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Ben Jordan, Former Kentucky basketball player and Wildcats baseball pitcher, dies at 22

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Kentucky baseball pitcher and previous basketball stroll on Ben Jordan has died, the school affirmed Tuesday morning.

Jordan, a 22-year-old, 6-foot-9, 250-pound right-handed pitcher for the baseball team, joined the men’s b-ball group last season when the Wildcats were left with too not many solid post players for training.

The previous baseball and ball star at West Carter High School in Olive Hill didn’t re-visitation of the b-ball group this season so he could zero in on baseball full time.

“We are devastated to learn of Ben Jordan’s tragic passing last night,” UK baseball coach Nick Mingione said in a statement. “There are no words to express the shock and heartache our team is feeling with the loss of Ben. He was an absolute joy to coach and be around. His coaches, teammates and brothers loved him dearly. His smile, his sense of humor and love for this university will never be forgotten. He will be missed beyond measure. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s family and we will support them in any way we can during this extremely difficult time. We are all hurting and will find a way carry Ben’s legacy forward and keep him in our heart always.”

A 2016 Under Armor All-American in baseball at West Carter, Jordan redshirted in his first season nearby with the baseball program in 2018 while recuperating from Tommy John elbow a medical procedure.

He got back to the hill in 2019 to show up in 10 games while working his way back to full wellbeing.

Jordan featured in the Cal Ripken College Baseball League throughout the late spring of 2019, gathering a 1-1 record with a 2.70 ERA in seven games. He struck out 36 hitters and strolled 13 out of 26 ⅔ innings.

At the point when UK ball mentor John Calipari was ineffective in adding another grant huge man to his 2019-20 program all through the mid year prompting the season, he went to Jordan to add practice profundity.

Kentucky had just nine sound grant players accessible for preseason practice.

“We said, why don’t we add Michael Jordan to our team. We couldn’t get him so we took Ben Jordan,” Calipari said after Jordan joined the team. “And he’s 6-9, and he’s got a great way about him, a great disposition, and obviously I keep telling EJ (Montgomery), as soon as he gets in a little better shape he’s going to be dunking on you.”

Jordan served a significant practice part all through the season in assisting junior with sending Nick Richards to a breakout season. He likewise played in three games for the Wildcats, endeavoring one shot in one all out moment of activity.

“Our hearts are broken today,” Calipari said in a statement Tuesday. “We learned early this morning that we have lost Ben Jordan. It is difficult for me to express and to put into words what a tragedy it is to lose a young person too early. Ben impacted our team last season in so many ways with his kind heart, his big smile and his wonderful personality. He cared so deeply about this place and it meant so much to him to be a part of this team. We are grieving today over the loss of a teammate and a brother, but Ben will not be forgotten. We ask that everyone keep Ben and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this time as we try to find a way forward. Ben, may you rest in peace.”

UK recorded Jordan on its 35-man lineup for the 2020 ball club, yet he had not completed his b-ball commitments to continue playing baseball when the Covid pandemic finished the season in March.

“It is with profound grief that we learn of the loss of Ben Jordan,” UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement. “Ben loved and cherished being a Wildcat. He had a servant’s heart and answered the call whenever asked, including putting his promising baseball career on hold to help the basketball team when it needed him. I remember meeting Ben on his official visit to our campus and being so impressed with his passion for this state and the University of Kentucky. He will be missed immensely. Our prayers and condolences are with Ben’s family and friends.”

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Winnipeg Jets agree to sign Adam Lowry to 5-year, $16-million deal extension

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Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry is taking a give free agency to stick with the only NHL group he’s consistently played for.

The Jets declared on Friday that Lowry has signed a team-friendly contract that will pay him a average of $3.25 million for the next five years.

The 28-year-old Lowry is currently in his seventh season with the club. He was in the final year of a three-year pact that was paying him a normal of $2.9 million for each season.

In 44 games this season, Lowry has eight goals and 12 assists.

Lowry initially joined the Jets in the 2014-2015 season after playing for the Jets top AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps.

He’s showed up in a total of 452 NHL games with the Jets where he’s recorded 65 goals and 78 assists.

Lowry was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

The National Hockey League additionally reported number of schedule changes, including three games for the Jets after the Vancouver Canucks ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

It’ll currently just be a five-game homestand for Winnipeg.

Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers has been climbed by three hours with puck drop currently scheduled for 6:00 PM Manitoba time. At that point they’ll get the following four straight days off.

Next Wednesday’s originally scheduled contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs is getting pushed back one day until Thursday. What’s more, next Friday’s showdown with the Leafs will presently be played on May 14 which will currently be their final game of the regular season.

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract

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Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season

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Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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