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SPORTS BRIEFING

Strader wins in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Randy Strader of Salem won the shot put at the West Virginia Senior Classic Track and Field Meet on Saturday.

He also placed second in the discus and third in the javelin.

Strader competes in the 75-79 age group in United States Senior Olympic events.

Astros edge Indians, 4-3

Alvarez ends slump with 2-run HR as Astros beat Indians 4-3

HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Alvarez snapped an 0-for-22 slump with at two-run homer to help the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

The Astros were up by 1 with one out in the fifth inning when Alvarez connected off rookie J.C. Mejia (1-5) on his soaring shot to the second deck in right field to make it 4-1.

Alvarez held his bat and watched the ball for a few seconds before trotting to first base, and the slugger received lots of high-fives and hugs in the dugout after ending his slump in grand fashion.

Alvarez also doubled and Michael Brantley added two hits to help the Astros to their second straight victory.

Houston starter Zack Greinke (9-3) yielded five hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Ryan Pressly walked one in a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.

There were runners at first and second with two outs in the eighth when Harold Ramirez hit an RBI single on a liner to the corner of right field to cut the lead to 1. But Ryne Stanek struck out Bradley Zimmer to end the inning.

Franmil Reyes hit a solo homer and an RBI single for the Indians, whose two-game winning streak ended.

Mejia permitted seven hits and four runs while striking out a career-high eight in 4 1/3 innings in his eighth major league start.

Brantley singled with one out in the first and Houston took a 1-0 lead when he scored on a double by Yuli Gurriel.

Amed Rosario singled to start the fourth but was erased when Jose Ramirez grounded into a double play. Reyes followed with his blast to left field to tie it at 1-all.

Chas McCormick hit a one-out single in the bottom of the inning and reached second on a groundout by Robel Garcia. The Astros regained the lead on an RBI single by Martin Maldonado.

There were runners at first and third with one out in the sixth when Greinke was replaced by Cristian Javier. He was greeted with an RBI single by Reyes that cut the lead to 4-2. But Reyes was out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double.

Javier walked Bradley but limited the damage by retiring Harold Ramirez to end the inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: Last season’s AL Cy Young winner Shane Bieber threw on Monday for the first time since he was shut down in June with shoulder soreness. He threw from 60 feet. There isn’t a timetable for his return. … OF Eddie Rosario (right abdominal strain) has been making progress toward a return and manager Terry Francona said he should have more information on his status later this week. … RHP DJ Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Columbus to make room from Mejia on the roster.

Astros: RHP Jose Urquidy (right shoulder discomfort) has been throwing on flat ground but it’s still unclear when he’ll return. … RHP Andre Scrubb was placed on the injured list, retroactive to July 17, with a right shoulder strain. … C Garrett Stubbs was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his spot on the roster.

UP NEXT

Houston’s Luis Garcia (6-5, 3.06 ERA) will oppose Triston McKenzie (1-3, 5.47) when the series continues Tuesday night.

SEC calls for change

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey echoed the NCAA president’s call for potential changes in how college athletics are governed Monday, though he did not endose a breakaway by the five most powerful leagues.

Sankey spoke about the need for change to open SEC Media Days, less than a week after NCAA President Mark Emmert said it’s time to consider decentralizing and deregulating college sports in a shifting of the traditional power structure.

Packers want to be back

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Playing home games without spectators because of the pandemic caused the Green Bay Packers’ operating revenues to drop nearly 27% during the most recent fiscal year.

The Packers reported $409.8 million in expenses and $371.1 million in revenues. That’s the first time since 2000 the team spent more money than it brought in.

The team had a record $506.9 million in revenues a year earlier.

“The pandemic had a significant impact on our finances. But that said, I think the Packers remain in a very strong position financially,” Packers CEO/president Mark Murphy said at a Friday news conference.

Green Bay did not have paying spectators at Lambeau Field until the playoffs, when it had a limited crowd at two games.

The Packers expect to fill Lambeau Field’s entire seating capacity for games this season and also plan to welcome fans to training camp later this month. Murphy says that means the team’s finances should return to their pre-pandemic levels.

Murphy said the Packers had $309.2 million in national revenues, up from $296 million a year ago. But local revenues fell from $210.9 million to $61.8 million, a drop of 70.7%.

As the NFL’s only publicly owned franchise, the Packers disclose their expenses and revenues each year. The team’s annual shareholders meeting is scheduled for July 26.

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