Update on the latest sports

MLB-SCHEDULE

Goldschmidt HR, Matz sharp as Cardinals edge Royals 1-0

UNDATE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit an early home run and Steven Matz and the St. Louis bullpen made it stand up, leading the Cardinals over the Kansas City Royals 1-0.

Goldschmidt got his first day off of the season Sunday and then connected with one out in the first inning against Zack Greinke.

Matz scattered four hits, including a pair of doubles, in six innings. Greinke allowed only three hits in six innings.

The Royals lost their fourth in a row overall, and have dropped 21 of their last 28 to St. Louis dating to 2017.

MLB-METS-CANO

Mets cut Canó

NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Canó has been cut by the New York Mets with nearly $45 million remaining on his contract, ending an ill-fated marriage and perhaps signaling the end of his decorated major league career.

The 39-year-old Canó sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He was relegated to a part-time role this season, batting .195 with one homer, three RBIs and a paltry .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Minnesota Twins have put Miguel Sanó on the 10-day injured list and called up infield prospect Jose Miranda to make his big league debut. The 23-year-old Miranda was the Twins’ minor league player of the year in 2021.

— The Milwaukee Brewers have designated right-handed pitcher José Ureña for assignment and activated infielder Luis Urías from the injured list. The 30-year-old Ureña signed with the Brewers before the season and went 0-0 with a 3.52 ERA in four relief appearances.

NHL NEWS

Predators without Saros for 1st 2 games of series with Avs

DENVER (AP) — All-Star goaltender Juuse Saros will miss the first two games of Nashville’s first-round series with Colorado due to a left leg injury.

Predators coach John Hynes says a decision hasn’t been made between backups David Rittich and Connor Ingram.

The loss of Saros is a blow to the Predators as they face the top-seeded Avalanche. Colorado boasts one of the top-scoring offenses in the league.

The Avalanche also will see the return of captain Gabriel Landeskog. He’s been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery on March 14.

NFL-BRIAN FLORES LAWSUIT

Flores lawyer: Unconscionable for Goodell to arbitrate suit

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for an NFL coach who sued the league over alleged racist hiring practices has told a judge that arbitration is the wrong way to resolve the lawsuit in part because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the arbitrator.

Attorney Douglas Wigdor said in Manhattan federal court Monday that the league wanted to force “behind closed doors” the claims of Brian Flores and two other Black coaches. It was the first court hearing for a lawsuit Flores filed in February, when he claimed the league was “rife with racism” even as the NFL publicly condemns it.

NFL attorney Loretta Lynch said all claims belong in arbitration.

Flores was fired in January as head coach by the Miami Dolphins but has since been hired as assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In other NFL news:

— Arizona Cardinals three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been suspended six games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. It’s a stunning blow for the Cardinals, who finished with an 11-6 record last season but faded down the stretch when Hopkins was out of the lineup because of injuries.

— Devin Bush will be playing for his job in 2022. The Pittsburgh Steelers have declined the fifth-year option on the inside linebacker, meaning he can become a free agent next spring. Pittsburgh traded up in the first round of the 2019 draft to take Bush with the 10th overall pick. Bush played well as a rookie but hit a setback when he tore the ACL in his left knee against Cleveland in October 2020.

— Cade York has already kicked out his competition with the Browns. Cleveland released kickers Chase McLaughlin and Chris Blewitt two days after selecting York, one of college football’s best kickers, in the fourth round of the NFL draft to upgrade its wayward kicking game.

— The San Francisco 49ers are bringing back oft-injured cornerback Jason Verrett on a one-year deal. Verrett played only one game last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Verrett originally joined the 49ers in 2019 and played only one game his first season because of injuries. He did play 13 games in 2020.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEBRASKA-NCAA

Huskers’ Frost to sit out 5 days in ’22 season for violation

UNDATED (AP) — Scott Frost will not be allowed to perform his coaching duties for five consecutive days this football season as part of Nebraska’s negotiated settlement with the NCAA for allowing an unauthorized staff member to do hands-on special teams coaching in 2020.

The NCAA said Frost failed to monitor former special teams analyst Jonathan Rutledge’s activities. Rutledge was found to work directly with players during special teams drills and assist or make tactical decisions in games.

Elsewhere in college football:

— Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks was arrested in Mississippi on charges of speeding, not having insurance and a first offense possession of marijuana. Ricks is battling for a starting spot in Alabama’s secondary after transferring from LSU. He was a five-star recruit who earned third-team Associated Press All-America honors as an LSU freshman.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS-JONES

Texas guard Jones, who fought leukemia, to enter NBA draft

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas guard Andrew Jones, whose college basketball career was interrupted for nearly two years by leukemia, has announced he will skip a final season with the Longhorns and turn pro.

Jones ranks ninth in scoring in program history with 1,620 points. He announced his decision to enter the NBA draft in a statement posted on social media.

NASCAR-DOVER

Chase Elliott wins at Dover to snap 26-race winless streak

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chase Elliott snapped a 26-race winless streak when the 2020 NASCAR champion pulled away down the stretch to win the rain-delayed Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway.

Elliott led the final 53 laps and won his 14th career Cup race.

He made it another win for Hendrick Motorsports on the mile concrete track. Elliott followed teammate Alex Bowman’s checkered flag a year ago, and a Hendrick driver won for the 22nd time at Dover.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second and had his first top-five finish of the season for JTG Daugherty Racing. Ross Chastain was third for Trackhouse Racing. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell finished fourth.

The race was red-flagged Sunday with teammates Kyle Larson and Elliott sitting first and second.

TENNIS-MADRID OPEN

Halep defeats Gauff to reach Madrid Open quarterfinals

MADRID (AP) — Simona Halep continued to impress at the Madrid Open by overpowering American teenager Coco Gauff in a two-set victory that secured her a spot in the quarterfinals. The two-time Madrid Open champion upset second-ranked Paula Badosa in the second round. The 21st-ranked Halep converted three of her five break opportunities to close out the center-court match against 16th-ranked Gauff. Halep will face eighth-seeded Ons Jabeur, who defeated Belinda Bencic in three sets.

On the men’s side, Jannik Sinner saved three match points in beating Tommy Paul in a three-hour opener.

FIGURE SKATING-AGE LIMIT

Figure skating body details proposal to hike age limit to 17

GENEVA (AP) — Figure skating’s governing body has detailed a proposal to raise the athlete age limit to 17 at the Olympics and other international events. The proposal was expected even before 15-year-old Kamila Valieva’s doping case dominated the women’s event at the Beijing Olympics in February.

The International Skating Union wants the new age limit phased in before the 2026 Olympics in Italy and published a proposal to be voted on at its June 5-10 meetings in Thailand. The ISU’s medical commission cited concerns with “burnout, disordered eating, and long-term consequences of injury” for young athletes.

JAMES MADISON-PLAYER DEATH

JMU cancels rest of softball season after star player’s suicide

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — James Madison has canceled the remainder of its softball season as the school tries to cope with the suicide of one of its star players last week.

Sophomore catcher Lauren Bernett died April 25 following a stellar weekend series against Drexel, for which she was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s player of the week. The Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia determined suicide as the cause.