The Natural: Gattis hits first career grand slam, Braves rout Twins 8-3 for 6th straight win
May 22, 2013 2:54 PM CDT
Evan Gattis kept up an amazing rookie season with his first grand slam, B.J. Upton and Ramiro Pena also homered, and the Atlanta Braves finished off a sweep of the woeful Minnesota Twins with an 8-3 rout on Wednesday. The Braves stretched their winning streak to six games with a second straight series sweep, making things easy for starter Paul Maholm (6-4). The left-hander held the Twins to an unearned run in 7 1-3 innings. With the Braves already leading 4-0, Gattis struck again less than 24...
Braves 8, Twins 3
May 22, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
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Seeded players Hsieh Su-wei, Monica Niculescu lose in 2nd round at Strasbourg International
May 22, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
Seeded players Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and Monica Niculescu of Romania were beaten Wednesday in the second round of the Strasbourg International. The fourth-seeded Hsieh lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3) to Misaki Doi of Japan, and fifth-seeded Niculescu fell 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to Anna Tatishvili of Georgia. Last year's runner-up Alize Cornet downed Magda Linette 6-3, 6-4. At No. 3, the Frenchwoman is the highest remaining seeded player in the tournament. Seventh-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa reached...
Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic upset by Argentine qualifier Guido Pella in Duesseldorf
May 22, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic lost in the second round of the Power Horse Cup on Wednesday, falling 7-6 (1), 6-1 to Argentine qualifier Guido Pella. It's the biggest career win for the 101st-ranked Pella, knocking out the 10th-ranked Serb to reach the ATP World Tour quarterfinals for the first time. Pella will play seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia, who defeated Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 6-3, 7-6 (3). Third-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina topped Andre Ghem 6-4, 6-4 of Brazil to set up a quarterfinal...
After taking blow to head, Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe placed on 7-day DL with concussion
May 22, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
The Minnesota Twins placed third baseman Trevor Plouffe on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion Wednesday after he was struck in the head by Dan Uggla's shin while breaking up an attempted double play. Plouffe was injured in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He slammed into Uggla's leg sliding into second base and remained down for a few minutes before walking slowly to the dugout, holding his head. During an examination for concussion-related symptoms,...
AUTO PACKAGE: IndyCar's young drivers give series new look, solid foundation for growth
May 22, 2013 11:41 AM CDT
Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti have all the ingredients the IndyCar Series has been craving. They have famous family names, have reached Victory Lane and seem to enjoy playing up their growing rivalry. The bold, budding stars represent a whole new kind of IndyCar driver -- the guys and gals who could finally become this series' cornerstone fixtures for a generation to come. "This is a pretty young group," Rahal said. "There are a lot of young people here who you could see at this track for the...
Rory McIlroy says he and Graeme McDowell are still 'great friends' despite talk of split
May 22, 2013 11:33 AM CDT
Rory McIlroy has dispelled any split in his relationship with longtime friend Graeme McDowell. McDowell confirmed that McIlroy will be leaving Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management after only 18 months, though neither McIlroy nor Conor Ridge at Horizon have commented on the split. When asked about his management Tuesday at Wentworth, McIlroy said, "Go ask GMac. He knows more than me." The two U.S. Open champions from Northern Ireland will be in the same group for the opening two rounds of...
AUTO PACKAGE: Legge pieces together Indy 500 deal to delight of old friend Allmendinger
May 22, 2013 11:32 AM CDT
Katherine Legge had at least one supporter in her corner when she showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week. AJ Allmendinger and Legge have known each other for more than a decade, dating to their early days in open-wheel racing. Legge hadn't seen her old friend in several months, so she made a trip out to the speedway to visit with Allmendinger during preparations for his first Indianapolis 500. Once at the speedway, she got wind there might be an open seat available in Sam Schmidt's...
Olympian Cullen Jones takes to a Harlem pool to preach the importance of teaching kids to swim
May 22, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
In Beijing and London, U.S. Olympian Cullen Jones was fierce in the water, bringing home gold and silver and setting a world record along the way. In the pool at P.S. 125, a Harlem elementary school, he was a sweetheart as he laughed, splashed and assured nervous 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds that they shouldn't be afraid to get wet. Summer's almost here and that means pools, lakes and ocean beaches for millions of kids, but it's a precarious season for a great many who don't know how to swim. About...
