WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama commended the U.S. men’s soccer team yesterday for making their country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, during an Oval Office phone call with two of the team’s most celebrated players. Obama called goalkeeper Tim Howard and team captain Clint Dempsey the day after the U.S. team was eliminated from the World Cup after dropping a 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves extended their longest winning streak of the season to seven games by beating the New York Mets 3-1. Chris Johnson’s three-run double in the first inning was all the runs Julio Teheran (TEH’-rahn) need to win his eighth game.
DETROIT (AP) — The AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, fresh off their three-game sweep of AL West-leading Oakland, have won 11 of 13. The Tigers send out Max Scherzer in search of his 10th victory as Detroit opens a weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tyson Ross tossed a three-hitter for his first complete game and outdueled major league ERA leader Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) in the San Diego Padres’ spiffy 3-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds. The victory completed a three-game sweep for the Padres.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle with former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins to replace Jason Kidd as their coach. Kidd was introduced as the Milwaukee Bucks new coach yesterday after the Nets swung a trade with the Bucks to let Kidd out of his contract with Brooklyn.