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MLB: Puig, mother named in lawsuit

on July 23, 2013 10:30 AM

MIAMI (AP) — A lawsuit seeking $12 million from Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he and his mother lied to Cuban authorities about a plan to smuggle the player out of the country.

The suit filed in Miami by Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot lists Puig and his mother, Maritza Valdes Gonzalez, as defendants. Corbacho Daudinot is serving a seven-year sentence of “prolonged detention and torture,” which he alleges was caused by Puig and Gonzalez saying he was trying to hatch a plan to smuggle Puig out of Cuba.

Puig attempted to defect several times before signing with the Dodgers last year. The $12 million Corbacho Daudinot seeks is equal to the signing bonus Puig received in his $42 million, seven-year deal.

Seattle manager suffers dizzy spell

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners manager Eric Wedge suffered a dizzy spell during batting practice, had to be helped into the dugout by team personnel and was taken to a hospital as a precaution before Monday night’s game against Cleveland.

Wedge was helped off the field about halfway through the Mariners hitting session and into the Seattle clubhouse, general manager Jack Zduriencik said. Wedge was feeling better after being checked out in the clubhouse, but the team still had him examined at a hospital.

Kemp back out of Dodgers lineup

TORONTO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to miss a three-game series against the Blue Jays after spraining his left ankle.

After missing 11 games with a sore left shoulder, Kemp came off the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s 9-2 win over Washington. He went 3-for-4 with a home run but limped off the field after sliding into home plate on a force play in the ninth inning.

Manager Don Mattingly said he was less optimistic that Kemp would avoid a return to the DL and hoped to have a clearer picture of his status today.

Nuggets sign speedy Robinson

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets quickened an already speedy backcourt by bringing in Nate Robinson.

The veteran point guard agreed to a two-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Robinson joins Ty Lawson to give the Nuggets a tandem that can fly up and down the floor.

• MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies acquired the rights to guard Nick Calathes from the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas acquired Calathes’ rights in a draft night trade in 2009, but the guard out of Florida had not played for the Mavericks. The Mavericks already had Memphis’ second-round draft pick in 2016 from Denver in a trade.

Babcock to coach Canadian team

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mike Babcock will return as coach of Canada’s Olympic hockey team.

The Detroit Red Wings coach will have St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock, Dallas’ Lindy Ruff and Boston’s Claude Julien as assistants at next year’s Sochi Games.

Babcock coached the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008 and also led Canada to gold at the world championships in 2004. He was behind the bench as Canada defeated the United States in overtime to win gold in Vancouver.

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