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    The World Cup is a week away, and the United States is no lock for gold. Australia delivered that message to the world on Saturday. For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players played an international game — and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points, and Australia rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to stun the Americans 98-94 and snap a 78-game U.S. winning streak that started with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships. 'They wanted it more than us tonight,' U.S. guard Kemba Walker said. 'Lesson learned for us.' It was the first loss for the U.S. in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals against Greece. The Americans won the bronze there, then were unbeaten through the cycles for the 2007 FIBA Americas, 2008 Olympics, 2010 World Cup, 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Add all that up, along with wins over Spain and Australia with this team, and it was a 78-game winning streak for the U.S. — the longest in program history. And it's now over. 'It was awesome,' Mills said. Australia had never beaten the Americans, and the U.S. national team had been 30-0 all-time in Australia. 'Some of it is expected with a new group that's trying to learn about each other and learn a system,' U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. 'So it's not surprising. But the Aussies gave us a great lesson as far as where we want to be and how you have to play in this kind of a competition.' A World Cup where Serbia has already made very clear it expects to win gold, where NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead Greece, where France figures to have a medal shot and now with the Australians absolutely knowing they can beat the U.S., will begin next week with no shortage of realistic title hopefuls. USA Basketball is No. 1 in FIBA's world rankings, but so far in the run-up to this World Cup — with most of the top NBA stars deciding to not play this summer — the Americans have not looked like a lock for more gold. They beat Spain by nine in Anaheim, California on Aug. 16, needed a big second half to defeat Australia by 16 on Thursday, and then let a sizable second-half lead slip away Saturday. 'Obviously, this was a great step for us,' Australia guard Joe Ingles said. Mills plays for San Antonio, so ordinarily Popovich — the longtime Spurs coach — would enjoy seeing what the veteran guard did down the stretch. Mills scored Australia's last 10 points, doing it all from banking in 3-pointers to slicing through for a layup that put the hosts up by six with 1:50 remaining. 'As I told you all after the last game, Patty's a pain,' Popovich said. Walker scored 22 points for the U.S., and Harrison Barnes had 20. Donovan Mitchell's 3-pointer with 1:05 left got the U.S. within 97-94, the Americans forced a stop on the ensuing possession and had two chances to tie — but Mitchell's 3-pointer was off, Joe Harris missed a corner 3 a few seconds later and Mills iced the game with a free throw. Aron Baynes left the floor with his head back, screaming in celebration as he slapped hands with delirious countrymen. Ingles and Andrew Bogut grabbed their kids and brought them on the floor for a look. Bogut scored 16 points, Ingles had 15 and Baynes scored 13 for the Australians. Baynes powered in for a score that put Australia up 82-76 with 8:25 remaining, just before Barnes answered with a three-point play for the U.S. to start an 8-0 run that put the Americans back on top. There were four lead changes in the final quarter, the last coming when Ingles made a step-back 3 with 3:35 left for an 88-87 lead. Mills did the rest. He banked in a long 3 for a four-point lead, added a layup to put his country up six with 1:50 left and clinched it with the last free throw. The U.S. led by one at the half and went up 68-58 midway through the third on a dunk by Jayson Tatum, but the Australians got right back into the game. Mills scored eight points in 45 seconds, including a pair of 3-pointers, to get Australia within one with 2:40 left in the third. 'That's a great team and they've been together a long time,' Barnes said. 'They play a great style of basketball.' TIP-INS United States: Barnes, Marcus Smart (who had been out with a calf strain), Khris Middleton, Mitchell and Myles Turner started for the Americans. The U.S. has now used different starting lineups in its three exhibitions, with only Mitchell opening all three contests. In all, the U.S. has given nine different players at least one start on the pre-World Cup tour. ... Kyle Kuzma (left ankle soreness) did not play. Australia: Attendance was 52,079, the biggest crowd to watch a basketball game in Australia — breaking the record of 51,218 set Thursday. ... The Australians went with the same starters for the second straight game, opening with Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Mills, Baynes and Jock Landale. ... Ingles and Mitchell weren't the only Utah Jazz guards at Marvel Stadium — Dante Exum was in the stands. SHAKEN UP U.S. guard Derrick White of the San Antonio Spurs was tripped up as he dribbled downcourt midway through the fourth quarter, and hit his forehead on the court. He left with a sizable icepack on the left side of his head. UP NEXT USA: Face Canada in an exhibition on Monday at Sydney. Australia: Face Canada in World Cup opener on Sept. 1 at Dongguan, China.
