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MLB Roundup: Ohtani homers twice as Angels crush Rays –



NEW YORK — Shohei Ohtani hit his first grand slam in professional baseball on a two-homer night, and the surging Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-3 on Monday.

The AL MVP hit two homers in a game for the second time this season and eighth in the majors. Ohtani had a solo shot in the sixth inning off Jalen Beeks. In the seventh, he connected on a 3-1 cutter from Calvin Faucher, who was making his big-league debut, and sent it over the wall in left field for his sixth homer and the Angels’ third grand slam this season.

Mike Trout and Jared Walsh also went deep and drove in three runs each for the Angels, who have won five of six.

Randy Arozarena homered and Wander Franco had three hits for the Rays, who have dropped their last two after winning six straight.

Trout’s two-run shot to left field off Beeks in the sixth inning extended the Angels’ lead to 5-1. Ohtani then homered on the next pitch, the fourth time the two MVPs have connected in consecutive at-bats and the first since June 8, 2019.

Arozarena gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with a drive into the right-center field bleachers off Noah Syndergaard (3-1).

The Angels responded in the bottom half. Trout singled through the hole at shortstop, Ohtani hit a high fly ball that center fielder Kevin Kiermaier lost in the lights for a single, and Walsh hit a three-run shot to center off Jeffrey Springs (1-1).


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CHICAGO (AP) — Josh Naylor hit a tying grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and a three-run homer in the 11th, powering a huge comeback that carried Cleveland past Chicago.

Naylor also had a run-scoring double in the eighth and finished with eight RBIs for the Guardians, who stunned Chicago by rallying from an 8-2 deficit in the ninth aided by two White Sox errors.

Andres Gimenez led off the inning with a homer and then doubled home a run in the 10th as the Guardians snapped Chicago’s six-game winning streak. They have won eight of 10 following a seven-game skid.

Naylor’s go-ahead drive came off Ryan Burr (0-1) and barely cleared the right-field fence. Emmanuel Clase (1-2) allowed a run in the 10th but earned the win. Trevor Stephan pitched a perfect 11th for his second major league save and first this season.


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NEW YORK (AP) — Nestor Cortes took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before Eli White singled, and Anthony Rizzo doubled in a run in the bottom half to lift New York over Texas for its sixth straight series win.

Cortes pitched a career-high 7 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out 11, one shy of his high. He threw 68 of 103 pitches for strikes.

White, the Rangers’ No. 9 batter lofted a 2-2 fastball into short center field for a clean hit on Cortes’ final pitch. Clay Holmes (4-0) relieved and got Marcus Semien to ground into a double play.

Aaron Judge singled in the eighth off Brett Martin (0-3) and Rizzo, in a 2-for-31 slide, lofted a curveball to the opposite-field gap in left-center.

Aroldis Chapman allowed a two-out single to Jonah Heim in the ninth, then retired Nick Solak on a flyout to finish the two-hitter for his seventh save.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Rodon matched his season high with 12 strikeouts in six innings and San Francisco beat Colorado.

Mauricio Dubon had three hits, including his second homer in three days, and drove in three runs as the Giants won their eighth straight against the Rockies dating to last season. Austin Slater added a pair of singles.

Rodon (4-1) pitched around traffic much of the game but benefited from two double plays and a steady fastball clocked at 97 mph in the sixth, when the left-hander whiffed NL home run leader C.J. Cron and Elias Diaz.

Dubon got the Giants going with a sacrifice fly off Austin Gomber (2-3) in the first inning, then extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-run homer to center field in the third.


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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jose Quintana pitched six scoreless innings for his first win since 2019 and the first victory by a Pittsburgh starting pitcher this season.

The Pirates also ended a 16-game losing streak against the Dodgers dating to 2018 and snapped Los Angeles’ six-game winning streak.

Quintana (1-1) allowed four hits and four walks while striking out five. His previous win came on Sept. 5, 2019 at Milwaukee while pitching for the Chicago Cubs.

