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Dominican Republic authorities identified the man they believe led the plot to assassinate former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, but they did not have him in custody as of Monday. Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota was identified in court documents as the man who intended to pay 400,000 Dominican pesos, roughly $7,800, to hire people to kill Ortiz, multiple media outlets reported. According to the Boston Globe, Mota is charged with attempted murder.
The former NFL running back who wore "He Hate Me" on his jersey during his season in the XFL has gone missing in South Carolina, police said. The Lancaster (S.C.) County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Torrold "Rod" Smart is a "missing endangered person" and it is seeking information regarding his whereabouts. His last known location was Indian Land, S.C., where he was seen last Wednesday morning.
MINNEAPOLIS -- J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Rick Porcello threw seven shutout innings to outduel Jose Berrios and lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, June 17. It was a season-high sixth straight victory for Boston which also moved six games above .500 for the first time this season. Porcello (5-6) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out eight to pick up his first road victory in four decisions. Ryan Brasier pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his seventh save.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- This time, Gary Woodland knew how to take it all the way to the end of a major championship. "I'm getting more and more comfortable from the situation just because I've been in the situation a lot," Woodland said. "I've had a lot of close calls even this year in tournaments." Woodland fended off a challenge from the reigning champion and won his first major, shooting 2-under 69 during Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach on the shores of northern California.
PARIS -- Carli Lloyd scored twice to help the United States defeat Chile 3-0 at Parc de Princes in Paris on Sunday, june 16, to advance to the knockout round of the Women's World Cup. The U.S. will play Sweden (2-0-0, six points) at Le Havre, France, on Thursday to decide the Group F winner. With the U.S. up 3-0 in the 81st minute, Lloyd put a penalty kick left of the goal that would have made her the first woman with two World Cup hat tricks.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Marwin Gonzalez and Max Kepler both homered and Jake Odorizzi won his 10th straight decision as the Minnesota Twins rallied to defeat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Saturday night, June 15, in Minneapolis. Odorizzi (10-2), who hasn't lost a game since April 10 at the New York Mets, gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings, tying his season high in earned runs allowed. He struck out seven and moved into a tie with Lucas Giolito of the White Sox for the major league lead in wins.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Gary Woodland maintained the lead through the third round of the U.S. Open, posting a 2-under 69 in Saturday's third round at Pebble Beach on the shores of northern California. Woodland is 11-under 202 for the tournament and goes into Sunday's final round with a one-shot edge on England's Justin Rose, who registered on 68 on Saturday. Rose closed with a birdie, cutting his deficit in half from when the round began.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Gary Woodland shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 to surge into the lead as the U.S. Open reached the midway point after Friday's second round on the shores of Pebble Beach. Woodland carries a 9 under mark into the weekend, holding a two-shot edge on England's Justin Rose, who held the lead for most of the day after his 70 until Woodland's late-day charge. Woodland, who started on the back nine, closed with a birdie putt of about 50 feet on the ninth hole.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Kyle Gibson pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 2-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, June 14. Garver lined his 11th home run of the season 405 feet just over the center field fence off reliever Jake Diekman (0-4) with two outs in the eighth. The blast drove in Max Kepler, who had walked. It was the major-league-leading 133rd home run hit this season by the Twins. Ehire Adrianza had two of Minnesota's four hits, and Kepler amassed two walks and a single.
The man charged with shooting Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz admitted that he shot him but said he was hired to kill someone else. TMZ Sports reported Friday that 25-year-old Rolfi Ferreira Cruz told reporters who had crowded outside the jail in the Dominican Republic that Ortiz was not the target. Through the bars of his cell, Cruz said he was sent to the Santo Domingo club on Sunday to kill a man who happened to be dressed like Ortiz.