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Yordan Alvarez was put to a hospital during the game against Atlanta when shortness of breath got worse.




(AP) ATLANTA — According to Houston manager Dusty Baker, left fielder Yordan Alvarez of the Astros was transported to the hospital during Friday night’s game against Atlanta due to shortness of breath that was made worse by the Braves’ in-game fireworks.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, with two outs, Alvarez left the game on his own. When Braves rookie Vaughn Grissom fouled a ball off his foot and needed medical attention, there was a pause in play.

Alvarez, who has a batting average of.295 with 31 home runs and 77 RBIs, made a break towards the Houston dugout at that point.

AP — SAVANNAH, Georgia Bill Lee, a former Boston Red Sox standout, passed out in the bullpen before a Savannah Bananas preseason game, but the 75-year-old pitcher was helped off the field.

Team president Jared Orton wrote to The Associated Press in an email, “He was able to depart the stadium with medical treatment and was transferred to a local hospital.”

The incident took place when Lee, a Red Sox Hall of Famer and fan favorite known as “Spaceman,” was in the right-field bullpen.

The Bananas are a well-liked team with bright yellow uniforms and exciting on- and off-field behavior. Lee threw for them. The Bananas also play in the Coastal Plain Competition, a summer college league.

(AP) ATLANTA — Outfielder Marcell Ozuna of the Atlanta Braves was detained early on Friday and accused with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Before the matchup with the Houston Astros, Ozuna spoke to the media for 18 seconds. He gave a statement but refused to answer any queries.

Ozuna has been arrested twice in as many years. On May 29, 2021, he was detained on suspicion of aggravated assault by strangulation and battery after police claimed to have seen him assault his wife. After he successfully completed a pretrial diversion program, those charges were dismissed.

At before 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Ozuna was taken into custody by a Norcross Police officer in metro Atlanta and lodged in the Gwinnett County jail. He was released on a $1,830 bond after being charged with DUI and failing to maintain lane.


LA (Associated Press) – After a coaching tenure in the NFL that lasted less than a full season, Urban Meyer is making a comeback to Fox’s “Big Noon Saturday” college football pregame show.

Meyer would return to the program he was a member of for its first two seasons, Fox stated.

Meyer worked as an analyst for the Los Angeles-based studio show in 2019 and 2020 after ceasing to serve as Ohio State’s head coach following the 2018 campaign.

He was then hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach in January 2021, but his turbulent reign only lasted 13 games. Meyer was sacked after the Jaguars finished 2-11 and was embroiled in a number of off-field disputes.

On “Big Noon Saturday,” Meyer, who won two national championships at Florida and one at Ohio State, is back with a recognizable cast. Former USC Heisman Trophy winners Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, as well as former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, will provide analysis on the show, which will continue to be hosted by Rob Stone.


(AP) NEW YORK — This September, a Netflix documentary about the “Redeem Squad,” the 2008 U.S. men’s basketball team, will make its debut. Executive producers for the film include LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

According to Netflix, “The Redeem Team” will premiere on the streaming service on October 7. The movie marks the first time Netflix and the IOC have worked together. The documentary follows the 2008 team’s quest for gold in Beijing following a disappointing bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens with behind-the-scenes video and interviews from the players and coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The 2008 team, which also featured James, Wade, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony, was led by Kobe Bryant as its captain. The group, whose moniker alludes to the legendary “Dream Team” of 1992, defeated Spain in the gold medal match.

Jon Weinbach, a producer of the Netflix documentary series “The Last Dance” on Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls, is the director of “The Redeem Team.”

ATHLETICS TAMPA, Florida (AP) – At the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Shilese Jones took the lead after posting an all-around score of 57.200 while riding a strong bars routine.

The 20-year-old Jones started the contest with the highest score of the evening on any event—a remarkable 14.850—during her bars set. The best performance of her professional career was punctuated by a floor exercise that made a strong argument for her inclusion on the world championship team later this year. She rode the wave through the final three revolutions.

Konnor McClain comes in second with a score of 56.400 after scoring a world-record 14.8 on the beam in 2022. Olympic silver medallist Jordan Chiles is tied for third with Kayla DiCello at 55.950. Jade Carey, who won the gold medal on floor last summer in Tokyo, is ranked sixth.

The championship game is set for Sunday night.

Leanne Wong, who won silver at the 2021 world championships, scratched her final two floor exercise and vault events because it looked she landed awkwardly on her beam dismount.

(AP) GOLF WILMINGTON, DE — Adam Scott believed that because of how well he was playing, he should eventually start getting some higher scores. That particular time seemed to have come just right.

A double bogey on the 17th hole marred Scott’s otherwise flawless round of 2-under 69, giving him a one-shot lead heading into the weekend at the BMW Championship.

Scottie Scheffler, the reigning Masters champion, started the game with three straight birdies before cooling off to shoot a 67. Jordan Spieth’s dreams of shooting a round without a bogey were narrowly dashed when his tee shot landed in the first cut rather than the fairway. A bogey earned him a score of 67.

Along with Cameron Young (68) and Corey Conners, they were all one shot back (67).

SPAIN’S SOTOGRANDE (AP) — Jessica Korda won the team competition and increased her lead to six shots heading into the final day of the Aramco Team Series in Sotogrande.

A day after shooting an 11-under 61 that tied the course record and was the lowest score relative to par ever made on the Ladies European Tour, Korda played a 4-under 68 in the second round.

Jessica Korda’s sister Nelly Korda, who shot a 69 to finish third, was another shot back in second place. She finished six shots ahead of Pauline Roussin of France (68).

The foursome consisting of Jessica Korda, Tereza Melecka, Noora Komulainen, and amateur Malcolm Borwick won the 36-hole team competition by one shot after shooting a combined total of 33-under over two rounds.


Ohio’s MASON (AP) — Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev defeated 11th-seeded Taylor Fritz 7-6 (1), 6-3 to advance to the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals in preparation for his U.S. Open title defense.

The 2019 Western & Southern Open was won by Medvedev, a 26-year-old Russian who was barred from Wimbledon due to his nation’s invasion of Ukraine. He was more alert on Friday than he was when he lost to Nick Kyrgios in the round of 32 last week in Montreal.

In the semifinals, Medvedev will take against No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas. John Isner was defeated by Tsitsipas 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3.

In the other semifinal, Borna Coric will take against No. 11 Cameron Norrie. Coric defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime, ranked ninth, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals as the tournament’s second-lowest-ranked player since the ATP rankings’ inception in August 1973. Coric is ranked No. 152.

In a match that lasted three hours and three minutes, Carlos Alcaraz, rated fourth, was defeated by Norrie, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4.

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