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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:32 am


Jays clobber Yankees

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays were without Jose Bautista on Monday due to a sore hamstring that forced him from Sunday's game in Cincinnati. That didn't stop the Jays from hammering the New York Yankees, one week after getting swept in the Bronx.

Adam Lind smacked a three-run homer and had four RBIs as the Jays rocked the Yanks 8-3. Lind's round-tripper capped a six-run second that put Toronto ahead 7-0.

Marcus Stroman stifled the Bombers, holding them to a run and three hits while striking out seven in eight innings. He outpitched Chase Whitley, who was rocked for eight runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

The outcome gives the Blue Jays a 1 1/2-game lead over second-place Baltimore in the American League East. The Yankees dropped to third place, 2 ½ games back.

The Orioles kept pace with Toronto by getting production from slumping Chris Davis. The Baltimore first baseman ripped a walkoff, three-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth to complete a 6-4 comeback against the Chicago White Sox. Davis was benched for the start of the game after going just 4-for-36 in his previous nine games.

Andrew Jones and Caleb Joseph also homered to help the Birds withstand Jose Abreu's (uh-BRAY'-ooz) solo homer and three RBIs.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Jarrod Dyson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two stolen bases in the Royals' 5-3 win over the Dodgers in Kansas City. Salvador Perez homered to back Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings.

— Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer and Edinson Volquez allowed five hits in a season-high eight innings to lead Pittsburgh's 8-1 pounding of Tampa Bay. Andrew McCutchen had three hits, drove in two runs, scored twice and stole two bases for the Pirates.

— Washington won a battle of division leaders as Adam LaRoche belted a three-run homer and Gio Gonzalez worked six innings of the Nationals' 3-0 shutout of Milwaukee. The Nats' bullpen tossed three perfect innings after Gonzalez held the Brewers to three hits and four walks.

— St. Louis hammered Colorado 8-0 behind the hitting of Matt Adams, who was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, a solo shot and six RBIs. Lance Lynn picked up his eighth win by limiting the Rockies to three hits and no walks while striking out seven in eight innings.

— Devin Mesoraco launched a grand slam to cap a five-run ninth in Cincinnati's 6-1 win over the Cubs in Chicago. Alfredo Simon gave up just one run in seven innings, but the Reds' outburst came too late for him to pick up his National League-leading 11th win.

— Miami blanked the Phillies 4-0 in Philadelphia as Nathan Eovaldi combined with four relievers on a six-hitter. Casey McGehee hit a two-run double in the Marlins' second victory in their last 10 games at Citizens Bank Park.


Lawrie DL'd

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have put infielder Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right index finger. Lawrie was hit by a pitch from Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) in Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.


Judge suggests Sterling trust battle is easy decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has suggested that terms of Donald Sterling's family trust are clear enough to remove him as a trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the Los Angeles Clippers without his consent.

At the center of the volatile court battle are reports from three doctors who examined the 80-year-old Sterling and found he shows symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The judge said the trust agreement provides that if two doctors examined Sterling and found he lacked the capacity to manage his own affairs, he would be removed as a trustee without any provision to contest the decision.

His lawyers argued he should be able to call his own experts at a trial set for July 7.

Sterling's wife, Shelly, is trying to sell the team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, whose offer will expire on Sept. 15. NBA owners are to meet July 15 to vote on the deal.


Duncan plays on for the Spurs

UNDATED (AP) — Tim Duncan apparently isn't ready to retire.

A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Spurs forward is exercising the option on his contract and will continue to play for San Antonio next season.

The 38-year old won his fifth championship with the Spurs earlier this month, leading to some speculation that he could retire after 17 seasons in the league. But many also expected Duncan to return next season because he continues to play at a high level.

Duncan will make $10.3 million next season as part of a contract designed to allow the Spurs to surround him with top-flight talent.


Agent says Anthony is on the move

NEW YORK (AP) — The agent for Carmelo Anthony says his client "loves being a Knick" but that the former Syracuse star is headed for free agency because he wants to explore his options.

The All-Star forward had a Monday deadline to terminate the final year of his contract and had informed the team he would do so.


No jail for Knicks' guard

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say New York Knicks' point guard Raymond Felton is expected to plead guilty in a felony gun possession case in exchange for a sentence of community service and a $5,000 fine. Felton was in a Manhattan court Monday when prosecutors outlined the agreement. The plea date is to be set at a June 30 court session.


Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands advance

UNDATED (AP) — Brazil and Mexico have secured spots in the knockout stage at the World Cup by winning.

Neymar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the first half of Brazil's 4-1 rout of Cameroon.

Mexico scored three times in a 10-minute span of the second half to beat Croatia 3-1.

The Netherlands finished on top of Group B after shutting out Chile 2-0. Chile finished second in the group and also advances to the knockout round.

Defending champion Spain salvaged some World Cup pride with a 3-0 victory over Australia in its last match at the tournament. It was their only victory of the opening round.


Djokovic, Murray open with wins

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray made a triumphant return to Wimbledon. Traditionally playing the first match on Centre Court as men's defending champ, Murray breezed past David Goffin in straight sets.

Last year, Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years. He's bidding to become the first to retain the title since Fred Perry in 1936.

Top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) had little trouble in his opening match, winning in straight sets. Also advancing were sixth seed Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') and seventh seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR').

Second-seeded Li Na (lee nah) and former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) eased into the second round. Five-time champ Venus Williams claimed her first Wimbleon victory since 2011, knocking off Lauren Davis.

American Sloane Stephens dropped her opening match to Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 7-6. The loss ends Stephens' streak of reaching the second week at six consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.


Class of 2014 is set

UNDATED (AP) — Goaltender Dominik Hasek (HAH'-shehk), forwards Mike Modano and Peter Forsberg and defenseman Rob Blake will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame together Nov. 17 in Toronto. They will be inducted with former referee Bill McCreary and the late Pat Burns, who will be enshrined posthumously as a coach in the builder category.

Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi (REHK'-ee) were among eligible players who were not elected. Recchi is ranked 12th on the NHL's all-time list with 1,533 points.

Also in hockey:

— Vancouver has hired Willie Desjardins (day-zhar-DAN') as their new coach. The 57-year old earns his first NHL coaching job after leading the AHL's Texas Stars to the Calder Cup. Desjardins succeeds John Tortorella (tohr-tohr-EHL'-uh), who was fired after coaching the Canucks for one year.

— The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenseman Andrei Markov to a three-year, $17.25 million. The 35-year-old Russian had seven goals and 43 points in 81 games for the Habs last season.

— The Philadelphia Flyers have re-acquired forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Scott Hartnell. The Flyers also signed center Brayden Schenn to a multi-year contract.


Vandy outscores Virginia

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt has opened the best-of-3 College World Series finals by beating Virginia 9-8 after blowing most of a seven-run lead.

No. 9 hitter Tyler Campbell hit a three-run double while the Commodores erupted for nine runs in the third inning. Campbell actually doubled twice in the third while Vanderbilt worked out five walks and scored four unearned runs in the inning. He entered the game with just three RBIs all season.

Derek Fisher and Brandon Downes each had two RBIs for the Cavaliers, who allowed just four runs in winning their first three games of the College World Series.

The Commodores can win their first national championship in a men's sport with a victory Tuesday night.


New Jersey loses bid for legal gambling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has left in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, rebuffing an attempt to bring betting on professional and college sporting events to Atlantic City casinos and the state's racetracks. The justices did not comment in letting stand lower court rulings that struck down New Jersey's sports betting law because it conflicts with a federal law that that allows state-sanctioned sports gambling only in Nevada and three other states.

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