FRAN­CONA HAS HEART PRO­CE­DURE AND WILL MISS ALL-STAR GAME

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CLEVE­LAND» Terry Fran­cona’s heart, of all things, has kept him away from base­ball.

Cleve­land’s pas­sion­ate and driven man­ager un­der­went a pro­ce­dure Thurs­day to cor­rect an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat that side­lined him for a few games and will pre­vent him from man­ag­ing in the All-Star Game on Tues­day.

The 58-year-old Fran­cona had been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dizzi­ness, fa­tigue and a rapid heart rate for sev­eral weeks. He had a car­diac ab­la­tion at the Cleve­land Clinic, where he con­tin­ues to re­cover.

He is rest­ing com­fort­ably and is ex­pected to be dis­charged in a “day or two,” the In­di­ans said Fri­day. The plan is for him to re­sume man­ag­ing af­ter the all-star break. Cleve­land be­gins its un­of­fi­cial sec­ond half of the sea­son July 14 at Oak­land to start a six-game trip.

Fran­cona’s con­di­tion had been weigh­ing on the In­di­ans for weeks, even af­fect­ing their play. But now that doc­tors have pin­pointed his prob­lem and he’s been treated, those feel­ings have eased.

“Just happy it sounds like he’s got it fig­ured out and taken care of,” al­ls­tar re­liever An­drew Miller said. “That’s what we want, him to be healthy. He’s so gen­er­ous with ev­ery­thing, whether it’s his time or his money or the way he treats peo­ple. Hope­fully, he’s tak­ing care of him­self right now. Selfishly, we want him back. He’s a big part of the mood in the club­house and the way things go.”

Rev­e­la­tions in Wil­liams’ car crash.

FORT LAUD­ERDALE, FLA.» Ten­nis star Venus Wil­liams legally en­tered an in­ter­sec­tion but was cut off by an­other car, set­ting off a chain of events that sec­onds later re­sulted in a fa­tal crash with a third car, po­lice said video re­leased Fri­day shows.

The video, taken by a se­cu­rity cam­era, shows Wil­liams head­ing north as she stops her 2010 Toy­ota Se­quoia SUV at a stop­light be­hind a white car as she exits her Palm Beach Gar­dens neigh­bor­hood shortly af­ter 1 p.m. June 9.

When the light turns green, the white car turns left onto a six-lane, heav­ily trav­eled boule­vard, but Wil­liams heads straight. A dark colored sedan turns left in front of her, caus­ing her to stop.

She then con­tin­ues straight into the far, west­bound lanes, where her SUV is struck in the pas­sen­ger’s side by a 2016 Hyundai sedan driven by Linda Bar­son.

Palm Beach Gar­dens po­lice said in a state­ment Fri­day that Bar­son’s light had turned green just be­fore Wil­liams moved in front of her. Bar­son’s 78-year-old hus­band, Jerome Bar­son, died June 22 from in­juries suf­fered in the crash.

Wil­liams, who was not hurt, has not been cited or charged.

USWNT will play in Colorado.

The U.S. women’s na­tional soc­cer team is com­ing back to Colorado, and the Cen­ten­nial State na­tives are stoked about it.

“Den­ver!! The #USWNT is com­ing back in Septem­ber!” Mal­lory Pugh, a High­lands Ranch na­tive, wrote on Twit­ter.

The U.S. will face New Zealand at Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Park on Sept. 15. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. and will be tele­vised on ESPN2.

The last time the U.S. women ap­peared in Colorado, they played to a 3-3 tie against Ja­pan in a match they trailed 2-0 af­ter 22 min­utes. Golden’s Lind­sey Ho­ran scored to put the Amer­i­cans ahead 3-2 in the 89th minute, but the U.S. could not hold the lead in stop­page time.

Mayweather, McGre­gor on tour.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGre­gor will kick off a four-city tour Tues­day in Los An­ge­les to pro­mote their Aug. 26 fight.

The fight­ers will then travel to Toronto for an ap­pear­ance Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by New York on Thurs­day and Lon­don on Fri­day.

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