Towns No. 1 to T-Wolves...Freshmen go 1-2-3...Kentucky players go in 4 lottery picks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves went big with the first pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

The T-Wolves took 6-foot-11 Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns, who averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds during his only season with the Wildcats. Towns is mobile and is the third Kentucky player to be selected No. 1 overall in the past six years. It's the sixth straight year a freshman was taken No. 1.

In other top 10 picks:

— The L.A. Lakers chose second and selected Ohio State freshman point guard DeAngelo Russell. He averaged 19.3 points per game in his only season with the Buckeyes. The Lakers had their highest draft choice since 1982 after going 21-61 during the 16-time champion franchise's worst season.

— The Philadelphia 76ers used the third pick to take 6-11 Duke center Jahlil Okafor. He averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds a game while being named ACC player of the year.

— The Knicks elicited groans from the crowd at Brooklyn's Barclays Center by taking 19-year-old forward Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia at No. 4. He's a 7-foot-1, 220-pound power forward with length and athleticism who owns a decent outside shot.

— The Orlando Magic chose Croatian shooting guard Mario Hezonja with the No. 5 pick. He's 6-foot-8 who is believed to be a threat from beyond the three-point arc.

— Sacramento took 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky at six. He's the SEC defensive player of the year. Cauley-Stein averaged 8.9 points a game and 6.4 rebounds a game.

— With the seventh pick, the Denver Nuggets took Dallas point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. He bypassed college to play with a Chinese team. He originally committed to attend SMU before turning pro.

— At No. 8, the Detroit Pistons drafted Arizona's 6-6 forward Stanley Johnson. He played just one season with the Wildcats, averaging 13.8 points a game while earning Pac-12 rookie of the year honors.

— Michael Jordan's Charlotte Hornets, in search of some scoring punch while missing the playoffs in nine of 11 seasons, took Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky. He's the Associated Press player of the year who averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a game for the national champion runner-up Badgers. He was the only senior taken in the top 10.

— And at No. 10, the Miami Heat took Duke small forward Justise Winslow. He averaged 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a game for the national champion Blue Devils.

Kentucky set a record with four players taken with lottery picks -- Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 1, Willie Cauley-Stein at six, Trey Lyles to Utah at 12 and Devin Booker to Phoenix at 13.


Multiplayer deals

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Wizards are acquiring Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, who selected the small forward with the 15th overall pick in the NBA draft.

The Wizards are sending the 19th overall choice, which turned out to be Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant, along with two future second-round picks, to Atlanta in the deal.

The Hawks then traded the rights to Grant to the Knicks, who traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Hawks.

In other draft day trades:

— The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired forward Matt Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Luke Ridnour, who later was sent to Oklahoma City. The Thunder say they had acquired Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick from Charlotte for guard Jeremy Lamb.

The 35-year-old Barnes averaged 10.1 points and 4 rebounds for the Clippers this season. The Hornets acquired the 6-foot-7 forward along with center Spencer Hawes last week for guard Lance Stephenson.


Nats starters in high gear...Astros' Keuchel fans 12 Yanks

UNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals starters are on quite a roll. Doug Fister tossed seven shutout innings in the Nationals' 7-0 win over Atlanta to give Nats starters 41 1/3 scoreless frames in their last six games, all Washington victories.

That's the longest such streak in the major leagues since Cleveland starters strung together 44 1/3 shutout innings in May 2008.

And next up is Max Scherzer, who starts Friday at Philadelphia. Scherzer struck out 16 in a one-hit shutout at Milwaukee on June 14. Then he pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh last Saturday, when he had a perfect game until he hit a batter with two outs in the ninth.

Fister and Blake Treinen combined on a six-hitter. Ian Desmond, who won Wednesday night's game with a sacrifice fly, hit his sixth homer and drove in two.

In other big league action:

— Houston hurler Dallas Keuchel tossed a six-hitter for his ninth victory as the Astros blanked the New York Yankees 4-0. Keuchel fanned 12 in his complete game. He's 9-3 for the AL West-leading Astros.

— Josh Reddick drove in three runs in Oakland's 6-3 win over Texas that completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers. The streaking Athletics have won five in a row and nine of their last 11. Oakland's Sonny Gray continues to enjoy success in Texas. He's won five straight there and he has a 0.96 ERA in that span. He worked six innings scattering nine hits and allowing three runs to improve to 9-3.

— Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer during a six-run fourth inning that carried Baltimore to an 8-6 win over the Red Sox in Boston. J.J. Hardy added a two-run double against rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who lasted just 3 2/3 innings. Baltimore won two of three in the series and seven of eight games from the Red Sox this season.

— Jacob deGrom gave up four hits in eight innings to lead the slumping Mets to a 2-0 win over Milwaukee. That stopped a seven-game losing streak for the Mets, their longest since April 2011. Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead double in the sixth for the Mets, who avoided falling two games below .500 for the first time this year. DeGrom struck out seven to improve to 8-5.

— The San Francisco Giants hit four triples in a game for the first time in 55 years, including a pair by Brandon Belt in a 13-8 win over the San Diego Padres. Brandon Crawford and Matt Duffy also tripled for San Francisco.

— Carlos Frias threw five innings and combined with four relievers on an eight-hit shutout to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 win over the Cubs. Howie Kendrick gave Dodgers pitching all the offense they would need with a two-run double in the first off of Cubs loser Jon Lester. Lester lasted four innings in his shortest outing in more than three years.

—Carlos Sanchez had a bases-clearing triple in the top of the 10th inning to lift the White Sox to an 8-7 win over Detroit. The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the tenth with two-run single from Bryan Holaday, but it wasn't enough.

— Troy Tulowitzki started a five-run eighth inning with his first career pinch-hit home run, and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 at Coors Field.

— NL Central-leading St. Louis beat Miami 5-1. Lance Lynn came off the DL in his first outing since June 7 and went six shutout innings, striking out six and allowing just two hits. He's 5-4. Lynn and four relievers combined on a four-hitter.

— In a 13 inning marathon in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips homered in the 13th to give the Reds a 5-4 win over the Pirates.


Pedroia heads to DL

BOSTON (AP) — Second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox because of a strained right hamstring. Pedroia was hurt rounding first base after his go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 victory over Baltimore and limped off the field.

Pedroia is hitting .306 with nine homers and 33 RBIs.

In other baseball news:

— The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor league pitcher Kyle Winkler. The AL East leaders also optioned infielder Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham.

— The Astros have agreed to a contract with shortstop Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in the amateur draft. The agreement includes a $5.9 million signing bonus. Houston received the No. 2 pick as compensation for not signing pitcher Brady Aiken, last year's top pick. Aiken was taken by Cleveland at No. 17 this year following Tommy John surgery in March.


MLB plans to open second replay center

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The jury may be out on replay in baseball but one thing is clear -- it is a job creator.

Major League Baseball plans to open a second replay center in San Francisco. MLB opened a replay center at MLB Advanced Media's office in New York in 2008 and expanded it in 2014.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the sport will expand its facility at its San Francisco office, located near the ballpark.


Great start for Watson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tom Watson took advantage of an early tee time to shoot a 4-under 66 and earn the first round lead of the U.S. Senior Open.

The eight-time major champion overcame a double bogey before the turn and had four birdies in his final nine holes.

Michael Allen, Lee Janzen, Jeff Hart, Jim Carter, P.H. Horgan and Woody Austin shot 67.


Bubba goes low

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson shot an 8-under 62 to take the lead after the opening round of the Travelers Championship. The two-time Masters champ had nine birdies to open a two-shot lead over four others including 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley.


Reduced guilty plea by Stoll

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll pleaded guilty to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest at a Las Vegas Strip swimming pool. A felony charge of cocaine possession was dismissed.

Chesnoff says Stoll was sentenced to 32 hours of community service with the Salvation Army in Las Vegas and will create a program to teach youths the dangers of the use of alcohol and controlled substances.


Hall of Famer charged with domestic battery

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas have charged NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada.

The criminal complaint filed Thursday charges Sapp with three domestic battery misdemeanors that carry up to 18 months in jail if he's convicted.

Sapp has a July 23 court date.