The Kansas City Royals scored a team-record 26 runs in the first game of their doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, winning 26-5, then went scoreless in a 8-0 loss in the second game. \nJoe Randa went 6-for-7 and tied a major league record by scoring six times in Game 1. He became the first AL player to have six hits and six runs in a nine-inning game. \nThe Royals' output in the first game tied for the fifth-most runs ever in a major league game since 1900, scoring the most since Texas beat Baltimore 26-7 on April 19, 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. \nThe Royals also matched an AL record by putting 13 consecutive batters on base during an 11-run third inning. \nThe Royals had 26 hits against five pitchers. Angel Berroa had a three-run homer and a career-high five RBIs, and Alberto Castillo knocked in a career-best four runs. \nJeremy Bonderman (9-11) shut down the Royals in the nightcap, allowing six hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts. Darrell May (9-17) lost his fifth straight. \nZack Greinke (8-9) beat Jason Johnson (8-13) in the opener. \nYankees 9, Devil Rays 1 \nYankees 10, Devil Rays 5 \nIn New York, Gary Sheffield and Tony Clark each drove in two runs during a seven-run second inning, and the New York Yankees completed a doubleheader sweep. \nJohn Flaherty and Derek Jeter homered for the Yankees, who outscored the Devil Rays 19-6 and outhit them 26-18 in the doubleheader. Jeter was 5-for-9 with a homer and three RBIs in the two games. \nThe Yankees won all four games in the rain-shortened series and have won five in a row overall. They extended their AL East lead over Boston by at least a half-game, the first time they've increased the margin at all since Aug. 23. \nMike Mussina (10-9) threw eight sharp innings in the opener, which started with just a few hundred fans in the stands. Yankee Stadium filled up a bit more for the nightcap, with the paid attendance announced as 41,230. \nTanyon Sturtze (6-2) allowed two hits and walked one in 3 2-3 scoreless relief innings to win the second game. \nB.J. Upton homered in the second game for the Devil Rays, who have lost a season-high 11 straight. Dewon Brazelton (6-7) and Rob Bell (6-8) took the losses. \nWhite Sox 7, Rangers 3 \nIn Texas, Mark Buehrle pitched a three-hitter for his second complete game of the season, sending Texas to its ninth loss in 11 games. \nPaul Konerko and Joe Crede homered for the White Sox, who have won six of seven. \nTexas dropped six games behind AL West-leading Oakland. \nBuehrle struck out six and walked two in his 13th career complete game. He retired 15 of his final 16 batters. \nKevin Mench hit a solo homer for Texas in the second, his 21st of the season and second in two games. Chris Young (1-2) allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. \nMariners 7, Red Sox 1 \nIn Seattle, Bobby Madritsch pitched eight shutout innings, and Seattle dropped Boston 3 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. \nIchiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 to give him 229 hits. He is trying to break the major league record of 257 by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1920. Suzuki has 23 games left. \nMadritsch (4-2) gave up five hits, walked three and struck out five, becoming the first Mariners starter to win since Aug. 22. \nThe Red Sox, who had won four in a row, 14 of 15 and 20 of 22, committed two errors that accounted for five unearned runs. A dropped fly ball by left fielder Manny Ramirez led to four unearned runs in the fifth. \nMariners rookie Jose Lopez hit a two-run homer and a pair of doubles off Wakefield (11-9). \nBlue Jays 5, Angels 4 \nAt Anaheim, Carlos Delgado capped a five-run third inning with a two-run homer, dropping Anaheim two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West. \nVladimir Guerrero and Adam Kennedy homered for the Angels. \nTed Lilly (10-10) allowed four runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, barely preserving a five-run lead, and won for just the third time in 13 starts. \nJarrod Washburn (11-6) allowed five runs and five hits in six innings. \nJeff Bagwell, Brad Ausmus and Lance Berkman drove in two runs each and the Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Thursday night for their 13th victory in 14 games and a doubleheader split. \nIn the first game, Oliver Perez ended Houston's 12-game winning streak by striking out a career-high 14 in a 3-1 victory -- the Astros' only loss since Aug. 26. \nJosh Fogg (9-10) didn't offer nearly the challenge Perez did, giving Houston a gift run with a balk while allowing eight runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. \nIt was a quick return to form for the Astros, who averaged nine-plus runs per game during their franchise-record tying winning streak. The Astros won their 16th in 18 games and 21st in 25 games and are tied with the Giants for the NL wild-card lead. \nHouston reliever Mike Gallo (1-0) got his second career win. \nDaryle