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More sports boycotts over Blake shooting…M’s deal Walker

UNDATED (AP) — Professional sports leagues continue to postpone games amid boycotts from players and coaches following the shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The NBA hopes to resume its schedule today or tomorrow, and the NHL playoff schedule is on hold until at least tomorrow. Seven more Major League Baseball games were postponed yesterday due to the boycott.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have traded right-hander Taijuan Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player or cash. Walker was 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts this season, with 25 strikeouts and eight walks. He is 33-33 with a 3.95 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Chris Conley called on “figures who are the face of the league” to do more to help fight social injustice. The sixth-year pro made it clear yesterday he was talking about the NFL’s top quarterbacks, the ones who have the most influence in games, in locker rooms and in communities. Conley said those in the NFL “who are irreplaceable” need to step up, but he doesn’t see it happening.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The missing father of Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander turned up yesterday at a ranger station at a Florida state park. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said in a Twitter post Thursday morning that 65-year-old Jean Alexandre walked up to the ranger station at the Kissimmee  Prairie Preserve State Park. He was reported to be in good health and will be reunited with this family.

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama  birdied two of his last three holes for a 3-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Tyler Duncan through one round of the BMW Championship. Matsuyama carded one of only three rounds under par on a course that was long, tough, firm, fast and nothing like the last two weeks on the PGA Tour. Dustin Johnson opened with a 71 after winning The Northern Trust last week to move to No. 1 in the world.

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