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Kokrak to replace Westwood at PGA

ST. LOUIS

Lee Westwood of England has withdrawn from the PGA Championship next week with an injury, missing the major for only the second time since he first played it in 1997.

The PGA of America did not specify the nature of Westwood’s injury.

Westwood tied for 61st two weeks ago in the British Open. His last victory was in 2015 at the Indonesian Masters.

He was replaced in the field at Bellerive Country Club by Warren JFK graduate Jason Kokrak.

Kokrak didn’t compete in this week’s Bridgestone Invitational or the Barracuda Championship.

Astros discuss Osuna’s pending arrival

LOS ANGELES

Astros manager A.J. Hinch has met privately with the team’s owner and general manager ahead of reliever Roberto Osuna being activated following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Hinch says Osuna will join the Astros in Los Angeles today and be activated for the series finale against the Dodgers.

Hinch met with owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow to discuss the matter on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, but declined to go into details. He says he plans to meet with Osuna on Sunday to get to know him and his background.

The Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline this week. The move raised eyebrows since Houston had previously stated its no-tolerance policy regarding domestic violence.

Osuna was arrested in May and charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

Golden Knights sign Karlsson to 1-year deal

LAS VEGAS

The Vegas Golden Knights have signed forward William Karlsson to a $5.25 million, one-year contract.

General manager George McPhee announced the deal Saturday as the two sides avoided arbitration. Karlsson gets a significant raise from his previous $1 million salary.

Karlsson set career highs with 43 goals, 35 assists and 48 points last season. He won the Lady Byng Award for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct with a high standard of play.

The 25-year-old helped Vegas reach the Stanley Cup Final. The Golden Knights selected Karlsson in the expansion draft in the summer of 2017 from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In 265 NHL regular-season games, Karlsson has 61 goals and 67 assists for 128 points.

Raiders sign free agent kicker Mike Nugent

NAPA, Calif.

Free-agent kicker Mike Nugent has signed with the Oakland Raiders.

The team announced the move Saturday that also included waiving kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.

Nugent, 36, spent last year between Chicago and Dallas with four starts for each team. He made 11 of 13 field goals in all with a long of 55 yards while converting 4 of 5 between 40 and 49 yards. He went 15 for 17 on PATs.

A second-round pick by the Jets in 2006 out of Ohio State, this will be his 14th NFL season and seventh different team.

Packers left tackle Bakhtiari carted off

GREEN BAY, Wis.

Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari was taken off the field on a cart, dampening the spirits Saturday at Family Night at Lambeau Field.

Bakhtiari walked to the cart with his left shoe removed.

Bakhtiari was named a second-team All-Pro each of the last two seasons, the first Packers offensive tackle to earn back-to-back All-Pro accolades since Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg.

The Packers just got one tackle back at practice. Bryan Bulaga practiced on Friday for the first time since suffering a torn right ACL against Detroit on Nov. 6 but did not practice on Saturday.

Ten players did not practice for the Packers, including receiver Randall Cobb (ankle) and defensive tackle Mike Daniels (quad).

Staff/wire report

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