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September 13, 2021
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MLB
Two 40-somethings face off
UNDATED (AP) – Mets 41-year-old left-hander Rich Hill is set to face Cardinals 40-year-old righty Adam Wainwright in a showdown of veterans who still got it.
Hill has allowed three earned runs over 17 innings in his previous three starts, and Wainwright pitched into the ninth inning against the Dodgers in a 5-4 win his last time out.
They have a way to go chasing the record for oldest matchup. The Angels’ Don Sutton and Indians’ Phil Niekro (NEE’-kroh) were a combined 90 years, 135 days old when they pitched against each other on Jun 8, 1987.

 

Also in Major League Baseball:
– Toronto rolls into a home series against AL East-leading Tampa Bay after scoring 22 runs Sunday and 44 runs over three games during a weekend set against the last-place Orioles. Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough (8-4, 4.90) gets the unenviable task of trying to slow the Jays, who are battling with the Red Sox, Yankees, Mariners and A’s for two AL wild cards. Rookie right-hander Alek Manoah (5-2, 3.71) is set to pitch for Toronto.

 

– The Twins will interrupt a six-game homestand in Minnesota to travel to New York for a makeup game at Yankee Stadium. The teams were rained out Aug. 22 in the finale of a four-game set in the Bronx, creating a scheduling headache that has the Twins traveling to the East Coast for a day wedged between three-game home sets against Kansas City and Cleveland.

 

– San Diego is monitoring left-hander Blake Snell after he left a game Sunday against the Dodgers after 11 pitches with a left adductor strain. Snell retired his first two batters on popups to left field. He was facing Trea Turner when he suddenly left the mound with a 2-1 count, having thrown 11 pitches. The left-hander limped slightly as he walked off with the groin injury.

 

DJOKOVIC-SERBIA
Serbia cries with Djokovic over lost chance to make history
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia awoke to disappointment today after Novak Djokovic failed in his attempt to make tennis history by becoming the first man in more than 50 years to win a calendar-year Grand Slam.
There was an eerie silence in the Serbian capital instead of the usual fireworks, car horns blaring and dancing in the streets after previous major finals involving Djokovic.
The top-ranked Djokovic lost to Russian opponent Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday in the U.S. Open final. He would have been the first man to win the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open in the same year since Rod Laver did it in 1969.

 

OLYMPICS BID-UKRAINE
Ukraine wants to prepare a bid to host a Winter Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Ukraine wants to enter formal talks about hosting the Winter Olympics.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he will soon send officials to a meeting at the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Switzerland. He made the pledge during IOC president Thomas Bach’s weekend visit to Kyiv.
The next available Winter Games to bid for is in 2030. A new and flexible Olympic bidding process means countries don’t need to specify immediately where or when they hope to host. The IOC has said Salt Lake City, Sapporo and a Barcelona-Pyrenees plan were interested in hosting a winter edition from 2030 through 2038.