Juan Martin del Potro, American players Brian Baker, Mardy Fish pull out of French Open
May 22, 2013 9:18 AM CDT
Seventh-ranked Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has pulled out of the upcoming French Open because of a respiratory virus. Del Potro said in a statement Wednesday that he has not fully recovered and not fit to play. American players Brian Baker and Mardy Fish have also pulled out. Baker has not recovered from a right knee operation and Fish is unfit because of heart problems. They will be replaced in Friday's draw by Joao Sousa of Portugal and Guido Pella of Argentina. U.S. Open champion Andy...
Ernie Els says he accepts decision to ban long putters; ready to 'play ball'
May 22, 2013 9:12 AM CDT
Ernie Els is ready to "play ball" even without a long putter. The four-time major champion, who won last year's British Open with a belly putter, said Wednesday that the PGA Tour should accept the decision by golf's ruling bodies to ban anchoring and long-handled putters in 2016. "They are looking out for the best interests of the game in the long run," Els said. "The argument forever will be they could have done it 25 or 30 years ago, so why now? But it is what it is and we are where we are,...
Puerto Rico's Richard Carrion announces candidacy for IOC president; 3rd to enter race
May 22, 2013 8:45 AM CDT
Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico entered the IOC presidential race Wednesday, promising to use his business experience to guide the Olympics through the world's troubled financial times and proposing to deploy IOC staff permanently in host cities to help organize the games. The 60-year-old Carrion, a banking executive who chairs the IOC finance commission and has spearheaded multi-billion dollar television rights deals, became the third member to declare as a candidate for the most powerful job...
Wednesday's Time Schedule
May 22, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
All Times EDT BASEBALL Minnesota at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m. Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 2:05 p.m. Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Washington at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 4:37 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Angels, 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at...
May 22, 2013 7:32 AM CDT
By The Associated Press May 24 At Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Conn. (ESPN2), Delvin Rodriguez vs. Freddy Hernandez, 10, junior middleweights; Issouf Kinda vs. Chris Howard, 10, junior welterweights. May 25 At O2 Arena, London (HBO), Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler, 12, for Froch's IBF and Kessler's WBA Super World super middleweight titles; George Groves, vs. Noe Gonzalez Alcoba, 12, for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super middleweight title; Tony Bellew vs. Isaac Chilemba, 12, WBC light...
May 22, 2013 7:29 AM CDT
All Times EDT Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts. Thursday, May 23 AUTO RACING 8 a.m. NBCSN _ Formula One, practice for Monaco Grand Prix 1 p.m. SPEED _ NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for History 300, at Concord, N.C. 3:30 p.m. SPEED _ NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Coca-Cola 600, at Concord, N.C. 5 p.m. SPEED _ NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for History 300, at Concord, N.C. 7 p.m. SPEED _ NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Coca-Cola 600, at Concord, N.C....
AP Interview: Rogge says officials agree on more targeted out-of-competition doping tests
May 22, 2013 7:20 AM CDT
Olympic officials agree that more targeted, out-of-competition testing in high-profile sports is needed to catch the drug cheats who are escaping the net, IOC President Jacques Rogge said Wednesday. Rogge told The Associated Press that sports leaders who attended a summit at IOC headquarters in Switzerland concluded that better testing _ rather than more tests _ is the best way forward in the anti-doping fight. Drug-testing strategies and the role of the World Anti-Doping Agency were discussed...
Nationals collapse late, lose 4-2 to Giants in 10 innings in San Francisco
May 22, 2013 2:55 AM CDT
As Bryce Harper ran back to chase Gregor Blanco's hard-hit fly in the ninth inning, memories of last week's scary collision with the wall at Dodger Stadium suddenly surged into his mind. The ball dropped for a tying triple, Pablo Sandoval followed with a two-run homer in the 10th and the Washington Nationals lost 4-2 to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night _ a collapse that had Harper second-guessing himself in the clubhouse. "Of course it crosses your mind after you jam into a wall. It...
