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In Brief: Harvick wins at Michigan for NASCAR-high seventh victory of year

In Brief: Harvick wins at Michigan for NASCAR-high seventh victory of year
13 Aug


U.S. beats Japan, 7-6, in final of world championship

MAKUHARI, Japan — Kelsey Stewart drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the United States beat Japan, 7-6, in the final of the women’s world softball championship Sunday. Stewart’s single down the third-base line scored the runner from third as the defending champions rallied with three runs in the 10th off Japan starter Yukiko Ueno. The tournament doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The U.S. secured its spot in the Olympics earlier Sunday when Japan beat Canada, 3-0. Softball and baseball were dropped from the Olympic program after the 2008 Beijing Games but have been restored for ’20.


Canada falls to Japan, 3-0, takes third at women’s world championship

MAKUHARI, Japan — Canada had to settle for third at the women’s world softball championship after falling 3-0 to host Japan on Sunday. Japan starter Yukiko Ueno held the Canadians in check, throwing a complete-game four-hitter for the victory. Joanne Lye went 2 for 3 for Canada at the plate. Victoria Hayward and Erika Polidori were the only other Canadian hitters to reach base with a hit. The Canadians were playing Japan with a spot in the championship on the line after back-to-back victories in the playoff round of the tournament.


Bills sign defensive tackle Walker, release Hughes

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have shuffled defensive tackles by signing Tyrunn Walker and reaching an injury settlement to release John Hughes. The moves were announced Sunday, when the Bills resumed practice following a day off. Walker joins his third National Football League team in three years after getting a sack and forcing a fumble in 16 games, including four starts, with the Los Angeles Rams last season. He spent three seasons with New Orleans and two with Detroit and has 4½ sacks in 58 career games. Hughes injured his groin during Buffalo’s preseason-opening 28-23 loss to Carolina on Thursday. Hughes has six seasons of NFL experience. He was signed on July 26, the day the Bills opened training camp.


Okung raises fist; Marshall, Thomas not on field for anthem.

DENVER — Linebacker Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas weren’t with their teammates on the sideline for the national anthem prior to the Denver Broncos’ game against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night. Marshall and Thomas emerged from the tunnel behind the Broncos’ bench after the anthem was over. In Arizona, Los Angeles Chargers starting left tackle Richard Okung raised his fist during the anthem prior to the team’s game against the Cardinals. The National Football League and the NFLPA have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when the anthem is played, or remain in the locker-room. Marshall has knelt in the past during the national anthem following the lead of his college teammate, Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests in 2016 to bring attention to social injustices. They played together at Nevada. Thomas hasn’t been involved in the demonstrations but he wore the Malcom Jenkins “You ain’t listening” T-shirt at a pre-camp barbecue last month. Okung stood with his fist raised behind the rest of the Chargers players, who lined up on the sideline for the anthem.


Browns ‘sticking’ with plan to start Taylor over Mayfield

BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield’s impressive pre-season National Football League debut hasn’t altered Cleveland’s quarterback rotation. The No. 1 overall draft pick threw two touchdown passes in Thursday’s win over the New York Giants, and his striking performance prompted cries that Mayfield should jump Tyrod Taylor and begin the season as the Browns starter. But quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese quashed that idea Sunday, saying: “We have a plan and we’re sticking to it. Let’s get on with Tyrod as our starter. He’s our guy.” The Browns want Mayfield to spend his rookie season watching and learning behind Taylor, who went 5 for 5 for 99 yards and a touchdown in two series against the Giants. Taylor posted a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. Zampese liked what he saw from Mayfield, but said “he’s had 22 pre-season NFL snaps. He has a long way to go and we’re encouraged with where he’s at right now.”

NASCAR Xfinity

Justin Allgaeir wins race at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio — Justin Allgaier passed rookie Austin Cindric with four laps left and held on Saturday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Allgaier used the sixth restart of the race to squeeze by Cindric, then held off a challenge on the 72nd lap for his third series win of the year. He also won at Dover and Iowa for JR Motorsport. Cindric, the pole-sitter for Team Penske, finished 2.05 seconds back after leading 59 of the 75 laps on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Daniel Hemric was third, followed by Matt Tifft and Ryan Truex. Series leader Christopher Bell was 11th.


Dodgers send right-handers Maeda and Stripling to bullpen

DENVER — The Los Angeles Dodgers are sending right-handers Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling to the bullpen to make room for two starters about to return from the disabled list. Left-hander Alex Wood is scheduled to come off the disabled list and pitch Tuesday in a National League baseball game against San Francisco. He went on the DL on Aug. 4 with adductor tendinitis. Lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu is healed from a strained groin that has sidelined him since early May. Ryu is expected to be activated and start on Wednesday. Stripling will be ready for bullpen action on Tuesday and Maeda on Wednesday. The Dodgers are using a closer-by-committee approach in the bullpen with Kenley Jansen sidelined because of an irregular heartbeat.


Arenado not starting for second straight game due to shoulder

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies held all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado out of the starting lineup for a second straight game because of a sore right shoulder. Pat Valaika filled in at third Sunday as the Rockies closed out a four-game National League baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arenado was removed from Friday’s game in the fifth inning when he tweaked his shoulder on a throw. The five-time Gold Glove winner has been bothered by the shoulder for about a week. Arenado, 27, entered Saturday’s game as a pinch hitter in the ninth and was hit by a pitch. Later, Ryan McMahon — his replacement at third — hit a walk-off, three-run homer. Arenado is hitting .307 with 29 home runs and 82 RBIs this season.

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