Nationals’ Strasburg out for season, to undergo surgery Wednesday

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says right-hander Stephen Strasburg is slated to undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.

Martinez said the hope is the 33-year-old will be ready for spring training next February.

Strasburg has made only five starts this season because of neck and shoulder issues, and hasn’t pitched since June 1.

The Nationals enter Tuesday’s action with a 45-54 record and are in danger of missing the post-season for a second straight year after winning the World Series in 2019.

With files from The Associated Press

Brewers’ Yelich on COVID-19 list after positive test

PITTSBURGH – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has tested positive for the coronavirus and is showing mild symptoms.

Yelich and utilityman Jace Peterson were placed on the COVID-19 injured list, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said Tuesday, adding that Peterson was sidelined due to contact tracing and hasn’t tested positive.

Yelich – who has been vaccinated against the virus – will miss at least 10 days from the date of his positive test and Peterson will miss at least seven days, Stearns said.

“Clearly disappointing news for Christian,” Stearns said. “The most important thing is for him to feel better. He has mild symptoms. I talked to him this morning. He’s in good spirits. He’s resting and it’s certainly our hope that he can knock this out quickly and feel better quickly.”

The Brewers activated outfielder Lorenzo Cain from the injured list and called up infielder Pablo Reyes from Triple-A Nashville to fill the open roster spots as they prepared to open a three-game series at Pittsburgh. Cain hasn’t played since May 31 because of a strained right hamstring.

The team delayed its scheduled Monday night flight to Pittsburgh and didn’t leave until Tuesday morning in order to go through contact tracing and await test results.

Stearns noted that Yelich had gotten vaccinated at the start of the season along with many of his teammates. The Brewers announced April 5 that much of the team had received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine together.

“He has taken precautions seriously and guidelines seriously throughout the season,” Stearns said. “And unfortunately yesterday he started developing some mild symptoms. He did the right thing and reported those mild symptoms. We got him a test yesterday afternoon. The test returned positive and we got a confirmation test which also came back positive.”

The setback continues a frustrating season for Yelich, the 2018 NL MVP.

“I don’t think this has been his favorite year in totality,” Stearns said. “He has dealt with a lot. When I talked to him this morning, he wasn’t feeling great, but he was in good spirits. It’s just another challenge that he’s going to overcome. He’ll get through this. He’ll be back with the team. And we’re certainly going to look forward to getting him back.”

Watch Live: Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon speaks after trading Marc-Andre Fleury

The Vegas Golden Knights shocked the hockey world Tuesday by trading franchise icon and reigning Vezina Trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury to the Chicago Blackhawks.

As the dust settles on the deal, Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon will speak to the media about why he made the trade, Fleury’s legacy with the team and how Vegas will proceed this off-season.

You can watch the press conference live at 3 p.m. ET/ noon PT on sportsnet.ca.

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Canucks sign Conor Garland to five-year, $24.75M contract

The Vancouver Canucks have locked up newly acquired forward Conor Garland to a five-year, $24.75 million contract. Garland, who was a pending restricted free agent, will have an average annual value of $4.95 million on his new contract.

The Coyotes acquired Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson from the Arizona Coyotes in a trade last week.

“We’re pleased to have reached a long-term deal with Conor today,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in the team’s press release. “He’s a skilled young player, who plays hard, produces offensively and will complement our top-six forward group.”

The 25-year-old forward registered 12 goals and a team-leading 27 assists in 49 games with Arizona last season, his 39 points tying his career-high from one season prior.

In three NHL seasons with Arizona since being drafted by the Coyotes in the fifth round (2015), Garland has tallied 47 goals and 49 assists for 96 points in 164 career regular season games.

Golden Knights แลก Marc-Andre Fleury กับ Blackhawks

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Raptors face three different paths as important off-season looms

The NBA Draft is Thursday, free agency opens on Monday and the Toronto Raptors are in limbo.

Which isn’t automatically a bad place, but by definition it’s an uncertain one and in an industry as systematically chaotic as professional basketball — where everything is geared to pull teams apart rather than keep them together — an added dose of ‘what happens next’ isn’t necessarily positive, either.

The answers as to what direction the Raptors are heading in will come in the space of a week. By then the draft will have come and gone and we should have a clearer picture of what the future holds for Kyle Lowry.

Oh, and we may even find out what the official status of Raptors president Masai Ujiri is, or when it might be resolved.

According to multiple sources I have spoken in recent weeks, Ujiri is conducting business during the most important period on the NBA calendar like he’s the once-and-future president of the Raptors, but there’s been no confirmation from the team that he’s signed a new contract or when he will.

