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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have shut down ace Clayton Kershaw indefinitely after he reportedly didn't feel right during an early throwing session.

Kershaw didn't elaborate on the issue following the team's Friday workout. He did say that he expects to be kept off the mound for only a few days.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the issue wasn't related to Kershaw's back, which has sent him to the injured list each of the last three years. Roberts called it "just an arm kind of thing," but said "no one is alarmed or worried" because it is still early in Spring Training.

The 30-year-old lefty has won the National League Cy Young Award three times, and signed a three-year contract extension with the Dodgers in November.

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poetic_disorder/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball has announced that it will implement a pitch timer during Spring Training games, with the potential for that mechanism to be used in regular season games as well.

According to a news release, the 20-second clock will be implemented in three stages. Initially, the timer will be used without enforcement as umpires and players become familiar with the rule.

Beginning next week, umpires will be instructed to remind pitchers and hitters who violate the rule with no penalty. And later in Spring Training, batters will be required to be in the batter's box and alert to the pitcher with at least five seconds remaining on the clock. The pitcher will have to begin his windup or come to a set position before the timer expires. A ball or strike will be assessed based on which party violates the rule.

MLB says the timer will not be used on the first pitch of an at-bat. On any ensuing pitch, the clock will start when the pitcher receives the ball back from the catcher.

Negotiations between the league and the MLB Players Union will determine whether the rule will also be used in the regular season.

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will return to the sideline on Saturday for his team's game against Duke, three days after he was involved in a fatal traffic accident.

University athletic director John Wildhack announced the news Friday.

"The Jimenez family has suffered a tremendous loss," he wrote. "Our community is shaken. The Boeheim family is heartbroken over what happened, as we all are."

Wildhack explained that "Coach Boeheim's players gain strength from him, just as he gains strength from his players. Our entire community gains strength from each other. With this in mind, and after thoughtful considerations, I have respectfully decided that Coach Boeheim will resume his coaching duties later today and will coach in tomorrow night's game against Duke."

Boeheim met with the team on Thursday, but did not participate in the team's practice session.

Following the team's Wednesday night win over Louisville, Boeheim was driving home from a restaurant when he struck and killed a man walking along an interstate highway. Accident reports say Boeheim was trying to avoid hitting a disabled vehicle that had lost control and hit a guardrail. Jorge Jimenez, 51, was a passenger in that vehicle.

Sobriety tests for Boeheim and the driver of the second vehicle were negative.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been charged with solicitation of prostitution in connection to a wide-ranging human trafficking investigation at a Florida massage parlor, police in Florida said at a news conference Friday morning.

Kraft, who was one of 25 people charged in the sting, faces two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution for acts that allegedly occurred about one month ago, Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said.

Authorities, who set up hidden cameras at the day spa, said there's video evidence of all of all of the suspects, including Kraft, participating in the alleged acts, said Jupiter Police Detective Andrew Sharp.

"Much of our evidence comes from the businesses, also from body-worn cameras of our officers, and also surveillance that we had been conducting over the last several months," authorities said at the news conference.

Stacey James, a spokesman for Kraft, said in a statement, "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."

ABC News has reached out to the NFL for comment but has not immediately heard back.

The charges against Kraft are misdemeanors, said Sharp.

The NFL team owner is not a Florida resident "so there would be an arrest warrant issued," Kerr said.

The NFL said in a statement that the league "is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments.”



The charges come three weeks after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams to win the team's sixth Super Bowl title.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft's then-NFL record $175 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994. At the time he vowed to turn the team into a league champion.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.


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Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The Texas Longhorns basketball program announced an indefinite suspension for leading scorer Kerwin Roach II on Friday, following a violation of team rules.

Roach, a senior, was averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

He was previously suspended for the first game of the season for a separate violation of team rules. Roach was also suspended for the season opener in 2016-2017 for another violation.

The school did not release any further information about Roach's latest suspension. The Longhorns will face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle at Oakland 3:05 p.m., canceled

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Cleveland 111, Phoenix 98
Philadelphia 106, Miami 102
Portland 113, Brooklyn 99
Milwaukee 98, Boston 97
L.A. Lakers 111, Houston 106
Golden State 125, Sacramento 123

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Washington 3, Toronto 2
New Jersey 4, Ottawa 0
Carolina 4, Florida 3
San Jose 4, Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 4, N.Y. Rangers 1
SO Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 1
Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1
Nashville 2, L.A. Kings 1
Dallas 5, St. Louis 2
OT Edmonton 4, N.Y. Islanders 3
OT Arizona 3, Vancouver 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(2) Gonzaga 92, Pepperdine 64
(7) Michigan 69, Minnesota 60

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Rich Barnes/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse University men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim accidentally struck and killed a pedestrian late Wednesday night, according to local police.

