Update on the latest sports UPDATE
NFL PRESEASON-TROPICAL WEATHER
Cardinals-Saints kickoff canceled as Ida threatens Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saturday’s preseason game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Saints at the Superdome has been canceled because of the potential for Hurricane Ida to hit the Louisiana coast this weekend. The Saints had announced that the game would be moved up to start at noon Central Time.
The hurricane struck Cuba on Friday. The National Hurricane Center says Ida shows hallmarks of a rare, rapidly intensifying storm that could speed across warm Gulf waters and slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane on Sunday.
In other NFL news:
—A person familiar with the decision says the Saints have selected Jameis Winston to succeed Drew Brees as starting quarterback for their regular season opener against Green Bay on Sept. 12. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the club has not announced the result of its preseason competition for the starting QB job between Winston and Taysom Hill. The decision was first reported by ESPN. Winston was the NFL’s first overall draft choice by Tampa Bay in 2015 and joined the Saints as a reserve last season.
Red Sox IF Hernández tests positive for COVID-19
UNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox infielder Kiké Hernández has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Manager Alex Cora said Hernández is experiencing symptoms. He’ll be placed on the COVID-19 list along with second baseman Christian Arroyo, who had close contact with Hernández. Cora would not divulge whether Hernández is vaccinated. The Red Sox are in the thick of the playoff race as they open a three-game series against Cleveland. Cora said infielders Yairo Munoz and Jonathan Arauz will be recalled from Triple-A, and the Red Sox were hoping they would arrive in time to be available for Friday night’s game.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Chicago White Sox have reinstated catcher Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) from the 10-day injured list. He had been sidelined since he tore a tendon in his left knee July 5 at Minnesota. The switch-hitter batted .303 with a homer and three RBIs over 11 games on a minor league rehab assignment. Catcher Zack Collins was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte to make room on the roster. Grandal is in his second season with Chicago after he agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract in November 2019.
AP source: Cavs getting Markkanen from Bulls in 3-way trade
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to acquire restricted free agent forward Lauri Markkanen from Chicago in a three-way trade. That’s according to a person familiar with the trade, who tells The Associated Press that the deal also will send forward Larry Nance Jr. from Cleveland to Portland.
Markkanen is going to the Cavs in a sign-and-trade agreement. The Bulls are getting swingman Derrick Jones Jr. from the Trail Blazers along with a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick.
The agreement needs NBA approval before it can be completed.
In other NBA news:
— The NBA has sent a memo to its teams saying that all personnel who will be near players and referees must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus this season. The directive covers anyone who will travel with teams, be around the bench areas, have access to home, visiting and referee locker rooms and those working at the scorer’s table. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press. The memo also says that the policy may be updated when federal agencies release “expected guidance related to booster shots.”
Louisville suspends head coach Chris Mack for 6 games
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville is suspending head basketball coach Chris Mack for six games. University officials say he failed to properly handle an extortion attempt by his assistant Dino Gaudio.
Prosecutors say Gaudio demanded nearly a half-million dollars when he learned he’d be fired over the team missing the NCAA tournament, and said he’d tell the media about violations if he didn’t get the money. Gaudio struck a plea deal Friday to avoid prison.
Mack says he accepts the suspension and “could have handled matters differently.” He’ll be out for six non-conference games in November.
WEST VIRGINIA-HUGGINS CONTRACT
Bob Huggins gets 2-year contract extension at West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Bob Huggins has agreed to a two-year contract extension that includes the option for him to step aside or continue coaching after the 2023-24 season.
Under the agreement announced Friday, Huggins will earn $4.15 million in each of the next three seasons. Starting with the 2024-25 season, Huggins can choose to step aside and assume an appointment of at least two years in public relations and development along with other athletic department duties. Huggins turns 68 next month and is entering his 40th season as a head coach. His 900 wins are the third most among active Division I coaches.
AP sources: Eichel switching agents amid dispute with Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) is changing agents while in the midst of a long-standing dispute with the team over how to treat a neck injury, according to four people with direct knowledge of the decision. They tell The Associated Press that the paperwork for Eichel to switch agents is in the process of being submitted to the NHL Players’ Association.
The people say Eichel has chosen to go with Creative Artists Agency’s Pat Brisson, who represents numerous high-profile NHL players, including Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Toronto’s John Tavares and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon. Eichel had been represented by Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli of the Massachusetts-based firm of Global Hockey Consultants.
Eichel has been sidelined since March. He favors artificial disk replacement surgery, while the Sabres oppose such a procedure because it has never been performed on an NHL player.
DeChambeau overpowers Cave Valley and narrowly misses a 59
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — There was no stopping Bryson DeChambeau at Caves Valley. He overpowered the vulnerable suburban Baltimore course and was on the cusp of a 58 or even a 59 until missing birdie chances on the last two holes. He still shot a 60 in the BMW Championship.
DeChambeau says he loved having a chance to break 60. He says he just didn’t deliver the clutch putts at the end.
He has a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay. He shot 63 in the more conventional manner and hardly anyone noticed. The second round still isn’t complete. Thunderstorms led to a temporary delay.