Column: NFL's case against Miami bid more telling than those made for San Francisco, Houston
May 22, 2013 2:31 AM CDT
The NFL is free to twist arms, just like anybody else. So maybe it's just coincidence that all five of the new stadiums that will come on line during Roger Goodell's brief tenure as NFL commissioner have now been awarded Super Bowls. Or maybe not. Goodell emerged from an owners meeting Tuesday in Boston to announce that the 2016 Superpalooza _ the 50th anniversary of the game _ was awarded to a nearly-open-for-business stadium in Santa Clara that will be home to the 49ers, and that the 2017 game...
Spurs recover to beat Grizzlies 93-89 in overtime, take uncomfortable 2-0 lead in West finals
May 22, 2013 2:29 AM CDT
If the Western Conference finals seem the slightest bit over after two San Antonio wins, hold that thought for a minute. The Spurs have been here before and don't feel at all comfortable with a 2-0 lead. And if there's any team that's not fazed by such a hole, it's the Memphis Grizzlies. With the series shifting to Tennessee for Game 3 on Saturday, it's just starting to get interesting. Tony Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Tim Duncan scored San Antonio's first six...
Sharks score twice early and hang on for 2-1 win over Kings to tie series at 2 games apiece
May 22, 2013 2:27 AM CDT
The San Jose Sharks barely held off the Los Angeles Kings at the end for a second straight home win. Now the job gets really tough: The Sharks know they need to end the home-team dominance if they have any chance of winning this second-round series. Brent Burns got San Jose off to a fast start with a quick score and Logan Couture added a power-play goal early in the second period before the Sharks held on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night to knot their series at two games apiece. "We knew going...
Bruins rally for 2 goals in 3rd period, grab 3-0 series lead over reeling Rangers with 2-1 win
May 22, 2013 2:25 AM CDT
John Tortorella's message isn't going to change even though his New York Rangers are in an even more desperate situation than before their latest loss to the Boston Bruins. The margin of error went from slim to none in an uncharacteristic home loss that put the Broadway Blueshirts on the brink of elimination. New York squandered a one-goal lead in the third period and lost 2-1 on Tuesday night to fall into an 0-3 series hole. The Rangers can be ousted by the Bruins as early as Thursday in Game...
Bay Bowl: 50th edition of Super Bowl goes to San Francisco; 2017 title game will be in Houston
May 22, 2013 2:22 AM CDT
Build a new stadium, host the Super Bowl to show it off. The NFL rewarded the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday with hosting rights for the 2016 championship game, slotting the 50th Super Bowl in the 49ers' high-tech Santa Clara stadium scheduled to open next year. The league also voted at its spring meetings to give the 2017 game to Houston, which last hosted the big game in 2004. "After losing a Super Bowl, it feels really good to win a Super Bowl," said 49ers CEO Jed York, whose team lost...
Cardinals jump on Volquez in 5th inning of 10-2 victory
May 22, 2013 1:02 AM CDT
The St. Louis Cardinals figured out San Diego right-hander Edinson Volquez the third time through the order. Volquez allowed four runs on six hits in the fifth inning and the Cardinals went on to beat the Padres 10-2 Tuesday night. Daniel Descalso hit his first career grand slam and had a career-high five RBIs, and Adam Wainwright won for the first time at Petco Park. The game was tied at 1 going into the fifth. "They definitely got more aggressive in that inning," Padres catcher John Baker...
Sharks score twice early and hang on for 2-1 win over Kings to tie series at 2 games
May 22, 2013 12:55 AM CDT
Joe Thornton set the tone for the San Jose Sharks with a dominant first period. After that, the Sharks did their best to hang on and tie up their playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings. Thornton set up Brent Burns' first-period goal and Logan Couture added a power-play goal early in the second to give the Sharks just enough offense to beat the Kings 2-1 Tuesday night to knot their series at two games. "He's our leader for a reason," Burns said of Thornton. "Everybody keeps saying it. He's...
