#SportsReport: Phillies Cancel Pete Rose Ceremony After Allegations
In major league news:
The Phillies have canceled plans to honor Pete Rose next week because of a woman's claim she had a sexual relationship with baseball's hit king when she was a minor. Rose's lawyer says the woman's claims are unverified. The Phillies were going to induct Rose into their Wall of Fame in an on-field ceremony on Aug. 12. Rose bobbleheads were going to be distributed on Aug. 11.
The New York Yankees had to sit through a pair of lengthy rain delays before dropping one game behind the first-place Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
Jordan Zimmermann combined with two relievers on a seven-hitter as the Tigers downed the Yankees, 2-0 in a game delayed more than 4 ½ hours by showers. Zimmerman entered the game with a 5.69 ERA before scattering six hits over seven innings.
Justin Upton's RBI double put the Tigers ahead to stay just three batters into the game. Brian McCann added an RBI single in the fourth to help Detroit beat the Yankees for the second straight day.
The game began 86 minutes late and was held by more than three hours by rain in the bottom of the seventh.
The Red Sox weren't as fortunate. Their game with the Indians at Fenway Park was postponed by thunderstorms and rescheduled for Aug. 14.
— Curtis Granderson launched a three-run homer while the Mets scored six times in the sixth inning of a 10-5 comeback over the Rockies. Jay Bruce slammed his 29th homer and New York received six scoreless frames from its bullpen after Chris Flexen was rocked during Colorado's five-run third. Carlos Gonzalez belted a two-run homer and Gerardo Parra lined a two-run double while the Rockies were building a 5-0 lead.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Zack Godley and three relievers combined on a three-hitter as Arizona blanked the Cubs, 3-0 at Wrigley Field. Godley surrendered the three hits over six innings to help the Diamondbacks regain the first NL wild-card slot, a half-game ahead of Colorado. Jake Lamb doubled twice and had three RBIs as Arizona won despite just four hits.
— Milwaukee's 5-4 loss to St. Louis keeps the Brewers 2 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs. Yadier Molina hit a pair of solo homers before Kolten Wong's two-run double put the Cardinals up 5-1 in the sixth. Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar homered for the Brewers.
— The Dodgers' nine-game winning streak is over after Tyler Flowers ripped a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Braves past Los Angeles, 5-3. Danny Santana also smacked a two-run shot and Freddie Freeman tied the game with an RBI single before Flowers' blast ended Atlanta's six-game skid. The Dodgers fell for only the third time in 23 games despite Cody Bellinger's 30th home run.
— Dallas Keuchel was pinned with his first loss of the season as Logan Morrison nicked the Houston starter for a two-run homer in the first inning of the Rays' 3-0 verdict over the Astros. Keuchel struggled for the second straight start since coming off the disabled list, giving up three runs and seven hits over five innings. Austin Pruitt blanked Houston on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.
— Vance Worley threw two-hit ball over seven innings as the Marlins beat the Nationals for the second straight night, 7-0. Christian Yelich and Derek Dietrich belted two-run homers off A.J. Cole, who was charged with five runs in as many innings. The outcome trims Washington's lead in the NL East to 12 games over Miami.
— Cleveland's lead in the AL Central is up to 2 ½ games over Kansas City following the Royals' third straight loss and fourth in five games, 6-0 at Baltimore. Jeremy Hellickson was sharp in his Orioles debut as he limited the Royals to five hits over seven innings. Caleb Joseph slammed a two-run homer, Chris Davis lined a two-run double and Tim Beckham drove in two runs with a triple and a double.
— The Minnesota Twins have given their sagging playoff hopes a boost as Ervin Santana tossed a four-hitter and delivered a two-run single in a 5-2 win at San Diego. Santana retired his first 10 batters and struck out nine in his major league-leading fifth complete game. The Twins' second win in nine games currently leaves them six games off the AL Central lead.
— Homers by Joey Gallo, Delino DeShields and Elvis Andrus powered the Rangers past the Mariners, 5-1. Andrew Cashner was reached for just one run and six hits over six innings, blanking the Mariners following Robinson Cano's RBI single in the first. The Mariners remain two games behind the Royals for the second AL wild-card berth.
— Mike Trout, C.J. Cron and Kaleb Cowart all homered while the Angels exploded for seven runs in the third inning of a 7-0 rout of the Phillies. JC Ramirez allowed six hits over a career-high eight innings of the Angels' fourth win in five games. An error by second baseman Cesar Hernandez led to five unearned runs.
— Steve Pearce and Josh Donaldson hit solo homers to back J.A. Happ in Toronto's 5-1 win over the White Sox in Chicago. Happ struck out a season-high 10 and limited the White Sox to a run and six hits over seven innings for his first victory since July 4. Justin Smoak extended his hitting streak to nine games and reached base three times for the Blue Jays.
— Jesse Winker's solo blast snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning before Adam Duvall added a two-run shot in the ninth to power the Reds past the Pirates, 5-2. Robert Stephenson had to settle for a no-decision after limiting Pittsburgh to a run and two hits over 5 2/3 innings. The Bucs remain 6 ½ games off the NL Central lead following their eighth loss in 10 games.
— Ryon Healy finally hit his 20th home run and Daniel Gossett worked seven strong innings as the Athletics downed the Giants, 6-1. Healy had gone a career-high 24 games without homering before his two-out, two-run drive off Matt Moore. Jed Lowrie doubled twice and scored to back Gossett, who held San Francisco to a run and three hits.
