AP Thursday Sports Roundup
Cards sweep Cubs at Wrigley
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have cut their deficit in the National League Central to single digits. They now trail the Cubs by 9 ½ games after completing their first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field since 1988.
Michael Wacha outpitched Jake Arrieta and Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run home run in the Cards' 7-2 victory in the Friendly Confines. Wacha had dropped seven straight decisions before limiting Chicago to two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Wacha had a two-hit shutout until Willson Contreras chased him with a two-run homer.
Arrieta struggled with his control while dropping to 11-2, yielding one earned run on four hits and four walks in five innings. The Cardinals put together a five-run sixth after Arrieta left, highlighted by Matt Carpenter's two-run double.
The Cardinals have won eight straight road games, their longest such streak since 1982.
In other major league action:
— Washington absorbed its fifth straight loss as outfielder Michael Taylor's error in the bottom of the ninth allowed the tying and winning runs to score in the Dodgers' 4-3 win over the Nationals in Los Angeles. Corey Seager homered for the Dodgers, who picked up their sixth straight win and stayed 5 ½ games behind the NL West-leading Giants. The Nats' lead in the NL East is down to 3 ½ games over the New York Mets.
— Joe Panik laced a two-run double and San Francisco rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to beat the Pirates 7-6 in Pittsburgh. Ramiro Pena also drove in two runs for the Giants, who have won two straight at PNC Park for the first time in five years.
— Matt Reynolds' first big league homer snapped a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning as the Mets beat Kansas City 4-3 to complete a two-game sweep. Asdrubal Cabrera belted a two-run shot to back Noah Syndergaard, who blew a pair of one-run leads before improving to 8-2. Syndergaard left after six innings due to elbow soreness, and Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was taken out due a strained left wrist.
— Jason Kipnis belted a three-run homer and Trevor Bauer fired a three-hitter while striking out 10 in Cleveland's sixth straight win, 6-1 against Tampa Bay. Carlos Santana had two RBIs and scored twice as the Indians pushed their lead in the AL Central to three games over the Royals.
— Steven Moya ripped a pair of solo homers and Miguel Cabrera went deep to power Detroit to its third straight win, 5-1 against Seattle. Winning pitcher Kyle Ryan worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the fifth and recorded five outs after Tigers starter Michael Fulmer hit Leonys Martin with a pitch for the Mariners' only run.
— The White Sox erased deficits of 4-2 and 6-4 before Brett Lawrie cracked a tiebreaking, solo home run in the eighth inning to push Chicago past the Red Sox 8-6 in Boston. Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, including a two-run homer that knotted the score in the eighth. Todd Frazier slammed his 21st home run in the White Sox's third win in four games versus the Bosox.
— Mark Trumbo banged out his 21st home run and Jose Jimenez fanned seven while holding San Diego to two runs and four hits in six innings of Baltimore's 7-2 victory over the Padres. Ryan Flaherty also homered and Matt Wieters drove in a pair to help the Orioles halt a two-game skid and move two games ahead of second-place Boston in the AL East.
— Cole Hamels is 8-1 after striking out eight in six innings of the Rangers' 6-4 win against Cincinnati. Ian Desmond and Shin-Soo Choo homered for Texas, which improved to an American League-best 47-26.
— Atlanta's season-high, six-game winning streak is over after Adam Conley scattered four hits over a career-high eight innings to pitch Miami past the Braves 3-0. Justin Bour smacked a two-run homer, and Marcell Ozuna raised his batting average to .323 by going 2-for-4 with a triple.
— The Astros picked up their fifth consecutive win as Jose Altuve homered and Marwin Gonzalez tripled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning of Houston's 3-2 verdict over the Angels. The Astros have won seven of their last eight and 20 of 28 since opening the season 17-28.
— The New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep by erasing an 8-4 deficit and beating Colorado 9-8 on Starlin Castro's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. Chase Headley hit a grand slam and Carlos Beltran added a three-run blast for the Yanks.
— Russell Martin crushed a three-run homer and J.A. Happ improved to 9-3 with Toronto's 5-2 triumph over Arizona. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') and Troy Tulowitzki hit sixth-inning homers as the Blue Jays ended the Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak.
— Scooter Gennett hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning before Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a solo blast in Milwaukee's 4-2 verdict over the A's in Oakland. Junior Guerra was sharp over seven innings, holding the Athletics to two runs and five hits while striking out eight.
— Max Kepler singled home the tying run and delivered a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to complete Minnesota's comeback in a 6-5 win over Philadelphia. The Phillies led 5-2 until Eduardo Escobar's two-run triple in the fifth sparked the Twins' rally.
