AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Dodgers were able to celebrate their third straight National League West crown last night, and they did it at the home of their arch-enemy.
Clayton Kershaw was magnificent in the Dodgers' 8-0 rout of the Giants, tossing a one-hitter while striking out 13. Kershaw didn't allow a hit after Kevin Frandsen hit a one-out single in the third inning. The lefty is 16-7 with a 2.16 ERA.
Enrique Hernandez, Justin Ruggiano and A.J. Ellis hit solo homers off Madison Bumgarner, who was trying to become the Giants' first 19-game winner in 18 years. Ellis and Andre Ethier each had two RBIs in the Dodgers' first victory in five games.
Los Angeles is one game behind the Mets in their battle for home-field advantage in their upcoming division series.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer in a five-run first that helped the Rangers beat Detroit, 7-6 and end a three-game losing streak. Adrian Beltre had three hits and two RBIs, including a run-scoring double that snapped a 6-6 tie and allowed Cole Hamels to remain unbeaten in his last nine starts. The win gives the AL West-leading Rangers a two-game lead over the surging Angels, with the Astros falling 1 ½-games back.
— The Angels crushed Oakland 8-1 to surge a half-game ahead of Houston for the second AL wild-card berth. Erick Aybar had three RBIs to back Nick Tropeano, who struck out 11 and held the A's to three hits over 6 2/3 innings. Albert Pujols had three hits and an RBI in the Angels' seventh straight victory, tying a season high.
— Houston coughed up a 4-2 lead in the sixth and fell 6-4 at Seattle. Robinson Cano tied it with a two-run homer before the Mariners scored twice on Shawn O'Malley's RBi single in the eighth. Jake Marisnick's throwing error on O'Malley's hit allowed the second run to score.
— Blake Swihart belted a three-run homer off Michael Pineda while the Red Sox erupted for six runs in the first inning of a 10-4 pounding of the Yankees in the Bronx. Swihart later hit a two-run shot in the fifth and finished with five RBIs as Boston kept the Yankees' magic number at three for clinching a playoff berth. Pineda was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in six innings as the Yankees fell 5 ½ games behind Toronto with six to play, giving the Blue Jays a magic number of one to wrap up their division.
— The Yankees' loss meant the Blue Jays would have clinched the division with a victory in Baltimore. Instead, the game was rained out and will be made up as part of a Wednesday doubleheader.
— Like the Jays, the Cardinals had a chance to wrap up a division crown until rain washed out their game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Redbirds' magic number to win the NL Central is two over the Bucs.
— Adam Eaton hit a two-run homer that put the White Sox ahead 3-0 in the fifth inning of a 4-2 triumph against Kansas City. Jeff Samardzija gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings, blanking the Royals until Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales smacked back-to-back solo shots in the sixth. Johnny Cueto allowed three runs in six innings for the Royals, who are 1 ½ games behind Toronto in the battle for home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
— Philadelphia ended the New York Mets' team-record 11-game road winning streak. Darin Ruf smacked a three-run homer in the first inning of the Phillies' 4-3 triumph over the NL East champions. The Mets lost despite Lucas Duda's two home runs and three RBIs.
— Dan Haren was sharp in the Cubs' 4-1 victory at Cincinnati, limiting the Cubs to three hits and no walks with six strikeouts over 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Miguel Montero hit a two-run double and scored on an RBI single by Javier Baez during Chicago's four-run first. The Reds have lost 10 in a row.
— A.J. Pierzynski was 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homers in Atlanta's 2-1 verdict over Washington. Matt Wisler surrendered Trea Turner's first major league home run but just four other hits in seven innings to win his second straight start.
— Tampa Bay beat Miami 4-2 on Asdrubal Cabrera's tiebreaking, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. Mikie Mahtook also homered.
— Jean Segura hit a go-ahead, two-run homer to lift Milwaukee past the Padres, 4-3 in San Diego. Jorge Lopez won his major league debut despite yielding three runs and eight hits in five innings.
— Arizona beat Colorado 4-3 on Phil Gosselin's walk-off single in the 11th inning. Paul Goldschmidt singled home a run and scored the game-winner.
— The Twins and Indians were rained out in Cleveland. Minnesota will be 1 ½ games behind the Angels for the final AL wild-card berth when it begins a doubleheader with the Indians today.
Wait 'til next year
UNDATED (AP) — Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has been shut down for the rest of the season.
Stanton was hitting .265 with 27 homers and 67 RBIs in just 74 games when he broke his left wrist in late June. He underwent surgery and had hoped to return in September.
He is expected to be ready for spring training next year.
Also in the majors:
— Yogi Berra has been remembered as more than one of the game's greats during a memorial service in Montclair, New Jersey, this afternoon. The New York Yankees great and Hall of Famer was also recalled as a man who served his country courageously, delighted in the joys of family and brought laughter with his words wherever he went. Former Yankees manager Joe Torre delivered a eulogy in a service attended by ex-Yankees Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada, along with club president Randy Levine.