  • Scratching for runs while losing three straight in Oakland left the New York Yankees in a mood heading south to Los Angeles. They took out their frustration on the Dodgers, who had a rare night of swinging and missing. Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam off All-Star Hyun-Jin Ryu and added a solo shot to help the Yankees set a club record for homers in a month in a 10-2 victory Friday night in a matchup of the two teams with the best records in baseball. 'We needed a rebound game,' slugger Aaron Judge said. 'We were looking forward to this.' Judge, Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres also homered as the Yankees ended a four-game skid. They have a major league-leading 57 homers in August, their most in any month. Starting on five days' rest, James Paxton (10-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to win his fifth straight start. He struck out 11 — one off his season high — and walked none. 'I feel like he's been on the verge of having this outing for a while,' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. The teams' first meeting in three years had a postseason feel, even though neither club looked the part. The Yankees' pinstripes and Dodgers' blue and white uniforms were cast aside on Players' Weekend. The Yankees wore all black and the Dodgers (85-45) donned all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. 'Before the first pitch, you could feel the energy,' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. The sellout crowd of 53,775 saw a potential October preview between two franchises that used to battle in New York before the Dodgers moved West before the 1958 season. They've met 11 times in the World Series, with the Yankees winning eight titles. 'To come play a big interleague series at Dodger Stadium, I think our guys relished that,' Boone said. 'To have those impact at-bats with slug against a guy like Ryu, up and down the lineup, it was really nice to see.' After scoring just nine runs in Oakland, the Yankees (84-46) cranked up their offense early. They led 2-0 in the third on the homers by Judge, who has gone deep to left field twice in four days after not pulling a homer previously this season, and Sánchez. Ryu (12-4) opened the fifth by allowing consecutive singles to DJ LeMahieu and Judge. After Torres grounded out, Ryu intentionally walked Sánchez to load the bases. That set up Gregorius, who launched a 90 mph fastball into the right field pavilion for his fifth career grand slam and first allowed by Ryu in his career. Gio Urshela doubled to chase Ryu before Brett Gardner's RBI double off Adam Kolarek made it 7-1. 'It was the right choice to walk Sánchez,' Ryu said through a translator. 'The pitch to Didi was a mistake. I kind of wish I'd made more pitches to expand the strike zone.' Gregorius homered again in the ninth. Ryu struggled through his second straight sub-par outing. The left-hander came in with baseball's best ERA of 1.64, but he gave up a career-high-tying seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 28. He struck out seven and walked one. 'I always emphasize command of pitches and I obviously couldn't do that when you look at the home runs,' he said. Ryu was coming off a 4-3 loss at Atlanta in which he allowed all four Braves' runs in 5 2/3 innings. Torres homered with two outs off Yimi Garcia in the sixth for an 8-1 lead. The Dodgers' run of three straight wins and five victories in a row at home, including consecutive walk-off wins, came to an abrupt halt. 'Fortunately, it only counts for one loss,' Roberts said. 'It was an ugly one across the board.' TRAINER'S ROOM Yankees: 1B Luke Voit (sports hernia) was 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout in his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (right biceps tendinitis) tossed 35 pitches in a bullpen session. QUICKEST TO 100 Sánchez became the fastest catcher in major league history to 100 homers in his 355th career game. He surpassed Mike Piazza, who did it in 422 games with the Dodgers. BELLI-ACHE Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger struck out swinging in all three of his at-bats before he was replaced defensively in the seventh. 'We were just trying to throw him strikes and get after him,' Paxton said. 