- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) - Rafael Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon on Thursday, citing the left wrist injury that forced him out of the French Open.

The two-time Wimbledon champion said on his Facebook page that he made the decision after consulting with his doctor and receiving his latest medical results.

Nadal had already pulled out of next week’s Wimbledon grass-court warm-up at Queen’s Club. Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, starts on June 27.

Nadal’s spokesman, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, said the player’s wrist will be in a cast for another two weeks. After that, Nadal will begin anti-inflammatory treatments and physiotherapy.

Wearing a blue brace on his wrist, Nadal pulled out of the French Open before his third-round match in Paris. He said then that he expected to be ready for Wimbledon.

GOLF

SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) - Inbee Park could finally crack a smile, even if she was five shots behind leader Brooke Henderson.

No more nerves or anxiety whether Park’s injured thumb would hold up, the South Korean star was never more excited to make bogey than on the 18th to finish off the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Thursday - the round that made her eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Park’s score of 1-over 72 didn’t really matter. It left the three-time defending champion of the event well back of Henderson, who shot a 4-under 67 in her morning round.

At age 27, Park is the youngest player to qualify for the Hall of Fame. She completed the final eligibility requirement by playing the first round of her 10th event of her 10th season. She has won seven major titles and has 17 LPGA Tour victories.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees hope their relief trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman make music at the cash registers.

Seeking to capitalize on the bullpen’s success, New York put “NO RUNS DMC” T-shirts on sale for $39.99 each Thursday after reaching a licensing agreement with the former hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. and its agent, Universal Music Group.

The mostly navy shirts feature the initials of the relievers - the first name of Betances and the last names of Miller and Chapman - with lettering in white and “NO” and their uniform numbers boxed in red. The other side has the three members of Run-D.M.C - Jam Master Jay, Darryl McDaniels and Joseph Simmons - silhouetted in white with a lighter blue Yankees’ “NY” logo backdrop.

T-shirts were distributed to players in the Yankees’ clubhouse before Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Caps will go on sale by the weekend, the team said.

New York is 7-0 when the trio pitches in the same game.

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies selected California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak with the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night.

Moniak, from La Costa Canyon High School in south Carlsbad, became the first prep outfielder chosen No. 1 overall since Tampa Bay drafted Delmon Young in 2003.

The selection, announced by Commissioner Rob Manfred at MLB Network studios, marks the first time the Phillies have led off the draft since they took Miami slugger Pat Burrell in 1998.

With no consensus No. 1 talent this year, there was plenty of uncertainty about who the Phillies would grab right up until they officially went on the clock.

Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel went second to Cincinnati, giving the Reds a slugger who might someday provide some pop in the middle of their lineup.

Atlanta took high school right-hander Ian Anderson, who was in attendance at the draft site.

PRO FOOTBALL

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Quarterback Jared Goff has signed with the Los Angeles Rams, along with his fellow five draft picks.

The Rams announced the formality Thursday.

The team didn’t announce financial terms of the four-year deal for Goff, who was the No. 1 pick in the draft after three seasons at California. All first-round NFL contracts include a fifth-year option.

Los Angeles traded up to grab Goff, and coach Jeff Fisher hopes the quarterback will start the opening game of the Rams’ return season in Southern California.

The Rams also formally signed their other five draft picks: tight end Tyler Higbee, receiver Pharoh Cooper, tight end Temarrick Hemingway, linebacker Josh Forrest and receiver Michael Thomas.

The Rams are in their second week of voluntary offseason practices. Their workouts conclude next week.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is renaming its football field after former coach Steve Spurrier.

The university’s board of trustees approved the change Thursday, making it Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The board also approved a naming-rights deal for the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

The multi-use venue will be known as Exactech Arena for the next 10 years as a result of a $5.9 million sponsorship by the orthopaedic device company. Although the naming-rights deal works out to $590,000 annually, Florida got all the money up front to help offset the cost of a $64.5 million renovation to the O’Dome that’s currently taking place.

The football field modification recognizes Spurrier, the program’s first Heisman Trophy winner (1966) and the coach who led the Gators to their first national championship (1996), and keeps the tradition of Florida Field. Florida Field was rededicated in 1934 to the memory of Florida servicemen who died in World War I. A plaque was placed on the wall outside the old north end zone as a memorial.

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