LOS ANGELES (AP) – NBA legend Magic Johnson has made a fast break, stepping down abruptly as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations. The beloved former Lake took charge of the franchise just over two years ago. Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss before he stepped in front of reporters on Tuesday night. Johnson said it was no longer fun. The Lakers had their sixth consecutive losing season despite the offseason addition of LeBron James.
SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-3 to improve to 11-2, baseball’s best record. They homered in their 13th straight game. KC’s Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 30 games, tying George Brett’s club record. The Mariners are tied with the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals with the most home runs — 33 — through their first 13 games.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Washington Nationals rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-6. Bryce Harper crushed a three-run homer off former teammate Stephen Strasburg, but Victor Robles tied it at 6 on a solo shot with two outs and two strikes in the ninth.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Pelicans 112-103 on Tuesday night in a game that saw guard Stephen Curry leave with a mild foot sprain. The Warriors say Curry was held out the rest of the night as a precaution. Golden State had already had clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were held out.
HOUSTON (AP) – A woman has sued the Houston Astros for more than $1 million, saying that a T-shirt cannon fired at a game by the team’s mascot “shattered” her finger. The Houston Chronicle reports that Jennifer Harughty alleges the mascot, who is named Orbit, injured her left index finger during a game last July when a T-shirt was fired from what the suit calls a “bazooka style” cannon. The Astros are disputing the claims and say they’ll keep using T-shirt launchers.