Tony Boselli becomes 1st Jaguars player in Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Tony Boselli looked out at all the teal-colored jerseys in the crowd and screamed: “Duuuuval!” Finally, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The first pick in Jaguars history, Boselli was among eight members of the Class of 2022 enshrined Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Jaguars played the Las Vegas Raiders in the NFL preseason opener Thursday night, so No. 71 Boselli jerseys filled the seats. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro left tackle, Boselli saw his career cut short by injuries. But his dominant performance earned him a gold jacket. He shouted the Jacksonville fans’ rallying cry, the name of their county, during his speech.
Cowboys' Elliott sees high stakes amid questions over future
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott knows his days as the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys could be numbered. The two-time rushing champion's production is down and the guarantees on his $90 million extension are about to run out. Elliott played through a partially torn knee ligament while finishing with a career-worst 59 yards per game last season. That included just 31 yards in a wild-card loss to San Francisco for the NFC East champions. Coach Mike McCarthy says Elliott is still a “rock” for the Cowboys.
Motorsports Gone Mad: Silly season spins out of control
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Silly season has gone mad in motorsports and the domino effects stretch three series, across the globe and into at least one courtroom. McLaren has stockpiled a deep roster of driver talent that has disrupted the free agent market in both Formula One and IndyCar. How it all looks in the end won't be known until reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou learns if he'll be allowed to leave Chip Ganassi Racing for McLaren next season. That's being decided in court.
Max Scherzer Ks 11, pitches Mets past Braves for DH sweep
NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer tied a season high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings and the New York Mets beat the sloppy Atlanta Braves 6-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep. Francisco Lindor had three hits and three RBIs as New York took the opener 8-5, and the Mets stretched their NL East lead to 5 1/2 games. Mets fans taunted the second-place Braves in the ninth inning of Game 2 by performing the tomahawk chop, a tradition at games in Atlanta despite complaints from some Native American groups that the action is degrading.
Montgomery beats former team as Cardinals blank Yankees 1-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Montgomery blanked his old teammates over five innings and Nolan Arenado drove in the lone run as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees 1-0. Four St. Louis pitchers held the Yankees to just two hits — singles in the first and third. Only two runners reached second base. Giovanny Gallegos pitched 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 11th save, striking out the final two hitters. The only run came in the first inning as Paul Goldschmidt doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Arenado. Domingo Germán (1-2) took the loss, giving up the run and four hits in five innings.
Stafford downplays elbow injury, throws in Rams practice
Matthew Stafford downplayed the significance of his elbow injury after showing just how little it’s holding him back in practice with the Los Angeles Rams. Stafford participated extensively in the Rams’ latest workout at UC Irvine on Saturday, making deep throws and building chemistry with his teammates in what was likely his most extensive work of training camp. Afterward, Stafford said his right elbow condition is merely “irritating,” and not a threat to his ability to lead the Super Bowl champions’ title defense. Coach Sean McVay raised eyebrows Thursday when he said Stafford’s injury was “abnormal” for a quarterback.
Ashleigh Buhai takes 5-shot lead at Women's British Open
MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — Ashleigh Buhai has surged into a five-shot lead at the Women’s British Open after shooting a 7-under 64 in the third round at Muirfield. Now she just has to find a way to finish off for her first major victory. The South African also led this tournament in 2019 at Woburn after the second round but finished fifth, her best result at a major. She’s in a much stronger position now after a round that included eight birdies before a lone bogey on the last hole. Hinako Shibuno of Japan and second-round leader In Gee Chun of South Korea were tied for second.
Wu, Im tied at storm-delayed Wyndham and face long Sunday
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The PGA Tour had its largest number of players make the cut since it went to top 65 and ties this weekend at the Wyndham Championship. With 86 players on the course and storms in the area, that meant the third round didn't finish on Saturday. And now players face a marathon Sunday for the final PGA Tour event of the regular season. Brandon Wu at least ended on a good note. He holed out from the fairway for an eagle. That sent Wu to 12-under par and tied for the lead with Sungjae Im. They still have seven holes to finish Sunday morning and then the final round.
Suddenly consistent Kyrgios moves into Citi Open final
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios has reached a second consecutive tournament final for the first time in his career. He beat Mikael Ymer in straight sets at the Citi Open in Washington. Kyrgios was the runner-up at Wimbledon to Novak Djokovic. The 27-year-old Australian is No. 63 in the rankings but would move to 37th if he takes the title Sunday. Kyrgios won at Washington in 2019, the most recent of his six ATP titles. He will play in the final against 96th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka, who stunned world No. 8 Andrey Rublev in the other semifinal. Earlier Saturday, veteran Kaia Kanepi and Liudmila Samsonova advanced to the women's final.
Orioles run winning streak to 5 with 6-3 win over Pirates
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ryan McKenna hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles won their fifth straight game, 6-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Orioles celebrated the 30th anniversary of Camden Yards with a pregame ceremony that included Hall of Famers Eddie Murray and Mike Mussina, and Brooks Robinson addressed the team before the game. Then the current Baltimore players added some more present-year excitement to all the nostalgia. Oneil Cruz hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh.