LOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington Nationals star Juan Soto won his first Home Run Derby, beating Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodríguez 19-18 in the final.
Soto, 23, hit 53 total home runs, beating each of his three opponents by a home run in the midseason power showcase. Soto was stuck at home plate even after spending an hour earlier at Dodger Stadium answering repeated questions about his potential departure from the Nats after being turned down for a huge contract extension.
“It’s amazing. It’s tiring,” Soto said. “I just tried to concentrate to face the bullets, because I know I have the power.”
Soto defeated Cleveland’s José Ramírez 18-17 in the first round before beating 42-year-old Albert Pujols 16-15 to reach the final.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Trout won’t make the All-Star Game, but the Los Angeles Angels slugger hopes to be healthy enough not only for the second half of the season, but also for the Baseball World Classic. ‘next year.
Trout said he would be playing in the WBC for the first time and serve as Team USA captain.
“It means a lot. I missed a chance the first time around and I knew it was a chance I couldn’t miss,” Trout said. can’t wait to play for our country.
Trout was also placed on the Angels’ 10-day injured list with left rib cage inflammation. He missed the Angels’ final four games before the break due to upper back spasms. With the move being retroactive to July 12, he will be able to leave IL on Saturday during the Angels’ series in Atlanta.
The 10-time All-Star selection dropped out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game to rest from injury, but was at Dodger Stadium on Monday to watch the festivities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The McGwire family is ready to see the other side of things in one of baseball’s best rivalries.
Mason McGwire, son of 12-time star hitter Mark, was selected in the eighth round of the baseball amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs.
Mark spent five of his 16 major league seasons with the rival St. Louis Cardinals, including the memorable 1998 season when he and Cubs star Sammy Sosa raced to break the home run mark. a season of Roger Maris. McGwire ended up with 70 and Sosa with 66 before both their reputations were tarnished amid the steroid revelations.
Mason is a right-handed pitcher from Capistrano Valley High School in California. The 18-year-old – born several years after Mark’s playing days ended – is committed to the University of Oklahoma, where his 19-year-old brother Max is an infielder. There’s no indication yet if Mason plans to turn pro, but teams rarely use picks in the first 10 rounds on players they think are insignificant.
Mark was also drafted in the eighth round of high school in 1981 by the Montreal Expos as a first baseman and right-handed pitcher. He chose to attend the University of Southern California, where he led college baseball in the home runs in 1984 before being picked 10th overall by Oakland.
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Alex Morgan converted on a 78th-minute penalty and the U.S. National Team won the CONCACAF W Championship 1-0 over Canada to secure one of the region’s berths at the 2024 Olympics.
As FIFA President Gianni Infantino watched from a private box, USA finally broke a deadlock when Rose Lavelle was fouled in the box and Morgan trumped Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan on the penalty. It was Morgan’s 118th career goal.
Jamaica beat Costa Rica 1-0 in extra time earlier on Monday to claim third place in the tournament.
The four semi-finalists have all secured places for the 2023 World Cup next summer in Australia and New Zealand. The runner-up, Canada, will face Jamaica in the playoffs for the region’s other Olympic bid in September 2023.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke and Arizona have agreed to a home-and-home men’s basketball series for 2023 and 2024.
The first meeting will be in November 2023 with the Wildcats visiting the Blue Devils’ notorious hostile Cameron Indoor stadium. Duke traveled west from Tucson the following November.
In statements, new Duke coach Jon Scheyer and Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd — named the Associated Press men’s college basketball national coach in April after his freshman season — said their teams would benefit from off-court matchups. renowned conference.
The teams have not met since November 2013 and played only nine times, including Duke’s victory in the 2001 NCAA title game. The Wildcats lost their only trip to Cameron in February 1990, while that the Blue Devils lost both trips to Arizona’s McKale Center in December 1987 and February 1991.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics kicked off a six-year countdown with the announcement of dates for the Games’ return to the city.
The opening ceremony will take place on July 14. The competition will run until July 30. The Paralympic Games will be held August 15-27.
“This step makes the games real for every athlete actively training for their LA28 dream and the fans following the journey,” said five-time Olympic medalist Janet Evans, Los Angeles Athlete Manager.
Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1932.
TOKYO (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu is expected to step away from competitive figure skating.
He was expected to confirm his plans Tuesday evening at a press conference in Tokyo. His management company announced the event but did not confirm further details.
Japanese news agency Kyodo cited unnamed sources “close to the matter” when reporting Hanyu’s decision.
He won back-to-back gold medals in 2014 in Sochi and 2018 in Pyeongchang. But he finished fourth in the Beijing Winter Games five months ago and hasn’t committed to his future since.
The 27-year-old Japanese star is also a double world champion, but he failed in Beijing to become the first to land an Axel quad in competition.
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