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This Week in Sports: Nashville, Rays, and More

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Titans Help Nashville Storm Relief

After tornadoes plowed through Nashville late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the city’s teams announced relief plans to help with damage costs. Some players for the Titans have announced apparel lines with 100% of proceeds going to the affected. Plus, others have said that they will directly help with money or animal organizations.

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams-Strunk said in a statement Tuesday, “We extend our deepest sympathies to those families who lost loved ones in the tornadoes last night and are heartbroken to see the damage across Nashville and Tennessee. We know the strength of our community and the Volunteer spirit that lives in us all. We will join the efforts to rebuild in these areas and know our neighbors will join us.”

Rays’ Garret Whitley Suffers Facial Fractures

Rays’ minor league player Garret Whitley will miss most of the next season due to facial fractures. During Monday’s spring training game, a foul ball hit by Orioles infielder Renato Nunez shot into the Rays dugout and struck Whitley in the face. However, Whitley did not fall unconscious. He went to the hospital and was released Monday night.

He is currently reaching out to specialists to see what his rehabilitation schedule is. Whitley also didn’t suffer any damage to his eye. Whitley, 22, was a first-round pick by the Rays in the 2015 draft. He played the 2019 season with Tampa Bay’s advanced A affiliate in Charlotte, batting .226 with 10 homers in 114 games.

Kyrie Irving Has Surgery To Fix Shoulder Impingement

Nets guard Kyrie Irving had surgery Tuesday to fix an impingement in his right shoulder. Irving was out for the season in February due to the injury that previously benched him for 26 games earlier. The 27-year-old should make a full recovery. Stat wise, Irving averaged 27.4 points and 6.4 assists over 20 games in his first season in Brooklyn.

Johnny Boychuk Gets 90 Stitches

Islanders’ defenseman Johnny Boychuk got 90 stitches after Artturi Lekhonen’s skate hit him in the face on Tuesday night. The skate cut around his eyelid, however, Boychuk suffered no damage to his eye. “He had quite a night. … He felt the skate blade hit his eye, but fortunately it just got the eyelid and they took 90 stitches to fix,” Islanders manager Lou Lamoriello said. “He’ll be fine. It’s just a matter of time with the eye opening up.”

Alex Bowman Secures Second NASCAR Win

Alex Bowman raced to his second NASCAR win at Fontana on Sunday, beating brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch. “There’s never a situation that I feel completely comfortable in,” Bowman said. “I feel like if somebody doesn’t want you driving their race car, you’re not going to be driving it. Hendrick Motorsports is where I want to be. It’s where I want to stay for the rest of my career. It’s where I’ve always wanted to be. It is a contract year, but every year of my career has been a contract year.”

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