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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:40 am


Seven straight for the Braves...Nats, Tigers, Padres, Cubs, Blue Jays, Mariners break out the brooms

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves extended their longest winning streak of the season to seven games by beating the New York Mets 3-1. Chris Johnson's three-run double in the first inning was all the runs Julio Teheran (TEH'-rahn) need to win his eighth game.

Teheran gave up four hits and three walks while lowering his ERA to 2.29. Jordan Walden pitched a perfect ninth for his third save as closer Craig Kimbrel received a night off.

The Mets have lost four straight and seven of eight.

In other major league play:

— The Washington Nationals finished a three-game sweep of Colorado with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Rockies. Ian Desmond broke a seventh-inning tie with a home run, his 15th of the season. The Nationals have won five straight as they remain a half-game back of Atlanta. The Rockies have lost 14 of 16.

— Edwin Encarnacion (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. It's the first time the Brewers have been swept this season.

— 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've won 11 of 13.

— Ryan Flaherty swatted a tiebreaking seventh inning home run and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers for the third straight night, 6-4.

— The Chicago White Sox nipped the L.A. Angels 3-2 in the seventh walkoff victory of the season. Leury Garcia drove in the winning run with a pinch-hit single off Michael Morin to end it.

— It was a win-win night for Chicago. The Cubs routed Boston 16-9 behind a 19-hit attack at Fenway Park. Justin Ruggiano, Mike Olt and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers. Ruggiano had five RBIs.

__ The Pittsburgh Pirates beat Arizona 5-1 for their fifth win in six games. Gregory Polanco homered in the second inning. The rookie has reached base safely in 19 of his 21 games.

__ Casey McGehee (mih-GEE') reached base three times, doubled home a run and scored another, helping the Miami Marlins to a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, who lost their sixth game in a row.

— Mike Aviles (ah-VEE'-lihs) capped a three-run eighth inning with a two-run single against Brian Wilson, rallying Cleveland past Los Angeles, 5-4.

— Jason Vargas threw seven innings of four-hit ball to lead Kansas City over Minnesota 4-0. Raul Ibanez (rah-OOOL' 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.


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. 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.


Nets land Hollins...Bradley strikes it rich with Celts

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. Kidd was introduced as Milwaukee's new coach Wednesday.

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.

In other NBA news:

— Avery Bradley has agreed to a $32 million, four-year deal to remain with the Boston Celtics. Bradley averaged a career-best 14.9 points in 60 games last season as the starting point guard while Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) was recovering from a torn knee ligament.

— Kyle Lowry is staying with the Toronto Raptors after leading them to the Atlantic Division title. The point guard has agreed to re-sign with the Raptors, his agent confirmed Wednesday night. Yahoo Sports reported that the deal was for four years and $48 million.


Obama praises Team USA in phone calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama commended the U.S. men's soccer team for making their country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, during an Oval Office phone call with two of the team's most celebrated players.

Obama called goalkeeper Tim Howard and team captain Clint Dempsey the day after the U.S. team came tantalizingly close to victory before being knocked out of the competition by Belgium in a 2-1 extra-time loss. Obama said this year was the first time the U.S. team had the entire nation truly focused on the contest.

Some 21 million people in the U.S. watched the Americans' loss on Tuesday.


Islanders dive into free agent pool

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have made the biggest splash on the second day of NHL free agency. The Isles signed forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin (KOOL'-eh-mihn) to four-year contracts. Grabovski's deal is worth $20 million, while Kulemin will make $16.75 million. 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 (OH'-lee YOH'-kih-nen) 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.

— The San Jose Sharks have 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.

— Forward Chris Bourque (bork) is back in the NHL after agreeing to a deal with the New York Rangers. The son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, split last season playing in Russia and Switzerland.

— The New Jersey Devils re-signed fourth-line linemates, forwards Steve Bernier and Stephen Gionta (jee-OHN-tah).

— Just as notable was the list of players — including many aging veterans — still on the market. They include Martin Brodeur (mar-TAN' broh-DYOOR'), the league's all-time winningest goalie, forwards Radim Vrbata (rah-DEEM' vur-BAH'-tah), Dany Heatley, Mike Ribeiro, David Legwand, Ville Leino (VIHL'-ee LAY'-noh) and Steve Ott.

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