A's and Giants end series
UNDATED (AP) — The final game of a four-game set between the Athletics and Giants is being played this afternoon in Oakland. Last night San Francisco put an end to Oakland's six-game winning streak with a 5-2 win. On the mound this afternoon for the A's is 10-game winner Scott Kazmir, who is facing Tim Hudson. Oakland has taken an early 1-0 lead.
The Royals and Tigers open up an interesting American League Central Division series tonight. The Tigers start the day with a 4 ½-game lead over the second-place Royals. Tonight's game is the first of four.
The remaining games tonight have the Indians closing out a home series with the Yankees, Washington at Baltimore, the Mets at home to the Braves, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, the Rangers at home to the Angels, Seattle hosting the Twins and the Padres in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers.
Cards lose Molina
ST. LOUIS (AP) — All-Star catcher Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr Moh-LEE'-nuh) will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The injury will force him to miss between eight and 12 weeks. Molina was injured Wednesday when he planted his hand for balance after sliding feet-first into third base.
Beltran heads to DL
CLEVELAND (AP) — The New York Yankees have placed outfielder Carlos Beltran on the seven-day concussion list. He was hit in the face with a ball during batting practice Wednesday. The ball caromed off the batting cage and hit him, breaking his nose.
A switch-hitter, Beltran is hitting .216 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.
Irving lands new deal with Cavs
CLEVELAND (AP) — As they work on trying to entice LeBron James back to Cleveland the Cavaliers have wrapped up the services of All-Star guard Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving for another five years. The deal is worth a reported $90 million.
Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds a game in 71 games last season. The former No. 1 overall pick was also voted MVP of the NBA's All-Star game.
Toronto inks Lowry
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have re-signed guard Kyle Lowry to a multiyear contract.The deal was agreed to last week but couldn't be made official until Thursday, when the NBA's moratorium on free-agent signings ended.
Lowry posted career highs with 17.9 points and 7.4 assists per game in helping the Raptors to a club-record 48 victories and their second Atlantic Division championship.
Wiz ink big man
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marcin Gortat has signed his five-year, $60 million contract to remain with the Washington Wizards. Gortat agreed to the deal on July 1, reaffirming his desire to remain with the Wizards after helping lead the club to its first playoff berth since 2008. He averaged 13.2 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds after he was acquired in a preseason trade with the Phoenix Suns.
Buffalo Wild Wings renamed
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The college football bowl game known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is no more. It has been renamed the Cactus Bowl with the withdrawal of sponsorship by the restaurant.
The game was founded as the Copper Bowl in 1989 and played in Tucson, Arizona, before a move to Tempe in 2006.
LPGA-WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
Wie falters in opening round
SOUTHPORT, Eng. (AP) — Recently crowned Women's U.S. Open champ Michelle Wie (wee) didn't have the kind of first round she was hoping for in the Women's British Open. Wie completed play at 3-over-75, seven strokes off the pace set by Japanese leader Ayako Uehara.
American Mo Martin is alone is second place at 3-under while Stacy Lewis is 1-under and Inbee Park even.
Royal Birkdale is where Wie first played the British Open in 2005 when she was a 15-year-old amateur. She tied for third.
U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Early lead for Montgomerie
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie, the winner of the Senior PGA this year, is the early clubhouse leader during the first round of the U.S. Senior Open in Edmond, Oklahoma. "Monty" opened with a 6-under-65 to lead Marco Dawson of the U.S. by one shot.
Bernhard Langer is two back after a 69. This is the fourth of the five Champions Tour majors. The winners are Kenny Perry, the Tradition; Montgomerie, the Senior PGA; and Bernhard Langer at the Senior Players Championship.
The winner last year of the Senior Open was Perry, who finished in front by five strokes. He closed with rounds of 64 and 63 to finish 13 under par.
Making his senior debut with this tournament is Scott Verplank.
PGA-JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
First round action
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman all shot an 8-under-63 to stake claim to the clubhouse lead at the PGA's John Deere Classic. They lead Todd Hamilton and Steven Bowditch by one shot.
A year ago Jordan Spieth (speeth) became the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931 when he won the John Deere Classic. He's back to defend his title and is at the midway mark of his round.
The top finisher not previously eligible for the British Open will earn a spot next week at Royal Liverpool for this year's Open, provided he's among the top five and ties.
TOUR DE FRANCE
120 mile race today
REIMS, France (AP) — Andre Greipel (greh-PEHL') of Germany has won the sixth stage of the Tour de France as the pack entered Champagne country,. Italy's Vincenzo Nibali has retained the yellow jersey.
The stage covered 120 miles on a mostly flat ride well suited for sprinters.
The race got its biggest surprise on Wednesday after defending champion Chris Froome (froom) dropped out of the race after crashing twice.
Ready for the final weekend
UNDATED (AP) — The scene is set for the World Cup final as Germany will face Argentina. The Argentinians advanced with a win Wednesday over the Netherlands. The two sides played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer before Argentina connected on all four of its shots in the shootout.
The championship match will be played on Sunday while the third-place match, featuring host Brazil against the Dutch, is set for Saturday.
The Dutch coach has called the third-place match meaningless, saying "this match should never be played."
FIFA denies appeal
UNDATED (AP) —FIFA (FEE'-fuh), the governing body of soccer, has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his four-month ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match. The Uruguayan can appeal the veridic to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Suarez was banned from all soccer matches and fined over $100,000 for biting the shoulder of an Italian player. This is the third time Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent.