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Blues d-man hospitalized after cardiac episode…Newton’s future with Panthers in question

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester  was conscious and alert last night after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks. The 36-year-old Bouwmeester crumpled over after a long shift and during a break in play. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Bouwmeester was awake, alert and moving his arms and legs as he was transported to a hospital before the game was postponed.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper remains noncommittal on Cam Newton’s future with the organization, saying it will largely depend on how the quarterback recovers from foot surgery. The 31-year-old Newton missed 14 games last season with a Lis Franc injury that led to surgery on Dec. 11. The rebuilding Panthers could save $19 million under next year’s salary cap if they trade or release the 2015 league MVP.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have made Ron Roenicke  their interim manager, promoting the former Brewers skipper to replace Alex Cora on the day pitchers and catchers reported to the team’s spring training site. The interim tag will stay until Major League Baseball completes its investigation into whether the Red Sox engaged in illegal sign-stealing during their 2018 World Series championship season. Roenicke has denied being part of any rules violation and is expected to become permanent manager if the probe clears him.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Marwin González has become the first batter from the World Series-winning 2017 Houston Astros to publicly apologize for his role in the sign-stealing scandal. Now with the Minnesota Twins, Gonzalez says he’s remorseful for everything that happened and wishes he could take it back. Major League Baseball’s investigation into the allegation resulted in one-season suspensions for manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow (LOO’-now), who were immediately fired by the Astros.

PHOENIX (AP) — Major League teams improved to 4-0 in salary arbitration this year when the Rockies defeated catcher Tony Wolters. He will earn $1.9 million rather than his request for $2,475,000. The 27-year-old Wolters hit .262 with one homer and 42 RBIs in 411 plate appearances while making $960,000 last season.

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