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Astros punish Ken Giles by sending him to Triple A

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 10: Manager AJ Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros takes the ball from Ken Giles #53 in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park on July 10, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Astros manager A.J. Hinch took the ball from reliever Ken Giles in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Athletics.

The Astros optioned reliever Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno, a night after he appeared to curse at manager A.J. Hinch when he lifted him from the game. The Astros were up by four to start the ninth inning against Oakland Tuesday night when Giles took over and gave up three straight singles, which cut the lead to 4-1. It was the second major outburst of the year for the righthander, who punched himself in the face as he left the mound after another bad performance earlier in the season. Houston went on to win Tuesday night’s game, 6-5, in 11 innings.


Parziale advances to Mass. Am quarters

Reigning champion Matt Parziale of Thorny Lea Golf Club, the Brockton firefighter who played in this year’s Masters and made the cut at the US Open, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 110th Massachusetts Amateur Championship Wednesday at George Wright Golf Club. Top-seeded Jackson Lang of Nashawtuc was eliminated in the round of 16 by Patrick Frodigh of Dedham C & PC, but No. 2 seed Andrew O’Leary of Pawtucket CC advanced to the quarterfinals. Parziale will face Frodigh in the quarterfinals, which begin Thursday, followed by the semifinals.


‘Pacman’ Jones assaulted at airport

Police said former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam ‘‘Pacman’’ Jones was attacked during a run-in with a facility-service employee at the airport in Atlanta. Police said words were exchanged before Frank Ragin struck Jones with a closed fist, causing a cut to Jones’s face. Police said Ragin was the aggressor and Jones defended himself. Jones and a friend declined medical treatment . . . Police acknowledged a woman was assaulted during a home invasion at a suburban Atlanta house owned by NFL star LeSean McCoy, hours after graphic posts on social media accused the Buffalo Bills running back of bloodying his former girlfriend. The post showed a photo of the former girlfriend and accused McCoy of physically abusing her, his son and his dog, as well as injecting steroids. McCoy denied allegations posted on social media. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is reviewing the matter . . . Two-time national champ and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be inducted into Florida’s ring of honor Oct. 6 . . . Darryl Rogers, who coached Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1978 and later took the helm for the Detroit Lions, died. He was 83.


Former Louisville players sue NCAA


A group of former Louisville men’s basketball players filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization’s vacation of the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four. John Morgan, one of several attorneys representing former Cardinals captain Luke Hancock, the 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and four teammates from that title team, said a lawsuit had been filed and described the NCAA as ‘‘a morally bankrupt organization’’ that exploits student-athletes. Morgan added, ‘‘If all we get is this championship back for Louisville, and the players, and the city, and Luke’s MVP back, that’s going to be plenty pay for us.’’ The attorney also mentioned former Louisville players Gorgui Dieng, Tim Henderson, Stephan Van Treese and Mike Marra as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The NCAA stripped Louisville of the title as part of sanctions for violations discovered during an escort scandal investigation.


Women should get video review, too

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US women’s soccer coach Jill Ellis believes female players have an equal right to have FIFA use video review for their tournament next year in France. FIFA is using Video Assistant Referees for the men’s World Cup for the first time this year, and it has led to several key call reversals and an increase in penalty kicks . . . Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall announced she’s been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. The 35-year-old cross-country skier said the prognosis is good, but she expects life to change significantly in the months ahead.