UNDATED (AP) — The Braves were 3-1 winners over Cleveland on Thursday, giving Atlanta a 13-game lead over Washington in the National League East and dropping the Indians 6 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Brian McCann hit a three-run homer to back Kris Medlen, who tossed seven scoreless innings to improve to 10-6 since June. The Tigers beat Oakland 7-6 on Torii Hunter's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, putting the Athletics three games behind AL West-leading Texas.
UNDATED (AP) — St. Louis leads the NL Central by one full game over Pittsburgh after Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) combined with Brandon Kintzler on a six-hitter in Milwaukee's 4-0 shutout of the Pirates. Gallardo scattered six hits in seven innings to help the Brewers take the rubber match of the three-game series.
UNDATED (AP) — Boston's lead in the AL East remains 2 ½ games over Tampa Bay after the Red Sox and Rays lost on Thursday. Chris Tillman picked up his 15th victory and Manny Machado hit a two-run double as the Orioles downed the Bosox 3-2. The Rays lost 2-0 to the Los Angeles Angels as Jason Vargas held Tampa Bay to two hits in seven innings.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL has agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from more than 4,500 former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related brain disorders they say were caused by on-field violence. The settlement was announced after two months of court-ordered mediation and is subject to approval by a federal judge. The players accused the league of concealing the long-term dangers of concussions and rushing injured players back onto the field, while glorifying and profiting from the bone-crushing hits that were often glorified in slow motion on NFL Films.
NEW YORK (AP) — Women's top seed Serena Williams and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka (as-ah-REHN'-kah) have advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open by winning this afternoon. Williams cruised to a 6-3, 6-love victory before Azarenka posted a 6-3, 6-1 triumph to join seventh seed Petra Kvitova (KVIH'-oh-vah), eighth seed Angelique Kerber and No. 9 Jelena Jankovic in Round 3. Thursday's winners on the men's side include second seed Rafael Nadal, fourth seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR'), No. 7 Roger Federer and No. 8 Richard Gasquet (gas-KAY').