NEW YORK — The Cleveland Indians know that Corey Kluber is the probably biggest reason they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. He showed why on Aug. 9.Kluber pitched four-hit ball for a superb six innings and Jose Ramirez hit his first career homer among three hits as the Indians ended a four-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees.“Every time he toes the rubber it’s a win,” Reliever Cody Allen said.Michael Brantley also connected and had three hits for Cleveland, which won at Yankee Stadium for the first time in eight games and improved to 57-58. Ramirez hit a two-run drive in the second inning.Derek Jeter had an infield single in the sixth inning to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the career list with No. 3,431. But New York was 0-for-9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position in losing for just the second time in eight games.“I try not to think about it but today, Honus Wagner, he’s the last one on the list that has played short at all — so that one hits home a little bit,” Jeter said. “But anytime you’re passing guys that have had the careers that they’ve had, it’s kind of overwhelming.”Kluber (13-6) did not allow a hit until Jacoby Ellsbury doubled with one out in the fourth and struck out 10. The right-hander has allowed only one earned run in his last 31 1-3 innings over four starts. He has won six straight decisions.“Just stick with my same approach. Maybe just executing a little better,” Kluber said of his recent success.Scott Atchison, Bryan Shaw and Allen each pitched an inning with Allen finishing striking out two to finish the five-hitter for his 15th save.Brandon McCarthy (4-1) lost for the first time in six starts with New York. He received a scare in the third when he took a liner off his right foot but he continued for 6 1-3 innings, yielding two runs and seven hits. McCarthy was hit in the head by a liner in 2012 and looked briefly shaken this time.“I don’t think about it,” McCarthy said. “It’s one of the things when I was coming back that I had to accept the reality that things can come back at you — you still have to play.”Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said x-rays of McCarthy’s foot were negative.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
iStock/omersukrugoksuBy: MAX GOLEMBO and JULIA JACOBO, ABC News (MIAMI) — Tropical Storm Eta has caused major flooding in Florida after making landfall late Sunday night.The system hit as a strong tropical storm in the Florida Keys around 11 p.m. with wind speeds of 65 mph and slowly moved through the region, drenching South Florida and causing flash flooding in large cities such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale.Nearly a foot and a half of rain fell in eastern portions of Broward County, north of Miami. More than 14 inches of rain fell near Hollywood, and parts of the Miami metro area received more than 6 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.Eta has broken a record as the 12th named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. in a single season. The previous record was nine named storms in 1916.In addition, the last time a named storm made landfall in Florida in the month of November was Tropical Storm Mitch in 1998.Eta made landfall in Central America on Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane. Nearly 60 people died after torrential rain flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala, even spurring a mudslide in Honduras that killed several people.The system later weakened after passing over high-altitude mountains but then strengthened back into a tropical storm as it headed toward the U.S.Eta is now moving away from Florida, but flood watches are continuing for the southern half of Florida from Fort Myers down to Miami, and an additional few inches of rain are possible over the next few days as the storm meanders in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.The system is expected to meet up with a cold front moving from the West and will bring heavy rain from North Florida to the Mid-Atlantic States.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Max Golembo and Julia Jacobo
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0Shares0000Brazil fans cheer on Nikolskaya street in Moscow which has become the scene of a daily street party © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Hooligans have been conspicuously absent from the World Cup and Russia’s sense of vindication is palpable.The beating muscle-bound Russian thugs inflicted on England supporters in France during Euro 2016 was still a major talking point in the run-up to the biggest event in sport. Violence became a leitmotif of British and the broader media’s coverage and a foil used by critics of President Vladimir Putin’s rule.Few things insensed Moscow more than another retelling of the chairs thrown and punches landed in Marseille.Now the group stage of matches is over and little has disturbed the peace besides the all-night singing of happy fans in the streets.Some things have gone wrong.Russian hooligans clashed with England fans in Marseille during Euro 2016 © AFP / LEON NEALArgentina got fined after its supporters pounced on a Croatia rival and kicked him while he was down in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.Three England fans were banned for performing an anti-Semitic song in a Volgograd pub.And several female TV reporters have been groped and sexually harassed while doing their job.But the host nation has emerged largely unblemished and the naysayers are being proven wrong.This is Russia’s “told you so” moment — and state media are relishing every minute of it.“The British press used ‘those scary Russians’ to frighten its fans so much ahead of the World Cup that most of them decided to stay home,” Channel One television said in a typical evening news broadcast.“Now it looks like the fans who did come are no longer reading the English papers.”Vesti television said all the good news coming out of Russia “is probably especially difficult for Western politicians to hear.”– Carrots and sticks –Plenty of European media had actually stopped predicting a World Cup bloodbath by the final months of preparations.Security experts say hooligans may flex their muscle again when the police presence relaxes after the World Cup © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVVarious hooligans told Western reporters that the Kremlin had been using a carrot-and-stick approach to ensure Russia was not embarrassed with the world watching.The feared FSB security service locked up several hooligan leaders to signal they meant business after decades of doing little to counter football fights.Others were interrogated in night raids on their apartments and given two options: either vanish for the duration of the World Cup or face years in jail for the most minor offence.“From what they told me, Russian fans never intended to start anything during the World Cup,” said Moscow Echo radio sports commentator Alexei Durnovo.Security analysts said the bigger danger is probably coming from supporters of other teams with flourishing football underworlds.Experts said these include countries in the Balkans and the traditional powerhouse Germany. England is always a menace and the Nordic states are starting to make noise of their own.Russia says it is managing to avert violence by deploying a so-called Fan ID system that requires each ticket holder to undergo a security background check.Those who passed are only allowed stadium entry with a card featuring their photo and a personal identity chip.“There is little question that the Fan ID system has played its role,” said independent Russian security analyst Alexander Golts.Less certain is what happens to the Russian hooligan culture once all the tourists clear out and the much less glamorous domestic football season kicks off in September.Russian hooliganism monitor Robert Ustian said authorities were all but certain to relax the rules because they had been collaborating with far-right movements for years.The “firms” that hooligan leaders run are highly hierarchical and can be mobilised at any moment should the Kremlin require a show of support on the streets.“Let’s ask ourselves why Russia can’t always be like it is during the World Cup,” said Ustian.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)