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MLB-DODGERS-BAUER SUSPENDED

Dodgers’ Bauer suspended 2 seasons over alleged sex assault

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has been suspended for two full seasons without pay by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy.

A San Diego woman whom the pitcher had met through social media says that Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year.

Bauer has repeatedly said that everything that happened between the two was consensual. He is appealing the suspension. If it is upheld, Bauer will lose about $60 million in salary.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— The Colorado Rockies placed struggling left fielder Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list because of back pain. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, and Bryant won’t be eligible to return until May 6 at Arizona. Bryant, who signed a $182 million, seven-year free-agent deal in March, is still looking for his first home run with the Rockies. He’s batting .281 with four RBIs and 12 strikeouts in 65 plate appearances. An MRI Friday showed no structural issues. The Rockies recalled infielder Elehuris Montero from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace Bryant.

NBA PLAYOFFS

T-wolves try to avoid ‘hero’ ball, stay alive vs. Grizzlies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to stave off elimination by the Memphis Grizzlies Friday in Game 6 of their first-round series. Minnesota is down three-games-to two after giving up a double-digit-point fourth-quarter lead twice in this series.

NBA-NEWS

Bulls’ LaVine plans to test free agency

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine isn’t ruling out re-signing with the Chicago Bulls, but he isn’t slamming the door on joining another team, either. The high-flying guard says he’s keeping an open mind and intends to meet with other teams when free agency opens.

LaVine averaged 24.4 points this season, made his second straight All-Star team and got his first taste of the playoffs. But he was also limited by injuries.

The Bulls were eliminated by defending champion Milwaukee Thursday night in Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs.

NBA-NEWS

Bucks remain mum on Middleton’s status for Celtics series

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer offered no new details Friday on Khris Middleton’s potential availability for the defending champions’ Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with the Boston Celtics.

Middleton had said a week ago that he hoped to come back from his knee injury in two weeks. That means he would miss at least the first two games of the Celtics series. Whether he’d actually be able to return that soon remains uncertain.

Middleton hasn’t played since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee April 20 in Game 2 of the Bucks’ first-round series with the Chicago Bulls.

NFL-NEWS

Raiders decline options on three 2019 1st-round picks

UNDATED (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders are declining the fifth-year options on all three of their 2019 first-round picks as the new regime doesn’t want to commit to players inherited on the roster.

General manager Dave Ziegler announced that the team will let defensive end Clelin Ferrell, running back Josh Jacobs and safety Johnathan Abram play out the final year of their rookie contracts instead of extending them through 2023. The options were worth $11.5 million for Ferrell, and about $8 million each for Jacobs and Abram.

In other NFL news:

— The Carolina Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl defensive end Brian Burns’ contract, keeping him with the team at least through the 2023 season. The Panthers have said they hope to sign Burns to a long-term contract before that deal is up. The 16th pick in the 2019 draft, Burns has 25 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons. Only Julius Peppers with 30 sacks had more in his first three seasons in Carolina.

— New Seattle Seahawks left tackle Charles Cross says he’s betting on himself by choosing to not have an agent to begin his NFL career. Cross was selected with the No. 9 pick in the first round by the Seahawks and was introduced at the team’s facility on Friday. Cross said he’s created a team around him to help with business decisions — and specifically highlighted his business manager Saint Omni who was with him on Friday — but that team doesn’t include an agent.

— The NFL draft continues Friday night, with some top prospects still on the board for Round 2. Among them is former University of Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean. He watched a half dozen of his former teammates get drafted in the first round Thursday night, including Jermaine Johnson, who transferred from the Bulldogs to Florida State in 2021. One of the best players available on Day 2 is Colorado State tight end Trey McBride. Liberty’s Malik Willis is the top quarterback available after Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett was the only QB taken in Round 1.

TENNIS-BECKER SENTENCED

Becker gets 2 1/2 years in prison for bankruptcy offenses

LONDON (AP) — Tennis great Boris Becker has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he was declared bankrupt.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was convicted earlier this month on four charges under the Insolvency Act and had faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

The 54-year-old German was found to have transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars after his June 2017 bankruptcy from his business account to other accounts. Becker was also convicted of failing to declare a property in Germany and hiding an $871,000 bank loan and shares in a tech firm.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Calipari: Kentucky assistant Jai Lucas leaving for Duke

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari tweeted that assistant Jai Lucas is leaving the Wildcats to join the staff of first-year Duke coach Jon Scheyer. Duke hasn’t commented publicly on its assistant coach vacancy.

In a Friday post on Twitter, account, Calipari said that Lucas told him Thursday he was leaving for an unspecified “promotion” at another school. Told it was Duke, the Hall of Fame coach said Lucas expected him to be mad before expressing his support to do what’s best for his family.

Lucas was a Kentucky assistant last season after arriving in August 2020 as recruiting coordinator.

SOCCER-CHELSEA SALE

Ratcliffe rivals U.S. offers with late $5B bid for Chelsea

UNDATED (AP) — British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has launched a late bid to buy Chelsea for 4.25 billion pounds, or $5.3 billion. Rival offers featuring American investors were already being assessed as the sale process is nearing a conclusion.

The Premier League club was put up for sale in March after Russia owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government over his ties to President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine.

Ratcliffe is the chairman of chemical giant INEOS. He is a Chelsea fan who owns European teams Nice and Lausanne as well as a cycling team and Britain’s America’s Cup sailing team.

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