Oakland Athletics defeat Seattle Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Khris Davis hit a three-run homer, Paul Blackburn pitched one-run ball into the eighth inning for his first major league win, and Oakland beat slumping Seattle.
Davis' 24th homer keyed a four-run fifth inning that put the Athletics in front 7-0. Bruce Maxwell hit a solo homer, his first, to chase starter Sam Gaviglio (3-4).
The only run off Blackburn (1-0) was Mitch Haniger's homer in the fifth.
Seattle has lost four straight and nine of 11 since reaching a season-best two games above .500 on June 23.
The Mariners pulled to 7-4 in the ninth on a three-run homer by Danny Valencia.
Tom Brady to offer secret to success in debut book
NEW YORK (AP) — Five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is adding the title of author to his resume.
Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that it will publish the Patriots quarterback's debut book in September. "The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance" is described by the publisher as an "athletes' Bible" that will reveal Brady's methods for success. The book will explore Brady's path to his unusual training and exercise regimen.
In a statement, the former sixth-round draft pick calls himself "a great case study" on how the methods described in the book can transform an athlete.
Brady and New England won their fifth Super Bowl title in February by overcoming a 25-point deficit late in the game to defeat the Atlanta Falcons.
Zaza Pachulia agrees to 1-year deal with Warriors
OAKLAND (AP) — Center Zaza Pachulia has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract to stay with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Friday.
Golden State's starter in a three-center rotation last season, the 33-year-old Pachulia averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes during the postseason, and scored in double digits four times.
Pachulia played for $2.9 million last season, willing to take a lower salary to be part of a team that would chase a championship — and he wound up with his first ring after 14 NBA seasons.
Booed early on by the home crowd at Oracle Arena as he found his way with a new team, Pachulia eventually got comfortable with the Warriors and elevated his play once he stopped worrying about everything so much.
Munoz extends lead to 3 at Greenbrier Classic; Love 4 back
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Sebastian Munoz shot a 3-under 67 Friday to lead Ben Martin and Hudson Swafford by three strokes after the second round of The Greenbrier Classic.
Munoz, a 24-year-old Colombian, continued his solid play after an opening-round 61. He heads into the weekend at 12-under 128 and leads after 36 holes for the second time in his rookie PGA Tour season. He shared the lead halfway through the St. Jude Classic but played the final two rounds in 11 over.
Martin shot 67 and Swafford had a 66.
Davis Love III, seeking to become the oldest-ever winner on the PGA Tour at age 53, shot 69 and is at 8 under, along with defending champion Danny Lee and Russell Henley. Henley tied the day's best round with a 64.
McIlroy set to miss the cut at Irish Open
PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland (AP) — Defending champion Rory McIlroy looks set to miss the cut at the Irish Open in a blow to his preparation for the British Open.
McIlroy shot 1-over 73 Friday in his second round over the links at Portstewart and was 1 over for the tournament, which he is hosting to benefit his foundation. He was four shots off the predicted cut mark.
The No. 4-ranked McIlroy missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month and hasn't had a victory in an injury-hit 2017 so far.
Jon Rahm, playing in the same group as McIlroy, shot 67 and was a stroke behind leader Daniel Im (67) midway through Day 2.
The British Open starts July 20 at Royal Birkdale.