A 15-year-old soccer player has sued for the right to play in the National Women’s Soccer League, which doesn’t allow players under 18. The lawsuit filed in Portland, Oregon, on behalf of Olivia Moultrie alleges the league’s age rule violates antitrust law and also hinders her career development and chances of reaching the U.S. national team. Moultrie is asking for a preliminary injunction that would her allow to play in the league, which opens the regular season on May 15.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been diagnosed with a left low ankle sprain and has been ruled out of Friday night’s game in Philadelphia. The Pelicans announced Ingram’s status after a scan on Wednesday confirmed the preliminary diagnosis he received when the injury occurred during Tuesday night’s 108-103 victory over Golden State. The club says Ingram will be day-to-day after Friday night’s game against the 76ers. Ingram is averaging 23.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season. The Pelicans entered Wednesday two games out of a Western Conference play-in spot with six regular-season games remaining.
The Detroit Lions have signed tight end Darren Fells. Detroit made the move Wednesday, giving the team a veteran at the position it can put on the field with Pro Bowl tight end T.J. Hockenson. Fells has 123 catches with 1,483 yards receiving and 21 touchdowns. Fells has started 76 games and played in 102 games with Arizona, Detroit, Cleveland and Houston. He was a rebounding standout at UC Irvine and played basketball in Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, Finland and France before playing in the NFL.
Baltimore Orioles left-hander John Means has not allowed a hit to the Seattle Mariners through eight innings. Means has faced the minimum and allowed just one base runner. Sam Haggerty struck out swinging in the third inning, but reached first when the pitch in the dirt bounced away from catcher Pedro Severino. Haggerty wasn’t on base long, getting thrown out attempting to steal second. Means has struck out seven and induced weak contact when the Mariners have put the ball in play.
The New York Rangers say president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton are “leaving the organization. Chris Drury replaces them as president and GM. The move comes less than 24 hours after the team put out a statement criticizing the NHL for not suspending Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson and saying George Parros was unfit to remain as head of player safety. It was not immediately clear if the front-office shakeup had any connection to the statement.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Rangers say president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton are leaving team, Chris Drury new GM.
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Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has opted for free agency after spending most of the season at Chicago’s alternate site. The 35-year-old Strop was a key member of the Cubs' bullpen from 2013 to 2019 before signing with Cincinnati prior to the 2020 season. He was released by the Reds in August and agreed to minor league deal with the Cubs a few days later, though he did not pitch in the majors again last season. He returned to the Cubs on a minor league deal in February and made two appearances before being returned to the team’s alternate site in South Bend, Indiana, on April 17.
Pennsylvania officials are encouraging hundreds of thousands of college students to get their shots before they go home for summer. Gov. Tom Wolf appeared in State College on Wednesday with the president and head football coach at Penn State University to pitch younger people on the benefits of getting inoculated against the coronavirus. Penn State President Eric Barron calls it “the most important effort of our lifetime.” He says he calls on "all Penn Staters to lead now.” Statewide, vaccine demand is starting to wane. The Health Department says that vaccine supply exceeded demand for the first time last week.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) fractured thumb during a 10-inning, 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Votto was hit by a Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) pitch in the fourth inning. Votto remained in the game, but in the sixth was replaced at first base by Kyle Farmer. Votto i…
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf will venture into new territory this weekend to test his speed. Metcalf has accepted an invitation to run the 100 meters at the USA Track and Field Golden Games in Walnut, California. The competition will include Olympic-caliber sprinters. Metcalf’s decision to run has captured the attention of the track world, where athletes for years have been challenged by anyone in any sport who just happens to be fast. This may be their chance to show once and for all that track speed is far different from football speed.
The Cleveland Indians placed catcher Roberto Pérez on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right ring finger. The two-time Gold Glove winner has been playing with the injury, which he sustained when he got crossed up on a pitch by reliever James Karinchak in Chicago on April 13. Pérez will visit hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Dayton on Thursday to determine the best course of action. Pérez’s batting average has plummeted from .238 to .131 since he got hurt. Austin Hedges will likely handle the bulk of the catching duties while Pérez is out. The Indians have recalled catcher René Rivera from Triple-A Columbus.
Steve Stricker fared well in the last Regions Tradition, rain and all. Stricker has returned to the Greystone Golf & Country Club impressed with how the course has held up through the latest rain heading into the first of five PGA Champions Tour majors. The Ryder Cup captain will try to defend his 2019 title in the four-day tournament starting Thursday. It was his first PGA Tour Champions win, and he won the U.S. Senior Open some six weeks later.
Cincinnati’s Joey Votto fractured thumb during a 10-inning, 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Votto was hit by a Dallas Keuchel pitch in the fourth inning. Votto remained in the game, but in the sixth was replaced at first base by Kyle Farmer. Votto is not expected to need surgery but could miss up to a month. Jesse Winker hit a winning single in the 10th inning after Chicago’s Leury García was caught stealing in the top half.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman. Gostisbehere was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking in the third period of Philadelphia’s 7-3 home loss Tuesday night. The suspension will cost Gostisbehere $77,586.