City celebrating big win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland sports fans celebrated on Wednesday, and they also breathed a sigh of relief.
Hundreds of thousands lined downtown streets to celebrate the city's first professional championship team since the 1964 Browns. The Cavaliers were honored with a parade after taking a seven-game series with Golden State. However, Sunday's series win over the Warriors became old news once LeBron James announced that he will stay with the Cavs next year. James also said he would become a free agent next month, but that is only to take advantage of a new NBA TV deal that will increase the league's maximum salary figures.
Fans stood on rooftops and hung out of office building windows to witness Cleveland's first championship parade in 68 years, when the Indians knocked off the Braves in the World Series.
Former Browns greats Jim Brown and Ernest Byner took part in the parade, along with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and basketball coach Thad Motta.
Knicks land Rose in deal with Bulls
NEW YORK (AP) — Just call him Broadway Derrick Rose.
The New York Knicks have acquired Rose from the Chicago Bulls in a multi-player deal. The Knicks also received guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick from the Bulls for center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
Rose was a three-time NBA All-Star and the 2011 MVP during his eight years in Chicago. However, he's played just 166 games over the last five seasons after suffering a severe knee injury during the 2011 playoffs.
Rose averaged 16.4 points in 66 games last season.
Hill to Jazz, Teague to Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers have traded George Hill to Utah and acquired Jeff Teague (teeg) in a three-way trade with Atlanta. The Hawks received the No. 12 overall pick in Thursday night's draft.
Hill will fill a huge need for the Jazz if point guard Dante Exum is slow to recover from a torn ACL that forced him to miss the entire 2015-16 season. Hill averaged 12 points and 3 ½ assists for the Pacers last season, while Teague gave the Hawks 15.7 points and 5.9 assists a game.
Hill and Teague both have one year left on their current deals.
Kane, Panarin head Hawks trophy winners
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NHL has handed out its individual awards just a week after the Pittsburgh Penguins were crowned the Stanley Cup champions.
Chicago Blackhawks forward and league scoring champ Patrick Kane has been presented with the Hart Trophy as the league's best player. Kane also picked up the Ted Lindsay Award as the outstanding player.
Another Hawks forward came away with hardware as Artemi Panarin claimed the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
Anze Kopitar is the first member of the Kings to win the Frank Selke Trophy as the circuit's top defensive forward. Kopitar also got the Lady Byng Trophy as the most gentlemanly player.
The Vezina Trophy went to Capitals netminder Braden Holtby, who was recognized as the best goaltender.
Los Angeles blueliner Drew Doughty has finally earned the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.
Nashville's Shea Weber was given the Mark Messier Trophy as the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities both on and off the ice.
The Jack Adams Award goes to Washington's Barry Trotz, who took coach of the year honor after leading the Capitals to the best regular-season record.
Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford is the General Manager of the Year.
NHL goes to Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NHL will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley.
Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league's board of governors voted to put a hockey team in the Mojave Desert's gambling mecca.
Foley is expected to pay $500 million to the NHL's other owners as an expansion fee. The new team will play in a $375 million building that opened just off the Las Vegas Strip in April.
Coyotes sign Goligoski, Panthers ink Yandle
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Alex Goligoski to a five-year package worth almost $27.4 million.
Goligoski was scheduled to become a free agent on July 1 after scoring five goals and 37 points in 82 games for Dallas last season. The Stars dealt his negotiating rights to the Coyotes last week for a fifth-round pick in this weekend's NHL draft.
Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers are keeping Keith Yandle after they acquired the defenseman's negotiating rights from the Rangers on Monday. Yandle and the Panthers have worked out a reported seven-year package worth $6.35 million a season, with the first six years containing a no-move clause.
Yandle had five goals and 47 points in 82 regular-season games last season for the Rangers, who will receive a fourth-round pick in next year's draft for the Boston native.
Third major starts Monday
LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon organizers have announced the seedings and draws, with recently-crowned French Open champ Novak Djokovic leading the way for the men and Serena Williams No. 1 for the women.
Andy Murray is No. 2 on the men's side, followed by 17-time major winner Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.
For the women, reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza holds the second seed, just in front of Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber.
McIlroy passes on Rio
UNDATED (AP) — Rory McIlroy has decided against competing in the Olympics because of the Zika (ZEE'-kuh) virus. The four-time major champion says he may want to start a family in the future, and that going to the Olympics is "a risk I am unwilling to take."