Update on the latest sports
Yankees open 4-game series in Boston
UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees and Red Sox open a four-game series at Fenway Park Thursday night with the two best records in the majors, but minus key players.
Chris Sale, who tops the big leagues in strikeouts and leads the AL in ERA, had been scheduled to start for Boston. He went on the disabled list this week because of left shoulder inflammation, so Brian Johnson will pitch in his place.
Johnson will face a lineup that’s missing Aaron Judge – the New York slugger has a broken wrist after being hit by a pitch last week.
The Red Sox lead the Yankees by 5 1/2 games in the AL East.
– Dodgers sparkplug Justin Turner could come off the disabled list for the series finale at home against Milwaukee. He’s been out with a groin injury, and is batting .259 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in an injury-interrupted season. With Turner at third base, recently acquired Manny Machado would move over to shortstop and settle in with newcomer Brian Dozier at second base.
– Astros star Carlos Correa will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi after missing more than a month with a back injury. He says he expects to play shortstop for the Hooks and hopes the rehab assignment will last only about a week. Correa has been out since late June with lower back soreness. He is hitting .268 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs in 73 games for the AL West leaders.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-MEYER
Meyer on hot seat over handling of assistant abuse claims
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State has placed football coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates what he knew and when about allegations of domestic abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week.
The move comes amid claims by Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith, that she told Meyer’s wife in 2015 that she had been assaulted and had received threatening messages from Zach Smith.
Both the coach and his wife could be in violation of Ohio State’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy on reporting allegations of domestic violence against university employees. Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and is employed as an instructor at Ohio State.
Meyer is heading into his seventh season at Ohio State, where he is 73-8 with a national title in 2014 and two Big Ten Conference championships.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach for the Buckeyes, expected to be one of the top teams in the nation again this season. Ohio State’s first preseason practice is scheduled for Friday. The season starts Sept. 1 with a game against Oregon State in Columbus.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA-TRANSFERS ELIGIBLE
NCAA deems Florida transfer WRs Grimes, Jefferson eligible
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Transfer wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson, two of Florida’s most dynamic players during spring practice, are now eligible to play.
The NCAA on Thursday granted both players waivers to play in 2018. The move comes one day before the Gators open fall camp.
Grimes spent last season at Ohio State, catching three passes for 20 yards. Jefferson spent the past three seasons at Mississippi, hauling in 91 catches for 999 yards and four touchdowns the last two years.
Both transferred to Florida in January. Jefferson still needs another waiver, one from the Southeastern Conference, because he transferred from one league school to another. That waiver is expected to be a formality.
Redskins: Doctson OK after landing hard on left shoulder
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says wide receiver Josh Doctson is OK after landing hard on his left shoulder.
Gruden said Thursday “everything checked out fine” after an evaluation. The third-year receiver is expected to be held out of at least one practice, but Gruden insisted it’s not a problem.
Doctson got tangled up with cornerback Josh Norman during red-zone drills at training camp Thursday and left with trainers. He posted on Twitter that he was OK.
Achilles’ tendon soreness robbed the 2016 first-round pick of most of his rookie season. But he played every game last year and had 35 catches for 502 yards and six touchdowns. Even with the addition of Paul Richardson, the Redskins expect significant contributions from Doctson with new quarterback Alex Smith.
WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN-WIE WITHDRAWS
Wie withdraws from Women’s British Open with hand injury
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) – Michelle Wie has withdrawn from the Women’s British Open midway through her first round because of a hand injury.
The American golfer was 7 over after 12 holes at Royal Lytham on Thursday when she quit.
Wie, who is ranked No. 18, says in a post on Twitter she “gave it all” but “couldn’t handle the pain any longer.”
Wie said she has been playing through pain all year, and that she would be taking some time off so her hand could fully recover.