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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

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

Supreme Court Strikes Down Sports Betting Law

The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling Monday in a landmark decision that gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court ruled in New Jersey, opening the doors for states to introduce legislation for legalized sports betting. The court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. The court ruled in favor of New Jersey and against the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, capping a nearly six-year legal battle and overturning a federal statute that the sports leagues had adamantly stood by for more than 20 years. ...Read more

Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall Retires After 14 Seasons

Veteran defensive back DeAngelo Hall is officially retiring from the NFL. The three-time pro bowler played 14 seasons in the NFL, 10 of those with the Washington Redskins, making him the longest-tenured player on the team. Hall, 34, was drafted by the Falcons in 2004 and then played for the Raiders before moving on to Washington, where he started in every game between 2010 and 2013. He recorded 43 interceptions during his career, including four in one game against the Bears in 2010. ...Read more

Celtics Take Game 1 Of East Finals, Beating Cavaliers 108-83

The Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and scorched the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards. Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter and never allowed the Cavaliers within single digits again. Boston led by 28 when Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue pulled LeBron James for good with 7:09 left.  Game 2 is Tuesday night. ...Read more

Greg Hardy To Face Former NFL DE Austen Lane In Pro MMA Debut

Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy will take on another ex-NFLer when he squares off against Austin Lane on June 12 in his professional MMA debut. Hardy — who was suspended for 10 games in 2014 for assaulting his girlfriend — has not played in the league since the 2015 season and won his amateur fighting debut with a first-round knockout last November. Hardy’s professional MMA debut against Lane will be on the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series. Lane has won his first four fights as a professional MMA fighter. He last played in the NFL in 2014, with the Chicago Bears. ...Read more

Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Nick Collison Retiring After 15 Seasons

Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 years with the Thunder. The 37-year-old Collison announced his decision Thursday through the team. The Thunder said Collison is among five NBA players to have spent the past 15 or more seasons all with one franchise. Collison said his goal was to make a career out of basketball and that he was ”blessed to be in the NBA for 15 seasons.” Collison started 177 of his 910 career regular-season games, averaging 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. He and Russell Westbrook are the only two players to spend the first 10 years of the relocated franchise in Oklahoma City. ...Read more

Former MLB Player Rafael Palmeiro, 53, Signs With Independent Team

Rafael Palmeiro has signed to play for the independent Cleburne Railroaders at age 53, nearly 13 years after his last major league game. The second-year American Association team announced the deal Wednesday. The Railroaders also signed Palmeiro’s 28-year-old son, Patrick, who has played for other independent teams the past three seasons. Palmeiro said in a statement issued by the team that he was “especially excited to get to do this with my son Patrick.” It was not clear exactly how much the elder Palmeiro will play or what his role will be for the Railroaders. ...Read more

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