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Editor’s Note

Due to an earlier deadline of 8 p.m. throughout the pandemic, some games might not make it into the print edition of your Valley Press. Please find the following full stories on our website at www.avpress.com: MLB — Diamondbac­ks at Dodgers; Angels at Mariners.

Dodgers ace Kershaw gets clean MRI on sore left elbow

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got an MRI on his sore left elbow that showed inflammati­on but no structural damage, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Roberts said Friday that Kershaw is scheduled to play catch Saturday and will then use next week’s All-Star break to rest.

“It was soreness,” Roberts said. “He’s never had soreness in his elbow, so we wanted to check all the boxes and make sure there’s nothing else to it. Fortunatel­y, there wasn’t.”

Kershaw hasn’t pitched since July 4, when he allowed three runs in four innings against Washington. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 9-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts this season.

In letter, USADA says it can’t change marijuana rules alone

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency leaders are pushing to further mitigate “harsh consequenc­es” for marijuana if it’s not intentiona­lly used to enhance performanc­e, though they cannot unilateral­ly change the rules, they wrote in a letter to members of Congress critical of the agency in the wake of sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s ban from the Olympics.

The letter, sent Friday, addressed criticisms leveled by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, in their own letter, sent last week, after Richardson’s suspension was announced.

The 21-year-old sprinter will not compete at the Tokyo Games after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana after her victory in the 100-meter finals at the Olympic trials last month.

Officially, she received a 30-day ban, but the positive test nullified her first-place finish at the trials, which cost her a spot in the individual race. And earlier this week, USA Track and Field left her completely off the Olympic roster, meaning she can’t run in the 4x100 relay, which takes place after the 30-day ban is over.

Friday’s letter, cosigned by USADA CEO Travis Tygart, referenced a rule in Ultimate Fighting Championsh­ip that does not penalize marijuana use if it is not meant to enhance performanc­e. But while USADA oversees UFC’s anti-doping program, that league is not signed onto the internatio­nal anti-doping code, the way USADA, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee

and all organizati­ons that oversee Olympic athletes are.

Storm, Sun one win away from WNBA Commission­er’s Cup title game

NEW YORK — The Connecticu­t Sun wrapped up its spot in the WNBA Commission­er’s Cup championsh­ip with an 84-72 win over the Atlanta Dream on Friday.

Seattle holds the top position for the other spot in the inaugural title game Aug. 12 in Phoenix. The Storm was playing Phoenix on Friday.

The Storm could also clinch with a win by Minnesota over Las Vegas, which was played on Friday night.

Sue Bird admitted that early in the season, the Commission­er’s Cup wasn’t talked about too much, but as the team kept winning and got closer to clinching it’s more on the forefront of their minds.

“The conversati­ons have changed,” she said. “What’s exciting about this is it’s the first year. Next year and years to come coaches will be stressing when you have a Commission­er’s Cup game.”

Even if the Sun don’t win on Friday, they can clinch the Eastern Conference berth with a win on Sunday against New York or a loss by Chicago against Washington on Saturday night.

“It’s been a discussion point in our locker room,” Sun coach Curt Miller said. “Maybe not for the first four or five games but as it became clear that we had a chance to be the representa­tive of the East in the Commission­er’s Cup it became a part of our conversati­on in pregame; talking about which games were Commission­er’s Cup games, reminding them that it’s a significan­t bonus.

Miller feels that the Commission­er’s Cup has done what the league had hoped it would do by bringing a more competitiv­e nature to the games as the teams are vying for a prize pool of a $500,000.

Members of the winning team will be able to earn in excess of $30,000 per player, while those on the runner-up team will have an opportunit­y to earn $10,000 per player. An additional $5,000 will be awarded to the MVP of the title game.

Source: Fury positive for COVID, 3rd Wilder bout postponed

LAS VEGAS — A person with knowledge of the situation says heavyweigh­t champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for COVID-19, and his third bout with Deontay Wilder will be postponed likely until the fall.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the promoters of the lucrative heavyweigh­t trilogy are still finalizing the new date for the most anticipate­d heavyweigh­t bout of the summer.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) were scheduled to meet July 24 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to complete their series of entertaini­ng fights.

Fury, the English champion considered the pound-for-pound best heavyweigh­t in the world, tested positive along with several members of his camp. He was already in the U.S. to complete his final preparatio­ns for the bout, but is likely to return home to regroup.

The combat sports calendar is crowded for much of August and September, meaning Fury-Wilder III is likely to happen in October.

Fury and Wilder fought to a thrilling draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. Although Fury largely outboxed his powerful American challenger, Wilder knocked down Fury twice to split the scorecards.

Fury then trounced Wilder in their rematch in Vegas in February 2020, knocking down Wilder twice and finally forcing Wilder’s corner to stop the bout.

Luke List goes on a birdie binge for 63 to lead John Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — Luke List has a happy and healthy home life with his newborn son, and he felt pretty good about his golf game Friday in the John Deere Classic.

List ran off seven birdies in an eighthole stretch in the middle of his round, his only par on a 12-foot birdie chance on the 15th hole, and posted an 8-under 63. That gave him a one-shot lead over Sebastian Munoz going into the weekend at the TPC Deere Run.

List was at 13-under 129. Munoz played early and shot a 4-under 67, getting all his birdies on the back nine and then finishing with 10 pars.

Former tournament winner Ryan Moore had a chance to catch List until he ran into trouble off the 18th tee and made bogey, giving him a 66 and leaving him among seven players two shots off the lead. That group included Lucas Glover and Chase Seiffert, each with 63.

Montreal trades Hurtado to Crew, lack of vaccinatio­n cited

MONTREAL— CF Montreal has traded Erik Hurtado to the Columbus Crew for $200,000 in general allocation money, saying the fact the veteran American forward was not vaccinated played into the deal.

Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard said the MLS team was “satisfied” with Hurtado’s work, but his “situation was problemati­c.”

“Before proceeding, Erik also confirmed that he was not comfortabl­e taking the vaccine, so we concluded this deal, which we felt was very satisfacto­ry,” Renard said in a statement Thursday.

Hurtado joined Montreal as a free agent Feb. 16. He played seven games with Montreal, including two starts, recording one assist. Hurtado is a nineyear MLS veteran who has made 140 regular-season appearance­s (60 starts) with 19 goals and 11 assists.

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