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SportShorts for Wednesday, August 14, 2019

NHL

Blackhawks sign D Philip Holm

The Blackhawks agreed to a 1-year deal Tuesday with Swedish defenseman Philip Holm, who has one game of NHL experience and spent last season in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

The Hawks appear set with their top six defenseman, but the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Holm could challenge Slater Koekkoek, Carl Dahlstrom and others for a roster spot.

TENNIS

Gauff gets wild card into U.S. Open

Coco Gauff will get a chance to try for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida received a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open’s main draw.

It will be Gauff’s second Grand Slam tournament. She made a magical run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, losing to eventual title winner Simona Halep.

WNBA

Suspensions come from brawl

Mercury center Brittney Griner will miss the next three games after the WNBA suspended her Tuesday for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game over the weekend that resulted in six players getting ejected.

The league punished Griner for throwing punches, escalating the incident and pushing Wings forward Kayla Thornton’s face with an open hand. Dallas forward Kristine Anigwe was suspended two games for instigating the initial altercation with Griner and taking an open-handed swing at her. Thornton also was suspended two games.

Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi and Dallas forward Kaela Davis were suspended a game apiece.

MLB

A-Rod’s SUV gets robbed in California

A rental vehicle being used by ESPN baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez was broken into Sunday night, and Rodriguez said several items of a personal and sentimental nature were stolen.

The break-in happened while Rodriguez and other members of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” crew were having dinner at a restaurant near Oracle Park after a Phillies-Giants game.

Holland has deal with Washington

Greg Holland and the Washington Nationals are giving it another go, the latest in a long series of moves aimed at helping the team’s struggling bullpen.

Holland, who was with Washington last season, and the Nationals reached an agreement in principle for him to return on a minor league contract, pending the completion of a successful physical.

NFL

Tate’s appeal turned down by league

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers turned down.

The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on Sept. 8.

Tate, who signed a $37.5 million contract as a free agent with the Giants in March, announced the suspension in a Twitter post on July 27. He said he intended to appeal it and felt his case had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor.

The appeal was heard by a member of an independent appeals panel in New York last week.

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