Son's arrest prompts MLB star to leave team

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Son's arrest prompts MLB star to leave team

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Torii Hunter was placed on the Los Angeles Angels' restricted list Monday after his teenage son was arrested in Texas. The town of Prosper, Texas, issued a news release announcing 17-year-old Darius McClinton-Hunter of neighboring McKinney, Texas, was arrested Monday in a sexual assault case. The release said Prosper police made five arrests after a monthlong investigation of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. Prosper police spokesman Celso Martinez confirmed McClinton-Hunter is Torii Hunter's son. Hunter's family lives in Prosper, a suburb north of Dallas that's home to several prominent athletes including Deion Sanders and Hunter's teammate, reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hunter has left the team, but refused to say how long Hunter will be away from the club. "It's a personal matter," Scioscia said. "We're going to go day-to-day, and we'll just see where it is. That's all I'm going to say." Darius Hunter is one of Torii Hunter's three sons who played on the Prosper High football team last season. All three sons, including Torii Jr. and Monshadrik "Money" Hunter, are considered Division I football prospects, with Torii Jr. considering Stanford and Darius Hunter interested in playing at Oregon, according to his father. Darius Hunter, a receiver last season, reportedly attracted interest and scholarship offers from Texas Tech, SMU and West Virginia, among others. Hunter flew back to California with the Angels on Sunday night from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where they faced the Rangers last weekend. But Hunter left Angel Stadium several hours before Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics. "This is very tough for a father," Hunter tweeted after leaving Angel Stadium. "Thanks for ur prayers and support. Be Blessed everyone." Hunter sat out Sunday's game, but would have been in the Angels' lineup Monday night, Scioscia said. Mark Trumbo took Hunter's spot in right field for the second straight night. The 36-year-old Hunter is a four-time All-Star, a nine-time Gold Glove winner and the Angels' clubhouse leader and unofficial captain. He's batting .256 with five homers and 15 RBIs this season, but has been in a slump with just two hits in 31 at-bats over Los Angeles' previous nine games before Sunday, including an 0-for-20 skid. The Angels called up Ryan Langerhans to replace Hunter on the roster, but Trumbo and Peter Bourjos are likely to absorb most of Hunter's playing time. Trumbo has played several positions since Albert Pujols took his spot at first base, but the second-year pro still leads the Angels with six homers and 16 RBIs despite playing in just 26 of their 35 games. The speedy Bourjos usually has been left out of the Angels' lineup in recent days, making just three starts since April 29 after beginning the season as Los Angeles' starting center fielder. He was on the bench again Monday, with heralded prospect Mike Trout again playing in center.

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Nationals' Bryce Harper mashes monster homer on second pitch of spring training

Nationals' Bryce Harper mashes monster homer on second pitch of spring training

The Nationals played their first game of spring training today against the Mets. They won, but that's not nearly the biggest story of the day. It was Bryce Harper's first at-bat that stole the show. 

On just the second pitch he saw of spring training, from lefty Sean Gilmartin, Harper mashed a ginormous home run to right center field. MLB.com shared video of the bomb. 

According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Harper smacked the ball at least 400 feet. In his second at-bat, he hit a line-drive single on the first pitch. 

Let's just say it was an exciting start to the year for Harper, who won the 2015 NL MVP only to endure a let-down last season. As Castillo points out, the slugger hit .226 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. 

Harper enters spring training at 230 pounds, up 15 pounds of muscle from last year. 

“I just felt going into the offseason you want to get as strong as you can, try to maintain your weight the best you can and just do everything the right way,” he told the Post. 

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Caps' Alex Ovechkin goes without a shot on goal for 3rd time this month

Caps' Alex Ovechkin goes without a shot on goal for 3rd time this month

Alex Ovechkin is one of the most prolific shooters in NHL history.

This season, the Caps’ captain ranks third in shots on net with 223, an average of almost 3.7 per contest. 

But on Saturday evening in Nashville, something strange happened—again.

Ovechkin finished without a shot on goal for the third time in the last seven games. He did score a goal in the third period, but it was overturned because he was offside by a smidge. Thus, no shot.

In all, Ovechkin attempted six shots in 20:36 of ice time in the 5-2 loss. Two of those attempts were blocked and four more were off target.

“Obviously he’s a shooter; he’s got to get pucks to the net,” Coach Barry Trotz told reporters in Nashville. “He’s a little off, a little bit off. Players will go through that.”

Prior to going shot-less against the Red Wings on Feb. 9, Ovechkin had recorded at least one shot on goal in 315 consecutive games, a stretch that dates back to March 2013. Ovechkin’s shot-on-goal streak wound up 45 games short of matching Ray Bourque’s NHL record of 360 straight games with at last one shot on net.

In 900 career games, Ovechkin has failed to register a shot on goal only nine times.

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So, yeah, it’s worth noting when he doesn’t get one. It's more notable when it happens three times in a couple of weeks. 

Trotz, though, said he isn’t overly concerned about it.

“Ovi’s pretty streaky if you look in his past,” Trotz said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he got 10 goals in the next five games. That’s how he operates.”

He added: “Sometimes he’ll go a little bit flat there. He’s going through of a little of a dry spell, I think.”

Saturday’s game was a rough one for Ovi all around. In addition to losing a goal to video replay, he also took a couple of minor penalties—one for hooking and another for holding.

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