AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Team USA schooled by Messi, Argentina
HOUSTON (AP) — If the United States wanted an opportunity to see how far it still has to improve to be a top-flight international soccer power, top-ranked Argentina provided it.
Argentina routed Team USA 4-0 in the Copa America semifinal. International superstar Lionel Messi had a goal and two assists. He has become Argentina's all-time leading scorer in international play with his goal in the 32nd minute. That was the 55th goal in international play for the five-time world player of the year.
The US is 3-16-1 all-time in competitive matches against Argentina.
Argentina next plays the Colombia-Chile winner in the Copa America final Sunday.
Team USA plays the Colombia-Chile loser in the third place game Saturday.
Dozen goes on Sale...Kluber tosses 3-hitter
UNDATED (AP)— Chris Sale became the majors' first 12-game winner while tying his season high with nine strikeouts as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1. Tim Anderson led off the game with his first career homer.
Todd Frazier hit his 20th homer and David Robertson got his 18th save for the White Sox, who won consecutive games for just the second time in June.
Sale is 12-2. He went seven innings, allowed four hits and walked one.
In other baseball:
— Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) threw a three-hitter and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 for their fifth straight win. Kluber is 7-7 after his third career shutout.
— In a matchup of last year's World Series participants, the New York Mets turned the tables on Kansas City 2-1. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit his 18th home run and Asdrubal Cabrera (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uh) also connected for all the Mets scoring.
— Angel Pagan hit a grand slam during a seven-run fourth inning, Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) shut down Pittsburgh into the seventh and the San Francisco Giants clobbered the Pirates 15-4. Cueto is 11-1, tied for the NL lead in wins.
— Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday homered to back Adam Wainwright, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3. The Cards have won two straight at Wrigley Field.
— Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer, Zack Cozart homered along with a two-run triple and the Cincinnati Reds beat Texas 8-2. That ends Rangers' season-best seven-game winning streak.
— Nolan Arenado hit his major league-leading 21st homer and the Colorado Rockies again roughed up the New York Yankees, 8-4. Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a home run and later connected for another solo drive.
— Matt Kemp doubled to spark a four-run seventh inning and the San Diego Padres overcame two home runs and five RBIs by Pedro Alvarez in a 10-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
— In a wild one involving two sub-.500 teams, the Minnesota Vikings booted Philadelphia 14-10. That's the Phillies; eighth straight loss. Kurt Suzuki went 4 for 5 with a career-high six RBIs, including a two-run homer.
— Carlos Correa delivered a two-run single in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros rallied for a 3-2 victory over the L.A. Angels.
— Jace Peterson hit a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning and a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.
— Mike Aviles (ah-VEE'-lahs) drove in the tiebreaking run with an infield single in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2.
— Yasmany Tomas and Peter O'Brien homered, Patrick Corbin threw 6 1/3 solid innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 for their fifth straight win.
—Yasmani Grandal (YAHZ'-mahn-nee grahn-DEHL') clubbed a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Washington starter Tanner Roark (ROH'-ark) to give the L.A. Dodgers to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the NL East-leading Nationals. The Dodgers have won five straight
— Oakland rallied with three in the bottom of the seventh to beat Milwaukee 5-3. The big hit was a two-run triple by Marcus Semien, who had three RBIs.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Top seed out of World Series
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Eric Gutierrez hit a two-run homer, Texas Tech picked up a huge insurance run by way of two errors on the same play in the ninth, and the Red Raiders eliminated Florida 3-2 at the College World Series.
It was a stunning early exit for the No. 1 national seed, which made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth after Peter Alonso's two-run homer made it a one-run game. The game ended when Jonathan India tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out by left fielder Tyler Neslony.
The fifth-seeded Red Raiders are 47-19. Texas Tech will play Thursday against Coastal Carolina, which lost to TCU 6-1.
City of Cleveland ready to celebrate title
CLEVELAND (AP) — The pent-up frustration of 52 years without a major professional championship will be released Wednesday in Cleveland, with the Cavaliers NBA championship parade.
The event will start at 11 a.m. in the plaza next to Quicken Loans Arena and travel south past Progressive Field, home of the Indians. The 60-unit parade with floats, vehicles and Ohio State's marching band will move down East 9th Street, a main drag connecting the Cavs' home arena with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The parade will come to an end at a large outdoor public space near Lake Erie.
NBA-DEMAND FOR PAPER
Who says newspapers are dead?
CLEVELAND (AP) — On a normal day the Cleveland Plain Dealer prints 36,000 copies. To mark the win by the Cavaliers they increased that to 180,000 and eventually to nearly 500,000 copies for championship hungry Cleveland fans.
People began flocking to the Plain Dealer's suburban printing plant early Monday to buy copies after the Cavs clinched the title.
Warriors assistant reports to dream job
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Luke Walton realizes he is reporting to his dream job a little late.
The Los Angeles Lakers' new head coach is determined to catch up quickly as he starts the biggest project of his life.
The Lakers formally introduced the 36-year-old Walton on Tuesday. That's 53 days after they hired the Golden State assistant coach to lead their rebuilding from the worst season in franchise history.
"I'm so excited to get after it here," said Walton, who played nine seasons and won two titles as a Lakers forward.
Kidd re-ups for 3 more seasons
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have signed coach Jason Kidd to a three-year contract extension. Kidd is 74-90 over his first two seasons in Milwaukee, including a 41-win season and playoff appearance in 2014-15.
A shorter looking schedule
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL has released the 2016-17 schedule that features a late start to the season because of the hockey World Cup. The scheduled also features a bye week for each team. Players on every team will have at least five full days off from games and practices sometime in January or February.
Because of the changes, back-to-backs and stretches of three games in four days are more common. The schedule will be almost a week shorter than last season.
$73 million cap, $54 million floor for next season
NEW YORK (AP) — The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season will be $73 million, up from $71.4 million.
The cap floor, or the minimum amount a team can spend, is $54 million. It was $52.8 million last season.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings forward Vincent Lecavalier (leh-kav-uhl-YAY') has retired after 17 NHL seasons.
The 36-year-old spent his first 14 NHL seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, winning the Stanley Cup in 2004. He had a disappointing tenure in Philadelphia before joining the Kings in January and declaring that the 2015-16 season would be his last.
Lecavalier scored 949 points in 1,212 regular-season games, including 421 goals.
Callahan has hip surgery, out of action for Team USA
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan has undergone surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip and will be sidelined about five months, which means he will not play for Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey.
Callahan appeared in 73 games last season, finishing with 10 goals and 28 points. He also played in 16 playoff games, notching two goals and four points in helping the Lightning reach the Eastern Conference final.
Door opened for some Russian track athletes to compete
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach (bahk) has opened the door to having some Russian track athletes compete under the Russian flag at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Speaking after an Olympic summit, Bach said the sports leaders agree that the ban on the Russian track federation by the International Association of Athletics Federations for wide-spread doping should be upheld. He went on to say that Russians who are exempted by the IAAF to compete in Rio will do so as a member of the Russian Olympic Committee. The IAAF had said any Russians competing in Rio would be under a neutral flag.