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Mariners’ Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Seattle Mariners All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. The league announced Cano’s suspension in a stunning development for a club expected to contend for a postseason spot in the American League. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic. In a statement released through the players’ association, Cano said the substance was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment.

Denis Shapovalov shoots up the rankings with win over Tomas Berdych

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 1:53 p.m.

Rapidly rising Canadian Denis Shapovalov pulled off another big win, overcoming a slow start in a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Shapovalov is coming off a semifinal appearance in last week’s Madrid Open, where he beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in the Round of 16.

Giro leader Simon Yates gains 3 seconds but his team struggles

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

Overall leader Simon Yates gained three bonus seconds in the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia but it was a difficult day for his Mitchelton-Scott team as Esteban Chaves dropped out of contention. Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric of the Bahrain-Merida team edged Nico Denz in two-man sprint to win the stage while all of the other leaders finished safely in the main pack, 34 seconds behind.

AP sources: David Tepper to buy Panthers for record $2.2 billion

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion. Hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the sale.

Vital for World Cup teams: Silencing the non-playing blues

Because teams can only field 11 players at one time, there will be squad members at the World Cup who don’t get to play at all. Dealing with their frustrations, keeping them motivated and making sure they don’t sap team morale will be among the challenges for coaches in Russia. Players who went to the last World Cup in Brazil but didn’t play tell The Associated Press there are myriad ways for unused substitutes to still be useful for their teams and that those who sulk won’t be tolerated.

Finland tops U.S., Canada shuts out Germany at hockey worlds

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 1:58 p.m.

Finland has handed the United States its first defeat at the ice hockey world championship in a 6-2 thumping. The Finns supplant the U.S. to top Group B in Herning, and will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Americans’ first defeat in seven games drops them to second and a quarterfinal against the Czech Republic. Canada shut out Germany 3-0 to finish third and will play Russia in the quarters. Sweden rallied 3-1 against Russia and will meet Lavia that edged Denmark 1-0.

Jonathan Marchessault makes Golden Knights glad Panthers gave him up

Jonathan Marchessault was left unprotected in the expansion draft by the Florida Panthers, who seemed to determine his breakout season was a fluke. They likely regret the head-scratching decision. The Vegas Golden Knights selected Marchessault and he averaged nearly a point a game in the regular season and was at his best in Game 2 of the Western Conference final.

Welcome, rookies: Igor Kokoskov, Lloyd Pierce getting their 1st shots

Hiring rookie coaches has worked out for a slew of NBA teams, and now Phoenix and Atlanta hope to follow suit. The moves to bring Igor Kokoskov to the Suns and Lloyd Pierce to the Hawks fly in the face of the thinking that experience matters most. But similar moves have paid off big-time for other clubs like Boston, Cleveland, Golden State, San Antonio and Miami.

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