Jul 30, 2020 10:26 AM

Thursday Sports Headlines

Posted Jul 30, 2020 10:26 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rich Hill pitched five scoreless innings in a smooth Minnesota debut and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0. Eddie Rosario homered, Nelson Cruz had an RBI double and Alex Avila had an RBI single for the Twins. Taylor Rogers pitched a perfect ninth for his first save, and the Twins finished a two-game sweep to improve to 4-1. The 40-year-old Hill is currently the second-oldest player in the majors. He needed 68 pitches to pick up his first victory for the Twins. Minnesota signed him this winter with the assumption he’d be ready around midsummer after his recovery from elbow surgery.

DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and Detroit’s bullpen came through again in a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. A night after pitching six scoreless innings in a win over the Royals, the Tigers’ relievers blanked Kansas City for four. Detroit rallied from a 4-0 deficit thanks in large part to Jones, who doubled twice before connecting off Ian Kennedy for his third homer of the year. Jonathan Schoop also went deep for the Tigers. Bryan Garcia earned his first big league win, and Joe Jimenez worked the ninth for his fourth save.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his strained right forearm. Mikolas was supposed to start on Wednesday at Minnesota. Right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon will take the mound against the Twins instead. The 31-year-old Mikolas missed spring training with the injury, but he ramped up his activity after the virus shutdown and pitched four innings for the Cardinals in an exhibition game last week.

UNDATED (AP) — Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season as part of a plan to play 10 league games and start the week of Sept. 7. Those alterations were brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC's university presidents approved the plan for an 11-game schedule, including one nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19. Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the program if the season is played.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley will earn an average of more than $7.5 million a year under a contract extension through the 2025 season. The university’s board of regents approved the two-year extension. The deal was negotiated in February, before the coronavirus pandemic began causing financial stress to college athletic budgets across the country. Riley earns $6.15 million after he and other athletic department employees making more than $1 million took 10% pay cuts. Riley is scheduled to make just over $8 million starting in February. Assistants coaches also got new contracts. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch got a raise from $1.4 million to $1.8 million.

HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly has appealed an eight-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball for throwing a fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos Correa on Tuesday. The game marked the first time the teams had met since it was revealed Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title that came at the Dodgers’ expense. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was suspended for last night's game and Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

BOSTON (AP) — Former Red Sox manager John McNamara has died at age 88. McNamara managed Boston to within one strike of a World Series victory in 1986 before an unprecedented collapse on the field extended the team’s championship drought into the new millennium. He was 1,167–1,242 over parts of 19 seasons while managing six big league clubs.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA starts Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson are ready for re-opening night. Davis practiced yesterday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week. The New Orleans Pelicans said Williamson will be a game-time decision for their re-opener tonight against Utah after he missed nearly two weeks due to a family emergency and a four-day quarantine upon his return.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has agreed to a new five-year contract that will keep him locked up through the 2024 season. The new deal for Lynch comes about six weeks after coach Kyle Shanahan replaced his original six-year deal signed in 2017 with a new six-year contract that takes him through 2025. Lynch was named executive of the year last season by the Pro Football Writers Association of America for helping the Niners reach the Super Bowl last season.

Wednesday Scores

INTERLEAGUE

Philadelphia at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. (Postponed)

Miami at Baltimore 7:35 p.m. (Postponed)

Final Colorado 5 Oakland 1

Final Texas 7 Arizona 4

Final Washington 4 Toronto 0

Final Atlanta 7 Tampa Bay 4

Final Boston 6 N.Y. Mets 5

Final Minnesota 3 St. Louis 0

Final L.A. Dodgers 4 Houston 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Chicago White Sox 4 Cleveland 0

Final Detroit 5 Kansas City 4

Final N.Y. Yankees 9 Baltimore 3

Final Seattle 10 L.A. Angels 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Cincinnati 12 Chicago Cubs 7

Final Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 0

Final San Francisco 7 San Diego 6