Houston's Norris throws 6 scoreless innings before bullpen collapse gives Royals 7-3 win
May 22, 2013 12:42 AM CDT
Bud Norris rolled through six scoreless innings for the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. A tight back forced him out of the game before he threw a pitch in the seventh, and then the bullpen fell apart, sending the Astros to a 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Mike Moustakas tied it with an RBI single before George Kottaras walked with the bases-loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, and the Royals rallied for win to end a four-game skid. The Royals trailed 3-0 and...
Grizzlies rally from 13-point deficit to force overtime before losing Game 2 to Spurs, 93-89
May 22, 2013 12:29 AM CDT
The Memphis Grizzlies called their woeful performance against San Antonio in the opener of the Western Conference finals an aberration. It wasn't their brand of basketball, they said. Things would change, they insisted. It was all talk for much of Game 2 on Tuesday night _ until the Grizzlies looked like their old selves, forcing overtime with a furious fourth-quarter rally. Ultimately, it fell short. Tony Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Tim Duncan scored San Antonio's...
Perkins gives up pinch homer to Gattis, Twins fall to Braves 5-4 in 10th for 7th straight loss
May 22, 2013 12:28 AM CDT
The Minnesota Twins were one out away from ending their longest losing streak of the season. Glen Perkins couldn't finish the job. Perkins surrendered a pinch-hit homer to Evan Gattis with two outs in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 5-4 win in the 10th on Freddie Freeman's run-scoring blooper to hand the Twins their seventh straight loss Tuesday night. "We've been struggling," Perkins said. "The guys fought back and got a lead. Just bad timing."...
Spurs squander 13-point lead in fourth quarter, recover to beat Grizzlies 93-89 in overtime
May 22, 2013 12:12 AM CDT
When Tony Parker started running low on masterful plays, Tim Duncan was there to take over and lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Duncan scored San Antonio's first six points of overtime and the Spurs bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night. "I hate that we gave up that big of a lead in that situation," Duncan said....
Greinke can't find Miller Park magic, Dodgers lose to Brewers 5-2
May 22, 2013 12:04 AM CDT
Zack Greinke claims he wasn't clamoring for a chance to pitch in Miller Park again. Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead two-run double, Jonathan Lucroy tied a career high with three hits and an RBI and five Milwaukee relievers combined for five scoreless innings as the Brewers beat their former ace pitcher and the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Tuesday night. Greinke (2-1), making his second start since returning from a broken left collarbone, gave up season highs of nine hits, five earned runs and three walks...
Cardinals 10, Padres 2
May 21, 2013 11:56 PM CDT
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Descalso hits slam, Wainwright wins for 1st time at Petco Park as Cardinals beat Padres 10-2
May 21, 2013 11:55 PM CDT
Daniel Descalso hit his first career grand slam and had a career-high five RBIs, and Adam Wainwright won for the first time at Petco Park as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 Tuesday night. Descalso lined a 1-2 pitch from Anthony Bass into the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Deck in right-center with one out in the eighth, his second homer of the season. Jon Jay was intentionally walked ahead of him. Descalso, hitting just .197 coming in, went 3 for 3 with a walk and scored three...
Spurs squander 13-point lead in fourth quarter, recover to beat Grizzlies 93-89 in overtime
May 21, 2013 11:53 PM CDT
Tony Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Tim Duncan scored San Antonio's first six points of overtime and the Spurs bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night. The Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals with Game 3 on Saturday in Memphis. Duncan opened the extra period with a layup, then made a tiebreaking putback on Parker's missed jumper before making a runner that bounced high...
Sharks score twice early and hang on for 2-1 win over Kings to tie series at 2 games
May 21, 2013 11:53 PM CDT
Brent Burns helped San Jose jump off to a fast start with his second goal of the postseason and the Sharks tied their second-round series against Los Angeles at two games with a 2-1 victory over the Kings in Game 4 on Tuesday night. Logan Couture followed up his overtime game-winner in Game 3 with his fifth power-play goal of the playoffs to add to the lead and Antti Niemi made 22 saves as the Sharks matched the Kings' two home wins to open the series with two of their own. Mike Richards scored...
