NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Houston Astros 3-0 yesterday. New York won for just the third time in 10 games. Chase Headley hit an early two-run double and the Yankees backed Brandon McCarthy with flawless fielding. McCarthy outpitched Dallas Keuchel as they both threw complete games without a walk.
BOSTON (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels held on for a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox last night to complete a four-game sweep at Fenway Park. Rookie Matt Shoemaker didn't allow a hit through 6 2-3 innings. Rubby De La Rosa pitched 6 2-3 innings for the Red Sox, allowing two runs and eight hits.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have released defensive lineman Marcus Forston and tight end D.J. Williams. Forston had three tackles in three games for the Patriots last season. Williams had no catches in two games.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Willie Colon says he and his New York Jets teammates heard rookie Andre Williams' remark that the Giants are New York's team and they will answer him on the field in their preseason game. After Jets coach Rex Ryan jokingly fired back at the running back, the fourth-round pick out of Boston College later wrote on Twitter that New York is big enough for two teams and he didn't "mean to come off as if I'm running my mouth."
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Connecticut Sun has earned the Number 3 and Number 4 selections in the WNBA draft lottery. The Seattle Storm was awarded the Number 1 pick, while the Tulsa shock earned the Number 2 pick. As a result of finishing the season at 13-21, Connecticut entered the lottery with the third-best odds to win.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - With no guarantee of playing beyond this week, Bo Van Pelt combined a great start and a great finish for a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead yesterday at The Barclays in Paramus, New Jersey. He's Number 104 in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 100 advance to the next tournament.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two-time defending champion Serena Williams will face American teen Taylor Townsend in the first round of the U.S. Open. The 18-year-old Townsend is a former top-ranked junior player who reached the third round at the French Open this year. She got into her first U.S. Open main draw with a wild card.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win yesterday over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Both are from the Czech Republic. Kvitova will face either Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium or Samantha Stosur of Australia in the semifinals.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Andy Roddick says he would like to have made one more appearance at the U.S Open, not for himself, but for his friend Mardy Fish, who has been suffering from an anxiety disorder. Roddick and Fish had sought to enter this year's doubles field with a wild card. They were denied because Roddick hasn't been involved in the sport's drug testing protocols. Roddick has been retired for two years.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - The New Britain Rock Cats have avoided potential eviction from their baseball stadium in Connecticut by paying more than $164,500 in property taxes. Team owner Josh Solomon gave a check for the taxes to New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart this week. The stadium straddles the New Britain-Berlin line, and Solomon's check reimbursed New Britain for taxes it paid to Berlin on the Rock Cats' behalf.
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