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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) looks on during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks t Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

May 27, 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates will call up right-handed prospect Mitch Keller ahead of their doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Keller, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, has gone 5-0 with a 3.45 ERA over nine starts for Triple-A Indianapolis this season and was scheduled to start for that club in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday. Keller, 23, will start the second game in Cincinnati, the Pirates announced in a tweet on Sunday.

A second-round pick by the Pirates in 2014, Keller has a 34-17 record with a 3.06 ERA over six minor league seasons. Injuries to starters Trevor Williams, Jameson Taillon and Chris Archer have left the Pirates hurting for pitching — though Archer returned to the rotation on May 15.

When Keller does take the mound, he won’t be throwing to Francisco Cervelli. The Pirates placed their starting catcher on the 7-day concussion list after he took a broken bat to the facemask during Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This is the third straight season in which Cervelli has suffered a concussion, and he has a long history of dealing with them.

Cervelli, 33, is batting .193 with a homer and five RBIs in 34 games this season. Elias Diaz (.250 entering Sunday) will be the primary catcher during Cervelli’s absence. Pittsburgh also recalled catcher Jacob Stallings and infielder-outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis, while designating utility man Jake Elmore for assignment.

–After leaving Saturday’s start after just three batters, Boston Red Sox hurler David Price is expected to be moved up in the rotation for his next start, perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.

With Price’s absence taxing the bullpen on Saturday, the Red Sox called up fellow left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez from Double-A Portland and sent right-hander Colten Brewer down to Triple-A.

Price, 33, is 2-2 in eight starts this season, sporting a 3.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

–Right-hander Chris Paddack did not start as scheduled for the San Diego Padres against the Blue Jays in the Toronto because of a stiff neck.

Left-hander Robbie Erlin started as the opener for San Diego and took the loss, giving up one run in two innings as the Padres lost 10-1.

Paddack, a 23-year-old rookie off to a 4-2 start with a 1.93 ERA in nine starts. He is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against the host New York Yankees.

–The New York Mets activated outfielder Michael Conforto from the 7-day concussion list prior to their game against the Detroit Tigers.

Conforto started in right, batted third and went 0-for-3 in New York’s 4-3 win. Conforto, 26, suffered the concussion during a game against the Washington Nationals on May 16. He is batting .265 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 43 games this season.

The Mets designated outfielder Rajai Davis for assignment to make room for Conforto, though the team hopes it can hold onto Davis.

–Both Los Angeles teams activated their Sunday starting pitchers from the injured list prior to their respective games, as the Angels activated left-hander Andrew Heaney for his season debut against Texas and the Dodgers activated right-hander Kenta Maeda before their series finale in Pittsburgh.

Heaney had been sidelined since experiencing elbow inflammation during spring training. He gave up two runs on two hits — both solo home runs — with eight strikeouts and a walk. He did not get a decision as the Angels beat Texas 7-6 in Anaheim, Calif.

Maeda had been sidelined by a left adductor contusion since May 16. He improved to 6-2 on the season after going five innings and giving up three runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The Dodgers beat the Pirates 11-7 to sweep the three-game series.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) looks on during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks t Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

May 27, 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates will call up right-handed prospect Mitch Keller ahead of their doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Keller, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, has gone 5-0 with a 3.45 ERA over nine starts for Triple-A Indianapolis this season and was scheduled to start for that club in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday. Keller, 23, will start the second game in Cincinnati, the Pirates announced in a tweet on Sunday.

A second-round pick by the Pirates in 2014, Keller has a 34-17 record with a 3.06 ERA over six minor league seasons. Injuries to starters Trevor Williams, Jameson Taillon and Chris Archer have left the Pirates hurting for pitching — though Archer returned to the rotation on May 15.

When Keller does take the mound, he won’t be throwing to Francisco Cervelli. The Pirates placed their starting catcher on the 7-day concussion list after he took a broken bat to the facemask during Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This is the third straight season in which Cervelli has suffered a concussion, and he has a long history of dealing with them.

Cervelli, 33, is batting .193 with a homer and five RBIs in 34 games this season. Elias Diaz (.250 entering Sunday) will be the primary catcher during Cervelli’s absence. Pittsburgh also recalled catcher Jacob Stallings and infielder-outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis, while designating utility man Jake Elmore for assignment.

–After leaving Saturday’s start after just three batters, Boston Red Sox hurler David Price is expected to be moved up in the rotation for his next start, perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.

