Turner sidelined by pitch…Putin wants changes in doping rules…Coyote scores 100th goal

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — After being hit by a pitch 19 times last season — the most on the Dodgers — Justin Turner has been plunked again, and this time it’s going to sideline him for a while. The slugger suffered a broken left wrist when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game last night against Oakland. It’s an injury that usually keeps players out for several weeks. With opening day just ten days away, the Dodgers seem likely to slide Logan Forsythe to third base.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his country’s diplomats to seek changes to international doping rules in the wake of the nation’s drug scandals. He wants changes to the treaty that’s the basis for the global drug-testing system led by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The agency has accused Russia of running a state-sponsored doping program in dozens of sports. The Russian government says it and its athletes have unfairly been maligned.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson and the Arizona Coyotes aren’t going to the NHL playoffs this season. However, that doesn’t mean they’re taking it easy against contending teams. Ekman-Larsson scored twice late in the third period, including his 100th career goal, to lead the Coyotes to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames last night. The 26-year-old is just the second Coyotes defenseman to reach the milestone and the 18th player in franchise history to do so.

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University plans to drop softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and wrestling at the end of the spring season due to budget cutbacks. The Ypsilanti school announced the planned athletic cuts today, saying the reduction in sports to 17 from 21 will save about $2.4 million.

ROME (AP) — Milan and Turin are in discussions with the Italian Olympic Committee about a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Games. The committee is still recovering from its dropped Rome bid for the 2024 Summer Games, which ended following staunch opposition from Rome’s mayor. Among the cities that have shown preliminary interest for 2026 are Stockholm, Sweden; Calgary, Canada; Sion, Switzerland; and Sapporo, Japan.

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