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NASCAR will not use All-Star plate package in another Cup race this season

(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   NASCAR will not use the aerodynamic/restrictor-plate package it has been experimenting with in another Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this season, the sanctioning body announced Thursday.

The new setup was first used in an Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year. It debuted in Cup racing last month in the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the resulting tighter competition sparked interest in using the package again in a Cup point race sometime this season.

But NASCAR said Thursday it will continue research and development work on the package this year with a goal of designing new rules for 2019.

“What we want to do is to continue to deliver on that great racing product, and to do that we need to spend the proper time talking to the engine builders, (car manufacturers) and race teams to see what, if anything, we could do this year,” said NASCAR official Steve O’Donnell. “We all collectively felt like the best thing to do was to put additional effort into some potential tweaks and focus on 2019 versus a race or two this season.

“Everyone is aligned on doing what is best for the fans.”

The All-Star package received good reviews from many fans, but most drivers weren’t pleased with it.

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Soccer Roundup – 2018 WORLD CUP: Sweden with chance to take out another big name: Germany / WORLD SCORES

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Sweden already took out the Netherlands and Italy just to reach the World Cup.

At this point, why not knock out another high-profile team — and the pre-tournament favorite at that?

That opportunity awaits Sweden on Saturday night when its faces defending champion Germany. A win over Germany would likely propel the Swedes to the knockout round. It could potentially also end Germany’s hopes of successfully defending the title.

Germany has been regrouping after its surprising 1-0 loss to Mexico in its first game — the first loss in an opening match for a German team since 1982, but one that could have been far worse. The Germans have been forced to downplay reports of factions building within the squad, rather than having all attention on the Swedes. Germany may need wins in each of its final two group games to advance.

Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 to open the tournament.

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KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Patience is a virtue, and Spain showed plenty of it to overcome a tough challenge from Iran at the World Cup.

During a frustrating evening at the Kazan Arena when the 2010 champions struggled to break through the stubborn Iranian defense, Diego Costa scored on a deflection for a 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Costa scored in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta. The powerful striker turned in the area and took a shot that deflected off Ramin Rezeian before bouncing back onto Costa’s knee and into the net.

It was far from a beautiful win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile.

“We have four points,” Hierro said. “We were happier after the match against Portugal, but we only had one point.”

Spain and Portugal lead Group B with four points each following their 3-3 draw and 1-0 victories. Iran has three points, but Morocco has been eliminated.

Costa, who scored twice against Portugal, has three goals at this year’s World Cup, trailing Cristiano Ronaldo by one. He also has nine goals in his last nine starts for Spain.

He only had one chance against Iran, and he converted it.

“It’s going be tight (with Ronaldo),” Hierro said. “I know Diego is really committed, he has scored three goals in three matches. He can do better, he works hard, he is fighting both at the back and at the front.”

Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed high and controlled much of the game but found it difficult to threaten against Iran’s 10-man defense.

Spurred on by their vociferous fans, Iran’s imposing players did well to handle Spain’s attacks. Iran was also dangerous on the break, using the speed of its attacking players to threaten the Spanish back four but without creating many real chances.

Spain was mostly dangerous from set-pieces, including in the 25th minute when a free kick from David Silva that took a deflection was stopped by Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

Spain continued to apply strong pressure in the second half and Beiranvand stopped a strike from Sergio Busquets in the 49th minute with a superb one-handed diving save. He then palmed the rebound away before Lucas Vazquez could get to the ball.

Hierro’s players were almost caught against the run of the play when Karim Ansarifard unleashed a powerful strike that ended up in the side-netting following a long thrown in.

Then, trailing in the second half, Iran nearly equalized when Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal ruled out on video review.

Iran continued to push hard and managed to challenge with some fast counterattacks. Spain was lucky not to concede toward the end as Mehdi Taremi connected with a cross from Ansarifard, but his header from close range went over the crossbar.

GROUP DYNAMICS

First place in the group could be decided by goal difference.

Spain will face Morocco in its final match on Monday in Kaliningrad, while Portugal plays Iran in Saransk on the same day.

But with three points, Iran has still a chance to qualify for the knockout stage. The Iranians will need to beat Portugal to advance.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

It’s not just slick play within the Spain team.

With a superb display of collective grit, the Spanish showed they are as united as ever despite the turmoil created by the firing of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.

Spain is now unbeaten in 22 matches, with 15 of those wins. The team’s last loss was against Italy in the round of 16 at the 2016 European Championship.

Iran was dangerous from set pieces and its restless defensive display was impressive. The team also created a few excellent chances, including that missed header from Taremi in the 83rd minute.

ANGRY COSTA

Named the man of the match, Costa took umbrage when he was asked why he played aggressively.

Costa had a bust-up with Beiranvand toward the end of the first half after the Iran keeper went down in the box. It appeared that Beiranvand exaggerated his pain after Costa stood on his foot.

“What game were you watching,” Costa replied. “They were provoking us, and we were on the grass all the time. You can’t just say that because it’s your national team playing.”

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WORLD SCORES: COURTESY OF LIVESCORE.COM

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June 20
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Uruguay
Saudi Arabia
June 20
FT
Portugal
Morocco
FT
Iran
Spain
FT
Malmoe FF
Molde
FT
FC Wacker Innsbruck
12
Ludogorets Razgrad
FT
Sandvikens IF
Djurgaarden
June 20
FT
Viking
Floroe
June 20
FT
Honka
SJK
FT
Ilves
FC Lahti
FT
KuPS
HJK
FT
TPS
FC Inter
FT
VPS
IFK Mariehamn
June 20
FT
AC Kajaani
HIFK
FT
AC Oulu
JJK
FT
FF Jaro
Haka
FT
KPV
FC KTP
FT
Klubi 04
EIF
June 20
FT
Valur
FH Hafnarfjordur
June 20
FT
Zalgiris Vilnius
FK Palanga
FT
Suduva
Lietava Jonava
June 20
AP
O’Higgins
Colchagua *
FT
Union La Calera
Magallanes
FT
Bethlehem Steel FC
New York Red Bulls II
June 20
AET
DC United
Orlando City *
FT
Louisville City FC
Nashville SC
FT
Atlanta United
Chicago Fire
FT
Los Angeles FC
Sacramento Republic FC
June 20
FT
Albirex Niigata
Ventforet Kofu

MLB Roundup: Rays snap Astros’ 12-game winning streak

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   HOUSTON – C.J. Cron homered early and Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night and snapping a 12-game winning streak by the Houston Astros.

Blake Snell (9-4) allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings, but had to pitch around a career-high seven walks for his fifth straight win. Sergio Romo pitched for the third straight game, taking over with one out in the ninth and allowing one hit for his third save a night after blowing the save in Houston’s 5-4 win.

The Astros went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position to come up one victory shy of setting the franchise record for longest winning streak in franchise history.

Hector Rondon (1-2) took the loss by allowing two hits and one run in one inning.

Yankees 7, Mariners 2

NEW YORK – Domingo German pitched two-hit ball over a career-high seven innings and Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York’s four home runs in the Yankees’ victory against the Mariners.

Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks each belted a two-run shot off Marco Gonzales (7-4) in the fifth. Hicks homered for the third straight day and finished with three hits from the leadoff spot as the Yankees boosted baseball’s best record to 48-22, moving a season-best 26 games above .500.

Coming off a four-hit game, Stanton sent a solo drive to straightaway center field in the first. Aaron Judge had an RBI single in the seventh, and rookie phenom Gleyber Torres added his 14th home run in the eighth.

The first two batters of the game reached against German (2-4) on a double and an error. The rookie right-hander then retired 19 in a row until Nelson Cruz homered in the seventh.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 3 (1st game)

Cubs 2, Dodgers 1, 10 innings (2nd game)

CHICAGO – Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Cubs beat the Dodgers 2-1 to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader.

Kris Bryant sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against Brock Stewart (0-1). After Javier Baez was walked intentionally, Almora hit a liner into right field.

Rob Zastryzny (1-0), the fifth Cubs reliever, got Yasmani Grandal to fly out with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th to earn the win.

The rematch of the last two NL Championship Series was set to begin on Monday night, but the opener was postponed by a mixture of poor weather and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field. It’s the only scheduled visit for Los Angeles, leading to the day-night doubleheader.

Los Angeles began the long day at the iconic ballpark with a victory on pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer’s two-run double in the ninth.

Edward Paredes (2-0), the fifth of six Dodgers relievers, got one out in the eighth to earn the win in the opener. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

Justin Wilson (1-2) came one pitch away from earning his first save.

Nationals 9, Orioles 7

WASHINGTON – Trea Turner went 4 for 4 with a homer, Anthony Rendon drove in three runs and the Nationals extended their recent domination of the Orioles.

Adam Eaton had two hits and two RBIs for the Nationals, who trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning before rallying to make it six straight wins over Baltimore. Washington is 4-0 against its neighboring interleague rival this season, outscoring the Orioles by a combined 20-8.

The Nationals trailed 6-5 before getting six hits in a four-run seventh. Rendon delivered a two-run double off Tanner Scott (0-1) that put Washington ahead, and Turner capped his four-hit night with a double.

Justin Miller (5-0) pitched two innings of relief, newcomer Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect eighth and Sean Doolittle gave up a solo home run to Joey Rickard while earning his 19th save.

Brewers 3, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH – Rookie Freddy Peralta allowed two hits in six stellar innings, Jesus Aguilar hammered his 14th home run of the season and the Brewers cooled off the Pirates.

Peralta (2-0) struck out seven without issuing a walk, surrendering only singles to Corey Dickerson and Colin Moran in the fourth but otherwise keeping the Pirates firmly in check.

Aguilar finished 2 for 3 and drove in all three runs off Jameson Taillon (4-6). Aguilar hit a two-run shot to the seats in right-center in the first and doubled down the line in left field in the third. Corey Knebel worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for his seventh save for the first-place Brewers.

Braves 11, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO – Johan Camargo hit his first career grand slam and went 4 for 5 with five RBIs, and the Braves beat the Blue Jays to snap Toronto’s home winning streak at seven games.

Camargo hit his seventh home run off Jaime Garcia (2-6) in the second, singled in the fourth, hit an RBI single in the fifth and doubled and scored in the eighth. He struck out in the ninth.

Charlie Culberson also connected and Ender Inciarte had three hits and three RBIs as the Braves won for the sixth time in seven games. Reliever Sam Freeman (2-3) worked 2 1/3 innings for the victory.

Reds 9, Tigers 5

CINCINNATI – Joey Votto ended a long homer drought with his third career grand slam Tuesday night, powering the Reds to a victory that ended the Tigers’ longest winning streak in two years.

Sal Romano (4-7) had a second straight solid outing, limiting the Tigers to four singles over seven shutout innings. Billy Hamilton also homered as the Reds pulled away to a 9-0 lead.

The Tigers had won five straight and moved within a game of .500. They haven’t been to the break-even mark since they were a season-best 4-4 on April 8. They’ve wasted five chances to get back.

Trailing 9-0, Detroit finally broke through in the ninth when Wandy Peralta walked home a run and Leonys Martin followed with a double.

Matthew Boyd (4-5) took the loss.

Indians 6, White Sox 3

CLEVELAND – Mike Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, and the Indians defeated the White Sox.

Clevinger (6-2) beat Chicago for the third time this season and was in command after giving up a first-inning run. The right-hander retired 13 straight between the second and sixth while allowing five hits.

Clevinger, who struck out a career-high 11 against the White Sox last week, was pulled after two walks in the eighth. He has held Chicago to three earned runs in 21 1/3 innings over three starts.

Francisco Lindor’s two-run single was the key hit in the second when Cleveland scored four times.

Carlos Rodon (0-2) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Rangers 4, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cole Hamels allowed four hits over seven innings, Delino DeShields doubled home two runs and the Rangers beat the Royals to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games.

The Royals have lost eight straight, matching their season high, and 14 of 15. They own a major league-worst 10-28 home record and their 22-51 overall mark is the worst in franchise history after 73 games.

Hamels (4-6) picked up his first win since May 22. The run off him in the fifth was unearned and he has yet to allow an earned run in 20 innings over three starts at Kauffman Stadium.

Keone Kela pitched a spotless ninth for his 17th save in as many chances.

Royals starter Jason Hammel (2-8) was removed after 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks.

Cardinals 7, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA – Matt Carpenter hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the ninth, helping the Cardinals edge the Phillies.

Carpenter also had a tying two-run double in St. Louis’ four-run seventh. Tommy Pham homered and singled for the Cardinals, and Kolten Wong also went deep.

Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana connected for the Phillies.

Seranthony Dominguez (1-1) struck out the first two batters in the ninth and had Carpenter in a 0-2 hole. But Carpenter lined the next pitch, a 98-mph fastball, over the wall in right to extend his homer streak to three games.

Twins 6, Red Sox 2

MINNEAPOLIS – Eduardo Escobar hit two go-ahead doubles, a two-run delivery off Chris Sale in the sixth inning and one that sparked a four-run eighth for the Twins in a victory over the Red Sox.

Robby Scott (0-1), just recalled from Triple-A, relieved Sale to start the eighth and walked the first two batters. Joe Kelly entered, and Escobar’s one-out line drive bounced in front of Jackie Bradley Jr. and skipped past the center fielder as two runs scored. The official scorer later changed his ruling from a single to a double, giving Escobar a majors-leading 32 for the season. Robbie Grossman broke the game open with a two-run triple.

Zach Duke (3-2) got the win despite giving up the tying run in the eighth.

Rockies 10, Mets 8

DENVER – Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Ian Desmond homered in succession during a six-run third inning, German Marquez pitched effectively for six innings and the Rockies snapped an eight-game home losing streak by beating the Mets.

Carlos Gonzalez also went deep for the Rockies, who won at home for the first time since May 29. Arenado finished a triple shy of the cycle with four RBIs in a game that was delayed 1 hour, 20 minutes because of heavy rain.

Marquez (5-7) allowed four runs on six hits in picking up his first win in nearly a month.

Jason Vargas (2-6) allowed seven runs on nine hits in a season-low 2 1/3 innings and became the first Mets pitcher since Bartolo Colon in 2014 against the Los Angeles Angels to surrender homers to three batters in a row.

Athletics 4, Padres 2, 10 innings

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Stephen Piscotty homered with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game and Jed Lowie hit a two-run shot with two outs in the 10th to lift the Athletics over the Padres.

Piscotty’s shot into the second deck came off closer Brad Hand. Hand was trying for his 22nd save and retired the first two batters before Piscotty homered on a 2-2 pitch, his fifth.

Adam Cimber (3-3) allowed Marcus Semien’s one-out single in the 10th and retired Chad Pinder on a fly to right before Lowrie connected for his 10th homer.

Rookie Lou Trivino (4-1) pitched two innings for the win. Blake Treinen pitched the 10th for his 16th save.

Angels 5, Diamondbacks 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mike Trout drove in two runs, Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler added solo homers and the Angels held on to beat the Diamondbacks.

Trout continued his torrid hitting in June by slapping a sharp first-pitch single to left-center with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, and a throwing error by Jarrod Dyson allowing Kinsler to score as the Angels took a 4-2 lead.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the ninth, but Blake Parker got Jake Lamb to line out to left for the third out and end a three-game losing streak.

Cam Bedrosian (4-1) got the win as the struggling Angels bullpen stepped up, with Parker getting his eighth save despite giving up Goldschmidt’s 16th home run.

Matt Koch (5-4) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings to end his streak of four straight starts without a loss.

Giants 6, Marlins 3

SAN FRANCISCO – Buster Posey homered in the first, Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-run drive in the second and an RBI double later, and the Giants held their lead this time to beat the Marlins 6-3 in another night of plunking by both pitching staffs.

Marlins starter Dan Straily (2-3) and manager Don Mattingly were automatically ejected in the second after Straily hit Posey on the left arm with a pitch. Both sides had been warned by plate umpire Andy Fletcher the previous inning after Giants rookie starter Dereck Rodriguez beaned Lewis Brinson as tempers flared for a second straight game.

Rodriguez (2-1) struck out six over five innings.

WNBA Roundup: Los Angeles retakes top spot in AP WNBA power poll

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Tina Charles scored 29 points and the New York Liberty overcame a strong effort from Angel McCoughtry to beat the short-handed Atlanta Dream 79-72 on Tuesday night.

