ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have fired coach Bruce Boudreau. He is the eighth NHL coach to lose his job this season and the sixth fired for performance reasons. Assistant Dean Evason was named the Wild's interim coach. Minnesota is 27-23-7 and three points out of a playoff position in the Western Conference with 25 games left to play. Boudreau was in his fourth season with the Wild. He previously coached the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks.
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues say Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) has undergone surgery to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart's normal rhythm. The Blues defenseman collapsed on the bench during a game in Anaheim this week. Doctors quickly used a defibrillator to restore his heart beat and he regained consciousness before going to a hospital on Tuesday night. General manager Doug Armstrong says the procedure was performed today at the UC Irvine Medical Center. Once Bouwmeester is cleared to return to St. Louis, he'll be monitored by doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger isn’t likely to take the field anytime soon following his second surgery in less than a month. The Mariners said the 2018 All-Star had a lower back procedure yesterday that followed core surgery in January. Both are related to a ruptured testicle sustained in a game last June, an injury believed to have occurred when he fouled off a pitch and the ball hit him in the groin area. In working his way back, Haniger felt back pain and never played again last season.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are already dealing with adversity before taking the field for their first full-squad workout. Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (KLEH'-vihn-jur) injured his left knee during a workout in Arizona and will have surgery. The team says he tore cartilage on Wednesday. A timetable for his return will be set after the operation. Clevinger won 13 games last season. The Indians are counting on him to have a larger role after two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was traded this winter.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers. Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to his team’s active roster on the Monday following the team’s fourth game. Signed as a rookie free agent in 2014, Hurst played in all 16 regular-season games for the Ravens last season with with two starts at left tackle.