MLS AN­NOUNCES PLANS TO EVEN­TU­ALLY EX­PAND TO 28 TEAMS

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Ma­jor League Soccer com­mis­sioner Don Gar­ber an­nounced plans Thurs­day for the league’s ex­pan­sion to 28 teams, in­clud­ing a dead­line for own­ers to ap­ply and a new fran­chise fee.

The fee for the two teams ex­pected to be granted next year is jump­ing to $150 mil­lion. Gar­ber also set a Jan. 31, 2017, dead­line for in­ter­ested po­ten­tial own­ers or own­er­ship groups to ap­ply.

The league has ex­panded to 22 teams with the ad­di­tion of At­lanta United FC and Min­nesota United FC, which will de­but next sea­son.

The Los Angeles Foot­ball Club will join the league in 2018 as the 23rd team. The league an­nounced it is “mak­ing progress” on plans to add a team in Mi­ami that would bring the league to 24.

Hall of Famer Carew get­ting new heart, kid­ney B

los angeles» Base­ball Hall of Famer Rod Carew is pre­par­ing to re­ceive a new heart and un­dergo a kid­ney trans­plant.

His wife, Rhonda, con­firmed the pro­ce­dures on Thurs­day through the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion News.

The 71-year-old for­mer hit­ting star has strug­gled with heart is­sues since Septem­ber 2015 when he had a heart at­tack and went into car­diac ar­rest while un­der­go­ing a pro­ce­dure to open clogged ar­ter­ies.

A ma­chine has kept Carew alive since he nearly died 15 months ago. Doc­tors say the kid­ney trans­plant will im­prove his chances for a strong recovery.

• A judge in Fort Lee, N.J., has dropped a charge stem­ming from a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence com­plaint against Mets star relief pitcher Jeurys Fa­milia. Fa­milia had been charged with sim­ple as­sault stem­ming from an in­ci­dent in his apart­ment in the early morn­ing of Oct. 31. Po­lice said Fa­milia’s wife, Bianca Ri­vas, was left with scratches on her chest and a bruise on her right cheek.

But the judge dropped the charge af­ter pros­e­cu­tor Arthur Bal­samo said he met with Ri­vas and her lawyer and was told by Ri­vas that her hus­band never hurt her and that the scratch came from their 1-year-old child.

• Out­fielder Odubel Her­rera and the Philadel­phia Phillies have agreed to a $30.5 mil­lion, five-year con­tract.

• San Diego Padres in­fielder Yangervis So­larte was named the win­ner of the 2016 Tony Conigliaro Award. The an­nual honor goes to a base­ball player who over­comes ad­ver­sity through “spirit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and courage.” So­larte’s wife, Yuli­ett Pi­mentel So­larte, died of can­cer in Septem­ber at the age of 31.

New­ton’s MRI shows no se­ri­ous dam­age B

char­lotte, n.c.» Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said an MRI on quar­ter­back Cam New­ton’s right shoul­der re­vealed no se­ri­ous dam­age and he an­tic­i­pates the 2015 NFL MVP will play Mon­day night against the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins.

Rivera said Thurs­day that New­ton’s shoul­der is sore and the Pan­thers “don’t want to ag­gra­vate it, so we’re bring­ing him along slowly.”

New­ton sus­tained the in­jury in Carolina’s 28-16 win over San Diego on Sun­day.

• New York Jets run­ning back Matt Forte prac­ticed on a lim­ited ba­sis and will prob­a­bly be a game-time de­ci­sion against Mi­ami on Satur­day night.

• Cleve­land Browns of­fen­sive line­man Alvin Bai­ley has been sus­pended without pay for two games by the NFL for a sub­stance vi­o­la­tion.

Craw­ford sen­tenced to 90 days

B omaha» World boxing cham­pion Ter­ence “Bud” Craw­ford was sen­tenced to 90 days in jail along with two years’ pro­ba­tion for two mis­de­meanors in con­nec­tion with an April dis­tur­bance at an Omaha body shop. His at­tor­ney, Matthew Kahler, is ap­peal­ing the sen­tence and con­vic­tion.

Chubb to re­turn for se­nior year

B athens, ga.» Run­ning back Nick Chubb, who had de­cided to leave Ge­or­gia and ap­ply for early en­try to the NFL draft, changed his mind and will re­turn for his se­nior sea­son.

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