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Sloane Stephens pulls U.S. even with Swiss in FedCup after Madison Keys upset

Sloane Stephens beat Timea Bacsinzsky after Viktorija Golubic upset Madison Keys in straight sets. That allowed the United States to tie Switzerland 1-1 on the first day of their Fed Cup World Group playoff. The No. 8-ranked Stephens overcame slow starts in both sets to win 6-4, 6-3 on the indoor hard court in San Antonio. The 80th-ranked Golubic was in control throughout in a stunning 6-2, 6-3 win over the No. 14 Keys.
Sports >  MLB

Jean Segura, Scott Kingery, Victor Arano put on IL by Phillies

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Shortstops Jean Segura and Scott Kingery and reliever Victor Arano were placed on the 10-day injured list by the Philadelphia Phillies. Right-handers Drew Anderson, Lefty Austin Davis and infielder Mitch Walding were recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Segura injured his left hamstring in a win over the New York Mets on Tuesday. Kingery came out of Friday night’s game with a right hamstring strain. Arano has right elbow inflammation.
Sports >  International sports

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson moves atop the RBC Heritage

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson shot a 3-under 68 to move past Shane Lowry for a one-stroke lead after three rounds in the RBC Heritage. The top-ranked Johnson is a South Carolina native who had not played his home state’s only PGA Tour stop for nine years before returning in 2018.
Sports >  MLB

Blue Jays starter Matt Shoemaker hurts leg in rundown

Toronto Blue Jays starter Matt Shoemaker had to be helped off the field after injuring his left knee during a rundown in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics. The 32-year-old pitcher chased down Oakland’s Matt Chapman to apply the tag in a rundown and spun around to avoid contact. As he twirled, Shoemaker appeared to injure his knee. The team later said his knee was being evaluated.
Sports >  NBA

Jimmy Butler, Jared Dudley tossed after Joel Embiid’s foul in 76ers-Nets game

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley were ejected in the third quarter of Game 4 between Philadelphia and Brooklyn after a scuffle that spilled into the stands. Dudley reacted to Joel Embiid’s hard foul on Jarrett Allen, bumping the 76ers’ All-Star center. Butler then shoved Dudley from behind to start the scrum.
Sports >  MLB

Amid plunking debate, MLB’s marketing is all-in on bat flips

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 5:52 p.m.

Baseball is stuck in an ongoing debate regarding on-field decorum, and MLB’s marketing department is leaving no doubt where it stands. Since the group was restructured just over a year ago, MLB’s promotional efforts have taken up arms against the old school. While traditionalists want to punish unabashed revelry with fastballs to the backside, MLB senior vice president of marketing Barbara McHugh wants her team feting those bat flips.
Sports >  MLB

Yankees star Aaron Judge exits early with oblique injury

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 1:10 p.m.

Yankees star Aaron Judge left a game after injuring his left oblique and was set for tests at a hospital. Judge gingerly made his way to first base after hitting a single against Kansas City and was immediately pulled. The All-Star slugger had homered in the first for a team already missing a dozen players because of injuries.
Sports >  NHL

Avalanche moving on in playoffs for 1st time since 2008

The Colorado Avalanche were just happy to be in the postseason a year ago. They expected much more this time. That’s why their success is no surprise to them. The Avalanche knocked off a Calgary Flames team that was the top seed in the West to advance in the postseason for the first time since 2008. Colorado will play the winner of the Vegas and San Jose series in the second round.
Sports >  MLB

Collision sends Pirates’ Erik Gonzalez, Starling Marte to injured list

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed center fielder Starling Marte on the 10-day injured list and shortstop Erik Gonzalez on the 60-day injured list a day after the two collided in the outfield. The team says Marte suffered an abdominal wall contusion and Gonzalez fractured his left clavicle when the two ran into each other while trying to chase down a fly ball. The Pirates called up shortstop Cole Tucker and outfielder Bryan Reynolds from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Sports >  MLB

Mets ace Jacob deGrom plays catch, may not need MRI

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Mets ace Jacob deGrom played catch in the outfield of Busch Stadium and may not need an MRI on his elbow after all. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner says the right elbow soreness likely was a result of altering his routine during a recent bout of strep throat. The Mets placed deGrom on the injured list Friday. He was scheduled to pitch against St. Louis on Saturday. He is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA this season.
Sports >  MLB

Red Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi on injured list with elbow injury

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox have put right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list because of an elbow injury. The team says the pitcher has a loose body in his right elbow. He has had two Tommy John operations and also had surgery last year to remove loose bodies in the elbow. Eovaldi is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in four starts. Boston has recalled left-hander Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Sports >  NHL

Canes’ Andrei Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 after concussion

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 11:06 a.m.

Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 against the Washington Capitals on Monday after suffering a concussion in a fight with Alex Ovechkin a week earlier. Svechnikov took part in his first full team practice during the Hurricanes’ morning skate before Game 5 of their first-round series. Coach Rod Brind’Amour was noncommittal about Svechnikov’s status for the remainder of the series.
Sports >  MLB

Cubs’ Jon Lester could be close to return after simulated game

Cubs ace Jon Lester could be close to rejoining Chicago’s rotation after pitching a simulated game. Manager Joe Maddon says Lester looked “very good,” and the Cubs will see how he feels Sunday before determining the next step. Maddon did not rule out a return for a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field that starts Tuesday.