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Tigers lose in­jured Cabrera for sea­son in loss to Twins

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers lost much more than a game on Tues­day night.

Miguel Cabrera rup­tured his left bi­ceps ten­don in the third inning of a 6-4 loss to the Min­nesota Twins and will have sea­son-end­ing surgery later this week.

“This is ob­vi­ously a very sad day for Miggy and for the en­tire ball­club,” man­ager Ron Gar­den­hire said. “It is ob­vi­ously a huge blow to the team, both on and off the field, but we will have to find a way to over­come it.”

Gar­den­hire said Cabrera’s sta­tus for the 2019 sea­son won’t be known un­til af­ter the op­er­a­tion. He still has $154 mil­lion left on a contract that runs through 2023.

Cabrera swung awk­wardly at Jake Odorizzi’s slider and im­me­di­ately walked to the dugout with his arm limply at his side. When he was joined by team train­ers, the slug­ger ges­tured to his bi­ceps and con­tin­ued walk­ing into the Detroit club­house.

Cabrera has played through nu­mer­ous lower-body in­juries in the past few years, even while win­ning a Triple Crown, two MVP awards and four bat­ting ti­tles, but it started to catch up with him in 2017. He played 130 games, but hit a ca­reer-worst .249 with 16 homers.

This year, he missed three games with spasms in the same bi­ceps ten­don that rup­tured on Tues­day, then was out for 26 games with a ham­string strain and back tight­ness. He re­turned on June 1, hit­ting .244 with no home runs and one RBI in 12 games be­fore the lat­est in­jury.

David John­son skips first day of Car­di­nals mini­camp

TEMPE — Ari­zona run­ning back David John­son skipped the first day of the Car­di­nals’ manda­tory mini­camp Tues­day amid re­ports that the sides are dis­cussing a new contract.

John­son, who led the NFL with 20 touch­downs in a break­out 2016 sea­son be­fore miss­ing all but one game with a wrist in­jury last year, is sched­uled to make $1,882,500 in the fourth and fi­nal year of his rookie contract.

Car­di­nals first-year coach Steve Wilks did not ad­dress John­son’s sit­u­a­tion specif­i­cally on the first day of the three-day mini­camp, but team­mates were sup­port­ive of his stance.

“He wants a new contract,” vet­eran safety An­toine Bethea said. “Es­pe­cially the po­si­tion he plays . ob­vi­ously we know run­ning backs, they have a short span here in the league. That’s all. He just wants him and his fam­ily to be sta­ble. We get it. I re­spect it. I sup­port it. I think any­body would.”

Luck takes pri­vate throw­ing pub­lic at Colts’ camp

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck’s big se­cret is fi­nally out. He’s been throw­ing a foot­ball for weeks — and now he’s throw­ing in pub­lic, too.

Nearly 17 months af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery on his in­jured right shoul­der, Luck jogged onto the prac­tice field Tues­day wear­ing a red jersey, strap­ping on a hel­met and pick­ing up a spe­cial ball as he started throw­ing in front of re­porters for the first time since Oc­to­ber.

No, it wasn’t a reg­u­la­tion NFL ball and the long­est pass he at­tempted was only about a 20-yard lob, but it still was progress.

“It’s a lighter foot­ball,” Luck said, re­fer­ring to the striped foot­ball he tossed around. “It’s sort of a bridge. I’ve thrown a real foot­ball, ‘The Duke,’ what­ever you want to call it. I’ve picked it up and I’ve thrown it and it felt great. And hon­estly, there was a lit­tle men­tal block to do­ing it and I had to do it sort of by my­self.”

Through­out the process, the Colts have been tight-lipped about Luck’s pro­gres­sion.

MEXICO CITY — Mex­i­cans can never be sure who will be play­ing for the na­tional team un­der Juan Car­los Oso­rio.

A dif­fer­ent lineup has been de­ployed by Oso­rio in all 46 games in charge and now play­ers are start­ing to ques­tion the tac­ti­cal tin­ker­ing go­ing into the World Cup.

“It’s time to stop with the ex­per­i­ments,” Mexico goal­keeper Guillermo Ochoa said. “We have to fo­cus on how we play as a team.”

Oso­rio, who re­placed fan fa­vorite Miguel Her­rera in 2015, isn’t budg­ing. The Colom­bian has no plans to change his strat­egy be­cause it car­ried Mexico to the World Cup as the top-placed team in CONCACAF qual­i­fy­ing for the first time in two decades.

But chang­ing for­ma­tions de­pend­ing on the op­po­nent hasn’t fared well in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“A lot of peo­ple said that the past few years have been good, but I’m not so sure about that,” Manuel La­puente, who coached Mexico at the 1998 World Cup, told The Associated Press. “We were a fail­ure in the Copa Amer­ica Cen­te­nario. We failed at the Gold Cup and in the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup. We did well in the qual­i­fiers, but, guess what? We are not go­ing to play against that kind of ri­val in Rus­sia.”

The Mex­i­cans were con­signed to their worst-ever loss in the 2016 Copa Amer­ica Cen­te­nario quar­ter­fi­nals, trounced 7-0 by Chile. In a pair of semi­fi­nals last year they were beaten 4-1 by Ger­many in the

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IN THIS JULY 13, 2014, FILE PHOTO, Ger­many’s Philipp Lahm (16) raises the tro­phy af­ter the World Cup fi­nal soc­cer match be­tween Ger­many and Ar­gentina at the Mara­cana Sta­dium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Af­ter rais­ing the World Cup eight miles from...

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IN THIS IMAGE TAKEN ON MARCH 27, Mexico for­ward Javier Her­nan­dez jogs across the field talk­ing to an of­fi­cial, not pic­tured, dur­ing a in­ter­na­tional friendly soc­cer match against Croa­tia in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

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