Nats capture eighth in row…Athletics end five-game slide
The hottest team in baseball is the Washington Nationals. The NL East-leading Nats ran their season-high winning streak to eight games by routing the Arizona Diamondback 8-1 to move 18 games over .500
Stephen Strasburg and Jerry Blevins combined on a three-hitter. Strasburg went a season-high eight innings, allowing just three hits, to even his mark at 10-10.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s bases-clearing double capped a six-run third inning. Ian Desmond had three hits and drove in four runs. The Nationals have outscored teams 42-21 during their eight-game streak, their longest since 2012.
In other baseball:
Coach K done talking about Durant
While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward. The reigning MVP and leading scorer stunned the Americans when he decided to withdraw after practicing with the team during its first week of training camp. Now that they’ve had time to get over the surprise, they aren’t dwelling on it.
U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski says “I’m through talking about Kevin,” as the Americans practiced for the upcoming Basketball World Cup.
“We’re done with that. We’re on to this group. What a coach does, a coach coaches who he has, not who he doesn’t have,” Coach K said, before adding: “You’re married, you’re with that woman, you’re not thinking about who you dated.”
Durant pulled out Aug. 7, shortly after the Americans finished working out in Las Vegas, where a year earlier he announced his plans to play for the team this summer.
Cavs add Drew as coach
The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers have a new assistant coach. Former Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew has been hired to work alongside first-year coach David Blatt. Drew went 15-67 last season in his only campaign with the Bucks. He was expected to get a second year but was fired so the Bucks could hire Jason Kidd. A former NBA player, Drew also coached Atlanta.
No Browns starter yet…Jets rookie Evans out for year
Browns coach Mike Pettine has not picked his starting quarterback as he had planned. Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel haven’t convinced him they deserve the job.
Pettine had been expected to announce whether Hoyer or Manziel, the hyped rookie, would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. But the decision has been delayed and could carry through to Cleveland’s third preseason game on Saturday. Pettine says the coaching staff will meet tomorrow night and could then choose a starter.
In other NFL training camp news:
New ownership for the Islanders
The New York Islanders have announced that the team is being sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor. The team says a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin has reached an agreement to buy a “substantial” minority interest in the team.
The team says under the agreement, current owner Charles Wang will continue as majority stockholder for two years. At that point, ownership will transfer to the Ledecky-Malkin group.
Novak Djokovic has been seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open with five-time champion Roger Federer No. 2. Djokovic beat Federer for the title at Wimbledon last month.
Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is No. 3, followed by David Ferrer and Milos Raonic.
Djokovic has played in the last four finals at Flushing Meadows, winning the title in 2011. He lost to Rafael Nadal in 2010 and last year, and to Andy Murray in 2012.