Monday, July 25
Diamondbacks hit 4 homers, hold off Reds 9-8
CINCINNATI (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt's solo home run in the fifth inning gave Arizona the lead for good, and the Diamondbacks finished with four homers in holding off the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 Sunday.
Yasmany Tomas chipped in a with a pair of solo home runs and Wellington Castillo had a three-run shot as Arizona ended a four-game losing streak and avoided a three-game sweep in Cincinnati for the first time since 2007.
It wasn't easy. Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth to pull the Reds within a run before Tyler Clippard regrouped to get the final three outs.
Every Cincinnati starter except pitcher Brandon Finnegan had at least one hit off starter Zack Godley, helping the Reds come from behind twice.
Godley (3-1) became the first pitcher in franchise history to reach seven career wins as a starter in as few as 10 starts. He allowed 10 hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
DALLAS COWBOYS-BUS CRASH
Dallas Cowboys bus involved in fatal crash in Arizona
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) —Four people were killed when a Dallas Cowboys bus collided with a van in Arizona.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr says all the fatalities in the Sunday crash were passengers in the van.
Mehr didn't say what led to the crash on U.S. Highway 93 in western Arizona.
Dallas Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple says the bus had no players, only staff members on board. They suffered "bumps and bruises."
According to the Department of Public Safety, the collision occurred about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman.
The bus was en route to Las Vegas for an afternoon fan event where organizers say the team's mascot was expected to appear.
USA BKO-DURANT IN OAKLAND
Boos to cheers: Durant heads home to Oakland with Team USA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in a jersey with "USA" on the chest, Kevin Durant got some boos at Staples Center on Sunday night.
He'll probably need to get used to that sound in this building for the rest of his basketball career.
When he suits up in Oakland on Tuesday for the first time since joining the Golden State Warriors, he'll get another reception entirely.
But no hate or love from the stands is going to deter Durant from trying to win a gold medal or an NBA title.
"The crowd here tonight was great, so hopefully it's just as good at Oracle," Durant said after scoring 19 points at a packed Staples Center during the Americans' 106-57 victory over China in the second stop of a five-game pre-Olympics showcase.
When told he had been booed in pregame introductions, Durant seemed surprised: "No, I didn't hear it. I did? Huh. I didn't hear it."
The Los Angeles fans were gathered to cheer for the Americans during an exhibition blowout, but some of them couldn't resist jabbing at the newest member of the Warriors and his two-team teammate, Draymond Green.
Weekend sweep for Kyle Busch at the Brickyard
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Busch won the Brickyard 400 to make it clean sweep at Indianapolis. He beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth to the finish line by 2.126 seconds. Jimmie Johnson was third.
Busch is the first NASCAR driver to sweep the Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup poles and races on the same weekend. He also joined Johnson as the only Cup drivers with back-to-back wins on Indy' 2.5-mile oval. Johnson won in 2008 and 2009.
Tony Stewart was 11th in his final Brickyard race after being assessed a late penalty for speeding on pit road.
Five-time race winner Jeff Gordon finished 13th after coming out of retirement to replace the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt is fighting concussion-like symptoms and has not yet been cleared by doctors to drive.