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Chair Umpire Who Gave Nick Kyrgios “Pep Talk” At U.S. Open Suspended By ATP

The ATP Tour said on Tuesday that the Swedish chair umpire who gave a pep talk to Australian Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match this year has been suspended without pay for two weeks. Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani got down from his chair to offer some words of encouragement to Kyrgios who was playing Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in New York nearly three weeks ago. Lahyani reportedly told him “I want to help you” and “I’ve seen your matches: you’re great for tennis … I know this is not you.” Kyrgios’s level of play rose dramatically after the incident and he went on to win the match in four sets. An internal ATP review decided Lahyani’s actions were deemed to have compromised the impartiality required of an official. Lahyani, who was next scheduled to work at the China Open and Shanghai Masters, will return to the umpire’s chair during the Oct. 15-21 Stockholm Open. ...Read more

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz Cleared To Start Week 3 Against The Indianapolis Colts

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was cleared for contact Monday and will start the team’s Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Coach Doug Pederson made the announcement at his day-after news conference. Wentz suffered a multi-ligament knee injury on Dec. 10 against the Los Angeles Rams, tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee. ACL recovery typically takes nine to 12 months. The nine-month mark from the date of Wentz’s surgery was last Thursday. Nick Foles, who helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl while filling in for Wentz late last season, has not played at a Super Bowl MVP level in his two games this season, but the team is in good shape at 1-1. Wentz was a regular-season MVP candidate in 2017 before getting injured. He finished second in the NFL with 33 touchdown passes despite missing the last three-plus games. ...Read more

Minnesota Vikings Cut Rookie Kicker Daniel Carlson After 3 Missed Field Goals In Game Against Packers

The Minnesota Vikings have cut ties with kicker Daniel Carlson one day after he went 0-for-3 on field goals against the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota is replacing the rookie with veteran kicker Dan Bailey. The Vikings also announced the signing of wide receiver Aldrick Robinson Carlson missed field goals from 48, 49 and 35 yards out in the Vikings 29-29 overtime tie against the Packers. After his first field goal attempt in OT sailed wide right, Minnesota went back to Carlson to kick a 35-yard would-be game-winner. Postgame, Carlson hinted that nerves likely played a role in missing his final kick. “It feels terrible. Obviously I let my team down,” Carlson said. “That last one was probably more just confidence after missing twice early. That’s frustrating. That shorter one I should never miss like that.” ...Read more

Fourth-Quarter Comeback By New Orleans Saints Bring Them A 21-18 Win Over The Cleveland Browns

The New Orleans Saints spent most of their game on Sunday trailing the Cleveland Browns (who haven’t won a game since Christmas Eve of 2016.) until Michael Thomas and Marcus Williams brought the Saints back. New Orleans overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Cleveland 21-18 on Wil Lutz’s 44-yard field goal with 26 seconds left. New Orleans (1-1) spent most of the game giving Browns fans hope that their losing streak would end. Cleveland hasn’t won a game in its last 18 tries, and the Browns have not come away with a road win in their last 22 games in total. ...Read more

Canelo Alvarez Defeats Gennady Golovkin In Middleweight World Champion Rematch

Saturday night’s rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin lasted 36 minutes but at the sound of the final bell, Alvarez won by majority decision, with judges seeing the bout 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113.  However according to many, the scores could have easily been declared in favor of Golovkin, or could have brought the two another draw like their original fight. Alvarez was crowned the new middleweight champion of the world, ending GGG’s stronghold title reign.  ...Read more

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook May Miss Season Opener Following Knee Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday and could miss Oklahoma’s season opener against the Golden State Warriors. It will definitely keep Westbrook out of the team’s training camp later this month and it’s likely to sideline him for the entire pre-season schedule. Westbrook felt stiffness in the knee last week and opted for the surgery, described as “maintenance,” as a preemptive measure. This is, however, the fourth surgery Westbrook has had on his right knee. He tore his meniscus in the 2013 postseason and over the next eight months had three surgeries on the knee.  The Thunder have stated he will be re-evaluated in four weeks to determine when he is likely to return.   ...Read more

New York Mets David Wright To End Playing Career After The 2018 Season

David Wright, the Mets’ captain and longest-tenured player, plans to retire after one last game on Sept. 29. During a news conference on Thursday, Wright fought back tears and said that psychologically he is ready to play, but his body is not. After more than two years of injuries, three surgeries and a prolonged rehabilitation, Wright will come off the disabled list and start at third base against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 29, the penultimate game of the season. Wright has not played in a major league game since May 27, 2016. In the more than two years since he was sidelined, he has had surgeries on his shoulder, neck and back, in addition to dealing with an existing chronic back condition called spinal stenosis. Wright was drafted by the Mets in 2001, played in 13 major league seasons for them and played in seven All-Star Games. ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Rookie Josh Allen Named Starting QB Against Chargers

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday that rookie quarterback Josh Allen will start Buffalo’s Week 2 home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. Said McDermott, “it’s the right move for our team.” The coach would not discuss whether naming Allen the starter was a permanent decision. Allen, the seventh overall pick, will replace second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman who contributed to Buffalo’s 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week. Allen will be the second rookie quarterback to start a NFL game this season; third-overall pick Sam Darnold made his debut for the Jets on Monday night. ...Read more

Boston Red Sox Become 1st Team In Majors To Clinch Playoff Spot

The Boston Red Sox became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff berth. Brock Holt pinch hit in the seventh inning and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night that guaranteed Boston no worse than a wild card berth. With a major league-best 99-46, the Red Sox lead the AL East by nine games with 2½ weeks left. “We’re in great position to win the division and then to accomplish other things,” first-year manager Alex Cora said. “As I told the group, I’m very proud of them.” Boston assured its third straight postseason team, matching the Red Sox teams of 2003-05 and 2007-09. ...Read more

Steve Yzerman Stepping Down As GM Of Tampa Bay Lightning

Steve Yzerman announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Longtime assistant Julien BriseBois will take over, just two days before training camp begins. BriseBois, 41, had been an assistant to Yzerman since they joined the Lightning in 2010. Yzerman will move to a senior adviser role working under BriseBois. Owner Jeff Vinik and both men appeared at a news conference announcing this news in Tampa, Florida. Yzerman, 53, spent the past eight seasons as Tampa Bay’s GM.  The team during that time made five playoff appearances, three trips to the conference final and an appearance in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. ...Read more