Update on the latest in sports:
As regular season beckons, competition for jobs intensifies in Major League Baseball
UNDATED (AP) –New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t put on a timetable on a return, only saying, “He’s going to be sidelined for a bit.” The Yankees start the regular season April 2 at Tampa Bay.
It is not certain how or when Gregorius got hurt while helping the Netherlands reach the semifinals of the WBC. He hit .348, driving in eight runs and scoring five in the tournament.
Gregorius is among a handful of major league players to leave their WBC team because of injuries.
Miami third baseman Martin Prado strained his hamstring while playing for Venezuela and returned to the Marlins over the weekend. All-Star catcher Salvador Perez of the Royals injured his knee in a home plate collision and also left the Venezuelan team.
Meanwhile, Tim Tebow’s next team on his baseball journey will be Columbia Fireflies. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback will start the regular season with the New York Mets’ Class A club in South Carolina.
The 29-year-old Tebow is hitting .235 with four hits in 17 at-bats for the Mets in spring training. The outfielder will wear his football number, No. 15, with the Fireflies.
No games today
UNDATED (AP) — They’re still talking about the big upset in the NCAA — no Duke. Duke lost yesterday, 88-81 to South Carolina. After the game, coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) said, “at the end of the season I want my guys to either be crying because we’ve lost or crying because we’ve just won.” Krzyzewski said, “This is one of the most proud teams for me.” The NCAA men have no games today.
Key injuries could derail South Carolina, Notre Dame women
NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina and Notre Dame both survived upset bids in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
But the two No. 1 seeds may have trouble advancing much further because of knee injuries to key players.
The Gamecocks rallied to beat Arizona State 71-68 without starting guard Allisha Gray. She was carried off the court after hurting her knee late in the game, and coach Dawn Staley said Gray was being evaluated by doctors after the game.
Notre Dame needed overtime to dispatch Purdue, doing so without star forward Brianna Turner. She went down with a left knee injury late in the first half. She walked off the court to the locker room, but didn’t play in the second half as Notre Dame won 88-82 in OT. Coach Muffet McGraw said postgame that Turner would have an MRI on her knee today.
NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina and Notre Dame both survived upset bids in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. But the two No. 1 seeds may have trouble advancing much further because of knee injuries to key players. The Gamecocks’ Allisha Gray was carried off the court after hurting her knee before beating Arizona State. Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner went down with a left knee injury late in the first half of yesterday’s victory over Purdue. She’s getting an MRI today.
UNDATED (AP) — NCAA women’s action gets under way at 6:35 p.m. Eastern Time with UConn facing Syracuse and Stanford against Kansas State. There are six other games on tap:
Oregon vs. Duke, 6:40 p.m.
Louisville vs. Tennessee, 6:45 p.m.
Oklahoma vs. Washington, 9:05 p.m.
Baylor vs. California, 9:10 p.m.
Quinnipiac vs. Miami, 9:10 p.m.
UCLA vs. Texas A&M, 10 p.m.
These are the NBA games coming up tonight:
Atlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Utah at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Washington at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Houston, 8 p.m.
Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
New York at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
In the NHL tonight:
Boston at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona at Nashville, 8 p.m.
San Jose at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
BRADY JERSEY FOUND
NFL: Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey found
HOUSTON (AP) — The search for Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey is over. And the trail leads to Mexico.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Monday that department investigators relied on a tip from an informant and tracked Brady’s jersey from last month’s 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons to Mexico.
They also found the quarterback’s jersey that had gone missing after the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL has said the jersey was in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media.” A Mexican newspaper company, the Mexican Editorial Organization, said on Twitter a short time later that a former executive from tabloid Diario La Prensa was involved in the case.
A statement was expected later in the day.
The jerseys are in the possession of the FBI in Boston, and law enforcement was working to authenticate them.
Wawrinka calls laughing Federer expletive on court
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Roger Federer has a reputation as one of the nicest pro athletes among his fellow tennis players and fans.
When Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah) got emotional in his post-match comments to the crowd after losing the BNP Paribas Open final Sunday, Federer sat courtside laughing.
Wawrinka said, “I would like to congratulate Roger,” then Wawrinka called Federer an expletive. Wawrinka wiped his eyes and apologized to the crowd, explaining he was tired after the desert tournament ended Sunday.
2020 Olympic golf course votes to amend membership policy
TOKYO (AP) — The course that will host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament has decided to change its membership policy to include women.
The Kasumigaseki Country Club says its executive board decided on the change after discussions among its members. The membership policy came under scrutiny when Tokyo’s governor urged it to admit women as full members.
Other critics said the club’s policy was contrary to the spirit of the Olympics.
SPIKE LEE-COLIN KAEPERNICK
Director wants to know why there’s no interest in Kaepernick
NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee says it’s “fishy” that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains an NFL free agent.
Kaepernick’s season-long protest of “The Star Spangled Banner” ahead of 49ers games became a topic of national debate last season. Kaepernick was protesting police treatment of minorities in the country. He has indicated he plans to stand for the anthem next season.
Lee wrote on Instagram Sunday that he had brunch with Kaepernick in New York. The director questioned what crime Kaepernick has committed. He says the quarterback’s lack of suitors “smells mad fishy to me.”
Lee is suggesting his hometown New York Jets take a look at Kaepernick.