AP Sports Wrap from Saturday, August 27 2016
UNDATED (AP) — The L.A. Dodgers ended the Chicago Cubs' four-game winning streak by edging the Cubs 3-2 in the second game of a weekend series between NL division leaders.
Julio Urias (yur-RY'-uhs) allowed one run over six innings to atone for getting hit hard the first time he faced the Cubs. On June 2 in Chicago, the rookie left-hander made his second career start and gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings while serving up three homers.
This time, he allowed six hits and tied a career high with eight strikeouts and two walks. He is 4-0 in six games since the All-Star break, and 5-2 overall.
Corey Seager set a Dodgers franchise record for a shortstop with his 23rd home run.
In other baseball:
— Boston remained one game back of Toronto in the AL East by routing Kansas City 8-3. Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) got hits in 11 straight at-bats, then fell one short of the major league record when he grounded into a double play. Pedroia had gone 4 for 4 against the Kansas City Royals before his streak ended in the eighth inning at Fenway Park. His string stretched over three games. Pedroia upped his average to .320.
— The AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays kept the pressure on the Red Sox and Orioles in the tight American League East race. The Jays beat the Twins 8-7 by scoring twice in the home-half of the eighth inning, rallying from a 5-0 deficit.
— The Orioles, who were blown out by the Yankees 13-5, lost ground in their wild card hunt. New York rookie Gary Sanchez kept up a most remarkable run, homering for the third straight game. He has reached 11 career home runs faster than anyone in major league history, 23 games, including two hitless games last year. New York moved within 2 1/2 games of them for the second AL wild-card spot.
— Colorado beat up on the Nationals, winning 9-4 in Washington. Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs in the win, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning. The win snapped a four-game losing streak.
— The Chicago White Sox routed Seattle 9-3. Jose Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) hit the first of four White Sox home runs. Avisail Garcia, Alex Avila and Tyler Saladino also went deep.
— The New York Mets trounced Philadelphia 12-1. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) clocked a three-run homer. Kelly Johnson had a pinch-hit grand slam and Noah Syndergaard pitched two-hit ball over seven innings to improve to 12-7.
— Houston downed Tampa Bay 6-2. Rookie Alex Bregman homered and had three RBIs to back seven solid innings by Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kihl), who improved to 9-12.
— Pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco had a tiebreaking three-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied from four runs down to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-6.
— In interleague play, Oakland trimmed St. Louis 3-2. Khris Davis hustled home on an infield grounder in the eighth for the winning run. The Cardinals fell to 1-8 in interleague games at Busch Stadium this season.
— In another interleaguer, Ryan Schimpf homered, Clayton Richard pitched seven shutout innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 to snap a four-game losing streak.
Romo out with fracture in his back
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says quarterback Tony Romo has a small fracture in his back from being hit during a pre-season game this past Thursday. On a conference call, Garrett said an MRI revealed the broken bone.
Regarding when Romo might be able to rejoin the team Garrett wasn't specific on a timetable other than to say the quarterback would play this season.
Duke loses quarterback
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the season after re-tearing the Achilles tendon he first injured in February. This marks the third injury to his Achilles tendon since 2013. Sirk led Duke in rushing and passing last season and was the co-MVP of the Blue Devils' Pinstripe Bowl victory over Indiana.
Sirk passed for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns and added a team-best 803 yards rushing and eight TDs during his first season as Duke's starter. He missed the 2013 season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon that April.
Rahal makes last-lap pass to win IndyCar race at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Graham Rahal made a last-lap pass and just held on to beat James Hinchcliffe in the closest finish ever for an IndyCar race at Texas.
The only time Rahal led the race — competed over a 2 1/2-month span — was when he sliced to the bottom of the track coming off of the backstretch on that final lap Saturday night. He won by eight-thousandths (0.008) of a second, crossing the line only inches and side-by-side with Hinchcliffe, with Tony Kanaan right behind them.
Hinchcliffe had led the Firestone 600 for 76 days. He was leading when the race was initially red-flagged June 12 because of rain after only 71 of 248 laps, and he was dominating after it resumed until three late restarts.
Rahal's fourth career win came at the high-banked, 1 1/2-mile oval where four years ago he appeared headed for victory before brushing the wall on the last lap and finishing second to Justin Wilson.
Rosberg takes pole
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Mercedes driver Nico (NEE'-koh) Rosberg will start Sunday's Formula One Belgian Grand Prix from the pole. He clinched the pole in front of 18-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen, with Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) third and Sebastian Vettel fourth. World championship points leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start the race from the back of the grid because of penalties assessed against him and his team earlier in the week.
Fowler leads the way
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Rickie Fowler will start the last round of The Barclays with a one shot lead over Patrick Reed with Adam Scott two back. Fowler completed the third round at 9-under after a 4-under-68. The best round of the leaders belonged to Scott who shot a 6-under-65.
Jason Day is 5-under for the tournament while Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) is 3-under.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-BOEING CLASSIC
Sauers in first
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Gene Sauers took the Boeing Classic lead, two weeks after his breakthrough victory in the U.S. Senior Open.
The 54-year-old Sauers two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke lead over Joe Durant.
LPGA-CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN'S OPEN
Jutanugarn stays in first
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE'-uh JUH'-tan-uh-garn) remains the leader after three rounds of the LPGA's Canadian Pacific Women's Open. She had a 5-under-67 to complete play at 17-under, two shots in front of In Gee Chun.
Vols to honor Summitt
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of the Tennessee football team will wear a commemorative sticker on the back of their helmets this season honoring former Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt. Summitt died June 28 after battling early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
The sticker includes a capital "P'' inside a circle. The "P'' is based on the way Summitt wrote the letter in her actual signature.
Summitt led Tennessee to eight national titles in 38 seasons at Tennessee before stepping down in 2012, one year after she announced her diagnosis.
Quarterback refuses to stand during national anthem
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) says he is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities. Kaepernick, who is biracial and was adopted and raised by white parents, says he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says that "players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem."
Kaepernick is in competition to win back the starting quarterback job in San Francisco that he lost to Blaine Gabbert last season.
U.S. goalie leaves pro team
UNDATED (AP) — Hope Solo of the U.S. women's Olympic soccer team has taken an indefinite leave from the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, less than a week after being suspended for six months by the U.S. national team for disparaging remarks about Sweden.
Solo was suspended for calling the Swedes "cowards" for their defensive style of play after the U.S. was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals of the Rio Games.
Solo was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct, and won't be eligible for selection to the national team until February.
LITTLE LEAGUE WS
New York team faces South Korea for title
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Michael Mancini led Endwell, New York, to the Little League World Series championship game Saturday, striking out 11 in a 4-2 victory over Goodlettsville, Tennessee, in the U.S. final.
The Mid-Atlantic champs will try to win their first title against international winner South Korea on Sunday. South Korea beat Panama 7-2.