With Price’s absence taxing the bullpen on Saturday, the Red Sox called up fellow left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez from Double-A Portland and sent right-hander Colten Brewer down to Triple-A.

Price, 33, is 2-2 in eight starts this season, sporting a 3.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

–Right-hander Chris Paddack did not start as scheduled for the San Diego Padres against the Blue Jays in the Toronto because of a stiff neck.

Left-hander Robbie Erlin started as the opener for San Diego and took the loss, giving up one run in two innings as the Padres lost 10-1.

Paddack, a 23-year-old rookie off to a 4-2 start with a 1.93 ERA in nine starts. He is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against the host New York Yankees.

–The New York Mets activated outfielder Michael Conforto from the 7-day concussion list prior to their game against the Detroit Tigers.

Conforto started in right, batted third and went 0-for-3 in New York’s 4-3 win. Conforto, 26, suffered the concussion during a game against the Washington Nationals on May 16. He is batting .265 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 43 games this season.

The Mets designated outfielder Rajai Davis for assignment to make room for Conforto, though the team hopes it can hold onto Davis.

–Both Los Angeles teams activated their Sunday starting pitchers from the injured list prior to their respective games, as the Angels activated left-hander Andrew Heaney for his season debut against Texas and the Dodgers activated right-hander Kenta Maeda before their series finale in Pittsburgh.

Heaney had been sidelined since experiencing elbow inflammation during spring training. He gave up two runs on two hits — both solo home runs — with eight strikeouts and a walk. He did not get a decision as the Angels beat Texas 7-6 in Anaheim, Calif.

Maeda had been sidelined by a left adductor contusion since May 16. He improved to 6-2 on the season after going five innings and giving up three runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The Dodgers beat the Pirates 11-7 to sweep the three-game series.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: Premier League - Newcastle United v Leicester City
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Newcastle United v Leicester City – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – September 29, 2018 Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley REUTERS/Scott Heppell

May 27, 2019

(Reuters) – Mike Ashley has agreed to sell Newcastle United to Abu Dhabi’s billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan for 350 million pounds ($445.24 million), the Sun reported late on Sunday.

The contracts between Ashley and Sheikh Khaled have been signed and submitted to the Premier League, according to the report.

Ashley, who bought a controlling stake in the Premier League club in 2007, has in the past tried to sell the club.

Ashley, who owns British sportswear retailer Sports Direct International Plc said last October that he had not received any acceptable offers for Newcastle, a year after he officially put the club up for sale, but told Sky News in December that talks on a deal had made promising progress.

Any potential buyer of the club must be able to provide transfer funds, he had said at the time.

Sheikh Khaled, the cousin of Manchester City owner and Arab billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, previously failed in his bid to buy Liverpool Football Club for 2 billion pounds last year, the Daily Mail has previously reported.

Sheikh Khaled is also the founder of Bin Zayed Group, a leading conglomerate with diverse business interests in the local and international markets.

Newcastle United, the Premier League and the Bin Zayed Group did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comments.

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Thomas)

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PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge - Final Round
May 26, 2019; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Kevin Na watches his birdie putt fall into the hole as he wins the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at Colonial Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

May 26, 2019

(Reuters) – Kevin Na, making birdies early and late, cruised to a four-stroke victory over Tony Finau at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday.

The South Korean-born American rattled off four birdies in his first eight holes, then after Finau pulled within two shots, Na sank two more birdies, including one at the last, to shoot a four-under-par 66 at Colonial Country Club.

The round was his third consecutive sub-70 round as he ended at 13-under 267 and collected his third PGA Tour victory.

Finau (68) needed a birdie at the last to finish at nine-under with Andrew Putnam (66) and Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung (69) tied for third at eight-under.

Jonas Blixt rebounded from a disappointing third round to take fifth on seven-under as the Swede shot 68.

Hometown favorite Jordan Spieth’s putting deserted him and he did not claim a birdie until the last hole in shooting a two-over 72 that left him eight strokes behind Na.

Defending champion Justin Rose finished at five-over with a 70.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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Ice Hockey World Championships - Final - Canada v Finland
Ice Hockey World Championships – Final – Canada v Finland – Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia – May 26, 2019 Finland’s players celebrate after winning the World Championship. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

May 26, 2019

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Finland completed a fairytale world championship after they came from behind to beat favorites Canada 3-1 and clinch their third gold medal in an absorbing final on Sunday.

The Finns, who beat the Canadians by the same score in their opening group-stage match, were underdogs in all three knockout stage games but they defied the odds to shock 2018 champions Sweden, Russia and Canada en route to the title.