'We didn't want to give him anything in the middle of the zone.' YANKEES MOVE New York acquired pitcher Cory Gearrin off waivers from Seattle. He was 0-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 48 games, including two starts, for the Mariners this season. The 33-year-old right-hander also has been with Atlanta, San Francisco, Texas and Oakland in his eight-year MLB career. To make room for Gearrin on the 40-man roster, right-hander Domingo Acevedo was released. UP NEXT Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (5-7, 5.01 ERA) starts on five days' rest. He's failed to last at least five innings four times this season, including in three straight games for just the second time in his career. Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 3.00) makes his fourth career start against the Yankees. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Latest on the first high school football game since a devastating wildfire in a Northern California town (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Paradise defeated Williams High School 42-0 at Om Wraith Field on Friday in front of thousands of people that packed the stadium. For many, it was one of the few times they have returned to the Northern California town since a wildfire destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings and killed 86 people. The football team had 56 members last year. This year, it has 35 because so many of the students have had to move away. Most of those who remain have to commute from nearby towns. Sixty-seven-year-old Linda Davis had been living with her mom in Paradise when their home was destroyed in the fire. She says it was good to see everybody happy again for a change. ___ 11:35 a.m. A high school football team in a Northern California town that was mostly destroyed by a wildfire is a year ago is playing its first game since the blaze. The Paradise High School Bobcats are scheduled to play Williams High School on Friday. It's their first time back since a wildfire destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings and killed 86 people in November 2018. Head Coach Rick Prinz said the team has 35 players, down from 56 last year as the school has lost nearly half of its students who were forced to move away. School officials said they expect about 5,000 people to attend the game. The team will enter the field through the home stands, led by last year's seniors who never got to play in their final game.
  • A look at what's happening around the majors today: BREEZIN' Despite tying a major league record by striking out 26 times, the Braves kept their winning streak going. The NL East leaders outlasted the Mets 2-1 in 14 innings Friday night for their sixth straight victory. Atlanta is 9-3 against the Mets this season and tries to boost that mark when lefty Max Fried (14-4, 3.84 ERA) starts at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.40) is set to pitch for New York. Mets All-Star Jeff McNeil, on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, played third base and right field for Class A Brooklyn and went 1 for 4 in a rehab appearance. Manager Mickey Callaway left open the possibility that McNeil could be back to face the Braves. BRYCE'S BABY Philadelphia star Bryce Harper is on the paternity list while awaiting the birth of his first child. He traveled home to Las Vegas and could be out of action through the weekend. Harper is hitting .254 with 27 homers and 92 RBIs in 125 games. The Phillies' drive for an NL wild card took a damaging blow Friday night when they blew a seven-run lead at last-place Miami and lost 19-11. Zach Eflin (7-11, 4.57 ERA) is next up against the Marlins — he's 0-4 with an 8.42 ERA over his last 10 games, including six starts. The Marlins took a big hit, too, when top hitter Brian Anderson suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. He could miss the rest of the season. ROLLING Cubs left-hander José Quintana tries to add to his career-best win streak when he faces Washington at Wrigley Field. The 30-year-old Quintana is 7-0 with a 2.96 ERA in his last nine starts. He pitched seven scoreless innings in Sunday night's 7-1 victory over Pittsburgh in the MLB Little League Classic. Joe Ross gets the ball for the surging Nationals, who have won 10 of 12. STREAKING Astros lefty Wade Miley (12-4, 3.18 ERA) has won six straight decisions. Slotted in a rotation with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke, Miley doesn't always attract a lot of attention. But he's been a key member of the AL West leaders, who take on Mike Trout and the Angels at Minute Maid Park. ALL FOR ONE Rockies righty Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-4, 5.87 ERA) starts at St. Louis, looking for his first win since Sept. 22, 2015, while with the Texas Rangers. Gonzalez lost both decisions in 2016, missed the entire 2017 season after Tommy John surgery and didn't return to the majors until this June 25. Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson (12-6, 3.63 ERA) goes for his third consecutive win. He was pulled after throwing 6 2/3 hitless innings against Milwaukee on Monday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • With Jacob deGrom and the Mets hard-throwing bullpen missing bats at a historic pace, the NL East-leading Braves were ready to win with small ball Friday night. That's exactly what Billy Hamilton is there for — although this first contribution wasn't exactly on script. Hamilton singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning for his first hit as a Brave, and Atlanta beat the Mets 2-1 for its sixth straight win despite yet another sensational two-way effort by deGrom. 'Might be one of the best feelings of my life except for my first stolen base in the major leagues,' Hamilton said. 'I mean this might be the top.' The Mets tied a major league record by striking out 26 batters, including 13 by deGrom , and 21-year-old Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. became the second-youngest player with a 30-homer, 30-steal season — only Mike Trout did it younger. Yet the game came down to Hamilton, who delivered to snap New York's five-game winning streak. The seventh-year major leaguer was claimed by Atlanta off waivers from Kansas City last week to be a pinch-running specialist down the stretch. The speedster did just that in the 10th, replacing a runner at first and stealing a base, but he was left stranded. Four innings later, his grounder against Jeurys Familia (4-2) was just out of reach for diving second baseman Joe Panik, allowing Tyler Flowers to score from third. The hit came in Hamilton's fourth plate appearance since changing teams, and the 28-year-old looked back into Atlanta's dugout after reaching first and saw a booming celebration. 'If you're going to be out here all night, might as well get a win,' said Hamilton, who added his second steal of the game a few pitches later. He has 297 career stolen bases but is just a .242 hitter, having spent most of his career on lousy teams in Cincinnati and Kansas City. DeGrom homered and struck out eight straight batters during one dominant stretch, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He finished a punchout shy of his career high — the righty whiffed 14 and also homered to beat Miami on April 3. DeGrom became the first pitcher since at least 1900 to strike out 13 and homer in a game twice in the same season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. 'Every time out, my God, that guy has got something really special in his back pocket,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner got a no-decision anyway, the 18th time in his career he's pitched one-run ball or better over seven innings and not gotten a victory. New York is just 7-5 this year when deGrom allows one or fewer earned runs. The Mets' previous high for strikeouts as a staff was 24, achieved June 2, 2018, against the Cubs during a 14-inning game — deGrom also struck out 13 in that one. New York remained two games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card after Chicago lost to the Nationals 9-3. Atlanta has won nine of 12 against the Mets this season. Flowers had appeared to score the go-ahead run two batters before Hamilton's knock when he came home from first on Adeiny Hechavarría's drive to right-center. The ball got lodged in the door to the visiting bullpen, though, and after a video review, umpires ruled it a ground-rule double and held Flowers at third. DeGrom's eight straight strikeouts marked the best such streak in the majors this year and tied his career high. He went over 200 strikeouts in a season for the fourth time. 'That little run, I just felt like I was able to locate whatever pitch I was throwing at the time,' he said. DeGrom added his second homer this season and third of his career leading off the sixth. Mets pitchers lead the majors with six homers. Freeman hit an RBI single in the sixth, and Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, allowing a run and striking out seven. Atlanta's bullpen covered eight scoreless innings, including two by Luke Jackson (7-2). Mark Melancon delivered a 1-2-3 14th to close out the 4 hour, 37-minute game for his fifth save. 'It's frustrating,' Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said. 'We had lots of opportunities, lots of extra inning opportunities, but also throughout the regulation nine innings. We didn't have it today at the plate like we have in the past.' 30-30 Acuña took second in the eighth inning for his 30th stolen base, giving him the fifth 30-30 season in franchise history and first since Ron Gant in 1990 and '91. Acuña also has 36 homers. TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (right foot contusion) felt good after his first rehab game with Class A Rome on Thursday. He was back at shortstop Friday night for seven innings and went 1 for 3. ... 