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Red Sox manager suspended...Francona hospitalized...Court to consider NJ betting case

June 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has been suspended one game after poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an animated argument over the weekend. Major League Baseball issued the penalty Tuesday and also fined Farrell an undisclosed amount. Farrell will miss tonight’s game against Minnesota at Fenway Park. The dispute began Saturday after Red Sox reliever Fernando Abad was called for a balk in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels. The Red Sox began the day in a virtual with the New York Yankees atop the AL East.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona has been hospitalized for the second time this month and will miss tonight’s game against Texas. The 58-year-old manager left Monday night’s game because he wasn’t feeling well. The Indians say he underwent tests at Cleveland Clinic and doctors for now have ruled out major health issues. He will be monitored the next several weeks.

UNDATED (AP) — A former federal prosecutor says USA Gymnastics needs a “complete cultural change” to better protect athletes from sexual abuse. The review released today by Deborah Daniels recommends that all USA Gymnastics members be required to immediately report suspected sexual misconduct. Daniels also suggested that USA Gymnastics prohibit adults from being alone with minor gymnasts “at all times.” USA Gymnastics ordered the review last fall following a series of civil lawsuits filed against the organization and a former team doctor by a pair of gymnasts who claim the physician sexually abused them during their time on the U.S. national team.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up New Jersey’s bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks. The justices say they will review a lower court ruling against the state. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and supporters in the state Legislature have tried for years to legalize sports gambling to bolster the state’s casino and horse racing industries.

NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook has earned kudos from Michael Jordan and Taylor Swift after being honored with his first league MVP trophy at the NBA Awards show. A letter signed by Jordan and posted in an Instagram story on his Nike brand’s account reads: “Congrats Russell, I got my first MVP award before my first ring, too ... keep going!” The Oklahoma City Thunder also shared a video tribute to Westbrook from Swift. The singer joked that she was the one who taught Westbrook basketball.

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