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Frazier's single in 9th leads White Sox over Mariners, 7-6

CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier tied it with an RBI single in the seventh inning and won it with a line drive down the left-field line in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

Adam Eaton led off the ninth with a bloop single off Nick Vincent (3-4) and went to second on Tim Anderson's sacrifice. Jose Abreu was walked intentionally before Frazier's liner over third scored Eaton, leading to a pileup of players behind the pitcher's mound.

David Robertson (4-2) worked around a walk and two incidents of fans running on the field in the ninth that delayed play for several minutes in Chicago's fourth win in five games.

Robinson Cano hit his 29th home run and the Mariners wasted a solid return off the disabled list by James Paxton in their third straight loss. Seattle fell 7 1/2 games behind AL West-leading Texas.


Wainwright loses glove and game, too, as Mets beat Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright lost his glove trying to tag out Yoenis Cespedes and lost the game, too, when Alejandro De Aza homered and drove in five runs to send the New York Mets over St. Louis 10-6 Thursday night.

Seth Lugo (1-2) pitched five scoreless innings for his first big league win. The Mets took two of three to win their first series at Busch Stadium since 2008.

Brandon Moss hit two home runs for the Cardinals and Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty also connected.

The Mets led 3-0 in the fifth when Wainwright (9-8) and Cespedes were involved in a bizarre play.

Cespedes tried to go from first to third on a bloop single by James Loney. When several Cardinals chased the ball, Wainwright covered third base. Cespedes slid and his cleat pinned Wainwright's glove to the bag — he would've been out, but when Wainwright pulled away his hand, the mitt stayed stuck under Cespedes' foot.

Because Wainwright didn't control the ball, Cespedes was called safe in a ruling upheld by replay. Moments later, De Aza hit a three-run homer to make it 7-0.


Illinois says forward Nichols can begin playing in December

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says that the NCAA has decided forward Kipper Nichols will have to sit out the fall semester before playing for the Illini.

The program said late Thursday that Nichols will be eligible to play after the end of the semester. That means his first game could be Illinois' Dec. 17 contest with BYU.

Nichols is a redshirt freshman who initially committed to Tulane but never enrolled. The school granted the Cleveland, Ohio, native his release and he came to Illinois in December.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Nichols sat out the spring semester, too.

He has 3½ years of eligibility remaining.


Ex-Illini coach Beckman out as volunteer assistant at UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina says former Illinois coach Tim Beckman is out as a volunteer assistant with the 22nd-ranked Tar Heels.

Beckman and three school officials said in statements issued Thursday night by the school that Beckman — fired by Illinois last year amid allegations of player mistreatment — would not continue in that position.

Chancellor Carol Folt said she didn't learn of Beckman's role with the team until Wednesday, and was "surprised and disappointed."

The announcement came a day after Fedora and school officials first disclosed Beckman's appointment as a volunteer assistant, allowing him to interact with players but not instruct them as a coach.

Beckman said he appreciated the opportunity but added that "I do not wish to be a further distraction."


IndyCar to race at Gateway Motorsports Park next year

MADISON, Ill. (AP) — IndyCar will race at Gateway Motorsports Park next year.

Series and track officials said Thursday that they have reached a multi-year agreement to produce annual IndyCar-sanctioned events at the 1.25-mile oval in the St. Louis area.

The race next year is set for Aug. 26.

The track also has a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, and the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series runs at the facility.


Boeing agrees to stay with RBC Heritage through 2021

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Boeing Co. is sticking around as presenting sponsor of the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island through 2021.

The airline manufacturer and PGA Tour announced the extension on Thursday.

Boeing has been presenting sponsor since 2011. Earlier this year, the Heritage Classic Foundation announced that RBC signed to back the event through 2023.

Boeing has made headlines at Harbour Town Golf Links with several airline flyovers of the course during tournament week. Boeing has a manufacturing plant in North Charleston, about two hours north of Harbour Town Golf Links.

The RBC Heritage will take place from April 13-16, 2017.


Storm's Stewart leads WNBA jersey sales; Diggins No. 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm earned the top spots on the WNBA's list of best-selling jerseys and team merchandise.

The league announced Thursday that the former Connecticut star and rookie for the Storm was No. 1, followed by Skylar Diggins of the Dallas Wings and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky.

Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Shoni Schimmel of the New York Liberty rounded out the top five in jersey sales.

The Wings were second in merchandise sales.

The WNBA season resumes on Friday after the Olympic break. The regular season runs through Sept. 18 and the playoffs begin Sept. 21.