WASHINGTON — Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado has dropped his appeal and immediately will begin serving his five-game suspension from Major League Baseball in Washington for his part in Wednesday’s brawl with San Diego.
A team spokesman confirmed Saturday that Arenado would begin the suspension.
Arenado charged the mound after Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo threw a pitch behind his back during the Rockies’ 6-4 victory.
Ryan McMahon replaced Arenado in the lineup at third base Saturday.
Rockies outfielder Gerrado Parra is still appealing his four-game suspension and is in the lineup on Saturday, batting second.
Humboldt Broncos remembered at league championship opener
NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan — A moment of silence was held before Game 1 of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final Saturday night to honor the Humboldt Broncos players and staff killed in a bus crash.
Players from the Nipawin Hawks and Estevan Bruins formed a circle around center ice to honor the 16 people who died after the bus collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection north of Tisdale on April 6. Thirteen others were injured.
The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin when the crash happened.
A faint sound of sobbing was heard in the sold-out crowd of 1,200 at Centennial Arena in Nipawin during the ceremony. Hawks players wore green helmets to honor the Broncos in the warmups and both teams were wore Humboldt Broncos ribbons on their jerseys.
Among those in attendance for the game were Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench.
Former NHL goalie Chris Joseph, whose son Jaxon died in the crash, tweeted before the game: “Tonight I cheer for SJHL!!! Go Hawks, Go Bruins. We’re all so happy you are playing.”
Michigan’s Moe Wagner enters NBA draft, skips senior season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Moe Wagner is entering the NBA draft, and this year it sounds like that decision is final.
The Michigan big man announced his plans Saturday with an essay written for The Players’ Tribune, saying he’s decided to sign with an agent and enter the draft.
“I’m ready. I feel like this is the right time for me,” Wagner said. “I feel like I’m ready to move onto this new challenge in life — to give it my best, and to do whatever it takes to make it at the next level.”
Wagner helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA title game earlier this month, where they lost to Villanova . The 6-foot-11, 245-pound German forward, who idolizes Dallas Mavericks superstar and countryman Dirk Nowitzki, entered his name in the draft last year but later withdrew it to stay in school for his junior season.
He averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds and made 39.4 percent of his 3-point shots last season.