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HOUSTON (AP) - Scott Feldman threw six strong innings, Jose Altuve had three hits and two steals, and the Houston Astros held on for a 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Feldman allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four in his first win since May 26. The Astros have won three of their last four games. Altuve leads the major leagues with 116 hits and has a career high 36 stolen bases. He set a franchise record with a stolen base in six straight games with his swipe of second base in the first inning. Altuve also became the third player since 1904 with four straight games with multiple steals, according information from the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the Astros. Tony Sipp got the last four outs for his first save. The Astros jumped on Drew Smyly early, plating three in the first.

Monday, 30 June 2014 09:49

WORLD CUP: Dutch, Costa Rican advance

UNDATED (AP) - Mexico was just minutes away from a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the second round of World Cup. But the Dutch rallied to earn a 2-1 victory and a berth in the quarterfinals. Klaas Jan Huntelaar (HYN'-teh-lahr) entered the game in the 76th minute and scored the game-winner on a penalty kick late in injury time after Arjen Robben was tripped up. Wesley Sneijder knotted the score in the 88th minute, drilling a shot from inside the box. Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout to reach the quarterfinals for the first time after defending with 10 men for nearly an hour. Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the game ended 1-1 following extra time. The U.S. resumes play on Tuesday with a knockout round match against Belgium.

(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky High School was recognized this week by the Michigan High School Athletic Association for receiving no negative officials reports of concern, ejection, or sportsmanship during the previous school year. MHSAA Executive Director John Roberts stated that it is a credit to Sandusky's student-athletes, coaches, administration, staff and community for demonstrating such positive sportsmanship throughout the school year.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III with the 40th overall pick in the second round of the NBA draft. Robinson, the son of former NBA player and Purdue star Glenn Robinson, averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Wolverines as a sophomore last year. The Timberwolves drafted UCLA guard Zach LaVine 13th overall in the first round.
 
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder took Michigan forward Mitch McGary with the 21st pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. McGary, at 6-foot-10 and 255-pounds, averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds last season, but he played just eight games after electing to have back surgery. He tested positive for marijuana last season and faced a suspension, so he left after his sophomore year. Oklahoma City might be looking toward the future at the power forward and center spots. Starting center Kendrick Perkins is entering the last year of his deal, and Steven Adams appears to be the future at the position. Reserve power forward Nick Collison also is entering the last year of his deal.

DENVER (AP) - The Denver Nuggets used the 19th pick acquired from the Chicago Bulls in a draft-day deal to get Michigan State guard Gary Harris. The Nuggets surrendered the draft rights to Creighton forward Doug McDermott - their pick at No. 11 - to the Bulls for the opportunity to pick up Bosnian center Jusuf Nurkic and Harris. The 6-foot-4 Harris was high on the Nuggets' list and rather surprisingly slipped to No. 19. He averaged 16.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Spartans. Denver acquired shooting guard Arron Afflalo earlier in the day from Orlando for guard Evan Fournier and the No. 56 pick in the draft. The Nuggets also have the No. 41 pick.
 
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks have selected Michigan State power forward Adreian Payne with the 15th overall pick of the NBA draft. The 6-foot-10 Payne, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, helped the Spartans advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in his senior season. The Hawks are coming off a 38-44 season under first-year coach Mike Budenholzer, losing a first-round playoff series in seven games to No. 1 seed Indiana. The Hawks currently have all five starters - Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll - under contract and five other reserves - Lou Williams, Dennis Schroder, Mike Muscala, John Jenkins and Pero Antic - signed through 2014-15. General manager Danny Ferry wants to re-sign forward Mike Scott and guard Shelvin Mack as restricted free agents. 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento Kings have taken Michigan guard Nik Stauskas with the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft. With many needs heading into Thursday's draft, the Kings opted for one of the top shooters available in Stauskas. Stauskas is from Mississauga, Ontario, and followed top pick Andrew Wiggins as the second Canadian taken in the draft. The 6-foot-6 Stauskas became one of the nation's most well-rounded offensive players, averaging 17.5 points last season on the way to winning Big Ten player of the year honors. Stauskas shot 44 percent from 3-point range in two years in college and improved his ball handling and defense in his second season. 

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons have selected Colorado shooting guard Spencer Dinwiddie with the No. 38 overall pick in the NBA draft. Detroit took Dinwiddie early in the second round Thursday night to play for first-year executive and coach Stan Van Gundy. The Pistons went into the night without a first-round slot, giving up the No. 9 pick to Charlotte to complete a previous salary-cap saving trade for Ben Gordon. Van Gundy said earlier in the week he would be willing to move back into the first round if a team with one of the last picks would be willing to give it up for a future second-rounder and cash. That potential trade did not happen.

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - This week's stop on the Sprint Cup circuit is the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway Oval. The winner last year was Matt Kenseth, who racked up seven victories in 2013. Jeff Gordon remains on top of the driver standings but Jimmie Johnson has the most victories this season, three. The race Saturday is at 7:30 p.m.
 

Friday, 27 June 2014 16:14

WORLD CUP: Up next, Belgium

UNDATED (AP) - The U.S. World Cup team has its next game on July 1 when the Americans take on Belgium. This marks just the first time a U.S. team has advanced to the knockout round in back to back World Cups. The Americans were eliminated by Ghana four years ago in the round of 16. Play in the knockout round starts Saturday with host Brazil facing Chile and Colombia going up against Uruguay

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez homered on consecutive pitches by different Texas pitchers and the Detroit Tigers stretched their winning streak to six games, 8-6 over the Rangers on Wednesday night. The unrelated Martinez sluggers hit their homers in the fifth - Victor leading off against Joe Saunders before J.D. went deep on the first pitch thrown by reliever Shawn Tolleson. They also had consecutive doubles when the AL Central-leading Tigers went ahead to stay with three runs in the first inning. Texas lost its seventh consecutive game, the longest current losing streak in the majors. Anibal Sanchez struck out five and allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander is 5-0 in his eight starts since coming off the disabled list May 18 after missing three weeks with a cut on his right middle finger.

WELDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Becca Huffer has shot an 11-under three-round total of 205 to win the Michigan PGA Women's Open Championship by two strokes. The ex-Notre Dame team captain from Denver had a 2-under 70 on Wednesday's rain-delayed final round to claim the top prize of $5,500. She birdied the last two holes to break a three-way tie. The event was on the Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort in Benzie County's Weldon Township, about 25 miles southwest of Traverse City. First-time pro player Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Georgia, and amateur and University of Wisconsin player Kimberly Dinh of Midland, Michigan, tied for second at 9-under 207. Ex-Michigan State star Allyssa Ferrell of Edgerton, Wisconsin, finished fourth with a 5-under 211, and Ashley Tait of Littleton, Colorado, was fifth at 4-under 212.

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Preparations are taking place in the Bay City area for next year's Michigan State United States Bowling Congress Men's Tournament. The Bay City Times reports the event will be hosted jointly by Monitor Lanes in Bay County's Monitor Township and Bay Lanes in Bangor Township. The event is expected to draw thousands of people to the Bay City area over an 18-weekend period starting in January. Rick Dodick, who is co-owner of Monitor Lanes and competes in the annual tournament, says it's "a great revenue builder for the city." Among the work that's being done to prepare for the tournament, crews are resurfacing the alley's 40 lanes. Improvements also are planned at Bay Lanes. The area last hosted the tournament in 1999.

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