Dodgers hang first loss on Strasburg...Red Sox use 17-hit attack to stay in first place

UNDATED (AP) — Stephen Strasburg's perfect season is over. Justin Turner homered twice off the Washington ace and drove in five runs to pace the Dodgers to a 6-3 win over Washington.

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Strasburg suffered his first loss of the season after 13 wins this season and saw his 16-game winning streak end. He gave up six runs on seven hits in six innings while striking out 10.

Turner reached Strasburg for a two-run homer in the first and a three-run shot in the third innings.

The Dodgers have now won five of six from the Nationals this season.

In other baseball:

— The Boston Red Sox retained their half-game lead atop the AL East by beating Minnesota 13-2 behind a 17-hit attack. Mookie Betts homered on the first pitch Boston faced. David Ortiz added a late two-run homer. Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) went 5 for 5 and Steven Wright improved to 12-4. He allowed just one earned run on four hits in his eight innings, striking out nine.

— Chris Tillman scattered four hits over seven innings to give second-place Baltimore a 4-1 win over the Yankees. Tillman is 14-2, tying him with Chris Sale of the White Sox for most wins in the majors. The Orioles salvaged the final game of a four-game series and end a four-game losing streak with the help of two RBIs each from Jonathan Schoop (SKOHP) and J.J. Hardy.

— Ian Kinsler hit his 20th home run, Miguel Cabrera added his 19th and the Detroit Tigers beat the struggling Chicago White Sox 2-1 in a game that was called after more than a two-hour rain delay in the seventh inning. The White Sox have lost seven of eight.

— Tim Beckham homered and then sparked a four-run inning with his eighth straight hit over three games to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. He followed up a five-hit game in Colorado on Wednesday with three hits in this one.

— Francisco Liriano fanned 13 to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Liriano is 6-9. He gave up three runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings and didn't issue a walk for just the second time in 19 starts.

— Tom Koehler pitched eight strong innings, Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) moved within four hits of reaching 3,000 for his career and the Miami Marlins pounded out 16 hits in a 9-3 victory over Philadelphia.

—Aledmys Diaz's walk-off single in the ninth inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the San Diego Padres. St. Louis, which scored four runs in the eighth, recorded its first four-game series sweep at home since beating Colorado in 2010.

— Colorado rocked Atlanta 7-3. Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning to help Chad Bettis improve to 8-6.


NBA pulls All-Star game from Charlotte over LGBT issue

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

The league had expressed its opposition to the law since it was enacted in March. The NBA's decision to move the game came less than a month after state legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged.

The league says it hoped to announce a new location for next February's events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte if there is a resolution to the matter.

The General Assembly restored the ability of workers to use state law to sue over employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion and other factors during its yearly work session that ended on July 1 — but left gender identity and sexual orientation unprotected.


AP source: Watt will miss opening of camp after back surgery

HOUSTON (AP) — A person familiar with J.J. Watt's condition said the Houston Texans' star defensive end has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't confirmed the surgery or Watts' roster status.

Watt was the NFL sacks leader last season with 17 ½. He will miss the start of training camp, but is expected to be ready for the season opener.


Hardy works out for Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars worked out polarizing defensive end Greg Hardy on Thursday.

A team spokesman confirmed the workout but did not say whether the Jags planned on signing the former Dallas and Carolina standout.

Hardy had a tumultuous season in Dallas. It that started with a four-game suspension related to his domestic violence case in North Carolina. It also included several disruptions that included a physical confrontation with an assistant coach.


Russia loses appeal against track and field ban

LONDON (AP) — Russia has lost its appeal of the ban against its track and field athletes competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport today rejected the appeal by 68 Russian track and field athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the athletics' governing body following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.

CAS noted that the decision is not binding on the International Olympic Committee, which has the final say as the organizer of the Rio Games.

The ruling could influence whether the entire Russian Olympic team is banned from the games by the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC says it will study the full CAS decision and make its own final ruling on the participation of Russian athletes "in the coming days." The Olympics open in Rio on Aug. 5.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says athletes banned from competing in Rio Olympics could go to a civil court.


Marc Gasol out of Olympics

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish basketball federation says that center Marc Gasol (guh-SAWL') will miss the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after failing to recover from a broken foot in time.

Gasol has not played since he broke his right foot in February while playing for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Spain won silver medals in men's basketball at the last two Olympics, losing the finals to the United States.


Leafs sign No. 1 pick Matthews

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto has signed the NHL's No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews to a three-year, entry-level contract.

General manager Lou Lamoriello typically refuses to give bonuses to rookies, but agent Pat Brisson confirmed that the deal includes the maximum entry-level salary of $925,000 per year as well as bonuses. That could make the deal up to an average annual value of $3.775 million.

Matthews had 24 goals and 22 assists in 36 games last season for the Zurich Lions in Switzerland and had nine points for the United States at the world hockey championship.


DJ, List tied for the top

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Dustin Johnson made a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 66 and a share of the Canadian Open lead with Luke List.

The U.S. Open champion set up the eagle with a 364-yard drive and 150-yard approach. In windy conditions at sun-baked Glen Abbey, Johnson also had seven birdies and drove into the water on the par-4 14th en route to a double bogey. Johnson played the three back-nine par-5 holes in 4 under.

List birdied all four par 5s in a round he closed with seven pars. Johnson and List have a one-shot lead over Chesson Hadley, Kelly Kraft and Canadian amateur Jared de Toit.

Top-ranked Jason Day shot a 69.


Austin takes lead

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Woody Austin shot a 4-under 68 to take the lead after the first round of the Senior British Open.

Austin closed strong with four birdies over the final eight holes at Carnoustie.

That left him a shot ahead of seven golfers, including former British Open champ Mark O'Meara.

Ten other golfers are just two shots back.


Teams, players fined for shirts after tragedies

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has fined the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury and their players for wearing black warm up shirts in the wake of recent shootings by and against police officers.

All three teams were fined $5,000 and each player was fined $500.

WNBA President Lisa Borders said in statement to The Associated Press the fines were not about the players speaking out on a social issue.


Froome wins stage, widens lead

MEGEVE, France (AP) — Defending champ Chris Froome has all but assured himself a third title in cycling's premier event by winning the 18th stage mountain time trial.

That gives him a commanding 3-minute, 52-second lead with just three stages to go.


Prosecutors look for longer sentence for Pistorius

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African prosecutors' office will appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year jail sentence and seek a longer prison term for the double-amputee athlete. He was convicted of murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The National Prosecuting Authority called the July 6 sentence "shockingly too lenient" in announcing the appeal.