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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey was suspended for 60 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for distributing an illicit drug, a punishment stemming from his admission of supplying opioids to a teammate who fatally overdosed.

The former New York Mets star also admitted in February during a federal trial in Texas following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs that he used cocaine in New York and California. .

Harvey, a 33-year-old right-hander, last month agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles that included a $150,000 minor-league salary, $1 million major-league salary and a bonus. $500,000 assignment if traded while under major league contract. He trained at Baltimore’s extended spring training facility and did not pitch a game.

The suspension is retroactive to April 29. Under an agreement between MLB and the players’ association, minor league games will count towards the suspension, a person familiar with the provision told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because it did not. not been announced.

NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee pitcher JC Mejía was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol, the second Brewers player disciplined this season under the drug program of Major League Baseball.

A 25-year-old right-hander acquired from Cleveland in November, Mejía had a 23.14 ERA in two relief appearances for the Brewers on May 11 and 14. He had an ERA of 0.84 in nine games with Triple-A Nashville.

Stanozolol is a synthetic steroid derived from testosterone.

The sanction comes after Brewers wide receiver Pedro Severino was suspended for 80 games on April 5 following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Clomiphene, a female fertility drug used by some athletes to counter side effects of steroid use.

NBA

CHICAGO (AP) — The Orlando Magic won the NBA draft draft on Tuesday night and clinched the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since securing Dwight Howard in 2004.

It’s the fourth time lottery luck has struck the Magic, which won back-to-back in 1992 and 1993, taking Shaquille O’Neal and then trading the rights to Chris Webber for Penny Hardaway.

Orlando finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 22-60 and missed the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years. But they scored a huge lottery win, where they had a 14% chance of landing the top pick.

Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Auburn’s Jabari Smith are widely considered the most likely candidates to be selected first. The draft is June 23 in New York.

Oklahoma City got the second pick, followed by Houston and Sacramento. The Kings went from seventh place in the lottery.

Detroit ranks fifth, Indiana, Portland, New Orleans and Washington complete the top 10. Other lottery results are: New York, Oklahoma City, Charlotte and Cleveland.

MLS

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Fire midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player, surpassing Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela and breaking Zlatan Ibrahimović’s league record.

The 30-year-old Swiss international, who joined Chicago this season from Lyon, has a base salary of $7.35 million and total compensation of $8,153,000, according to figures released Tuesday by the Major League. Soccer Players Association.

He is expected to be overtaken by Italian winger Lorenzo Insigne, who will join Toronto this summer from Napoli.

Ibrahimović had reached the previous high of $7.2 million with the LA Galaxy in 2019.

Galaxy forward Javier Hernandez started this season second with $6 million and Inter Miami forward Gonzalo Higuaín third with a base of $5.1 million and total compensation of $5,793,750. .

Toronto midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo is fourth ($3.8 million, $4,693,000), followed by New England forward Jozy Altidore ($3,706,139 $4,264,963), Atlanta forward Josef Martínez ($3.75 million, $4,141,667), de Vela ($2.25 million, $4.05 million), Atlanta midfielder/forward Luiz Araújo ( $3.6 million, $3,941,667), Columbus midfielder Lucas Zelarayán ($3.1 million, $3.7 million) and New England midfielder Carles Gil (3 .25 million, $3,545,833).

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Naomi C. Amerson