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Assault charge against pitcher Roberto Osuna dropped

Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Canadian prosecutors dropped a domestic assault charge on Tuesday against Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who agreed to stay away from the alleged victim for one year and continue counseling. Osuna, formerly with the Toronto Blue Jays, was charged with assault in May. The 23-year-old player was suspended without pay for 75 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, and the Blue Jays dealt him to Houston on July 30. Speaking in court, prosecutor Catherine Mullaly said the complainant, who lives in Mexico, had made clear she would not travel to Toronto to testify against Osuna. "The Crown does not have a reasonable prospect of conviction on this charge absent her testimony," Mullaly told Judge Melvyn Green. Osuna nodded when Green asked if he understood the agreement, known as a "peace bond." "Now I can begin to put these allegations behind me and focus on baseball," Osuna said in a statement. "I am grateful to the Astros for providing me with the opportunity to play baseball and compete for a World Series championship." He said he would have no further comment on the matter, declining to address reporters for a second straight day before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, citing advice from his attorney. Osuna's attorney, Domenic Basile, had said his client was remorseful but planned to plead not guilty had the matter gone to trial. "I wish to make it clear that this is not an admission of criminal or civil liability," Basile said Tuesday. "He is content to enter into the peace bond (and) is aware of the conditions and will abide by the conditions." At Rogers Centre on Tuesday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow acknowledged that Osuna's case had been "a distraction for everybody" since the closer was acquired from Toronto. "You never know how a legal case is going to get resolved," Luhnow said. "We're thankful it's behind us now and we can focus on what's ahead." Houston, the reigning World Series champion, is on the brink of its second straight AL West title and a second straight 100-win season. Monday's win moved the Astros to 99-57, and their magic number to clinch the division is two. Osuna was met with boos when the Astros beat the Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday. The Astros have said they would not tolerate another incident involving their closer and that the organization is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence......»»

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Mets activate Wright off DL for final homestand of season

Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright has been reinstated from the disabled list and added to the New York Mets' active roster for the first time since June 3, 2016. After a long road back from a string of injuries, the 35-year-old team captain will be eligible off the bench Tuesday night against NL East champion Atlanta — if the game is played. Heavy rain has been falling throughout the day in New York, and the tarp is covering the infield at Citi Field. Assistant general manager John Ricco says it's unlikely Wright will play during the three-game series because the Braves are trying to earn home-field advantage in the Division Series, and the Mets don't want to compromise the integrity of the pennant race. It's possible Wright could pinch-hit if the score is lopsided. Wright is scheduled to start at third base in his farewell game Saturday night against last-place Miami. He hasn't played in the majors since May 27, 2016, due to neck, back and shoulder injuries that required surgery. Unable to get healthy enough to resume his career in earnest, Wright said he expects this weekend to be his last big league appearance......»»

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Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders enjoying new role with Lions