3B/OF Austin Riley (right knee sprain) was the DH for Rome in his first rehab game and went 0 for 4. ... OF Nick Markakis (broken left wrist) was upgraded from a full cast to a removable one and did some running in the outfield before the game. ... RHP Darren O'Day (right forearm strain) began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Mets: All-Star Jeff McNeil (strained left hamstring) played third base and right field for Class A Brooklyn, going 1 for 4 in a rehab appearance. Manager Mickey Callaway left open the possibility that McNeil would rejoin New York on Saturday. ... C Tomas Nido was visited by a trainer after being slammed in the back of the head by Donaldson's backswing while trying to throw out a stealing runner in the sixth. Nido stayed in but was replaced the next inning by Wilson Ramos. Nido was being evaluated after the game. UP NEXT Braves LHP Max Fried (14-4, 3.84) will honor late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs with his Players' Weekend uniform, which reads 'Love You Ty.' Fried and Skaggs both grew up in Southern California. RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.40) is slated to start for New York. ___ Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A wild victory for the Marlins was tempered by some disappointing injury news. Starlin Castro homered twice and drove in five runs, and Miami spotted the Philadelphia Phillies a seven-run lead before rallying to win 19-11 on Friday night, its highest-scoring game at Marlins Park. 'To be able to come from seven down early, obviously I would have never thought it would have ended like this with the way it started,' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. Castro's big night began with him on the bench. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and delivered with his fifth multi-home run game of his career, the first since August 2016 at Seattle while with the Yankees. 'If I knew a half-game off for rest would do that, I'd do that a lot with a lot of guys,' Mattingly said. 'Coming off the bench with two home runs is pretty cool.' The big win came at a cost. Brian Anderson suffered a broken finger on his left hand after being hit by a pitch and could miss the rest of the season. 'Hopefully I'll be back in six weeks. I'm not exactly sure of the timetable yet,' said Anderson, who is batting .261 and leads the team with 20 homers and 65 RBIs. 'Today was a tough day for me, but I keep looking at it like it was a great day for our team. Like the best day I could even say with the way we came back from that streak we had going and with the way our guys fought today, that helped me out a lot.' Isan Díaz hit a three-run homer, Harold Ramirez and Neil Walker each had three hits and drove in two, and John Berti also went deep for the Marlins, who pounded out 19 hits and have won six of their last seven over the Phillies. 'It's a tough, tough loss,' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. 'That's a game we have to win. To go up 7-0, we just didn't make enough pitches to put hitters away. We weren't making enough plays on defense and we let a team back in the game that we shouldn't have let back in the game. It's that simple.' Philadelphia led 7-0 in the third thanks in part to Scott Kingery's three-run triple and Corey Dickerson's two-run double. It was the first time the Phillies have blown a 7-0 lead since August 2003 at Montreal, when they led 8-0. 'As a pitcher you want that run support,' Phillies starter Vince Velasquez said. 'What more do you want with a 7-0 lead, and then you end up giving it up.' The Marlins tied it in the bottom of the third. All seven runs were charged to Velasquez, who only recorded one out in the inning. 'Right now I feel pretty embarrassed,' Velasquez said. 'I'm pretty embarrassed and disappointed and I take full responsibility for the whole outcome of the game.' Ramirez's two-run single made it 7-4 and Díaz's three-run homer drew the Marlins even. 'We had a lot of momentum on our side and I was trying to keep the momentum going,' Díaz said. 'Everyone was saying, 'Pass the baton, pass the baton,' and everyone was contributing and I was trying to do my part.' Tyler Kinley (2-1) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief. Philadelphia reliever Nick Pivetta (4-6) allowed five runs, one earned, in 2 1/3 innings. The Phillies played without star Bryce Harper, who was placed on the paternity list. The Phillies regained a 9-7 lead before the Marlins stormed ahead with a five-run fifth sparked by a two-run double by Walker. Castro's two-run homer, his 12th of the season, extended Miami's lead to 15-9 in the sixth. He added another two-run shot in the eighth. Marlins starter Hector Noesi allowed seven runs in three innings. HIGH-SCORING LOSS The Phillies had won 33 consecutive games when scoring at least nine runs. HOME RUN STREAK ENDS The Marlins kept the ball in the park to end their franchise record of allowing a home run in 23 consecutive games, dating back to July 29. It was the fourth-longest streak in major league history. TRAINER'S ROOM Phillies: RHP Juan Nicasio left in the third inning with shoulder soreness after throwing two pitches, allowing a single to Jorge Alfaro and throwing a ball to Lewis Brinson. Marlins: Anderson exited in the fourth after being hit by a 96-mph pitch thown by Velasquez. ... RHP Pablo López (shoulder) pitched six innings, allowing one run, in a rehab outing for Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday. ... SS Miguel Rojas (hamstring) began a rehab assignment with Single-A Jupiter. UP NEXT Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (7-11, 4.57 ERA), who starts Saturday in Miami, is 0-4 with an 8.42 ERA over his last 10 games (six starts). Marlins: RHP Jordan Yamamoto (4-4, 4.31) has lost his last four decisions over six starts and has a 7.34 ERA during that span. