VA ARENA-PRO SPORTS
Va. Beach mulls arena that could lure NBA, NHL
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Beach metropolitan area is one of the largest in the country without a major professional sports team, and numerous attempts to lure one here have repeatedly left sports fans in the area disappointed.
The area's most recent flirtation with the NBA was rebuffed just last year after a deal to get the Sacramento Kings to relocate fell apart after plans to build them an arena and pay for their moving expenses didn't come to fruition.
But hope springs eternal in Virginia's largest city that one day an NBA or NHL team will call the region home.
With no promise a pro sports franchise will ever move to the beach, city leaders are still considering building an 18,000 seat arena that they say could help land a pro team.
Lynn, Cardinals beat sloppy Nationals 4-3
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lance Lynn won his fourth straight start and the St. Louis Cardinals took advantage of another shaky fielding performance by Washington, scoring three unearned runs to beat Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals 4-3 Saturday.
Tony Cruz drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who have won nine of the last 10 games between the teams. St. Louis took control with a three-run second inning fueled by third baseman Anthony Rendon's throwing error.
Lynn (4-0) gave up one run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in becoming the NL's first four-game winner.
Trevor Rosenthal worked the ninth for his fifth save, but not without difficulty. Washington put runners on second and third with one out, and Kevin Frandsen drove in a run with a groundout before Rosenthal struck out Jayson Werth on three pitches.
Zimmermann (1-1) allowed four runs, only one of them earned, in seven innings.
Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals star Bryce Harper has been pulled early from a game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn't hustle.
Harper was taken out after six innings in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star known for his aggressive play.
But in the sixth inning, he hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath.
Asked why Harper was removed, Williams said: "Lack of hustle. That's why he came out of the game."
"He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times," the first-year manager said.
Harper said he understood the decision.
"I respect what he did," Harper said. "That's part of the game."
OF Span activated by Nationals from 7-day DL
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals have activated outfielder Denard Span off the seven-day disabled list after he showed no linger effects from a concussion.
Span was in the leadoff spot Saturday against St. Louis. Manager Matt Williams says, "Hopefully, he just doesn't get hit in the head. He's passed all the tests, done his rehab, he's been cleared to go. He's ready."
Span was placed on the DL last weekend after he collided with Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. Three years ago, Span missed a half a season with Minnesota because of a concussion.
To make room for Span on the roster, the Nationals optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Triple-A Syracuse.
Jimenez scores in 90th and Crew tie Union 1-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hector Jimenez scored in the 90th minute to lift the short-handed Columbus Crew into a 1-1 tie with D.C. United on Saturday night.
Jimenez took a long ball from Wil Trapp on the left flank and fired a perfect shot from 18 yards into the upper right corner for his first goal of the season.
The Crew (3-1-2) were playing with 10 men after Bernardo Anor was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Perry Kitchen in the 81st minute.
D.C. (2-2-2) took the lead in the 31st minute on Fabian Espindola's goal off a turnover created in the midfield by Nick DeLeon, who stripped the ball from Federico Higuain.
DeLeon split two defenders with a ball that Espindola ran onto down the left side. Espindola overpowered goalkeeper Steve Clark.
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