It was a case of history repeating itself for the battling Finns, who won their previous title at the same venue in 2011.

Canada, who were aiming for a record 27th title, dominated the opening period as Shea Theodor fired them ahead midway through with a brilliant solo effort.

The Vegas Golden Knights defenseman weaved his way through three Finnish players and found the top corner with a superb wrist-shot after Oliwer Kaski had missed a penalty for Finland.

Canada hit the crossbar twice and those misses, coupled with lapses in concentration early in the second and third periods, cost them dearly.

Finland captain Marko Antilla, who scored the winner in the 1-0 semi-final win over Russia, was instrumental again as he leveled two minutes and 35 seconds into the second period when he beat goaltender Matt Muray with a fizzing low shot.

At exactly the same point in the third period, the towering Anttila punished the Canadians again as he popped up in front of goal and swept a fine Veli-Matti Savinainen assist into the roof of the net.

Harri Pesonen sealed Finland’s memorable win in the closing stages and the Canadians failed to create much up front in the dying minutes although they threw men forward in the Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Earlier on Sunday, Russia won the bronze medal with a penalty shootout win over the Czech Republic as the match finished 2-2 after regulation and overtime.

Nikita Gusev and Ilya Kovalchuk netted Russia’s goals in the shootout as the Czechs, who had led 2-1 in regular time after falling behind early on, missed all of their four attempts.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Toby Davis)

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Ice Hockey World Championships - Final - Canada v Finland
Ice Hockey World Championships – Final – Canada v Finland – Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia – May 26, 2019 Finland’s players celebrate after winning the World Championship. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

May 26, 2019

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Finland completed a fairytale world championship after they came from behind to beat favorites Canada 3-1 and clinch their third gold medal in an absorbing final on Sunday.

The Finns, who beat the Canadians by the same score in their opening group-stage match, were underdogs in all three knockout stage games but they defied the odds to shock 2018 champions Sweden, Russia and Canada en route to the title.

It was a case of history repeating itself for the battling Finns, who won their previous title at the same venue in 2011.

Canada, who were aiming for a record 27th title, dominated the opening period as Shea Theodor fired them ahead midway through with a brilliant solo effort.

The Vegas Golden Knights defenseman weaved his way through three Finnish players and found the top corner with a superb wrist-shot after Oliwer Kaski had missed a penalty for Finland.

Canada hit the crossbar twice and those misses, coupled with lapses in concentration early in the second and third periods, cost them dearly.

Finland captain Marko Antilla, who scored the winner in the 1-0 semi-final win over Russia, was instrumental again as he leveled two minutes and 35 seconds into the second period when he beat goaltender Matt Muray with a fizzing low shot.

At exactly the same point in the third period, the towering Anttila punished the Canadians again as he popped up in front of goal and swept a fine Veli-Matti Savinainen assist into the roof of the net.

Harri Pesonen sealed Finland’s memorable win in the closing stages and the Canadians failed to create much up front in the dying minutes although they threw men forward in the Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Earlier on Sunday, Russia won the bronze medal with a penalty shootout win over the Czech Republic as the match finished 2-2 after regulation and overtime.

Nikita Gusev and Ilya Kovalchuk netted Russia’s goals in the shootout as the Czechs, who had led 2-1 in regular time after falling behind early on, missed all of their four attempts.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Toby Davis)

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Ice Hockey World Championships - Final - Canada v Finland
Ice Hockey World Championships – Final – Canada v Finland – Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia – May 26, 2019 Finland’s players celebrate after winning the World Championship. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

May 26, 2019

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Finland completed a fairytale world championship after they came from behind to beat favorites Canada 3-1 and clinch their third gold medal in an absorbing final on Sunday.

The Finns, who beat the Canadians by the same score in their opening group-stage match, were underdogs in all three knockout stage games but they defied the odds to shock 2018 champions Sweden, Russia and Canada en route to the title.

It was a case of history repeating itself for the battling Finns, who won their previous title at the same venue in 2011.

Canada, who were aiming for a record 27th title, dominated the opening period as Shea Theodor fired them ahead midway through with a brilliant solo effort.

The Vegas Golden Knights defenseman weaved his way through three Finnish players and found the top corner with a superb wrist-shot after Oliwer Kaski had missed a penalty for Finland.

Canada hit the crossbar twice and those misses, coupled with lapses in concentration early in the second and third periods, cost them dearly.

Finland captain Marko Antilla, who scored the winner in the 1-0 semi-final win over Russia, was instrumental again as he leveled two minutes and 35 seconds into the second period when he beat goaltender Matt Muray with a fizzing low shot.

At exactly the same point in the third period, the towering Anttila punished the Canadians again as he popped up in front of goal and swept a fine Veli-Matti Savinainen assist into the roof of the net.

Harri Pesonen sealed Finland’s memorable win in the closing stages and the Canadians failed to create much up front in the dying minutes although they threw men forward in the Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Earlier on Sunday, Russia won the bronze medal with a penalty shootout win over the Czech Republic as the match finished 2-2 after regulation and overtime.

Nikita Gusev and Ilya Kovalchuk netted Russia’s goals in the shootout as the Czechs, who had led 2-1 in regular time after falling behind early on, missed all of their four attempts.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Toby Davis)

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IndyCar: 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500
May 26, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indycar driver Simon Pagenaud (22) before the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

May 26, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – French pole sitter Simon Pagenaud held off a final-lap charge by Alexander Rossi to win the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

The win gave team owner Roger Penske his 18th Indy 500 victory.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Indianapolis; Editing by Toby Davis)

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FILE PHOTO: ATP 1000 - Monte Carlo Masters
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 17, 2019 Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime in action during his second round match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

May 26, 2019

(Reuters) – Fast-rising Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime said he will have to be more careful with his schedule in the future after pulling out of the French Open with a groin injury.

The 18-year-old, seeded 25th, said he had injured his groin playing in Lyon this week where he played in Saturday’s final.

“Maybe I should be more careful in the future,” Auger-Aliassime, one of several young exciting Canadians to fly up the rankings in the last year, told a news conference.

“It’s true I was feeling good physically when I got to Lyon. Several players do that and do two tournaments in a row, but maybe I should learn my lesson.

“It’s difficult to say why I got hurt. I’ll have to see that. Nevertheless, as for everything in my career, I learn every time.”

Auger-Aliassime played in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Lyon in the buildup to the French, losing in the final in the Lyon to Benoit Paire.

He said he had felt his groin injury in his semi-final win in the French city and decided to pull out of Roland Garros following the results of an MRI scan.

“I was feeling great. And then during my semi-finals I started feeling pain in my groin. I think I’m at peace just knowing that it’s something that gonna heal pretty

fast, but I have to be careful.”

He said he hoped to return to the grasscourt tournament in Stuttgart next month in the build-up to Wimbledon.

“If I had played five sets on clay, I run the risk of

worsening the lesions,” he said.

“This is why we decided I should pull back. And I hope I will be back in a tournament in two weeks.”

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina takes his spot in the draw and will face Australian Jordan Thompson in the first round.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis)

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French Open - Roland Garros
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 26, 2019 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

May 26, 2019

By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer made a stylish comeback to the French Open after a three-year hiatus as the revamped, widely-acclaimed Roland Garros burst into life on Sunday.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, back on the Paris clay 10 years after his only title here, swept aside Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-2 6-4 6-4 in a graceful performance on an expanded court Philippe Chatrier.

“The reception I got today was crazy, it was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round like this. It was a beauty,” the 37-year-old Swiss told reporters.

Earlier, 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza inaugurated the new court Simonne Mathieu with a first-round victory, describing the semi-sunken 5,000-seater as a ‘cosy’ place.

Situated within a botanical garden at the East end of Roland Garros, the court is cocooned by greenhouses featuring rare tropical plants.

“It’s a cute court. It’s in a very different place. You don’t feel like you are around a court. It’s like in a garden,” Muguruza said.

Some top players, however, will not get much chance to enjoy the new stadium, with former world number ones Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams sent packing along with former winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Opening proceedings on Chatrier, Germany’s Kerber was downed in two short sets by Russia’s Anastasia Potapova as her attempt at completing a career slam was cut short on her least favorite surface.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams was also eliminated in straight sets by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, the ninth seed and one of a dozen contenders for the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.

Last year’s semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato of Italy, seeded 16th, was at the receiving end of Nicolas Mahut’s spectacular comeback as the local favorite advanced into the second round with a 2-6 6-7(8-6) 6-4 6-2 6-4 victory on court Simonne Mathieu.

In the women’s draw, second seed Karolina Pliskova and seventh seed Sloane Stephens eased into round two while on the men’s side, Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas and Japan’s Kei Nishikori also progressed.

Top favorites Rafa Nadal, the 11-time champion, and world number one Novak Djokovic will be in first-round action on Monday.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Tony Lawrence)

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