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dempsey out with heart issue

Seattle Sounders and U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey is having medical evaluations for an irregular heartbeat, the MLS club announced Friday, and has been ruled out for Sunday's match at Portland.

A more specific recovery timetable is on hold until further testing.

Dempsey, 33, played in all 90 minutes of last Sunday's game but did not travel with the team to its midweek game at Houston.

Dempsey had related health concerns throughout the 2016 season, according to reports, until the issue came to a head before the official diagnosis this week.

Dempsey will miss the U.S. national team's camp ahead of two September World Cup qualifiers.

MORE soccer: Bayern Munich kicked off the Bundesliga season by routing Werder Bremen 6-0 in Frankfurt, Germany.

et cetera

tennis: The draw was announced for the U.S. Open. Top-ranked woman Serena Williams faces two-time major semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova, whose ranking has fallen to 36th, in the first round, and top-ranked man Novak Djokovic opens against 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz. American Sloane Stephens (right foot), the 24th seed, withdrew, making Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig the 32nd and final seed. … Agnieszka Radwanska and Elina Svitolina advanced to the Connecticut Open final in New Haven. Radwanska beat Petra Kvitova 6-1, 6-1; Svitolina beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-2. … Roberto Bautista Agut advanced to the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open final, beating Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-7 (7-2), 6-2.

hockey: The Rangers agreed with forward Brandon Pirri on a $1.1 million, one-year deal. In 166 games with the Blackhawks, Panthers and Ducks, Pirri, 25, has 49 goals and 31 assists for 90 points. … With goaltender Robin Lehner still not healthy, Sweden replaced him on its World Cup of Hockey roster with Jhonas Enroth. The Sabres' starter was bothered by a right ankle injury last season. The competition begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.

nba: The Jazz sent center Tibor Pleiss to the 76ers for guard Kendall Marshall, then waived Marshall in a cost-cutting move. Marshall, the No. 13 overall pick in 2012 out of UNC, has spent four seasons with four teams.

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