May 21, 2013 11:47 PM CDT
Los Angeles 0 0 1_1 San Jose 1 1 0_2 First Period_1, San Jose, Burns 2 (Thornton, Galiardi), 6:09. Penalties_Fraser, LA (hooking), 13:19 Doughty, LA (slashing), 15:26. Second Period_2, San Jose, Couture 5 (Boyle, Pavelski), 3:55 (pp). Penalties_Fraser, LA (roughing), 3:14 Galiardi, SJ (interference), 8:33 Hannan, SJ (interference), 16:58. Third Period_3, Los Angeles, Richards 2 (Carter, Kopitar), 9:46 (pp). Penalties_Greene, LA (high-sticking), 5:18 Burns, SJ (boarding),...
Ramon Ortiz struggles in abbreviated start as Rays beat Blue Jays 4-3
May 21, 2013 11:45 PM CDT
An abbreviated outing by Ramon Ortiz put the Toronto Blue Jays in a hole they couldn't climb out of. Kelly Johnson and Desmond Jennings homered, Alex Cobb won for the first time in three starts and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Ortiz and the Blue Jays 4-3 on Tuesday night. Ortiz (1-2) lasted just 2 1-3 innings, his shortest of three starts this season, allowing four runs and six hits, including two solo homers. He walked one and struck out one. "He didn't have it tonight," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons...
Red Sox waste solid start by Doubront, Quintana takes no-hitter to 7th as White Sox win 3-1
May 21, 2013 11:43 PM CDT
Felix Doubront was sailing along, having his way on the mound. The only thing that wasn't working in his favor was run support. The Red Sox provided little of that. Jose Quintana took a no-hitter into the seventh before David Ortiz broke it up with one out on a broken-bat single, and the Chicago White Sox beat Boston 3-1 on Tuesday night. Jeff Keppinger hit a two-run homer off Doubront (3-2) in the fifth. Alex Rios extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 with a single and RBI double, and...
For first time this year, Rangers can't rebound from loss with Yu pitching, lose 1-0 to A's
May 21, 2013 11:39 PM CDT
Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw a cut fastball, then turned and watched the ball go over the wall. That homer by Yoenis Cespedes was the only run Darvish and the Rangers allowed, but that was all the Oakland Athletics needed to win 1-0 behind seven scoreless innings by rookie pitcher Dan Straily. "Initially, I didn't think it was a home run," Darvish said through his translator. "Being in this stadium, there was nothing you could do about it." Darvish had won his last seven regular-season...
Braves 5, Twins 4, 10 innings,
May 21, 2013 11:28 PM CDT
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Kansas City Royals rally for 7-3 win over Houston Astros to snap four-game skid
May 21, 2013 11:24 PM CDT
Mike Moustakas tied it with an RBI single before George Kottaras walked with the bases-loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night to end a four-game skid. The Royals trailed 3-0 and couldn't get much going offensively until the seventh when they cut the lead to one on RBI singles by Alcides Escobar and David Lough. Eric Hosmer chased Wesley Wright in the eighth when he singled to load...
Gattis hits tying homer, Freeman wins it in 10th, Braves win 5th in a row 5-4 over Twins
May 21, 2013 11:23 PM CDT
Evan Gattis hit a two-out, pinch-hit homer in the ninth to send the game to extra innings and Freddie Freeman won it in the 10th, sending the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight win, 5-4 over the slumping Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Freeman blooped a two-out single off Brian Duensing (0-1) to bring home Jason Heyward, handing the Twins their seventh straight loss. Trevor Plouffe and Ryan Doumit had RBI singles in the eighth against the depleted Atlanta bullpen, giving the Twins a 4-3...
