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Toronto FC adds Aus­tralian goal­keeper Toronto FC signed goal­keeper Caleb Pat­ter­son- Sewell Wed­nes­day. Toronto ac­quired Pat­ter­son­Sewell’s rights from the New York Red Bulls for a fourthround pick in the 2019 MLS Su­perDraft. The 30-year-old Aus­tralian posted a club-record 10 shutouts and a 10-8-13 record last sea­son with the NASL’s Jack­sonville Ar­mada FC. Byfuglien pays price for slash­ing penalty Win­nipeg Jets de­fence­man Dustin Byfuglien is among three NHL play­ers fined for penal­ties Wed­nes­day. Byfuglien will lose US$5,000 for slash­ing Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals for­ward Jay Bea­gle Tues­day. The Cap­i­tals’ Madi­son Bowey was fined nearly $2,000 for in­ter­fer­ence in the same game. The Ve­gas Golden Knights’ Deryk En­gel­land was fined just more than $2,500 for cross­check­ing in a Tues­day game against Chicago. Haas es­capes se­ri­ous in­jury in car crash Pro golfer Bill Haas was hos­pi­tal­ized but es­caped se­ri­ous in­juries fol­low­ing a rollover crash in Los An­ge­les that killed the driver of the Fer­rari he was rid­ing in and in­jured the driver of a BMW, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day. The cars col­lided on a res­i­den­tial block in the wealthy Pa­cific Pal­isades neigh­bour­hood Tues­day evening, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. A third ve­hi­cle driven by ac­tor Luke Wil­son was clipped by the Fer­rari, LAPD said. Wil­son was not hurt. The Fer­rari’s 71-year-old driver, who died at the scene, was a mem­ber of the fam­ily 35-yearold Haas was staying with as he pre­pared to play this week at the nearby Riviera Coun­try Club, his man­ager said. Ste­wart work­ing with Oak­land A’s pitch­ers Dave Ste­wart is back with the Oak­land Ath­let­ics as a spring train­ing in­struc­tor. The 1989 World Se­ries MVP for Oak­land will spend the first five days of camp work­ing with pitch­ers. Ste­wart, who also pitched for the Blue Jays, was Ari­zona’s gen­eral man­ager from 2014 to 2016. “Feels right. I wore this uni­form for a long time. I’m re­ally ex­cited about hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to work with the pitch­ers,” Ste­wart said Wed­nes­day. Melvin hopes pitch­ers learn about mound pres­ence from Ste­wart and gain con­fi­dence. For­mer ma­jor-lea­guer Fran­cona dead at 84 For­mer ma­jor-lea­guer John “Tito” Fran­cona, the fa­ther of Cleve­land In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona, has died. He was 84. The In­di­ans said the elder Fran­cona died un­ex­pect­edly at his Penn­syl­va­nia home Tues­day. Fran­cona played in the ma­jors for 15 sea­sons, six with Cleve­land. Terry Fran­cona is af­fec­tion­ately called “Tito” after his fa­ther. Tito Fran­cona bat­ted .363 and fin­ished fifth in AL MVP vot­ing in 1959. He led the AL in dou­bles the fol­low­ing year, and in 1961 he was an AL all-star.

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