June 28, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayUNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in an opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. NASCAR-POCONOJones dodges wrecks to win 1st career Truck race at PoconoLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Brandon Jones surged down the final two laps to win a wreck-filled Truck Series race in the first of three NASCAR races Sunday at Pocono Raceway. The Truck race was rained out Saturday, forcing the move to early Sunday. Jones won his first Truck race in 46 career starts and in his first start since last season.Jones had a quick turnaround Sunday, starting seventh in the Xfinity race, the second event of the day. That is being followed by the Cup Series race. Kevin Harvick is trying for Cup victories on consecutive days at the Pennsylvania track. A person familiar with the game says the Yankees and Nationals are set to meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement. The New York Post first reported the matchup.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Major League Baseball will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.In other baseball news:— The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week. The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins. Update on the latest sports
The No. 8 USC men’s tennis team traveled to the annual Pac-12/SEC Challenge in Gainsville, Fla. this weekend, and the Trojans split their two matches, suffering their first loss of the year to host No. 11 Florida to kick off the tournament on Saturday before grabbing an upset victory over No. 5 Georgia on Sunday. USC picked up the doubles point to open the match against the Gators. After the pair of senior Nick Crystal and sophomore Laurens Verboven beat Florida’s Chase Perez-Blanco and Maxx Lipman 6-3, senior Rob Bellamy and sophomore Jack Jaede put the Trojans on the board with a 7-5 win over McClain Kessler and Elliott Orkin.But Florida stormed back to take four singles wins to secure victory, beating Crystal, sophomore Logan Smith, freshman Riley Smith and junior Thibault Forget. Jaede and freshman Brandon Holt tallied the last two points of the day, winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (6) and 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 over their Gator opponents, respectively, but the duo could only narrow the final margin of defeat to one point as USC fell 4-3.After taking their first loss of the season on Saturday, the Trojans took on fifth-ranked Georgia on Sunday. Their 4-0 victory against the Bulldogs closed out the annual tournament in style, opening with a quick doubles victory by way of Bellamy and Jaede, who notched a 6-2 win over Georgia’s Wayne Montgomery and Nathan Ponwith. Minutes later, Holt and Riley Smith secured a 6-4 win to score the match’s first point.Bellamy went on to beat Robert Loeb 6-2, 6-3, and Holt followed by setting USC up for a clincher with his 6-1, 6-4 victory over Emil Reinberg. Jaede then closed out the upset with a 6-1, 7-6 victory against Walker Duncan to send the Trojans home with a win.USC will continue play with a doubleheader on Friday, as the Trojans host UC Davis and San Francisco at Marks Stadium.