Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Max Stassi homered and drove in three runs, and the Angels turned Jackson Kowar's major league debut into a nightmare as Los Angeles defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-3. Stassi had an RBI single off Kowar during a four-run first inning and hit a two-run shot in the fifth. Kowar, the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft, faced seven batters before being lifted after two-thirds of an inning. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed four runs on three hits and two walks. Dylan Bundy snapped a 10-game winless streak for the Angels. He allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has pleaded not guilty in a crash that left a young girl critically injured. The judge modified Reid's bond Monday to allow him to drive with an interlock device installed that requires him to pass a breathalyzer test before his vehicle will start. Reid, the son of Chiefs Coach Andy Reid, was charged in April with driving while intoxicated causing serious physical injury, two months after he hit two cars on an Interstate 435 entrance ramp near Arrowhead Stadium. The collision happened just days before the Chiefs played in the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida.
UNDATED (AP) — Four more Southeastern Conference teams earned spots in the NCAA baseball tournament super regionals while Stanford, Dallas Baptist and the upstart South Florida Bulls also continued their seasons. No. 1 overall seed Arkansas beat Nebraska 6-2 in Fayetteville for its third straight regional title. Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU joined Vanderbilt and Tennessee in the super regionals. LSU's 9-8 win over Oregon means coach Paul Mainieri's retirement is pushed back at least one more week. South Florida beat South Alabama 6-4 to become the first No. 4 regional seed to make the super regionals since Davidson in 2017.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kevin Kopps threw seven scoreless innings of relief, Charlie Welch hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the eighth inning and Arkansas rallied to beat Nebraska 6-2 and win the Fayetteville Regional. No. 1 overall seed Arkansas (49-11) advances to its third consecutive super regional. Kopps (12-0) allowed three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Welch pinch hit for Cullen Smith and, after Christian Franklin scored on a wild pitch, hit a 2-0 pitch — after two Nebraska pitchers combined to throw 11 consecutive balls — over the left-field wall to cap the scoring. Luke Roskam hit a lead-off homer in the top of the second inning and Mojo Hagge, who walked to open the third, scored Jaxon Hallmark's groundout to give Nebraska (34-14) a 2-0 lead.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Griffin Everitt had a two-out two-run single to cap a three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning and Nebraska stunned No. 1 overall seed and top-ranked Arkansas 5-3 in the Fayetteville Regional. The two teams will square off again on Monday with the winner earning a berth in the Super Regionals. Jaxon Hallmark hit a solo home run in the first inning to stake the Cornhuskers (34-12) to a 1-0 lead. Arkansas (48-11), which saw its 10-game win streak end, used two singles, an error and a wild pitch to score three times in the top of the third.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jesse Winker hit a tiebreaking home run off Alex Reyes in the ninth inning for his second three-homer game this season, and the Cincinnati Reds completed their first four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in 21 years with an 8-7 victory. Winker had six RBIs. He has 17 homers, tied for the NL lead. Eugenio Suárez added a two-run double for the Reds, who led 7-0 by the third inning en route to their first four-game sweep at St. Louis since May 4-7, 1990. The Cardinals have lost five straight for the first time since Aug. 3-7, 2018.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Minnesota first baseman Miguel Sanó swooped in to catch a popped-up bunt and start a triple play, highlighting the Twins' 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Sanó hit an RBI double in the third inning, then made the key defensive play in the bottom half. With Jarrod Dyson on second and Cam Gallagher on first, Nicky Lopez bunted to the right side. Sanó charged in to make the catch and threw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons to double off Dyson. Simmons tossed to second baseman Nick Gordon, who was covering first, to complete the Twins' first triple play since 2019. Sanó has been a part of the last four triple plays turned by the Twins.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Stephen Ames won the Principal Charity Classic on Sunday for his second PGA Tour Champions title, taking advantage of Tim Herron's final-round collapse. Seven strokes behind Herron entering the round, Ames shot a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over fellow Canadian Mike Weir. A four-time winner on the PGA Tour, Ames won the 2017 Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his first senior title. The 57-year-old naturalized Canadian citizen from Trinidad finished at 12-under 204 at Wakonda Club. Weir closed with a 69. Herron bogeyed three of the final five holes in a 76 that left him tied for third at 10 under with Willie Wood and Doug Barron.
