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The Chicago Cubs have signed injured righthander Kendall Graveman to a one-year contract with an option for the 2020 season.

The Cubs announced the deal Sunday, taking a chance on the starting pitcher after his 2018 season was cut short by Tommy John surgery. Graveman was Oakland’s opening day starter for the second consecutive season, but he was sidelined in late May and had surgery July 30. Terms of the deal weren’t announced.

Graveman is unlikely to make much impact in 2019, but he could boost Chicago’s rotation in 2020. Similar deals have become more common for pitchers recovering from major surgery.

The 28-year-old was 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA in seven starts in 2018 after going 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 19 starts with Oakland a season earlier. (AP)

Ambush slip by Comets again • Zach Reget and Lucas Almeida scored third-quarter goals to break a 4-4 draw, and the St. Louis Ambush held on for a 6-5 Major Arena Soccer League win over the Comets in suburban Kansas City on Saturday night.

With back-to-back wins over their cross-state rivals, the Ambush are 3-2, matching their victory total from the 2018-19 season, when they finished 3-19. The Ambush rallied late and beat the Comets 6-5 in overtime to open their home schedule Dec. 16 at Family Arena.

The Ambush and Comets (1-4) square off for the third consecutive meeting 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Family Arena.

In this weekend’s road victory, the Ambush picked up multi-point efforts from Reget (two goals, one assist), Justin Stinson (one goal, two assists), JT Thomas (two goals) and Almeida (one goal, one assist). Ambush goalkeeper Paulo Nascimento picked up his second straight victory, stopping 19 of 24 shots. (From news services)

Mixed results for Charlo brothers • Jermall Charlo had every reason to be distracted when he entered the ring Saturday night to defend his WBC interim middleweight championship.

Minutes before his bout with Matt Korobov, Jermall’s twin, Jermell, lost a unanimous decision to Tony Harrison, costing Jermell his WBC super welterweight crown. It was a new experience for both Charlos, who entered the night unbeaten.

Jermall (28-0) kept up the family name with a one-sided 12-round victory over the game but outclassed Korobov (27-2).

“I felt like Jermell made his fight harder than it was,” he said. “I had a really tough opponent, but he wasn’t better than me. There was a lot on my mind in the ring.”

Jermall was emphatic at the finish — perhaps to erase any doubt with this set of judges. He staggered Korobov in the middle of the 12th round, and they slugged it out pretty much until the finish. (AP)

Five weightlifters suspended • Two Olympic champions and three other weightlifters have been provisionally suspended after retests on their urine samples from the 2012 London Games were shown to be positive for banned substances.

The International Weightlifting Federation announced adverse analytical findings for Ukraine’s Oleksiy Torokhtiy, who won gold at London in the 105-kilogram category, and Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Nurudinov, who won gold in the 105-kilogram category at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The IWF said retests also came back positive for Azerbaijan’s Valentin Hristov, who took bronze in the 56-kilogram class at London, Armenia’s Meline Daluzyan and Mikalai Novikau of Belarus.

“The International Olympic Committee is responsible to decide about any consequences relating to the athletes’ participation in the 2012 London Olympic Games,” the sport’s governing body said on its website Sunday.

“The IWF will not make any further comments on the case until they are closed.” (AP)

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