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September 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees stars Aaron Judge and Aroldis Chapman appear to be nearly ready to return to full action. Judge had 11 at-bats in a simulated game, while closer Chapman threw 22 pitches. Neither had any issues. Judge is recovering from a broken right wrist, and played two innings in right field Friday night. Chapman hasn’t pitched since August 21st because of left knee tendinitis.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz has been cleared to return and is slated to start for the Philadelphia Eagles against Indianapolis in Week 3. Wentz tore his left ACL and LCL on Dec. 10, 2017 in a game against the Los Angeles Rams and had surgery three days later. Backup quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960 and was Super Bowl MVP in the 41-33 victory over New England.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are working out kickers to replace Zane Gonzalez, who missed four attempts in Sunday’s loss at New Orleans. Gonzalez misfired on two extra points and two field-goal attempts, including a 52-yarder in the final seconds that would have forced overtime.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he has sent letters and had conversations with families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension. Meyer was questioned at length during a 55-minute news conference about his mismanagement of an assistant coach accused of domestic abuse. He again said he did not turn his back on domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka has advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Open tennis tournament in Russia. Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, missed the end of the 2017 season and much of 2018 with a knee injury. He is now ranked 88th in the world and made the third round at the U.S. Open.

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