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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:37 pm


Jays walk off against Brew Crew

UNDATED (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion (wahn en-kar-nah-see-OHN') hit a walk-off three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to give Toronto a 7-4 win over Milwaukee. The game-winner tied Encarnacion for the major league home run lead with 26. It was the third homer of the game for the Blue Jays who have hit a major-league best 113 this season.

In other major league play;

— Tyson Ross threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout as the Padres completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a 3-0 win. Rene Rivera hit a three-run single off big league ERA leader Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh).

The Padres, who tied their season high with their fourth straight win, hadn't swept a series since Sept. 6-8 against Colorado.

— Torii Hunter has three RBI singles to help Detroit trounce Oakland 9-3 in a meeting of American League division leaders. The victory completed a three-game sweep for the Tigers who have won 11 of 13.

— Jason Vargas threw seven innings of four-hit ball to lead Kansas City over Minnesota 4-0. Raul Ibanez (ee-BAHN'-yehz) homered for the second game since being signed by the Royals Monday.

— Sean Rodriguez hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer and drove in three as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees 6-3. The Rays have won five in a row.

— Logan Morrison drove in two runs in Seattle's four-run sixth inning in a 5-2 win over Houston. That completed a three-game sweep for the Astros.


Smith gets extension from Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego outfielder Seth Smith signed a $13 million contract extension through 2016 after being told by ownership that it is committed to winning. Smith will make $6 million in 2015 and $6.75 million in 2016. The Padres hold a $7 million option in 2017, or a $250,000 buyout.

Smith is making $4.5 million this year. He was obtained in an offseason trade with Oakland.


Mauer heads to DL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (MAW'-ur) has gone on the 15-day disabled list after hurting his side in Tuesday night's game against the Royals. He apparently suffered the injury when he doubled in the fourth inning, a hit that ran his hitting streak to 12 games. Over his last 19 games he is hitting .390 with 13 runs batted in.


Nets land Hollins

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins to become their coach, moving quickly after the departure of Jason Kidd. The deal with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach comes two days after the Nets made a trade with Milwaukee to allow Kidd out of his contract so the Bucks could hire him.

Hollins led Memphis to 56 victories and the 2013 Western Conference finals before he and the Grizzlies parted ways. He was the only known candidate the Nets interviewed.


Murray bounced from Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Defending champ Andy Murray has been knocked out in the Wimbledon quarterfinals by 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov (GREE'-gohr DIHM'-ih-trov) 6-1, 7-6, 6-2. Dimitrov had never previously advanced beyond the second round.

Dimitrov broke Murray five times, including in the final game, to become the first Bulgarian man to advance to the semifinals of a major.

Up next for Dimitrov is Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), who reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the fifth consecutive year, coming back to beat 26th-seeded Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Seven-time champ Roger Federer disposed of Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. Federer will play Canadian Milos Raonic in the semis. He advanced by beating Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios (KEER'-ee-ohs). He's the young man who beat Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') in the fourth round.

The women's semifinals are set. Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) and Eugenie Bouchard advanced with straight set wins. They join Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) and Lucie Safarova in the final four.


Saints Graham loses arbitration ruling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An arbitrator has ruled that the Saints' Jimmy Graham is a tight end and that how he'll get paid for purposes of his franchise tag designation.

Graham and the NFL Players association had filed a grievance arguing that Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag. But arbitrator Stephen Burbank disagreed and now the NFLPA is reviewing his ruling, and will advise Graham on his options, which could include an appeal.

The decision could cost Graham $5.3 million dollars. That's the difference between what a franchise tag wide receiver and tight end receive.


Bills lose Alonso

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso will miss the upcoming season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. The team says the second year player will require surgery that will prevent him from playing this season. Alonso was an NFL defensive rookie of the year contender last season after leading Buffalo with 159 tackles.


Kidd joins Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jason Kidd has been introduced as the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. He joins the club after coaching the Nets to 44 wins last season in his rookie campaign. In the off season, Kidd told the Nets he wanted more authority and after being told no was traded to the Bucks. Milwaukee finished with a league worst 15-67 record last season with Larry Drew as coach. He was fired shortly before the team announced the hiring of Kidd.


Magic ink picks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic have signed their first round picks from last week's NBA draft, No. 4 Aaron Gordon and 10th overall pick Elfrid Payton. Gordon was the Pac-12 freshman of the year last season at Arizona while Payton, a guard, is out of Louisiana-Lafayette.


Islanders land two

UNDATED (AP) — The Islanders have taken a dip into the free agent pool, signing forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year contracts. The 30-year-old Grabovski had 13 goals and 22 assists in 58 games last season for Washington. The 27-year-old Kulemin had nine goals and 11 assists in 70 games last season for Toronto.

In other moves;

— Nashville has signed veteran center Olli Jokinen to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. The 35-year old had 18 goals and 25 assists in 82 games this season for the Winnipeg Jets.

— San Jose Sharks has signed free-agent enforcer John Scott to a one-year, $700,000 contract. He had 125 penalty minutes last year for the Sabres despite getting only 378:16 of ice time. Scott has 2 goals in 236 career games.

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