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Rob Manfred thinks teams pursuing Shohei Otani will follow rules

SEATTLE — With Japanese star Shohei Otani considering a jump to a Major League Baseball team, commissioner Rob Manfred said he believes it will be hard for teams to circumvent existing contract rules in pursuit of the coveted two-way player. Otani’s situation was among several issues, including pace of play, expanded rosters in September and a selected site for a proposed new stadium in Oakland, that were addressed by Manfred before Wednesday night’s game between the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. Otani, a 23-year-old outfielder and right-handed pitcher, could sign…

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Marvin Lewis of Cincinnati Bengals discusses Ken Zampese firing

CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called it a “very difficult” decision to fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese last Friday after the team’s 0-2 start. Speaking publicly about the decision for the first time Wednesday, Lewis also cautioned his players that the change of direction wasn’t a magic fix after they failed to score a touchdown in either game. “It’s a step,” Lewis said. “I told the players that on Monday morning. This is not magic. You have to do the work. Offense, defense and special teams all alike. We…

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Carabao Cup: Jose Mourinho says clubs would be fresher without competition

Manchester United gave captain Michael Carrick his first appearance of the season against Burton Albion English clubs in Europe could benefit by not playing in the Carabao Cup, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager made nine changes but still fielded a strong side as the holders beat Championship side Burton 4-1 on Wednesday night. Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 live: “If you ask me ‘could English football survive or be even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. “Maybe we would be fresher for European competition.” United beat…

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Washington Wizards Markieff Morris will undergo surgery for a sports hernia

7:39 PM ET ESPN.com Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris is expected to miss approximately one month following surgery for a sports hernia, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Washington Post earlier reported the injury, adding that surgery will take place Friday. Morris had participated in his normal offseason workout routine before experiencing pain late in the summer. The surgery’s delay, according to the Washington Post, is a result of an ongoing aggravated assault trial involving his twin brother Marcus Morris, as…

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Peter Gojowczyk beats former champion Gilles Simon at Moselle Open

METZ, France — German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk upset two-time former champion Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Moselle Open on Wednesday. The 95th-ranked Gojowczyk fired eight aces as he defeated the eighth-seeded Simon in 1 hour, 34 minutes for a place in the quarterfinals. Another German, fifth-seeded Mischa Zverev, defeated another home player, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, but there was some reason for the home supporters to cheer when French wild card Nicolas Mahut defeated Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-1,…

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Dereck Chisora signs on with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing

Heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, Hearn announced on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Chisora (26-7, 18 KOs), of England, is due to challenge European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (16-0, 12 KOs), 24, of Germany, on a date to be determined in November in a bid to regain that title. Chisora, however, will warm up for the assignment with his first fight with Matchroom Boxing on Sept. 30. He will face an opponent to be determined in a six-round bout on the undercard of…

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Drew Doughty ready to bring hockey to China

Tencent, ESPN’s digital partner in China, spoke with Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings ahead of their preseason game against Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night in Shanghai. Doughty covered a variety of topics in his brief Q&A. Tencent: Have you thought about trying something new here, such as food or tourist sites? Doughty: Oh, yeah. I will be going to the Great Wall this Friday, and we’ve been trying different foods. We also plan on doing some shopping and check out the city. We saw some skyscrapers here in…

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Quick 9 — Golf — Why the Tour Championship could benefit from a change of scenery

1. The Tour Championship anchor The season-ending Tour Championship has been played at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta every year the FedEx Cup has been in existence. It won’t move around anytime soon, but it should. In addition to the notion that the event can seem a bit flat at Bobby Jones’ home club, there is the very viable argument that moving it around the country does a service to golf fans and players and adds a bit of spice to what is supposed to be a huge culmination…

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Young New York Yankees fan hit in face by foul ball

A young New York Yankees fan was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier on Wednesday. The girl is a toddler and was hit on the face, a source tells ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. She was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She was attending the game with her grandparents. The game was delayed about 5 minutes while she received medical attention. Players including Frazier were visibly distraught as they watched the scene. Matt Holliday wiped away tears. The Yankees declined to comment, citing privacy concerns. Source link

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Manchester United 4-1 Burton Albion

Marcus Rashford has scored five goals in his last five Manchester United games Marcus Rashford scored twice as holders Manchester United overpowered Burton Albion at Old Trafford to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Championship Burton made nine changes and were 1-0 down when Rashford dinked the ball over keeper Connor Ripley. England forward Rashford made it 2-0 with a 20-yard finish before Jesse Lingard’s deflected shot found the net. Anthony Martial added the fourth from a Rashford assist, Lloyd Dyer scoring a stoppage time consolation. Reaction from…

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