West Virginia Sports NewsLast Update: Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:23 AM EDT
Lynn, Peralta lead Cardinals to sweep of Reds
Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors' first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings.
The Cardinals have won eight of nine and swept the Reds at home for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2008. Cincinnati has lost 10 of 12, with Cueto getting the two wins.
Jon Jay had three hits, scored twice and was plunked by a pitch for the sixth time in six games for St. Louis.
Lynn gave up four singles and was set to pitch the eighth leading 5-0 before a 58-minute rain delay ended his outing.
Trevor Rosenthal got two outs for his 37th save in 42 chances.
AP source: Bengals LB Burfict gets 3-year deal
The Bengals and Vontaze Burfict have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will pay the Pro Bowl linebacker a maximum of $20.05 million through 2017, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.
Burfict is making $570,000 in the final year of his original deal with Cincinnati, which took a minimal risk and signed him as an undrafted free agent from Arizona State in 2012.
Under his extension, he'll make $10 million through next summer, said the person speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been signed or announced by the team.
Burfict became ill between practices on Wednesday and was sent home. He could sign the deal on Thursday or Friday when he's better.
McCoy's toe adds intrigue to preseason game
LeSean McCoy's left toe turned an ordinary preseason game into one worth watching.
When the NFL's reigning rushing champion missed a practice because of a minor toe injury, it raised some anxiety among Eagles fans and fantasy football owners everywhere.
But McCoy is expected to play when Philadelphia hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) on Thursday night.
"In this league, you have to learn how to play through pain if you can," McCoy said. "And if you can, you have to go out there and work hard."
Coach Chip Kelly downplayed McCoy's toe injury, which forced him to watch practice Sunday.
Steelers' Bell, Blount set to face pot charges
Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
Ross Township police say a traffic officer pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The officer found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.
Bell, Blount and a female passenger were arrested and are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.
The Steelers play in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Nationals win 9th in row, nip D-backs in 9th
The Washington Nationals won their ninth straight game when pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon singled home Bryce Harper in the ninth inning Wednesday night for a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Harper opened the ninth with a single off Evan Marshall and went to third base on Kevin Frandsen's one-out single. Out of the starting lineup for the first time in 63 games, Rendon singled past third baseman Cliff Pennington to win it.
Five of Washington's last six victories have been by a single run, with four coming in its last at-bat. The Nationals last won nine in a row when they matched a franchise record by winning 10 straight in June 2005. The NL East leaders also extended their home win streak to eight.
Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth.
Arizona has lost five straight and is 5-13 in August.
Cruz hits 33rd HR, Orioles sweep White Sox
Nelson Cruz took the major league lead with his 33rd home run and the surging Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 4-3 win Wednesday night.
Adam Jones and Steve Pearce also homered for the Orioles, who have won four straight and extended their AL East lead to nine games over second-place Toronto.
Baltimore posted its first sweep in Chicago over the White Sox since July 1995.
Cruz's homer was a two-run shot in the fourth off Hector Noesi that gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead. Cruz is one ahead of White Sox rookie Jose Abreu and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the homer lead.
The Orioles have also hit 161 as a team this year, the most in the majors.
Wei-Yin Chen went 7 1-3 innings and allowed three runs and six hits.
Zach Britton picked up his 27th save in 30 tries in front of a Chicago crowd that included a fair amount of noisy, orange-clad Orioles fans.