HOUSTON (AP) – Yu Darvish was nearly perfect yesterday, taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and striking out a career-high 15 to lead the Texas Rangers over Houston 2-1 for their eighth straight win. Darvish dominated the Astros until Carlos Corporan homered with one out in the eighth inning for Houston’s only hit in his eight innings of work. The victory allowed the Rangers to stay one game ahead of Oakland in the AL West.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers have hired San Antonio assistant Brett Brown to be their coach, ending a four-month search to replace Doug Collins. Collins resigned in April after the Sixers went 34-48. Brown was part of three NBA title teams with San Antonio.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders says he’s working on re-signing restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic. Saunders has met with Pekovic’s agent and extended an offer of four years and $48 million. Pekovic posted career highs with 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 62 games for Minnesota last season.
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) – Austin Dillon will drive Tony Stewart’s car for Stewart-Haas Racing in this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan. It will be Dillon’s tenth start in the series. Stewart continues to recover from a broken right leg suffered in a sprint car crash last week in Iowa. No timetable has been established for Stewart’s return, but the three-time Sprint Cup champion was discharged from the hospital late Sunday afternoon and is at home.
LONDON (AP) – The Olympic leadership is upset with Russia for implementing anti-gay legislation ahead of next year’s Winter Games. IOC executive board member C.K. Wu says there must be no restrictions on athletes in Sochi (SOH’-chee) next year and that Russia must respect the human rights of athletes as outlined in the Olympic charter.