June 15 Sports Briefs

Friday, June 15, 2018

Velasquez takes no-hitter into 7th, Phillies top Rockies 9-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Thursday. Trevor Story lined Velasquez’s 105th pitch to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez’s bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. Velasquez (5-7) retired 20 of the first 21 batters and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after the hit. The Phillies won a series for the first time since taking two of three from Atlanta on May 21-23. They’re 7-12 since.

Red Sox win 4th straight with 2-3 victory over Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and Boston won its fourth straight 2-1 over Seattle on Thursday. David Price (8-4) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to earn his sixth victory over his past seven appearances. He gave up a run and struck out seven. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to lock down his 22nd save, pitching around two walks to open the inning by striking out Kyle Seager and getting Ryon Healy to ground into a double play.. The Red Sox got their major-league leading 48th win of the season and snapped Seattle’s four-game winning streak. Bogaerts hit Felix Hernandez’s 2-2 fastball just over the fence in left-center field for a two-out solo shot to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

Trump says he ‘worked hard’ on winning World Cup bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he worked hard on the effort to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and thanked Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. Trump signed letters to FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressing confidence that World Cup delegations and fans would be welcomed for the tournament. Although of no legal force, the letters were used in lobbying by the U.S. Soccer Federation as the North American bid competed against Morocco’s. The North American bid won 134-65 in voting by FIFA members in Moscow on Wednesday. “Thank you for all of the compliments on getting the World Cup to come to the U.S.A., Mexico and Canada,” Trump tweeted Friday. “I worked hard on this, along with a Great Team of talented people. We never fail, and it will be a great World Cup! A special thanks to Bob Kraft for excellent advice.” Kraft became honorary chairman of the bid last July. He worked to obtain U.S. government support and helped gain support of federations. In a mid-April tweet, Trump threatened to withhold support from nations that failed to back the North American bid.

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