Aside from the closing of Candlestick Park, the opening of the NBA season, and the last-ditch effort by Donald Sterling to block the sale of the Clippers, here is a look at the other big sports stories making headlines today, Thursday, Aug. 14.
Tigers, Braves, Giants get much-needed wins
The Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants were in dire need of victories on Wednesday. All three teams succeeded.
The Tigers had dropped four in a row before Victor Martinez provided three hits and three RBIs in an 8-4 triumph at Pittsburgh. Nick Castellanos added an RBI triple and a solo homer to help Detroit overcome an early 4-1 deficit. Alex Avila sparked the comeback with a solo homer in a three-run fifth that helped the Tigers stay a half-game behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.
The Braves won for just the third time in 14 games as Andrelton Simmons collected two RBIs before Justin Upton singled home the go-ahead run in a 3-2 triumph against the Dodgers in Atlanta. Winning pitcher Ervin Santana struck out nine while surrendering two runs and eight hits in six innings.
The Braves’ victory keeps them five games behind the NL East-leading Washington Nationals and cuts the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West to five games over the Giants.
San Francisco ended a five-game skid by erupting for seven runs in the seventh to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1. Angel Pagan supplied the tiebreaking, two-run single, and the Giants capped the rally with two runs on Adam Dunn’s error in right.
Elsewhere in the majors:
Owners start to meet
The Major League Baseball owners are meeting in Baltimore and they could a new commissioner. MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan were picked by the seven-man succession committee as candidates to replace the retiring Bud Selig.
Selig has ruled baseball since September 1992, first as chairman of baseball’s executive council and since July 1998 as commissioner. He announced last fall that he plans to retire next January.
Tulo done for year…Darvish, Machado on DL
The Colorado Rockies say All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will have season-ending surgery on his left hip Friday.
Tulowitzki was hitting a major league-high .340 when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 22, three days after he was hurt running out a grounder at Pittsburgh.
In other major league news:
Romo set to go
Tony Romo is set to play in his first game for the Dallas Cowboys since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk last December. Romo will start for the Cowboys in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens. Romo missed Dallas’ exhibition opener against San Diego as the Cowboys are easing him back into things after his second back surgery in the past two years.
Former No. 1 heads to court
Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden faces an October trial on charges that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight. The free-agent center appeared before a judge who set an Oct. 22 trial date. Oden faces a felony charge of battery resulting in serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor battery counts.
The judge allowed Oden to remain free on bond and he’s allowed to leave Indiana, but must remain on GPS monitoring.
The Portland Trail Blazers made Oden the top pick in the 2007 draft.
Father of dead driver questions Stewart
The father of the driver run over and killed by Tony Stewart told The Syracuse Post-Standard that “there’s no reason for” the crash that led to his son’s death. Kevin Ward Jr. was sent into the wall when his car was bumped by Stewart’s in a dirt-track race on Saturday night. Ward got out of the car and walked onto the track, where he was hit by Stewart.
Kevin Ward Sr. told the paper that, “apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn’t see him.” He added, “the one person that knows what happened that night is possibly facing 10 years in prison. Is he going to say what he done?”