first_imgUpdate on the latest sports August 22, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson has been released from the hospital after suffering a lacerated liver in practice this week.The team said Saturday that Johnson, who signed as a free agent during the offseason, was discharged from University Hospital on Friday and is doing well. The 28-year-old is expected to be back at the team’s facility in the next few days. He’ll have to go through COVID-19 protocols before he can be re-integrated into team activities. The Browns said his status will be evaluated on a “week by week basis.”Johnson was injured when he was landed on by rookie tight end Harrison Bryant as the two were battling for a pass during a red-zone drill.In another positive development for the Browns, Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb returned to practice Saturday — on a limited basis — after sustaining a concussion earlier this week. In other NFL news: — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to practice Saturday after a one-day absence for personal reasons. Top draft pick Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) and former Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen had so-so performances during Fitzpatrick’s absence yesterday, according to coach Brian Flores. Fitzpatrick, a 16-year veteran, was Miami’s most valuable player last year. Tagovailoa is considered a potential franchise quarterback, but he is returning from a serious hip injury in November that ended his Alabama career.— Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Branden Jackson was “knocked out” and taken off the field on a backboard as a precaution after being injured during the team’s scrimmage. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Jackson had movement in all his extremities. The injury happened just before halftime of the scrimmage at CenturyLink Field. Jackson appeared to collide helmets with offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and seemed to be unconscious before he landed on the turf. Jackson was eventually loaded into an ambulance and taken to a hospital as a precaution.— Backup Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Kyle Fuller was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Fuller will be allowed to practice with the team during preseason. Once the regular season begins, Fuller will not be allowed to return to the active roster until Sept. 21 after Seattle’s Week 2 game against New England. Fuller is in his fourth season out of Baylor.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEWSUNC clears athletes to practice; football to resume Monday Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSAntetokounmpo leads efficient Bucks to 121-107 rout of MagicLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 35 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 121-107 victory over the Orlando Magic in the third game of their Eastern Conference first-round series. NBA-NEWSDoncic seeks quick recovery; 76ers, Nets facing quick exitsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks will work around the clock on Luka Doncic, hoping he can be healthy enough to play Sunday. The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets can tell them all about how hard the playoffs are without star guards. Doncic hopes to make a quick recovery and the 76ers and Nets look to avoid quick exits heading into Game 4 of their series. Doncic sprained his left ankle in Game 3 against the Clippers. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle says he will likely be a game-time decision. Philadelphia, without Ben Simmons, is down 3-0 to Boston. Brooklyn faces the same deficit against Toronto. Popov only qualified for the British Open courtesy of a top-10 finish two weeks ago at the Marathon Classic, which she was playing only because higher-ranked players couldn’t attend due to COVID-19 restrictions. Last week, she was playing on the second-tier Symetra Tour in Phoenix last week, tying for second.NASCAR-NASHVILLE PRESIDENTMoses named 1st Black track president in NASCAR historyDOVER, Del. (AP) — Erik Moses has been named president of Nashville Superspeedway, the first Black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track.Moses most recently served as president of the XFL’s DC Defenders and now leads the charge of the scheduled Nashville reboot in 2021. The 1.33-mile concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports and hosted NASCAR and IndyCar events until 2011. NBA-COACH OF THE YEARRaptors’ Nick Nurse voted NBA Coach of the YearLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Nurse was voted NBA Coach of the Year on Saturday after leading the defending champion Toronto Raptors to another 50-win season, this time without Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard.Nurse was a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. He finished with 470 points.Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer was second after leading the Bucks to the best record in the suspended season, earning 147 points. Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan was third with 134 points. UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals have put star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the right-hander will undergo carpal tunnel surgery next week. Last year’s World Series MVP was initially placed on the injured list Aug. 15. He was scratched from his first two scheduled starts and left his Aug. 14 start after only two-thirds of an inning.The 32-year-old signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with Washington during the offseason. He was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts in 2020.Saturday’s move allowed Washington to add right-hander Wil Crowe to the 40-man roster. Crowe, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, will make his major league debut by starting the second game of the Nationals’ doubleheader on Saturday against the