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SportShorts for Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017


Cubs, White Sox open 2018 on road

The Chicago Cubs’ tentative 2018 schedule features only two three-series homestands, but has a home-and-home rematch of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

For the 13th time in 17 seasons, the Cubs will open on the road with a three-city trip to Miami (March 29-April 1), Cincinnati (April 2-3) and Milwaukee (April 5-8).

The Cubs open the home portion of their season against Pittsburgh (April 9, 11-12), Atlanta (April 13-15) and St. Louis (April 16-18).

The Sox will open the season against the Royals in Kansas City on March 29, marking the 14th time in the last 16 seasons they will kick off the schedule
against an American League Central opponent.

Following a stop in Toronto, the Sox will hold their home opener at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 2-4 against the Tigers.

Brewers-Marlins series moved to

Because of Hurricane Irma, the Miami Marlins
will be the home team in Milwaukee this weekend.

The Marlins’ three-game series starting Friday against the Brewers has been moved from Miami to Wisconsin as South Florida recovers from the storm. The first post-Irma game at Marlins Park will instead be Monday, when the New York Mets visit to begin a three-game series.

Japanese star Ohtani wants to play in MLB next year

Shohei Ohtani is known for many things in Japan, but he wants to expand his horizons to MLB, and he wants to do it as soon as 2018.

The 23-year-old has been a staple for the Nippon Ham Fighters since he was 18. In that time he has batted .286 with 47 home runs and 163 RBIs in 389 career games. He has also gone 39-15 as a pitcher with 601 strikeouts in
522 1/3 innings. He has drawn comparisons to Babe Ruth for his abilities both on the mound and at the plate.


Iowa OL Boettger
out for season

Iowa offensive lineman Ike Boettger has been diagnosed with an Achilles tendon injury sustained in a wild Week 2 win over in-state rival Iowa State.

As a result of the injury, Boettger will be sidelined for the next 4-6 months.

Boettger is a fifth-year senior, and will apply for a medical redshirt to the NCAA.


Los Angeles lands 2028 Games

Los Angeles’ roller coaster campaign to host the Olympics for a third time – an effort marked by early defeat and last-second negotiations – reached a conclusion Wednesday when the city was formally awarded the 2028 Summer

International Olympic Committee members voted their approval with a show of hands at a session in Lima, Peru, ending an unusual bid competition that resulted in two winners, with Paris simultaneously awarded the 2024 Games.

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