PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago Cubs 7-5 for a three-game sweep. Harper delivered his biggest hit yet in his first season with the Phillies, celebrating while running around the bases and then getting mobbed by teammates at the plate.
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Justin Thomas goes from some of his worst golf on the range to a share of the course record at Medinah in about five hours Thursday. Thomas and Jason Kokrak each shot 7-under 65 to share the lead in the BMW Championship. Tiger Woods, needing a good week to make it to the Tour Championship next week, had a 71 and was toward the bottom of the pack.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout hit his 40th homer while going 4 for 4 and scoring four runs in the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Trout stayed even with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger for the overall major league homers lead with a third-inning solo shot off Reynaldo Lopez. José Abreu hit two homers for the White Sox, but Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of four-hit ball for the Halos.
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Ian Poulter returns to Medinah for the BMW Championship and feels at home after reliving memories of the 2012 Ryder Cup. Poulter birdied the last five holes in a fourballs match that swung momentum to Europe in its record comeback. Poulter now needs an individual performance just as good as 2012 if he wants to make it to the FedEx Cup final for the first time
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Sam Kerr says she is focused on leading the Chicago Red Stars to the NWSL title, not any lucrative offers from a European club that might be coming her way. What Kerr decides to do about her future could be a major test for the NWSL after it saw renewed interest in the wake of the United States’ championship in the Women’s World Cup. While the top Americans play in the NWSL, the loss of a foreign star like Kerr would be a blow to the league as it tries to grow in the coming years.
UNDATED (AP) — Cam Newton is expected to see his first game action since Dec. 17 when the Panthers host the Bills. The 2015 league MVP missed the final two games of last season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January. He and Carolina’s other starters did not play in the first preseason game against the Bears.