Update on the latest sports
Durant has 32, Nets up 2-0 after 125-86 blowout of Bucks
UNDATED (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 32 points in three quarters of a top-to-bottom blowout that sent the Brooklyn Nets halfway to the Eastern Conference finals with a 125-86 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Playing without the injured James Harden but showing no hint that they needed him, the Nets led by as much as 49 points and held the NBA's highest-scoring team 34 points below its season average. Kyrie Irving added 22 points and Bruce Brown filled in nicely for Harden with 13 points and six rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks but was thoroughly outplayed by Durant in a matchup of NBA MVP winners.
And in Monday's other playoff action:
— The Phoenix Suns cruised in the second half to a 122-105 win over Denver Nuggets. Chris Paul had 21 points and 11 assists despite recent injuries that have slowed him. The Suns had four players with 20 or more points. The Nuggets' Nikola Jokic had 22 points.
NBA-COACH OF THE YEAR
New York's Tom Thibodeau picked as NBA's coach of the year
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau got the New York Knicks back to the playoffs, guiding the team to its second-best record in 20 years.
And in the eyes of the voters, that coaching job was the best in the NBA. Thibodeau was revealed Monday as the NBA's Coach of the Year for 2020-21, as determined by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league. The Knicks went 41-31 this season, then fell to Atlanta in five games in the first round of the playoffs.
In other NBA news:
— The Philadelphia 76ers and their president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, have each been fined $75,000 for a tweet Morey sent about Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. The NBA says Morey and the team were fined for violating the league's anti-tampering rule. On Thursday, Morey tweeted "join 'em" with a screenshot of a social media post by Stephen Curry praising his brother, Seth.
Islanders win 5-4 to take 3-2 lead in series over Bruins
UNDATED (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored one power-play goal and assisted on another, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots to give the New York Islanders a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins and a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series.
The Islanders have won two in a row to take their first lead in the series. They can advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals in Game 6 at home Wednesday. Kyle Palmieri, Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle all scored in the second period, when the Islanders opened a 4-2 lead. Brock Nelson made it 5-2 just two minutes into the third after Jeremy Swayman replaced Tuukka Rask in the Bruins goal.
And in other Monday NHL playoff action:
— Tyler Toffoli scored at 1:39 of overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets and a four-game sweep of their second-round playoff series. Erik Gustafsson and Artturi Lehkonen scored in regulation for Montreal, which has won seven straight playoff games since trailing Toronto 3-1 in the opening round. Toffoli also had an assist. Carey Price made 14 saves. Montreal awaits the winner of the Colorado-Vegas series, which is tied 2-2. Game 5 is tonight in Denver. Rookie defenseman Logan Stanley had two goals for Winnipeg
MLB-SCHEDULE-MARLINS RED SOX
Red Sox beat sloppy Marlins 5-3 for 5th straight win
UNDATED (AP) — Christian Arroyo hit a two-run single in Boston's three-run fourth inning, and the Red Sox took advantage of Miami's shoddy play to hold off the Marlins 5-3 for their fifth straight victory.
Alex Verdugo added an RBI double and two hits for the Red Sox, who were coming off their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium since June 2011. Starling Marte hit a solo homer and two singles for Miami, which stranded 14 baserunners in its ninth loss in its last 10 games. The Red Sox are a season-high 14 games over .500 at 37-23.
In other MLB action:
— Max Stassi homered and drove in three runs, and the Angels turned Jackson Kowar's major league debut into a nightmare as Los Angeles defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-3. Stassi had an RBI single off Kowar during a four-run first inning and hit a two-run shot in the fifth. Kowar, the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft, faced seven batters before being lifted after two-thirds of an inning. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed four runs on three hits and two walks. Dylan Bundy snapped a 10-game winless streak for the Angels. He allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
— Manny Machado and Brian O'Grady each homered and had three RBIs to lead the San Diego Padres over the Chicago Cubs 9-4 in the opener of a three-game series between National League contenders. Machado hit a solo home run and two sacrifice flies. O'Grady, just recalled from the minors, had a two-run homer and an RBI single. Ryan Weathers lasted five innings for the win, giving up three runs and five hits. Chicago starter Adbert Alzolay left in the fourth with a blister on his right middle finger after walking leadoff batter Tommy Pham, who reached base four times.
Angels star Trout doesn't have timetable for return
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout says his right calf is starting to feel better, but the Los Angeles Angels superstar still doesn't know when he will be able to return. The time-time AL MVP went on the injured list on May 18 after straining his calf the night before against the Cleveland Indians. The Angels said at the time that Trout would miss six to eight weeks, which would sideline him through the All-Star break. Trout said he would like to start jogging soon but doesn't have a timetable on when he would be able to do that, much less resume baseball activities.