McCoughtry finished with a career-high 39 points. She was 19 for 22 from the foul line — both career bests. She also had 14 rebounds for the Dream.

The Liberty (4-6) were cruising early in this game, up 16 points in the first half before McCoughtry got going for the Dream. She had 23 points combined in the second and third quarters to rally the Dream (6-6).

The Dream were missing Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes, who are both in walking boots. Hayes injured her left ankle in a loss to Indiana and Sykes has missed five games with an injured right foot.

MYSTICS 88, SKY 60

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kristi Toliver had 19 points and eight assists to help the Mystics beat the Sky .

The Mystics (7-5) opened the second half with a 17-2 run to go ahead 63-34 shortly after the midpoint of the third quarter. They extended to their largest lead at 86-53 in the middle of the fourth.

Elena Delle Donne added 14 points for Washington, which first pulled away in the second quarter with 13 straight points to lead by 16.

The Mystics came into the game losing four of five,

Cheyenne Parker had 18 points and Kahleah Copper scored 13 for the Sky (3-8), who lost their fifth in a row.

LYNX 91, WINGS 83

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 21, Sylvia Fowles added 19 points and 17 rebounds, and the Lynx beat the Wings.

The Lynx (5-6) made all eight of their free throws in the final 1:11 to hold off a late charge from the Wings (5-5).

Minnesota jumped in front early with 12 straight points and led 25-10 in the first quarter. The Wings closed within nine before the end of the period, but the Lynx pushed the lead back to double digits early in the second quarter and kept it there until the final two minutes of the game.

Skylar Diggins-Smith’s 3-pointer with 20.7 seconds left cut the deficit to 87-83 after the Wings had trailed by as many as 21. Diggins-Smith finished with 17 points and Liz Cambage added 16 points and nine boards.

For the defending champion Lynx, the victory was the second time this season that they have won back-to-back games.

SPARKS 74, FEVER 55

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker scored 15 and the Los Angeles Sparks used their defense to win their fifth straight, beating the Fever.

The Fever’s offensive output was a season low in scoring as well as a season best defensively for the Sparks (9-2).

Los Angeles pulled away with 12 straight points to lead 70-53 on Chelsea Gray’s basket with 1:31 left in the game. Gray added 14 points and Nneka Ogwumike scored 12.

The Sparks remained alone atop the WNBA standings.

Natalie Achonwa had 13 points and Tiffany Mitchell scored 10 for the Fever (1-11), who were coming in off their first win of the season.

ACES 87, STORM 77

SEATTLE (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 25 points and 15 rebounds and the Aces pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Storm.

Tamera Young and Kayla McBride added 17 points each for the Aces (4-9), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Las Vegas erased a six-point deficit with an 8-2 burst to end the third quarter and opened the fourth with a 19-6 run to lead 83-70.

The Storm (8-4) trailed 17-3 early but battled back to 22-16 by the end of the first quarter. Seattle took its first lead at 39-38 on the last points scored before halftime.

Breanna Stewart had 27 points and Jewell Loyd added 14 for the Storm. Starters Sue Bird (rest) and Alysha Clark (ankle) were out of the game for Seattle.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Almost every WNBA team will go through a challenging road trip because of the FIBA World Cup in September that is compacting the season.

Atlanta is in the midst of its difficult stretch, playing in six different cities across the country in the past week and a half. The Dream, who have won three of the five games so far, will have travelled over 7,000 miles when it’s over.

“It’s partly self-inflicted,” Atlanta coach Nicki Collen said after practice Monday in New York. “Because of our building availability at home we are on the road a lot this month.”

The trip is taking its toll as guard Tiffany Hayes went down with an ankle injury in the team’s loss at Indiana on Saturday. Collen herself got injured in practice Monday while jumping into a drill.

“You have to take good care of yourself with all the travelling we’re doing,” the coach said. “Make sure you stay hydrated, and that’s something I didn’t do enough of it seems.”

Dream forward Angel McCoughtry, who took a year off from the WNBA last year to rest, doesn’t remember the schedule being this compact during her nine years in the league, even during Olympic and world championship seasons.

“It definitely is a lot tougher than I remember,” she said. “More games in a shorter period of time, but that’s life in the WNBA.

The Dream isn’t the only team that had a rough travel week. Connecticut headed out west and lost games in Seattle and Phoenix on consecutive nights. A difficult back-to-back for sure with the 2 1/2-hour commercial flight. Unlike NBA teams, WNBA franchises aren’t allowed to charter planes because of the cost .

The Sun dropped both games and fell from the No. 1 spot in the AP power poll this week to fourth.

POWER POLL: A look at this week’s WNBA poll:

1. Los Angeles (8-2): A big week from Candace Parker helped the Sparks go 3-0 with wins over Atlanta, Washington and Chicago.

2. Phoenix (10-3): The Mercury just keep rolling with eight straight victories; their big three of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner are playing well.

3. Seattle (8-3): Another pair of home victories have helped the Storm continue their great start. Seven of their 11 games have been at home so far..

4. Connecticut (7-4): Alyssa Thomas is out with a shoulder injury. The Sun hope she’ll be back soon, they had a few days off after the west coast trip.

5. Washington (6-5): Won a wild game at Connecticut that saw the Mystics blow a 30-point lead before rallying to victory.

6. Dallas (5-4): Skylar Diggins and Liz Cambage are becoming a productive inside-outside duo.

7. Atlanta (6-5): The good news is that with all these June road games, July and August will bring a lot of time at home.

8. Minnesota (4-6): The Lynx rolled past New York and will look to get some momentum going with three games this week.

9. New York (3-6): A talented roster just hasn’t really gotten things together yet. Tina Charles needs more consistent help on offense.

10. Chicago (3-7): The Sky lost a pair of tough games in Seattle and Los Angeles. The young team is still without star center Stefanie Dolson, who is injured.

11. Las Vegas (3-9): Bill Laimbeer’s young squad had a busy week, going 2-2. A’ja Wilson is a force in the league, putting up only the second 35-point, 10-rebound performance by a rookie in league history.

12. Indiana (1-10): The streak is over as the Fever final got their first win, beating Atlanta. Now they’ll look to try and get a few more victories.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Candace Parker helped the Sparks go 3-0 this week averaging 19 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists. Other players receiving votes were Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi.

REMEMBERING ANNE:

Former WNBA coach Anne Donovan died on June 13 of heart failure. She was 56. Teams throughout the league held a moment of silence in remembrance of the Hall of Famer. The Seattle Storm, who Donovan led to a WNBA title in 2004, had a tribute video to their former coach.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Lynx at Mercury, Friday. The Mercury ended a 13-game losing streak to Minnesota earlier this year. The Lynx will try and not let Phoenix start its own winning streak in the series.

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To find the poll online: https://collegebasketball.ap.org/ap-wnba-power-poll-week-6-0

NHL mock draft 2.0: How the first round could shake out

(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   The June 22-23 draft in Dallas is accompanied by considerable fan buzz because of the expectation of a couple of blockbuster trades. Erik Karlsson, Max Pacioretty and Jeff Skinner are some of the players who could be dealt.

But what NHL teams are excited about is this year’s crop of draft prospects. This year’s first round could yield multiple players who end up as difference makers on their respective teams.

Here’s our mock draft.

1. Buffalo Sabres: Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, Frolunda (Sweden): Considered the best all-around defenseman prospect in the past quarter century. He’s 6-foot-3 and proficient in every aspect of the game. This is a game-changing acquisition for the Sabres.

2. Carolina Hurricanes: Right wing Andrei Svechnikov, Barrie (Ontario Hockey League): Has ability to step into the NHL next season and score immediately. He netted 40 in 44 games this season. Could be a 20-goal scorer in the NHL as a rookie.

3. Montreal Canadiens: Left wing Filip Zadina, Halifax (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League): Also projected to play next season. Registered 82 points in 57 games. This is a perfect fit for a team that needs an offensive boost.

4. Ottawa Senators: Defenseman Quinn Hughes, University of Michigan: Skilled and exciting offensive defenseman who is the older brother of prospect Jack Hughes, who is projected to go No. 1 overall in the 2019 draft. If the Senators are trading Erik Karlsson, this pick seems like the right one.

5. Arizona Coyotes: Left wing Brady Tkachuk, Boston University: He’s Keith’s son and Matthew’s brother, and he carries on the family tradition of being a tough, physical, skilled power forward. Keith once played for the Coyotes organization. It’s not unthinkable that Brady could be the best of the Tkachuks.

6. Detroit Red Wings: Defenseman Evan Bouchard, London (OHL): The Red Wings desperately want a blue-chip defensive prospect, and Bouchard can be that guy. He’s 6-foot-2 and can do it all. A gifted passer who can also be an effective defensive player. He’s also a right-handed shooter. Everyone is looking for those.

7. Vancouver Canucks: Center Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Assat Pori (Finland): At 6-foot-2, he plays like the big, strong center that every NHL team wants. Had 10 goals and 29 points playing as a 17-year-old this past season.

8. Chicago Blackhawks: Center/wing Oliver Wahlstrom, U.S. National Team Development Program: A gifted offensive player who can score off the rush or in goalmouth scrambles. Will be strong at the net. Owns an impressive shot release.

9. New York Rangers: Defenseman Noah Dobson, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL): A 6-foot-3 defenseman who can handle the puck and play well in his own end. Has agility and strength. Uses his size well. High-value pick if the Rangers get him at No. 9.

10. Edmonton Oilers: Defenseman Adam Boqvist, Brynas (Sweden): Smallish defenseman who can be electrifying with the puck on his stick.

11. New York Islanders: Center Barrett Hayton, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): Smart, effective, well-rounded player who had 60 points in 63 games this season. Safe pick.

*12. New York Islanders (From Flames1): Left wing Joel Farabee, U.S. NTDP: Was a key scorer (40 points in 26 USHL games) on one of best teams in U.S. NTDP history.

13. Dallas Stars: Defenseman Ty Smith, Spokane (WHL): He’s a 5-foot-11 puck-mover who does so with speed and efficiency. Lot of love out there for his ability.

*14. Philadelphia Flyers (from Blues2): Center Rasmus Kupari, Karpat (Finland): Has posted six goals and 14 points over 39 games. He just turned 18.

15. Florida Panthers: Joe Veleno, Drummondville (QMJHL): He’s 6-foot-2, skates well, and plays with pace and determination. Generated 48 points in 33 games.

16. Colorado Avalanche: Left wing Vitali Kravtsov, Chelyabinsk (Russia): He’s 6-foot-2, skates well, and is playing in the KHL, where he recorded seven points in 35 games.

17. New Jersey Devils: Defenseman Bode Wilde, U.S. NTDP: He’s a 6-foot-2 defenseman with size, skill and skating ability. Potential difference maker if he improves defensively and cuts down on his mistakes.

18. Columbus Blue Jackets: Defenseman Rasmus Sandin, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): Poised, smart, two-way Swedish defenseman who has 45 points in 51 games.

19. Philadelphia Flyers: Right wing Serron Noel, Oshawa (OHL): He’s a 6-foot-5 power forward who takes advantage of his size and reach.

20. Los Angeles Kings: Grigori Denisenko, Yaroslavl (Russia): Highly skilled, impressive passer; could be a sleeper in this year’s draft.

21. San Jose Sharks: Center Ty Dellandrea, Flint (OHL): Strong two-way center who coaches will love for his versatility.

*22. Ottawa Senators (from Penguins3): Center Akil Thomas, Niagara (OHL): Plays with energy; he posted 81 points in 68 games.

23. Anaheim Ducks: Center Isac Lundestrom, Lulea (Sweden): Skates well, plays hard, offers a high degree of hockey sense. Creates turnovers with his aggressiveness.

24. Minnesota Wild: Center Ryan McLeod, Mississauga (OHL): Dependable, 6-foot-2 two-way center with 70 points in 68 games.

25. Toronto Maple Leafs: Defenseman Jared McIsaac, Halifax (QMJHL): Has nine goals, 47 points and 86 penalty minutes in 65 games. You hear the word “solid” mentioned with him.

*26. New York Rangers (from Bruins4): Defenseman Mattias Samuelsson, U.S. NTDP: Son of former NHLer Kjell Samuelsson. He’s 6-foot-3, can contribute offensively, play physical and be an effective defender.

*27. Chicago Blackhawks (from Predators5):  Defenseman Ryan Merkley, Guelph (OHL): Some scouts worry that he takes too many chances, but he can motor up the ice with flair and impact.

*28. New York Rangers (from Lightning6): Right wing Dominik Bokk, Vaxjo (Sweden): He’s a German player with offensive and skating ability.

*29. St. Louis Blues (from Jets7):  Defenseman K’Andre Miller, U.S. NTDP: Several NHL teams are intrigued by his potential and it’s possible he could go even earlier. He’s 6-4 with strength and skill.

30. Detroit Red Wings (from Golden Knights8): Left wing Jakub Lauko, Chomutov (Czech Republic):  A speedster and game-breaker who looks comfortable playing against men in the Czech professional league. The Red Wings are looking for some flash up front.

31. Washington Capitals: Defenseman Jett Woo, Moose Jaw (WHL): Split decision in the scouting ranks. Some love how he plays and others don’t. He makes things happen. Had 25 points and was plus-29 in 44 games before going down with an injury.

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1. From Travis Hamonic trade

2. From Brayden Schenn-Jori Lehtera trade (Blues have option to protect if it’s a top-10 pick)

3. From three-way trade with Vegas and Ottawa that brought Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh

4. From Rick Nash trade

5. From Ryan Hartman trade

6. From Ryan McDonagh trade

7. From Paul Stastny trade

8. From Tomas Tatar trade

MLB Roundup: Astros tie club record with 12th straight victory

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(Phatzradio Sports / AP)   —   Alex Bregman hit a game-ending two-run double with one out in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Monday night in Houston to match a franchise record with their 12th straight win.

Houston trailed 4-0 after three innings but cut the lead to one entering the ninth.

Sergio Romo (1-2) walked Marwin Gonzalez to start the ninth, then allowed a single to Max Stassi. Tony Kemp’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners up, and Houston loaded the bases when George Springer reached on interference by catcher Wilson Ramos.

Bregman then drove a ball that bounced off the wall in left-center. He lifted both arms as he trotted into second base, and teammates mobbed him in the infield.

Collin McHugh (2-0) struck out two in a scoreless ninth for the win on a night Gerrit Cole walked a career-high five to help the Rays build the early lead.

Houston also won 12 straight in 2004 and 1999. The Astros will go for No. 13 on Tuesday with ace Justin Verlander on the mound.

Nationals 5-2, Yankees 3-4: In Washington, Aaron Hicks’ go-ahead two-run homer sparked chants of “Let’s go, Yankees!” on the road and helped New York beat Washington in the second game of an unusual doubleheader, after pinch-hitter Juan Soto’s tiebreaking two-run shot for the Nationals won the opener.

These games originally were scheduled more than a month ago, and Game 1 resumed after being suspended because of rain in the middle of the sixth – so technically, Soto managed to homer in a game played before he made his major league debut.

Huh?

The 19-year-old Soto was called up from the minors for the first time five days after Game 1 started on May 15; it picked back up at 3-all and the Nationals about to bat in the bottom of the sixth. After Bryce Harper – who had a full beard back on May 15, when the game began, but was clean-shaven this time – struck out, and Anthony Rendon singled, Soto drove a 97 mph fastball from Chad Green (4-1) to the back of the second deck in right field.

Rangers 6, Royals 3: In Kansas City, Missouri, Bartolo Colon earned his 244th win, passing Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, and Texas beat skidding Kansas City.

Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer for the Rangers, who won their third straight game. The 45-year-old Colon (4-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings to break a tie with Marichal on the career wins chart.

Only right-hander Dennis Martinez has more victories among pitchers from Latin America. Martinez, a native of Nicaragua, won 245 games in the majors.

Ian Kennedy (1-7) is 1-13 in his last 28 home starts. The Royals have lost seven straight and 13 of 14. They’ve dropped 27 of 37 games at Kauffman Stadium, the worst home record in the majors. Kansas City is 2-14 in June, having been outscored 95-35.

Indians 6, White Sox 2: In Cleveland, Trevor Bauer shut out Chicago for seven innings before a rain delay ended his night, and Jason Kipnis homered to lead Cleveland over the sliding and sloppy White Sox.