Boeheim remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, Syracuse Police said in a news release.

The legendary college coach underwent "field sobriety and alco-sensor tests," which "were negative for any signs of impairment," according to police.

Boeheim released an emotional statement Thursday morning.

"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident," Boeheim said.

The deadly accident took place around 11:20 p.m., police said.

The victim, Jorge Jimenez, 51, of Syracuse, had been in a car that lost control on the highway, hitting a guard rail, police said.

The car was in the middle of the road when the accident occurred, according to police.

Jimenez and the others in the car with him were walking along the highway when, according to authorities, Boeheim noticed the vacant vehicle and tried to avoid it, according to police.

"As a result, the driver, James Boeheim 74, struck the victim who was standing on the side of the road," according to the police statement.

The coach said he and his wife "extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family."

"Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time," Boeheim said.

No tickets have been issued, the police department said.

Boeheim's speed was not immediately clear, according to police, but Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick told ABC Syracuse affiliate WSYR the coach was driving at an appropriate speed.

The crash came shortly after Syracuse won its home game against the University of Louisville.

"We are saddened by the death of a member of our Central New York community," Syracuse Athletics Director John Wildhack said in a statement. "We extend our deepest condolences to all impacted by this tragic accident."

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.) -- North Carolina's blowout of Duke wasn't the most pressing blowout on the college basketball powerhouse's mind after Wednesday's marquee matchup. Instead, it was Zion Williamson's blown-out Nike high-tops.

Williamson, who is projected by many to be the first overall pick in this June's NBA draft, left Wednesday's game with a right knee injury after his shoe tore in the opening seconds of the game.

He did not return and the Tar Heels went on to an easy victory over the No. 1-ranked Blue Devils, 88-72.

"We're very concerned about Zion," Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the loss. "It's a mild knee sprain. We will know about length of time tomorrow. It's stable. Obviously it has an impact. You lose the National Player of the Year on the first play."

More pressingly on some fans' minds was how his shoe could tear apart, resulting in the injury. The sole could be seen torn completely off with Williamson's socked foot hanging outside.

Nike apologized and promised an investigation after the game.

"We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery," Nike said in a statement. "The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue."

Duke signed a 12-year deal with Nike to provide shoes and apparel for the basketball program. They are in the fourth year of that deal, according to ESPN.

Williamson was able to walk off the court with only a slight limp.

"I just thought he'd twisted his ankle or his knee," Duke's Tre Jones said after the game. "But when he took his shoes off, I thought maybe something else was going on."

The game was maybe the biggest draw in years. Duke and North Carolina, with 11 NCAA championships between them, already have a decades-long rivalry, but the highlight-reel regular Williamson added even more attention. His teammate, R.J. Barrett, is also expected to be a top three pick in the NBA draft.

ESPN reported ahead of the game that the cheapest ticket available in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, was $2,500. One ticket sold for over $10,000.

Former President Barack Obama, who was at the game, could actually be seen encouraging the star after his injury and tweeted his best wishes following the loss.

Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 21, 2019

Other marquee names in attendance included Oscar-nominee Spike Lee, Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., NFL running back Todd Gurley and actress Hayden Panettiere.

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Manny Machado's contract with the San Diego Padres isn't yet a done deal but on Wednesday, jerseys bearing his last name and No. 13 made an appearance at Petco Park.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the replica jerseys were seen for sale at the team store at Petco Park. However, once the Padres were notified, they were pulled off the sales floor.

The newspaper said it is not known if any of the jerseys were sold before they were taken off the racks.

Machado, 26, reached an agreement with the Padres on a 10-year, $300 million contract. The deal is pending the results of two physicals.

The shortstop was in San Diego Wednesday to take his physical for the team. He is scheduled to take his second physical on Thursday, this time for the company that will insure the Padres on the 10-year deal, ESPN reports.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
OT Chicago 5, Detroit 4
Colorado 7, Winnipeg 1
Calgary 4, N.Y. Islanders 2
SO Boston 3, Vegas 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(8) North Carolina 88, (1) Duke 72
San Diego St. 65, (6) Nevada 57
(10) Michigan St. 71, Rutgers 60
(11) Marquette 79, Butler 69
OT Florida 82, (13) LSU 77
Georgetown 85, (17) Villanova 73
Syracuse 69, (18) Louisville 49

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