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PL approves Chelsea sale to Boehly group

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LONDON (AP) The Premier League has approved the proposed sale of Chelsea to a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly, although the British government still needs to sign off on the deal before it can be completed.

Boehly has already agreed to buy the club for 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) - the highest price ever for a sports team - with Roman Abramovich's ownership tenure poised to end after 19 years.

The Premier League said in a statement Tuesday that its board "has today approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea Football Club by the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Consortium."


Anderson: Donaldson tried to provoke me

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said Tuesday that Josh Donaldson was clearly trying to rattle him when the New York Yankees third baseman referred to him as "Jackie," a remark that led to Donaldson being suspended one game by Major League Baseball.

Anderson and White Sox manager Tony La Russa said previously that Donaldson was being racist when he referred to Anderson, who is Black, by the name of the man who broke baseball's color barrier.


Mariners activate OF Lewis from IL

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners activated former AL rookie of the year Kyle Lewis from the injured list Tuesday, nearly a year after he last played in a major league game.

Lewis, the 2020 rookie of the year, missed most of last season due to a right knee injury but the slumping Mariners are hoping his return to the lineup can provide a spark.


Eflin, Phillies agree to $5.7M deal

ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Zach Eflin and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed Tuesday to a $5.7 million, one-year contract.

Eflin gets a $5.55 million salary this year, and the deal includes a $15 million mutual option for 2023 with a $150,000 buyout. He can earn an additional $300,000 in performance bonuses this year for innings: $50,000 each for 100 and 125, $75,000 for 150 and $125,000 for 175.


Cy Young winners Burnes, Snell face off

A pair of Cy Young Award winners will be paired Tuesday night in San Diego.

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes (1-2, 2.26 ERA) will be matched against left-hander Blake Snell (0-1, 7.36) as the Padres go for a sixth straight win.


Twins face Tigers seeking 6th win in row

Max Kepler continues to enhance his reputation as a Detroit Tigers killer.

The Minnesota right fielder has seven homers against the Tigers since the start of last season, including a grand slam in Minnesota's 5-4 victory over Detroit on Monday.


Yanks sit LeMahieu, move Chapman to IL

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu was a late scratch from New York's lineup Tuesday night with left wrist discomfort, and closer Aroldis Chapman was added to the injured list with left Achilles tendinitis.

LeMahieu was set to lead off and play third base against the Baltimore Orioles, but New York announced he wouldn't play about 90 minutes before first pitch.


Bauer appeals ban in front of panel

NEW YORK (AP) The hearing on Trevor Bauer's attempt to overturn his unprecedented two-year suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy began Monday before an arbitrator.

Bauer was suspended by Commissioner Rob Manfred on April 29, a penalty that if unchanged will cost the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher just over $60 million of his $102 million, three-year contract.


Cards top Jays in 10 on Goldschmidt slam

ST. LOUIS (AP) Paul Goldschmidt hit a walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning Monday night, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I was just trying to make sure I could put something in play," Goldschmidt said. "I was able to get enough of it to get it out of there."

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