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Cubs gain ground in NL Central...Kluber to be out of action for some time... 76ers’ Williams grabs Suns top court job

May 3, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks needed threw a four-hitter, Anthony Rizzo homered for his third straight game and the Chicago Cubs beat the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 this afternoon. The second-place Cubs won their season-high fifth in a row while cutting St. Louis’ lead to 1½ games. The Cardinals have back-to-back losses after five consecutive victories. All other games are under the lights.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have placed star pitcher Corey Kluber on the injured list with a broken right arm that will sideline him indefinitely. He sustained a non-displaced fracture of his ulna bone on Wednesday night when he was hit by a line drive against Miami. The Indians say Kluber does not need surgery for now. He will be re-examined in three to four weeks.

PHOENIX (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams will be the new coach of the Phoenix Suns. He’ll replace Igor Kokoskov, who was fired last week after one disappointing season. Williams will join Phoenix after the 76ers complete their run in the NBA playoffs. The 47-year-old Williams has previous head coaching experience, spending five seasons in charge in New Orleans. He also played nine years in the NBA.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia athletic association’s board of directors has unanimously endorsed naming the field at Sanford Stadium in honor of former longtime coach Vince Dooley. The vote came in a teleconference meeting led by University of Georgia president Jere Morehead. The plan to dedicate Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium this year still awaits approval of the Board of Regents later this month.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chase Elliott has followed his first win of the season with a pole at Dover, topping the speed chart on a blistering day at the track with a record 165.960 mph. Elliott won last week at Talladega and kept the good times rolling today when he led a 1-2 start for Hendrick Motorsports. William Byron starts second for Sunday’s Cup race.