Chelsea ensured a turbulent season will end in a Champions League final by making the competition’s most successful team look ordinary. Timo Werner and Mason clinched a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid that ousted the record 13-time European champions 3-1 on aggregate. It will be an all-English final against Manchester City but the Premier League rivals will have to fly four hours to play the UEFA showpiece on May 29 in Istanbul which is currently in a coronavirus lockdown. Getting a shot at adding to its 2012 Champions League title will vindicate Chelsea’s decision in January to fire club great Frank Lampard and hire Thomas Tuchel.
Two of the contenders for this year’s Giro d’Italia title are returning from injury and they are very much at opposite ends of their cycling careers. Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali has been given the all-clear to compete following a training crash last month. It is likely to be the 36-year-old's last chance of a third Giro crown. The 21-year-old Remco Evenepoel will be riding in his first Grand Tour and hasn’t raced in nine months after a horrific crash in last year’s Tour of Lombardy. Egan Bernal, Simon Yates, João Almeida and Jai Hindley are among the main favorites. The 104th edition of the Giro runs from May 8-30 and consists of 21 days of racing between the start in Torino and the finish in Milan.
New York Yankees second baseman Rougned Odor has been put on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left knee. Odor was hurt Tuesday night when his knee slammed into Houston catcher Martín Maldonado’s head as he reached the plate and scored in the sixth inning of New York’s 7-3 win. Odor appeared to be trying to avoid DJ LeMahieu’s bat, which was lying in the right-handed batter’s box after he hit a soft grounder to third for an infield single. Odor came around to score when third baseman Alex Bregman overthrew first for an error.
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane would theoretically consider cutting an unvaccinated player if it meant the team being able to lift NFL COVID-19 protocols restricting in-person team meetings. Beane made the comment on the team-sponsored “One Bills Live” broadcast and was referring to the prospect of cutting a player at the lower-end of the Bills' 53-man roster. Beane says the payoff would allow the Bills to return to a sense of normalcy after NFL rules restricted the number of players and coaches who could gather at one time last year. The NFL is loosening its restrictions for teams whose staff and players have been fully vaccinated, but has yet to announce guidelines for when teams begin practice.
The New Jersey Devils have signed goaltender Nico Daws to a three-year, entry-level contract starting in the 2021-22 season. He was the team’s third-round pick in the 2020 draft. Daws recently finished his 2020-21 season in Germany with a 4-6-0 record in 10 games with one shutout and a 2.90 goals-against average. He had a 23-8-3-3 record with a 2.48 goals-against average and .924 save percentage for Guelph of the OHL in 2019-20. His save percentage ranked first among goaltenders in the OHL. He was a member of Team Canada’s gold medal-winning 2020 world junior team.
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Bill Schmidt went from Colorado Rockies vice president of scouting to interim general manager this week. He will hold that title for the rest of the season -- and he hopes for longer as more than interim. Schmidt was made interim GM on Tuesday to replace Jeff Bridich, who left the team on April 26. Schmidt has plenty of work ahead and said one of the main chores is getting the organization on the same page.
New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom could return to the mound on Sunday against Arizona at Citi Field. DeGrom first felt soreness in a back muscle after his previous outing against Boston on April 28 and was scratched from a scheduled start against St. Louis on Tuesday night. He said he intends to play catch Thursday and hopes to get a go-ahead for a bullpen session Friday. Mets manager Luis Rojas said that a successful bullpen on Friday would put deGrom on track to start Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees and Mets can increase capacity from 20% to 100% at their ballparks for home games starting May 19 — as along as fans are vaccinated against COVID-19. And both teams will be giving away free tickets along with vaccinations. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the annou…
Spending more time with Barcelona’s “B” team than with the first team hasn’t been a bad thing for young American winger Konrad de la Fuente. De la Fuente says that playing more often with the reserve squad has helped him and will ultimately give him more chances with the first team. He says "it was the correct decision because I feel a lot better right now.” De La Fuente came to Barcelona’s famed “La Masia” academy in 2013 and made his first-team debut in a Champions League match last year.
Rory McIlroy is back at Quail Hollow, the course where he won his first PGA Tour event. And he says his legacy is worth a lot more than whatever Saudi-backed money is available from a proposed super league. The concept has resurfaced ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship. A British newspaper reports that the Super League Golf is prepared to offer fees of up to $50 million to key players to join. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan told players in a previously schedule meeting they can't play both. That's the same message he had for them last year. No one is known to have signed up for the super league.
Former Arkansas guard Desi Sills is heading to Southeastern Conference rival Auburn. Tigers men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl says Sills has signed an athletics financial aid agreement. .Sills, who played three seasons with the Razorbacks, has two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season for Arkansas, which advanced to the Elite Eight. Sills was the only Arkansas player to play in all 98 games over the last three seasons. That makes him the most experienced SEC player coming back next season.
South Africa has hired African Cup-winning coach Hugo Broos on a five-year deal. The Belgian coached Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations title in 2017. He replaces Molefi Ntseki, who was fired after South Africa failed to qualify for next year’s continental championship. Broos’ first challenge is to prepare South Africa for World Cup qualifying next month. Bafana Bafana have qualified for just one of the last three African Cups and haven't played at the World Cup since hosting the tournament in 2010.
Nicki Collen is going to be herself as head coach for three-time women's national champion Baylor. The 45-year-old Collen says she brings a lot of basketball and life experience to the job. She says she won't to try to be Kim Mulkey, the former coach who built the Lady Bears into a national power the past two decades. Collen was head coach of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream the past three seasons. Baylor is her first college head coaching job. She was previously an assistant at five different schools.
Manchester United’s game against Liverpool will be played on May 13 after being postponed because of protests by home fans around Old Trafford on Sunday. It means United will play three Premier League games in five days. It faces Aston Villa away on Sunday and has a home game against Leicester on Tuesday followed by the Liverpool game two days later. United is second in the Premier League.
The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Antwaun Woods less than a week after drafting two potential replacements for a starter from each of the past three seasons. Woods' release won’t cost anything against the salary cap. The Cowboys focused heavily on defense in the draft after last year's unit was one of the worst in franchise history. The club hopes rookies can replace higher-priced veterans. Woods is the first example. Dallas drafted a pair of defensive tackles in UCLA’s Osa Odighizuwa and Quinton Bohanna of Kentucky.
The NCAA football oversight committee is preparing to recommend changes to preseason camp with an eye on safety. The panel is calling for fewer fully padded practices and the elimination of some old-school collision drills. A recent, five-year study of six major college football teams found more head impact exposure and concussions happened in preseason practice than they did during games. A final recommendation is expected to be considered by the Division I Council later this month. If approved, it would go into effect this fall.
Rafael Nadal has cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Madrid Open. Nadal was never threatened by the youngster who has been considered the next promising star in Spain. The 120th-ranked Alcaraz turned 18 on Wednesday. He has been touted by many as the successor to the 34-year-old Nadal. He was coming off his first victory at a Masters 1000 event and had called the match against his idol a “dream come true.” After the match the 20-time Grand Slam champion said Alcaraz has “enormous potential” and that “all he needs is some time.”
The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to their home away from home, Buffalo, New York, starting in June. And this time, they’ll have a limited number of fans in attendance. Forced from Canada by that government’s coronavirus travel restrictions, the Blue Jays will be back at Sahlen Field, the regular home of the Blue Jays’ Triple-A farm team. Toronto played its first two homestands at its spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, and will play its third there from May 14-24. But the Blue Jays did not want to remain in Florida for the hotter months.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher and 13-time champion steeplechase trainer Jack Fisher have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. American Pharoah and Pletcher were selected in the contemporary category in their first year of eligibility. Fisher was chosen by the museum’s steeplechase review committee, which meets once every four years. The class of 2021 will be enshrined will be enshrined Aug. 6 in Saratoga Springs, New York, along with the 2020 inductees. Last year’s induction ceremony was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony this year will be broadcast live on the museum’s website.
A person familiar with the decision says the Jacksonville Jaguars have fired four longtime scouting executives, including two who had been with the team more than two decades. The person said the Jaguars parted with Chris Driggers, Andy Dengler, Mark Ellenz and Paul Roell following the NFL draft. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the moves were not announced publicly. Driggers, Dengler, Ellenz and Roell had been with the Jags a combined 66 seasons.
Minor league baseball drew more than 100,000 fans for 47 games on its opening day after missing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The largest crowd Tuesday was just over 5,000 for the Tulsa Drillers’ 4-3 loss to Amarillo in the Double-A Central. All four Double-A South games were postponed by rain. The Triple-A West schedule doesn't start until Thursday. The 176 minor league teams drew 41.5 million fans in 2019, up 2.6% from about nearly 40.5 million in 2018. Major League Baseball eliminated the separate governing body of minor league baseball and cut affiliations from 160 to 120 this season.
NASCAR's first new car in seven years has finally arrived. The Next Gen has been designed with competition, cost containment and manufacturer relevance in mind. It was first proposed in 2018 and expected to debut this season before the pandemic delayed it until next year. The car is a collaboration between NASCAR and its stakeholders. Its design will closely resemble the showroom version of the manufacturer models and include modern upgrades found on street cars. The Next Gen will also allow NASCAR to eventually shift to hybrid technology that could encourage new manufacturers to enter the sport.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on the team's fans to be more “civilized” with their protests after violence marred a demonstration against the club’s American owners that forced the postponement of a Premier League match with Liverpool. Solskjaer defended the right of supporters to protest and accepted there needs to be better dialogue between the fans and United’s leadership to rebuild their frayed relationship. But Solskjaer said things went too far outside Old Trafford on Sunday when baton-wielding police clashed with fans. Some supporters managed to breach the biosecure perimeter of the stadium and get on the field ahead of the Liverpool game. Six police officers were injured.
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