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Maris­nick sus­pended 2 games for vi­o­lent col­li­sion

AR­LING­TON, Texas — Hous­ton Astros out­fielder Jake Maris­nick was sus­pended two games and fined an undis­closed amount for a home plate col­li­sion with Los An­ge­les Angles catcher Jonathan Lu­croy on Sun­day.

“Ob­vi­ously, I still feel ter­ri­ble about it,” Maris­nick said. “I know deep down in my heart that I had no in­tent to hurt or make con­tact with him.”

Chief Base­ball Of­fi­cer of MLB Joe Torre said he didn’t think Maris­nick in­tended to in­jured Lu­croy.

“Af­ter thor­oughly re­view­ing the play from all angles, I have con­cluded that Jake’s ac­tions war­rant dis­ci­pline,” Torre said in a re­lease. “While I do not believe that Jake in­tended to in­jure Jonathan, the con­tact he ini­ti­ated in his at­tempt to score vi­o­lated (the rules), which is de­signed to pro­tect catch­ers from pre­cisely this type of col­li­sion.”

Lu­croy left the game on a cart and taken to a Hous­ton hospi­tal. He suf­fered a con­cus­sion and frac­tured nose.

Maris­nick is appealing the sus­pen­sion. He was not in the lineup Thurs­day night against the Texas Rangers as the teams be­gin a four-game se­ries at Globe Life Park.

Du­rant forced War­riors to give the Nets 1st-round pick

Af­ter de­cid­ing to leave the Golden State War­riors for the Nets in free agency last week, Kevin Du­rant was ap­par­ently in no mood to de­liver a part­ing gift to his for­mer team. He re­port­edly wouldn’t agree to the sign-and-trade deal that sent D’An­gelo Russell to Golden State un­less the War­riors also gave up a first-round pick.

Du­rant didn’t believe the War­riors were sac­ri­fic­ing enough in a straight up deal for Russell, so mul­ti­ple sources told ESPN’s Brian Wind­horst that Du­rant in­sisted his new team also re­ceive a draft choice.

To be fair to Du­rant, there was no in­cen­tive for him to agree to a sign-and-trade since the Brook­lyn Nets had am­ple cap room to sign both him and Kyrie Irv­ing. Any trade with the War­riors would only ben­e­fit Golden State and Russell, who was able to re­ceive a max con­tract that may not have oth­er­wise been avail­able via his two big­gest free-agent suit­ors, the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers and Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves.

Du­rant, who took nearly $10 mil­lion less in his sec­ond con­tract with the War­riors two years ago to help them keep both An­dre Iguo­dala and Shaun Liv­ingston, was un­der no obligation to do Golden State any more fa­vors.

With no other av­enue to re­ceive any com­pen­sa­tion for Du­rant, the War­riors were left with no choice but to sur­ren­der their top pick next sea­son. And more.

The Nets and Du­rant were able to squeeze even more out of the deal when they off­loaded the com­bined $3.6 mil­lion con­tracts of Shabazz Napier and Treveon Gra­ham to the War­riors. Dump­ing those con­tracts gave the Nets cap room to sign free-agent cen­ter DeAn­dre Jor­dan, a close friend of Du­rant’s.

Dol­phins’ Nor­ton at fault for ac­ci­dent that cost him his left arm, re­port says

Mi­ami Dol­phins player Ken­drick Nor­ton was at fault for a two-car ac­ci­dent last week that re­sulted in the am­pu­ta­tion of his left arm, end­ing his foot­ball ca­reer, ac­cord­ing to a Thurs­day crash re­port from the Florida High­way Pa­trol.

Nor­ton was is­sued a ci­ta­tion for an im­proper lane change of his 2017 Ford F250, which crashed into the right side of a 2015 Maserati be­fore it slammed into a con­crete bar­rier and over­turned onto its roof.

While no tests for al­co­hol or other drugs were ad­min­is­tered, in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined Nor­ton and his pas­sen­ger, a 34-year-old woman named Shakir Wil­liams, were not sus­pected of al­co­hol or drug use.

Nor­ton and Wil­liams, how­ever, were not wear­ing seat­belts dur­ing the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred around 1:18 a.m. on July 4 on the Dol­phin Ex­press­way (State Road 836) west­bound ramp, lead­ing to the Pal­metto Ex­press­way (State Road 826).

For­mer Red Sox slug­ger David Or­tiz has third surgery af­ter com­pli­ca­tions

Sur­geons op­er­ated for a third time on fu­ture base­ball Hall of Famer David Or­tiz af­ter un­ex­pected health woes arose more than a month af­ter he sur­vived a Do­mini­can Repub­lic mur­der try, his wife an­nounced Thurs­day.

“Ear­lier this week, David un­der­went a third surgery for com­pli­ca­tions re­sult­ing from his gun­shot wound,” said a state­ment from Tif­fany Or­tiz. “David is re­cov­er­ing well and is in good spir­its.

“We con­tinue to be in­cred­i­bly ap­pre­cia­tive of the kind­ness and com­pas­sion shown to David and to our en­tire fam­ily dur­ing his dif­fi­cult time.”

Or­tiz, 43, was shot once in the back at point-blank range by a lone shooter in what au­thor­i­ties later said was a case of mis­taken iden­tity. The gun­man was one of 14 suspects ar­rested by po­lice in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, where Or­tiz was crit­i­cally wounded on June 9 while sit­ting in an out­door cafe.

Do­mini­can doc­tors per­formed emer­gency surgery on Or­tiz be­fore the slug­ger known as Big Papi was air­lifted to Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hospi­tal for a sec­ond op­er­a­tion. Or­tiz, who lost his gall blad­der and part of his in­tes­tine in the shoot­ing af­ter­math, re­mains in the Bos­ton hospi­tal more than a month af­ter his ar­rival.

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