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Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock To MIss 4-8 Weeks With Fracture Of Left Thumb

Diamondbacks’ outfielder AJ Pollock has an avulsion fracture in his left thumb and is expected to miss four to eight weeks, manager Torey Lovullo announced.  Pollock sustained the injury diving for a ball in centerfield against the Brewers on Monday night.  “Obviously not great news,” Lovullo said. “But we know that AJ is going to be doing everything he possibly can to get back as quickly as possible. Everybody heals differently so obviously it’s a big range there, but we’re going to stay as optimistic as possible.” Pollock will be in a soft cast. Surgery will not be necessary, Lovullo said. “It’s an occupational hazard with baseball players a lot of times,” Hazen said. “It’s tough…like I said it’s just a hazard for playing the game the way he plays the game.” ...Read more

Twins Catcher Jason Castro Out For Season Due To Knee Surgery

Twins catcher and noted defensive specialist Jason Castro will miss the remainder of the 2018 after major surgery on the meniscus in his knee. Manager Paul Molitor made the announcement Wednesday. Team medical staffers originally thought Castro would be out for 4-6 weeks, but during Tuesday’s procedure surgeons discovered the tear was far larger than originally thought. Second-year catcher Mitch Garver and veteran Bobby Wilson will handle the catching chores in his absence. ...Read more

Michigan State Agrees To Pay Larry Nassar Victims $500M In Settlement

Michigan State University on Wednesday announced a $500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar. Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator. Under the agreement, $425 million would be paid to current claimants and $75 million would be set aside for any future claims. The statement doesn’t indicate how much money each victim would receive. It also doesn’t say how Michigan State will pay the bill. ...Read more

Phoenix Suns Win NBA Draft Lottery

The Phoenix Suns have won the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery. They came into the night with the best odds; as the Sacramento Kings were slated to pick eighth and the Atlanta Hawks fifth but both moved into the top three. That meant that the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks got bumped from the top three.  Marvin Bagley III, DeAndre Ayton and Luca Doncic are all potential first overall picks, with Ayton looking like the favorite. Jaren Jackson and Mohamed Bamba are also seen as top prospects.   ...Read more

Seattle Mariners ​Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games By MLB​

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Cano received the 80-game ban after testing positive for Furosemide, more commonly referred to as a “water pill.”  Furosemide helps to flush the body of liquid, thus causing more urine and diluting a drug test sample. Cano’s 80-game suspension is effective immediately. The Mariners released a statement following today’s announcement that reads, “Robinson made a mistake. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge.” Cano also released a statement, saying he was unaware that he took a banned substance.  ...Read more

Singer Rihanna’s Stalker Is Charged With Vandalism, Burglary And Other Felonies

A man who broke into Rihanna’s Hollywood Hills home and spent 12 hours there has been charged with stalking the singer, who was not at home at the time. According to Los Angeles County prosecutors, 26-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton was charged Monday with felony counts of stalking, burglary and vandalism, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Leon has not entered a plea and it’s unclear if he has an attorney. Leon is accused of climbing over a fence and breaking into the house on May 9. Authorities say Rihanna’s assistant found him and called police.  ...Read more

Damon Wayans Accuses Former ‘Lethal Weapon’ Co-Star Clayne Crawford Of Injuring Him & Hitting Another Star On Set

A day after Clayne Crawford was officially replaced on “Lethal Weapon” due to allegations of misconduct on set, former co-star Damon Wayans leveled new accusations against the actor. In a series of tweets, Wayans shared a video of himself being hit in the back of the head by a piece of shrapnel and the subsequent injury from an episode of the show, that Crawford had directed. Wayans, who plays Murtaugh on the show, also posted a sticker calling Crawford an “emotional terrorist” and claimed that he “hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open.” Crawford, who played Martin Riggs, was fired last week after being accused of misconduct on set. His apology included a mention of an actor feeling unsafe because of falling shrapnel, but it’s unclear if that was about Wayans.  ...Read more

First Lady Melania Trump’s Office Asks For Privacy After Kidney Procedure

First Lady Melania Trump’s office has declined to offer further details about Melania Trump’s kidney surgery and resulting extended hospital stay, and asked for privacy. The First Lady underwent the procedure Monday with no leaks beforehand. President Donald Trump provided a brief update on his wife’s health Tuesday, tweeting, “Our great First Lady is doing really well. Will be leaving hospital in 2 or 3 days. Thank you for so much love and support!”  The first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, further said: “I am not going to expand beyond the statement I put out. The First Lady is in good spirits and she is resting. There are HIPAA laws to consider, but she also deserves personal privacy.”  Mrs. Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful and there were no complications. The First Lady, who turned 48 last month, had been experiencing an issue with her kidney that her office described as benign but requiring medical attention.  ...Read more

Tom Wolfe, Novelist and New Journalism Pioneer, Has Died at 88

Writer Tom Wolfe died Monday in a New York City hospital at 88 years old.  Wolfe was a journalist and novelist renowned for his nonfiction writing and sartorial flair. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Wolfe moved to New York in 1962 when he began work as a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune. Wolfe’s most notable works include 1968’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, about Ken Kesey; his 1979 nonfiction epic about the space program, The Right Stuff, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning 1983 film of the same name; and his 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanitieswhich was adapted into a Brian De Palma film. Wolfe was a major influence on the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and ’70s, which appropriated novelistic literary techniques into nonfiction writing.  ...Read more

Kensington Palace Release Statement Requesting ‘Understanding And Respect’ Regarding Meghan Markle’s Father, Thomas Markle

Kensington Palace released a statement following a report that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, would not be attending her upcoming royal wedding on Monday. Markle and Prince Harry are due to wed at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the Kensington Palace statement reads. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.” Markle’s father was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle during the Saturday ceremony. He is divorced from Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who also is planning on traveling with her daughter to the wedding. Both of Markel’s parents were expected to meet the Queen and the rest of the royal family prior to their wedding day. ...Read more