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Monday sports in brief for July 25, 2022

BASEBALL NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s goal of making an international amateur draft was again thwarted when the players’ association rejected management’s final bid and retained direct draft-pick compensation for free agents.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s goal of achieving an international amateur draft was again thwarted when the players’ association rejected management’s final offer and retained direct draft-pick compensation for free agents.

The quirky link between the two provisions was made in the March 10 agreement, which ended the 99-day suspension and preserved a 162-game season. The sides gave themselves until July 25 to reach an agreement on an international draft that MLB has been seeking since 2002, specifying that the draft pick provision would be dropped in the event of a deal.

In the four months there was little movement. The union made an offer during a Zoom meeting on Saturday, and MLB presented what it called the final proposal in an email on Sunday. Union officials referred this plan to the players’ board and said they planned to reject it.

Hearing no opposition, the union’s Deputy Executive Director Bruce Meyer notified Assistant Commissioner Dan Halem of the refusal around 3:45 p.m. EDT Monday.

Maintaining compensation will likely limit the market for some older players set to become free agents, a group said to include Anthony Rizzo, JD Martinez, Chris Sale and Charlie Morton.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryson Stott hit a homer, doubled and drove in five carries to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-4 comeback win over the Atlanta Braves Monday night.

Alec Bohm doubled and had three hits for the Phillies, who were recovering from a three-game sweep at home to the Chicago Cubs last weekend.

Austin Riley had a pair of doubles and Marcell Ozuna had three hits and an RBI for the Braves, who were two games behind the first-placed New York Mets in the NL East.

BOSTON (AP) — Cleveland pitcher Zach Plesac threw the ball completely out of Fenway Park as the ground team began bringing out the tarpaulin, and the Boston Red Sox ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Guardians 3-1.

Alex Verdugo hit a tie double and Boston’s bullpen worked 3 1/3 innings scoreless. The Red Sox are just 6-15 in July and just a half game ahead of bottom-ranked Baltimore in the AL East.

José Ramírez drove in Cleveland’s run with an infield hit. It was the Guardians’ third loss in a row.

Yolmer Sánchez scored in the third RBI singles to give Boston a 1-0 lead. Home plate umpire and crew chief Dan Iassogna then called for the grounds crew to roll out the tarp and Plesac, walking toward the third base dugout, fired the ball over the third base roof and out of the ballpark.

The game was delayed by 38 minutes due to rain.

The Red Sox broke a two-run 1-1 tie in the sixth, chasing Plesac (2-8).

NEW YORK (AP) – Yankees radio announcer Suzyn Waldman, MLB Network and Sirius XM Radio host Chris Russo and rock DJ Carol Miller have been selected for induction into the Radio Hall of Fame.

Waldman, 75, is her 18th as a color radio commentator in her 36th season covering or broadcasting the Yankees. She was the first woman to become a full-time MLB broadcaster.

Russo, 62, nicknamed “Mad Dog,” was hired by New York’s WFAN in 1988 and rose to fame as the co-host of “Mike and the Mad Dog” with Mike Francesa from 1989 to 2008. Russo has been with Sirius XM since 2008 and with the MLB Network since 2014.

Broadway radio hosts Bill Lee and Lon Helton, radio personality Ellen K, and radio executives Jeff Smulyan and Marv Dyson will also be inducted into a ceremony in Chicago on November 1.

The eight were selected in a secret ballot by more than 600 industry experts and the hall’s nominations committee.

NFL

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Police Department says its Department of Internal Affairs is conducting an investigation after video posted on social media showed an officer grabbing Packers running back AJ Dillon during a Saturday night football game at Lambeau Field.

The video posted on social media showed Dillon in the end zone, greeting fans in the stands during the FC Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City FC spectacle. Dillon appeared about to do a Lambeau leap into the crowd when video showed an officer grabbing his collar and giving him a shove.

After fans booed and Dillon appeared to offer an explanation, the officer backed off and allowed Dillon to jump into the stands. As the video drew attention on social media, Dillon tweeted his account of what happened.

Dillon said on social media that a couple of security guards helped him get onto the field during a rain delay in Saturday’s football game so he could do a Lambeau jump to wow the crowd.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is making the move to offer its own media streaming platform.

The league announced that “NFL+” launched on Monday. Owners were informed about it during league meetings in May, while Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, confirmed in a column for Sports Illustrated last week that it would begin this season.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the direct-to-consumer offering gives the league the ability to understand what fans and non-fans are looking for in terms of content and customize it for them.

The launch of “NFL+” comes as 15 Thursday night games will be broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The “Sunday Ticket” package with sold out Sunday games is currently expiring at the end of this season. Amazon, Apple and Google are pioneers in acquiring the rights DirecTV has held since 1994.

MOTOR RACE

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing declined to appeal the penalties imposed by NASCAR that robbed Denny Hamlin of his win at Pocono Raceway and cost Kyle Busch his second place finish. The win went to Chase Elliott.

Hamlin’s #11 Toyota and Busch’s #18 Toyota both flunked after race control Sunday night when NASCAR found problems in both cars that affected aerodynamics. JGR had until Monday afternoon to formally appeal the disqualifications. Joe Gibbs Racing did not immediately say why it declined to appeal the violations.

Hamlin became the first cup winner to be disqualified since April 17, 1960, when Emanuel Zervakis’ win at Wilson Speedway in North Carolina was kicked out because of an oversized fuel tank.

Elliott finished third and earned the win without the Hendrick Motorsports driver ever leading a lap in his #9 Chevrolet.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden was discharged from a Des Moines hospital on Monday and returned to his home in Tennessee, where he will await an evaluation to see if he can compete this weekend Indianapolis motor can drive expressway.

Team Penske named Santino Ferrucci as their back-up driver in the event that Newgarden is not medically clear for the Indianapolis street course. Newgarden collapsed in the RV lot at Iowa Speedway on Sunday after falling late in a race he was dominating.

Although the American was evacuated by IndyCar medical staff after his accident, he later lost consciousness and fell to the ground in the bus lot, hitting the back of his head. He was flown from the Newton track to MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center to expedite the 45-minute drive and avoid traffic from the Blake Shelton concert after the race.

Team Penske said Sunday night all tests for Newgarden had come back negative, but he was hospitalized overnight for further testing.

The Associated Press

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