- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PRO BASKETBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Chris Bosh’s season is now officially over, regardless of how far the Miami Heat advance in the postseason.

The Heat and Bosh made the announcement Wednesday afternoon after the team practiced in Toronto, ending the recent speculation that Bosh would try to return to the court during the playoffs.

Bosh has not played since the All-Star break after a blood clot was discovered in his left leg. It’s the second consecutive year that Bosh’s season ended at the break because of problems with clotting, and the joint statement came one day after the National Basketball Players Association urged Bosh and the team to resolve any issues they have about his immediate future.

Bosh is expected to remain with the team throughout the remainder of the playoffs - helping his teammates however he can. And while the statement finally provides resolution on his short-term status, it remains unknown if he has dealt with any other clots or if he remains on blood thinners.

Miami leads Toronto 1-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Game 2 set for Thursday.

NFL:

DALLAS (AP) - Johnny Manziel has been booked and posted bond in a domestic violence case, one day before the former Cleveland Browns quarterback faces his first court hearing.

Manziel attorney Robert Hinton said Wednesday that the 23-year-old quarterback presented himself for booking and a mugshot. Police in Highland Park, a wealthy Dallas enclave that’s separate from the city, released the mugshot Wednesday afternoon.

The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M; star was indicted by a grand jury last month after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January.

Manziel faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

He is expected to appear briefly before a Dallas judge Thursday morning.

BASEBALL

BALTIMORE (AP) - Alex Rodriguez won’t be around in the next two weeks to help the New York Yankees attempt to get out of last place in the AL East.

Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day list Wednesday with a strained right hamstring.

The injury occurred Tuesday night while Rodriguez was running out a grounder in the fifth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Orioles.

He expressed hope Tuesday night that the injury wouldn’t put him on the disabled list. Instead, he’s stuck on the DL for the seventh time in the last nine seasons.

Rodriguez, 40, is batting .194 in 20 games. Three of his five homers came in his last five games, and he had a four-RBI night in Boston on Sunday.

HORSE RACING

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Doug O’Neill was all smiles after early 3-1 favorite Nyquist drew the No. 13 post for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

The number with an unlucky reputation didn’t faze the trainer. In fact, it brought back good memories.

Nyquist left from the same spot when he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year at Keeneland, part of his 7-0 career record.

Four horses have won from the No. 13 spot since 1900, most recently Smarty Jones in 2004. O’Neill, jockey Mario Gutierrez and owner Paul Reddam teamed to win the race in 2012 with I’ll Have Another.

Exaggerator drew the No. 11 post and is the 8-1 second choice in the full field of 20 horses for the 1 1/4-mile race Saturday at Churchill Downs. He’s trained by Keith Desormeaux, whose Hall of Fame brother, Kent, will be aboard.

Horses are loaded into the gate two at a time, starting with posts one and 11, which spend the most time waiting for the start.

SOCCER:

Retired U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach is joining ESPN as an analyst and a contributor.

Wambach, the leading goal scorer of all time, will cover the European Championships in France and the Rio Olympics in August. But her role won’t be limited to soccer: She will work across multiple platforms including ESPN Films and shows including “Outside the Lines,” according to the network.

Wambach also will produce a podcast, “Fearless Conversation with Abby Wambach,” which she promises won’t shy away from controversy. Among her first topics will be foreign players on the U.S. national team. Wambach drew criticism when she blasted U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for bringing in “a bunch of these foreign guys” in December.

Oslo-born midfielder Mix Diskerud subsequently posted a message to Wambach on Instagram.

Wambach said she’s willing to re-examine those comments.

WNBA:

NEW YORK (AP) - The WNBA and its players union have agreed to amend the collective bargaining agreement on fines for overseas play.

According to emails obtained by The Associated Press, players will no longer be fined for missing time for overseas national team commitments if they notify their WNBA teams in advance. About a dozen players, including Epiphanny Prince, Natalie Achonwa, Shavonte Zellous and Allie Quigley, missed games last season and were fined.

With this being an Olympic year, even more players will miss time. It’s not just those from teams that already have qualified for the Rio Games, but also those playing in the last-chance qualifying tournament in the middle of June.

The league and union settled last year’s cases on an individual basis. Players will get at least some of that fine money back.

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