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Tulo retires…Snell on the shelf…Blood clots sideline Okung…Newton practices

BOSTON (AP) – Veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been forced to retire following a series of leg injuries over the last two years. The five-time All-Star announced his decision more than three months after he played his last game for the New York Yankees. He spent most of 2017 on the disabled list with ankle injuries, and then missed all of last season following an April 2018 surgery on both heels.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell has been placed on the 10-day injured list and is expected to be sidelined until at least September due to arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow. The Rays say team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Koco Eaton will operate on Snell next Monday and anticipate he will be ready to return in September. The lefty is 6-7 with a 4.28 ERA in 20 starts this season, including 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in outings since June 30.

COSTA MESA, CAlif. (AP) – Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Russell Okung will miss most of training camp due to blood clots. The veteran left tackle revealed yesterday on Twitter that he experienced chest pains during an offseason practice at the team facility in June. Okung said he went to urgent care and that tests revealed he suffered a pulmonary embolism.

UNDATED (AP) – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is participating in 11-on-11 team drills for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery in January on his right throwing shoulder. Newton was limited to mostly short passes in the first half of practice as the team opened training camp yesterday. And Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck was limited to individual drills at the Colts’ first training camp practice and may not participate in full team work for three or four more days.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) РJon Rahm matched the lowest round of his PGA Tour career to take a three-stroke lead in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. Rahm took advantage of nearly perfect greens while firing an 8-under 62 that included five birdie putts of at least 16 feet in a bogey-free round. Bubba Watson, Hideki Matsuyama , Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Smith and Shugo Imahira  shot 65.

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