Los Angeles Dodgers replace Alex Wood with Ross Stripling in rotation

ST. LOUIS — With the Los Angeles Dodgers trying to mount one last push for a sixth straight National League West title, manager Dave Roberts is tweaking his starting rotation. Back for good is righty Ross Stripling, and out is lefty Alex Wood. Roberts said Stripling would start on Thursday before the start of a big four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. “We’re pushing (Hyun-Jin) Ryu to Monday. And we’re going to put Alex Wood in the pen for the foreseeable future, unless something changes,” Roberts said. “Two reasons:…

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Though still without a win, Tiger Woods’ return to golf in 2018 has been an immense success

Tiger Woods has not won a golf tournament since 2013. Tiger Woods has had an undeniably successful 2018 season. Those two sentences seem to be contradictory, but they are also both true. Many people look at the body of work Tiger has put together this year and think, oftentimes because of his own standards, he has not cleared an invisible bar for the 2017-18 PGA Tour season. Winning is overrated, though, for a variety of reasons we don’t have time to get into today, and it’s also about the only…

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Other Sports: The latest example of how Dallas native Jordan Spieth continues to give back to his home

Dallas City Council member Adam McGough could have introduced Jordan Spieth as a three-time major champion. Or 11-time PGA Tour winner. Or with other wondrous golf factoids preceding his name. Not on this Thursday morning, though. Not on this occasion, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open an all-inclusive, state-of-the-art playground at Flag Hill Pole Park in northeast Dallas, partially funded by the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation. “He’s a person that every time you get a chance to see him play, you can just wholeheartedly put your support behind a guy that’s…

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When Aaron Judge Returns, Yankees Will Have an Outfield Puzzle

MINNEAPOLIS — It was a welcome sight for the Yankees on Wednesday, as Aaron Judge jogged across the diamond to take batting practice with the full team for the first time since breaking a bone in his right wrist on July 26. Judge, their 6-foot-7, 282-pound slugger, grabbed a bat and proceeded to spray line drives all over Target Field. The Yankees remain optimistic that he will return from the injury before the end of the season, but they’ve offered few details beyond that. He needs at-bats first, most likely…

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Oakland Athletics RHP Trevor Cahill scratched from start with back strain

The surging Oakland Athletics won’t have Trevor Cahill on the mound Saturday. The right-hander had been scratched from his scheduled start at Tampa Bay with a rhomboid (upper back) muscle strain. Cahill has returned to Oakland for an MRI. The A’s wrap up a three-game series at Baltimore on Thursday night. Manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that he’s hopeful Cahill (6-3, 3.77 ERA) can pitch on the team’s next homestand, which begins Tuesday versus the Angels. Oakland has been plagued with season-ending injuries to pitchers. Daniel Gossett, Kendall Graveman,…

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Police officer involved in arrest of Sterling Brown of Milwaukee Bucks fired

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts mocking the incident, the city’s police chief said Thursday. Police Chief Alfonso Morales said the firing decision was not tied to anything Erik Andrade did when Brown was arrested, but he explained that the social media posts compromised the officer’s ability to testify in other cases. Morales spoke about the case at a Marquette University event. Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers…

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Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant appreciates Jon Gruden’s tough love

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Yes, Martavis Bryant heard Jon Gruden’s backhanded compliment, the Oakland Raiders coach calling the receiver a “white tiger” during training camp. No, Bryant did not take offense to the nickname. “I feel like he’s issuing a challenge for me to become the best person I can be,” Bryant said Thursday, “I don’t take comments in a negative way; I take it as a motivational factor. He just wants me to be the best player and I thank him for that. You need tough love to be the…

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Toronto Maple Leafs give OK for beards, moustaches

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs will be allowed to show up for work a little scruffier this season. General manager Kyle Dubas said Thursday that he’s relaxing predecessor Lou Lamoriello’s rule banning beards and moustaches. “I want the players to be at their best, whatever their individual best may be,” Dubas said as the Maple Leafs gathered for medicals and testing to open training camp. “Part of that is letting them really express themselves in a professional manner and to try and be themselves the best they can. “It’s…

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Maria Torres and Carlota Ciganda Take the Early Lead at the Evian Championship

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Maria Torres, a rookie from Puerto Rico, and Carlota Ciganda of Spain each shot six-under-par 65 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead at the Evian Championship, the fifth and final major championship on the L.P.G.A. Tour. Ciganda had six birdies and no birdies, while Torres, a rookie, carded an eagle to help offset two bogeys in her round here at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Austin Ernst, an American, had sole possession of third place at five under. So Yeon Ryu of South Korea,…

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Vittoria Bussi breaks Hour Record in second attempt within 48-hours

Italian cyclist Vittoria Bussi has broken the women’s Hour Record, covering 48.007km in 60 minutes at Aguascalientes veldrome, Mexico. The Doctor in Pure Mathematics takes the mantle from Evelyn Stevens, who covered 47.980km in an hour, in February 2016. Bussi made an attempt at the historic record on Wednesday, but climbed off her bike at 44-minutes. A spokesperson told Cycling Weekly that Wednesday’s failure was a “bit of a fire-drill” and that her decision to end the attempt and try again was due to weather conditions. The successful attempt was the 31-year-old’s…

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