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

Alvarez left the game under his own power with two outs late in the fifth inning. There was a break in action when Braves rookie Vaughn Grissom fouled a ball off his foot and was treated by a coach.

That’s when Alvarez, who is batting .295 with 31 home runs and 77 RBIs, made his break for the Houston dugout.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox star Bill Lee collapsed in the bullpen while warming up for a Savannah Bananas exhibition game, but pitcher 75-year-old left the field with help.

“He was able to leave the stadium with medical attention and was taken to a local hospital,” team president Jared Orton said in an email to The Associated Press.

Lee, a Red Sox Hall of Famer and affectionately nicknamed “Spaceman,” was in the right-field bullpen when the episode occurred.

Lee pitched for the Bananas, a popular club known for their bright yellow uniforms and entertaining antics on and off the field. There is another version of the Bananas in the Coastal Plain League, a college summer league.

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested early Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ozuna spoke to reporters for 18 seconds before the game against the Houston Astros. He made a statement, but did not answer any questions.

It was the second arrest in as many years for Ozuna. He was arrested on May 29, 2021 for aggravated assault by strangulation and bodily harm after officers said they saw him attack his wife. Those charges were dropped after he completed a pre-trial diversion program.

Ozuna was arrested by a Norcross police officer in metro Atlanta and taken to the Gwinnett County Jail around 4:30 a.m. Friday. He was charged with impaired driving and failing to keep lane and was released on $1,830 bond.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urban Meyer is returning to Fox’s “Big Noon Saturday” college football pregame show after his NFL coaching career lasted less than a full season.

Fox announced that Meyer would join the show he was a part of during its first two seasons.

After stepping down as Ohio State coach after the 2018 season, Meyer worked as an analyst for the Los Angeles-based studio show in 2019 and 2020.

Then he was hired to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars in January 2021, but only lasted 13 games before his tumultuous tenure came to an end in December. He was fired after the Jags went 2-11 and Meyer was mired in several off-field controversies.

Meyer, who won two national titles in Florida and one at Ohio State, returns to a familiar cast on “Big Noon Saturday.” Rob Stone will continue to host the show, with former USC Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush and former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn providing analysis.


NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary about the 2008 U.S. men’s basketball team known as the “Redeem Team,” with executive producers including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, will premiere on Netflix this fall .

“The Redeem Team” will debut October 7 on Netflix, the streaming service has announced. The film is Netflix’s first collaboration with the International Olympic Committee. Featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with players and coach Mike Krzyzewski, the documentary chronicles the 2008 team’s bid for gold at the Beijing Games after a disappointing bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. .

Kobe Bryant captained the 2008 team, which also included James, Wade, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. The team, whose nickname referred to the legendary “Dream Team” of 1992, beat Spain in the gold medal match.

“The Redeem Team” is directed by Jon Weinbach, producer of Netflix’s 2020 documentary series about Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls, “The Last Dance.”


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Shilese Jones took the lead at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, performing a dynamic bars routine to post a total of 57.200.

The 20-year-old Jones opened the competition with an impressive 14.850 during her bars set, the highest score of the evening across any event. She rode the momentum through the final three rotations, punctuating the best performance of her elite career with a floor exercise that provided a compelling case that she should make the world championship squad more late this year.

Konnor McClain, whose 14.8 on beam scored the world’s best score in the event in 2022, is second at 56.400. 2020 Olympic team silver medalist Jordan Chiles is tied with Kayla DiCello for third at 55.950. Jade Carey, gold medalist on floor in Tokyo last summer, is fifth.

The finals are scheduled for Sunday evening.

2021 world championship silver medalist Leanne Wong appeared to land awkwardly on her balance beam run and missed her final two events on floor and vault.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Adam Scott felt he was playing well enough to start seeing better scores at some point. This moment seems to have come at the right time.

Scott put up another tidy round save for a holeshot – a double bogey on the 17th – for a 2 under 69 that gave him a one-shot lead heading into the weekend at the BMW Championship.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler opened with three straight birdies then cooled for 67, while Jordan Spieth’s hopes of a bogey-free round ended inches when his tee shot caught the first cut sticky instead of the fairway. His bogey gave him a 67.

They were a step behind, as were Cameron Young (68) and Corey Conners (67).

SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Jessica Korda extended her lead to six shots heading into the final day of the Aramco Team Series in Sotogrande and also won the team event.

Korda shot a 4-under 68 in the second round, a day after carding an 11-under 61 that broke the course record and tied the lowest round over par ever on the Ladies European Tour.

She was six shots ahead of France’s Pauline Roussin (68), while Nelly Korda – Jessica’s sister – was another shot in third after a 69.

In the 36-hole team event, the foursome comprising Jessica Korda, Tereza Melecka, Noora Komulainen and amateur Malcolm Borwick won by one stroke after finishing with a total of 33 under in two rounds.


MASON, Ohio (AP) — Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev advanced to the Western and Southern Open semifinals as he prepares for his US Open title defense , beating Taylor Fritz 7-6 (1), 6-3.

Unseeded American Madison Keys, winner of this event in 2019, qualified for the semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. Keys hasn’t dropped a set in four matches, including her upset against No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

Keys will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-3. Aryna Sabalenka beat Shuai Zhang 6-4, 7-6(1) and will face qualifier Caroline Garcia, who beat Jessica Pegula 6-1, 7-5.

Medvedev, the 26-year-old Russian banned from Wimbledon for his country’s invasion of Ukraine, will face number 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals. Tsitsipas outlasted John Isner 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3.

Borna Coric will face No.11 Cameron Norrie in the other semi-final. Coric, 152nd, beat ninth-placed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4 to become the tournament’s second lowest-ranked semifinalist since the ATP rankings began in August 1973.

Norrie edged fourth-placed Carlos Alcaraz 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-4 in a match that lasted 3 hours and 3 minutes.


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