Dodgers edge out Washington Nationals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw outdueled Stephen Strasburg with seven sharp innings, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers edge the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Wednesday.

Kershaw (8-2) allowed three hits and struck out nine in his first win since May 17. Pedro Baez got two outs before Kenley Jansen finished for his 10th save.

Strasburg (7-2) struck out eight in six innings in his first loss since April 29. The ace right-hander was 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA in his previous six starts.

In a rematch of last year's NL Division Series, won by Los Angeles in five games, the NL-leading Nationals took two of three from the Dodgers.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his 17th homer for Washington in the second.

Corey Seager went deep for Los Angeles, and Yasmani Grandal hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the Dodgers' two-run sixth.

Rascal Flatts to perform anthem before Game 3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rascal Flatts will sing the national anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The platinum-selling country music trio performed the anthem during Cleveland's appearance in the 2015 Finals against Golden State, which lead this year's series 2-0 heading into Wednesday night's game.

Two of the group's members, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox, are from Ohio.

Cavaliers fans are hoping the group can bring luck to the team, which bounced back after being drubbed in the first two games of the Finals last year to win Game 3 by 30 points.

Kings sign Tyler Toffoli to 3-year, $13.8 million extension

EL SEGUNDO (AP) — Forward Tyler Toffoli has agreed to a three-year, $13.8 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings announced the deal with the restricted free agent Wednesday.

Toffoli had 16 goals and 18 assists in 63 games with the Kings last season. He has been among Los Angeles' most consistent offensive players since cracking the NHL lineup during the 2012-13 season.

He scored 14 points in 26 playoff games during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup title in 2014. He had a career-high 58 points during the 2015-16 season, including 31 goals.

New Kings general manager Rob Blake has reached lengthy contract extensions with Toffoli and Tanner Pearson during the offseason, keeping together his young core despite several huge contracts on Los Angeles' payroll.

Hank Williams Jr. returning to 'MNF'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hank Williams Jr. is bringing his rowdy friends back to "Monday Night Football" six years after ESPN dropped the country singer for his comments about President Barack Obama.

ESPN executive Stephanie Druley tells USA Today Network-Tennessee that a new version of Williams' longtime "MNF" theme and its "are you ready for some football" catchphrase will debut before the first regular-season Monday night game — a Sept. 11 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

USA Today reports Williams filmed a new show opener in Nashville on Sunday.

ESPN dropped Williams in 2011 after he compared Obama golfing with then-House Speaker John Boehner to Adolf Hitler golfing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Druley says she's not concerned about any backlash. ESPN didn't immediately respond to a request for further comment.

Nadal reaches French Open semifinals

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal advanced to the French Open semifinals for a record 10th time when Pablo Carreno Busta retired from their match Wednesday because of an abdominal injury.

The fourth-seeded Nadal, a nine-time champion at Roland Garros, was leading 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta stopped.

The 20th-seeded Carreno Busta had taken a medical timeout after the opening set but continued to struggle with his serve, which he failed to hold all match. When he missed a simple smash at the start of the third game, the 25-year-old Spaniard let out a scream of frustration and retired.

Nadal gave Carreno Busta a consoling hug at the net.

The 31-year-old Nadal has dropped only 22 games on his way to the semifinals, his most efficient run to the last four of any Grand Slam tournament.

The semifinals are scheduled for Friday. Nadal will face either defending champion Novak Djokovic or sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem — the only man to beat Nadal on clay this season.

The other men's quarterfinals later Wednesday are top-ranked Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori, and Stan Wawrinka vs. Marin Cilic. The last two women's quarterfinals are also on the schedule: Karolina Pliskova against Caroline Garcia, and Simona Halep against Elina Svitolina.

Load comments