Penguin suspended...NBA; No Laker tampering...Dodgers’ high hopes for Ohtani
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been suspended one game for high-sticking Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl late in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win over the Flyers on Monday night. The league announced the suspension on Tuesday following a hearing between Malkin and the league’s department of player safety.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons earlier this week. An NBA investigation concluded that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the art of being an elite point guard. Johnson complimented Simmons publicly on Sunday. The league found nothing wrong with that.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons tore the ACL in his left knee while working out in Florida last weekend. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Simmons, a potential first-round pick in April’s NFL draft, released a statement on Twitter confirming the injury. He said he will have surgery early next week.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have released veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, whose 2018 season ended prematurely when he tore his left Achilles tendon. Thomas played seven games for Houston last season, making 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He was acquired in October from Denver for a fourth-round draft pick this April.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Dodgers are hopeful Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) will be ready to go on opening day. Ohtani is recovering from Tommy John surgery and may be able to join the batting order by May. The AL Rookie of the Year had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’s the first player to hit 20 homers and make 10 pitching appearances in the same season since Babe Ruth. Ohtani is not expected to pitch this year but the Angels would like to have his bat in the lineup.