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Even with a chance at history, Jordan Lyles didn't put up much of a fuss. Vying to become the second pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history to throw a no-hitter, Lyles had thrown 99 pitches through six innings. That's when manager Craig Counsell pulled him and turned to his bullpen to finish the job. And while Christian Walker's bloop single off Devin Williams with two outs in the seventh ended the no-hit bid, Lyles had no complaints after the Brewers finished their 6-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. 'I knew (the pitch count) was close to 100,' Lyles said. 'If it was through seven, I would have gone back out there. But 100 pitches, I'm not trying to put another 30-40 pitches on my arm.' Lyles (8-8) struck out five and issued just a pair of walks, both of them to Walker. He improved to 1-1 with a 0.69 ERA in five starts since being reacquired by the Brewers ahead of last month's trade deadline. 'Great effort from Jordan,' Counsell said. 'He pitched really, really well.' Milwaukee staked him to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning off Merrill Kelly (9-13). Eric Thames and Keston Hiura bolstered the lead with solo home runs and Lyles contributed with an RBI single. All six runs were charged to Merrill, who gave up eight hits and four walks while stirking out five over 4 1/3 innings. 'He made some bad pitches in the wrong locations and maybe the wrong type of pitch and good hitters make you pay for it,' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. 'I thought his stuff was OK but maybe not the right pitch or right location.' FLIPPING THE SCRIPT Kelly looked little like the pitcher who held Milwaukee to a run over seven innings with seven strikeouts last month in Arizona. 'I thought our hitters had a good night and made him work,' Counsell said. 'There were 35 pitches on the board after the first inning and he was at 50 after the second. When you make a guy do that, there's a better chance of him making mistakes when you get guys on base.' CHANCE AT HISTORY Lyles was the third pitcher in Brewers history to finish a start without allowing a hit in at least six innings of work. Ben McDonald threw six no-hit innings against Baltimore in 1997 and Juan Nieves pitched the only no-hitter in franchise history against the Orioles in 1987. This marked the second-longest no-hit bid of Lyles' career. He threw 7 1/3 perfect innings against the Rockies on May 18, 2018, giving way after Trevor Story's one-out single in the eighth left him five outs shy of becoming the first pitcher in Padres' history to throw a no-hitter. STAYING HOT Ketel Marte broke up the shutout bid with an RBI single in the ninth off Jeremy Jeffress, giving him at least one RBI in six straight games. He's batting .385 during that stretch with eight RBI and a 1.236 OPS. TRAINER'S ROOM Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray felt 'fantastic' after throwing a bullpen session and could return to the rotation Sunday for the series finale, Lovullo said. 'Robbie threw the ball extremely well,' Lovullo said. 'I went down there and watched and the grunts got louder and more aggressive as the bullpen went deeper and deeper. Everything is trending toward a Sunday start but we're not going to make that official until we get through this day with him and see how he feels tomorrow.' Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson has been hitting 94 mph with Triple-A San Antonio as he workds his way back from elbow soreness that's left him on the injured list since June 26. Counsell said Nelson has been 'pitching well' and is a candidate to rejoin the team when rosters expand next month. UP NEXT RHP Chase Anderson (5-3, 4.54 ERA) faces his former team Saturday night as the Brewers and Diamondbacks continue their three-game series. Anderson allowed a career-high 10 runs his last time out but is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in five career starts against Arizona, which sends RHP Zac Gallen (2-3, 2.45) to the mound. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Milwaukee Brewers have lost their bid for a combined no-hitter against Arizona on a two-out single in the seventh inning. Christian Walker blooped the Diamondbacks' first hit to center field at Miller Park off reliever Devin Williams on Friday night. Milwaukee starter Jordan Lyles was pulled after six hitless innings. He threw 99 pitches. Williams took over to begin the seventh. The last Milwaukee no-hitter was pitched by Juan Nieves against Baltimore in 1987. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Although the wordless billboards went up quietly this week on the streets around Los Angeles FC's Banc of California Stadium, their message to the city is loud and clear. Some of the huge signs show imperious LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic running into LAFC's Latif Blessing, sending the smaller man flying. In others, Zlatan is making a saucy gesture toward LAFC's Carlos Vela, or perhaps celebrating in his fellow superstar's face. Each of the photos captured a triumphant moment for Zlatan and the Galaxy during the first four editions of El Tráfico, the increasingly outstanding rivalry series between Major League Soccer's two Los Angeles clubs. LAFC's fans have the best team in the league this season, but it has never beaten the Galaxy — and those fans will have to walk past these trolling provocations around their home ground before the latest edition of the LA derby Sunday night. 'I thought it was funny,' Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget said after he saw the billboards on social media. 'That stuff gets us going. It's just good for the city, man. Even though they're probably a little bitter about it.' A rivalry that didn't exist 18 months ago has grown into one of the highest-profile matchups in the league, drawing rowdy crowds and attracting international attention for the intensity and quality of the first four games. The Galaxy are the only five-time champions in MLS history, while their crosstown foes are a model expansion franchise with a lavish new stadium near downtown LA. Multicultural Los Angeles has loved and embraced soccer for decades, but having two successful professional franchises has amplified that passion, turning each of these rivalry games into something special. 'Ever since the first game, this rivalry has grown so organically,' Lletget said. 'You'll see on Sunday, the intensity is as if you're in a derby in Europe. It's pretty crazy.' Although the Galaxy (13-11-2) are in third place in the Western Conference, they're a whopping 20 points behind LAFC (19-3-4), which is running away with MLS' best record during a spectacular second season. But LAFC is 0-2-2 against its biggest rivals, making this final regular-season meeting even more urgent for the newcomers in black and gold. 'It's the derby,' LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. 'It means more. So far, with all the things we've done, we haven't beat them.' Thrilling finishes, spectacular goals and bad-tempered play have been in abundance ever since this rivalry began with Zlatan's electrifying two-goal MLS debut during the Galaxy's comeback victory in March 2018. Ibrahimovic and Vela have scored a whopping six goals apiece in the four El Tráfico games, doing everything that's expected from arguably the league's two best players. Their last meeting was dominated by the superstars, with Ibrahimovic's hat trick besting Vela's brace in a 3-2 victory for the Galaxy on July 19. 'When you play against the other team of the city, you always want to do your best,' said Vela, who already has 26 goals and 15 assists in a historically prolific season. 'You want to win. You want to show you are better than the other team of the city, and it's a good chance to show how good we are this season. I hope we can finally get the three points.' The rivalry is new, but the fan bases' animus is older. Galaxy supporters look down at LAFC for its brief history and an empty trophy case, but also because LAFC's fan base includes many hard-core supporters who switched allegiances from Chivas USA, which dissolved in 2014 after a dismal decade sharing the Galaxy's stadium. But LAFC fans love to point out the Galaxy technically aren't from Los Angeles, and never have been. They've been based in Carson, a suburb due south of downtown LA, since 2003 after spending their first nine years of existence at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 'The intensity comes by itself, because it's two teams from the same city,' Ibrahimovic said. 'Rivals. I think it comes automatic, the intensity of this game.' Banc of California Stadium will be intense from the moment LAFC's 3252 supporters union starts rocking the North End a couple of hours before kickoff. Ticket prices on the secondary market for Sunday's game skyrocketed in recent days, with few single seats under $200 and the high-end tickets topping $1,500. Along with a national television broadcast, fans at home can watch a streaming comedic commentary program synced to the match by Funny or Die, the comedy website co-founded by LAFC minority owner Will Ferrell. What's more, both sides of this derby are getting serious reinforcements before this edition. Sunday's game will be the first El Tráfico for Cristian Pavón, the speedy Argentine forward who arrived earlier this month and immediately took a major role in the Galaxy's attack. It could also mark the LAFC debut of Brian Rodríguez, the promising Uruguayan designated player whose paperwork cleared just in time to make him available to Bradley this weekend. 