Bauer (6-5) allowed just three hits, struck out eight and was in line to potentially pitch his first shutout. However, the game was halted by rain in the seventh inning for 35 minutes, and manager Terry Francona pulled the right-hander following the delay and 100 pitches.

Roberto Perez drove in two runs off Dylan Covey (3-2) as Cleveland improved to 15-4 in its last 19 home games against Chicago.

The White Sox committed three errors – one by Covey – in the first three innings, lost their fifth straight and dropped a season-high 23 games under .500.

Mets 12, Rockies 2: In Denver, Brandon Nimmo homered twice during a huge night at the plate, including an inside-the-park shot to begin the game, and New York finally gave Jacob deGrom some run support in a victory over.

Wilmer Flores and Devin Mesoraco also went deep for New York, which won its their third straight. Nimmo had four hits and set a career high with four RBIs – one night after his go-ahead, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning staved off defeat for the Mets and rallied them to a win at Arizona.

After pitching in terrible luck for weeks as New York’s hitters slumped, deGrom (5-2) got some help at last. He allowed two runs – one earned – in eight innings to snap a two-game skid and win for the first time in six starts since May 18 against the Diamondbacks.

One day before his 30th birthday, the right-hander struck out seven and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.51. The 12 runs New York scored Monday were more than the team managed in his previous eight starts combined.

Phillies 6, Cardinals 5 (10): In Philadelphia, left fielder Marcell Ozuna dived for and missed Aaron Altherr’s two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, allowing Philadelphia to rally past St. Louis.

Tommy Pham hit a solo homer in the top of the 10th, one inning after a wild pitch on a strikeout kept the game going. But the Phillies rallied.

Rhys Hoskins hit a bloop single to start the bottom of the 10th off Matt Bowman (0-2). Odubel Herrera dived headfirst into first to seemingly beat out an infield single, but the play was overturned by a video review. After Carlos Santana was intentionally walked, Bowman struck out Jesmuel Valentin.

Altherr then hit a sinking liner that appeared to skip off Ozuna’s glove before bouncing to the wall.

Pirates 1, Brewers 0: In Pittsburgh, Trevor Williams pitched one-hit ball over seven innings and two Pittsburgh relievers closed out a two-hitter against Milwaukee.

Williams (6-4) struck out seven and walked two for his first victory in a month. Jordy Mercer drove in the lone run with a seventh-inning double, and the Pirates won for the fourth time in five games.

The Brewers entered the day leading the N.L. Central but suffered their third straight loss. The only hit off Williams was a single by Jonathan Villar with two outs in the fifth. The hit followed a walk to Hernan Perez, and the duo executed a double steal before Erik Kratz struck out to end the inning.

Marlins 5, Giants 4: In San Francisco, Miguel Rojas followed Lewis Brinson’s RBI single with a go-ahead base hit as visiting Miami rallied in the ninth inning and overcame an early four-run deficit to beat San Francisco.

Hunter Strickland (3-3), San Francisco’s second reliever, blew his fourth save in 17 chances. He walked Brian Anderson to begin the ninth then surrendered J.T. Realmuto’s RBI double.

Tayron Guerrero (1-2) pitched the eighth before Kyle Barraclough closed out the 2-hour, 47-minute game for his third save as Giants fans booed the home team.

Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer in the second and Andrew Suarez struck out seven, but San Francisco failed to hold a lead as it opened an extended stretch at home.

Diamondbacks 7, Angels 4: In Anaheim, California, Paul Goldschmidt hit his seventh home run in his past 13 games – a two-run shot in the first inning – and Arizona breezed to a victory over Los Angeles.

FIBA changes way women’s basketball teams qualify for Olympics

NEW YORK (AP) — FIBA is changing the way women’s basketball teams qualify for the Olympics and world cup.

The International Basketball Federation announced Sunday the new system that will give more countries a chance to qualify for both major international events.

“It will give more teams a chance to play and host tournaments,” said USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley, who is on the FIBA executive board.

First round qualifiers for the Olympics will be held in November 2019. Those tournaments will be geographically based with contests in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Oceania region that includes Australia will now play as part of Asia for these tournaments. Sixteen teams will advance to play in four mini-tournaments around the world in February.

The top three finishers in each of those mini-tournaments will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making up the 12-team field. Japan already has an automatic berth as the host nation and the winner of the world cup this fall will also get a bid to the Olympics.

“In the past we’d have a mini camp, three or four days of practice, now it’s practice and competition,” U.S. women’s national team director Carol Callan said in a phone interview. “It’s much more meaningful and there is more purpose to when the team gets together.”

The Americans have won the last six Olympic gold medals and the past two world championships — now called the world cup.

The players are in favor of the change.

“Who wants to practice?” Angel McCoughtry said laughing after her WNBA team practiced in New York on Monday. “It will definitely get more players to want to attend so that they can play.”

McCoughtry, who has played around the world in various leagues, has seen the sport grow.

“There are definitely more talented women playing across the globe now,” she said. “This could help grow the game even more.”

All of women’s basketball will take a break in November and February for the tournaments. While it won’t really change the WNBA schedule, it will allow players who compete in Asian leagues to come back and train with their national teams.

The same process will repeat itself in 2021 to determine what teams make the following year’s world cup.

There will also be FIBA women’s Continental Cups played in the summer of non-Olympic and world cup years.

“We definitely will play in the Continental Cups,” Callan said. “It will give more of our players a chance to gain experience.”

The only countries that will be hurt by the change are ones that use college players on their national teams as the November and February tournament dates conflict with the NCAA season.

Soccer Roundup – FIFA World Cup: Schedule, TV time and storylines for Tuesday, June 19 / World Scores

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Time is running out for Lionel Messi to bring Argentina a World Cup, which would give him the one thing that’s missing from a career that ranks among the greatest.

He turns 31 on Sunday, which means this World Cup could be his last chance. It also means that Thursday’s match against Croatia is momentous. He has delivered for his club Barcelona — four Champions League titles, and nine La Liga championships in Spain — but still no major title for Argentina.

Messi missed a penalty — it was saved — in a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland in the opening group match. Argentina needs to beat Croatia to clear its path from the three-game group stage to the knock-out round of 16.

“We have to look at what we need to correct from the Iceland match, but we can’t dwell on it,” Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado said. “We have to look forward and win the next match against Croatia.”

The Croatians opened with a 2-0 win over Nigeria, putting them in a better spot in Group D than Argentina when the teams meet on the banks of the Volga in Nizhny Novgorod.

Jorge Sampaoli hasn’t used the same lineup twice in the 12 games he’s been in charge for Argentina. He’s juggling again, this time likely to start 22-year-old Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon up front with Messi. Pavon is quick and can play on the right or left and is likely to replace Angel di Maria.

As with all the Argentina coaches before him, Sampaoli has searched for the right partnership with Messi, who has often carried Argentina by himself and is always compared with Maradona, who brought Argentina its last World Cup title in 1986.

“I think that Jorge is looking at every position. We’ll see what happens and what he decides on the day,” Pavon said. “I feel confident and luckily things are going well for me, but I don’t know yet if I’ll be a starter.”

25-YEAR TITLE DROUGHT

It’s hard to believe, but Argentina has not won a major title since taking the Copa America — the South American championship — in 1993. That’s 25 years ago; a quarter century of drought for a country that sees itself as soccer royalty.

What two-time champion Argentina has felt recently is only bitter defeat: the losing finalist against Germany in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and two more runner-up finishes in the 2015 and 2016 at the Copa America — both times against Chile.

SENT PACKING

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has sent home striker Nikola Kalinic because he wouldn’t come off the bench as a substitute against Nigeria. Kalinic, who plays for AC Milan, says he has a back injury although news reports in Croatia say he is unhappy being a substitute.

Dalic said of Kalinic, “I need players who are ready.”

Croatia now has 22 players on the World Cup roster.

OTHER ARGENTINA CHANGES

Sampaoli experimented after the Iceland draw with using three defenders with Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi and Nicolas Tagliafico. Mercado would replace Marcos Rojo, who was sub-par against Iceland.

Lucas Biglia is also likely to be dropped from midfield and replaced by Marcos Acuna. Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega and Enzo Perez are also possibilities.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Day 5 of the World Cup was a European sweep.

Three favored teams from Europe — Sweden, Belgium and England — won their World Cup openers over squads from elsewhere.

England’s win was the most dramatic, 2-1 over Tunisia on a header by Harry Kane in stoppage time. Earlier Monday, Sweden got past South Korea 1-0 and Belgium had little trouble with Panama in a 3-0 win.

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Group H finally gets its first worldwide showcase on Tuesday.

James Rodriguez — a breakthrough star from the 2014 World Cup — might hit the field for the time at this World Cup when Colombia takes on Japan. His playing status is in doubt. Rodriguez — the 2014 World Cup’s top goal-scorer — is recovering from a calf injury and might not be able to play Tuesday.

Colombia, however, is expected to have star striker Radamel Falcao on the field. Falcao missed the World Cup four years ago due to a knee injury.

The final teams to get in their first 2018 World Cup games will be Poland and Senegal.

The capper of the day will be host Russia’s second game, which is against Egypt. Egypt will be hoping to have its star player — Mohamed Salah — in action for the first time in this year’s World Cup. Russia, meanwhile, is coming off a 5-0 drubbing of Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opener and is a surprise leader after one round of games in Group A.

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WORLD SCORES: COURTESY OF LIVESCORE.COM

June 18
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Sweden
South Korea
June 18
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Belgium
Panama
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Tunisia
England
June 18
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GAIS
Degerfors
June 18
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Dinamo Minsk
FK Vitebsk
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Gomel
Smolevichy
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Isloch
Dinamo Brest
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Independiente del Valle
Deportivo Cuenca
June 18
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Houston Dynamo
Minnesota United
FT
Chikhura
Torpedo Kutaisi
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FC Kyzylzhar Petropavlovsk
Shakhter Karagandy

Tennis Roundup: Federer moves back to No. 1 in rankings, swapping with Nadal

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LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, once again swapping spots with Rafael Nadal.

Federer’s title at the grass-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, last week pushed him up from No. 2 on Monday.

Nadal dropped down from No. 1 after sitting out last week following his 11th French Open championship earlier in the month.

This is the fifth time the top ranking has changed hands between Federer and Nadal. That’s the most switches at No. 1 in a single season since there were also five in 2003.

The record for most changes at No. 1 is 10, set in 1983, when John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl all spent time there.

This is Federer’s record-extending 310th week at No. 1.

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LONDON (AP) — Marin Cilic hopes another good run at Queen’s Club will stand him in good stead for Wimbledon.

The top-seeded Cilic was champion in 2012 and runner-up in 2013 and 2017. He came close at Wimbledon last year, losing to Roger Federer after suffering from bad blisters in the final.

He made a winning start at Queen’s Club on Monday, beating Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-3, 6-4.

“You can’t live on the glory from last year, you have to show that again,” Cilic said. “The grass-court season, it’s short but it’s sweet as well.”

Another big-name winner was three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who took apart Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-2, 6-3.

Wawrinka, who spent six months out last year after a double knee operation, suffered a first-round loss at the French Open last month which allowed him extra time to prepare on grass.

“Every day is getting better and in general I’m happy with my level,” Wawrinka said.

Sam Querrey eased past British wild card Jay Clarke 6-3, 6-3 but fellow American Jack Sock, the sixth seed, lost to Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3.

Also, Gilles Muller, a semifinalist last year, beat Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-6 (7), 7-6 (6).

The majority of the big guns kick off their campaigns on Tuesday; Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic, and defending champion Feliciano Lopez are in action. Andy Murray makes his long-awaited return after an 11-month absence through injury when he takes on Nick Kyrgios.

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HALLE, Germany (AP) — Seeded players Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut and Kei Nishikori all came through their first-round matches at the Gerry Weber Open on Monday.

The third-seeded Thiem hit 19 aces as he defeated Russian qualifier Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (5), 6-2 for a second-round meeting with Yuichi Sugita. The 52nd-ranked Japanese player defeated German wild card Maximilian Marterer 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

The fourth-seeded Bautista Agut had little difficulty in beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-1, and the seventh-seeded Nishikori opened his grass-court campaign by beating qualifier Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Bautista Agut next faces Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who defeated Joao Sousa of Portugal 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

American qualifier Denis Kudla also progressed by beating Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4.

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Karolina Pliskova left spectators puzzling yet again why her powerful game has never translated to grass-court glory when she lost in the first round of the Wimbledon warmup at Birmingham on Monday.

The 1.85-meter (6-foot-1) Czech with the superbly steep serve who appeared to have the world at her feet when she became No. 1 last year, was outplayed by 19th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-3.

Rybarikova’s versatile tactics and shot-making fluidity enabled her to control the match almost from start to finish.

The outcome was less surprising only to those who saw Rybarikova beat Pliskova in the second round of last year’s Wimbledon, and who knew the Slovak won her first WTA title nine years ago on these self-same courts in Birmingham.

“I have a big respect for her, but this was not a day for her,” Rybarikova said.

“I was feeling really good. I made so many returns (of serve), and maybe I was thinking about last year at Wimbledon when I played really well there, too.”

She used plenty of slice on the lush grass, mixed up the spins, moved with sharp anticipation, and was unafraid to come to the net. She was two breaks of serve up in less than 15 minutes, and broke again in the fifth game of the second set immediately after holding serve in less than a minute in a game containing two aces.

The day began with only former Wimbledon champions Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova, and reigning champion Garbine Muguruza at shorter odds than Pliskova of winning Wimbledon starting in two weeks.

But everything seemed to be against the third-seeded Pliskova, especially when she achieved her one ace of the first set only after a line judge changed his call, and challenged a fault call in the second set only for the video replay to fail to function.

Rybarikova next plays Kristina Mladenovic, the Frenchwoman who gave the tournament a dynamic start with a comeback win over Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

Mladenovic, who reached the top 10 in October but who has since fallen from the top 50, appeared very out of sorts in the first set but came back to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, denying Siniakova a break back point for 4-4 in the final set.

Mladenovic attributed her success partly to her younger brother Luka, a professional footballer with Calais who just happened to be on holiday and tried his hand at some high-level tennis coaching instead.

“I’m lucky to have him,” she said. “He told me my first serve wasn’t working well in the first set. I was not taking my time, and was rushing. He said, ‘Keep fighting and stay positive.’ He was right.”

Defending champion Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, opens against Johanna Konta on Tuesday.

2018 NBA mock draft 4.0: Deandre Ayton to go No. 1 … but then what?

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   With a week to go before this year’s NBA Draft unfolds, there is an historic level of uncertainty about the top of the lottery at this late stage of the proceedings.

While Arizona center DeAndre Ayton seems to be emerging as a consensus choice for the top pick, after that, things are completely wide open.

Here, then, is our best stab at how the some of the first round will play out, seven days before NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will take the stage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to announce selections:

1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

The Suns have worked out several players, and coach Igor Kokoskov has ties to the other top candidate, Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic, who is still playing in Europe and thus hasn’t worked out in Phoenix. But Ayton feels like he’ll be the pick. He’s a physical specimen, and it can’t be overstated that Suns owner Robert Sarver is a prominent Arizona booster and alum.

2. Sacramento Kings: Luka Doncic, SF, Real Madrid

There has been a lot of talk lately about Doncic slipping out of the top three – and, equally, about a lot of teams attempting to trade up to get their hands on him. That said, I can’t see a scenario in which the Kings, a team run in part by a pair of Serbians in Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic, pass on a potential superstar from the Balkans.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Jaren Jackson, Jr., PF/C, Michigan State

Expected to be the youngest player drafted, Jackson, 18, projects to be an intriguing prospect as a 40 percent shooter from 3 (80 percent at the free-throw line) who can also block shots and switch screens. That is exactly what every team is looking for in today’s NBA – something Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk, who spent a long time in Golden State, knows better than just about anyone.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Duke

With owner Robert Pera saying this week he thinks his team can win 50-plus games next season, it would make sense for Memphis to find a player who complements veterans Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Bagley would be able to step in next to Gasol at power forward on Day 1.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

A massive human being, Bamba has intrigued plenty of teams at the top of the draft. He also is the type of prospect with massive boom-or-bust potential. Still, given how long Dallas has been searching for an anchor in the middle, bringing Bamba north from Austin feels like the pick here.

6. Orlando Magic: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma

This is where things could start getting weird. Bamba could be an Orlando pick if he’s on the board. Duke center Wendell Carter would also make sense. But for a team desperate for scoring, star power and a point guard, we’ll put Young here.

7. Chicago Bulls: Michael Porter Jr., SF/PF, Missouri

Assuming Porter’s medicals check out, it feels like this will be his floor in the draft. Chicago really needs a dynamic wing player, and Porter was projected to go in the top three before he suffered a back injury.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn Nets): Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke

The Cavaliers would love to have either Young or Porter sitting on the board here – and if Carter goes to Orlando, they almost certainly will. In this case, though, Carter will go to Cleveland – giving the Cavaliers a long, skilled big who could wind up better than Bagley in the long term.

9. New York Knicks: Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova

Like Cleveland, New York would probably love to get its hands on Porter or Young – or potentially even move up and snag Doncic. With those options not likely to present themselves, though, giving head coach David Fizdale a mature wing such as Bridges, who can step in and immediately knock down 3s and play defense, will help the new coach establish a culture.

10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers): Zhaire Smith, SF, Texas Tech

Smith has skyrocketed up draft boards in recent weeks and now appears to have a shot at making it into the lottery. This may be ambitious, but for a team that needs more athleticism and shooting on the wings, Smith would be an intriguing long-term swingman to pair with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and, if he can get his shot right, Markelle Fultz.

11. Charlotte Hornets: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

Originally expected to be a top-10 pick, Sexton has dropped a bit in recent weeks. Still, his personality and game will give Charlotte a fallback option if general manager Mitch Kupchak considers trading Kemba Walker this summer – as, given how the team’s long-term prospects look, he’d be wise to do.

12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit Pistons): Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Alexander went from an off-the-radar secondary prospect to arguably Kentucky’s best NBA talent this season, capped by an impressive showing in the NCAA Tournament. He could become the long-term successor to Chris Paul in Los Angeles.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami

With a second straight pick, the Clippers can get another long-armed, long-term prospect in their backcourt. Gilgeous-Alexander and Walker could become a fearsome defensive tandem in time and give the Clippers something to build on moving forward amid a lot of roster uncertainty.

14. Denver Nuggets: Kevin Knox, SF/PF, Kentucky

Every team is searching for combo forwards, but Denver, in particular, is in need after cycling through many options this season. Knox is young, as is much of Denver’s core. Despite consistency issues, he has a lot of talent.

MLB Roundup: Astros win 11th straight, beating Royals to finish trip 10-0

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a 10-0 trip by rallying past the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Sunday.

The World Series champion Astros swept their swing through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City, outscoring opponents 74-35. Last season, Houston had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City. This time, the Astros trailed 4-3 in the eighth inning before Correa led off with a tying homer. Evan Gattis, who had three hits, then put them ahead during a three-run burst.

Correa has three home runs and eight RBIs in six games after missing four games with discomfort in his right side. He had a first-inning single and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Gattis hit .366 with five home runs and 19 RBIs on the Astros’ trip. He singled home Yuli Gurriel in the eighth, and Marvin Gonzalez added an RBI single in the inning.

The Royals have lost six straight and 12 of 13. They have dropped 26 of 36 home games.

Brandon Maurer (0-3) took the loss, facing two batters and having both score. Tony Sipp (2-0) picked up the victory. Hector Rondon closed for his fourh save.

Rays 3, Yankees 1

NEW YORK – Wilmer Font held the high-scoring Yankees in check in the latest Tampa Bay game “started” by a reliever, and the Rays held off New York to avoid a sweep.

Matt Duffy drove in two runs with a second-inning single for his first multi-RBI game in over a month. Carlos Gomez had an RBI double as Tampa Bay scored all three runs in the second against CC Sabathia (4-2).

Tampa Bay beat New York for the first time this season. The Yankees opened the season with five straight wins, outscoring the Rays 31-10 over the games, and was trying for a four-game sweep.

Font turned in his best performance of the year in any role, allowing just one run in 4 2-3 innings with five strikeouts. Tampa Bay used a reliever to open for the 15th time in 29 games. Entering the day, relievers working as starters had allowed 13 earned runs in 18 innings.

Chaz Roe (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Sergio Romo, who has also drawn five starts this season, closed for his third save.

Aaron Hicks homered off Font in the fifth – it was actually the second homer of the day. Hours earlier, the Yankees held the 72nd Old-Timers’ Day and Nick Swisher hit a long drive to right field. Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson were joined by the likes of Don Larsen, Willie Randolph, Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi. Current New York manager Aaron Boone took part for the first time.

Mets 5, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX – Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad Boxberger in a four-run ninth inning and New York rallied to beat Arizona.

The Diamondbacks led 3-1 entering the ninth and Boxberger (1-3), with his third blown save in 20 tries, struck out the first two batters.

Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single and scored on Jose Bautista’s pinch-hit double to cut the lead to 3-1. Nimmo, who doubled and scored in the first inning, followed with a two-run shot to right field to put New York ahead 4-3 and Cabrera’s solo shot made it 5-3.

The Mets split the four-game series in Arizona and won consecutive games for the first time since May 20-21. The Diamondbacks were 4-3 on the homestand.

Jeurys Familia (3-3), just off the disabled list, allowed a run in an inning of relief to get the victory. Robert Gsellman pitched the ninth for his third save in seven tries.

Rangers 13, Rockies 12

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jose Trevino blooped a two-run single, capping a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent Texas past Colorado.

Rockies closer Wade Davis (0-2) retired only one batter while walking four and allowing singles to Rougned Odor and Trevino. A rookie catcher, Trevino entered his third major league game in the top of the ninth. He is 2 for 8 for Texas, including a tying single in Saturday’s 5-2 victory.

Colorado took a 5-1 lead in the seesaw game. The Rangers scored five runs to take a 6-5 lead in the sixth, including Jurickson Profar’s three-run homer off starter Jon Gray.

The Rockies responded with a five-run seventh to go ahead 10-6. Colorado’s Gerardo Parra drove in four runs, three on a bases-clearing double in the seventh.

Texas pulled to 10-9 with three runs in the seventh. Trevor Story hit a two-run homer in the Colorado ninth against Jesse Chavez (3-1).

Red Sox 9, Mariners 3

SEATTLE – Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts homered to help Boston rout Seattle.

Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4).

The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford, who gave up three runs and two homers while getting two outs. Bradley Jr. sent Bradford’s first pitch over the centerfield wall for his fourth home run this season. Benintendi hit his third single of the game with one out before Bogaerts put Boston ahead 8-2 with a shot into the bullpen for his 12th of the season.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1) picked up his sixth straight win, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine.

Phillies 10, Brewers 9

MILWAUKEE – Maikel Franco homered and drove in four runs and Philadelphia held off Milwaukee’s ninth-inning rally.

Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera also homered to help the Phillies took two of three from Milwaukee. The Brewers are tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NL.

Milwaukee trailed 10-5 going into the ninth. Jesus Aguilar led off with a home run and Eric Thames hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot with two outs off Hector Neris. Christian Yelich followed with a drive to center and Herrera made a leaping catch for the final out, giving Jake Thompson the save.

Tommy Hunter (2-0) was the winner in relief. Hoskins hit a two-run homer in the first off starter Chase Anderson (5-6). Hoskins connected for the second straight day and his 10th of the season.

Blue Jays 8, Nationals 6

TORONTO – Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte hit consecutive homers in the eighth inning, and Toronto beat Washington to complete a three-game sweep.

The game was tied at 6 before Hernandez and Solarte connected against Ryan Madson (1-3). Hernandez hit his 12th homer and Solarte belted his team-leading 15th.

Randal Grichuk added a pair of solo homers for the Blue Jays, who have won seven straight home games. Ryan Tepera (4-2) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Washington has lost five of six. Slumping Nationals slugger Bryce Harper went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .218.

Giants 4, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES – Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt hit two-run home runs and Chris Stratton pitched six solid innings to help San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep at Los Angeles.

Hundley got the Giants going with a homer in the first inning, halfway up the pavilion seats in left field for his eighth of the season. Belt followed two innings later with his 12th home run and first since returning from an appendectomy on June 1.

The Dodgers saw their modest five-game win streak come to an end, but they are still 11-3 in June. They went 7-2 on their just-completed homestand and now head to Chicago for a National League Championship Series rematch with the Cubs.

Stratton (8-4) gave up a first-inning run when Hundley tried to cut down Justin Turner at second base and threw the ball into center field. Hunter Strickland finished for his 14th save. Dodgers rookie Caleb Ferguson (0-1) took the loss.

Angels 6, Athletics 5 (11)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall in the 11th inning in Oakland’s comeback victory over Los Angeles.

The A’s rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie it at 5, then took advantage of control problems by a pair of Angels relievers to win.

Jed Lowrie led off the 11th with a single and Jake Jewell (0-1) hit Khris Davis with a pitch. After Matt Olson flied, Eduardo Paredes replaced Jewell and walked Mark Canha to load the bases.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought left fielder Justin Upton in for a five-man infield but it didn’t matter. Lucroy hit a deep drive to win it.

Canha hit an early two-run homer, and added a tying single with two outs in the ninth. Marcus Semien homered to begin the Oakland ninth.

Blake Treinen (4-1) pitched the final two innings for the victory.

Albert Pujols hit his 625th career home run, Chris Young also went deep and Mike Trout reached base five times for the Angels.

Tigers 3, White Sox 1

CHICAGO – Nicholas Castellanos homered and Blaine Hardy pitched one-run ball into the sixth, leading Detroit past Chicago for its fifth straight win.

Jose Iglesias added an RBI single to help Detroit improve to 8-1 against the White Sox this season, including 6-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Castellanos homered twice Saturday and connected again in his first at-bat Sunday. Before Saturday, he was mired in a 1-for-21 slump over the previous five games.

Hardy (3-1) allowed one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

James Shields (2-8) was the loser. Matt Davidson hit his 12th homer and Kevan Smith had two hits for Chicago, which has dropped four straight.

Braves 4, Padres 1

ATLANTA – Julio Teheran pitched six no-hit innings before being pulled from his first start since coming off the disabled list, and Atlanta relievers gave up six hits in the win over San Diego.

The Braves’ bid for a combined no-hitter ended with one out in the seventh when Shane Carle allowed a single to Cory Spangenberg. Freddy Galvis added another single before Carle pitched out of the jam.

Teheran (5-4) struck out a season-high 11. Jose Vizcaino got three outs for his 15th save.

Johan Camargo’s two-run double in the fourth off Jose Castillo (1-1) gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead. Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer off Brad Hand in the eighth.

Indians 4, Twins 1

CLEVELAND – Shane Bieber pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning in his first major league win, helping Cleveland beat Minnesota.

Bieber (1-0) scattered 10 hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in his second career start. The rookie right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day when Carlos Carrasco went on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right elbow.

Yan Gomes’ three-run double in the third snapped a 1-all tie. Cody Allen, the Indians’ third reliever, pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Cleveland salvaged the finale of the three-game series and broke a five-game losing streak against Minnesota.

Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-4) allowed four runs in five innings.

Orioles 10, Marlins 4

BALTIMORE – Jace Peterson and Mark Trumbo homered, and Baltimore beat Miami to snap a nine-game losing streak.

Baltimore also ended a string of 11 straight losses at home, which tied a club record. The Orioles’ last win at Camden Yards was May 13 against Tampa Bay.

Dylan Bundy (5-7) pitched six innings of four-run ball for last-place Baltimore. He has accounted for one-quarter of his team’s victories this season.

Justin Bour homered twice for the Marlins, who went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Trevor Richards (1-4) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Reds 8, Pirates 6

PITTSBURGH – Eugenio Suarez homered in the second straight game and Joey Votto celebrated his 1,500th major league contest by going 2 for 4 with two RBIs in Cincinnati’s victory over Pittsburgh.

Suarez hit a two-run shot off Joe Musgrove (2-2) in the fourth. Votto hit a drive to deep right-center the fifth to chase Musgrove and give the Reds the cushion they would need to beat the Pirates for just the second time in seven tries at PNC Park this season.

Scott Schebler added three RBIs for Cincinnati, including a two-run home run in the ninth.

Anthony DeSclafani (2-1) surrendered solo home runs to Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco but otherwise kept the Pirates in check. Raisel Iglesias got four outs for his 10th save.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 0

ST. LOUIS – Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and St. Louis beat Chicago on Sunday night.

Flaherty allowed just two hits while striking out seven in five innings, but he walked three and hit two batters and was pulled after throwing 97 pitches. He escaped a jam in the third inning when he struck out Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless.

John Brebbia (1-1) worked around two hits in a scoreless sixth inning to earn his first major league win. Austin Gomber, Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris each pitched a hitless inning to finish the shutout. It ended the Cardinals’ season-high four-game losing streak and prevented the Cubs from getting their first series sweep in St. Louis since Sept. 13-15, 2010.

WNBA Roundup: Diana Taurasi leads Mercury to 8th straight win

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 18 of her 28 in the first half and the Phoenix Mercury ran their winning streak to eight with a 92-80 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday night.

Las Vegas pulled within six late in the fourth quarter but DeWanna Bonner hit a baseline 3 to make it 85-76 with 1:48 left and Taurasi made three free throws with 1:18 to go.

Phoenix (10-3) scored 10 straight to end the third quarter with a 75-59 lead — the Mercury’s largest of the game. Leilani Mitchell had back-to-back 3-pointers in that run.

The Mercury took the lead for good with the last four points of the first half to go into the break ahead 46-42. Brittney Griner added 24 points for Phoenix.

A’ja Wilson led the Aces (3-9) with 21 points, and Kayla McBride had 20.

SPARKS 81, SKY 72

CHICAGO (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored 21 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help WNBA-leading Los Angeles beat Chicago.

Candace Parker added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks (8-2). They have won four straight.

Jamierra Faulkner had 19 points for the Sky (3-7). They have lost four in a row.

Soccer Roundup – 2018 World Cup: Sweden’s height advantage gets to South Korea in World Cup

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Sweden’s height advantage got to South Korea.

In an effort to compensate for the disparity, South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong decided to use a backup player in goal because he is the tallest of the team’s three keepers.

The gamble worked, but a penalty still gave the Swedes a 1-0 victory on Monday at the World Cup.

“We evaluated all of our goalkeepers and we felt like with the very tall Swedish players, we thought Jo Hyeon-woo would be the best and we thought he’d be a little bit quicker,” Shin said. “So we chose him.”

At 1.89 meters (6-foot-3), Jo is tallest of the South Korean goalkeepers. But he is normally No. 3 on the list when it comes to playing time.

Shin is well-known for pulling surprises.

In World Cup warm-up matches, he switched the numbers of his players around, arguing Swedish scouts would be confused because he says “it’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians.”

Shin mentioned Sweden’s height advantage about a dozen times after the match. He even acknowledged his players “were a little bit psychologically concerned about the height of the Swedish players.”

Sweden’s starting players averaged about 1.90 meters (6-3), while South Korea’s starters averaged about 1.83 meters (6 feet).

Shin also started with Kim Shin-wook as his primary striker. He is the tallest player on South Korea’s team at 1.97 meters (6-5 1/2).

Jo did his job in goal, making a half-dozen sprawling saves until he was beaten on a second-half penalty by Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist.

Asked to name South Korea’s most important player, Sweden coach Janne Andersson didn’t hesitate.

“I think definitely,” Andersson said, “the goalie was their best.”

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about the future before the end of the group stage on June 28. Who has the easiest path to the knockout stage? Is it Lionel Messi and Argentina, with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in their group? What about Neymar and Brazil, paired with Serbia, Poland and Costa Rica? Nobody knows for sure, but that’s why it is always fun to guess.

So who makes a deep run at the 2018 World Cup? And which nation lifts the trophy? Visit SportsLine now to get the complete optimal bracket for the World Cup, and see which favorites fail to advance past the quarterfinals, all from the model that’s returned an 1800 percent profit on bookmakers’ closing odds.

Below you’ll find the standings and schedule broken down by each group:

Group A

Thursday, June 14: Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0
Friday, June 15: Uruguay 1, Egypt 0


Tuesday, June 19: Russia vs. Egypt, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia, 11 a.m. ET, Fox


Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Monday, June 25: Uruguay vs. Russia, 10 a.m. ET, Fox


Group B

Friday, June 15: Iran 1, Morocco 0
Friday, June 15: Portugal 3, Spain 3


Wednesday, June 20: Portugal vs. Morocco, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Wednesday, June 20: Iran vs. Spain, 2 p.m. ET, Fox


Monday, June 25: Iran vs. Portugal, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Monday, June 25: Spain vs. Morocco, 2 p.m. ET, FS1


Group C

Saturday, June 16: France 2, Australia 1
Saturday, June 16: Denmark 1, Peru 0


Thursday, June 21: Denmark vs. Australia, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Thursday, June 21: France vs. Peru, 11 a.m. ET, Fox


Tuesday, June 26: Australia vs. Peru, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 26: Denmark vs. France, 10 a.m. ET, Fox

Group D

Saturday, June 16: Argentina 1, Iceland 1
Saturday, June 16: Croatia 2, Nigeria 0


Thursday, June 21: Argentina vs. Croatia, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Friday, June 22: Nigeria vs. Iceland, 11 a.m. ET, Fox


Tuesday, June 26: Iceland vs. Croatia, 2 p.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 26: Nigeria vs. Argentina, 2 p.m. ET, Fox

Group E

Sunday, June 17: Serbia 1, Costa Rica 0
Sunday, June 17: Brazil 1, Switzerland 1


Friday, June 22: Brazil vs. Costa Rica, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Friday, June 22: Serbia vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m. ET, Fox


Wednesday, June 27: Serbia vs. Brazil, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Wednesday, June 27: Switzerland vs. Costa Rica, 2 p.m. ET, FS1

Group F

Sunday, June 17: Mexico 1, Germany 0
Monday, June 18: Sweden 1, South Korea 0


Saturday, June 23: Germany vs. Sweden, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Saturday, June 23: South Korea vs. Mexico, 2 p.m. ET, Fox


Wednesday, June 27: South Korea vs. Germany, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Wednesday, June 27: Mexico vs. Sweden, 10 a.m. ET, Fox

Group G

Monday, June 18: Belgium vs. Panama, 11 a.m. ET, FS1
Monday, June 18: Tunisia vs. England, 2 p.m. ET, FS1


Saturday, June 23: Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8 a.m. ET, Fox
Sunday, June 24: England vs. Panama, 8 a.m. ET, FS1


Thursday, June 28: England vs. Belgium, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Thursday, June 28: Panama vs. Tunisia, 2 p.m. ET, FS1

Group H

Tuesday, June 19: Colombia vs. Japan, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 19: Poland vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, Fox


Sunday, June 24: Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Sunday, June 24: Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m. ET, Fox


Thursday, June 28: Japan vs. Poland, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Thursday, June 28: Senegal vs. Colombia, 10 a.m. ET, Fox


Round of 16

Saturday, June 30
Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up 10 a.m. ET Kazan Fox
Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up 2 p.m. ET Sochi Fox
Sunday, July 1
Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up 10 a.m. ET Moscow Fox
Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up 2 p.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod Fox
Monday, July 2
Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up 10 a.m. ET Samara FS1
Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up 2 p.m. ET Rostov Fox
Tuesday, July 3
Match 55: Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up 10 a.m. ET Saint Petersburg FS1
Match 56: Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up 2 p.m. ET Rostov Fox

Quarterfinals

Friday, July 6
Match 57: Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 winner 9 a.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod FS1
Match 58: Match 53 winner vs. Match 54 winner 1 p.m. ET Kazan FS1
Saturday, July 7
Match 60: Match 55 winner vs. Match 66 winner 9 a.m. ET Samara Fox
Match 59: Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 winner 1 p.m. ET Sochi Fox

Semifinals

Tuesday, July 10
Match 61: Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner 1 p.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox
Wednesday, July 11
Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner 1 p.m. ET Moscow Fox

Third-place match

Saturday, July 14
Match 63: Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser 9 a.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox

World Cup final

Sunday, July 15
Match 64: Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner 10 a.m. ET Moscow Fox

2018 NBA mock draft 3.0: Michael Porter Jr. vaults up board; Cavs nab Trae Young

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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   A week away from the draft, while it looks like the No. 1 pick is set, teams are still gathering information and having players in for workouts.

Big men Marvin Bagley and Mo Bamba recently worked out for the Atlanta Hawks, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had a stellar workout for the Phoenix Suns. Many lottery teams are still gathering information on Michael Porter Jr., whose medical history is integral to this process.

At this point it’s important to be wary of smokescreens, and remember, trades are still possible.

USA TODAY Sports canvassed multiple league executives in shaping its latest mock draft. The actual NBA draft will be held next Thursday in New York.

1. Phoenix Suns – Deandre Ayton

Arizona • Center • Freshman

Height: 7-1 • Weight: 250

The Suns worked out several of the top prospects likely as due diligence, but it’s going to be Arizona center Deandre Ayton. Suns GM Ryan McDonough called Ayton’s workout “phenomenal,” and it would be a shock if they went another route.

2. Sacramento Kings – Michael Porter Jr.

Missouri • Forward • Freshman 

Height: 6-11 • Weight: 211

The Kings are known to be enamored with Porter but are still trying to gather the latest medical information. If they’re convinced that he’s fully healthy, he could be the combo-forward they’ve been searching for. A trade down could also be possible if they believe they could get him lower, as the Kings have no first rounders in 2019.

3. Atlanta Hawks – Marvin Bagley III

Duke • Forward • Freshman

Height: 6-11 • Weight: 234

If Bagley learns to rely on his three-pointer a bit more, he’ll be a matchup nightmare for opposing big men. The Hawks would get immediate offensive help with this pick, and Bagley would be afforded time to improve his defense.

4. Memphis Grizzlies – Luka Doncic

Real Madrid • Guard

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 220

The Grizzlies are several pieces away from contending for the postseason, but Doncic, the EuroLeague MVP, is the most polished and accomplished prospect among the elites. He immediately gives Memphis another primary ballhandler and someone capable of stretching the floor.

5. Dallas Mavericks – Jaren Jackson Jr.

Michigan State • Forward • Freshman

Height: 6-11 • Weight: 236

Viewed as perhaps the prospect with the most room to grow both physically and offensively, Jackson Jr. is an immediate asset on the defensive end. His length and timing are outstanding, and given his comfort from the perimeter, he could be the prototypical NBA big man in a few years.

6. Orlando Magic – Mo Bamba

Texas • Center • Freshman

Height: 7-1 • Weight: 225

Similar to Jackson, Bamba is already NBA-ready on the defensive end, and there’s a question as to how far he’ll be able to stretch the floor when he’s not demoralizing defenses with his patented alley-oop finishes. Bamba, who will have the longest wingspan in the NBA at 7-10, is the kind of physical freak teams may regret passing on.

7. Chicago Bulls – Wendell Carter Jr.

Duke • Forward • Freshman

Height: 6-10 • Weight: 251

Carter Jr. represents a safe, solid pick with low risk. He’s a polished, but not plodding, big man with great footwork and high basketball IQ.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Trae Young

Oklahoma • Guard • Freshman

Height: 6-2 • Weight: 177

Is anyone surprised that Young wasn’t able to maintain his furious scoring pace for an entire season? The Cavs may benefit because other teams tried to poke holes in his obvious talent.

9. New York Knicks – Collin Sexton

Alabama • Guard • Freshman

Height: 6-2 • Weight: 183

Sexton is an aggressive, confident scorer who could thrive as the lead guard. The guard-depleted Cavs are known to be interested in Sexton as well.

10. Philadelphia 76ers – Mikal Bridges

Villanova • Guard • Junior 

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 210

Given Bridges’ experience and strengths, he’s likely an immediate contributor at the next level, filling a wing position that nearly every team covets.

11. Charlotte Hornets – Miles Bridges

Michigan State • Forward • Sophomore 

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 220

The Hornets need help all over, and Bridges is a position-less wing who could play small forward and power forward in smaller lineups. He’s a bit of a tweener in terms of ideal fit, but his raw athleticism and stature make him lottery worthy.

12. Los Angeles Clippers – Lonnie Walker

Miami • Guard • Freshman

Height: 6-5 • Weight: 196

The Clippers are in a unique position to draft back-to-back lottery players, affording them a chance to make a riskier move with one of their picks. Walker, a raw, physical guard, offers them a scoring mindset combined with a versatile profile on the defensive end.

13. Los Angeles Clippers – Robert Williams

Texas A&M • Center • Sophomore 

Height: 6-10 • Weight: 241

As for that risk, it comes in the form of Williams. Athletic and rim-running, Williams has tantalizing tools at center for the modern NBA. He also doesn’t have much of an offensive arsenal anywhere outside of the paint, and the 47% free throw percentage is scary.

14. Denver Nuggets – Kevin Knox

Kentucky • Forward • Freshman 

Height: 6-9 • Weight: 215

Not many forwards can create offense off the bounce like Knox, and it’s impossible to ignore his versatility. He’s needs to add muscle to his frame and any team must be patient with him, but there’s significant upside as he continues to develop.

15. Washington Wizards – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Kentucky • Guard • Freshman

Height: 6-6 • Weight: 180

Give him a few years to develop more of an offensive repertoire, and Gilgeous-Alexander is an ideal NBA point guard. His length, passing and defense are all intriguing, but don’t expect him to orchestrate an NBA offense as a rookie.

16. Phoenix Suns – Zhaire Smith

Texas Tech • Guard • Freshman 

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 198

Smith is a freak athlete without much more that teams can bank on. He’s stunning in transition and finishes dunks that hardly look feasible. His defensive instincts are there, too, but teams will have to grapple with what else he’s able to create on offense.

17. Milwaukee Bucks – Aaron Holiday

UCLA • Guard • Junior 

Height: 6-1 • Weight: 185

Holiday would be less of a risk than the Bucks are typically accustomed to drafting. He’s a poised, crafty ballhandler, and with two brothers already in the league, he’s got an obvious NBA pedigree.

18. San Antonio Spurs – Troy Brown

Oregon • Forward • Freshman 

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 208

There’s potentially a lot of value in Brown, who does a lot of things well but nothing great. His defensive instincts are probably his best asset, and with the right coaching and system, he could develop a more enhanced offensive game.

19. Atlanta Hawks – Elie Okobo

Pau-Orthez (France) • Guard

Height: 6-3 • Weight: 180

The lefty guard has good outside touch, a quick first step and a deft midrange game. There usually aren’t many potentially starting-caliber guards left this late in the draft.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Dzanan Musa

Cedevita (Croatia) • Forward

Height: 6-9 • Weight: 195

Musa needs to add significant bulk to his frame, not necessarily to compete offensively but because he could be a liability on defense. He’s a rangy shooter and a creative finisher with good vision; offenses won’t stall with him in the rotation.

21. Utah Jazz – Kevin Huerter

Maryland • Forward • Sophomore

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 190

No one helped themselves more at the NBA draft combine than smooth-shooting forward Kevin Huerter, who excelled in the scrimmage portion. There is a belief that Huerter may have secured a promise, which could have swayed his decision to stay in the draft.

22. Chicago Bulls – Chandler Hutchison

Boise State • Guard • Senior 

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 197

There’s also a belief that Hutchison, who pulled out of the NBA draft combine, may have a first-round promise from Chicago. If that’s the case, the athletic, four-year wing would fit the bill of prospects the Bulls have drafted in the past.

23. Indiana Pacers – Donte DiVincenzo

Villanova • Guard • Sophomore

Height: 6-5 • Weight: 200

DiVincenzo parlayed his strong Final Four and draft combine showing into a likely first-round pick. He’s a downhill scorer, crafty finisher from multiple angles and someone who makes his teammates better.

24. Portland Trail Blazers – Keita Bates-Diop

Ohio State • Forward • Junior

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 223

Bates-Diop has good mobility, anticipation and athleticism, and his face-up game was an asset in college. As a redshirt player, there are legitimate questions as to how much he’ll improve.

25. Los Angeles Lakers – De’Anthony Melton

Southern California • Guard • Sophomore 

Height: 6-3 • Weight: 193

Despite withdrawing from USC earlier this season, Melton remains an intriguing prospect thanks to his defensive intensity and transition ability. At the draft combine he also mentioned how special it would be for him to play for his hometown Lakers.

26. Philadelphia 76ers – Jerome Robinson

Boston College • Guard • Junior

Height: 6-5 • Weight: 188

It’s not hard to see what scouts like about Robinson. He’s a poised, steady guard with good size who can occasionally explode to the rim. He’s a comfortable scorer who could easily command a second unit off the bench.

27. Boston Celtics – Josh Okogie

Georgia Tech • Guard • Sophomore

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 213

Okogie has good size and a great motor, but his offensive instincts can feel a little hectic at times. He should immediately be able to hold his own on the defensive end.

28. Golden State Warriors – Khyri Thomas

Creighton • Guard • Junior 

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 200

Steady and with great length, Thomas is a low-risk, heady guard who won’t make unforced mistakes and can immediately stretch the floor with his offense.

29. Brooklyn Nets – Jacob Evans

Cincinnati • Guard • Junior 

Height: 6-6 • Weight: 210

With good size and strength for his position, Evans can be an immediate contributor on the defensive end and should have no trouble in a switch-heavy defense. His three-point shooting ability could be a bonus.

30. Atlanta Hawks – Mitchell Robinson

Chalmette High School • Center

Height: 7-0 • Weight: 233

Robinson might be the most enigmatic prospect in the draft, with a range as high as just outside the lottery all the way until the second round. The size and talent are there, but teams could have questions about his drive and commitment after skipping his lone year in college basketball.

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Tennis Roundup: Federer beats Raonic for Stuttgart title, his 18th on grass

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3) to mark his return from three months off with the Stuttgart Open title on Sunday.

The Swiss great, who is assured of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Monday, broke at 1-1 in the opening set and held his nerve in the second, where Raonic double-faulted.

Federer skipped the entire clay-court season for the second year in a row, but he wrapped up his 18th grass-court title in 1 hour and 18 minutes – his 98th title overall and third of the season after victories at the Australian Open and World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

It extends his grass-court winning streak to 16 matches including his titles at Halle and Wimbledon last year.

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NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Johanna Konta overcame a rain delay and defending champion Donna Vekic to secure a place in the Nottingham Open final for the second successive year on Saturday.

Local hope Konta beat Croatia’s Vekic 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals.

The top-seeded Ashleigh Barty awaits in Sunday’s final after the Australian beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3 6-4.

Barty broke third-seeded Osaka three times and didn’t face a break point in serve.

Konta beat Barty in the quarterfinals last year before losing to Vekic in the final.

This time, the British No. 1 breezed through the opening set. Vekic called for the trainer and looked ready to go for treatment when rain forced them all off.

After around an hour delay, Konta moved 3-1 ahead only for the Croatian to break back and level. Konta closed out the match with another break.

MLB Roundup: Dallas Keuchel pitches Astros to 10th straight win

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   The Houston Astros won their 10th straight game, with Dallas Keuchel getting three-run homers from Max Stassi and Alex Bregman to rout the Kansas City Royals 10-2 on Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jose Altuve hit a two-run double in the first inning to send the World Series champions on their way. The Astros had an 11-game win streak last season that ended in Kansas City.

The Royals have lost five in a row and are just 2-12 in June.

Keuchel (4-8) began to emerge from a monthlong funk, allowing two unearned runs and six hits in six innings. The 2015 Cy Young winner had surrendered a combined 17 runs over his last three outings, and had not won since tossing seven scoreless innings against Texas on May 13.

Danny Duffy (3-7) had been pitching well of late, but the Royals left-hander allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings.

Yankees 4, Rays 1: In New York, Luis Severino pitched eight sharp innings and New York won for the 13th time in 16 games with a victory over Tampa Bay.

Giancarlo Stanton and Sanchez hit back-to-back home runs to help the Yankees send the Rays to their 18th loss in 22 games at Yankee Stadium.

Severino (10-2) simply overwhelmed a weak-hitting Rays lineup that has produced just one run over its last 21 innings. The 24-year-old righty gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked two, tying Cleveland’s Corey Kluber for the A.L. wins lead.

Chasen Shreve gave up a leadoff homer in the ninth to Matt Duffy, who went deep for just the fourth time this year. Jake Bauers followed with a triple and Aroldis Chapman then set down the next three batters for his 20th save.

Ryan Yarbrough (5-3) gave up a run in the second on rookie Gleyber Torres’ two-out double. Didi Gregorius hit an RBI single in the third.

