National sports briefs


Unique triple play

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners turned a Toronto base-running blunder into a unique triple play in the fourth inning Sunday with catcher Mark Zunino recording the final two putouts.

With the Blue Jays leading 4-3, Ezequiel Carrera walked to open the fourth and moved to third on Kevin Pillar’s single to left.

Ryan Goins bounced out to first baseman Mark Trumbo, with Pillar hung up between first and second. Trumbo threw to shortstop Brad Miller at second, while Carrera broke too far down the line from third.

As Miller ran across the infield toward to pin Carrera between third and home, Pillar continued around toward third base.

Miller threw home to Zunino, who ran Carrera back to third, which already was occupied by Pillar.

Because, by rule, the base belongs to the original runner, Zunino tagged out Pillar. Carrera then stepped off the bag, and he also was tagged out by Zunino to end the inning.

Day wins Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years.

Day made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey.

Day was coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in the British Open at St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Australian also fought through vertigo symptoms last month to tie for ninth in the U.S. Open. He has four PGA Tour victories, also winning at Torrey Pines in February.

Watson birdied the final four holes for a 69.

Hearn, two strokes ahead of Day and Watson entering the round, had a 72 to finish third at 15 under.

Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner in 1954 at Point Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

Qualifying opens in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. soccer team will open qualifying for the 2018 World Cup at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The Cardinals announced Sunday that their stadium will be used for the game Nov. 13.

Given a bye in the first three rounds of qualifying along with the other powers of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, the 34th-ranked United States was drawn into Group C on Saturday for the fourth round.

In addition to No. 64 Trinidad and Tobago, the group will include 105th-ranked Guatemala or No. 107 Antigua and Barbuda, and 135th-ranked Aruba or No. 115 St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Seeking its eighth straight World Cup appearance, the Americans start with a pair of games on Nov. 13 and 17.

Thompson wins Meijer Classic

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Lexi Thompson made sure she didn’t beat herself — and ended up defeating everyone else.

“I was just trying to be patient,” Thompson said after rallying from four shots back to win the Meijer LPGA Classic by a stroke Sunday. “Really, the whole day I was just trying to play my own game,”

The 20-year-old Florida player closed with a 6-under 65 at Blythefield Country Club for her fifth LPGA Tour victory. She won for the first time since the then-Kraft Nabisco Championship last year.

Thompson finished at 18-under 266 and earned $300,000.

Reggie Jackson apologizes

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — New York Yankees great Reggie Jackson says he’s sorry for using profanity in public after a confrontation with an autograph-seeking fan in Cooperstown.

Jackson took to Twitter to express his regret on Sunday, saying “mad or not” there was no excuse for his language.

The New York Daily News reports ( ) Jackson got angry with an autograph-seeker at a restaurant Friday night, saying the man had tried to get multiple autographs in the same day.

Cooperstown police say no charges have been filed. The Associated Press could not immediately reach Jackson for comment.

The annual inductions into the Baseball Hall of Fame are taking place in Cooperstown on Sunday. The event brings out a slew of baseball greats.