There’s no underground buzz about what his other options are, so as has been reported consistently here since before the 2020-21 season began, the likeliest scenario remains that Ujiri is back with the team that he’s been so closely identified with for a 10th season.

But the questions Ujiri and/or general manager Bobby Webster need to answer are looming, significant, potentially inter-related.

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The biggest one is what type of team do the Raptors want to be when they — hopefully — return to Scotiabank Arena for the 2021-22 season, for which training camp is barely two months away from opening.

If the goal is to pick up where they left off the last time they played there — remember those pre-Pandemic times, back in March of 2019 when the Raptors were on their way to second-best regular-season record in the NBA even without Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green?

If that’s the case and there’s still a belief that the essence of the current club can return to contender status in the East, then things aren’t that complicated at all: Re-sign Lowry and draft the best player they can with the No. 4 pick, while hoping it’s multi-skilled USC big man Evan Mobley (if not they should explore how to move up in the draft to grab him, especially if he’s available when Cleveland picks at No. 3).

If they were really determined to go all-in on a 2019-20 run back, they could even explore trade packages including the highly valued fourth pick, but that’s unlikely.

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At the other end of the scale is punting on the current configuration of the roster, an acknowledgement that last season — even with the relocation to Tampa and all accompanying disruption — wasn’t entirely anomalous. Not that the Raptors weren’t better than their 27-45 record would suggest, but that they aren’t all that good either — certainly not ‘contend for a title good.’ In that case maybe it is time to rebuild, or reset or reload or whatever you want to call it.

In that scenario the Raptors still draft the best player available at No. 4 or try a little harder to move up to the No. 3 spot if that’s what it takes to grab Mobley, but the circumstances under which the newest Raptor — whoever it ends up being — comes to the NBA under are significantly different.

Lowry would not be back, of course, but it makes sense Toronto would listen carefully to offers for Pascal Siakam, such as they are.

I can’t confirm that the Golden State Warriors would make a deal for the 27-year-old former all-star, but if you’re a team trying to rebuild on the fly and you can grab James Wiseman — the No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft, the No. 7 pick in the current draft and Andrew Wiggins (for salary matching purposes, though the 26-year-old might yet have some upside), the Raptors would be obligated to listen.

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The third possibility — and maybe the most likely one — is the Raptors try to thread the needle between winning now and building for a distant future.

Again, Lowry is still likely to move on — signing a 35-year-old point guard for $30 million on a two-year deal, let alone one that has a third year guaranteed, doesn’t make a load of sense if the goal is to give your existing young core room to grow. It was hard enough to find minutes for Malachi Flynn last season, so drafting Jalen Suggs while paying Lowry and Fred VanVleet makes little sense.

But the Raptors would have the cap space to sign a big man in free agency, with Richaun Holmes of Sacramento, Kelly Olynyk — who impressed finishing the season well in Houston — and maybe even Cavaliers restricted free agent Jarrett Allen — just 23 and as he heads into his fifth season — as possible targets. Depending on the price there might even be room to also sign Khem Birch, who the Raptors have generally looked at as a capable backup.

Would their existing core (minus Lowry), the addition of the fourth pick and getting some help at centre in free agency be enough to vault the Raptors back into contender status?

Contending might be a stretch, but being young, flexible, and respectable is right there, and from that point taking the leap to contender doesn’t seem so far-fetched, especially if who they draft at No. 4 ends up having star potential.

Which direction the Raptors end up heading will make for great theatre, and the curtain is about to rise.

Cubs’ Baez shows up pitcher Garrett after hitting walk-off single

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Canada’s Maude Charron wins gold in weightlifting at Tokyo Olympics

Canadian Maude Charron has won the gold medal in the 64-kilogram weight class at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 28-year-old is Canada’s first Olympic weightlifting medal since Christine Girard won gold in 2012.

The Rimouski, Que., native is the reigning champion of both the Commonwealth Games and Pan American championships. She also set new continental records for the 64-kilogram weight class in snatch (107kg), clean and jerk (133kg) and total (240kg) back in April.

As the third-ranked weightlifter, Charron was a serious threat to reach the podium with two of the top weightlifters pulling out including defending Olympic champion Deng Wei of China and four-time European champion Loredana Toma of Romania.

Simone Biles out of team finals at Tokyo Olympics with apparent injury

TOKYO — Reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals after apparently suffering an injury during the vault.

The 24-year-old U.S. star, considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor.

Biles returned several minutes later with her right leg wrapped. She took off her bar grips, hugged teammates Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles before putting on a jacket and sweatpants.

The Americans will be forced to finish the rest of the competition without her, severely hampering their bid to claim a third straight Olympic title.

Biles arrived in Tokyo as the unquestioned star of the Games but struggled, at least by her high standards, during qualifying.