Monday, April 19, 2021 8:26 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
Red Sox beat White Sox in early game
BOSTON (AP) — There was no Boston Marathon on Patriots' Day, but there was plenty of base-running at Fenway Park this morning.
The Red Sox erupted for six runs in the first inning of an 11-4 rout of the White Sox. Kiké (KEE’-kay) Hernández led off with a replay-aided home run, and Bobby Dalbec worked a 14-pitch walk during the big rally.
J.D. Martinez and Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO'-goh) each had three hits, including a solo homer.
Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE'-toh) was pulled in the second inning, charged with seven earned runs and eight hits. Position players Yermín (yehr-MEEN') Mercedes and Danny Mendick each pitched an inning of relief.
The Marathon was moved to Oct. 11 because of Massachusetts limits on crowds during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Patriots’ Day game has been played by the Red Sox since 1959.
UNDATED (AP) — Miami Marlins center fielder Starling Marte will be sidelined for at least a few games with a non-displaced fracture of his left rib suffered while batting in the ninth inning of yesterday’s loss to San Francisco. Marte will refrain from activity for five to seven days before being evaluated, and he’s expected to go on the injured list. He’s batting .316 with an OPS of .912, three stolen bases and two home runs.
Also in the majors:
— Cincinnati outfielder Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) will begin serving his two-game suspension when the Reds start a series with the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Tuesday. The suspension was upheld today by Major League Baseball special assistant John McHale Jr. after Castellano appealed. Castellanos was punished for inciting a benches-clearing brawl during a game against St. Louis on Apr. 3.
— The Braves say Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON'-yah) Jr. had an MRI on Monday that revealed a mild abdominal strain that leaves the star outfielder day to day heading into a series at Yankee Stadium beginning Tuesday. Acuña was injured in the fourth inning of Atlanta’s 13-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.
— The Phillies have placed Left-handed reliever José Alvarado, lefty starter Matt Moore and infielder Ronald Torreyes (tohr-AY'-ehs) on the injured list due to COVID-19 protocols. First-base coach Paco Figueroa and assistant Bobby Meacham also entered COVID-19 protocols, joining hitting coach Joe Dillon, third-base coach Dusty Wathan and bullpen coach Dave Lundquist.
— The Indians plan to increase attendance at upcoming games at Progressive Field from 30% to 40%. The team said Monday that change will take effect on May 7, when the Indians host the Cincinnati Reds. The Indians are following Ohio Department of Health guidelines and reviewing capacity limits on a month-to-month basis. Fans are required to wear masks while in the ballpark unless they are actively eating or drinking. They are encouraged to abide by other health and safety protocols.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — The proposed Super League of European soccer is drawing the wrath of the sport’s officials, players and fans.
Condemnation of the 12 rebels clubs from England, Spain and Italy even came from Prince William, who followed the British government in railing against moves to split from longstanding structures to play in a largely closed competition rather than Europe’s existing UEFA- (yoo-AY’-fah) run Champions League.
UEFA’s president turned on club leaders he called “snakes” and “liars” and threatened players from the Super League clubs with being banned from the European Championship and next year’s World Cup.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner became the first player from one of the so-called founding clubs to criticize plans for the Super League, saying he doesn't like and hopes it doesn't happen.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said the latest developments would not make him quit as manager and he “will try to help to sort it somehow.” Klopp said in 2019 he was against the formation of a Super League and reiterated that opinion ahead of the Reds' 1-1 draw with Leeds.
Premier League clubs Liverpol, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham make up half the Super League. They are joined by Spanish superpowers Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, along with Italian leaguers AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus
Clippers sign Ferrell to 10-day contract
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day contract.
He averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games with Cleveland this season.
In other NBA news:
— The Rockets say that guard Sterling Brown was assaulted by unknown individuals after the team arrived in Miami late Sunday night, suffering cuts to his face. The team did not divulge any other details. It was not immediately known if any incident reports were filed with police.
Top recruit Chet Holmgren headed to Gonzaga
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Chet Holmgren is heading to Gonzaga.
The nation’s No. 1 overall recruit has announced he will play what will likely be his only college season with the Bulldogs over Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, Minnesota, Memphis and Georgetown. Holmgren has the skills of a guard in a 7-foot-1 frame and has been projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. As a senior at Minnehaha Academy in Minnesota, Holmgren averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.7 blocks, shooting 80% from the field.
NHL suspends Canucks defenseman Edler for kneeing
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler for two games for kneeing Toronto forward Zach Hyman.
The collision happened in the second period of Vancouver’s 3-2 overtime win Sunday when Edler took out Hyman in front of the Leafs bench. The left winger dropped hard to the ice and stayed down for several minutes before a trainer came to his aid. Hyman went directly to the locker room and did not return. Edler will be eligible to return on Saturday.
NFL-ALEX SMITH RETIRES
Quarterback who came back from serious injury retires
UNDATED (AP) — Alex Smith has retired after making an improbable comeback from a gruesome broken leg, saying he’s ready to leave the NFL but believing he’s still able to play quarterback.
Smith earned AP Comeback Player of the Year honors for getting back on the field last season, two years removed from an injury that required 17 operations. The first player taken in the 2005 draft threw for 35,650 yards and 199 touchdowns in 174 regular-season games.
In other NFL news:
— Tom Brady expects to be ready for June minicamp with the Buccaneers as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. Brady joked he didn’t know “if I can go this week,” then added he is aiming to be back on the field relatively soon for the Super Bowl champions.
— An attorney for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has accused the 22 women who have filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually assaulted or harassed by the NFL player during massages of lying, claiming their assertions are based on “an avalanche of false accusations.” The statement comes after the NFL player’s legal team on Monday filed in court its initial response to the lawsuits. It alleges that eight of the women bragged about giving Watson massages and that five “wanted to get money.” The attorney for the women called the claims in the initial response “weak and vague allegations” and “demonstrably false.”
— With groups of players from 20 NFL teams saying they will skip in-person attendance, voluntary offseason programs began Monday across the league. Through the NFL Players Association, players from the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers and 19 other clubs posting statements that they would not be on hand at team facilities for voluntary work. Those statements did not cover every player from those teams.
California allows fans for US Opens if vaccinated or tested
UNDATED (AP) — The USGA says a limited number of spectators will be allowed at the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Open in California in June. It will be the first that requires spectators to either show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test.
The U.S. Women’s Open is June 3-6 at Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Tour plans to make non-vaccinated golfers pay for COVID test
UNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour is telling its players they will not have to be tested for the coronavirus if they are vaccinated. Those who aren’t will have to pay for their own tests starting this summer.
The tour strongly encourages players to get vaccinated, without saying vaccination will be mandated. Players who chose not to get the vaccine will need to show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving at a tournament.