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Rodgers starts in knee brace...Cubs activate Heyward...Croatia beats US in Davis Cup

September 16, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has started today’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings wearing a brace on his left knee. He was questionable going into the game after hurting the knee in last week’s come-from-behind win over Chicago.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) is active for today’s home game against the Houston Texas, but Blaine Gabbert started. It was the 46th start of Gabbert’s career. Mariota hurt his elbow in the season opener, a 27-20 loss at Miami.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list, but he’s not in the starting lineup today against Cincinnati. Heyward had been on the DL since Aug. 31 due to right hamstring tightness. Infielder Tommy La Stella was scratched from the lineup about two hours before the game because of lower back tightness.

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone says All-Star slugger Aaron Judge could return to New York’s lineup this week during a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Boone says Judge is “getting real close” to returning from a broken right wrist. He’s been cleared to play the outfield and run the bases, but he’s still working his way back to the plate. Judge might face rehabbing closer Aroldis Chapman in a simulated game Monday or Tuesday. Chapman is working back from left knee tendinitis.

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Croatia is going to the Davis Cup final. After eight hours of tennis, Croatia’s Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat Frances Tiafoe (TEE’-ah-foh) 6-7, 6-1, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in the fifth and decisive match of a topsy turvy semifinal. Croatia will visit defending champion France in the November final.

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