Julio Urias (2-2) allowed two runs in six-plus innings while scattering 11 hits. He struck out four and walked none.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks came within one out of a three-hit shutout for Chicago, which beat listless San Diego to snap a season-high five-game losing streak.

Hendricks (2-3) didn’t allow a runner to reach scoring position as he continued his mastery of the Padres. He struck out seven and walked one to improve to 8-2 overall against San Diego and 5-1 at Petco Park.

The Padres were shut out for the second time in three games.

Ian Happ drove in two runs for the Cubs, who handed rookie lefty MacKenzie Gore (2-1) his first loss. They took a 1-0 lead two batters in after Willson Contreras singled to right and scored on Seiya Suzuki’s double to left. Suzuki left the game in the middle of the sixth with a sore right ankle.


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SEATTLE (AP) — Jean Segura and Rhys Hoskins hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning, Ranger Suarez tossed six strong innings and Philadelphia beat Seattle.

Nick Castellanos finished with three hits, including two doubles. Castellanos’ RBI double in the fourth was the start of a three-run inning off Chris Flexen.

Suarez (3-1) struck out a season-high seven in his best performance of the season.

Flexen (1-5) had not allowed more than three earned runs in his first five starts. The six earned runs were the most since last July, when he gave up seven runs to Houston.


PHOENIX (AP) — Ketel Marte hit a go-ahead solo homer, Daulton Varsho and Christian Walker each added two hits, and Arizona kept rolling with a win over slumping Miami.

The Diamondbacks have won six of seven. The Marlins have dropped eight of nine and lead the majors in one-run losses with 10.

Kyle Nelson (1-0) earned his first big-league win with a scoreless inning of relief. Mark Melancon picked up his sixth save, working around a leadoff single.

Miami starter Elieser Hernandez (2-2) gave up four runs, including three earned, over 5 1/3 innings. He was chased in the sixth inning after Marte’s tie-breaking homer.


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BALTIMORE (AP) — Tyler Wells pitched six strong innings to earn his first victory of the season and Baltimore used a six-run fifth inning to surge past Kansas City.

Baltimore has won four of five for the first time this season and finished its homestand 5-4. Kansas City has lost seven of its past nine to fall a season-high eight games under .500.

Wells (1-2) allowed Ryan O’Hearn’s RBI single in the first, but cruised through the rest of his start. He retired 15 of the last 18 batters he faced and struck out three in the longest outing of his career.

The Orioles had only four hits in their fifth-inning rally against Royals starter Carlos Hernandez (0-2).


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CINCINNATI (AP) — Colin Moran homered in his third straight at-bat, Brandon Drury and Kyle Farmer each hit a three-run homer, and Cincinnati won two straight games for the first time this season.

The Reds, baseball’s worst team at 6-23, bounced back after being swept in three games at Milwaukee last week by a combined score of 34-12.

Moran connected in the second inning off Brandon Woodruff (3-2) to make it 1-0. His first longball of the season was a grand slam in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 7-3 win over the Pirates, and he hit a two-run blast in his next at-bat.

Luis Castillo, who missed all of spring training and the first 28 games with a right shoulder strain, made his season debut for Cincinnati. Luis Cessa (1-0) escaped the fifth before allowing two runs in the sixth.


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DETROIT (AP) — Paul Blackburn threw 6 2/3 strong innings to improve to 4-0 as Oakland beat Detroit to snap a season-high nine-game losing streak.

Tony Kemp hit a solo home run in the third and Chad Pinder added an RBI single in the fourth.

Blackburn gave up four hits and struck out three before leaving in the seventh inning. Despite walking two batters, rookie Dany Jimenez escaped damage and earned his fifth save to finish off the four-hitter.

Michael Pineda (1-2) took the loss, despite allowing only two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings. Javier Baez and manager A.J. Hinch were ejected after arguing balls and strikes in the ninth after Baez was called out on strikes.

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Divock Origi: Jurgen Klopp confirms ‘Liverpool legend’ will leave club this summer amid AC Milan interest



Jurgen Klopp has confirmed “Liverpool legend” Divock Origi will leave the club this summer, with the forward expected to join AC Milan when his contract expires.

