Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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BASEBALL

EX-GREAT CAREW NEEDS HEART TRANSPLANT

MINNEAPOLIS — Hall of Famer Rod Carew is hoping to qualify for a heart transplant after a massive heart attack two months ago.

Carew, 70, told Sports Illustrated he was stricken while golfing alone in Corona, Calif., on Sept. 20. He had six hours of open heart surgery in which a device that pumps blood was implanted. The device typically acts as a bridge until a heart transplant.

Carew won seven AL batting titles during a 19-year career.

ROBERTS HIRED: The Dodgers officially named Dave Roberts as their next manager. Roberts, 43, will be the team's first minority manager. Los Angeles said it plans to introduce him at a news conference Dec. 1. "This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime," Roberts said in a news release.

MINOR MATTERS: Former Rays top SS prospect Hak-Ju Lee, who was taken off the roster and allowed to become a free agent, signed a minor-league deal with the Giants. The Rays signed RHP Tyler Sturdevant, who had been in the Indians organization.

SOCCER

U.S. draws Costa Rica

The World Cup champion U.S. women's national team faces Costa Rica to open the eight-team CONCACAF tournament in February. The United States has won the past three tournaments that determine the Olympic representatives from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

MEN'S WORLD CUP: The U.S. team plays its March 29 qualifier against Guatemala at Columbus, Ohio.

FIFA SCANDAL: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini should have their day in FIFA ethics court in December. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert formally opened cases against the FIFA and UEFA presidents for alleged financial wrongdoing.

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted the club remains fully behind coach Rafa Benitez despite Saturday's humiliating 4-0 loss to Barcelona.

FRANCE: Former U.S. coach Bob Bradley's first game in charge of second-division club Le Havre ended in a 0-0 draw against Brest.

BOXING

Hard-hitting ex-champ dies

Bob Foster, a devastating puncher who was a dominant light-heavyweight champion but failed in his quest to capture a heavyweight title when he was knocked out by Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, died Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 76.

ET CETERA

TENNIS: The Davis Cup final between England and Belgium is set to go ahead as planned in Ghent this weekend with increased security measures because of the ongoing terror alert in Belgium, the International Tennis Federation said.

TRACK: Kenyan athletes occupied the headquarters of the national track and field federation in Nairobi, demanding the removal of its top officials in a protest against doping and corruption.

HORSES: New York regulators fined top trainer Steve Asmussen $10,000 and said they're pursuing new equine drug regulations after a probe into abuse allegations by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Times wires

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Sports on TV/radio for Wednesday, June 20

TODAYBaseballDodgers at Cubs2 p.m.MLBMarlins at Giants3:30 p.m.FSFMariners at Yankees7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMCollege baseball, World SeriesOregon State vs. North Carolina7 p.m.ESPNGolfPGA Professionals Championship6:30 p.m.GolfHor...
Updated: 11 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

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Zero Bucs players on NFL top 100 list for 2018

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Big Ten reaps recruiting bounty in Tampa Bay

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Skyway 10K returning in March 2019, renewed for 5 more years

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