Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sports

Sports in brief

RECOMMENDED READING


Soccer

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.

Times wires

Comments
Name game: What should this year’s UF-FSU rivalry game be called?

Name game: What should this year’s UF-FSU rivalry game be called?

This hasn't exactly been a banner year for Florida and Florida State football. And bowl bids are no certainties for either program. So we could look at this year's rivalry as their de facto bowl game. The Times' college football staff takes a crack a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Clayborn shining for Falcons as Bucs come to town

Clayborn shining for Falcons as Bucs come to town

The Bucs face the Falcons twice in their final six games, and as they prepare to go to Atlanta on Sunday, former Tampa Bay first-round pick Adrian Clayborn has had a nice two-week run.Clayborn had a huge game nine days ago with six sacks in a win aga...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Rays INF Matt Duffy has to say big goodbye to 27-pound cat Skeeter

Rays INF Matt Duffy has to say big goodbye to 27-pound cat Skeeter

When the Rays acquired INF Matt Duffy from the Giants during the 2016 season, we also heard about the giant and somewhat famous cat he had, an up-to-27-pounder named Skeeter.Duffy announced over the weekend on Instagram that the family had to have Sk...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rick and Tom podcast: Debunking the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories

Rick and Tom podcast: Debunking the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones debunk the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories as he will miss a third consecutive game this weekend in Atlanta.The guys explain that Winston’s absence is purely medical and has nothing to do with the...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays went right up to Monday’s 8 p.m. deadline in deciding to add seven players to the 40-man roster, and that a couple they left off seem to be potential Rule 5 draft losses, was apparently a good thing."There’s always some...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingWelterweights: Alexander vs. Castillo7:30 p.m.FS1College basketballMaui Invitational semifinal1:30 p.m.ESPNLegends Classic third-place game3:30 p.m.ESPNUMaui Invitational consolation game4 p.m.ESPN2Legends Classic final6 p.m.ESPN2George Ma...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Doug Martin’s not at fault for struggling running game

Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Doug Martin’s not at fault for struggling running game

TAMPA — RB Doug Martin had just 38 yards on 19 carries in Sunday’s win against the Dolphins, but coach Dirk Koetter said his team’s struggles running the ball shouldn’t go squarely on his running back."In my opinion, he is not the reason we’re not mo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Debunking some theories about why the Bucs are keeping Jameis Winston on the shelf

Debunking some theories about why the Bucs are keeping Jameis Winston on the shelf

TAMPA — The Bucs are sticking with Ryan Two and Oh Fitzpatrick at quarterback for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. But this isn’t a case of just riding the guy who has the cool head and hot hand. Doctors would not clear starter Jameis Wi...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Flames ride hot Gaudreau, beat Capitals

Flames ride hot Gaudreau, beat Capitals

WASHINGTON — Johnny Gaudreau would rather talk about anything other than his offensive production. He’s just making it impossible to avoid. Gaudreau had a goal and an assist to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games and lead the Flames to a ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Cavs roll over Pistons, close in on Central lead

Cavs roll over Pistons, close in on Central lead

DETROIT — An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cavaliers talking confidently again. "We haven’t had a win like that in a very long time," James said. "That’s what happens when we don’t let up." James scored 16 of his 1...
Updated: 12 hours ago