Friday, July 22
DENVER (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, Chad Bettis threw efficiently into the seventh and the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 Thursday night. Gonzalez lined a 97 miles per hour fastball from Mike Foltynewicz over the fence in right-center. Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds added some insurance with a solo homer in the seventh that went an estimated 484 feet. It was his first pinch-hit homer in two years.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league says it hopes to announce a new location for next February's events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars worked out polarizing defensive end Greg Hardy on Thursday. A team spokesman confirmed the workout but did not indicate whether the Jags planned on signing the former Dallas and Carolina standout.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says the league has extended its media deal with ESPN through the 2035 to 2036 season, which includes the eventual launch of an ACC TV channel. Speaking at his annual forum during the ACC Kickoff media days, Swofford said Thursday the ACC Network is scheduled to launch in August 2019. There will also be the creation of a digital channel starting next month.