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August 24, 2018


Giants’ Holland apologizes after racially insensitive joke

NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland has apologized after a television interview during which he used a mock Asian accent.

Holland expressed remorse while talking to reporters Thursday in the visiting clubhouse at Citi Field while the Giants were in New York for a series against the Mets.

“I want to be held accountable for everything that I’ve done and caused with all of this. It’s embarrassing what I did,” Holland said. “I was just trying to have some fun.”

Holland made the racially insensitive joke during an appearance Wednesday on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.” He appeared alongside Giants massage therapist Haro Ogawa, whom he introduced as his “hype man” and whom he addressed at various points during the interview.

Holland told reporters he apologized to Ogawa.

The Giants also issued a statement saying the team was disappointed to learn of Holland’s behavior on the show.


Colts down to 3 quarterbacks after injured Kaaya waived

UNDATED (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have signed cornerback Juante Baldwin and placed quarterback Brad Kaaya on the waived-injured list.

Kaaya did not play in Monday night’s loss to Baltimore and missed practice with a back injury Thursday. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the injured reserve list.

The absence of Kaaya leaves Indy with only three quarterbacks available for Saturday’s game against San Francisco — starter Andrew Luck, last year’s starter Jacoby Brissett and Phillip Walker, who spent last preseason with the Colts before he was released.

Baldwin returns to the Colts after being released late last month.

In other NFL news:

— Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is not expected to miss any time after dislocating his left pinky and bruising his hand in Thursday’s win over Philadelphia. Taylor appeared to hurt himself seriously when he landed awkwardly while falling out bounds in the first quarter. He immediately grabbed his non-throwing hand and ran to Cleveland’s sideline. He was treated in the locker room and returned to the game. The 29-year-old is expected to start the Sept. 9 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and hold down the No. 1 job until top draft pick Baker Mayfield is ready.

— The New York Jets have signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West. The move Friday came a few hours before the Jets’ preseason game against the Giants. West was waived by the Chiefs on Wednesday after four seasons in Kansas City. He gives the Jets seven running backs, including Bilal Powell, Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire, Thomas Rawls, Trenton Cannon and George Atkinson III. Powell and Crowell are expected to share the bulk of carries in the regular season.


Reserve Clemson lineman no longer playing, now student coach

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Reserve Clemson defensive lineman Richard Yeargin has decided he longer wants to play football after recovering from a neck injury following a 2017 car accident.

A team spokesman says the 6-foot-3, 260-pound graduate student from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida informed Clemson coaches of his decision this week. Yeargin will spend the year as a student coach for the Tigers.

Yeargin was a steady backup who figured to see more playing time last fall. Instead, he missed the season due to the June accident.

In other college football news:

— Peyton Ramsey will be the starting quarterback for Indiana in the Sept. 1 opener at Florida International. He won’t have sophomore Morgan Ellison to hand the ball off to. The Hoosiers announced Friday that Ellison has been suspended indefinitely and that linebacker Mo Burnam will be suspended for the opener.


Alabama gives athletic director Greg Byrne raise, extension

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has given athletic director Greg Byrne a raise and three-year contract extension through June 30, 2025.

Byrne is set to earn $980,000 this year with the salary rising to $1.13 million in his final year. Trustees approved that deal and new contracts for several coaches on Friday, including the previously announced eight-year, $74 million deal for football coach Nick Saban .

Saban’s deal guarantees he’ll make at least the average of the three highest-paid coaches in the Southeastern Conference and the top five nationally based on guaranteed annual pay.

Byrne received a five-year deal worth $900,000 annually — plus $25,000 raises each year — upon his hiring in 2017. He will continue to receive the same annual raise.

Women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry received a two-year extension through April 30, 2022. She’ll receive a $25,000 raise to $465,000.


IndyCar: Extent of Wickens’ spinal cord injury still unknown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — IndyCar said Friday that Canadian driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery this week on his right arm and lower extremities and tests found no additional injuries from his crash at Pocono last weekend.

Wickens has had titanium rods and screws placed in his spine to stabilize a fracture associated with a spinal cord injury. IndyCar said the severity of the spinal cord injury is still unknown and Wickens will require additional corrective surgery and rehabilitation. He remains hospitalized in Pennsylvania.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will not field his car in Saturday night’s race at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

Wickens’ car sailed into the fence at Pocono when he and Ryan Hunter-Reay made slight contact on Sunday. Hunter-Reay’s car spun and Wickens’ car launched over it and into the fence. A large hole was torn into the fence, causing a two-hour delay for repairs.

The 29-year-old Wickens is a rookie in IndyCar but a championship driver in touring cars in Europe.


With Davis Cup changes set, a remade Fed Cup could be next

LONDON (AP) — Fed Cup prize money will double to $7.5 million next year as the International Tennis Federation looks into how to change the format of the women’s team competition after already overhauling the men’s Davis Cup.

The ITF says Friday it intends to set up a 16-team, one-site Fed Cup tournament, similar to the new Davis Cup setup approved last week.

Already new for 2019 in the Fed Cup: adding third-set tiebreakers and allowing teams to carry five players instead of four.

The total Fed Cup prize money this year is $3.7 million.


French Open says ‘Non!’ to Serena’s black catsuit

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open.

The French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, says the tournament that Williams has won three times is introducing a dress code to regulate players’ uniforms because “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far.”

In an interview in Tennis Magazine’s 500th edition, Giudicelli singled out the figure-hugging black suit that Williams wore this year at Roland Garros and said made her feel like a superhero. Giudicelli said: “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.”

He said the new rules won’t be as strict as Wimbledon’s, which require that players wear white, but will “impose certain limits.”

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