Monday, June 18, 2018
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RAYS TALKING WITH FORMER CCC PITCHER

In their search for bullpen depth, the Rays are talking to free agent reliever Ryan Webb, the Clearwater Central Catholic product.

Webb, 30 next month, has interest from a number of other teams. He was 1-0, 3.20 in 40 games last year for the Indians, and is 17-18, 3.35 in 357 games overall in seven big-league seasons, pitching also for the Padres, Marlins and Orioles.

CHAPMAN update: Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said reliever Aroldis Chapman is "innocent until proven otherwise." New York acquired Chapman from Cincinnati last month, after a proposed trade between the Reds and Dodgers came apart when a Florida police investigation into an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cuban left-hander became public. "In this country, when allegations are brought against a person, that person is completely innocent until proven otherwise," Steinbrenner said. Police said there was not sufficient evidence to charge Chapman, whose lawyer denied the reported allegations. Major League Baseball is investigating.

MORE BASEBALL: Free agent RHP Fernando Rodney, a Rays All-Star in 2012, agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the Padres. Rodney, who turns 39 in March, would be the only Padre with extensive experience pitching the ninth. … LF Justin Upton, 28, who signed with the Tigers for a reported six years and $132.75 million, said he is a good fit because his bat fills a Detroit need. He is a career .271 hitter. When GM Al Avila was questioned about a lineup heavy with right-handed hitters, Upton interjected: "I don't think Miguel Cabrera has any problem hitting a right-handed pitcher." … C Jonathan Lucroy, 29, said he wants a trade from the rebuilding Brewers. … The Rockies finalized a $27.5 million, three-year contract with OF Gerardo Parra and designated 2010 first-round pick Kyle Parker for assignment.

soccer

Real Madrid still top moneymaker

Real Madrid is soccer's biggest moneymaker for the 11th straight year, while Bayern Munich dropped to fifth, its lowest position in eight years. Despite no trophies last season, Madrid's revenue of $628 million in 2014-15 kept it atop the Football Money League. Manchester United, which is owned by the Glazer family which owns the Bucs, fell behind Barcelona into third at $560 million.

ET CETERA

colleges: The NCAA approved beer and wine sales in general seating areas for the first time at the College World Series in Omaha and the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

golf: Hyundai will be the title sponsor of the PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Northern Trust shifted to the FedEx Cup opener in the New York/New Jersey area.

FIGURE SKATING: Reigning European pairs champions Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov will miss next week's European Championships after Kavaguti tore a tendon in her leg in a fall while training. They will also miss the world championships in Boston in March and April.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer; Times wires

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Sports on TV/radio for Tuesday, June 19

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