Review Category : National Sports

Blue Jays Rally From 8-0 Deficit, Beat Reds 14-9

Jamie Sabau/Getty Images(CINCINNATI, Ohio) — The Toronto Blue Jays trailed 8-0 after two innings on Friday night but Edwin Encarnacion led the charge as they rallied to beat Cincinnati 14-9 over the Reds. It was the second largest comeback in franchise history for Toronto (42-33) who snapped a three game losing streak.

Cincinnati (35-37) scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the large lead. Devin Morasco started things off with a two-run home run before Jay Bruce added a two-run shot of his own for the final scoring play of the frame. Eleven total batters came to the plate for the Reds who chased starter Liam Hendricks after an inning and two-thirds.

The Blue Jays began the comeback in the top of the third with Encarnacion’s first three-run shot of the night off Mat Latos. After Cincinnati added another run in the fifth, Toronto added two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to trail 9-8 heading into the eighth. Dioner Navarro’s double in the eighth to score Encarnacion, sending the game into the ninth tied at 9-9.

Aroldis Chapman then came on for the Reds to attempt and keep it a tied game. However, Erik Kratz and Melkey Cabrera had RBI hits, putting Toronto ahead 11-9 before Encarnacion launched his second three-run blast of the night off Sam LeCure. In total, Encarnacion had a career high six RBI’s while the two teams combined to hit six homers.

It was the first time the Reds have given up an eight-run lead and lost since May 20, 2010 in a loss at Atlanta. Meanwhile, it was the second largest comeback for the Blue Jays behind a 10-run comeback against Boston in 1989.

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Lucy Li, 11-Year-Old Phenom, Misses Cut at U.S. Women’s Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINHEHURST, N.C.) — The youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history failed to make the cut in her debut. Lucy Li, the 11-year-old phenom, shot an 8-over 78 on Friday, putting her at +16 for the tournament in her two days of competition.

Although she opened her round with a double-bogey, Li finished the outing with pars on three of the final four holes. Li also birdied the par-four 14th, calling it her favorite moment of the tournament.

“She was here for the experience and the opportunity to play with the best players in the world,” said Li’s caddie Bryan Bush. “She proved that she can.”

The Women’s Open is no stranger to a youth movement. Michelle Wie, the tournament leader heading into the weekend, was 13 at her first US Open in 2003. Lexi Thompson made her debut in 2007 at age 12, becoming the youngest qualifier at the tournament before Li.

Wie is currently four-under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of Thompson.

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France Routs Switzerland to Reach Knockout Stage

Adam Pretty/Getty Images(SALVADOR, Brazil) — France scored three goals in the first half en route to a 5-2 demolishing of Switzerland on Friday in the World Cup. The victory advances France into the knockout stage having won their first two matches of group play.

The onslaught began in the 17th minute with a header from Olivier Giroud before Blaise Matuidi scored 67 seconds later, making it a 2-0 advantage. Karim Benzema then missed a penalty kick in the 32nd minute but was picked up by teammate Mathieu Valbuena who buried the third goal of the half.

Benzema was finally able to score in the 67th minute, his third of the tournament, to give Les Blues a 4-0 lead. The final tally was recorded by Moussa Sissoko before the Swiss were able to get on the board. Blerim Dzemalli scored the first of two consolation goals for Switzerland with Granit Xhaka putting home the other.

France sits atop Group E with six points, and one match remaining, while Switzerland and Ecuador sit tied heading into the final match.

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Tiger Woods Will Play Next Week

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After being out since March due to back surgery, Tiger Woods announced on Facebook Friday he will return and play in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club next week.

“After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National,” Woods said in a Facebook post. “I’ve just started to hit full shots but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead.”

The 38-year-old Woods had back surgery on March 31 to allieviate pain caused by a pinched nerve.

Woods has dealt with back pain since last year’s PGA Championship. It finally got the best of him at this year’s WGC-Cadillac Championship. He was playing well shooting a 66 on Saturday to close in on the leader. But he dealt with back issues all of Sunday and finished shooting a 78 and in 25th place. He hasn’t played in a tour event since.

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Costa Rica Thwarts Italy to Advance to Round of 16

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(RECIFE, Brazil) — Costa Rica secured itself a place in the Round of 16 at the World Cup Friday by upsetting Italy 1-0.

