AP Sports Wrap from July 4, 2016
UNDATED (AP) — Kevin Durant couldn't beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference finals, so he's decided to join them.
Durant and the Warriors have worked out a two-year, $54 million contract that includes a player option. The contract comes a month after Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 3-1 series lead to Golden State.
The 27-year-old Durant is a four-time NBA scoring champ and the 2014 league MVP who has averaged 27 points and seven rebounds over nine seasons. He led the Thunder to the Western Conference finals in four of the past six years, including a berth in the 2012 NBA Finals.
All-Stars Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry and Klay Thompson were part of the contingent that sold Durant on the Warriors during a sales pitch in The Hamptons on Friday.
Durant met with the Thunder, Warriors, Clippers, Celtics, Spurs and Heat before making his choice.
In other NBA player moves:
— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Mavericks have agreed to acquire Golden State center Andrew Bogut (BOH'-guht) with the Warriors trying to clear salary cap space for Durant. The person also said the Mavericks are set to sign Harrison Barnes, who will become an unrestricted free agent after Golden State renounces his rights to clear enough cap room. Barnes and the Mavs have agreed to a maximum four-year, $94 million pact that will be signed early Thursday, when contracts can be finalized.
— A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Spurs have agreed to a two-year, $30 million deal with veteran forward Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') after failing to get Durant. He spent the last two seasons in Chicago and averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists this year.
— A person with knowledge of the details says that Brandon Jennings has agreed to a deal with the Knicks.
— Dwyane (dwayn) Wade is pondering a two-year, $40 million contract offer to stay with the Heat. Wade averaged 19.0 points and 4.6 assists this past season, and was an All-Star selection for the 12th time.
Bryant hurt as Cubs batter Reds...Nats fall
UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds served as slump-busters for the Chicago Cubs on the Fourth of July.
The Cubs ended a four-game losing streak by hitting three home runs while building a 10-1 lead in a 10-4 rout of the Reds. Kris Bryant smacked his NL-best 24th home run before leaving in the fifth inning with a bruised leg. Willson Contreras and Addison Russell also went deep for the Cubbies, who scored just 10 runs while getting swept by the New York Mets over the weekend.
The outcome gives the NL Central leaders a nine-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, who were 4-2 losers to Pittsburgh as Gregory Polanco delivered a pair of homers and three RBIs. Jon Niese (nees) gave up a run and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to help the Pirates earn their fifth consecutive win. Matt Carpenter had three hits and drove in both St. Louis runs.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Washington's lead in the NL East is down to four games over the New York Mets after the Nationals managed just two hits in a 1-0 loss to the visiting Brewers. Junior Guerra (GEHR'-uh) allowed the two hits while fanning seven in 7 1/3 innings to improve to 6-1. Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN' mal-dah-NAH'-doh) homered off loser Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur), who has surrendered a major league-high 21 home runs.
— The Mets erased a 6-0 deficit before Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth to give them an 8-6 win over Miami. Travis d'Arnaud (dahr-NOH') and Curtis Granderson homered for the Mets after the Marlins torched Matt Harvey for six runs and 11 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. New York has won five straight since being swept in a three-game series at Washington last week.
— The Giants turned five hits into a 3-1 victory over Colorado as Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Buster Posey also went deep to back Jake Peavy, who limited the Rockies to a run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Rockies have dropped six in a row.
— Baltimore's lead in the AL East is down to two games over Boston and 2 ½ games over Toronto following the Orioles' fifth consecutive loss, 7-5 to the Dodgers. Chase Utley furnished a pair of RBI singles after the Birds went ahead 5-2. Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) and Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH'-nee grahn-DAHL') hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for the Dodgers, who still trail the NL West-leading Giants by five games.
— Cleveland wasted a 3-1 lead before Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) smacked a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning to lead the Indians past Detroit 5-3, ending the Tigers' six-game winning streak. Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR') also had two RBIs for the Indians, who lead the AL East by 6 1/2 games over the Tigers and seven games over Kansas City. Cleveland ended a two-game skid and won for the 15th time in 17 games.
— Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh), Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt and Travis Shaw drove in two runs apiece as Boston clobbered Texas 12-5. Sandy Leon provided four of the Red Sox's 21 hits, while Pedroia, Shaw and Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) had three apiece to help Rick Porcello improve to 10-2. The Rangers' lead in the AL West is down to 7 1/2 games over Houston, with Seattle still 8 1/2 games back.
— The Astros beat the Mariners 2-1 behind George Springer and Lance McCullers. Springer snapped a 1-1 deadlock with a solo homer in the fifth after scoring the game's first run on Luis Valbuena's sac-fly in the first. McCullers allowed a run while fanning 10 in seven innings to help Houston end a two-game skid.
— Aaron Sanchez won his eighth straight decision and the Blue Jays scored four times in the seventh to beat Kansas City 6-2. Sanchez is 9-1 after being reached for just a run and three hits in eight innings. The game was tied 1-1 in the seventh until Josh Donaldson and Darwin Barney each hit two-run singles.
