Athlete injuries

New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, right, celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 24, 2020 - 8:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sure didn't take much time for Yoenis Céspedes to swing right into a DH role in his long-awaited return. Céspedes came back with a bang, immediately capitalizing on the new designated hitter rule in the National League by launching a home run that sent Jacob deGrom and the New York...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Kiké Hernández (14) is congratulated by Mookie Betts, right, Joc Pederson, left, and manager Dave Roberts after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of an opening day baseball game, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
July 24, 2020 - 2:38 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts singled in the seventh inning for his first hit as a Los Angeles Dodger, then signaled for the ball. That, along with the lineup card, is headed for a display in his house. “This is something I’ll always remember,” he said Thursday night after scoring the go-ahead...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich argues for a call against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Spurs will try to extend the longest active playoff streak in the four major pro sports without LaMarcus Aldridge and with a decent mathematical chance to sneak into the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
July 23, 2020 - 10:25 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Popovich was working in a mask on Thursday — though not in his usual role — when the San Antonio Spurs made their scrimmage debut at the NBA restart at Walt Disney World. Popovich was not serving as head coach for the game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Spurs...
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Tony Finau tees off on the fourth hole during the first round of the 3M Open golf tournament in Blaine, Minn., Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton- King)
July 23, 2020 - 8:10 pm
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The virus outbreak has squelched the upbeat and welcoming vibe that marked the debut of the 3M Open last year. The fans might have been absent, but the soft greens were plenty friendly Thursday for Richy Werenski to take full advantage. “I have a good feeling they’ll get nice...
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El pitcher de los Dodgers de Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw lanza en un partido interescuadras el 6 de julio del 2020 (AP Foto/Mark J. Terrill)
July 23, 2020 - 6:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw went on the injured list because of a back issue hours before he was scheduled to start Thursday night for Los Angeles against the San Francisco Giants on opening day of the shortened season. Manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw’s back stiffened up in a...
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July 22, 2020 - 12:42 pm
When the season starts, plenty of eyes will be focused on the New England Patriots as usual. Only this time it will be to see how 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton fares replacing three-time MVP and six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady at quarterback. Newton is far from the only player dealing with big...
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Mick Hoffman, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, poses for a photo, Thursday, July 16, 2020, sitting in the empty stands of the Renton School District's Renton Memorial Stadium, which is used for high school football, soccer, and track events in Renton, Wash. Hoffman and other administrators across the country are facing difficult decisions regarding the overwhelming uncertainty of whether high school sports can go forward this fall as the clock ticks closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year with little clarity in place for an obvious and safe path moving forward for athletics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 22, 2020 - 12:05 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list before the club played its final exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Louis. The 28-year-old...
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FILE - This Sept. 4, 2018, file photo shows Seattle Storm's Sue Bird, left, and Breanna Stewart embracing after the Storm defeated the Phoenix Mercury 94-84 during Game 5 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, in Seattle. With Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird back, the Seattle Storm are healthy to begin the season and sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll. The Storm were the unanimous choice receiving all 16 first-place votes from the national media panel Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
July 21, 2020 - 1:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Storm are healthy to begin the season with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird back in the lineup and sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll. The Storm were the unanimous choice receiving all 16 first-place votes from the national media panel Tuesday. It's the first...
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FILE -- In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, Alessandro Zanardi of Italy celebrates holding his gold medal following the medal ceremony for the man's road cycle individual time trial H4 category at the 2012 Paralympics games, at Brands Hatch motor racing circuit near London. Zanardi, the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist, was transferred to a neurological rehabilitation center Tuesday, July 21, 2020, a month after getting seriously injured in a handbike crash. The Siena hospital that had been treating Zanardi since the June 19 crash announced that the athlete had been released -- without specifying where he was taken. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
July 21, 2020 - 11:09 am
SIENA, Italy (AP) — Alex Zanardi, the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist, was transferred to a neurological rehabilitation center Tuesday, a month after getting seriously injured in a handbike crash. The Siena hospital that had been treating Zanardi since the June 19 crash...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas fields a ball during a baseball workout at Marlins Park in Miami. Rojas talked Monday, July 20, 2020, about the ways this season will be different, with bench players sitting in the stands during games and no clubhouse meals afterward. Another change: Rojas believes the Marlins will be good. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
July 21, 2020 - 12:40 am
With all the protocols in place, Stephen Strasburg got a good feel Monday night for what pitching on the road will entail this season during the coronavirus pandemic. Last year's World Series MVP threw five strong innings for Washington in a 4-2 exhibition win over the Baltimore Orioles. Nationals...
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