Athlete health

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks to his team during the 13th inning of the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Chicago. The Rockies won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
October 03, 2018 - 5:53 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs expect to make changes after an early playoff exit. Just not in the manager's office. Joe Maddon will return as skipper for a fifth season, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday. "He's the manager of this team and I'm very happy about that,"...
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
October 03, 2018 - 5:52 pm
LONDON (AP) — Back at the scene of his 2011 Champions League final triumph, Lionel Messi delivered another display of artistry at Wembley Stadium. Messi's two goals helped Barcelona fight off Tottenham's second-half resurgence and secured a 4-2 win for the visitors on Wednesday. But the victory —...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) is escorted by an official off the ice after he checked St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist, on ice at back center, during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, in Washington. Wilson has been suspended 20 games by the NHL for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game. Wilson's punishment was announced Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, just hours before the reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals were to raise their banner and open their title defense by hosting the Boston Bruins to begin the regular season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
October 03, 2018 - 1:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended 20 games by the NHL on Wednesday for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during the preseason. Wilson's punishment was announced just hours before the reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals were to raise a banner and open...
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FILe - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman (24) tries to evade Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Bennett (77) during the first half of an NFL football game, in Philadelphia. Freeman, who has missed three straight games with a sore right knee, is expected back this week, just in time to give the Atlanta Falcons a much-needed boost as they prepare to play at Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)
October 03, 2018 - 1:02 pm
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Running back Devonta Freeman has been cleared to play after missing three games with a sore right knee, giving the Atlanta Falcons an important boost as they prepare to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Wednesday that Freeman, the team's leading...
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New York Yankees players take batting practice during a team workout before their upcoming American League wildcard baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 03, 2018 - 12:26 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: TRY AGAIN Luis Severino gets a wild-card do-over when he starts for the Yankees against Oakland in a winner-take-all matchup. Severino allowed three runs and got just one out in last year's wild-card game against Minnesota before New York rallied...
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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) rubs the ball before the start of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
October 02, 2018 - 10:55 pm
Carmelo Anthony fit right in and James Harden and Chris Paul picked up right where they left off. The Houston Rockets' offense looks like it will keep on rolling. Anthony scored 13 points in his Rockets debut, Harden and Paul both had at least 20, and Houston beat Memphis 131-115 on Tuesday night...
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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks, of Australia, speaks during a news conference before their upcoming American League wildcard baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 02, 2018 - 6:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Fittingly, Liam Hendriks wore his cap backward. A reliever is going to start a team's postseason opener. A pitcher with no wins in the regular season. A pitcher cut from the 40-man roster in June who spent two months toiling in the minor leagues. A pitcher from Down Under who was...
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October 02, 2018 - 3:21 pm
Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock was very much the diplomat after goalies Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard were claimed off waivers Tuesday. "Good for Mac. Good for Pick," Babcock said. "Too bad for our depth." McElhinney was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes, whose projected starter...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor is seen in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award. Molitor has been offered another position within the organization. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
October 02, 2018 - 2:54 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor on Tuesday, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award, in pursuit of more productive development by their younger players. "This wasn't about our record this year. This is about what we think is best as we...
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FILE - In this May 30, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) warms up before the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, in Atlanta. The Braves are trying to determine the status of shortstop Dansby Swanson, who has a sore wrist, as they prepare to open their NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers .(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
October 02, 2018 - 1:35 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Shortstop Dansby Swanson did not participate in the Atlanta Braves' light workout Tuesday and appears to be a longshot to make the team's roster for its NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Swanson partially tore a ligament in his left hand on a swing against the Mets...
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