'Games with the Galaxy take on an extra dimension,' Bradley said. 'We know that. We've had really good moments against them, but we haven't won yet, and so that's something that doesn't need discussing inside our team. Everybody knows.' ___ More AP Sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A storm delay at the Tour Championship slowed the momentum of Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, right when they were starting to pull ahead in the chase for the $15 million FedEx Cup. The final hour Friday showed how quickly it can change — and for Rory McIlroy, why no one is holding back in the season finale. Koepka didn't make a birdie on the back nine until the par-5 18th when he hit 5-iron from 239 yards to 8 feet behind the hole. He had to settle for a two-putt birdie, a 3-under 67 and a one-shot lead. Because he started the tournament at 7-under par as the No. 3 seed, he was at 13 under going to the weekend. 'The lead is always nice, so I'll take that,' Koepka said. 'The rain delay kind of killed any momentum I had. I didn't feel like I had any good golf shots after the rain delay, but that's part of golf. Everybody's got to deal with the same thing.' He was one shot ahead of Justin Thomas, who played his final 10 holes in 1 over for a 68, and McIlroy, who had a birdie-birdie finish. And just not any birdie. McIlroy, who trailed by four shots early on the back nine, sent his drive on the 18th hole so far to the right it brought the out-of-bounds practice range into play. He was fortunate to have his ball in dirt under a pine tree, leaving him 242 yards away. McIlroy decided to choke up on a 5-wood and slice it around a tree some 50 yards in front of him, then over the water and near the green. It came out perfectly, landing in a tiny strip of grass behind bunkers. He got up-and-down for a 67 and was right where he needed to be. 'I felt comfortable doing it,' McIlroy said. Xander Schauffele also made a late surge with a birdie-eagle finish, holing a 25-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 69. He was two shots behind. Paul Casey had a 67 and was four shots behind at 9 under. Giving McIlroy good vibes going into the weekend was the score no one sees. McIlroy and Casey are at 7-under 133 over two days, the best 36-hole score in the 30-man field. So he figures he's doing something right with his game. The scoring for the FedEx Cup underwent a radical change this year, with players in the highest position in the FedEx Cup getting a head start in relation to par. Thomas is the No. 1 seed and started at 10 under before a shot was even hit. Koepka began at 7 under, McIlroy started at 5 under and Schauffele was at 4 under. The lowest score to par wins the FedEx Cup and its $15 million bonus. McIlroy didn't want to waste any chances, and all he saw from the woods was opportunity. 'I had a little gap,' he said. 'Whenever you're on my side of the tree, you could see what's on the right-hand side. I obviously curved it a lot. I thought that if I flushed a 5-wood, it might be too long. So I really gripped down on it. In hindsight, I wish I hadn't — might have got on the green. 'Made 4 off a bad tee shot, so I'm not complaining.' Koepka ran off three straight birdies late on the front nine to tie Thomas for the lead, and then never got back on track after players returned to the range and headed back to the course. He missed the green from the 13th fairway and made bogey. He had to scramble for par from short of the 14th green, and behind the 17th green. But his tee shot found the 18th fairway, setting up the birdie he needed. Thomas, who began the tournament with a two-shot lead and was tied at the top after his opening 70, quickly got his game back in order and went out in 32, tied with Koepka. 'It would be hard for me to say that it didn't kind of stop my momentum because I was playing really flawlessly that front nine,' Thomas said. 'The course was playing a little different after that delay. ... For as much as I feel like I scored well on the front nine, just nothing got going on the back nine.' He's still one shot behind, and finally he has a leaderboard that makes sense to him. Thomas said it was strange for him to see 10 under next to his name as he was starting out Thursday, and that he had a two-shot lead before hitting a shot. 'Today definitely felt more normal,' he said. 'It felt like I was just trying to build a lead as opposed to yesterday.' Koepka will play in the final group with Thomas, the last two to win PGA Tour player of the year. McIlroy and Thomas have won the FedEx Cup two of the last three years. Schauffele won the Tour Championship two years ago and has yet to have a round over par in his 10 trips around East Lake. Halfway through, and the FedEx Cup finale is really just getting started. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports