Update on the latest in sports:
Freshman leaves Oklahoma for NBA
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma star freshman Trae Young is leaving for the NBA after a standout season.
The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists this season, and many projections have him going early in the first round. He posted the reasons for his decision on ESPN early Tuesday, saying he was ready to put in the work needed to play in the NBA.
Young ended the regular season as the national leader in both scoring and assists. He closed the season with 28 points and seven assists in Oklahoma’s 83-78 overtime loss to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Turner is hit again — and this time it hurts
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – After being hit by a pitch 19 times last season — the most on the Dodgers — Justin Turner has been plunked again, and this time it’s going to sideline him for a while.
The slugger suffered a broken left wrist when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game last night against Oakland. It’s an injury that usually keeps players out for several weeks.
With opening day just ten days away, the Dodgers seem likely to slide Logan Forsythe to third base. Chase Utley or someone else would assume regular duty at second base.
The 33-year-old Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last season.
Blue Jays name veteran Happ to start
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) – J.A. Happ has been picked to start opening day for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that the 35-year-old left-hander will face the New York Yankees and right-hander Luis Severino on March 29. Happ went 10-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts last season.
He will face a Yankees lineup that could see Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez hit 2-3-4.
Entering spring training, Marcus Stroman was expected to get the opening day assignment, but he was slowed by right shoulder inflammation. Stroman will start the finale of the four-game series against the Yankees.
Aaron Sanchez will start the second game, followed by Marco Estrada. Jaime Garcia will be the Blue Jays’ fifth starter.
Bills agree to re-sign linebacker Humber
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills have agreed to re-sign linebacker Ramon Humber to a one-year contract.
Humber returns for a third season in Buffalo after starting a career-high nine games last year. He has nine seasons of NFL experience and signed with Buffalo in 2016 to serve in mostly a special teams role.
Last year, the 30-year-old was credited with 83 tackles, including 12 in a season-opening win over the New York Jets. He also had one sack and forced a fumble while playing about 50 percent of the defensive snaps over 13 games.
Humber’s playing time decreased over the season with 2017 fifth-round draft pick, Matt Milano, taking over the starting job.
Buffalo still has an opening at starting middle linebacker after Preston Brown signed with Cincinnati last weekend.
Putin seeks changes in doping rules
MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his country’s diplomats to seek changes to international doping rules in the wake of the nation’s drug scandals.
Putin says the Foreign Ministry should try to alter the key treaty underpinning anti-doping work worldwide. He adds Russian diplomats working with UNESCO should aim to “refine” the existing International Convention against Doping in Sport so that “the rules are fair and absolutely transparent.”
The treaty is the basis for the global drug-testing system led by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which has accused Russia of running a state-sponsored doping program in dozens of sports.
The Russian government says it and its athletes have unfairly been maligned.