AP Monday Sports Roundup
Kyle Busch sweeps weekend at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Busch's incredible comeback has rolled through Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday to sweep the weekend at the historic track. Busch also won the second-tier Xfinity Series race Saturday at Indianapolis.
Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with a broken right leg and broken left foot. He returned in late May and has won four of the last five Sprint Cup Series races and three in a row.
His Indy victory moved him within 23 points of cracking the top 30 in the standings — where he needs to be to make NASCAR's championship race. It also gave Toyota its first Cup win at Indianapolis.
Joey Logano ran second. Jeff Gordon's career at the track spanned from first-to-almost worst as NASCAR's only five-time winner at the Brickyard limped to a 42nd-place finish in his final turn on the famed Indy track.
MLB-HALL OF FAME
Baseball's Hall has four new members
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The 2015 induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame has welcomed the class of 2015. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio have taken their places among the game's greats.
Each man took his time outlining his life and career and shared anecdotes about playing the game.
Along with 40,000 fans there were some 49 living members of the Hall on hand for the ceremony on a hot, sunny day.
Biggio was the first to be inducted followed by Smoltz, Johnson and Martinez.
Cueto heads to KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) —The Kansas City Royals have acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. He joins a team that has the best record in the American League and helps bolster a rotation that lost Jason Vargas to a season-ending elbow injury last week. In return the Reds received left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Finnegan was Kansas City's first-round pick in last year's draft.
Cueto, who is eligible for free agency after the season, was one of the top starters on the market. He pitched eight scoreless innings in Cincinnati's 5-2 victory at Colorado on Saturday. Cueto won 20 games last season and is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this year.
Friday is the nonwaiver trade deadline.
Cole gets his 14th...Trout hits a pair...Big Papi homers twice, drives in 7
UNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole has become the majors' first 14-game winner, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Cole allowed one run and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings while improving to 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in four July starts. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none. Cole, who is 14-4, also became the first Pittsburgh pitcher with 14 wins before August since Dock Ellis in 1971.
In other baseball:
— The AL West-leading L.A. Angels embarrassed Texas 13-7. Mike Trout took over the AL lead in home runs with his 30th and 31st of the season. Trout went 4 for 4 with five RBI's. He had a grand slam and a solo shot to move two ahead of teammate Albert Pujols in the AL home run race.
— Houston's Dallas Keuchel failed to get his 13th win as the KC Royals beat the Astros 5-1. Winning pitcher Yordano Ventura allowed one run on six hits to up his record to 5-7. The right-hander, who won 14 games last year, was demoted to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday and then recalled the next day after the Royals learned left-hander Jason Vargas would miss the rest of the year with an elbow injury.
— Zack Greinke's shutout streak ended at 45 2-3 innings when the Mets scored in the third inning in a 3-2 over the Dodgers in 10 innings. Juan Uribe's game-winning single off the wall in the 10th gave the visiting Dodgers the win. Jacob deGrom outpitched Greinke in a marquee matchup that lived up to its billing.
— Nathan Eovaldi turned in an eight plus inning appearance and Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each homered as the Yankees beat the Twins 7-2. Eovaldi hasn't lost a start since June 16 at Miami.
— Adonis Garcia's first career home run broke a tie and rookie Matt Wisler got his fifth win in a 3-2 win for the Braves over the Cardinals. The loser was Michael Wacha who dropped to 11-4.
— Ryan Howard homered for the second straight day and rookie Aaron Nola got his first major league win as the Phillies beat the Cubs 11-5 to complete a three-game series sweep. The Phillies have won eight of nine games since the All-Star break.
— Nolan Reimold had a two-run double among three hits as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 for their second straight win after a four-game skid. Wei-Yen Chen won for the first time in four starts against Tampa Bay, giving up two runs and six hits while striking out three in 5 1/3 innings.
—Carlos Rodon pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and Carlos Sanchez homered for the second straight day, leading the Chicago White Sox to a four-game sweep with a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians. It's the White Sox's first four-game sweep in Cleveland since July 14-17, 2005. Chicago outscored the Indians 26-5 and never trailed in the series.
__Justin Upton homered and Odrisamer Despaigne pitched six solid innings as the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2.