Tigers 7, White Sox 5: In Chicago, Nicholas Castellanos homered twice and Jose Iglesias hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Detroit’s two-run eighth that carried the Tigers past Chicago for their fourth straight win.

Castellanos hit a three-run drive in the third and a two-run shot in the fifth. It was his first multihomer game since Aug. 22 against the Yankees and No. 4 for his career.

The Tigers blew a 5-0 lead but recovered in time to improve to 7-1 against the lowly White Sox this year. Buck Farmer (3-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win and Shane Greene worked the ninth for his 19th save.

Victor Martinez sparked the winning rally in the eighth with a leadoff single against Jace Fry (0-1). Bruce Rondon then walked John Hicks and couldn’t make a diving grab of JaCoby Jones’ bunt popup, loadiing the bases.

Iglesias hand a run scoring infield sing and Niko Goodrum drew a four-pitch walk.

Blue Jays 2, Nationals 0: In Toronto, Max Scherzer lost his second straight start for the first time since 2015 when Marco Estrada pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and Devon Travis homered to lead Toronto past Washington.

Scherzer (10-3) gave up four hits, including the two-run homer by Travis, in six innings. The two-time N.L. Cy Young Award winner struck out 10, increasing his major league-leading total to 152.

Travis homered for the second game in a row when he connected in the fifth, right after Scherzer hit Luke Maile with a pitch.

Estrada (4-6) allowed three hits, one a bunt single, to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season.

Danny Barnes and Aaron Loup each got two outs and former Nationals closer Tyler Clippard finished the three-hitter for his third save in six opportunities.

Toronto has won six straight at home after losing 10 of its previous 11 at Rogers Centre.

Braves 1, Padres 0: In Atlanta, Sean Newcomb pitched six scoreless innings and Charlie Culberson homered to lead Atlanta over San Diego.

The N.L. East-leading Braves improved to 25-7 when their starter pitches at least six innings, and Newcomb has been a big reason for the success.

A winner in eight of his last nine decisions, Newcomb (8-2) allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.

Dan Winkler faced four batters in the seventh, A.J. Minter faced the minimum in the eighth and closer Arodys Vizcaino earned his 14th save in 16 chances by working through a shaky ninth.

Jordan Lyles (2-4) allowed two base runners – a single by Dansby Swanson in the first and another by Culberson in the second – before Culberson’s third homer made it 1-0 in the fifth.

Marlins 5, Orioles 4: In Baltimore, J.T. Realmuto homered twice and had four RBIs off Alex Cobb, and Miami handed Baltimore its ninth straight loss.

Realmuto singled in a run in the first inning, hit a two-run shot in the third and led off the fifth with his ninth home run. It was his fourth career multihomer game, the second this season.

The Orioles, who have their longest skid since a 10-game stretch in July 2011, tied a club record with their 11th consecutive home loss and fell to 19-50 overall, the worst record in the majors.

Jonathan Schoop homered and Manny Machado had two RBIs for the Orioles. They have gone more than a month without winning at Camden Yards.

Wei-Yin Chen (2-3) limited Baltimore to three runs over six innings to earn his first victory since April 28. Drew Steckenrider worked the ninth for his first save.

Cobb (2-9) allowed five runs and seven hits over seven innings.

Athletics 6, Angels 4: In Oakland, California, Stephen Piscotty hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the sixth inning and Oakland held on to beat Los Angeles.

Chad Pinder homered and tripled, Marcus Semien also went deep and Jonathan Lucroy drew a bases-loaded walk to help Oakland end its season-high four-game losing streak.

Sean Manaea (6-6) pitched four-hit ball and allowed three runs over six innings. The left-hander retired the first 12 batters, stumbled through a shaky fifth, then recovered for his first win in more than a month.

Chris Young hit a three-run home run for Los Angeles.

Semien homered leading off the sixth to chase Angels starter John Lamb. Reliever Noe Ramirez (2-3) hit Pinder with a pitch, walked Khris Davis an out later before hitting Matt Olson to load the bases. Ramirez struck out pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler but Lucroy walked to force in the tying run and Piscotty hit a two-run single.

Pirates 6, Reds 2: In Pittsburgh, Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer, Colin Moran and Elias Diaz added solo shots and Pittsburgh pulled away from Cincinnati.

Moran and Diaz both went deep off Luis Castillo (4-8) to give Pittsburgh the lead. Harrison hit his fourth of the season off reliever Austin Brice in the sixth.

Harrison finished 2 for 4 and is hitting .368 this season against the Reds. Rookie Austin Meadows also went 2 for 4 to boost his average to .333.

Ivan Nova (4-5) worked through heavy traffic in six innings to pick up his second victory in two starts since returning from the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right ring finger.

Rockies 5, Rangers 2: In Arlington, Texas, Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the eighth inning, and Texas snapped a seven-game losing streak.

The 39-year-old Beltre, who has been on the disabled list twice this season because of a strained left hamstring, got the triple on a fly ball that went over the head of right fielder Carlos Gonzalez and ricocheted off the bottom half of the outfield wall. It was Beltre’s 3,095th career hit, tops among active players.

Delino DeShields drew a leadoff walk against Harrison Musgrave (0-2), and went to third on Jurickson Profar’s single. Both scored on Beltre’s 38th career triple. Ryan Rua took over as a pinch runner and came home on Rougned Odor’s sacrifice fly.

Jose Leclerc (2-2) struck out two in a perfect eighth and Keone Kela worked the ninth for his 15th save, the most in the majors without a blown chance.

Twins 9, Indians 3: In Cleveland, Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was pulled after he was struck on the right arm by a line drive, and Minnesota got four hits from Eddie Rosario in a win over Cleveland.

Carrasco grabbed his arm after being hit by Joe Mauer’s leadoff liner in the second inning and went to his knees on the infield grass. The Indians announced he was taken to a hospital for examination of a forearm contusion.

Rosario hit his 16th homer for the Twins, who have won five straight against the A.L. Central leaders to improve to 6-2 against Cleveland this season. Rosario also scored four times, drove in two runs and swiped a base.

Minnesota scored four runs in the first off Carrasco (8-5). Eduardo Escobar and Max Kepler each hit a two-run double in the inning. Logan Morrison had three RBIs, including a two-run double in the sixth.

Matt Magill (2-1) got the win with three scoreless innings in relief of Fernando Romero.

Phillies 4, Brewers 1: In Milwaukee, Rhys Hoskins and Andrew Knapp hit home runs and Philadelphia overcame stranding 15 runners on base to beat Milwaukee.

Zach Eflin (4-2) beat Milwaukee for the second time in a week. The Brewers began the day with the best record in the National League, and had scored 40 runs against the Phillies in four previous games before being stymied by Eflin and four relievers.

Eflin gave up one run in five innings. Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances.

Hoskins hit a towering home run in the fourth off the window of a restaurant on Miller Park’s third level to tie the score at 1-1. Junior Guerra (3-5) had retired eight in a row before Hoskins, who also doubled, singled and walked, hit his ninth homer.

The Phillies took the lead in the fifth on Knapp’s leadoff homer to straightaway center.

Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: In Seattle, Wade LeBlanc pitched into the eighth inning and Nelson Cruz had an RBI single as Seattle beat Boston.

LeBlanc gave up just two hits and struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings. After a single by Mookie Betts on the opening at-bat of the game, LeBlanc (3-0) retried the next 22 batters until Eduardo Nunez singled with two outs in the eighth.

Alex Colome got pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland to pop out to end the inning, and Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 27th save.

Dodgers 3, Giants 1: In Los Angeles, Enrique Hernandez and Matt Kemp each homered for the second consecutive game, Alex Wood got his first victory since May 20 and Los Angeles beat San Francisco.

The Dodgers have won five straight, all at home, and are 11-2 in June and 21-6 since May 17.

The Giants have lost 17 of their last 23 road games and are 3-6 on their 10-game trip to Washington, Miami and Los Angeles.

Hernandez hit his 10th home run and fourth career against starter Madison Bumgarner. Kemp hit his 12th home run and has reached base in 15 of his last 18 games against the Giants. Both players went deep in a 3-2 win Friday over the Giants.

The Dodgers lead the majors with 34 home runs in 13 games in June.

Cubs 6, Cardinals 3: In St. Louis, Addison Russell and Jason Heyward homered and Ian Happ’s double broke a 3-all tie as the Chicago rallied to beat St. Louis.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (5-6) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings, snapping a career-high three game losing streak. Brandon Morrow got the last three outs for his 16th save in 17 chances.

Chicago trailed 2-0 and then 3-2 before Kyle Schwarber’s RBI single in the fifth tied the score for the second time. Happ’s double off Sam Tuivailala (1-2) in the seventh gave the Cubs their first lead.

Mets 5, Diamondbacks 1: In Phoenix, Michael Conforto hit a three-run home run and added an RBI double to power New York past Arizona.

Steven Matz picked up the win for the Mets, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing one run on six hits with three strikeouts.

WNBA Roundup: Mercury beat Sun 89-72 for 7th straight victory

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi had 19 points, DeWanna Bonner added 15 and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Connecticut Sun 89-72 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to seven games.

The Mercury (9-3) have the longest active streak in the WNBA and matched the 1998 and 2014 teams for the best start in franchise history. Sancho Lyttle added 14 points for Phoenix, Brittney Griner had 12, Camille Little 11.

Morgan Tuck led the Sun (7-4) with 20 points, and Brionna Jones had a career-high 17.

FEVER 96, DREAM 64

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored a career-best 21 points to help Indiana beat Atlanta for its first victory of the season.

The Fever (1-10) trailed 38-35 at halftime before outscoring the Dream 36-16 advantage in the third quarter. Indiana opened the fourth quarter with a 15-6 run to lead 86-60.

Indiana’s 10-game losing streak matched a franchise worst. The Fever’s last regular-season win came on Aug. 6 and was followed by eight straight losses to end the 2017 season.

Angel McCoughtry led the Dream (6-5) with 19 points and eight rebounds.

LYNX 85, LIBERTY 71

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 25 points, hitting 10 of 13 shots, in Minnesota’s victory over New York.

Maya Moore added 20 points, and Cecilia Zandalasini had 13 for the defending campion Lynx (4-6). Tina Charles had 12 points for the Liberty (3-6).

Soccer Roundup – 2018 World Cup: Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw / MLS Recap / World Scores

MOSCOW (AP) — If there is one flaw in Lionel Messi’s genius, it might be his failure to score penalty kicks in big games.

Add Messi’s saved attempt against Iceland on Saturday at the World Cup to misses for Argentina in shootouts for the Copa America title, and for Barcelona in a Champions League semifinal match that was later lost.

At least Messi’s miss in the 64th minute at Spartak Stadium — his fourth in his last seven penalty attempts for his club and his country — was not in a losing cause. A 1-1 draw with impressive World Cup newcomer Iceland is far from a fatal blow to Argentina’s chances of advancing from a well-balanced group that also includes Croatia and Nigeria.

“It hurt missing the penalty. It could have given us the lead and that could have changed the match,” Messi said. “It would have changed their game plan, too. They probably would open a little bit more and we could get more space.”

The day after Cristiano Ronaldo scored three times from three shots on target — including a penalty and a spectacular free kick — to salvage a point for Portugal against Spain, Messi’s tally of 11 shots, only three on target, and no goals was curious.

The score was already 1-1 when Argentina was awarded the penalty after Hordur Magnusson’s tumbling fall over Sergio Aguero as both chased Messi’s floated cross. Messi placed his shot to the right of Hannes Halldorsson, but the Iceland goalkeeper dived and got two hands behind the ball.

“I did my homework. I looked at a lot of penalties from Messi,” Halldorsson said. “I had a good feeling that he would go this way today.”

Messi had a final chance to redeem his team with the final kick of the game, but his free kick from 25 yards failed to clear a solid defensive wall. It summed up the entire second half of resolute hard work by Iceland.

At the end, Messi retreated alone into the center circle with his head bowed and hands on his knees.

The Argentina great, considered by many to be the best player of all time, has missed more than 20 penalty kicks in his career.

“That’s just another statistic, it’s part of the past,” Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said of Messi’s latest miscue.

Iceland played its debut on soccer’s biggest stage like it belonged alongside the 2014 runners-up. Indeed, the result and performance matched its European Championship two years ago. Then, Iceland frustrated and stopped Ronaldo from scoring and rallied to earn a 1-1 draw with Portugal.

The small Nordic island nation’s team could have taken an early lead Saturday but Birkir Bjarnason side-footed a shot wide of goal when goalkeeper Willy Caballero was exposed.

Aguero then scored in the 19th minute. Spinning off a defender with his back to goal at the penalty spot, Aguero moved to his right and hooked his left foot around to send a rising shot high into the net.

It was a finish worthy of Argentina great Diego Maradona, who was watching in the VIP seats. The FIFA ambassador was puffing a large cigar despite smoking being banned in all World Cup venues.

Iceland was level four minutes later, however, when Alfred Finnbogason scored after Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero pushed a low cross into the forward’s path for a volley from eight yards.

KEY TO SUCCESS

Argentina fans booed and whistled when the giant stadium screen showed Halldorsson was named man of the match. But his faultless handling and excellent shot-stopping was deserving of the accolade.

In contrast, Caballero caused uneasy moments for his defense in the first half.

Iceland also protected Halldorsson with swarming runs and tackling to shut down Messi and Argentina’s attacking lanes.

GROUP DYNAMICS

This was the first game in Group D, which looks even more evenly balanced now than it did at kickoff. Croatia and Nigeria are also in the group.

Argentina will next play Croatia on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland plays Nigeria on Friday in Volgograd.

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“Are you Cristiano Ronaldo’s uncle?” Halldorsson said to a reporter who asked why Iceland celebrated so much for a draw.

Ronaldo criticized Iceland the same way after Portugal’s 1-1 draw in Iceland’s Euro 2016 debut.

“Maybe we needed to be more creative in the first half. We were very slow on the ball,” Sampaoli said.

HUH!

Thousands of Iceland fans did their ritual claps and war chants of “Huh!” during the game and after the final whistle with their players. But they were massively outnumbered in the 45,000-capacity stadium by Argentina fans, and Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson did not understand why.

“Strangely, we had difficulties in buying tickets,” he said. “I can’t see where all the Argentinians bought their tickets. Because we could have sold much more in Iceland.

“Just wait and see when we win a game,” Hallgrimsson said. “That is going to be a celebration.”

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MOSCOW (AP) — Day 3 of the World Cup began Saturday with France becoming the first team to benefit from a penalty called after video review in a World Cup match. Antoine Griezmann put France ahead with the ensuing penalty kick. Australia tied it with a penalty kick by Mile Jedniak, but France moved ahead again when Paul Pogba’s shot hit the crossbar and then made it over the goal line. The tally was confirmed by goal-line technology.

In the second match, Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick and Iceland managed a 1-1 draw against Argentina in the first World Cup appearance for the tiny island nation.

On Saturday evening, Peru’s Christian Cueva sailed a penalty kick over the goal in a match against Denmark, which won 1-0 on Yussuf Poulsen’s goal in the 58th minute.

The final match was a 2-0 win for Denmark over Nigeria. Luka Modric scored on a penalty kick after Denmark went ahead on a first-half own-goal by Nigeria.

