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Philadelphia Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks leaves game with apparent left ankle or leg injury

Veteran infielder Will Middlebrooks, who signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies last month, left Saturday’s spring training game with what appeared to be an injury to his left ankle or leg. Playing third base, Middlebrooks was injured in the eight inning when he drifted back while attempting to catch a pop fly. Left fielder Andrew Pullin was coming in on the ball and Middlebrook’s ankle appeared to get caught underneath Pullin. Middlebrooks was attended to by trainers before leaving the field on a cart. The team said he…

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Josh Taylor gets new opponent for Saturday bout

Junior welterweight Josh Taylor, one of boxing’s best prospects, had a change of opponents on Saturday. Taylor (11-0, 10 KOs), a 27-year-old southpaw from Scotland, was supposed to face vastly more experienced former two-division world titleholder Humberto Soto on March 3 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. However, on Saturday, Cyclone Promotions announced that Soto had withdrawn because of a serious cut suffered during a recent sparring session. Soto (66-9-2, 36 KOs), of Mexico, was replaced by Winston Campos (30-3-5, 18 KOs), a 25-year-old southpaw from Nicaragua. “It came as…

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Edmonton Oilers trade defenseman Brandon Davidson to New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have traded for Edmonton Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson, the teams announced Saturday. Edmonton will receive a third-round pick in the 2019 draft in return for the 26-year-old Davidson. Davidson, who has three goals and two assists in 36 games this season, told reporters Saturday that he will miss Oilers fans and Edmonton but is looking forward to his opportunity with the Islanders. He began the season with the Montreal Canadiens before being waived in December and claimed by the Oilers. Source link

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Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United

Emre Can’s sixth Liverpool goal of the season was the Reds’ 100th in 2017-18 Liverpool were a “joy to watch” as they thumped West Ham United 4-1 to move above Manchester United into second place in the Premier League, said manager Jurgen Klopp. Forwards Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all scored in the second half in a resounding Anfield win for the Reds. Klopp told BBC Sport: “You hope for a game like this, and you want to see it, but it’s really rare that you get it….

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Torrey Smith of Philadelphia Eagles expecting return to team

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Torrey Smith said Saturday that he hasn’t thought much about his future with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Smith was the Eagles’ fourth-leading receiver in his first season with Philadelphia, catching 36 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. Smith’s status is uncertain because the Eagles can create $5 million in cap space by releasing him. “I’m expecting to be back, but I know how the business goes,” Smith said before watching his alma mater Maryland play Michigan in basketball. “There would never be any…

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Steve Ballmer of LA Clippers talks Blake Griffin, tanking, value

BOSTON — LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was “a very difficult decision,” but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. “[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player,” said Ballmer. “But if you look at what happened injury-wise, if you look at the kind of chemistry we were getting on our team, the thing you can see at the high level with the numbers when I started — one guy got all…

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Celine Boutier leads at Australian Ladies Classic

French golfer Celine Boutier will take a five-shot lead into the final round of the Australian Ladies Classic after a masterful performance in challenging conditions at Coffs Harbour. Starting Saturday two strokes behind Britain’s Holly Clyburn, the 24-year-old played a flawless front nine in 32 and added two more birdies on the back nine to jump clear. Celine Boutier, seen here in 2017, leads the Australian Ladies Classic after three rounds. Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Despite Clyburn and Australian Hannah Green being pre-tournament favourites, Boutier simply racked up…

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Joe Maddon goes deep on impact of limiting mound visits – Chicago Cubs Blog

MESA, Ariz. — Unlike many who have spoken out about baseball’s new rules, Joe Maddon isn’t as worried about a limit to mound visits making it easier to steal signs as much as he’s concerned about what it does to the Cubs’ game plan. He wants his catchers to be able to communicate a strategy to his pitchers — but now they’ll be limited to six trips per game. “I get upset in the dugout for two reasons: missed signs, and when the catcher doesn’t go out and talk to…

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Jessica Korda maintains lead in LPGA Thailand

CHONBURI, Thailand — Jessica Korda kept an eye on her younger sister while firing a 4-under 68 in the third round of the LPGA Thailand on Saturday to lead Moriya Jutanugarn by four strokes. A day after a course-record 62 at Siam Country Club, Korda fought back from a bogey on the front nine with five birdies on the back to finish at 20-under 196 overall. The American was on the 18th hole when concerns over lightning suspended play for 30 minutes. “(I) was playing really well at the end…

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