Thompson joins practice
The Golden State Warriors were given a welcome boost on Monday when their All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson returned to team practice five days after suffering a concussion. Although Thompson still needs medical clearance to play in the best-of-seven NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers starting tomorrow, he is now just one step away from being given the green light. “I expect to be [cleared],” Thompson, 25, told reporters after taking a full part in practice with his teammates in Oakland, California. “I feel like I’m well on my way there.” Thompson, who is Golden State’s second-leading scorer behind point guard Stephen Curry, sustained a concussion during the team’s clinching Game Five win over the Rockets on Thursday last week after being kneed in the head by Houston’s Trevor Ariza.
Tuipulotu out for hip surgery
New Zealand lock Patrick Tuipulotu is to be sidelined for the rest of the year due to surgery to correct a developmental defect in both hips. The 22-year-old Tuipulotu, who has played seven tests since his debut against England in June last year, was being treated for a groin injury when the problem was detected. After tests and consultation with the medical team of Auckland-based Blues Super Rugby team, Tuipulotu elected for corrective surgery. Blues doctor Stephen Kara said “all options were carefully considered, including on-going treatment for Patrick, but surgery is the best decision for the long-term career in such a young player.”
McCalman to play in Japan
Wallabies No. 8 Ben McCalman has agreed to a three-year contract with the Australian Rugby Union and Super Rugby side the Western Force in a deal that will allow him to also play in Japan. The 27-year-old McCalman will be allowed to play one season in Japan’s Top League following this year’s Rugby World Cup in England. The flexible contract follows a similar three-year deal given to Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs five eighth Bernard Foley, who was granted permission to play two seasons in Japan. McCalman has played 38 tests for Australia, including seven at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He played nine tests last year, including every minute of all four Europe tour matches against Wales, France, Ireland and England under new coach Michael Cheika.
Concussed Rogers benched
Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers has been ruled out of this week’s first Test against the West Indies with a concussion after being struck on the helmet in the nets. Rogers took the hit during a practice session in the West Indies on Sunday and showed signs of a mild concussion, Cricket Australia said on its Web site yesterday. In line with Cricket Australia’s guidelines, team doctor Peter Brukner made the call to rule the 37-year-old out of the Test, which starts in Dominica today, and informed captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann of his decision. “I assured Michael if it was him or anyone else we would make exactly the same decision,” Brukner said. Brukner said he expects Rogers to recover in time for the second Test in Jamaica next week. It is the first time since Rogers was recalled to the Test team in 2013 that he has missed a match and opens the way for Shaun Marsh, who made a century as an opener in last week’s tour match in Antigua, to take his spot in the batting order.
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The Braves were dealt a double blow as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six innings to help New York snap a five-game skid with a 7-2 victory on Monday, and as Atlanta top pitcher Mike Soroka went down with a torn Achilles tendon in the third inning. “There’s no sugarcoating this night,” Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman said. “It stinks. It really does.” Soroka crumpled to the ground on a seemingly routine play, breaking toward first to cover the bag on a grounder to Freeman’s right. “When you lose, in my mind, one of the top pitching arms in this entire