Thursday, June 21, 2018
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BASEBALL

RIVERA HONOR WHEN YANKS HOST RAYS

NEW YORK — The Yankees will dedicate a plaque for retired relief pitcher Mariano Rivera in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 14 before a game against the Rays, it was announced Thursday.

Rivera, who retired after the 2013 season, helped New York win five World Series. He is the major-league career saves leader in the regular season (652) and postseason (42).

MORE BASEBALL: The Royals and third baseman Mike Moustakas agreed to a $14.3 million, two-year contract that not only avoids arbitration this year but also buys out his final year. The 27-year-old is coming off his first All-Star appearance.

SOCCER

Arsenal to play MLS All-Stars

Arsenal will play Major League Soccer's All-Stars on July 28 at San Jose, Calif. The Gunners also will play Mexico's Chivas of Guadalajara three days later at Carson, Calif., as part of the two-game U.S. tour. Previous clubs to play the MLS All-Stars include Chelsea (2006 and '12), Everton (2009), Manchester United (2010 and '11), Roma (2013), Bayern Munich (2014) and Tottenham (2015). Arsenal visited the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2014. Manager Arsene Wenger said his team enjoys "tremendous support across America" and looks forward to "giving our U.S. fans the chance to see the team play live."

MORE SOCCER: Sunderland fired winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Johnson denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child. … Relegation-threatened Hoffenheim made Julian Nagelsmann, 28, the youngest ever coach in the Bundesliga. He was supposed to take over next season, but Huub Stevens stepped down Wednesday for health reasons.

ET CETERA

TENNIS: Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Ladies Trophy, losing to Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 7-5 after a heated dispute with the umpire. A Cibulkova shot was wrongly called out, and umpire Emmanuel Joseph overruled the call and awarded the point to Cibulkova instead of replaying it even though Wozniacki had clearly returned it. … Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered unseeded Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Taiwan Open quarterfinals in Kaohsiung. Williams next plays Anastasija Sevastova.

DOPING: The World Anti-Doping Agency said Kenya is being investigated for breaching the global anti-doping code. An independent compliance review committee will make a recommendation to WADA's board on whether the country should be declared non-compliant with the code. That is unlikely to bring sanctions for athletes, but it would be an embarrassment.

JURISPRUDENCE: A lawyer for Olympic gold medalist skier Picabo Street said she was defending herself during a December fight with her 76-year-old father and will demand a jury trial on domestic violence and assault charges. Street, 44, is accused of throwing her father down the stairs and locking him in the basement at her home.

Times wires

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Sports on TV/radio for Thursday, June 21

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