Jul 31, 2020 10:11 AM

Friday Sports Headlines

Posted Jul 31, 2020 10:11 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save since 2017 and the Kansas City Royals beat Detroit 5-3, overcoming Miguel Cabrera’s first multihomer game since 2016. Once a standout closer for St. Louis, Rosenthal has struggled with his health and his effectiveness in recent years, finishing 2019 with a 13.50 ERA in 22 appearances with the Nationals and Tigers. When he retired JaCoby Jones on a grounder to end the game, he gave his glove a little celebratory tap. The Royals have scored 25 of their 31 runs this year in the first five innings, but this time their offense came through late, with a run in the seventh and two in the eighth.

UNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference will play only league games in 2020 to deal with potential COVID-19 disruptions. The decision pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths. The SEC's university presidents agreed upon a 10-game schedule that eliminated all nonconference opponents and is scheduled to begin Sept. 26. The SEC championship game, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will be pushed back to Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 will also play only conference games. The ACC announced plans for an 11-game schedule with one nonconference game.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers came back from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Clippers, 103-101. Anthony Davis scored 34 points and Lebron James had the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left. James had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help the Lakers move 6 1/2 games ahead of the Clippers in the NBA's Western Conference with seven games remaining.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz were 106-104 winners over the New Orleans Pelicans behind Rudy Gobert, who sank two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to cap a 14-point, 12-rebound and three-block performance. Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points for the Jazz, who trailed by 16 in the second half. The Pelicans had a chance to win until Brandon Ingram’s 3-point attempt rimmed out as time expired, a bitter end to his 23-point night.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jamiro Monteiro and Sergio Santos scored two minutes apart midway through the first half, Santos added a second goal just before halftime and the Philadelphia Union reached the semifinals of the MLS is Back tournament with a 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. Philadelphia’s perfect run in the tournament continued thanks to its first-half scoring blitz. The Union had two wins and a draw in the group stage then beat New England in the round of 16. Philadelphia will face either New York City FC or Portland in the semifinals.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says this weekend’s three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and visiting Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed as a precaution following a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Seventeen Miami Marlins players tested positive since opening a three-game series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies haven’t played since losing to the Marlins last Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is altering the length of doubleheaders in yet another rules change created during a pendemic-shortened season. A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that MLB and the players’ union reached agreement to turn twinbills into seven-inning games. MLB had already added designated hitters to National League games this year and added an automatic runner at second base to start all half-innings in extras.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Defending champion Brooks Koepka matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. The round comes a week after he missed the cut at the 3M Open in Minnesota.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

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

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

Final Washington 6 Toronto 4

Final Atlanta 2 Tampa Bay 1

Final Boston 4 N.Y. Mets 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Cleveland 2 Minnesota 0

Final Kansas City 5 Detroit 3

Final N.Y. Yankees 8 Baltimore 6

Final Seattle 8 L.A. Angels 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chi Cubs at Cincinnati 6:10 p.m. (Postponed)

Final L.A. Dodgers 6 Arizona 3

Final San Diego 12 San Francisco 7

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Utah 106 New Orleans 104

Final L.A. Lakers 103 L.A. Clippers 101