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Embiid sprains a shoulder...MLB gets 1st black umpire crew chief...Women’s World Cup ski races canceled

CLEVELAND (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL' ehm-BEED') has sprained his left shoulder. It happened when Embiid collided with Cleveland center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter of last night’s loss to the Cavaliers. The 7-footer held his shoulder when he went to the foul line and was in obvious pain as he missed two free throws. Embiid scored a career-high 49 points Monday against Atlanta. The loss of Embiid for any length time will be tough for the Sixers. They're are already missing guard Ben Simmons due to a nerve problem in his back.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has appointed its first African American umpire crew chief. A person familiar with the tells The Associated Press that Kerwin Danley was promoted to the position this week. The 58-year-old Danley has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. He’s also been chosen to call two All-Star Games. Danley called his first game in the majors in 1992 as a minor league fill-in and was hired to the MLB staff in 1998.

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season. Freeman arrived at spring training saying he felt better than he had in years, but the elbow ballooned Monday after he put in a particularly long day Sunday.

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — The women's World Cup ski races in Germany next week are being canceled because of poor snow conditions and a forecast of rain. The giant slalom and slalom in Ofterschwang on March 7-8 were potential races for Mikaela Shiffrin to return from an extended break after the death of her father. The four weekends left in the women's World Cup season could also face disruption from a virus outbreak spreading from China to Europe, including northern Italy.

NEW YORK (AP) — Some key Kobe Bryant memorabilia will be auctioned in April. Julien’s Auctions says the items being offered for sale on April 30 include two of Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery. Bryant’s items were already being planned for auction when he, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

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