— The San Francisco Giants edged Oakland 4-3 to sweep the Bay Bridge Series. Tim Hudson improved to 6-8 by becoming the 15th pitcher to defeat all 30 current teams in the majors.
— Chris Owings drove in two runs with a pinch-hit, two-out double and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Milwaukee 3-0 to take three of four from the suddenly punchless Brewers. Milwaukee was shut out in consecutive games for the first time this season. Jeremy Hellickson threw six strong innings to improve to 7-6.
— In a typical Coors Field slugfest, Colorado outscored Cincinnati 17-7. Nolan Arenado, Ben Paulsen and Carlos Gonzalez each homered in a 10-run third inning.
__ In the Sunday night game, the Boston Red Sox, who are in last place in the American League East, routed the Detroit Tigers 11-1. David Ortiz hit two home runs and drove in seven. The Red Sox outhit the Tigers 20-3.
Veteran offensive tackle released
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have released starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus. The move comes less than a week before players report to training camp. Cherilus had been a staple of the offensive line the past two seasons. He started 29 games, including two playoff games, in 2013. But the 31-year-old Haitian struggled with injuries last season and was put on season-ending injured reserve in December. He had offseason knee surgery.
Walsh signs with Vikes
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed kicker Blair Walsh to a contract extension on their first day of training camp. Walsh was a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 out of Georgia entering the final year of his rookie contract. He set an NFL record by making 12 consecutive field goals from 50-plus yards to start his career, 10 of which came in his first season. Since then, Walsh's productivity has fallen off, with a 74.3 percent field goal rate in 2014. He made 92.1 percent in 2012 and 86.7 percent in 2013.
Chiasson loses in arbitration
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Restricted free agent Alex Chiasson of the Ottawa Senators has been awarded a $1.2 million, one-year deal in arbitration. The forward was seeking more than $2 million, while the team was offering $1 million.
The 24-year-old was part of the trade that sent Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars last summer.
FORMULA ONE-HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Four-time world champion and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won an action-packed Hungarian Grand Prix for the first time. He started third but moved into the front immediately to claim his second Formula One victory of the season. The win was the 41st of his F1 career, moving him into a tie with Brazilian great Ayrton Senna.
Red Bull took advantage of late chaos in the race with Russian driver Daniil Kvyat finishing second and Daniel Ricciardo third.
Defending champion and points leader Lewis Hamilton finished sixth and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was eighth after being involved in a mishap late in the race.
GOLF-SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
Dawson wins in England
BERKSHIRE, England (AP) — Marco Dawson won the Senior British Open by one shot over defending champion Bernhard Langer. Dawson shot a final round 6-under-64 to finish 16 shots under par. Colin Montgomerie was third and Miguel Angel Jimenez fourth.
Great finish for Day
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open, spoiling David Hearn's bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years. Day made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under after coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in the British Open at St. Andrews. Watson birdied the final four holes for a 69.
Hearn, two strokes ahead of Day and Watson entering the round, had a 72 to finish third at 15 under.
Thompson wins in Michigan
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Lexi Thompson won the Meijer LPGA Classic in Belmont, Michigan, with a final round 6-under-65. She completed play 18-under-par, one shot in front of fellow Americans Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas.
The win is Thompson's fifth on the LPGA Tour and first since then-Kraft Nabisco Championship last year.
Mexico beats Reggae Boyz 3-1 for crown
PHILADELPHIA (AP)— Mexico is Gold Cup soccer champion for the third time in the last four tournaments after beating Jamaica 3-1. Mexico scored the first three goals before the Reggae Boyz finally scored in the 80th minute. Mexico won the Gold Cup for a record seventh time.
Team USA failed to earn a medal after losing 2-1 to Panama in the third place game Saturday.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Marathon race ends
PARIS (AP) — Because of rain and slippery roads, Tour de France organizers stopped the race clock during the final stage of the event, meaning Chris Froome was guaranteed his second victory just so long as he crossed the finish line. He did, wearing the yellow jersey and riding a canary yellow bike. He has now won the top event in cycling in two of the last three years.
Earlier in the day, a car struck a taxi and crashed through a barricade set up near the Tour de France finish line. The car was eventually found and police are looking for four occupants. Police found the car with bullet impacts not far from the Place de la Concorde where police opened fire, according to a police official and a ranking official close to the investigation.