By LARRY LAGE,  AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Barry Sanders shook hands with fans, posed for pictures and engaged in small talk outside a suite at Ford Field before the Detroit Lions opened the season against the New York Jets. At halftime, the Hall of Fame running back was on the field to turn a huge key, and the stadium's speakers blared with the sounds of an engine revving. Sanders is in his second season as an ambassador for the team, a paid role that is sending him on the road for Detroit's game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. "It's definitely nice to be back after the first few years of being retired and there not being much communication," Sanders said in an interview with The Associated Press. "So, certainly just being able to be involved with certain things that the team is doing from a community outreach standpoint and that sort of thing, for me, it's great. "And, just being able to be around the game a little more and certainly around the Lions family a little more for me is meaningful so I do appreciate that." The Lions like the arrangement, too. Sanders visits suite holders during games and attends meet-and-greet sessions along with going to other team functions such as its draft party. "It's great having him around and back in the fold, interacting with fans and corporate sponsors," Lions president Rod Wood told The AP. "He's probably if not the best player in Lions history, he's in the handful of the best. "And, he's definitely the most remembered by our fans." While it may seem like a logical connection between the former star player and the only NFL team he played for, their relationship was not smooth in the years following his sudden and surprising retirement just before training camp began 1999. Sanders is always showered with cheers in the Motor City these days. But he was booed in public at times back in the day by fans who were still unhappy he walked away from the game after 10 spectacular seasons when he was on the verge of becoming the NFL's all-time leading rusher. "I hated that it came to the point where he was getting booed," said Lomas Brown, one of Sanders' former teammates. "He's one of the greatest ever and he did it all here in Detroit. There are still some people holding a grudge today, but that's been gone for a while." Brown hopes the Lions take another step in their relationship with Sanders by honoring him with a statue at Ford Field. "It's hard to believe there's not one," Brown said. Wood declined to say if there are plans to erect a Sanders statue. "We've talked about things we haven't announced," Wood said. When Calvin Johnson announced his retirement two years ago, it reminded people of Sanders' decision to walk away from the game. Like Sanders, the former star receiver chose to leave the Lions and the league with years left on his contract and seemingly some solid seasons left in his career. Johnson retired two years ago and the team has tried and failed, so far, to rekindle its relationship with him. As Sanders was the honored guest in Wood's suite for a game earlier this month, Johnson was in a nearby luxury box on the same floor. "I know Lions fans appreciate Barry's role with the team because he's the greatest Lion and one of the greatest running backs — if not the greatest — to play the game," said Johnson, who declined to talk about his relationship with the team. Brown believes time will take care of whatever issues are keeping Johnson from being a part of the organization in some way. "If the Lions continue to reaching out to him and being warm to him, I think it'll happen," Brown said. Wood is working on it. "It's still goal of the organization, and me in particular, to get Calvin back in the fold," Wood said. "It was good to see him at the (Jets) game.".....»»

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Angels Shohei Ohtani to have Tommy John surgery in October

By GREG BEACHAM,  AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani will have Tommy John surgery next week. The Angels confirmed Ohtani's long-expected decision on elbow ligament replacement Tuesday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery in Los Angeles. "I think it was the proper decision Shohei made to have surgery, and the sooner the better," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before his club faced the Texas Rangers, with Ohtani batting cleanup as the designated hitter. Ohtani won't be able to pitch for the Angels in 2019, but he is likely to hit at some point early next season. When asked whether Ohtani is likely to be ready for opening day as a hitter, Scioscia said there are "too many variables" to make a confident prediction. Ohtani wasn't available to reporters before the game, but Scioscia confirmed general manager Billy Eppler's earlier statements that the Angels are committed to Ohtani's determination to be a two-way player in the majors. "It obviously puts him out of pitching in 2019, but he'll be able to hit, and I think he's at peace with that," Scioscia said. "He wants to excel at both phases of the game. The fact he can't pitch (next season), there is a little bit of a void. But he'll be able to hit and focus on that." Ohtani went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 10 mostly outstanding starts for the Angels, but he has pitched just once since early June after developing a strained right elbow. He returned to the mound Sept. 2 but incurred more damage to his elbow ligament. The 24-year-old Ohtani has continued as the Angels' designated hitter. He is batting .280 with 56 RBIs after hitting his 21st homer Monday. Ohtani is a top contender for the AL Rookie of the Year award despite his truncated pitching season. With just 347 plate appearances, he is leading all AL rookies in on-base percentage (.361), slugging percentage (.564) and OPS (.925), while his 21 homers are fourth among AL rookies. He is the first player in major league history to hit at least 15 homers and strike out at least 50 batters in a single season, and he joined Babe Ruth as the only players ever to hit 15 homers and pitch 50 innings. Ohtani and Ruth are the only players since 1900 to hit 10 homers while winning at least four games. Ohtani also has set the big league record for homers by a Japanese-born rookie, surpassing Kenji Johjima's 18 homers in 2006......»»

