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October 8, 2015 - 7:23pm
18 min 32 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to their last World Series title in 1988, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the NL Division Series.

Lasorda will take the mound Saturday night before the Dodgers play the New York Mets.

He currently serves as special adviser to team chairman and co-owner Mark Walter and is in his 66th season with the franchise.


October 8, 2015 - 7:23pm
18 min 32 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki's new contract with the Miami Marlins includes a $2 million club option for 2017 with a $500,000 buyout, raising the guarantee to $2.5 million.

The outfielder, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, agreed to the deal this week. He can earn an additional $3 million annually in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $300,000 each for 250 and 300, and $400,000 apiece for 350 and each additional 50 through 600.

Suzuki has 2,935...

October 8, 2015 - 7:16pm
18 min 32 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have assigned forward Dan Cleary and defenseman Xavier Ouellet to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

The Red Wings also announced Thursday that they have removed defensemen Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko from injured reserve.

Cleary played in 17 games for the Red Wings last season, finishing with one goal and one assist. Ouellet had two goals and one assist in 21 games for Detroit in 2014-15.

The Red...

October 8, 2015 - 7:10pm
18 min 32 sec ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck was inactive on Thursday night against the Houston Texans because of a right shoulder injury.

It will be the second straight game Luck has sat out after not missing a game in his career before last week.

Matt Hasselbeck will start in his place in a matchup of AFC South foes. The 40-year-old Hasselbeck threw for 282 yards with one touchdown in a 16-13 overtime win over the Jaguars on Sunday. Josh...

October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
18 min 32 sec ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Freshman Lorenzo Nunez's shoulder injury has led to the latest quarterback switch for South Carolina and coach Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier said Thursday former walk-on Perry Orth will start against No. 7 LSU on Saturday because Nunez had not practiced much this week after injuring his shoulder at Missouri.

Orth, a junior, started at Georgia three weeks ago in a 52-20 loss. Nunez took over the following week and also started in a...

October 8, 2015 - 6:55pm
18 min 32 sec ago

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sammy Schmitz won the U.S. Mid-Amateur on Thursday to earn a Masters invitation, making a hole-in-one on the 260-yard, par-4 33rd hole in a 3-and-2 victory over Marc Dull at John's Island Club.

The 35-year-old Schmitz is a reinstated amateur from Farmington, Minnesota, who works as a regional director for a health care services company. He played at St. John's University in Minnesota.

The 29-year-old Dull, from Lakeland,...

October 8, 2015 - 6:41pm
18 min 32 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price, Rougned Odor had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday in an AL Division Series opener as postseason baseball returned to Toronto for the first time in 22 years.

Both starting third baseman left with injuries: Texas' Adrian Beltre in the third with a sore lower back and Toronto's Josh Donaldson in the fifth after he was kneed in the head while sliding in an attempt to...

October 8, 2015 - 6:37pm
18 min 32 sec ago

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — All around him, Jay Cutler sees teammates going down.

There is at least some positive news on the injury front for the Chicago Bears. Their quarterback is healing.

Cutler said the strained hamstring that kept him out two weeks ago is improving even if it's not quite 100 percent heading into Sunday's game at Kansas City.

The Bears (1-3) have been racking up injuries at a rapid rate, particularly on offense...

October 8, 2015 - 6:35pm
18 min 32 sec ago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois women's basketball team hopes to move beyond an offseason of legal problems after former players accused the coach of running a racially abusive program.

But it was clear Thursday at the team's media day that those troubles are shaping what the team does now.

Coach Mike Bollant said he knew even before troubles surfaced that he needed to take steps to make sure the team reflected more of what he called his...

October 8, 2015 - 6:30pm
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