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Reds fire their manager...Braves await word on Freeman’s injury...Sharks sweep the Ducks

April 19, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Major League Baseball season has its first managerial change. The Cincinnati Reds have fired Bryan Price after a 3-15 start. Price was in his fifth season leading the rebuilding team. The Reds have lost at least 94 games in each of the last three seasons while finishing last in the NL Central. Bench coach Jim Riggleman will manage the team on an interim basis.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are hoping for good news on star slugger Freddie Freeman after he was hit by a pitch in last night’s win over Philadelphia. Phillies lefty Holby Milner hit Freeman’s left wrist with a fastball in nearly the same spot where Freeman had a fracture from a plunking last season. Freeman was on an MVP pace in 2017 before the injury cost him nearly two months.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Sharks have knocked the Ducks out of the playoffs. Martin Jones made 30 saves and Tomas Hertl scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as San Jose completed a four-game sweep of Anaheim, 2-1. The Sharks will next face the expansion Golden Knights, who swept the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. That will be only the second series in the past 22 years featuring teams coming off sweeps in the previous round.

UNDATED (AP) — The sixth-seeded Pelicans hold a surprising 2-0 series lead over the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers heading into Game 3 tonight in New Orleans. Philadelphia visits Miami in another Game 3 tonight, while the Spurs return to San Antonio after a pair of double-digit losses at defending champion Golden State.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. Erin Popovich was 67. The team didn’t provide further details. Gregg Popovich has coached San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles.

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