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Nassar loses appeal...Orioles, Tigers, Mets home openers...Tulowitzki headed to IL...NCAA, treat athletes as students

April 4, 2019

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from former sports doctor Larry Nassar, which means a 40-year prison sentence for assaulting gymnasts will stand. Nassar is under two identical sentences from judges in two Michigan counties. The Supreme Court’s brief order covers the sentence for molesting gymnasts at an Eaton County gym, near Lansing. The court declined to take Nassar’s appeal.

UNDATED (AP) — Coming off winning road trips, the surprising Orioles, Tigers and Mets play their home openers. Sellouts are expected at Camden Yards, Comerica Park and Citi Field to greet teams trying to bounce back from losing seasons. Alex Cobb will be activated off the 10-day injured list to start for the 4-2 Orioles against the Yankees. Spencer Turnbull pitches for the 4-3 Tigers vs. Kansas City and, in a matchup of aces, Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) starts for the 5-1 Mets against Stephen Strasburg and Washington. The Angels also play their home opener. Mike Trout’s team is 1-5 going into its game against Texas.

UNDATED (AP) — Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIT’-skee) is likely headed to the injured list with a low-grade strained left calf — that would give New York a major league-most 11 players on the injured list a week into the season. Tulowitzki made an early exit yesterday against Detroit and was tested at a hospital during the game. The 34-year-old has battled back issues in recent years that have severely limited the five-time All-Star.

UNDATED (AP) —On the court, Milwaukee is on the brink of clinching the NBA’s best record, they play the 76ers in Philadelphia tonight and Golden State still has some work left to get the No. 1 spot in the West. They’ll play the Lakers in Los Angeles.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says a judge’s recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit again reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees. Emmert spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the men’s basketball Final Four, making his first public comments since last month’s decision in the so-called Alston case.

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