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WORLD SCORES: COURTESY OF LIVESCORE.COM

June 16
FT
France
Australia
FT
Peru
Denmark
June 16
FT
Argentina
Iceland
FT
Croatia
Nigeria
FT
Frosinone
Palermo
FT
Robur Siena
Cosenza
FT
Valladolid
Numancia
FT
Elche
Villarreal B
FT
IFK Gothenburg
Djurgaarden
FT
Thun
21
Schaffhausen
FT
B 93
Aarhus Fremad
FT
Broenshoej
Greve
FT
Hilleroed
HIK
FT
Naesby
IF Lyseng
FT
Odder IGF
Dalum
FT
VSK Aarhus
AB
June 16
FT
Nest Sotra
Viking
June 16
FT
IFK Vaernamo
IK Frej Taeby
FT
Landskrona BoIS
IK Brage
FT
Gefle
Oesters IF
FT
Oergryte FF
Norrby
June 16
FT
FC Inter
VPS
FT
Honka
KuPS
FT
Ilves
HJK
FT
PS Kemi
SJK
FT
IFK Mariehamn
RoPS
June 16
FT
EIF
AC Oulu
FT
FC KTP
FF Jaro
FT
JJK
AC Kajaani
June 16
Canc.
Krumkachy Minsk
??
FK Slutsk
FT
FC Torpedo Minsk
FK Slutsk
FT
FK Gorodeya
FC Minsk
June 16
FT
RFS
Valmieras FK
FT
FS Metta/LU
FK Liepaja
June 16
FT
FK Palanga
Suduva
FT
Zalgiris Vilnius
Stumbras Kaunas
FT
FC Milsami Orhei
FC Zaria
FT
FC Sheriff
FC Sfintul Gheorghe
FT
Zimbru
Dinamo-Auto
FT
CS Petrocub
Speranta
June 16
FT
Vila Nova
00
Atletico GO
FT
Oeste FC
Criciuma
FT
Paysandu
00
CS Alagoano
June 16
FT
Palestino
Santiago Wanderers
FT
Deportes Temuco
Deportes Valdivia
FT
Universidad de Concepcion
Puerto Montt
FT
Antofagasta
Deportes Copiapo
FT
Curico Unido
Independiente Cauquenes
FT
Universidad de Chile
La Serena
FT
Aucas
CSD Macara
FT
Delfin
Guayaquil City
Aband.
Atlanta United II
Ottawa Fury
FT
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
New York Red Bulls II
FT
Toronto FC II
Indy Eleven
FT
Charlotte Independence
Charleston Battery
FT
FC Cincinnati
Richmond Kickers
FT
Louisville City FC
Penn FC
FT
Nashville SC
North Carolina FC
FT
OKC Energy FC
Rio Grande Valley FC
FT
Saint Louis FC
Real Monarchs SLC
FT
San Antonio FC
Sacramento Republic FC
FT
Orange County SC
Reno 1868 FC
FT
Phoenix Rising FC
Tulsa Roughnecks FC
FT
Las Vegas Lights FC
Seattle Sounders FC II
June 15
FT
Portland Timbers
LA Galaxy
June 16
FT
Philadelphia Union
New York Red Bulls
FT
Sporting Kansas City
FC Dallas
FT
North Carolina Courage
Utah Royals
FT
Washington Spirit
00
Seattle Reign FC
FT
Orlando Pride
Sky Blue FC
FT
Chicago Red Stars
Portland Thorns
June 16
FT
Avispa Fukuoka
Albirex Niigata
FT
JEF United Chiba
Ehime FC
FT
Matsumoto Yamaga
Oita Trinita
FT
Mito Hollyhock
Omiya Ardija
FT
Tokyo Verdy
Kyoto Sanga FC
FT
Ventforet Kofu
Montedio Yamagata
FT
Roasso Kumamoto
Kamatamare Sanuki
FT
Tokushima Vortis
Renofa Yamaguchi
FT
Zweigen Kanazawa
Tochigi SC
June 16
FT
Ratchaburi FC
Port FC
FT
Suphanburi FC
Bangkok United
FT
Police Tero FC
Chiangrai United
FT
Sukhothai FC
Chonburi
FT
Buriram United
Chainat FC
June 16
FT
Can Tho
FLC Thanh Hoa
FT
Kolkheti-1913 Poti
00
FC Rustavi
FT
Dila Gori
Samtredia
June 16
FT
AFC Leopards
20
Chemelil Sugar
FT
Mathare United
11
Vihiga United
FT
Zoo FC
11
SoNy Sugar

Tennis Roundup: Roger Federer reclaims No. 1 ranking by reaching Stuttgart final

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (5) to book his place in the Stuttgart Open final and reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Saturday.

“It’s nice that it happened but I’ve other problems,” said Federer, who is playing his first tournament since March. “I hadn’t played in three months, it’s on grass, it’s fast and difficult to get so far here. Still, I’m delighted to have achieved it.”

The Swiss great will play Milos Raonic as he bids for his 18th grass-court title.

Raonic earlier hit 19 aces and saved the only break point he faced as he defeated defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal.

Federer was pushed all the way by the fourth-seeded Kyrgios, who had 23 aces.

Kyrgios forced a mini-break in the deciding tiebreak, but Federer remained steady and sent a short backhand past the Australian on his first match point to clinch the win.

Federer, in his first tournament since March, was trailing Nadal by 100 points at the start of the week and is guaranteed of taking the top spot on Monday regardless of how Sunday’s final goes.

It will be Raonic’s first final since the 2017 Istanbul Open. The Canadian won his last title at the 2016 Brisbane International.

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LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray has confirmed he will make his return to competitive tennis at the Queen’s Club tournament next week after almost a year out injured and faces Nick Kyrgios in his opening match.

The three-time major winner has not played since last year’s Wimbledon because of a hip injury and subsequent surgery.

Murray practiced at Queen’s on Friday ahead of next week’s grass-court Fever-Tree Championships, delayed a decision until Saturday and then told tournament officials he would be there.

“Andy Murray has confirmed that he will play,” the tournament said on its official Twitter account.

Murray has a good record against 24th-ranked Kyrgios, winning all five of their meetings.

French Open champion Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from Queen’s in an attempt to be ready for Wimbledon.

Queen’s is one of the main warmup tournaments for Wimbledon, which begins on July 2.

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NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Johanna Konta reached her first semifinals since Wimbledon last year after beating Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia 6-4, 6-2 at the Nottingham Open on Friday.

Konta has hit form on grass after a poor season to date, and next faces Donna Vekic of Croatia, who beat her in the final 12 months ago. Vekic beat Mona Barthel of Germany 7-5, 6-1.

Jakupovic earned early breaks in each set but Konta did not panic and was quickly back on even terms.

“The most important thing is that I’m competing well and fighting for every single point,” Konta said. “I’m definitely enjoying getting more matches under my belt and we’ll work towards getting another one.”

Fellow Briton Katie Boulter’s first appearance in a WTA quarterfinal was shortlived as she lost to top-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia 6-0 6-2.

Barty next plays Naomi Osaka of Japan after she defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-4 6-1.

 

MLB Roundup: Yankees’ Jonathan Loaisiga beat Rays in big league debut

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(PhatzNewsRoom / AP)   —   Jonathan Loaisiga pitched three-hit ball over five impressive innings to win his major league debut, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Friday night in New York.

Didi Gregorius homered off ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, and Gary Sanchez broke out of a long slump with a three-run double in the eighth. Giancarlo Stanton had a sacrifice fly for New York, which improved the best record in the majors to 45-20.

Jonathan Holder, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren each worked an inning to finish the four-hitter.

Loaisiga (1-0) was called up from Double-A Trenton to fill in for injured starter Masahiro Tanaka. The 23-year-old righty, who walked only four batters in 45 minor league innings this year, struggled a little with his command, issuing four walks while striking out six.

Pitching against his former team, Eovaldi (1-2) allowed only two runs over the first seven innings until the Yankees chased him in the eighth. He was charged with five runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings during his first career outing against New York. He struck out five and walked one.

Twins 6, Indians 3: In Cleveland, Corey Kluber had a rare rocky performance, lasting just five innings and losing for the first time in seven starts as Kyle Gibson outpitched the Cy Young winner and Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer to lead Minnesota past Cleveland.

Kluber (10-3) allowed a homer on his fourth pitch of the game to Eddie Rosario and was pulled after throwing just 65 pitches by manager Terry Francona. It was the shortest outing this season for the All-Star, who came in 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA against A.L. Central teams and was riding several other impressive streaks.

Gibson (2-4) limited the Indians to one run and three hits in seven innings and got his first win since his season debut on March 31.

Yan Gomes homered in the ninth and the Indians closed to 6-3 before closer Fernando Rodney struck out Francisco Lindor with one on for his 15th save.

Pirates 3, Reds 2: In Pittsburgh, Chad Kuhl pitched six solid innings to win for the first time in more than a month, and Pittsburgh edged Cincinnati and Matt Harvey.

Kuhl (5-4) gave up two runs, one earned, and six hits while striking out six and walking three. It was his first win since May 6 at Milwaukee, a span of seven starts, though Kuhl allowed no more than three runs in any of his previous four outings.

The Pirates pulled ahead 3-2 in the sixth on consecutive sacrifice flies by Starling Marte and Colin Moran off reliever Michael Lorenzen. The runs were charged to Harvey (1-5), who allowed three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks. The former New York Mets ace is 1-3 with a 5.09 ERA in seven starts since being traded to Cincinnati on May 8 after being designated for assignment.

Felipe Vazquez held on in the ninth for his 13th save in 17 opportunities.

Marlins 2, Orioles 0: In Baltimore, Jose Urena pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Lewis Brinson tripled twice and Miami beat Baltimore stretch the Orioles’ losing streak to a season-high eight games.

In an interleague matchup between two offensively challenged last-place teams, the Marlins scratched out a couple of runs against Kevin Gausman (3-6) for their fourth win in five games.

It’s Baltimore’s longest skid since a nine-game slide in July 2011. The Orioles have lost 15 of 17 overall and 10 straight at home, scoring only 14 runs.

Urena (2-8) struck out four and walked one in his longest outing of the season. Urena, who started for Miami on opening day, is 2-1 in June after an 0-7 start. Kyle Barraclough worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Blue Jays 6, Nationals 5: In Toronto, Yangervis Solarte homered from both sides of the plate, Devon Travis also connected and Toronto beat Washington for its fifth straight home victory.

Justin Smoak broke a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and Solarte, batting left-handed, followed with a two-run shot off right-hander Justin Miller. Solarte was batting right-handed when he homered in Toronto’s three-run third, a solo blast off left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-3).

Solarte is the ninth player in Blue Jays history to homer from both sides of the plate. The last to do it was Justin Smoak against Boston on July 1, 2015. The homers were Solarte’s 13th and 14th of the season, extending his team lead.

Seunghwan Oh (2-2) pitched one inning for the win and Ryan Tepera stranded the potential tying run at third base in the ninth to earn his fourth save in seven opportunities.

Padres 9, Braves 3: In Atlanta, Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead, two-run single in San Diego’s five-run seventh inning, Freddy Galvis had a three-run homer and went 5 for 5, and the Padres beat Atlanta.

Freddie Freeman’s 15th homer gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Jose Pirela hit a two-run homer for San Diego in the first.

Clayton Richard (6-6) allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in six innings. Luis Castillo closed the game with two scoreless innings, and Galvis had a run-scoring single, giving him four RBIs, in the ninth. The five hits were a career high.

Sam Freeman (1-3) gave up three runs in the seventh and took the loss in relief of Brandon McCarthy, who allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Freeman’s homer gave him hits in 25 of his last 26 games. He led the N.L. with his .342 batting average entering the game.

Astros 7, Royals 3: In Kansas City, Missouri, Evan Gattis hit a go-ahead grand slam, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa also went deep and Houston beat Kansas City for its ninth consecutive win.

Charlie Morton (8-1) overcame another bout of wildness, at one point walking three straight batters, to last six innings for Houston. He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out nine.

Brad Peacock, Tony Sipp and Collin McHugh each contributed a scoreless inning in relief.

Jakob Junis (5-7) served up all three Houston homers, getting tagged for six runs on seven hits and a walk. It was his fourth straight loss, his last win coming against the New York Yankees on May 18.

All but one of the Astros’ wins during their streak has come on the road.

Brewers 13, Phillies 2: In Milwaukee, Brent Suter drove in two runs and pitched a season-high seven innings, Christian Yelich, Hernan Perez and Jesus Aguilar homered and Milwaukee beat Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia.

Suter (7-4) allowed one run on six hits to win his fifth start in the last six, including a 12-3 victory over the Phillies six days ago. He pushed the Brewers to 43-27 for the best record in the N.L.

Milwaukee has scored 40 runs against the Phillies in four games, including 27 in three at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia has 13 in that span.

Arrieta (5-5) came in 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in five career starts at Miller Park, but the Brewers snapped that streak by reaching him for eight runs – four earned – on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Rockies 9, Rangers 5: In Arlington, Texas, Ian Desmond homered twice and Trevor Story had a pair of RBI hits in his first game near home as Colorado overcame a quick five-run deficit to beat Texas.

It was Desmond’s first game in Texas since the converted shortstop was an All-Star center fielder in his only season with the Rangers in 2016.

Texas has a seven-game losing streak, its longest of the season. The Rockies had lost five of their previous six games.

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each hit two-run homers in the first when the Rangers jumped out to 5-0 lead against Chad Bettis (5-1), another Texas native.

Desmond homered to lead off a six-run second against Yohander Mendez (0-1), the lefty making his first big league start.

Cubs 13, Cardinals 5: In St. Louis, Kris Bryant ended a 24-game homerless drought, the longest of his career, and Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber also went deep as Chicago routed St. Louis.

Bryant drilled a 448-foot, two-run shot to left field off an ineffective Michael Wacha in the third inning for his first home run since May 14. The 2016 N.L. MVP capped a six-run fifth with an RBI single and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. His four RBIs were a season high.

Jon Lester ran his scoreless streak to 17 innings before giving up a solo home run to Marcell Ozuna in the fourth as the Cubs won for the first time in four tries at Busch Stadium this season. Lester (8-2) allowed two runs in six innings to earn his fourth straight win.

Wacha (8-2) allowed a career-high nine runs, eight earned, in a season-low four-plus innings. The three home runs he gave up tied a career high.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3: In Chicago, John Hicks homered and scored the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning as Detroit beat Chicago.

Victor Martinez had a two-run double to help the Tigers improve to 4-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field this season, and 6-1 overall against the White Sox. James McCann had three hits.

Buck Farmer (2-3) got one out in the seventh for the win and Alex Wilson pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth.

Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances as the Tigers won their third straight.

Angels 8, Athletics 4: In Oakland, California, Ian Kinsler homered and drew a bases-loaded walk, Mike Trout had three hits and a sacrifice fly, and Los Angeles beat Oakland to snap a four-game skid.

Tyler Skaggs (6-4) struck out eight over seven strong innings, allowing no earned runs and seven hits with one walk. He improved to 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in June.

Diamondbacks 7, Mets 3: In Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt and Daniel Descalso homered, Zack Godley pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Arizona beat staggering New York.

The NL West leaders have won seven of eight and 11 of 14. The freefalling Mets have dropped four straight, 12 of 13 and 19 of 23.

After starting the season 11-1, the Mets (28-38) have gone from 10 games over .500 to 10 games under earlier than any team in major league history. The previous mark was held by the 2011 Marlins, who did it in their 76th game.

New York’s stagnant offense has mustered just 21 runs in the last 13 games, scoring three or fewer in 11 straight.

Mariners 7, Red Sox 6: In Seattle, Denard Span’s pinch-hit double in the eighth inning scored two runs, leading Seattle over Boston.

Span, hitting for Guillermo Heredia with one out, hit a liner to the right-field corner after Ryon Healy walked and Ben Gamel singled to left.

Rob Whalen pitched four scoreless innings of relief for Seattle. Ryan Cook (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning and Edwin Diaz earned his major league-leading 26th save by working the ninth.

Matt Barnes (0-2) took the loss.

The Mariners led 3-0 when Boston sent 11 men to the plate and had six hits and walk to chase starter James Paxton. The Mariners also committed two errors in the inning.

Dodgers 3, Giants 2: In Los Angeles, Ross Stripling pitched four-hit ball over 6 1/3 innings, Enrique Hernandez and Matt Kemp went deep to give the Dodgers a major league-leading 32 homers this month, and Los Angeles beat rival San Francisco.

The Dodgers improved to 10-2 in June while sending the Giants to a 17th loss in their last 23 road games.

Stripling (6-1) extended his career-best winning streak to six games and is 4-0 at home this season. The right-hander gave up a two-run homer to Pablo Sandoval and had six strikeouts with no walks.

Stripling was a reliever in April but now is one of the Dodgers’ most consistent starters with Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Walker Buehler on the disabled list.

Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth for his 16th save.

WNBA Roundup: Candace Parker leads Sparks past Mystics, 97-86

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Candace Parker had 23 points, seven rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, Alana Beard scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics 97-86 on Friday night.

Los Angeles led by 20 points but Washington rallied to tie it at 76.

Chelsea Gray drew two defenders in the lane and found Beard open in the corner for a 91-84 lead. The Sparks made six straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal it.