Origi has earned cult-hero status since joining Liverpool in 2015 with a string of iconic goals, most notably his comeback-sealing double against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and his stoppage-time winner against Everton in 2019.

But the arrival of Luis Diaz in January has only heightened the lack of first-team opportunities on offer to Origi and his quest for more regular football is likely to see him trade Merseyside for Milan at the end of the season.

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Origi will leave Liverpool this summer when his contract expires

“I expect Div to get a special farewell. For me, he will always be a Liverpool legend and it has been a joy to work with him,” Klopp said.

“He’s one of the most important players I ever had. Wherever he will go he will be successful, 100 per cent.

“It will be a hard moment when he leaves. He is a Liverpool legend, no doubt.”

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After Klopp confirmed Origi will leave Liverpool this summer when his contract expires, we look back at the striker’s six goals against their Merseyside rivals Everton

On other potential outgoings, Klopp added: “I don’t want to see anyone leave but that’s life. No-one has come to me and said they want to leave. It’s not the time for that now.

“What happened this year is possible because of the group; world-class players. Kids played their part which was nice too.

“I have no idea who wants to go at the moment but if someone comes to me and says they have a club they want to join we will speak to the club with an offer.”

Earlier on Friday, The Athletic‘s David Ornstein told Sky Sports News: “Origi has agreed personal terms.

“It’s not yet a done deal in terms of a medical and finalising that transfer, but he hasn’t made enough appearances at Liverpool to trigger the extension clause that was in his contract.

“It’s just a case of putting the finishing touches to what would be a pretty iconic transfer at the age of 27, with Milan pushing to win the Italian title and get back into the Champions League, so I think that’s going to happen.”

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Klopp: Positive news on Salah and Van Dijk

Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Southampton on Tuesday closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to one point and ensured the title race will be decided on the final day.

Klopp’s side host Wolves on Sunday while City welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad – both live on Sky Sports – and Klopp has been boosted by the potential return of several key players.

Joe Gomez was forced off at half-time during the win at St Mary’s. Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were injured during last weekend’s FA Cup final, while Fabinho hasn’t played since May 10.

“Joe Gomez has good news, we want a reassuring second scan. But we thought after the game we were lucky. It’s just a knock,” Klopp said.

“The rest of the boys look all good, what we do for the weekend, I don’t know yet.

“Mo doesn’t want to take any risks, no doubt about that but it looks good.

“My solution is they can play at the weekend or at least be on the bench. If not, we take it from there.”

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Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were forced off during last weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea

Liverpool’s slim chances of completing an unprecedented Quadruple remain intact, but they will need a helping hand from former captain and current Villa boss Steven Gerrard.

However, Klopp is not expecting any special favours and is focused on making sure his side takes care of business first.

“Steven will take it seriously for sure,” he said. “Aston Villa plays to win but it’s a difficult place to go.

“But this is the game I am not thinking about at all. It’s disrespectful to Wolves who don’t want to come and be part of our celebrations. They come here and want to win.”

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May 28 – Real Madrid (n) Champions League final

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Turbo may be out of Origin with dislocated shoulder as Eels slip past Sea Eagles in thriller



Parramatta have escaped the Sea Eagles’ clutches in a thriller at CommBank Stadium on Friday night but Manly’s bigger concern is star fullback Tom Trbojevic potentially being sidelined for a lengthy layoff after suffering a shoulder injury.

The star fullback left the field with 15 minutes remaining with his left arm wrapped in his jersey as a makeshift sling after he dislocated his shoulder preventing a Parramatta try.

With the NSW State of Origin team to be selected next Sunday for the opening match on June 8, the Dally M Medal winner does not have much time to recover. He is a certain selection for the Blues and his usual centre partner, Latrell Mitchell, has already been ruled out of Origin I due to a torn hamstring.

