July 23 Sports Briefs

Monday, July 23, 2018

Nuggets rookie Porter Jr. undergoes back surgery

DENVER — Denver Nuggets rookie forward and former Missouri basketball player Michael Porter Jr. has undergone back surgery in Dallas, and there is no timetable for his return to the court. The team said Thursday the procedure of the lumbar spine was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Clinic. Porter was taken by Denver with the 14th overall pick in the June draft. He was considered a top-five selection before a back injury that required surgery — a microdiskectomy procedure of his L3 and L4 spinal disks Nov. 21 — limited him to three games and a total of 53 minutes at Missouri in 2017-18. The 6-foot-10 Porter was hampered by back and hip soreness during pre-draft workouts. But the Nuggets felt his talent was work the risk, with Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly saying at the time: “You have to take a swing at guys like that.”

Bell tops New Hampshire field for 2nd straight Xfinity win

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Christopher Bell held off hardcharging Cup champion Brad Keselowski over the final 18 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to win his second straight Xfinity Series race. Keselowski had won the pole Saturday but was dropped to the rear of the field because he was late to the mandatory drivers meeting. It proved to be nothing more than a mild inconvenience for Keselowski in the No. 22 Ford. He stormed past the second-tier regulars and had his fourth straight Xfinity win in sight. Bell topped Cup star Kyle Busch to win last week’s race at Kentucky Speedway and he followed up in the No. 20 Toyota by keeping Keselowski behind him down the stretch for his third win this season. The 23-year-old Bell, who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing, had the fresh tires that Keselowski needed and that was enough to find victory lane. Bell gave his checkered flag to a young fan in the stands.

Healy’s pair of 3-run homers lift M’s over White Sox 8-2

SEATTLE (AP) — Ryon Healy hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-best six RBIs, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Sunday. Healy homered in a five-run first off Reynaldo Lopez (4-8) and in the eighth against Hector Santiago, giving him 20 homers and 53 RBIs this season. Healy had five-RBI games against Colorado on July 8 and for Oakland versus Toronto on June 5 last year. Marco Gonzales (11-5) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He did not give up a hit or a walk in the first five innings. Lopez (4-8) allowed five hits and four walks in five innings. Seattle had scored only three runs in the previous two games before the first inning, which included Kyle Seager’s bases-loaded, go-ahead walk and Denard Span’s sacrifice fly. Adam Engel reached on an infield single with two outs in the sixth for Chicago’s first hit and Tim Anderson followed with a home run.

Greinke fans 13 in 8 innings, D-backs beat Rockies 6-1

PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke allowed two hits and struck out a season-high 13 in eight dominant innings, Nick Ahmed drove in three runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped Colorado’s seven-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday. The only hits off Greinke (11-5) were Ian Desmond’s solo home run in the fourth and Trevor Story’s one-out single in the seventh. The right-hander threw a season-high 111 pitches in his longest outing of the season. He walked one while improving to 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his last five starts. Arizona moved back into second place in the NL West, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado had briefly moved past the Diamondbacks by winning the first two games of the series 11-10 and 6-5. The Rockies left Arizona a half-game behind the Diamondbacks and two behind the Dodgers.

Royals get first sweep since last summer, beat Twins 5-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Drew Butera hit a tiebreaking, three-run inside-the-park home run when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday to take three in a row from the Twins and complete their first series sweep in a year. Kansas City had not swept a series since last July 24-26 at Detroit, part of a nine-game winning streak. The Royals, who are 30-68, matched their longest winning streak of the season at three games, set May 22-23 at St. Louis and May 24 at Texas. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs — one earned — and two hits over six innings. Dozier hit an RBI double in the fourth and scored on Logan Morrison’s groundout. Alex Gordon hit a two-run double in the fifth after third baseman Eduardo Escobar, shifted into right field, allowed Duda’s grounder to bounce off his wrist for an error.

LPGA’s Lincicome shoots 71 but misses cut at PGA event

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brittany Lincicome missed the cut at the Barbasol Championship after shooting a 1-under 71, failing in her bid to become the first female golfer since 1945 to make the cut in a PGA Tour event. The eight-time LPGA Tour winner with two major titles was the first woman since Michelle Wie in 2008 to play in a PGA Tour event. Lincicome had sought to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only women to make the cut. But Lincicome faced a huge hurdle after an opening 78 left her near the bottom of the field. She had six birdies in Saturday’s rain-delayed second round at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club, highlighted by an eagle-3 at 17. Her round included six bogeys, including three on the final four holes, and she finished at 5 over 149.

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