FRANCONA HAS HEART PROCEDURE AND WILL MISS ALL-STAR GAME
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.