A try to Will Penisini in the 78th minute, followed by a pressure sideline conversion from Mitchell Moses, lifted Parra to a dramatic 22-20 triumph after the Sea Eagles looked like they would claim their first top-eight scalp of the season after five straight losses in matches against the sides in the top half of the competition table.

After toppling premiers Penrith a fortnight ago, Parra were beaten by the Roosters last week but the win over the Sea Eagles has put them back up to a 7-5 record.

Clint Gutherson thought he had opened the scoring in his 150th NRL game inside the first four minutes when the Eels fullback collected a ricochet after a high kick but it was disallowed when Hayze Perham was ruled to have impeded Christian Tuipolotu in the contest.

Manly drew first blood in the 14th minute when a Josh Schuster break eventually led to a long exchange along the backline for Reuben Garrick to touch down in the corner and convert his efforts into a 6-0 advantage.

Perham, after causing Parra’s first points to be stripped, made amends when he sliced over on the left edge following a chain of passing along the backs.

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Tuipolotu made it 12-4 in the 23rd minute when he surged onto a looping Daly Cherry-Evans long pass in the right corner.

Perham notched his double at the 30-minute mark when Gutherson served up a try on a platter with a clever cut-out pass.

The 12-10 scoreline remained until half-time and the Sea Eagles also had an edge in personnel by the break when Moses was sent to the sin bin a minute before the interval for a professional foul on Trbojevic when the Manly fullback was backing up a break.

Trbojevic had no trouble getting in the clear four minutes after the resumption and he exploited the overlap to put centre Morgan Harper over to stretch the lead out to six.

Garrick grabbed his second to bring up the 50th of his career when he pounced on a Kieran Foran grubber shortly after Moses rejoined the fray for a 20-10 buffer.

Parra hit back midway through the second half when second-rower Shaun Lane unfurled a one-handed offload for centre Tom Opacic to cut the deficit back to four.

Trbojevic injured his shoulder in the 64th minute as he dived to prevent what would have been a rare try to Eels forward Makahesi Makatoa which was denied anyway for a fumble in the lead-up.

Sea Eagles prop Sean Keppie was marched to the bin with seven minutes remaining for a lifting tackle on Reagan Campbell-Gillard and his absence in the closing stages proved decisive.

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Gold-seeking Marcial eyes US return for 3rd pro bout after SEA Games



FILE – The Philippines’ Eumir Marcial reacts as he fights Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi during their men’s middle (69-75kg) preliminaries round of 16 boxing match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on July 29, 2021. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / POOL / AFP)

HANOI—Eumir Felix Marcial has been choosing between the lure of a lucrative pro career and the chase for Olympic glory for quite some time. And he’s getting more and more comfortable doing it.

The Olympic bronze medalist has taken what he described as “first step toward Paris,” by making the finals of the 31st Southeast Asian Games 75-kilogram division.

And as soon as it’s over—without looking past fellow knockout artist Delio Anzaqezi of East Timor—he’s planning on flying back to the United States to start preparing for his third pro fight.

“I can go straight to US, maybe have a vacation and then fight,” said Marcial in Filipino. “It all depends on sir Sean (Gibbons, president of MP Promotions).”

The 26-year-old Marcial was coming off a dismal showing in the pros where he struggled to get past Isaiah Hart last April.

“That’s what our coaches were trying to address when I came to the (SEA Games) training camp,” said Marcial. “We worked on weaving, bobbing. Whole training camp that’s what we worked on, defense.”

Against Hart, Marcial suffered stunning knockdowns before pulling off a technical knockout victory.

He’d need that learning on Sunday in the gold medal bout against Anzaqeci at Bac Ninh Gymnasium, some two hours from here. In their semifinal bout, the Timorese knocked Cambodia’s Hun Kimheang senseless.

“I’m confident because he’s a southpaw and I’m comfortable fight southpaws,” said Marcial who took a bye to the semis and was largely unscathed going into the finals.

“I like my chance (on Sunday) but we don’t have the say in the decision. So I will just do my best out there for my fourth (SEA Games) gold,” added Marcial.

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