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Punch concussion?...Warriors’ Cousin sidelined...MLB probes racist messages

April 16, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol after Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin) punched him, sending his head crashing onto the ice. Coach Rod Brind’Amour (BRIHN’-dah-mohrz) says he assumes Svechnikov, who was wearing a helmet, will miss Game 4 of the best-of-seven series. The two Russians fought in the first period of Carolina’s 5-0 victory in Game 3 Monday night.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After tying the NHL record for most regular-season victories, the Tampa Bay is at risk of being swept tonight in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tampa Bay is down three games to none heading into Game 4 in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins face a similarly bleak outlook tonight. They don’t yet have a win against the New York Islanders, and Crosby doesn’t have a point in the series.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins has a torn left quadriceps muscle that will sideline the Golden State center indefinitely, a devastating injury that the Warriors feared was serious when he went down in the first quarter of their first-round playoff loss to the Clippers. An MRI exam on Cousins’ left leg revealed the tear. The two-time defending NBA champion Warriors said Cousins will begin rehabilitation immediately and updates will be “provided as appropriate.”

CHICAGO (AP) — Bears tight end Zach Miller has decided to retire after nearly losing his left leg on a gruesome play two years ago. Miller had nine surgeries to address his injuries after he dislocated his knee and tore an artery on a potential touchdown reception in New Orleans on Oct. 29, 2017. He had left open the possibility of playing again up until announcing his retirement in an Instagram post.

CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball is investigating racist messages sent to Chicago Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. on Instagram this month. Edwards was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after he had trouble with his motion and got off to a tough start this season. Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, condemned the content of the messages and said the club supports Major League Baseball’s investigation, which was first reported by The Athletic.