The Indians have placed All-Star left reliever Andrew Miller on the disabled list with right knee tendinitis and announced that pitcher Josh Tomlin is out at least six weeks with a hamstring injury. Miller has walked 10 batters in his last 21 innings after issuing just nine batters in 74 1/3 innings last season. Tomlin's season could be in jeopardy after an MRI confirmed a "mild-to-moderate" left hamstring tendon strain.
The Los Angeles Rams say defensive lineman Dominique Easley will miss the season with a torn knee ligament.
Easley hurt his right knee during training camp on Tuesday and was taken off the field on a cart. He also tore ligaments in both knees during college at Florida. After he finished two seasons on injured reserve with New England, he joined the Rams last year and had a solid season. He was expected to start in the Rams' new 3-4 defense.
In other NFL news:
— Jaguars running back I'Tavius Mathers was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday, a day after suffering a neck injury during practice. The team says Mathers will return to the football facility and the medical staff will work with him to "decide the best course of action for his recovery."
— Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss several practices. Ajayi ran for 1,272 yards last season.
— Chargers rookie offensive lineman Forrest Lamp was carted off the field Wednesday with an apparent knee injury during practice at training camp. The second-round pick is expected to play guard for Los Angeles.
— Saints coach Sean Payton says first-round draft choice Marshon Lattimore is recovering from a minor knee injury and that it "won't be long" before the cornerback returns to action. Lattimore hasn't been able to practice since leaving during on-field drills at Saints training camp on Monday.
Former Florida and NFL quarterback John Reaves has died at age 67.
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office said Reaves was found dead at his home Tuesday. The cause of death is being investigated.
Reeves finished his college career as the NCAA's all-time leading passer and later struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. He dealt with dependency for most of his 11-year career as an NFL journeyman, a run that began as a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1972.
One of the most successful football coaches in Notre Dame history has died. The school announced in a statement that Ara Parseghian died at home Wednesday morning at age 94.
Parseghian coached the Irish from 1964-74, winning national championships in 1966 and '73. He abruptly retired at age 51 with a record of 95-17-4.
Parseghian had recently returned to his home in Granger, Indiana, after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility in South Bend, Indiana. He was treated for an infection in his surgically repaired hip.
Mississippi cornerback Ken Webster and linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes have been arrested and charged with shoplifting. Lafayette County Detention Center jail records show Webster and Bing-Dukes were arrested on Tuesday. Both players are expected to be big contributors for the Ole Miss defense this season.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron says starting offensive lineman Teuhema has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Orgeron revealed earlier this week that Teuhema wasn't practicing when fall camp opened because of academic reasons.
The Buffalo Sabres appear ready to give Jack Eichel a lengthy contract.
A person familiar with negotiations tells The Associated Press the Sabres and their top player are discussing a contract extension that could run the NHL maximum eight years.
Sabres owner Terry Pegula declined to assess the status of negotiations except to say no deadline has been set and that both sides are committed to reaching a deal.
Eichel had 24 goals and 57 points in 61 games last season. He has one year left on the entry level deal he signed after being taken second overall in the 2015 draft.
Martin Kaymer has withdrawn from the PGA Championship next week because of a left shoulder injury. His brother, Phillip, says the 2010 PGA Championship winner has inflammation in the tendon of his upper biceps and has been advised by doctors to step away from golf for 10 days.
Rory McIlroy has formally announced that he has parted ways with caddie J.P. Fitzgerald and will use his best friend, Harry Diamond, as his caddie in the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship next week.
Still to be determined is how long he uses Diamond, and what McIlroy does after the PGA Championship.
McIlroy says there wasn't one incident that led to him switching caddies after nine years. McIlroy says they remain friends and he didn't want their roles as player and caddie to change that.
Ukraine has withdrawn two sprinters from the upcoming world athletics championships over an alleged breach of IAAF rules.
The Ukrainian Athletics Federation says that Olesya Povkh and Olha Zemylak have both been removed in connection with "IAAF disciplinary regulations."
The federation didn't give details of the alleged offences.
Povkh won an Olympic bronze medal in the women's 4x100-meter relay in 2012, and had been due to race the 100 and 4x100 at the world championships in London, which start Friday.
Zemlyak was European silver medalist in the 400 in 2014. She was due to compete in the 400 and 4x400 in London.
Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing.
The 41-year-old Klitschko dominated the heavyweight scene for a decade but lost to Britain's Anthony Joshua in April after being knocked out in the 11th round.
In a statement released by his management Thursday, Klitschko says: "As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports."
He said that he had deliberately taken a few weeks to reach a decision "to make sure I had enough distance from the (Joshua) fight at Wembley Stadium."
Klitschko was 64-5 in a career that began in 1996 after he won the Olympic gold in Atlanta.
The World Anti-Doping Agency says the Russian government must accept the findings of a report which accused it of overseeing widespread doping and a cover-up.
Last year's report by WADA investigator Richard McLaren said Russian Sports Ministry officials decided which athletes to "save" by covering up failed drug tests, and swapped samples containing banned substances at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In a new road map, WADA has made acceptance of the report by the ministry and Russian Olympic Committee a key point as Russia tries to have its national drug-test agency, known as RUSADA, reinstated.
The demand will likely have little immediate effect because WADA has already partially restored some authority to RUSADA, allowing it to coordinate drug testing.
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