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Houston pitcher goes for seven...Sharapova won’t get into French Open...Peyton Manning to host

May 16, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — The team with the best record in baseball, the Houston Astros, will try to take a second game in a row from a team with one of the worst records, the Marlins, tonight in Miami. And Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel is looking to become the majors’ first seven-game winner.

NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Greinke tries to follow up an outstanding performance with another one when he starts for Arizona against the visiting New York Mets. Greinke took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning last Thursday before Gregory Polanco hit a leadoff homer for Pittsburgh. The right-hander struck out 11 and walked one in a 2-1 victory.

PARIS (AP) — Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the French Open because of her doping ban. Announcing the decision on a live Facebook broadcast, the head of the French Tennis Federation said he told Sharapova in person. He said it’s part of his “mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game.” Sharapova returned to tennis only last month following a 15-month ban for doping.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming has gone for a routine gallop ahead of the Preakness, which trainer Todd Pletcher sees as a positive development. He says “everything went smoothly” with the Derby winner today. That hasn’t always been the case for the dark bay colt who figures to be heavily favored in Saturday’s Preakness. Always Dreaming tends to be overly aggressive in his morning exercise. Yesterday morning, he took a slight stumble at the start and tried to buck off the exercise rider.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peyton Manning will take the stage to host the ESPY Awards. The retired two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will preside over the July 12 show honoring the past year’s best athletes and sports moments. The show will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Manning retired from the NFL two years ago, ending a career in which he became the league’s winningest quarterback.

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