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Red Sox Pitcher David Price Diagnosed With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price has been diagnosed with a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Manager Alex Cora said Price, who was sent back to Boston for testing, will throw a bullpen session Thursday and then the team will decide what to do next. Price was already scratched from his Wednesday start against the New York Yankees. Price was removed for precautionary reasons after one inning of work against the Yankees on April 11 because of numbness in his throwing hand, including the loss of feeling in his fingertips. “For me this is quote-unquote good news compared to anything else,” Cora said. ...Read more

Saints’ Mark Ingram Appeals 4-Game Drug Suspension

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram “vigorously challenged” his four-game suspension, according to a statement from his agents, saying that he tested positive for a substance that was “permissible with the proper use exemption with the NFL.” The NFL, however, reiterated Wednesday that an arbitrator has made a final ruling on Ingram’s appeal, which is why the league announced his suspension on Tuesday. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy clarified that the outcome has been decided and that all parties have been notified.  Neither side has specified which substance Ingram tested positive for. The NFL announced only that he violated the league policy on performance-enhancing substances. ...Read more

NY Mets Mets Trade Matt Harvey To Reds For Catcher Devin Mesoraco

Matt Harvey’s career on the New York Mets came to an end on Tuesday, when the team announced that they had traded him to the Reds. In exchange, Cincinnati is sending catcher Devin Mesoraco to New York, which has a need at that position after losing its top two catchers, Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, to injuries last month. Plawecki is expected to return from a broken hand in several weeks but d’Arnaud is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. A 2013 all-star, Harvey bounced back from Tommy John surgery that year, missing the 2014 season but recording a 2.71 ERA the following season. However, further injuries, most notably a 2016 case of thoracic outlet syndrome that required season-ending surgery, proved to be a career downfall for Harvey.  ...Read more

Spurs’ James Borrego Finalizing Deal To Be Named Charlotte Hornets’ New Head Coach

After nearly a month without a head coach, the Charlotte Hornets have hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego as their new head coach. Borrego interviewed for since-filled vacancies with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, and was considered a candidate for two other vacancies (Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks).  Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak went through an extensive coaching search to replace Steve Clifford that included interviews with at least seven other candidates. Clifford was fired on April 13 after leading Charlotte to a 196-214 record and two playoff berths in five seasons as Hornets head coach. Borrego will become the seventh coach since Charlotte returned to the NBA in 2004. ...Read more

New York Knicks Officially Name David Fizdale As Next Head Coach

David Fizdale is officially the new head coach of the Knicks. The team announced the hire on Monday and said an introductory news conference will be held on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Fizdale, 43, replaces Jeff Hornacek, whom the Knicks fired shortly after the team’s season finale.  “After a thorough coaching search, it was clear that David would be a great fit with the Knicks and we’re thrilled that he is joining our organization,” Knicks president Steve Mills said in a press release. “He is an experienced coach, strong leader and effective communicator, who understands what it takes to build a winning culture.”  Fizdale was the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies for a little more than one season with a record of 50-51. He was fired 19 games into this past season.  ...Read more

Justify Wins 144th Kentucky Derby

Justify won the annual Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs.  Justify, a favorite out of 20 horses to win the 144th Run for the Roses, had previously run only three races in his life. The race horse broke a 136-year-old record by winning the competition without racing as a 2-year-old first. No horse since Apollo in 1882 had won the Derby without racing as a juvenile. The Derby win was the fifth for trainer Bob Baffert and the second for jockey Mike Smith.  Horses Good Magic came in second place, while Audible finished in third. The National Weather Service said it was the wettest Derby ever. Prior to the race, the agency tweeted that rainfall totals in Louisville stood at 2.83 inches. ...Read more

Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten Confirms He’s Retiring And Headed To ESPN

Long-time Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is retiring from the NFL to move to TV, where he’ll serve as color analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” The 10-time Pro Bowl tight end informed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of his plan to retire Thursday. News had broken a few months back that Witten was auditioning for TV jobs; the NFL veteran auditioned with both ESPN for “MNF” and Fox Sports for “Thursday Night Football.”  Witten will succeed Jon Gruden, who left ESPN to return to NFL as a coach with the Raiders. ...Read more

Eagles’ Defensive Tackle Timmy Jernigan To Miss 4-6 Months After Back Surgery

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will miss four-to-six months after undergoing back surgery for a herniated disc last week. Jernigan will need to recover at the low end of his recovery timetable if he’s to be ready for Week 1, and is certain to miss the team’s entire offseason program. Jernigan started 15 games for the Eagles and was a big reason for the reigning Super Bowl champion’s No. 1-ranked run defense.  He was acquired through a trade with the Baltimore Ravens a year ago. Philadelphia has arguably the deepest defensive line in the NFL, and it is expected that veteran Haloti Ngata will move into the starting lineup alongside Fletcher Cox. ...Read more