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BASEBALL

Strikeout milestone for C.C.

New York Yankees hurler C.C. Sabathia on Tuesday reached another MLB milestone, becoming the 17th pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts. Sabathia, 38, reached the landmark with a second-inning strikeout of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ John Ryan Murphy in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined Randy Johnson (4,875) and Steve Carlton (4,136) as the only left-handed pitchers to reach the 3,000 mark, and the first pitcher since John Smoltz in 2008 to reach it. Sabathia came into the contest three strikeouts away from 3,000. He struck out David Peralta looking at a sinker to start the second inning, then struck out Christian Walker swinging at a fastball. After surrendering a home run to Wilmer Flores, Sabathia induced Murphy to swing and miss at a changeup to end the inning. “It’s one of those awesome numbers,” teammate Aaron Boone said before the game. “I saw Rod Carew get 3,000 [hits], Reggie [Jackson] get 500 [home runs]. Those are magical numbers in our sport.” The Diamondbacks went on to win 3-1.

BASEBALL

YouTube to stream games

YouTube is to exclusively livestream 13 MLB games in the second part of this season, the firm said on Tuesday. Fans can subscribe to the MLB channel for free access to the games, including pre and post-game content. They are to be available in most countries, including the US, except places where existing broadcasters have deals with the MLB that exclude YouTube access. “With Major League Baseball’s expanding international fanbase, we are confident YouTube’s global audience will bring fans around the world together in one place to watch the games and teams they love,” YouTube head of sports and news partnerships Timothy Katz said.

DOPING

Moscow samples obtained

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday said that it had retrieved 2,262 samples from Moscow’s former drug-testing laboratory that are to be further analyzed. “These samples will be used to strengthen cases against those who may have cheated and may exonerate athletes who have not committed an anti-doping rule violation,” investigations director Gunter Younger said. The removal of the samples comes after WADA investigators retrieved a trove of analytical data from the lab in January. An update on the investigation would be presented to WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board meeting on May 15 and 16. WADA wants to complete the review by June 30 as part of a reinstatement deal.

E-SPORTS

Fnatic plans expansion

Fnatic, a London-based team owner, has raised US$19 million in new funding and restructured its leadership as it plans a major expansion, the company said yesterday. It plans to further expand in Asia and North America, and grow from 150 to 1,000 people in the next five years, founder Sam Mathews said. It is to use the investments to strengthen its teams with new nutrition and psychology programs, and physical training coaches for players — lessons Mathews said he took from the British cycling team. Fnatic, one of the oldest and largest teams in global e-sports, has won major titles in several games, including League of Legends and Counter-Strike, and fields teams in 10 different games.

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