— Justine Siegal will serve as a guest instructor during the Oakland Athletics' instructional league that begins Sunday at the team's spring-training facility in Mesa, Arizona. Siegal became the first woman to coach men's baseball professionally when she served as first-base coach for the independent Brockton Rox in 2009.
NCAA sanctions SMU, coach
DALLAS (AP) — Nearly 30 years after its football program received the so-called death penalty, the SMU men's basketball team has been punished by the NCAA.
The NCAA has slapped a ban on postseason play for the SMU men's basketball team and suspended coach Larry Brown for nine games during the upcoming season for multiple violations that include academic fraud and unethical conduct. It singled out Brown for not reporting possible violations in his program and initially lying to the NCAA enforcement staff. He was also cited for providing no specific guidance to his staff on rules compliance.
Brown did not deny the violations. But he said the punishment was too severe for the manner of violations.
The basketball team will also lose nine scholarships over the next three seasons.
This is Brown's third college coaching job, and each program has faced NCAA sanctions. He also got into hot water at UCLA and Kansas, but says those past digressions had no bearing on this situation.
The Mustangs lead the nation with 10 major infractions cases within its sports department. The school said it was studying the report and would decide within the next two weeks whether to appeal.
Brady: Trump comment out of context
UNDATED (AP) — New England quarterback Tom Brady says his comments that he hopes Donald Trump will win the presidency were taken out of context and an example of why he tries to say as little as possible when speaking publicly.
Brady said during an interview with Boston radio station WEEI-FM that he made an "offhanded comment" that reporters ran with.
The clarification comes after Brady displayed a red "Make America Great Again" hat from the Trump campaign in his locker while speaking with reporters on Sept. 16, the same day as a Republican presidential debate. When asked whether he thought Trump has what it takes to win the presidency, Brady said: "I hope so. It would be great. "
Also in the NFL:
— The Bears have traded linebacker Jonathan Bostic to New England for an undisclosed draft pick. Chicago also inked safety Chris Prosinski and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds, while waiving safety Brock Vereen.
— The Carolina Panthers say defensive end Jared Allen has passed his physical, completing a trade with the Chicago Bears. The Panthers sent a sixth-round pick in 2016 to the Bears on Monday for Allen, whose 134 sacks lead all active NFL players.
— The Panthers also announced they have placed defensive end Charles Johnson on injured reserve/designated to return with a hamstring injury. Johnson will miss a minimum of eight games and will be eligible to return in Week 12 on Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys.
— The Cowboys have signed defensive end David Irving off Kansas City's practice squad a day after releasing defensive tackle Davon Coleman. Irving is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Iowa State. Dallas also released guard Ronald Patrick from its practice squad Tuesday, replacing him with defensive end Lavar Edwards.
— The Eagles have placed kicker Cody Parkey and right guard Andrew Gardner on injured reserve. Parkey injured his groin in warmups before Sunday's win over the Jets, and Gardner injured a foot in the first half of the game. The Eagles replaced them by signing kicker Caleb Sturgis and offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde.
— The Browns and suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller have ended their association. Moeller was recently investigated for an alleged domestic assault against his fiancée at his home in Berea, Ohio. Although no charges were filed in connection with the accusations, the Browns say Moeller advised the team of his desire to devote his full attention and focus to his family.
— A South Dakota man has been found guilty of second-degree murder and other charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. A Lincoln County jury deliberated more than five hours following two weeks of testimony in the trial of 29-year-old Joseph Patterson.
— San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks has pleaded not guilty to sexual battery. Brooks is accused of groping an unconscious woman during a late-night gathering at former teammate Ray McDonald's house in December. A woman claims she was intoxicated when she fell and hit her head on McDonald's hot tub before passing out. The woman claims Brooks groped her and then McDonald raped her.
Parker tests knee
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jabari Parker was a full participant when the Milwaukee Bucks opened training camp on Tuesday.
It was the first official practice for the forward since his rookie season ended in December because of a torn ACL in his left knee. Coach Jason Kidd said Parker went through the whole practice, and Parker said he was encouraged by how it went.
Cavs Shumpert needs wrist surgery
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert needs surgery on his right wrist and will be sidelined for at least three months.
He injured the wrist last week when he hit it on the rim while getting ready for training camp.
The team said Shumpert will have the operation Wednesday and that he could need as long as 14 weeks to recover.
Venus gets win No. 700
WUHAN, China (AP) — Venus Williams is now a member of the 700 club.
The seven-time major champion earned the 700th match victory of her career in the second round of Wuhan Open. She defeated German qualifier Julie Joerges 6-4, 6-3.
FIFA bans Warner for life
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned former vice president Jack Warner for life over misconduct following an investigation into the bidding contest for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The decision by FIFA's ethics committee comes as Warner fights extradition from Trinidad on U.S. charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.
The long-time ally of President Sepp Blatter was allowed to resign from FIFA in 2011. FIFA now says Warner was involved in the "offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments."
In a related matter, Switzerland's justice ministry has granted an American request to extradite former Costa Rican soccer federation president Eduardo Li in the FIFA bribery case.