Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the second straight night to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead before the Phillies rallied.

Atlanta still tops the NL East by six games after the second-place Nationals crushed the Pirates for the second time in three nights, 11-1. Patrick Corbin worked eight scoreless innings to remain unbeaten in five decisions since June 11. Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run blast capped a six-run third for the NL wild-card leaders.

In MLB news, the Braves have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain suffered in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over the Marlins. The injury prompted Atlanta to recall receiver Alex Jackson, who has hit .224 with 25 home runs for Triple-A Gwinnett this year. Jackson went 0-for-10 in three games for the Braves early this season when McCann was out with a strained right hamstring.

Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow won’t pitch this season. Team president Theo Epstein says the closer is out for the year following another setback in his recovery from right elbow surgery. Morrow hasn't pitched in a game since July 2018 and underwent an arthroscopic procedure last November.

Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, one day after being removed following the first inning of his start against the Nationals. The team’s director of sports medicine said Archer will not throw for at least a week then be re-evaluated. The Bucs also placed right-hander Clay Holmes on the 10-day IL with right quadriceps discomfort and recalled right-handers Dario Agrazal and Parker Markel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Rockies have put starting pitcher Jon Gray on the 60-day injured list because of a left foot fracture, ending his season. The 27-year-old Gray is 11-8 with a 3.84 ERA this year, striking out 150 in as many innings. The right-hander was scheduled to start today’s game at Arizona.

NFL

Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Copeland can still participate in the team's preseason practices and games. He's eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 7.

Miami Dolphins receiver Jakeem Grant is 5-foot-6, which means that under his new contract, he could be worth nearly $364,000 per inch. Grant signed a four-year extension Wednesday for up to $24 million through the 2023 season. One of the NFL's smallest and fastest players, Grant has three career touchdowns on returns, which ties the franchise record. He has only 34 career receptions for 471 yards and four touchdowns, but is expected to play a significant role in first-year coach Brian Flores' offense this season. Grant missed the final six games last year with a calf injury that required surgery but has fully recovered. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract and could have become a free agent in March.

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison has accepted a one-year, $11 million extension, giving him three years left under contract with the franchise. The Lions acquired Harrison from the New York Giants in the middle of last season for a draft pick.

The Saints have added linebacker Will Compton and offensive lineman Fisayo Awolaja to their training camp roster. The additions announced Wednesday come after the club waived reserve long snapper Nick Moore and placed offensive tackle Chris Clark on injured reserve with a right leg injury.

None of the Seahawks' top three draft picks were on the practice field Wednesday. Wide receiver DK Metcalf underwent minor knee surgery and safety Marquise Blair is dealing with back spasms. The pair of second-round picks joined first-round selection L.J. Collier on the medical report.

NHL

Forward Derick Brassard has agreed to a one-year contract with the Islanders. Brassard has totaled 176 goals and 275 assists in 786 NHL games, but he had just 14 goals and 23 points in 70 games last season.

The Minnesota Wild have hired Bill Guerin as their new general manager. Guerin won two Stanley Cups as a player and two more titles in the front office with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He spent the last five seasons as assistant general manager of the Penguins, who won consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. The 48-year-old Guerin had 429 goals and 427 assists in 1,263 career games with eight different teams.

The Senators have signed forward Colin White to a six-year contract with an average annual value of $4.75 million. White ranked fifth in points among NHL rookies last season, scoring 14 goals and 27 assists.

SKATING

Figure skating coach Richard Callaghan has been banned from figure skating by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for sexual misconduct. Callaghan was ruled "permanently ineligible" for actions involving a minor. He was accused by a former student, Adam Schmidt, in a lawsuit. Schmidt alleged that Callaghan sexually abused him from 1999-2001. Schmidt was 14 in 1999. Callaghan coached Tara Lipinski to Olympic gold and mentored six-time U.S. champion Todd Eldredge.

TENNIS

U.S. Open officials have used the ATP and WTA rankings to set its seedings for the final Grand Slam of the year. That means Novak Djokovic is the No. 1 men’s seed, followed by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem. Defending women’s champ Naomi Osaka is the top women’s seed, ahead of Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep.

Former Grand Slam champions Goran Ivanisevic, Sergi Bruguera, Conchita Martínez and Jonas Björkman are the four candidates for the International Tennis Hall of Fame's class of 2020. Ivanisevic won the 2001 Wimbledon title and reached the final three other times. Bruguera won back-to-back French Open titles in 1993 and 1994, while fellow Spaniard Martínez won the 1994 Wimbledon championship. Björkman won the career Grand Slam in doubles and reached No. 1 in the doubles rankings. The 2020 class will be announced in January. Induction is set for July 18.

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