The win comes on heals of the heals of Costa Rica’s surprising defeat of England and sends the Ticos into the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time since 1990.

“We have played a historic team. They’re really good,” Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto said. “They have wonderful players so, of course, we feel really proud. Our team feels proud, our country feels proud. … We want to go even farther.”

Costa Rica scored in the 44th minute when Bryan Diaz headed a cross from teammate Junior Diaz off the crossbar and past Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The ball barely bounced over the goal-line and was confirmed by goal-line technology.

Costa Rica now leads Group D with six points. Meanwhile, England has been eliminated while Uruguay and Italy each have three points.

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Braves Pitcher Gavin Floyd Suffers Fractured Elbow

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — The Atlanta Braves are dealing with yet another pitching injury as starter Gavin Floyd will be placed on the disabled list after breaking a bone is his throwing elbow on Thursday night.

Floyd broke the olecranon — the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow — in the seventh inning on his first pitch to outfielder Jayson Werth.

This is a rare injury for a player, so the team isn’t exactly sure when he’ll be able to get back on the mound, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.

The team had signed Floyd because of injuries to the team’s starting rotation heading into the season. The Braves have already lost starers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy for the season as both required Tommy John Surgery.

Floyd was off to a great start with the Braves. In 9 starts, he went 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA. The 31-year-old is in his 11th Major League Season, and has a career 72-72 record.

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ESPN: Warriors Weighing Trade for Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwovles/NBA(NEW YORK) — If the Golden State Warriors truly want to get their hands on Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, they’ll have to pay a heavy price. ESPN reports that the team is seriously weighing their options to find what it would take to acquire him via trade.

Reportedly the Timberwolves are asking for a future first-round pick, Klay Thompson, David Lee, and maybe Harrison Barnes in exchange for Love and Kevin Martin.

That is a steep price to pay, but Love is arguably one of the best players in the NBA. This past season, the 25-year-old averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He was the only player in the NBA this past season to be in the top-5 in points and rebounds.

Despite Love’s immense talent, he hasn’t made it to the playoffs during his six-year career. While he hasn’t officially asked for a trade, he is likely to opt out of his contract next season to test free agency.

Other than the Warriors, the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics have reportedly engaged in trade talks for Love.

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Angels Sticking with Slumping Raul Ibanez

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Raul Ibanez can’t seem to snap out of his season-long funk, but the Angels don’t plan on sending him to the bench.

Ibanez is in his 19th season in Major League Baseball, and at 42 years old, is the second-oldest player in baseball.

In 57 games this season, Ibanez is batting just .157 with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

With the team calling up prospect C.J. Cron, some are wondering why he doesn’t take Ibanez’s place as the team’s designated hitter. Manager Mike Scioscia is sticking with the veteran.

“There’s no doubt he’s making some strides in the batter’s box, and you’re seeing better swings,” Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times. “The bottom line is production. Nobody understands that better than Raul. He knows he needs to have better at-bats. Nobody is working harder than Raul, and we’re confident he’s going to contribute for us.”

Despite the lack of production for Ibanez, the Angels are fourth in Major League Baseball in runs scored.

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Swisher Slams Cleveland Past Angels in Extras

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Ohio) — Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the tenth that put Los Angeles ahead 3-1. Nick Swisher answered with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom half of the inning to give Cleveland a 5-3 victory on Thursday afternoon.

“When I first hit it, I said, all right, that’s a double,” said Swisher. “The next thing you know, it went out. I flipped my bat. I was going crazy.”

The two-out hit was Swisher’s only one of the day, striking out each time in his previous three at-bats. It was also the second time that the Indians (37-36) came from behind in the game. With a runner on third in the second, Cleveland starter Justin Masterson delivered a wild pitch that allowed Howie Kendrick to score and give the Angels (38-33) a 1-0 advantage.

Cleveland answered back in the third on a groundout from Michael Bourn in the third, the last run scored in the first nine innings. Both Masterson and Los Angeles starter, C.J. Wilson went seven innings before turning things over to the bullpen.

Pujols’ two-RBI hit came off reliever Scott Atchison with two outs, seemingly giving the Angels the victory. However, Bourn walked to lead off before Jason Kipnis doubled two batters later. After Carlos Santana walked to load the bases, Ernesto Frieri came on to try and finish off the game. Frieri induced a fly out from Daniel Murphy for the second out before Swisher’s slam gave the Indians a 5-3 win.

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