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September 16, 2019
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September 16, 2019
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Update on the latest in sports:




A look at what’s happening around the majors today:


UNDATED (AP) – Eugenio Suarez takes aim at the major league home run lead as the Reds open a series at Wrigley Field. Suarez connected twice Sunday and has 47 for the season, tying him with Mets slugger Pete Alonso for best in the majors. Cincinnati originally named Sonny Gray as their starter tonight, but then announced it will be right-hander Kevin Gausman with Gray pushed back a day.


Left-hander Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs for the opener of a three-game series.


Elsewhere in MLB:


– Brewers’ Zach Davies will take on San Diego’s Garrett Richards tonight in the opener of a four-game series in Milwaukee. Richards underwent Tommy John surgery in the offseason. And, with Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) done for the season, the Brewers will need a clutch Ryan Braun for their postseason push. Milwaukee enters their home series trailing the Chicago Cubs by one game for the second NL wild card.


– The A’s return home with a 1 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay for the top AL wild card and a series on deck with the struggling Royals. Right-hander Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk) starts the opener against Kansas City. Since being acquired from Cincinnati on July 31st, Roark has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his seven starts. With the Rays taking Monday off, Oakland can stretch its lead before Tampa Bay opens their two-game set at Dodger Stadium tomorrow.


– Mets’ lefthander Steven Matz goes tonight at last-place Colorado opposite right-hander Antonio Senzatela. Senzatela (will face the New York Mets for the second time this season to open the three-game series.


– White Sox’ Reynaldo Lopez will take the mound at Minnesota and the Twins open the three-game series with Jose Berrios (beh-REE’-ohs).


– Baltimore’s left-hander John Means and Detroit’s left-hander Tyler Alexander are slated to start this afternoon’s series finale.


– Dakota Hudson will throw for the Cardinals against Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (STRAHS’-burg) today. Hudson had a career-best five-game winning streak end with a 2-1 loss to Colorado on Wednesday.


– Marlins Pablo Lopez will open today’s series opener against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Diamondbacks will throw left-hander Robbie Ray. Ray, who was bothered by a blister in his last start, has a four-game winning streak at home.




Rizzo has MRI today


CHICAGO (AP) – The Cubs are sending star slugger Anthony Rizzo for an MRI after he sprained his right ankle Sunday, hoping the first baseman can still help with their postseason push. Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning during a 16-6 win over Pittsburgh. He had to be helped off the field and could not put pressure on the leg. X-rays taken at Wrigley Field showed no fractures, but Chicago will get a clearer prognosis from the MRI. Chicago’s postseason pursuit has already been hindered by an injury to shortstop Javier Baez, who is out for the rest of the regular season with a hairline fracture of his left thumb.





Cleveland at N.Y. Jets tonight


NEW YORK (AP) – Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns take on the New York Jets and Trevor Siemian (SIHM’-ee-ihn) tonight. Siemian starts at quarterback after Sam Darnold was diagnosed with mononucleosis during the week. The prime-time matchup is loaded with juicy angles, including Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham returning to MetLife Stadium for the first time since the Giants traded him in the offseason. Beckham also accused current Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of instructing his players to use dirty tactics – something Williams has denied.




Juventus ‘ultra’ fan leaders arrested in tickets probe


TURIN, Italy (AP) – Police have arrested 12 hardcore Juventus (yoo-VEN’-toos) “ultra” fan leaders in Italy on charges including criminal association, extortion, money laundering, violence and making illegal demands to the club to obtain more tickets.


Police say fans threatened to carry out racist chants during matches if they were not given more tickets than the number allotted.


The investigation is linked to the alleged infiltration of the Calabrian ‘ndrangheta crime mob into the “ultras” section at Allianz (ah-lee-AHNZ’) Stadium.


The arrests come two years after the club was fined and ordered to play a match with one of the main sections of its stadium closed for selling tickets to the “ultras” and encouraging scalping.


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