— Tim Anderson and Dioner (dee-AH'-nur) Navarro slammed two-run homers and Brett Lawrie drove in a pair as the White Sox clobbered the New York Yankees 8-2. James Shields won his second consecutive start, giving up Chase Headley's two-run shot and just four other hits in six innings of Chicago's third straight win. Starlin Castro went 4-for-4 for the Yankees, who are off to a 1-3 start on their 10-game road trip.
— Odubel (oh-DOO'-bul) Herrera and Maikel (MY'-kehl) Franco belted solo homers to cap Philadelphia's seven-run second in an 8-2 pounding of Atlanta. Jerad Eickhoff (EYE'-kahf) struck out eight while yielding two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings.
— Tampa Bay had dropped 16 of 18 before Matt Moore held the Angels to a pair of runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings to pitch the Rays past Los Angeles 4-2. Logan Morrison hit a solo homer and had two RBIs, and Brad Miller ripped a solo shot for the Rays.
— Kendall Graveman was reached for just one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings to pitch Oakland past Minnesota 3-1. The A's trailed 1-0 until they scored three times in the seventh on Stephen Vogt's (vohts) RBI single and Coco Crisp's two-run single.
— Derek Norris drove in three runs and Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR'-vihs soh-LAHR'-tay) launched a two-run homer as San Diego doubled up Arizona 8-4. Norris hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth before the Padres dropped the Diamondbacks to 14-31 at home.
Tigers' Zimmermann to DL...Indians cut Joba
UNDATED (AP) — The Tigers have placed right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on the 15-day disabled list with a right neck strain.
Zimmermann was scheduled to pitch Sunday after going 9-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 15 starts. He won his first five starts of the season and is 4-4 in 10 starts since.
In other baseball news:
— Jose Reyes is set to rejoin the Mets for Tuesday's game against Miami, his return to the major leagues following a domestic violence suspension. Reyes shifted from shortstop to third base during his minor league rehab stint and is likely to play there in New York, although current third baseman Wilmer Flores is 7-for-9 with five RBIs in his last two games.
— Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL'-dee) has been demoted to the bullpen after going 0-4 with a 9.20 ERA in his last six starts. Eovaldi is 6-6 with a 5.54 earned run average this year after going 14-3 in 2015.
— The Indians have designated veteran relievers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny (gohr-zeh-LAH'-nee) for assignment, while right-hander Mike Clevinger and lefty T.J. House were recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
— Giants right-hander Sergio Romo has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list after being sidelined since April 11 with an elbow injury. The 33-year-old setup man had pitched only four times this season for the Giants.
Federer, Williams sisters move on
UNDATED (AP) — The Wimbledon men's and women's quarterfinals are almost set, and they will include six-time champion Serena Williams and seven-time winner Roger Federer.
Williams reeled off the last nine games to beat No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-love and reach the quarters for the 12th time. Williams wound up winning 24 of the match's last 29 points, finished with 14 aces and had a 43-8 edge in winners.
Five-time champion Venus Williams moved into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 by beating No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6, 6-4.
Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep (see-MOH'-nuh HAH'-lehp) also reached the quarters, as did Dominika Cibulkova (see-bul-KOH'-vah), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (pahv-luh-chehn-KOH'-vuh), Yaroslava Shvedova (shveh-doh-vuh) and Elena Vesnina.
Meanwhile, the third-seeded Federer has moved on with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 win over American Steve Johnson to equal Jimmy Connors' Open-era record by reaching his 14th Wimbledon quarterfinal. He also extended his own mark by making it at least that far at a Grand Slam tournament for the 48th time.
No. 2 Andy Murray also won his fourth-round match, and Sam Querrey was a straight-sets winner over Nicolas Mahut (mah-HYOO') after knocking off top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in Round 3.
Fourth-round winners on the men's side also include No. 6 Milos Raonic (ROW'-nihch), No. 9 Marin Cilic (CHIH'-lihch), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (joh-WIHL'-freed SAHN'-gah) and Lucas Pouille (pwee). Tenth seed Tomas Berdych (BUR'-dihk) and Jiri Vesely (VEH'-she-lee) were tied at two sets apiece when their match was suspended. That match will resume on Tuesday.
The women's quarterfinals dominate Tuesday's Wimbledon action, with Kerber taking on Halep on Centre Court before Serena Williams battles Pavlyuchenkova. Venus Williams faces Shvedova and Cibulkova goes against Vesnina.
CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE
Cavendish wins again, Sagan holds yellow jersey
ANGERS, France (AP) — Britain's Mark Cavendish is the winner of the third stage of the Tour de France.
It was Cavendish's second victory in this Tour and 28th overall, pulling him into a tie for second all-time.
World champion Peter Sagan held on to the yellow jersey he claimed a day earlier.