Update on the latest sports
Twins add Sanó to injured list
UNDATED (AP) — The sputtering Minnesota Twins have shelved another regular. They placed first baseman Miguel Sanó on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. Sanó is batting .111 with two home runs and 20 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right fielder Max Kepler and left fielder Kyle Garlick are three of the five players currently on Minnesota’s COVID-19 injured list.
In other MLB news:
— Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brett Anderson left Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs because of right knee discomfort. Anderson threw just 11 pitches. After Willson Contreras grounded out, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo doubled and Javier Báez singled before Anderson was replaced by Josh Lindblom. Anderson was charged with three runs and three hits. He was 2-0 with a sparkling 0.75 ERA in his previous two starts.
— Three players and five staff members were positive for COVID-19 in the past week among 12,458 monitoring tests announced by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The eight amount to a 0.06% positive rate. There have been 39 positive tests among 123,770 tests this year. That amounts to a 0.03% positive rate. Nineteen of the 30 teams have had a positive test. Six games have been postponed this season due to COVID-19. There were 45 regular-season games postponed for virus-related reasons last year, but only two were not made up.
— The Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Department of Health are going to offer spectators free COVID-19 testing during the AL East team’s home games. The Oriole Park at Camden Yards test site will be available from when the stadium’s gates open to fans until the eighth inning, or 2½ hours after the game’s first pitch, whichever comes first. Testing is not required to get into the ballpark. The team says results usually will be available within 24 to 48 hours via text, email or a phone call.
Browns exercise 5-year option for Mayfield and Ward
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Baker Mayfield’s rookie contract. The move was expected after his strong 2020 season.
The team also did the same with top cornerback Denzel Ward’s contract. Mayfield had 30 touchdown passes last season and led the Browns to their first playoff appearance in nearly 20 years. Cleveland won its first postseason game since 1994, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round before losing to Kansas City. The team had until May 3 to exercise the option.
In other NFL news:
—The Chiefs have acquired Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown from the Ravens for a package of draft picks that includes one in each of the first three rounds next week. Baltimore will get the No. 31 overall pick on Thursday night, along with third- and fourth-round picks this year and a fifth-round pick next year. The Chiefs will get the Ravens’ second-round pick next week and a sixth-round selection in 2022.
— The NFL is modifying COVID-19 protocols for all personnel who have been fully vaccinated. In a memo sent by Commissioner Roger Goodell to the 32 clubs, he cited the advice of medical and scientific experts. Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals in the NFL are no longer required to be tested each day for the novel coronavirus. Instead, they must be tested weekly on a monitoring basis.
— Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne has been arrested in Ohio after police say they found a loaded gun in his car during an early morning traffic stop. Willoughby Hills police say Layne was arrested on a fourth-degree felony charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Police say they stopped Layne for speeding and conducted a search after smelling marijuana and seeing loose particles scattered throughout the vehicle. According to the police report, Layne acknowledged the gun was his and said he forgot it was there.
— Newly released search warrants show that police identified a former NFL player as the primary suspect in a mass shooting at a South Carolina home earlier this month after finding his iPhone at the house. Authorities say that Phillip Adams fatally shot six people including a prominent physician in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on April 7 before killing himself. Adams’ brain is now being examined for a possible degenerative disease that has been shown to cause violent mood swings and other cognitive disorders in some athletes and members of the military.
— Steve McMichael, a star defensive tackle on the Chicago Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl championship team, says he has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. McMichael told the Chicago Tribune in an article published Friday that he is battling the condition, also known as ALS, which affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. McMichael was an All-Pro in 1985 and 1987. He played in a franchise-record 191 consecutive games from 1981 to 1993 and ranks second to Richard Dent on the Bears’ all-time sacks list with 92 1/2.
Thirteen prospects to attend NFL draft in Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) — Thirteen prospects will attend next week’s NFL draft in person, a year after the entire draft was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Five members of national champion Alabama will attend: quarterback Mac Jones, defensive lineman Christian Barmore, cornerback Patrick Surtain II, and receivers Jaylen Waddle and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.
