LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers the only two no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett tossed one May 25 in Philadelphia.
”I am so amazed,” Kershaw said. ”Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”
Cheered on by his wife in the stands, Kershaw (7-2) retired his first 18 batters before Corey Dickerson led off the seventh with a slow bouncer to Ramirez. His throw on the run went wide past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a two-base error – ending any chance for a perfect game.
But that was it for the Rockies against Kershaw, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. And he came oh-so-close to throwing the 22nd perfect game since 1900.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – The San Diego Padres have scheduled a public tribute to Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for June 26 at Petco Park.
Gwynn died of cancer Monday. He was 54.
The tribute will start at 7:19 p.m., symbolic because Gwynn made his Padres debut on July 19, 1982. Gwynn also wore No. 19.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Shelly Sterling’s attorneys will ask a judge Thursday to order Donald Sterling and his attorneys to stop threatening, harassing or intimidating his wife’s legal team and the doctors who determined the Los Angeles Clippers’ co-owner was mentally incapacitated.
A person with knowledge of the legal proceedings told The Associated Press that the urgent request seeks protections for witnesses including three doctors who could testify in next month’s scheduled trial to determine if Shelly Sterling can sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
The individual wasn’t authorized to comment and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The decision to go to court was precipitated by several incidents in which Donald Sterling’s attorney or Donald Sterling himself contacted the two doctors who examined him in May and determined him to be mentally incapacitated, the individual said.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Fans screamed ”Go Spurs Go!” in unison at the slightest glimpse of a San Antonio Spurs’ player or coach floating down the River Walk.
It was reminiscent of last season when the Spurs walked off their team charter to those chants, except the tone Wednesday night was much sweeter.
The victory parade for Spurs’ fifth NBA title was part celebration and part exorcism.
After falling 25 seconds shy of capturing the title last season in falling in seven games to the Miami Heat, the Spurs made another run to the NBA Finals. This time, they closed out the Heat in five games for the team’s first title since 2007.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the Washington Redskins’ name is ”disparaging of Native Americans” and should be stripped of trademark protection – a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.
By a 2-1 vote, the agency’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sided with five Native Americans in a dispute that has been working its way through legal channels for more than two decades.
The ruling doesn’t directly force the team to abandon the name, but it adds momentum to the campaign at a time of increasing criticism of Redskins owner Dan Snyder from political, religious and sports figures who say it’s time for a change.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Tempers flared during the second day of the Seattle Seahawks’ minicamp, with cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Phil Bates getting in the middle of a heated scuffle after offensive and defensive players exchanged some heated words.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – The New York Jets released troubled running back Mike Goodson after he failed to show up for the team’s mandatory minicamp.
General manager John Idzik announced that Goodson, coming off major knee surgery and dealing with legal issues, was let go with a designation of ”left squad.”
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won’t have to appear in court Thursday for an initial hearing on drug-related charges he faces.
Irsay’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday waiving his appearance on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body, Hamilton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andre Miksha told The Associated Press.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Defending champion Spain, the dominant global football power for the past six years, was eliminated from World Cup contention with a 2-0 loss to Chile.
Spain’s famed passing game failed against a high-tempo, tenacious Chile team, the Spaniards’ era ending in the storied Maracana Stadium filled mostly with noisy Chilean supporters.
Eduardo Vargas tricked goalkeeper Iker Casillas into diving the wrong way, then shot into an unguarded goal in the 20th minute. Charles Aranguiz scored in the 43rd when the ball landed at his feet after Casillas punched out a free kick.
NCAA REFORM-O’BANNON TRIAL
OAKLAND, Calif. – NCAA President Mark Emmert will take the stand to defend his organization in a landmark antitrust case that could one day lead to players getting paid a portion of the billions of dollars in television money flowing into big time college athletics. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 127 words by 4 a.m. Will be updated after trial begins at 11:30 a.m.
CORK, Ireland (AP) – After months of indecision over who to represent, Rory McIlroy announced that he will play for Ireland – not Britain – at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The 25-year-old McIlroy, who is from Northern Ireland, was eligible to play for either Ireland or Team GB when golf makes its return to the Olympics in Brazil for the first time since 1904.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada regulators are considering sanctions against an Ultimate Fighting Championship star accused of avoiding an official who showed up unannounced at his gym to collect a sample to test for banned substances.
Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar said the panel could act next month on a complaint against Wanderlei Silva.
LONDON (AP) – Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon, while defending men’s champion Andy Murray was bumped up two spots above his world ranking to No. 3.
s’HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) – Second-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco beat wild-card entry Jesse Huta Galung 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Topshelf Open, a grass-court tune-up ahead of Wimbledon.
Three players retired from matches in the women’s draw, with French Open finalist and top-seeded Simona Halep pulling out due a sore right shoulder when she was leading 5-7, 3-2 against Annika Beck. Fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro retired when Zheng Jie was leading 7-5, 0-1; and Vania King left the court in the third set against Coco Vandeweghe, who was leading 6-7 (6), 6-0, 2-1.
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) – Top-seeded Richard Gasquet celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday by beating Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Aegon International.
BUREN AN DER AARE, Switzerland (AP) – Sacha Modolo timed his sprint to perfection to win the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse after Mark Cavendish crashed on the final corner.
Tony Martin retained his 6-second advantage over Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin.
Cavendish later posted a picture of himself on Twitter with an ice-pack on his head.