Riquna Williams scored 13 of her season-high 16 points in the first half and made all six of her field goals for Los Angeles (7-2). Odyssey Sims also scored 16 points.

Elena Delle Donne had 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Washington (6-5). LaToya Sanders added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

STORM 103, SUN 92

SEATTLE (AP) — Natasha Howard scored a career-high 25 points, Breanna Stewart had 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Seattle beat Connecticut.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 points off the bench for Seattle (8-3).Chiney Ogwumike scored a career-high 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting for Connecticut (7-3).

The teams honored former coach Anne Donovan with a black stripe on their jerseys. Donovan, the 56-year-old Hall of Famer who died Wednesday, led the Storm to a WNBA championship in 2004, becoming the first female coach to win a title in the league. She also coached the Sun, Indiana Fever, Charlotte Sting and New York Liberty.

WINGS 77, ACES 67

DALLAS (AP) — Elizabeth Cambage had 28 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Skylar Diggins-Smith added 20 points and six assists to help Dallas beat Las Vegas.

Glory Johnson had 11 points and nine rebounds for Dallas (5-4), which tied a season-high with 48 points in the paint. The Wings outrebounded the Aces 43-27. Kayla McBride led Las Vegas (3-8) with 22 points, and A’ja Wilson added 14.

World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo caps hat trick with perfect free kick in thrilling Portugal-Spain draw

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(PhazRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —   On Friday, Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a hat trick as Portugal played to a 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup thriller for the ages.

Before that Iran defeated Morocco thanks to a late own goal and Uruguay edged Egypt, which was without its star player Mohamed Salah.

There are four games Saturday. The action kicks off early with talent-laden France taking on Australia. Iceland makes its World Cup debut against Lionel Messi and Argentina. Denmark plays Peru, which recently had its captain — Paolo Guerrero — reinstated from a suspension. Croatia plays Nigeria, whose fans won’t be able to bring their good-luck charms — live chickens — to the game.

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Portugal 3, Spain 3

FULL TIME – That’s one of the best games you’re ever going to see. Spain showed real character to battle back twice and take the lead, but ultimately it’s Ronaldo magic that steals the headlines.

Group B is wide open now, with Spain facing Iran and Portugal taking on Morocco in the second round of group matches.

88′ – GOAL PORTUGAL! (3-3) It’s Ronaldo for the hat trick! An absolutely perfect free kick goes into the top right corner and we’re all tied up again.

83′ – Portugal looks exhausted as Spain continues to play keep-away. Spain has had 67 percent of possession in this game.

77′ – Diego Costa comes off for Spain, replaced by Iago Aspas. Tremendous performance for Costa after his struggles in the 2014 tournament.

70′ – Both teams make substitutions, with Thiago coming on for Iniesta, and Ricardo Quaresma replacing Bernardo Silva for Portugal.

58′ – GOAL SPAIN! (3-2) Nacho smashes a half-volley from outside the box, beating Patricio on the far post. What a shot from the defender, who atones for his mistake in the opening minutes.

55′ – GOAL SPAIN! (2-2) It’s Diego Costa again, this time off a set piece. David Silva’s free kick goes to the far post where it’s headed down by Busquets, right to Costa on the doorstep. Game on.

HALFTIME (Portugal 2, Spain 1) – It would be an understatement to say that this one is living up to the hype, with action from end to end. Just as it looked like Spain was taking over the game and primed to go ahead, some Ronaldo magic puts the European champions back in front.

44′ – GOAL PORTUGAL! (2-1) Ronaldo smashes a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area, and David de Gea makes a crucial error to allow the ball in. That was against the run of the play as Spain had dominated the past 20 minutes.

26′ – Off the crossbar! A rocket from Isco hits the crossbar and bounces down on the goal line, inches away from giving Spain the lead.

24′ – GOAL SPAIN! (1-1) Diego Costa brings down a long ball against two defenders, fights off Jose Fonte with a couple of cut-backs and gets himself some space to fire into the lower corner. What an effort.

22′ – Portugal squanders a big chance on the counter-attack. Ronaldo lays the ball off to a wide open Goncalo Guedes at the top of the penalty area, but he tries to dribble too much and loses the ball.

18′ – Yellow card for Spain’s Sergio Busquets… Remember that a player gets suspended if he picks up a yellow card in two different games.

14′ – With that goal, Ronaldo becomes the fourth player to score in four different World Cups, joining Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler of Germany and Brazilian legend Pele.

4′ GOAL PORTUGAL! (1-0) Ronaldo steps up and converts the penalty, knocking it into the right corner while Spain goalkeeper David de Gea went the other way. Dream start for Portugal. Rona

3′ – Penalty! Ronaldo drives into the box and he’s brought down by Nacho. Referee deems there was enough contact for a spot kick.

PREGAME – Iran’s win against Morocco puts enormous pressure on Portugal and Spain in their opening match. A loss could be crushing for either team and it will be interesting to see how that affects the gameplan. Will we see a more conservative approach?

Iran 1, Morocco 0

FULL TIME – Iran 1, Morocco 0. Late drama again as a Morocco own goal gives Iran the win and a crucial three points to start Group B play. The pressure is on for Spain and Portugal.

95′ – GOAL IRAN! It’s an own goal in the dying minutes of extra time as Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz accidentally heads it in with a diving header while trying to clear. Heartbreak for Morocco.

80′ – Big save! Iran’s Beiranvand dives to keep out a rocket from Hakim Ziyech.

76′ – Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat appeared to have suffered a head injury. He gets substituted as we enter the final 15 minutes.

68′ – Iran makes the game’s first substitution. Mehdi Taremi on for Masoud Shojaei out wide.

60′ – Been a tight second half, with neither side getting a clear chance. The fans in Russia seem to have revived the vuvuzelas from the 2010 World Cup, which is either awesome or the worst thing ever.

HALFTIME (0-0) – It was a wide-open first half, and while Morocco dominated possession, each team had some good chances. Should be an exciting finish in St. Petersburg.

43′ – Huge save! Iran gets a breakaway on the counter-attack, but Sardar Azmoun gets stopped in the 1-on-1 by Morocco goalkeeper Munir.

19′ – Chaos in front of goal! Morocco takes three consecutive close-range shots in a scramble, the first two get blocked and the third needs a good save Alireza Beiranvand.

7′ – Morocco really on the front foot in the opening minutes. Couple of decent chances and dominating out wide, particularly on the right with fullback Nordin Amrabat.

– PREGAME: At first glance it’s easy to assume that these two teams will finish behind Spain and Portugal in Group B, but the equation is changed entirely if someone comes away with three points in this one.

Uruguay 1, Egypt 0

“Devastation for Egypt. The plan was so close to working perfectly – now, even winning its last two games might not be enough. Hard to second guess leaving Salah on the bench but …”  – USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers

FULL TIME – Uruguay 1, Egypt 0. Gimenez’s header in the 89th clinches a crucial three points for Uruguay. It’s the first time since 1970 that the team has won its World Cup opener.

89′ GOAL URUGUAY! A free kick from near the corner comes in and José Giménez powers in the header. A winner for Uruguay?

89′ – Cavani hits the post! Free kick is off the woodwork.

83′ – Huge save! El-Shenawy gets a hand on a rocket from Edinson Cavani.

82′ – Egypt uses its final substitution and it’s won’t be Salah. Ramadan Sobhi on for Amr Warda. “Egypt’s plan, ever since Salah’s injury became clear after the Champions League final, was to save him for the huge second game against Russia.” – USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers

73′ – Suarez fails to convert again! The Uruguayan gets in and tries to dribble around the goalkeeper rather than take the shot, but another terrific save by El-Shenawy. Disappointing from one of the world’s best scorers.

70′ – Egypt is bunkering down and defending well. Time to bring on Salah or hold on for a draw?

63′ – Another sub for Egypt, with forward Kahraba replacing forward Marwan Mohsen.

59′ – Uruguay makes two substitutions:  Carlos Sánchez comes on for Nahitan Nández and Cristian Rodríguez for Giorgian de Arrascaeta. 

50′ – First sub of the game is Egypt, with Sam Morsy coming on for Tarek Hamed in the midfield

46′ – Big save! Suarez gets in behind the defense, but Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy gets his knee on the point-blank shot to keep the game scoreless.

HALFTIME (0-0) – “Luis Suarez just put together one of the worst halves I’ve ever seen him play. Means nothing. Time and again, he has turned on the magic when needed and is most dangerous when he’s being doubted.” – USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers

Uruguay had more of the ball, but really lacked the conviction in the final third. Credit to Egypt’s defense for a strong 45 minutes.

24′ – Suarez misses a huge chance! With an open net, Uruguay’s star striker mishits the ball into the side netting – shocking. That could come back to haunt them.

15′ – Egypt gets a free kick about 30 yards out and it’s played into a dangerous area, but Uruguay manages to clear.

Pregame – Mo Salah is NOT in Egypt’s starting lineup today. The Liverpool star injured his shoulder in the Champions League final last month and was thought to be nearing 100%, but evidently is not ready to start.

No surprises for Uruguay. Luis Suarez plays his first World Cup game since biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini four years ago.

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June 15
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Egypt
Uruguay
June 15
FT
Morocco
Iran
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Portugal
Spain
FT
SV St. Margarethen
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Mattersburg
June 15
FT
TPS
FC Lahti
FT
Limerick
Shamrock Rovers
FT
St. Patrick’s Athletic
Sligo Rovers
FT
Bray Wanderers
Waterford FC
FT
Cork City
Bohemian FC
FT
Derry City
Dundalk
June 15
FT
Cobh Ramblers
Athlone Town
FT
Longford Town
Drogheda United
FT
Shelbourne
Cabinteely
FT
Finn Harps
UCD
FT
Wexford FC
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Galway United FC
June 15
FT
Ventspils
FK Spartaks
FT
Riga FC
FK Jelgava
June 15
FT
Lietava Jonava
Atlantas Klaipeda
June 15
FT
Fortaleza
Brasil de Pelotas
FT
Boa Esporte Clube
Avai FC
FT
CRB
Ponte Preta
June 15
AP
Everton CD
Cobresal *
FT
Tecnico Universitario
LDU de Quito
June 15
FT
Portland Timbers
LA Galaxy

MLB Roundup: Vince Velasquez takes no-hitter into 7th, Phillies top Rockies 9-3

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    PHILADELPHIA – Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Thursday.

Trevor Story lined Velasquez’s 105th pitch to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez’s bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. Velasquez (5-7) retired 20 of the first 21 batters and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after the hit.

The Phillies won a series for the first time since taking two of three from Atlanta on May 21-23. They’re 7-12 since.

Giants 6, Marlins 3 (16)

MIAMI – San Francisco third baseman Evan Longoria broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in the Giants’ victory over Miami.

Longoria was struck by Dan Straily. There is no timetable for Longoria’s return and he will decide in the next few days if he will need surgery. He is hitting .246 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs.

Pablo Sandoval hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the 16th inning. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer to continue his torrid month and Mac Williamson also homered for the Giants, who salvaged the final game of a four-game series and beat the Marlins for only the second time in the last 10 meetings.

Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs. Ty Blach (4-5) also pitched 6 2-3 innings for the Giants without allowing a run. Elieser Hernandez (0-4) took the loss.

It was the longest game of the season for the Giants and the second-longest for the Marlins, who went 17 innings in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on March 30. Colorado has lost 10 of 13.

Yankees 4, Rays 3

NEW YORK – Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer and Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win and New York edged Tampa Bay in the opener of a four-game series.

Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell (8-4) as New York beat the blossoming left-hander for the second time this season and ended his four-game winning streak.

German (1-4) gave up a home run to Matt Duffy on the first pitch of the game but quickly recovered to strike out the next three batters. Making his seventh start in place of injured Jordan Montgomery, the rookie right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in his 19th career appearance.

Chad Green and Dellin Betances set up Aroldis Chapman for his 19th save in 20 attempts.

Red Sox 2, Mariners 1

SEATTLE – Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and Boston beat Seattle for its fourth straight win.

David Price (8-4) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to earn his sixth victory over his past seven appearances. He gave up a run and struck out seven. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to lock down his 22nd save, pitching around two walks to open the inning by striking out Kyle Seager and getting Ryon Healy to ground into a double play..

The Red Sox got their major-league leading 48th win of the season and snapped Seattle’s four-game winning streak.

Tigers 3, Twins 1

DETROIT – JaCoby Jones’ two-run homer capped a three-run seventh inning as Detroit rallied past Minnesota.

Jones was hitting .135 in his last 10 games, and had struck out in his first two at-bats before hitting Lance Lynn’s 3-1 fastball for his fifth home run..

Michael Fulmer (3-5) improved to 5-0 in five career starts against the Twins. He pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in ending a three-start winless streak. Joe Jimenez pitched the eighth and Shane Greene threw the ninth for his 17th save.

Lynn (4-5) took a shutout into the seventh but ended up allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.

Indians 5, White Sox 2

CHICAGO – Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez homered, Mike Clevinger struck out 11 in seven innings and Cleveland topped Chicago.

Lindor led off the game against Carlos Rodon with his 15th home run. He also singled and scored in the seventh when Ramirez broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run drive to right-center against Chris Volstad (1-4) for his 20th homer.

Clevinger (5-2) gave up two runs and five hits.

Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances as the AL Central leaders salvaged a four-game split.

Astros 7, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. – Justin Verlander pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and Houston beat Oakland for its eighth straight win.

The winning streak is the Astros’ longest since they won 11 straight May 25-June 5 last season on the way to their first World Series championship.

Khris Davis and Matt Olson homered for the A’s. Both home runs came off Verlander (9-2), who struck out seven, allowed three runs and didn’t walk a batter while earning his fifth consecutive win.

Frankie Montas (3-1) gave up five earned runs and 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Braves 4, Padres 2

ATLANTA – Anibal Sanchez allowed only four hits in seven scoreless innings, Ender Inciarte homered and scored two runs and Atlanta beat San Diego.

Ozzie Albies added a run-scoring double for the N.L. East-leading Braves.

Sanchez (3-0) did not walk a batter as he earned his first win in six career starts against San Diego. Sanchez outpitched Tyson Ross (5-4), who allowed only three hits and three runs in six-plus innings.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

Damondbacks 6, Mets 3

PHOENIX – David Peralta hit a pair of solo homers, Matt Koch pitched six effective innings in a combined four-hitter and Arizona beat New York.

Amed Rosario pulled the Mets within a run on solo homer off Archie Bradley in the eighth inning. But Peralta, who homered off Jason Vargas (2-5) in the fourth inning, hit his 14th of the season off Jacob Rhame in the bottom half.

Koch (5-3) gave up solo homers to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto, but only one other hit. Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb also hit solo homers for the N.L. West-leading Diamondbacks. Brian Boxberger worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in Arizona’s sixth win in seven games.

The Mets, who have lost 10 of 11, failed to score more than three runs for the 10th straight game.

Soccer Roundup – World Cup: Schedule, TV time and storylines for Friday, June 15 / World Scores

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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)  —   Host-nation Russia was firing on all cylinders in their 5-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia on Thursday to officially kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Friday’s Day 2 action features the first full-slate of games.

After an injury forced Liverpool’s Mo Salah out of the Champions League final against Real Madrid, bringing his World Cup availability into question, the Egyptian makes his tournament debut against Uruguay to begin the day. Morocco and Iran square off next, and the day concludes with the powerhouse match between Spain and Portugal.

Here’s everything you need to know for Friday’s matches, including must-read stories about the tournament.

WORLD SCORES: COURTESY OF LIVESCORE.COM

June 14
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Russia
Saudi Arabia
June 14
AET
Tromsoe
Vaalerenga *
FT
Stroemsgodset
Ranheim
June 14
FT
Halmstads BK
Helsingborg
June 14
FT
Haka
Klubi 04
June 14
FT
KA Akureyri
Stjarnan
FT
FH Hafnarfjordur
Vikingur Reykjavik
FT
Fjoelnir
Grindavik
FT
Keflavik
KR Reykjavik
June 14
FT
FK Kauno Zalgiris
Trakai FK
June 14
FT
Guarani
00
Sao Bento
June 14
FT
Union Espanola
General Velasquez
FT
San Jose Earthquakes
New England Rev.
FT
Fresno FC
Sacramento Republic FC
FT
Phoenix Rising FC
Las Vegas Lights FC
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