A look at the sports news making headlines today, Friday, July 25.
Marlins take 3 of 4 from Braves…Royals win a marathon…Scherzer wins 12th
The Miami Marlins finished taking three of four in Atlanta by rallying with a run in the ninth off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in a 3-2 victory. The loss drops the Braves a game and a-half back of idle Washington in the NL East race.
It’s just the second in 10 series that Miami has won at Turner Field. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run. Salty went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Kimbrel fell to 0-2.
Marlins closer Steve Cishek earned his 24th save in 27 chances, retiring Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward on fly balls in the ninth.
In action around the majors:
Twins and Mariners deal…Knoblauch in hot water
The Seattle Mariners have reacquired first baseman Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Minnesota Twins for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales spent under seven weeks with the Twins, who signed him to boost their lineup as a designated hitter but used him often at first base with Joe Mauer injured. Morales hit .234 in 39 games with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs.
In other baseball news:
Rice suspended…Browns to learn Gordon’s status soon
Running back Ray Rice of the Ravens has received a two-game suspension from the NFL following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rice was arrested following an altercation in which he allegedly struck then-fiancée Janay Palmer.
In other training camp news:
Eller, Habs work out a deal
The Montreal Canadiens has avoided arbitration with center Lars Eller, agreeing to a four-year contract with the 25-year-old. Eller has 45 goals and 103 points in 286 games.
He was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing today. Eller reportedly asked for $3.1 million for next season while the team offered $1.65 million.
Cavs sign Wiggins, for now…Clippers star passes on US nationals
Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home, for at least 30 days. The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick in a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days.
Blake Griffin has withdrawn from playing for the U.S. national basketball team this summer.
The Los Angeles Clippers star was one of 19 players selected to the roster from which the World Cup team will be chosen. But Griffin says he’s putting all his offseason energy into preparing for the upcoming NBA season.
Putnam and Petrovic tied
Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic both shot 6-under 64 to grab the lead after the first round of the Canadian Open. Kyle Stanley and amateur Taylor Pendrith is a shot back. Charl Schwartzel is among 11 players two shots off the lead.
U.S. blanked on first day
Yani Tseng’s birdie putt on the 18th hole gave Taiwan a sweep of the Americans in the opening round of the LPGA International Crown.
The U.S. team of Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr was the only one of the eight teams to not earn a point on day one.
The Americans take on Spain today.
Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to lead after the first round of the British Senior Open. Langer holds a two-shot lead over Bob Tway. Fred Couples had a par-71 while Colin Montgomerie finished with a 1-over 72. Tom Watson opened with a 3-over 74.
Two players suspended
Two University of Texas football players have been arrested and charged with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were in custody at the university police station. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to “get their story straight.” Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.
First-year Longhorns coach Charlie Strong says he has suspended both players.
Getting closer to Paris
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali has seemingly all but wrapped up the Tour de France with his win in the 90-mile 18th stage. Barring a disastrous finish, Nibali will probably be wearing the yellow jersey, symbolic of being the overall race leader, on Sunday in Paris when the three-week competition comes to an end.
His victory essentially turned the race into a competition for second as he has a lead of more than seven minutes.