Ward hit a two-run homer, but the Pirates still lost their 22nd in 29 games. \nIn the opener, Perez (10-8) allowed just three hits and an unearned run in eight innings, joining Bob Veale as the only pitchers in the Pirates' 118-season history with 200 strikeouts. \nJeff Kent's one-out single in the fourth was Houston's final hit. Carlos Hernandez (1-2) walked four in 5 2-3 innings. \nJose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 38th save. \nMets 4, Marlins 0 \nIn Miami, Kris Benson pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning, Eric Valent homered and New York ended three streaks by beating Florida. \nThe Mets snapped an 11-game losing skid while stopping the Marlins' franchise record-tying nine-game winning streak. New York also ended a run of 10 consecutive losses to Florida. \nBenson (11-11), who skipped his last turn with a sore shoulder, lasted six-plus innings. He improved to 3-3 with a 6.43 ERA since joining New York. \nMike Piazza and Cliff Floyd got the day off, but Valent connected against Ismael Valdez (12-8). The Mets took a lead for the first time in 60 innings when Mike Cameron doubled in the second and scored on a single by Jason Phillips. \nWith the area recovering from Hurricane Frances and bracing for Hurricane Ivan, announced attendance was 13,102, but the actual crowd on a sunny, 87-degree afternoon numbered perhaps 4,000. \nFollowing their first defeat since Aug. 26, the Marlins headed to Wrigley Field for a crucial four-game series. Florida and the Chicago Cubs, meeting for the first time since last year's NL championship series, are among five teams in a tight race for the NL wild card. \nPhillies 9, Braves 4 \nIn Atlanta, the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a blown lead and a bizarre home run, beating Atlanta with Jim Thome's two-run double and another stellar performance by the bullpen. \nPhiladelphia helped its faltering playoff hopes by taking three of four games at Turner Field. The relievers certainly did their job, pitching 16 scoreless innings during the series. \nAtlanta overcame a 4-0 deficit, tying it up in the fourth when Phillies center fielder Jason Michaels accidentally swatted the ball over the fence to give Charles Thomas a home run. \nAfter an intentional walk to Bobby Abreu, Thome broke a 4-all tie with a two-run double off Ramon Colon (1-1) in the seventh. Pat Burrell homered in the eighth and doubled in another run in the ninth to put the game out of reach. \nPhiladelphia starter Cory Lidle had a 22-inning scoreless streak until Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer in the third. Lidle went five innings, giving up eight hits and all four Atlanta runs, but the bullpen picked him up. \nRyan Madson (9-2), Rheal Cormier, Felix Rodriguez and Geoff Geary held the Braves scoreless the rest of the way, each working an inning. \nJimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco hit consecutive homers on the first two pitches of the game from Atlanta starter Russ Ortiz. He also gave up a two-run homer to Mike Lieberthal. \nBrewers 7, Reds 2 \nIn Cincinnati, Wes Helms hit a grand slam and Brady Clark went 4-for-4 against his former team, leading Milwaukee over Cincinnati. \nDoug Davis (11-10) tied his career high for wins with his first victory in seven starts. \nWily Mo Pena homered for the Reds, who have lost four straight and nine of 10. Gabe White (1-2) took the loss. \nRockies 9, Padres 7 \nIn Denver, Todd Helton had three RBIs and Aaron Miles hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning to send Colorado past San Diego. \nRamon Hernandez had three RBIs and Khalil Greene hit his 12th homer for San Diego, which got 14 hits but dropped 2 1/2 games behind NL wild-card leaders San Francisco and Houston. The Padres are 1-4 against the fourth-place Rockies the past week and have lost seven of 10 overall. \nRoyce Clayton had three hits, and Jorge Piedra went 3-for-3 and scored four runs as a last-minute replacement for Jeromy Burnitz. \nJavier Lopez (1-2) earned the win. Shawn Chacon worked the ninth for his 34th save in 42 chances. \nScott Linebrink (7-2) allowed two runs in two innings. \nDodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3 \nIn Los Angeles, Steve Finley homered twice, and Jose Lima earned his first win in a month for Los Angeles. \nFinley snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a solo homer, then hit a two-run shot in the sixth to help the Dodgers extend their NL West lead to five games over idle San Francisco. \nEric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his 38th save in 40 opportunities \nThe Diamondbacks, losers of seven straight, finished 3-16 against the Dodgers this season, including losses in 12 of their last 13 meetings. \nLima (12-5) gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked one to win for the first time since Aug. 10. \nEdgar Gonzalez (0-9) couldn't get out of the fifth, but his ERA fell from 9.64 to 9.32.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two