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Friday's Sports In Brief

BASEBALL

HOUSTON (AP) Growing up, Mike Fiers remembers watching Nolan Ryan throw no-hitter after no-hitter. After pitching his first one Friday night, Fiers finally got to meet the man who spun so many gems.

Fiers pitched the second no-hitter in the major leagues in nine days, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ryan, now an Astros executive who threw a record seven no-hitters, applauded from a suite as Fiers was mobbed by his teammates near the mound after finishing the 11th gem in Astros history. Then Ryan went down to the dugout to welcome the right-hander into a most fancy fraternity - the No-Hit Club.

Fiers (6-9) struck out Justin Turner on his 134th pitch to end it and threw his glove high into the air for his first career complete game and the fifth no-hitter in the big leagues this season. Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a no-no on Aug 12.

DENVER (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes put on quite a show at Coors Field.

Cespedes hit three home runs, including a grand slam, and had a career-high seven RBIs and the New York Mets overpowered the Colorado Rockies 14-9 on Friday night.

Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto also had home runs in the seventh inning in the Mets' first five-homer game since Sept. 5, 2014, against Cincinnati.

Cespedes led off the eighth with a chance to tie the major league record for most home runs in a game. He singled off reliever Tommy Kahnle for his fifth hit of the game, a career best. He came up again with two outs in the ninth to face Rafael Betancourt and hit a drive to right-center field that Carlos Gonzalez had to chase down near the warning track, making a running catch.

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball can suspend players with pay when legal charges are pending in ''exceptional cases'' under a new domestic violence policy.

The 13-page deal signed Friday by the league and players' association, which followed a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players, allows the baseball commissioner to issue discipline for ''just cause,'' the same standard used under the sport's collective bargaining agreement. Discipline is not dependent on a criminal conviction.

The commissioner can place a player accused of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse on paid ''administrative leave'' for up to seven days before a disciplinary decision, which can be appealed to the sport's arbitration panel, chaired by an independent arbitrator. The commissioner also may defer a discipline decision until the resolution of criminal charges. Suspensions that are upheld are without pay, and there are no maximum or minimum penalties. Players will not receive service time for the period of the suspension.

GOLF

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tiger Woods signed up for his first Wyndham Championship knowing a win would definitively keep his season from ending. He's halfway there.

Woods shot a 5-under 65 to share the second-round lead with rookie Tom Hoge at 11-under 129 at Sedgefield Country Club. Hoge shot a 67.

The sport's biggest name put himself in prime position to contend for his first victory in more than two years, one that would send him into the FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods followed his best round since 2013 - a first-day 64 - with one almost as good.

Davis Love III and Chad Campbell were a stroke back. Campbell shot a 65, and the 51-year-old Love had a 66. Brandt Snedeker matched the tournament record with a 61 that put him in a group of six players two strokes behind Woods and Hoge.

COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) - Candie Kung birdied four of her final six holes to match the course record with an 8-under 64 and take the second-round lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.

The 34-year-old Taiwanese player had an 11-under 133 total at Vancouver Golf Club. Playing the back nine first, she birdied the first two holes and eagled the par-5 13th. The four-time LPGA Tour winner added birdies on Nos. 4 and 6-8.

Two-time champion Lydia Ko and first-round leader Karine Icher of France were tied for second. The 18-year-old Ko had a 68, and Icher followed her opening 65 with a 70.

Canadian teen Brooke Henderson, coming off a victory Sunday in the Portland Classic, had a 75 to drop into a tie for 58th at 1 over.

NFL

CLEVELAND (AP) - Josh McCown's right ring finger isn't badly injured. Still, the Browns won't let him raise his index finger just yet.

McCown will not miss any practice time after hurting the finger on his throwing hand during an exhibition loss Thursday night to Buffalo. McCown threw interceptions on Cleveland's first two drives, raising questions about whether backup Johnny Manziel, who threw a touchdown pass and made a sensational play, was threatening to jump him on the depth chart.

But Browns coach Mike Pettine said Friday that Cleveland's depth chart at quarterback remains unchanged.

TENNIS

MASON, Ohio (AP) - Novak Djokovic played his best match. Serena Williams? Well, she needed to pull a Serena to move on.

Taking different approaches, the top seeds at Cincinnati reached the semifinals, moving a step closer to a title that's been tough for either of them to win.

Djokovic beat fifth-seeded Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1, knocking off the player who beat him for the French Open title. Williams followed on center court, struggled with her serve, and had to rally to beat Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Third-seeded Andy Murray reached the semifinals by beating Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, his second straight three-set match. He'll face Roger Federer, who eased through a 6-3, 6-4 win over Feliciano Lopez in only 61 minutes and is trying for his unprecedented seventh Cincinnati title.

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