Maddon positive after 3-2 loss

CHICAGO (AP) — Despite a tough 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon remained upbeat.

“If we keep giving that kind of effort, I’ll be very happy,” Maddon said. “Good things are gonna happen.”

Just not Tuesday.

Anthony DeSclafani threw seven scoreless innings, Joey Votto had two hits and drove in a run, and the Reds held on to win.

DeSclafani gave up two hits while striking out five for the Reds. He was replaced in the eighth by former Cubs closer Kevin Gregg, who walked Matt Szczur before allowing pinch-hitter Welington Castillo’s two-run home run. 


White Sox win at Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco sustained a bruised jaw when he was smashed by Melky Cabrera’s line drive, and the Chicago White Sox got six strong innings from Jose Quintana to win their third straight, 4-1 over the Indians.

Carrasco was carted off the field after Cabrera — the second hitter — rocketed a shot up the middle that slammed the right side of the right-hander’s face. Carrasco (1-1) was lucky to get a piece of his glove on the ball before it smashed him. The White Sox scored two runs in the first after Carrasco was injured and won their third straight.

X-rays at Lutheran Hospital were negative, and Carrasco was back at Progressive Field by the end of the game


NCAA has new injury proposal

CHICAGO (AP) — Filings in U.S. District Court in Chicago late Tuesday night notified a federal judge that there was a new proposed settlement for a head injury lawsuit against the NCAA brought by football players and other college athletes.

U.S. District Judge John Lee rejected the initial settlement in December, though, in doing so, he encouraged the sides to try again. It is likely to be weeks before they know for sure if this agreement pleases Lee more than the first.

The core of the new agreement is the same as the one Lee rejected, including calling on the governing body of college athletics to create a $70 million fund to test current and former athletes in contact and non-contact sports for brain trauma. Among other things, it also requires the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules.

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