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Update on the latest in sports:



UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees will see how shortstop Didi Gregorius is feeling, a day after he bruised his left heel in a collision while beating out an infield hit. Gregorius was hurt when he tumbled over Toronto first baseman Kendrys Morales.


Gregorius is batting .270 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs, and has 48 extra-base hits this season.


Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton plays at Marlins Park for the first time since Miami traded the 2017 NL MVP in December. Stanton played his first eight seasons with the Marlins, and led the majors with 59 home runs last year. Stanton has hit 32 this year for New York, giving him a career total of 299.


In other Major League Action:


– Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish had another setback in his injury-interrupted year, increasing speculation he might be done for the season. Darvish lasted just one inning in his rehab start with Class A South Bend on Sunday. Darvish has been sidelined by triceps and elbow injuries, and shook his right arm as he left the field.


– Indians ace Corey Kluber and Boston right-hander Rick Porcello start when Cleveland visits Fenway Park tonight to begin a four-game matchup between AL division leaders. If either Kluber (15-6, 2.68 ERA) or Porcello (15-5, 4.04) get the victory, they would tie Washington’s Max Scherzer and the Yankees’ Luis Severino for the major league wins lead.


– Felix Hernandez returns to Seattle’s rotation, a week after the only relief appearance of his career. The longtime Mariners ace (8-11, 5.62 ERA) was recently bumped to the bullpen after a series of shaky starts. He threw 5 2/3 innings of relief last Tuesday after James Paxton was forced to leave when he was hit in the pitching arm by a line drive. Hernandez will start in Paxton’s place when the M’s host Gerrit Cole (11-5, 2.71) and the Astros.




IndyCar’s Wickens injured


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) – IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine following an accident early in a race at Pocono Raceway Sunday.


IndyCar said the Canadian sustained a pulmonary bruise and will undergo an MRI and probable surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown.


The 29-year-old IndyCar rookie was trying to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars slightly touched. That caused Hunter-Reay’s car to careen into the wall and Wickens’ car was pulled along for the ride. Once Wickens’ car soared over Hunter-Reay’s and hit the fence, it spun round and round like a top.


The fencing was shredded and Wickens’ car was reduced to just the tub, which came to a rest on the track along an interior wall.




Maryland to wear helmet sticker to honor Jordan McNair


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Members of the Maryland football team will wear a helmet sticker with No. 79 to honor former teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed during a practice session in May and subsequently died.


In an announcement this morning, the school said no player will wear his number for the next three years – the time during which he would have been eligible to play.


In addition, a moment of silence will be held during Texas and Temple games, and his locker will be encased in glass.


Maryland offensive lineman Ellis McKennie says, “Every play we make, every snap we take, will be in Jordan’s honor.”




Easy win for Simone Biles


BOSTON (AP) – Olympic champion Simone Biles easily won her fifth US women’s gymnastics title, winning all four events as well as the all-around in a dominant performance that showcased the ever-widening chasm between Biles and the rest of her sport.


Biles won the vent in a personally designed teal leotard that was a tribute to the victims of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Biles was among the girls sexually abused by Nassar. Her electric performance came hours after USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry spent 22 minutes talking around the fallout of the Nassar scandal without offering much in the way of substance in her first extended public comments since taking over last December.


Biles posted a two-day total of 119.850, more than six points ahead of reigning world champion Morgan Hurd and a full seven points clear of Riley McCusker. Biles’ margin of victory was greater than the gap between Hurd and 11th-place finisher Jordan Chiles.


Biles is the second woman to win nationals five times, joining Clara Schroth Lomady, who won six between 1945 and 1952.




Ronaldo, Modric, Salah on UEFA best player award shortlist


NYON, Switzerland (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo is on a three-man shortlist to be named the best player in Europe for last season.


Ronaldo will be up against Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the award next week at the Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco.


The award typically rewards Champions League performances, but voters can take the World Cup into account. Modric won the Golden Ball for captaining Croatia to the final, where his team lost to France.




Big trouble for 4 Japanese basketball players


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Four Japanese basketball players have been kicked off their Asian Games team and sent home after delegation head Yasuhiro Yamashita said they “spent the night in a hotel with women.”


Yamashita told a news conference today that the four players hooked up with the women after eating and drinking in an entertainment district and were easily identified by wearing Japan-emblazoned shirts.


The incident took place after Japan’s 82-71 win over Qatar in a group-stage game last Thursday.


Japanese Olympic officials said they learned of the incident after a newspaper published photographs of the players out on the town.