- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

BASEBALL

MIAMI (AP) - The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

The documents are part of a federal lawsuit in Miami and describe a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid smuggling debts and threats of violence that have followed Puig since he left Cuba by boat in June 2012.

The tale is based almost entirely on the account of the boxer, Yunior Despaigne, who says he is afraid he will be hurt by the smugglers or their associates if Puig hasn’t paid them money he owes.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Sean Rodriguez grounded into a triple play for the second time in his career in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 10-2 loss to New York Yankees on Thursday night.

Rodriguez hit a hard grounder to third off CC Sabathia with runners on first and second in the second inning against the Yankees. Third baseman Yangervis Solarte fielded the ball, stepping on the bag to retire Evan Longoria and throwing to second baseman Brian Roberts to get Wil Myers. The play ended when Scott Sizemore, playing at first base for the first time in his career, made a nice scoop of Roberts’ relay to get Rodriguez.

It was the first triple play the Rays hit into since Rodriguez grounded into one on Aug. 16, 2011, at Boston.

Sabathia was pitching the previous time the Yankees turned a triple play, April 12, 2013, against Baltimore.

CHICAGO (AP) - First basemen Mike Napoli was back in Boston’s starting lineup against the White Sox two days after dislocating a finger on his left hand.

Napoli hurt his ring finger on a headfirst slide into second base in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against Chicago.

He went 1 for 3 on Thursday .

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.

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