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An­other big-name Yankee will be watch­ing Open­ing Day from the Sta­dium suites.

won’t be ready to go for his team’s 2019 de­but on March 28, ESPN re­ported Sun­day, cit­ing the back in­jury that has plagued the cen­ter fielder for the ma­jor­ity of spring. A team source con­firmed the up­date to the Daily News’

Hicks, who signed a seven-year, $70 mil­lion ex­ten­sion over the off­sea­son, told the out­let he ex­pects to be back for the sec­ond se­ries of the sea­son ver­sus Detroit, which be­gins April 1. He also said he re­ceived a sec­ond cor­ti­sone shot on Sun­day. will likely shift over to Hicks’

— the team’s DH — spot, with man­ning the cor­ners along­side

In other base­ball news:

• Los An­ge­les An­gels left-han­der

who has been work­ing his way through el­bow in­flam­ma­tion this spring, will start the sea­son on the in­jured list, man­ager an­nounced Sun­day.

• Los An­ge­les Dodgers short­stop hasn’t ap­peared in a spring train­ing game but will be ready to play by Open­ing Day, man­ager

told re­porters. Sea­ger, 24, ap­peared in just 26 games in 2018 be­fore un­der­go­ing Tommy John surgery on May 4, fol­lowed by arthro­scopic surgery on his left hip on Aug. 7.

The Toronto Blue Jays are work­ing to in­sti­tute a pay raise of more than 50 per­cent for every player in their mi­nor-league sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from The Ath­letic’s and

The team has been look­ing at in­creas­ing the com­pen­sa­tion for play­ers in the farm sys­tem for more than a year. The Blue Jays’ Triple A team is the Buf­falo Bisons.

• The Blue Jays ac­quired re­liever from the Kansas City Roy­als for cash con­sid­er­a­tions and also an­nounced sec­ond base­man will miss four to six weeks after hav­ing knee surgery. In ad­di­tion, the team said pitcher

who had a shot of mak­ing the big-league ros­ter com­ing into camp, un­der­went Tommy John surgery ear­lier this week and will miss the sea­son.

Knicks rally to knock off Lak­ers

Em­manuel Mu­diay high­lighted his 28-point per­for­mance with a pair of late free throws as the NBA-worst New York Knicks erased an 11-point deficit late in the fourth quar­ter for a 124-123 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Los An­ge­les Lak­ers on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

scored 25 points and chipped in 19 for the Knicks, who ben­e­fited from a sea­son-high 41-point first quar­ter to post their first win since a 108-103 vic­tory against Or­lando on Feb. 26.

scored 33 points after sit­ting out Fri­day’s 111-97 set­back ver­sus Detroit for what the team called “load man­age­ment” con­nected to the groin in­jury that side­lined him for 17 games ear­lier this sea­son.

Cana­dian teen cap­tures stun­ning ti­tle

Cana­dian teen sen­sa­tion Bianca An­dreescu con­tin­ued her amaz­ing run Sun­day, up­set­ting eighth­seeded of Ger­many 6-4, 3-6,

6-4 in the women’s fi­nal at the BNP Paribas Open in In­dian Wells, Calif.

It’s the first WTA ti­tle for the un­seeded 18-year-old from Mis­sis­sauga, On­tario. Win­ning 28 of 31 matches this sea­son, the 60th-ranked player in the world has be­come the first wild-card en­try to cap­ture this event. An­dreescu is ex­pected to rise to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rank­ings on Mon­day, after clos­ing 2018 at No. 178.

Fraser’s OT goal gives Ban­dits vic­tory

Chase Fraser scored with Shawn Evans as­sist­ing at 1:51 of over­time Satur­day night to give the Buf­falo Ban­dits a 12-11 National Lacrosse League vic­tory over the Saskatchewan Rush at Sask­tel Cen­ter in Saska­toon.

After lead­ing nearly the en­tire game, the Ban­dits needed a late goal by Evans with 2:09 to play to force over­time be­fore they went on to win on Fraser’s goal.

Evans was one of three Ban­dits who scored twice. He also had four as­sists for a six-point night.

and also scored twice for Buf­falo.

After a 5-5 first half, the Ban­dits took a 9-6 lead nto the fourth quar­ter but could not hold the ad­van­tage. The Rush scored five of the next six goals to take an 11-10 lead. who had four goals over­all, scored three of the Saskatchewan goals in the rally. He also had three as­sists.

The Ban­dits (11-3) went into the game as­sured of a berth in the NLLeague play­offs be­cause the Rochester Knighthawks lost 15-14 to the Ge­or­gia Swarm on Fri­day night. It as­sured Buf­falo of at least fin­ish­ing in the top four in the East­ern Di­vi­sion of the NLL and the top four make the post­sea­son.

UB coach Stutz­man up for award

Univer­sity at Buf­falo wrestling coach John

has been named a fi­nal­ist for the 2019 National Wrestling Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion I National Coach of the Year.

The Bulls went 12-5 in dual matches this sea­son, Stutz­man’s sixth as coach, to equal the UB record. The Bulls also had five wins in Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence du­als, their most ever.

Two UB wrestlers won MAC ti­tles ear­lier this month and the Bulls will send six wrestliers to the NCAA Cham­pi­onships that be­gin Thurs­day at PPG Paints

Arena in Pitts­burgh.

The coach of the year will be an­nounced at the NWCA Coaches Social on Tues­day in Pitts­burgh. The win­ner will be de­ter­mined by a vote of all NWCA Di­vi­sion I mem­ber coaches.

The National Coach of the Year award is in its sec­ond year of ex­is­tence and is in­tended to honor the coach who has had the most out­stand­ing sea­son up to the NCAA Cham­pi­onship, which in­cludes dual meet suc­cess and con­fer­ence tour­na­ment place­ment.

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