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LEADING OFF: Cubs check Bryant, Nats still rolling vs Astros

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:10:02 UT

A look at what's happening all around the majors Wednesday: ___ BRUISED BRYANT The Cubs will see how Kris Bryant is feeling, a day after he was hit by a pitch in the left hand and exited the game. The MVP was nicked in the ninth inning, and left-hander Anthony Rizzo shifted across the diamond from first base to make his first career appearance at third. Bryant will likely miss the NL Central leaders' game at Cincinnati. DIVISION DOMINANCE NL East-leading Washington is once again making things tough on the Astros. The Nationals beat Houston for the ninth straight time Tuesday night, a winning streak that dates to 2012. Edwin Jackson will try to help the Nats make it 10 in a row when he starts on the road vs.

ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee taken off UVA game due to name

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:07:28 UT

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee will not work Virginia's season opener because of recent violence in Charlottesville sparked by the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. A spokeswoman for ESPN says Lee has been moved to Youngstown State's game at Pittsburgh on the ACC Network on Sept. 2. The network says the decision was made "as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name." Plans to remove a statue of Lee led to a protest in Charlottesville earlier this month that attracted what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade.

Boston bound: Cavs trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas, more

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:04:38 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving was tired of being teammates with LeBron James. Now he has to figure out how to beat him. Cleveland's All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics for fellow All-Star Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round draft pick. "It's extremely rare to trade for a 25-year-old player that's done what he's done, the offensive weapon that he is," Celtics president Danny Ainge said. "We feel like his best basketball is still ahead of him. "We have a player that's proven to be a sure thing. We know how unpredictable the draft can be.

Bryant nicked, lefty Rizzo plays 3B, Cubs beat Reds 13-9

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:40:55 UT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cubs star Kris Bryant exited after being hit in the left hand by a pitch, and lefty Anthony Rizzo wound up playing third base as Chicago beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-9 Tuesday night for their seventh win in nine games. The defending World Series champions moved a season-high 10 games over .500. This victory came with a late offensive surge, with the Cubs scoring nine runs in the last three innings. Bryant was taken out as a precaution after being plunked in the ninth. Minus the NL MVP and ahead 13-6, manager Joe Maddon shifted Rizzo across the diamond from first base to make his first career appearance at third — a rare spot for a left-hander. Rizzo didn't get any plays at the new position.

On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:29:09 UT

MIAMI (AP) — It's not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair. All the other parts, they will tell the story. There are many ways to claim victory in the deal made Tuesday night . Kyrie Irving wanted his own team and got it, so he wins. Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron James, so he wins. The Cavaliers got rid of a supposedly disgruntled star, so they won. The Celtics now won't have to decide if Thomas is worth something like a $180 million deal next summer, so they won. It's all semantics. But look past all that. In the end, Cleveland won. James won, too.

UFC: Champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:17:16 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second potential violation of the promotion's anti-doping policy. Jones is widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in his sport. The potential violation stems from a sample collected after his weigh-in July 28 for his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Jones (23-1) beat Cormier with a vicious third-round head kick, reclaiming his 205-pound belt after sitting out the previous year under suspension for his first failed doping test.

Carnival hits town as Mayweather and McGregor ready to fight

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:07:12 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The carnival finally hit town Tuesday, with Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. putting on a bit of a fashion show before promising to knock each other out in their highly anticipated boxing match. Mayweather wore a fedora and gold rimmed glasses while McGregor sported a three-piece suit and tie and aviator sunglasses as they made separate appearances before a crowd of several hundred people in front of the arena where they will fight Saturday night. The two got into an unplanned verbal confrontation as they moved between the outdoor stage and the arena, though it was brief.

Dodgers put LHP Wood, INF/OF Bellinger on disabled list

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:31:33 UT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have put starting pitcher Alex Wood and rookie star Cody Bellinger on the 10-day disabled list. The Dodgers made the moves before playing at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night and recalled right-handed pitchers Josh Ravin and Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Dodgers have the best record in the majors. Wood was put on the DL for the second time this season because of inflammation in the area of his left shoulder. Manager Dave Roberts gave no specific timeframe for the lefty's return, but said this move was mostly precautionary. Wood is 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA for the NL West leaders.

O's Boog Powell meets Athletics' Boog Powell at Camden Yards

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:15:08 UT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Boog Powell, meet Boog Powell. The name's the same, and they're both known for playing baseball. It's a bit early, however, to start comparing their home run swings. Former Baltimore slugger Boog Powell met with Oakland Athletics leadoff hitter Boog Powell at the popular "Boog's BBQ" stand beyond the right-field wall at Camden Yards before the O's hosted the A's on Tuesday night. They're not related, but they knew plenty about each other before they met. "Every time I play somewhere I'd hear it from the stands," the younger Powell said. "He said he's heard about me, too. He gets asked if I am his grandson." The elder Powell hit 339 home runs in the big leagues.

Indians place Miller on DL, ask NBA's Cavaliers for help

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:49:55 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have asked their next-door neighbors for some help in treating Andrew Miller's sore knee. With the All-Star reliever back on the disabled list with tendinitis, the defending AL champions have reached out to the Cavaliers to see if there is something more they can do with a condition more common in NBA players. "Really the best diagnosis is rest," Indians manager Terry Francona said before Tuesday's game against Boston. "I don't think Andrew or us really wants to just let it be. He wants to see if he can be proactive as he's been. And we'll see where that leads.