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Saints Dez Bryant injures ankle in second practice

NFL

Bryant hurt

Dez Bryant’s tenure with the Saints may have been short-lived.

In just his second practice with New Orleans, the newly acquired wide receiver indicated in social media posts Friday that he has had a significant setback.

The team’s injury report listed Bryant as questionable for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati with an ankle injury, but a person familiar with the situation said the team is still awaiting the results of a doctor’s examination.

Bryant has indicated on social media that the injury will be challenging to overcome, writing on his verified Twitter account, “Things was just starting to heat up for me . . . I won’t question the man upstairs . . . this is the ultimate test . . . thank you everyone for the prayers.”

Bryant, 30, signed with the Saints on Wednesday following a workout in New Orleans a day earlier . After his first practice on Thursday, he expressed an eagerness to play with NFL all-time passer Drew Brees, and help a club that looks like a Super Bowl contender. The surging Saints have won seven straight and last Sunday knocked off the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.

Bryant spent his first eight NFL seasons with Dallas and in 2017 caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NCAA penalizes BYU

The BYU men’s basketball program was placed on probation for two years and must vacate 47 wins under sanctions imposed by the NCAA in an improper-benefits case involving guard Nick Emery.

The NCAA said the player received more than $12,000 in benefits from four boosters, including travel to concerts and an amusement park and the use of a new car. The NCAA also accepted the university’s self-imposed penalties of reducing one scholarship, disassociation of one of its boosters and a $5,000 fine.

BYU said in a statement that the university, the coaching staff and the athletic department had no knowledge of the infractions and that they disagreed with vacating wins. The NCAA didn’t identify Emery by name but the university’s statement said the case involved him.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S SOCCER

Hofstra wins in NCAA first-round game

Sabrina Bryan scored two goals to lead Hofstra to a 4-1 victory over No. 22 Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hofstra plays Memphis or Wisconsin Friday.

BASEBALL

Mauer retires

Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 major league seasons, six All-Star games, three Gold Glove awards, three batting titles and 2,123 career hits, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins.

“Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as it was,” Mauer wrote in a full-page ad that will run Sunday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart.”

Mauer’s eight-year, $184 million contract expired the day after the World Series ended, creating a natural parting from the game he grew up with in St. Paul, less than 10 miles from the downtown Minneapolis ballparks he called home with the Twins.

The first overall pick in the 2001 draft out of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, the same program that produced Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, Mauer made his debut at the Metrodome on April 5, 2004, two weeks before his 21st birthday. He signed his megadeal three weeks before the Twins began playing at Target Field.

Yanagita’s HR lift Japan over MLB in tour opener

Yuki Yanagita hit a walk-off two-run home run off Kirby Yates in the ninth inning, and Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 7-6 Friday in the opener of a six-game exhibition series in Tokyo. Juan Soto, Carlos Santana and Amed Rosario homered to build a 6-4 lead.

GOLF

Lopez fires ace, take lead in Blue Bay LPGA

Gaby Lopez turned 25 and celebrated with a hole-in-one that helped her to a 6-under-66 and a one-stroke lead over Ariya Jutanugarn after the third round of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament in Hainan Island, China.

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