Contract between Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals on hold until after free agency

Adam Wainwright‘s contract with the St. Louis Cardinals has been put on hold because it violates the maximum-cut rule, and the pitcher will have to become a free agent before the agreement can be finalized, sources told the Associated Press on Thursday. The Cardinals announced the agreement with the 37-year-old right-hander on Oct. 11. He has finished a $97.5 million, five-year contract that paid $19.5 million annually. Under baseball’s labor contract, his guaranteed salary could not be reduced by more than 20 percent if he remains on the roster continuously.…

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Dwight Howard misses Wizards season opener with sore buttocks

WASHINGTON — Dwight Howard sat out the Washington Wizards‘ season opener Thursday night with what the team said is a sore buttocks. Washington’s new starting center missed all of training camp and the entire exhibition schedule. He did not participate in any practices at all until Monday. Coach Scott Brooks said before the Wizards hosted the Miami Heat that Ian Mahinmi would replace Howard in the lineup for Game 1. “He’s getting close,” Brooks said about Howard, who did not miss a single game because of injury last season with…

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Saints put WR Ted Ginn Jr. on injured reserve with knee injury

METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints placed veteran receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on injured reserve Thursday with a knee injury, which will mean a greater role for backups Cameron Meredith and Tre’Quan Smith. It’s unclear if Ginn has a chance to return later this season after missing the required eight weeks. He had been dealing with a knee injury for more than a month and did not play in Week 5 before the Saints had a bye in Week 6. It was not immediately clear if he suffered a…

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Pioneer of Women’s Soccer in Mexico Is Found Dead

MEXICO CITY — Marbella Ibarra, a coach who pioneered the development of women’s soccer in Mexico, was found beaten to death this week, a month after she went missing from her home in the border city of Tijuana. From her start as a star forward at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Ms. Ibarra dedicated her career to training female players. She was the driving force behind Mexico’s first professional women’s team, persuading Club Tijuana to form a female squad four years ago. Ms. Ibarra, who was 46, was buried…

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Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings goalie, activated from injured reserve

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Kings have activated goalie Jonathan Quick from injured reserve. The season is taking shape, and every team is forming an identity. Here’s the one thing (a player, a line or something else) carrying all 31. The Kings also sent goalie Peter Budaj back to their AHL affiliate in Ontario on Thursday before Los Angeles’ home game against the New York Islanders. Quick played in the Kings’ season opener, but he missed the next five games with a lower-body injury suffered in practice. Jack…

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Daniel Ricciardo – IndyCar ovals ‘creep me out a little bit’

AUSTIN, Texas — Daniel Ricciardo is unsure whether he would ever feel fully comfortable racing on one of IndyCar’s oval race circuits. Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of his fifth world title but says his biggest successes are yet to come. ESPN talks to the Mercedes driver about how he plans to build a brand that goes beyond just Formula One. Earlier this year Canadian driver Robert Wickens was left with multiple leg and arm fractures as well as rib, elbow and spinal chord injuries during a scary crash…

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Dominion extends support of PGA Tour Champions event for 10 years

RICHMOND, Va. — The PGA Tour Champions has announced that Dominion Energy has agreed to a 10-year extension of its sponsorship of a tour stop in Richmond. The extension, announced on the day before the opening day of the tour’s annual visit to the Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course, extends the company’s commitment through 2029. The tour for players 50 and older made its debut in Virginia’s capital city in 2016. This year’s Dominion Energy Charity Classic is the opening event in the tour’s three-event Charles Schwab Cup…

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Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test: Australia 47-1, Pakistan have two days to win series

By: AP | Uae | Updated: October 19, 2018 4:03:22 am By stumps on day three, Australia was 47-1, Aaron Finch was on 24, and Travis Head on 17. (AP Photo) Babar Azam just missed a maiden Test century but Pakistan gave itself more than two days to win the short Test series against Australia and made a good start on Thursday. Azam fell for a career-best 99 and captain Sarfraz Ahmed added 81 before he declared their second innings over at 400-9 for an overall lead of 537 runs.…

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The Mervyn Westfield affair: £6,000 to concede 12 runs in an over

By: Express News Service | Published: October 19, 2018 3:23:45 am Mervyn Westfield met Danish Kaneria while playing for Essex at the age of 18. (Photo: Express Archive) Mervyn Westfield, a former Essex medium pacer, was charged for bringing the game to disrepute and was sentenced to four months in prison in 2013 for spot-fixing — the first English player to be jailed for such an offence. What was he charged with?Westfield, who was only 23 when he was implicated, pleaded guilty to accepting £6,000 to concede 12 runs from…

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Sebastian Vettel – It’s pretty obvious Lewis Hamilton did a better job

AUSTIN, Texas — Sebastian Vettel says the 67-point gap between himself and Lewis Hamilton tells you all you need to know about who has done a better job in this year’s championship fight. Vettel’s title campaign is all but over ahead of this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix as he arrives in Austin needing a top two finish just to keep his slim title hopes alive. A series of mistakes by the German midway through the season saw Hamilton take the lead in the championship and Mercedes’ recent performance gains have…

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