The Sports Xchange
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas allowed one run and two hits over seven innings as the Kansas City Royals crushed the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Friday night. The victory moved the Royals back to .500 at 39-39, three games behind the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians. Vargas (12-4) shares the major league lead in wins with Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Vargas tops the AL in victories and owns a 2.22 ERA. Eric Hosmer's three-run homer in a five-run fourth was the big hit.
Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis contemplated killing one of his former financial managers after losing millions of dollars in various investments. Portis told Sports Illustrated of a night four years ago in which he waited on one of the managers to exit while holding a gun and sitting in a parked car outside a building in Washington. The 35-year-old Portis, who made $43.1 million during his nine-year NFL career, saw his vast fortune evaporate through failed investments, or as one lawsuit claimed, bank withdrawals without his consent.
The New York Knicks parted ways with team president Phil Jackson on Wednesday morning, June 28, after three years. "After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Knicks owner James Dolan said in a statement. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive."
NEW YORK — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the NFL's top player Monday, June 26 in the NFL Network's annual top 100 poll, a ranking from votes of 902 of his peers in the league. Brady is ranked No. 1 for the second time, making him the only player to be voted first multiple times since the poll debuted in 2011 (the first year in which he won the vote). He was No. 2 last season behind Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Brady was fourth in 2012 and 2013 and third in both 2014 and 2015.
BOSTON—Chris Sale earned his 10th win, and Mitch Moreland delivered a solo homer and sacrifice fly to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the first of four games between the contenders Monday night. The surprising Twins, who had their three-game winning streak stopped, came into the game a half-game ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, while the Red Sox were a percentage point behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.
Former Green Bay Packers star Ahman Green was charged with child abuse on Monday, June 26, after allegedly slapping his 15-year-old daughter and shoving her into a kitchen cabinet in a dispute over dirty dishes, according to court papers. Green, 40, was arrested at his home in a suburb of Green Bay and charged with physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct after a neighbor called police when the girl fled his home, police said in papers filed in Brown County Circuit Court.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota erased a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit behind Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore, and the Lynx defeated the winless San Antonio Stars 87-78 on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Plagued by fouls throughout the game, Fowles scored six straight points to snap a 71-71 tie with just over four minutes left. Then with the Lynx (11-1) clinging to a 76-73 lead, Moore connected on back-to-back 3-point jumpers to put the game out of reach.
ROGERS, Ark. — So Yeon Ryu of South Korea shot a 2-under-par 69 in her final round to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday at Rogers, Ark. Ryu, who shot a course-record 61 on Saturday to open a five-stroke lead entering the final round and finished two shots ahead of countrywoman Amy Yang and Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn. The world's third-ranked player, Ryu is projected to supplant No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn for the top spot when Monday's rankings are released. Ariya Jutanugarn did not compete in the event.
SONOMA, Calif.—California driver Kevin Harvick claimed his first win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in his home state Sunday by winning the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
CHICAGO—Center Skyler Brind'Amour and goaltender Cayden Primeau were among more than a dozen players with NHL bloodlines who were chosen on the second and final day of the draft Saturday afternoon. Brind'Amour is the son of Rod Brind'Amour, who tallied 1,184 points during a prolific career that included a Stanley Cup championship with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. The Edmonton Oilers selected the younger Brind'Amour with the 177th pick in the sixth round.