US teen Gauff reaches French Open quarterfinals
PARIS (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff served superbly to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ons Jabeur at the French Open.
The 17-year-old Gauff lost only nine points on her serve. Gauff also had a quick match in the previous round. Jennifer Brady retired with an injured left foot after Gauff won the opening set.
Gauff will next face Barbora Krejcikova (kreh-jih-KOH'-vah). She also reached her first quarterfinal at a major by beating 2018 French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0.
In other Monday action:
— Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Jannik Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals and extend his streak of sets won at Roland Garros to 35.
— Novak Djokovic has rallied from a two-set deficit to win for the fifth time in his career. He beat 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti of Italy, who retired with an injury two games from defeat in the fourth round at the French Open. The Serb WIll next play another Italian, No. 9-seeded Matteo Berrettini, who advanced when Roger Federer withdrew.
— American Sofia Kenin has lost in the fourth round at the French Open to Maria Sakkari of Greece, 6-1, 6-3. At No. 4, Kenin was the highest-seeded player left.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-ALABAMA-SABAN CONTRACT
Alabama, Saban agree to new 8-year deal through 2029 season
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban has agreed to a three-year contract extension running through the 2029 season.
Alabama announced the extension on Monday. The extension includes $8.425 million in base salary and talent fee for the current contract year with annual raises of unspecified amounts.
The 69-year-old Saban, who has led the Crimson Tide to six national championships since taking over in 2007, will receive an $800,000 "contract completion benefit" after each contract year from 2022-25.
Mike Roth to retire after 24 years as Gonzaga AD
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said Monday he will retire on Aug. 31, ending a 24-year run during which the Bulldogs had unprecedented success in men's basketball and other sports.
Roth has spent a total of 34 years at the private Jesuit university in Spokane, Washington. He was an assistant men's basketball coach and assistant athletic director before taking over leadership of the athletic department. Roth elevated Mark Few to head basketball coach in 1999 and the Zags have made the NCAA Tournament every year under Few, including twice reaching the national title game.
49ers sign safety Tony Jefferson to 1-year deal
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed safety Tony Jefferson to a one-year deal. The 49ers released cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun to make room for Jefferson on the roster. Jefferson played seven seasons with Arizona and Baltimore but sat out last season after tearing his ACL with Baltimore in 2019.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— The Buffalo Bills are staying home for training camp again. The Bills cited the NFL's COVID-19 health protocols in their decision to not travel to their traditional training camp site at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester, New York. The team instead will hold camp at its headquarters in Orchard Park.
— The Baltimore Ravens have signed running back Gus Edwards to a two-year contract extension. The deal announced Monday goes through the 2023 season. Edwards ran for 723 yards last season and helped the Ravens rank first in the NFL in rushing for a second consecutive year. Edwards, J.K. Dobbins and quarterback Lamar Jackson all ran for more than 700 yards for Baltimore last season. In three years with the Ravens, Edwards has rushed for 2,152 yards and 10 touchdowns and averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
— The San Francisco 49ers have signed safety Tony Jefferson to a one-year deal. The 49ers released cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun to make room for Jefferson on the roster. Jefferson played seven seasons with Arizona and Baltimore but sat out last season after tearing his ACL with Baltimore in 2019.
WATER POLO-SEX ABUSE
Water polo players get $14 million in sex abuse settlement
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A dozen female water polo players who accused their former coach of sexual misconduct will split nearly $14 million to settle a lawsuit against USA Water Polo and a California club.
The settlement agreement was filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court. The athletes sued the sport's governing board and the International Water Polo Club over alleged abuse by Bahram Hojreh. The coach has been banned from the sport and faces criminal sexual abuse charges. The settlement follows a California State Supreme court ruling in April that found sports governing organizations have a duty to protect athletes. Hojreh has pleaded not guilty to charges filed by the Orange County district attorney.
Former Michigan State basketball star charged with murder
DETROIT (AP) — A former captain of the Michigan State University basketball team has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a man in Detroit.
Keith Appling is accused of killing 66-year-old Clyde Edmonds on May 22. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Appling and Edmonds had an argument over a gun. Appling has been in custody since his arrest on May 24. He played for Michigan State from 2010 to 2014. Appling also played basketball overseas and had two brief contracts with the NBA's Orlando Magic.