Miami Marlins. Crowe will serve as Washington’s 29th man.In other MLB news: WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENPopov takes 3-shot lead into final round of British OpenTROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s British Open as she goes for her first major title. Popov shot a bogey-free, 4-under 67 to tie the low score of the third round at Royal Troon. The 27-year-old German was 4 under par overall and one of just three players under par after 54 holes. Minjee Lee of Australia and Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand were the other two after both shot 69 to be tied for second place on 1 under. Three weeks ago, Popov’s ranking was close to No. 400 and she was pushing a trolley for her best friend at an LPGA Tour event. — Yankees star shortstop Gleyber Torres is expected to miss two to three weeks while recovering from strains in his hamstring and quad and pitcher James Paxton won’t throw for 14 days because of a strained left forearm. New York manager Aaron Boone provided the updates. The team worked out at Yankee Stadium after this weekend’s Subway Series at Citi Field was postponed when two members of the Mets tested positive for the coronavirus. Torres, Paxton and reliever Luis Avilan were put on the injured list Friday. Big-hitting Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu already were on the IL, along with relievers Zack Britton and Tommy Kahnle and backup catcher Kyle Higashioka.— The Indians don’t expect to have Terry Francona on the bench this weekend for a series against Detroit after the manager had a scheduled medical procedure for a gastrointestinal ailment Friday. At this point, it’s not known when Francona, a two-time World Series winner, will return. Francona has already missed 14 games this season with health issues and recently revealed he’s had numerous surgeries in the past year for the condition.— The Phillies got an early jump on the trade deadline, moving to fortify their ineffective bullpen by acquiring relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Boston Red Sox. Philadelphia also got cash and will either receive more cash or a player to be named from the Red Sox, who obtained right-handers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. The trade occurred Friday night while Boston was playing in Baltimore and the Phillies were in Atlanta. Earlier Friday, the Phillies acquired right-handed reliever David Hale from the New York Yankees to help their league-worst bullpen, sending back righty relief prospect Addison Russ.NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson released from hospital after liver injury Players wore masks on their way to the courts and there were no spectators allowed. In women’s action, No. 13 seed Maria Sakkari beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3. Nurse led Toronto to its first title last year in his rookie season, becoming the only coach to win an NBA championship and a G League championship. He won titles in 2011 and 2013 at the NBA’s minor league level.Toronto’s celebration last year was just winding down when Leonard decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers. The Raptors hardly missed a beat without the NBA Finals MVP, rolling to a 53-19 record and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They have a 3-0 lead over the Brooklyn Nets and will try to finish off the sweep Sunday.Nurse is 111-43 in two seasons.MLB-NEWSNationals’ Strasburg is done for season, awaits hand surgery Dover announced the hire before Saturday’s Cup race at the Monster Mile.TENNIS-WESTERN AND SOUTHERN OPENAndy Murray wins 1st match in 9 months; men’s tennis returnsNEW YORK (AP) — Andy Murray has played his first official tennis match in nine months — and the ATP tour has started its first tournament in five months. Murray resumed his climb back from two hip operations with a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Frances Tiafoe at the Western & Southern Open. The hard-court tournament normally played in Ohio was moved to the site of the U.S. Open this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Antetokounmpo went 12 of 14 as the top-seeded Bucks shot 56.1% from the floor. Khris Middleton had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.The game included a second-quarter scuffle between Orlando forward James Ennis and Milwaukee forward Marvin Williams that led to the ejection of both players.Milwaukee’s blowout gave the Bucks a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Monday.In other playoff action:— The Miami Heat continues to pound the Indiana Pacers in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, winning Game 3 124-115. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has cleared football and multiple other sports to resume workouts after temporarily pausing all athletics activities earlier this week. The school announced the move Saturday, allowing some programs to resume activities Sunday. That list includes the men’s and women’s basketball teams, cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. The list also includes the football team, but that program will wait until Monday to resume practice. The announcement comes three days after the decision to pause activities amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases on campus. Those cases led the school to cancel in-person undergraduate classes.In other virus related news:— Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs after his on-air comment that there were no women in the quarantined bubble to disrupt concentration drew widespread criticism. NBC Sports confirmed it was Milbury’s decision to leave and that he remains employed by the network. Thursday night during the Islanders-Capitals telecast, after Brian Boucher talked about the bubbles being “the perfect place” for players who enjoy playing hockey and being with their teammates, Milbury responded there are “not even any women here to disrupt your concentration.”last_img