Here is a look at the sports news making headlines today, Friday, Aug. 22.
Torrid Nats do it again…Kershaw wins 15th, fans 10
The Washington Nationals matched their longest winning streak since they moved from Montreal in 2005 by winning their 10th straight, 1-0 over Arizona. Denard Span scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth for the lone run. That’s the Nationals’ fifth walkoff victory in their last six games.
Closer Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for the win — he’s 4-1. The Nats swept a three-game series against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates before winning all four games against the D-Backs.
Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 in a row this year.
In other baseball:
Angels’ Richards out for year…Angels get Beckham from Chisox…Ex-Tigers pitcher cleared of charge
The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for their playoff run.
One of the AL West leader’s top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. He’s scheduled for surgery next week.
Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It’s a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says “we’ll be open” about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.
In other baseball news:
Dallas linebacker is done
The playing career of Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman is over. Coach Jason Garrett says the second-year player has a neck injury related to a spinal problem. Holloman missed seven games in his rookie season because of a spinal contusion.
Gamecocks rusher may miss opener
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says 1,000-yard rusher Mike Davis hasn’t been able to practice this week and might not be ready for the ninth-ranked Gamecocks season opener. Davis has been slowed by several nagging injuries during camp, most recently a rib injury.
The Gamecocks open the season next Thursday night against No. 21 Texas A&M.
Van Pelt takes the lead
Bo Van Pelt has vaulted into the lead late in the first round of The Barclays with a 6-under 65. That’s good for a one-shot lead over Cameron Tringale.
Top-seed Rory McIlroy had his problems in the opening round, posting a 3-over 74. He entered play on a three-tournament winning streak that included the British Open and PGA Championship.
Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson each shot a 3-under-68 while Phil Mickelson opened with an even-par-71.
Ryu has lead
South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu shot a 7-under 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Canadian Women’s Open. She holds a one-shot edge over Na Yeon Choi. Anna Nordqvist is two off the lead. Top-ranked Stacy Lewis shot an opening round 1-under-71 along with Paula Creamer.
Goalie calls it quits
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. Giguere is best known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks. He led the team to two appearances in the Stanley Cup finals, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy in defeat in 2003 and hoisting the Cup in 2007.
The 37-year old spent last season with Colorado and goes out with 262 NHL wins.