Update on the latest sports
Cubs rally to beat Cardinals
CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have been going in opposite directions since May 22, when the Redbirds held a three-game lead in the NL Central at 26-19. The trend continued today as the Cubs came out of a 5-1 deficit to beat the Cards 8-5.
Joc Pederson hit a solo homerun and a two-run brace to lead the comeback. Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras also went a long way for the Cubs, who sold out at Wrigley Field for the first time this season. Rizzo’s explosion capped a 14 batting pitch.
Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) had three RBIs for the Cardinals, who lost for the seventh time in eight games and fell to 32-21.
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Seattle Mariners reliever Kendall Graveman was activated after being on the injured list following a COVID-19 alert.
The 30-year-old right-hander had been away since May 23 and had been in quarantine for two weeks.
He recorded five saves and didn’t allow a run in 16 2/3 innings in 14 appearances before being sidelined.
Also around the majors:
– National ace Max Scherzer came out with an apparent injury after throwing just 12 shots tonight against the Giants. There was no immediate report on Scherzer’s condition.
–Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw is unlikely to return until August after dislocating his left shoulder while diving for a ball on the ground Wednesday in Cincinnati. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said the original plan was to see if Shaw can recover without needing surgery.
– Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen takes a physical leave of absence from the team while his wife Nicole struggles with brain cancer. Hazen says he will continue to consult regularly with assistant general manager Amiel Sawdaye, who will take charge of baseball’s day-to-day operations. Hazen, 45, has been the Diamondbacks general manager since 2016.
– Two other teams were able to relax the protocols against coronaviruses after reaching the vaccination threshold of 85% for players and other staff in the field. However, the pace of vaccinations has slowed and no additional teams have been announced as being on track to meet the threshold. Twenty-two of the 30 clubs are subject to relaxed protocols.
FRANCE OPEN TENNIS
Djokovic and Tsitsipas in the final
PARIS (AP) – Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) has qualified for the Roland-Garros final and will face fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday.
Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) stopped Rafael Nadal’s candidacy for a 14th Roland-Garros title and only inflicted on the King of Clay his third defeat in 108 matches in the tournament. Djokovic lost the first set of the semi-final match before rallying to a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 victory. He has won the last six games as he aims for his second Roland Garros championship and his 19th Grand Slam title.
Nadal was 7-1 against Djokovic at Roland Garros, losing to him in 2015. Nadal beat Djokovic in last year’s final.
Fans were allowed to stay for the end of the four-hour game. French authorities lifted the 11pm curfew that would otherwise have forced the crowd of 5,000 to leave the stadium.
Tsitsipas edged sixth seed Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 to reach his first Grand Slam final. Tsitsipas was in fusion mode early for the fifth seed, trailing love-40 after a double fault before gaining five consecutive points. He broke the serve to go up 3-1 and performed the path reset.
Tsitsipas was 0-3 in the Grand Slam semi-finals.
Djokovic will look to join Roy Emerson and Rod Laver as the only male players to win each Grand Slam singles title at least twice.
Fields signs first deal with the Bears
NO DATE (AP) – The Chicago Bears have signed their final quarterback of the future.
Justin Fields signed a four-year contract with the Bears, which took him with the 11th overall pick in this year’s draft after rising nine spots in a trade with the New York Giants. The Bears chose to take a young quarterback after refusing to take Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth-year option.
Fields was a 2019 Heisman Trophy finalist and Big Ten offensive player of the year in each of his two seasons at Ohio State after being transferred from Georgia. He threw for 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions for the Buckeyes.
Fields trained with the Bears’ second team, behind veteran Andy Dalton.
In other NFL news:
– The 49ers have signed a one-year contract with offensive lineman Senio Kelemete. The former fifth-round pick played 88 games in nine seasons with the Cardinals, Saints and Texans.
Siakam has his shoulder surgery
TORONTO (AP) – The Toronto Raptors have announced that Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) has undergone shoulder surgery and has an expected recovery time of around five months.
The forward suffered a tear to his left shoulder during a game against Memphis on May 8. Two days after tying a career record scoring 44 points against Washington. The 2020 NBA All-Star team have missed Toronto’s last four games and outscored the Raptors this season, averaging 21.4 points.
The operation could force Siakam to miss the start of next season.
Risk of having hip surgery
BOSTON (AP) – Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has said he will undergo surgery to repair a previously undisclosed torn hip labrum.
Rask has said he hopes to re-sign with the Bruins and be ready to return in January or February.
He missed three weeks in March and April, but said it was because his back had seized up as he made up for his hip injury. He played in 24 regular season games and posted a 6-4 playoff record.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Jimenez takes the lead with 2 eagles
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Miguel Angel Jimenez had two Eagles in a 7-under-65 to take the lead in the first round of the US PGA Tour Champions Insurance Championship.
Jimenez scored the 16th and second par 5 holes and had four birdies and a bogey in the round that begins on the last nine at University Ridge in Madison, Wisconsin.
Defending champion Jerry Kelly was second after a 67 in his hometown. He won the second and had three birdies.