Also accepting invitations were BYU quarterback Zach Wilson and North Dakota State QB Trey Lance; LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase; Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau; Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater; Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons; and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
The NFL says an additional 45 prospects, including likely No. 1 overall selection quarterback Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, will participate virtually.
The draft’s first round is Thursday, with the second and third rounds next Friday and the final four rounds on May 1.
Flames have positive test, plan to play on
UNDATED (AP) — The Calgary Flames have had a player test positive for COVID-19 and called off their morning skate due Friday to the test. The club says the player is in isolation and other players and staff members have tested negative.
Montreal remained ready to play at Calgary Friday night despite the positive test. The Canadiens had four games in March rescheduled because one team member tested positive for a variant and another player was a close contact. COVID-19 has forced the rescheduling of 52 NHL games so far this season.
In other NHL news:
— Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg will be sidelined for four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Silfverberg had career lows of eight goals and eight assists in 47 games for the Ducks this season, along with a career-worst minus-17 rating. The Swedish forward has been with Anaheim for eight seasons, recording 136 goals and 152 assists.
— Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY’-noh CHAH’-rah) is set to become the 13th player in NHL history to skate in 1,600 regular-season games. Chara should reach the milestone Saturday when he and the Washington Capitals visit the New York Islanders. Chara began his NHL career with the Islanders. The Slovak defenseman is now 44 with his name on the Stanley Cup from Boston’s championship in 2011.
Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin will be out for the rest of the season with an upper-body injury. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill made the announcement Friday. Like many of his teammates, Larkin struggled this season. The 24-year-old center had nine goals and 14 assists in 44 games. He 53 points in 71 games last year in another lackluster season. Larkin signed a $30.5 million, five-year deal in 2018 after leading the team with career highs in assists and points
Kentucky guard Terrence Clarke dies in LA car crash
UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke has died following a car accident in Los Angeles.
The university announced 19-year-old’s death in a release Thursday night, but did not include any more details. Coach John Calipari called Clarke “a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy.”
Los Angeles Police Sgt. John Matassa told ESPN that Clarke was a solo occupant in a vehicle that ran a red light going “at a very high rate of speed.” He said surveillance video showed that Clarke collided with another vehicle preparing to turn left, hit a street light pole and then a block wall. Clarke was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical and later pronounced dead.
Clarke started Kentucky’s first six games and was one of its top scorers, highlighted by a career-best 22 points in a loss to Georgia Tech on Dec. 6.
Despite his limited action, Clarke announced his decision to enter the NBA draft on March 19. On Wednesday he signed with Klutch Sports Group.
In other college basketball news:
— Thorir Thorbjarnarson says he will skip his extra season of eligibility at Nebraska and pursue a professional basketball career. The guard from Reykjavik, Iceland, started 43 of his 93 games since 2017 and had career averages of five points and three rebounds per game. He scored just under nine points a game and shot 37% on 3s in 2019-20. He played in all 27 games last year and ended the season with season bests with 12 points and four 3s against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.
— Loyola Chicago’s Lucas Williamson is returning for one more season under relaxed NCAA rules prompted by the pandemic. The decision is a boost for the Ramblers after coach Porter Moser left for Oklahoma and star Cameron Krutwig announced he is turning pro. Williamson and Krutwig helped Loyola reach a Final Four as freshmen and return to the Sweet 16 as seniors this year. Williamson averaged 8.8 points last season and was Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
— Duke has signed Marquette graduate transfer Theo John and Davidson graduate transfer Bates Jones to scholarship agreements. The additions announced Friday are part of the Blue Devils’ roster overhaul after missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. Three of last year’s Blue Devils are early entrants to the NBA draft. Four others have decided to transfer. Duke is adding the nation’s No. 3-ranked recruiting class, headlined by forward Paolo Banchero.