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Careful with Clayton...Towns shelved...Jackets get Duchene...Almirola has Atlanta pole

February 23, 2019

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has been shut down indefinitely because manager Dave Roberts says the Los Angeles Dodgers ace “didn’t feel right” after two discouraging outings on the mound. Roberts was unclear as to what exactly is going on with the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, but the manager told reporters in Arizona “no one is alarmed or worried about it.” Kershaw says he’s just taking a couple days to reset and believes he’ll be playing catch soon.

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is in concussion protocol after a car accident, causing him to miss a game for the first time in his career last night against the Knicks in New York. The All-Star was cleared to fly and arrived in New York, where after further examination he was placed in the concussion protocol. Towns had started all 303 games since being the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, the longest streak to begin a career since 1970-71.

OTTAWA (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) from the Ottawa Senators for a 2019 first-round draft pick and two top prospects. Columbus will send an additional 2020 first-round draft pick to Ottawa if it is able to sign Duchene to a contract extension. Duchene was second on the team in points for the Senators, collecting 58 on 27 goals and 31 assists.

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Aric Almirola has led a sweep of Ford Mustangs during yesterday’s NASCAR Cup qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Almirola turned a lap at 181.472 mph to take the top qualifying spot and deny Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer a spot on the front row. Bowyer was fastest in the lone practice session of the day but slipped to third, behind Roush Fenway Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dustin Johnson owns a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) through two rounds of the PGA’s Mexico Championship. Johnson followed yesterday’s 64 with a 4-under 67 that leaves him 11 under through 36 holes. Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood are tied for fourth at 7 under, one ahead of Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.