Braves make rotation change for series opener vs. Red Sox (May 25, 2018)

BOSTON — Massachusetts native Sean Newcomb was in line to make a homecoming start for the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park on Friday night. Instead, he will wait until Saturday as manager Brian Snitker has moved Julio Teheran into the Friday start against the Boston Red Sox and he did it for good reason. Newcomb, a rookie, has thrived when given an extra days’ rest. Article continues below … In fact, he is 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA while making seven of his previous nine starts with an extra day…

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Super Rugby player suspended for 6 weeks for midair kick

SYDNEY (AP) Highlanders player Tevita Nabura has been suspended for six weeks for a kung fu-style kick in midair to an opponent’s head in a Super Rugby match. Nabura leaped into the air to catch a kick in the Highlanders’ game against New South Wales Waratahs last weekend, then stretched out his right foot and connected with Waratahs wing Cameron Clark on the side of his face. Nabura was sent off in the game, which New Zealand’s Highlanders lost 41-12. Article continues below … Super Rugby organizer SANZAAR said a…

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Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA Finals

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets are so full of physical defenders that Golden State coach Steve Kerr said many look like they could play football. And with three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt watching from a courtside seat Thursday night, this team long known for its powerful offense relied again on its defense to beat the Warriors 98-94 and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. ”Both teams are playing their guys heavy minutes so shots will fall or not,” James Harden said. ”But I…

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Now 25 years in, Bettman is never off as NHL commissioner

NEW YORK (AP) There’s usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ready to go from enjoying a nice meal to running a multibillion-dollar business and back again. The commissioner of a storied league with 24 teams in the United States and seven in Canada doesn’t put his work on hold for life or…

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OFICIAL | Asier Garitano, nuevo entrenador de la Real Sociedad

La Real Sociedad ha hecho oficial la contratación de Asier Garitano, ex preparador del Leganés este curso 2017/18. Firmará un contrato de tres años hasta 2021. El de Vergara sustituirá a Eusebio Sacristán y Imanol Alguacil, dos técnicos que han dirigido a los donostiarras este ejercicio 2017/18. El equipo vasco cuajó una aceptable campaña al finalizar La Liga en los puestos tranquilos de la tabla sin sufrir por mantener la categoría.  Por lo tanto, Asier Garitano cogerá las riendas de la Real Sociedad, con la misión de llevarlo a Europa…

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Storm take on Sky (May 25, 2018)

The Seattle Storm will finally get to face a team other than the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night. Seattle played both of its preseason games against Phoenix, then met the Mercury in their first two games of the regular season. The Storm (1-1) will get a chance to measure themselves against the Chicago Sky (2-1) on Friday at KeyArena. Article continues below … After losing their home opener, the Storm won 87-71 on Wednesday in Phoenix as Jewell Loyd scored 29 points. “It feels good to win. It energizes you,”…

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Kyle Busch captures pole at Charlotte; Harvick starts last

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch is hoping his third career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway will help end a dubious drought at a track that has frustrated him for years. Kevin Harvick is probably just anxious to get back on the track. Busch took the pole Thursday night for the Coca-Cola-Cola 600 on Sunday, while NASCAR Cup Series points leader Harvick will begin in the rear. Busch has never won a Cup points race in his previous 28 starts at Charlotte, although he did win an All-Star race here. Article…

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Smith’s push for All-Star race package at 600 denied

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith learned a long time ago from NASCAR Hall of Fame father Bruton Smith not to be afraid to try ”new and crazy” things when it comes to auto racing. That’s why the younger Smith lobbied NASCAR hard to use the same rules package for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 that was experimented with in the All-Star race. Even though Kevin Harvick led the final 11 laps and rolled to his third consecutive win this season in the $1 million shootout, the restrictor plates…

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