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Hammer vs Shields: Women s blockbuster fight is on

By NOAH TRISTER,  AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Claressa Shields offered reporters a catchy play on words to promote her next fight. The two-time Olympic champion will face unbeaten Christina Hammer of Germany in a middleweight unification bout Nov. 17 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight is a blockbuster between two of boxing's stars, and the two names lend themselves to some clever lines. "Claressa Shields versus Christina Hammer," Shields said. "Make sure you guys use the shield, make sure you guys use the hammer. Make sure you guys use the graphics. You could make up all kind of stuff with this, OK?" This fight may not need many promotional gimmicks. It's been anticipated for a while. Shields (6-0) holds the IBF and WBA titles at 160 pounds, and Hammer (23-0) has the WBC and WBO belts. Hammer has dominated the women's middleweight division throughout this decade, but Shields has been impressive since turning pro. Shields beat Hanna Gabriels in Detroit in June. Hammer also fought on that card and made her way into the ring after Shields' fight, leading to a bit of a commotion . Shields said in a conference call Tuesday she has no hard feelings about that incident, but there was still the usual trash talk between the fighters. "I'm a long-time champion. I have a lot of experience," Hammer said. "I want to fight her and to show that I'm the real champion." "She can knock it off. She can just knock it all the way off," Shields responded. "Her experience — it shows that I have great experience to only have six fights and be on her supposed level already. I'm above her level." It didn't have anything to do with the fight against Hammer, but another interesting moment in the conference call came when Shields was asked who her role models are in sports. She said tennis star Serena Williams used to be one, but not as much anymore. "I was able to meet Serena in the '16 Olympics and she was just not nice," Shields said, lobbing some trash talk in an unexpected direction......»»

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ONE Championship: Danny Kingad s improving ground game was key in latest win

ONE Championship: Danny Kingad s improving ground game was key in latest win.....»»

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Elite vow to extend record run vs Warriors

Blackwater eyes win No. 5 as the Ever Bilena franchise seeks to sustain its breakthrough run against the NLEX squad that will be reunited with coach Yeng Guiao in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight......»»

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Ginebra Kings cope with injuries

For Barangay Ginebra, the health issue is a major concern as coach Tim Cone struggles with player injuries in bidding for a third straight PBA Governors Cup crown but despite a decimated lineup, the team known for its Never Say Die mantra manages to string up wins while waiting for Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado to heal......»»

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Knights hold off Generals; Winning for Altas is Eze

Letran went to its shock troopers when its main men struggled as the Knights repulsed the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 91-82, to firm up their hold of the third spot in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday......»»

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Chessers score shutout wins in Olympic opener

The Philippine men’s and women’s teams posted a pair of 4-0 routs over San Marino and Mozambique, respectively, to kick off their campaign in the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia Monday night......»»

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Jerwin Ancajas not resting on his laurels

IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is making hay while the sun shines and why not?.....»»

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Angels, Lady Warriors clash as PVL goes to Bulacan

PetroGazz tries to get back on track while Pocari Sweat-Air Force, Iriga-Navy and Tacloban seek to recover from opening game setbacks as action in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference shifts to the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan today......»»

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Soaring Falcons target No. 4 against Maroons

Adamson seeks to sustain its high-flying act, gunning for its fourth straight win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament against struggling University of the Philippines today at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

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Liza del Rosario targets 7th stint in Bowling World Cup

Multi-titled kegler Liza del Rosario seeks a seventh stint in the Bowling World Cup international event when she paces 43 others in the 2018 BWC national women’s finals set on Sept. 30 at Coronado Lanes (Starlanes)......»»

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TNT recovery food: No rice

TNT consultant Mark Dickel, who traces his roots to New Zealand and Australia, is out to make sure all’s well with the KaTropa – on and off the court......»»

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Macie Carlos, Bliss Bayking gain WTA Future Stars

Macie Carlos and Bliss Bayking bolstered their promising tennis careers by topping the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge at the Makati Sports Club Sunday and claiming berths in the WTA Future Stars Tournament in Singapore next month......»»

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NCAA: Former Red Lions give an assist to Letran s Jerrick Balanza

The NCAA’s fiercest foes have joined hands to help out ailing Jerrick Balanza. Frankie Lim, San Beda University’s former head coach, and 23 other people who worked with him in his time there have pledged financial aid to Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Balanza who just recently had successful surgery on a tumor in the temporal lobe of his brain.  “We, the former San Beda Red Lions who played under head coach Frankie Lim and team manager Mike Advani, with Borgie Hermida as team captain, express our solidarity with you during your most challenging time,” they said in the letter they gave to Balanza on Tuesday. The letter then continued, “Please accept this humble assistance from the former San Beda Red Lions. We are one with you, brother! Animo San Beda! Arriba Letran!” The amount was not disclosed in the letter. The other former and current Red Lions who pledged financial aid to the ailing Knight are team manager Mike Advani, coach Ed Cordero, coach Bonnie Garcia, coach Mark Jomaleza, coach JB Sison, coach Mike Sunga, team captain Borgie Hermida,  Yousif Aljamal, Baser Amer, Anjo Caram, James Chua, Rome Dela Rosa, Bambam Gamalinda, Garvo Lanete, Ryusei Koga, Melo Lim, Dave Marcelo, Jaypee Mendoza, Jake Pascual, Kyle Pascual, Shaq Taganas, Chico Tirona, and Jerome Villanueva. Balanza needs Php 500,000 for the brain surgery he had and those who are interested in helping the father of two may send their donations to this account: Bank: BDO Branch: BDO Intramuros Account Name: Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Inc. Account Number: ‎4500003129 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP: Tigresses, Lady Bulldogs still spotless in beach volleyball

The University of Santo Tomas and National University stayed perfect by sweeping two matches Tuesday in women's division of the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament at Sands SM By The Bay. Reigning MVP Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon bested Ateneo's Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, 21-9, 21-15, before returning in the afternoon session with a 21-14, 21-14 conquest of De La Salle's Tin Tiamzon and Michelle Morente to extend the defending two-time women's champions' undefeated run to three games. Rookies Klymince Orilleneda and Antonnete Landicho topped University of the Philippines' Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, of 21-19, 21-10, and University of the East's Rhea Manalo and Lyen Shan Ritual, 21-15, 21-15, for NU's third consecutive win. In the men's division, Far Eastern University became the only undefeated team, as Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon repulsed UST's Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton, 21-19, 21-18, for a 3-0 card. Reigning titlist National University continued its rise from a shock opening day loss, with MVP Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad scoring a 21-12, 21-15 victory over Ateneo's Kurt Aguilar and Abai Llenos for a 2-1 card. The Lady Spikers raced to a 7-4 lead in the second set before the Tigresses regained control with the cat-quick pair of Rondina and Barbon making adjustments in their game to produce another straight sets conquest in front of a highly-appreciative crowd. Tiamzon and Morente, who dominated Adamson University's Hannah Nicole Infante and Gracelchen Ave, 21-10, 21-5, in the morning session, fell to 2-1. Meanwhile, the Lady Maroons and the Lady Eagles entered the win column after two straight losses. Molde and Dorog topped FEU's Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan, 21-18, 21-11, while Gaston and Samonte, turned back Adamson University's Ave and Infante, 21-14, 21-14. In other men's matches, Adamson University's Pao Pablico and Jesus Valdez bested UE's Clifford Inoferio and Alven Aljas, 21-15, 22-24, 16-14, while UP's Nico Consuelo and Mac Millete outlasted De La Salle's Geraint Bacon and Paul Serrano, 23-21, 19-21, 15-12. The tournament resumes on Friday with eight men's and four women's matches beginning at 8 a.m. at the same Mall of Asia Complex sand court.  .....»»

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Coronel breaks out, Perpetual breaks into top four of NCAA 94

Coming off the biggest win for any team thus far in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, University of Perpetual Help was as confident as it has ever been. That was very much evident on both AJ Coronel and Jielo Razon who teamed up to tow the Altas past Jose Rizal University, 85-73, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Coronel caught fire from the get-go and wound up with a career-high 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds and two steals. Not that far behind was Razon who returned from a one-game absence to contribute 21 points and five rebounds. With those two taking charge, the struggles of Prince Eze didn’t even matter as they improved to 8-5 - forcing a tie for the fourth and final playoff berth with College of St. Benilde. Behind those two, Perps got off to a blazing beginning, scoring 11 straight points while holding their opponents scoreless for the first five minutes of the game. That lead would soon balloon to 14 points and they would never trail until the final buzzer. In the end, Eze still had 16 points and 13 rebounds, but shot 7-of-16 from the field and had six turnovers. Edgar Charcos was also relatively quiet, with only four points and eight assists in this one and yet, Perpetual had more than enough to build on its biggest win in two years. Last Friday, they became the first team in two seasons to down Lyceum of the Philippines in the elimination round. Now, the Altas have put themselves in the thick of things – tied with CSB for fourth and right behind 9-4 Colegio de San Juan de Letran at third. For the Heavy Bombers, Jed Mendoza gave his all as always with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists while Leo Esguerra fired a career-best 21 markers. Those, though, proved to be insufficient to prevent their fall to 2-12. BOX SCORES PERPETUAL 85 – Coronel 22, Razon 21, Eze 16, Aurin 5, Jimenez 5, Charcos 4, Cuevas 4, Mangalino 3, Tamayo 3, Pasia 2, Peralta 0. JRU 73 – Mendoza 22, Esguerra 21, Estrella 10, Aguilar 8, Dela Virgen 3, Mallari 3, David 2, Doromal 2, Silvarez 0, Bordon 0, Padua 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-15, 40-36, 67-56, 85-73. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP Beach Volleyball: NU rookies dazzle in debut

National University rookies Antonette Landicho and Kly Orillaneda were not supposed to be the ones representing the Lady Bulldogs for the UAAP Season 80 Beach Volleyball Tournament. But due to conflicts with the indoor volleyball team, the 18-year-olds were called up late in August to play on the sand court. "Hindi din po kami dapat ‘yung maglalaro. Sila Ate Roma [Doromal] po [dapat] kaso nagkaconflict po sa indoor," said Landicho who hails from Balayan, Batangas. Despite the late call-up, the duo has been giving an impressive account of themselves after defeating all of their three opponents so far. First, it was the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 21-11, 21-14. Second, was the UP Lady Maroons, 21-19, 21-10. And their latest victim, the University of the East, 21-16, 21-15. "Masaya kasi unexpected po na kami maglalaro tapos naka 3-0 pa din," shared Landicho. Interestingly, this is also Landicho's and Orillaneda's first time to play beach volleyball on a competitive level. "Si [Antonette] first time, ako po paminsan-minsan sa Cebu," shared Orillaneda. However, first time jitters were not obvious among these girls. With their apparent chemistry and smart ball placing on the sands, both girls played as if they have been playing together for a long time already. When asked about it, they said it was all about good communication. "Usap lang po kasi lagi kaming naguusap kung san namin lalagay yung bola like sa dulo dulo, dito, dito," said Landicho. So far, the only unbeaten teams in the league after three games are NU and defending champions University of Santo Tomas. By Tuesday, October 2, the rookie Lady Bulldogs will face the Tigresses. "Okay lang po laban lang naman. Tao din naman si Ate Sisi. May skills din naman po siya na wala [siya pero mayroon] sa amin tapos yun na lang yung papakita namin," said the bubbly Orillaneda. In addition to UST, they will also have to face De La Salle University and Far Eastern University. Regardless of how tough their itinerary is, Orillaneda has this to say. "Nothing to lose, everything to gain ganun lang iniisip namin," shared the rookie......»»

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