May 21, 2013 11:23 PM CDT
MEMPHIS (89) Prince 1-5 0-0 2, Randolph 6-18 3-8 15, Gasol 4-12 4-4 12, Conley 6-14 4-6 18, Allen 2-11 4-4 8, Dooling 2-3 0-0 5, Pondexter 3-6 0-0 7, Bayless 7-18 3-4 18, Arthur 2-6 0-0 4, Wroten 0-4 0-0 0, Leuer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-97 18-26 89. SAN ANTONIO (93) Leonard 5-9 0-0 12, Duncan 6-14 5-7 17, Splitter 6-8 2-2 14, Parker 6-20 2-4 15, Green 4-8 0-0 11, Diaw 2-5 0-0 4, Ginobili 3-6 0-0 7, Joseph 1-4 1-2 3, Bonner 2-5 0-0 5, Neal 1-4 2-2 5. Totals 36-83 12-17 93. Memphis...
Straily pitches 7 scoreless innings, Cespedes homers as A's beat Texas 1-0 for 5th win in row
May 21, 2013 11:15 PM CDT
Oakland rookie right-hander Dan Straily was well aware of the ace pitcher and the powerful lineup he was facing. Now everyone can take notice of Straily, who on television before his latest start saw plenty of highlights touting Yu Darvish being on the mound. Straily allowed only two two singles while facing 22 batters _ just one over the minimum for his seven scoreless innings _ and Yoenis Cespedes homered as the Athletics won their fifth straight game, 1-0 over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers...
Gomez has go-ahead 2-run double, helping Brewers beat Dodgers and Greinke, 5-2
May 21, 2013 11:09 PM CDT
Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead two-run double, Jonathan Lucroy had three hits and an RBI and five Milwaukee relievers combined for five scoreless innings as the Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Tuesday night. Mike Fiers (1-2), Michael Gonzalez, John Axford, Brandon Kintzler and Jim Henderson pitched Milwaukee to only its fourth victory in its last 19 games by allowing a total of just four singles. Henderson threw the ninth for his ninth save, striking out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke with...
Rosario's RBI single in 10th lifts Rockies to 5-4 win over Diamondbacks
May 21, 2013 11:07 PM CDT
Wilin Rosario drove in Carlos Gonzalez with a one-out single in the 10th inning to lift Colorado past the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night after the Rockies squandered a late four-run lead. Gonzalez hit a double and reliever Matt Reynolds (0-2) intentionally walked Troy Tulowitzki to get to Rosario, who came through with a liner to right on the first pitch. Rosario lifted his hands in the air after touching first base and was soon mobbed by teammates. Tulowitzki hit a solo homer and...
No. 12 seed Stanford tops Texas A&M for NCAA women's tennis title
May 21, 2013 11:04 PM CDT
With Kristie Ahn back in the lineup after missing parts of the last two seasons, 12th-seeded Stanford was a different team. The Cardinal completed a string of upsets by defeating No. 3 Texas A&M 4-3 for the NCAA women's tennis championship Tuesday night. "For Kristie Ahn to clinch, it's poetic justice," Stanford coach Lele Forood said. "She's been the missing player for us the last two years. We weren't able to get it done without her." Ankle and foot injuries slowed Ahn, and hurt her neck...
Garza 'outstanding' in return but Cubs' bullpen implodes in 5-4 loss to Pirates
May 21, 2013 11:03 PM CDT
Matt Garza couldn't have asked for a better return to a major league mound after a 10-month layoff. Except that he wishes he could have been allowed to pitch another inning. Garza allowed one hit over five shutout innings in his first outing since July, but the Pittsburgh Pirates pounced on the Chicago bullpen for a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night. Travis Snider hit a grand slam off of Shawn Camp after Hector Rondon and James Russell (1-1) had combined to load the bases in the sixth just...
Royals 7, Astros 3
May 21, 2013 11:02 PM CDT
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Fernandez gets another no-decision in Marlins' 7-3 loss to Phillies
May 21, 2013 10:58 PM CDT
Jose Fernandez kept the Marlins in the game. He just didn't last long enough to help them get a win. Removed for a pinch hitter whose sacrifice fly tied the score in the fifth, Fernandez watched the Philadelphia Phillies go on to earn a 7-3 victory on Tuesday night. Delmon Young homered and Ryan Howard added three hits and three RBIs as the Phillies matched a season high with 15 hits. Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead when Young homered off Fernandez with one out in the fourth. "I was struggling...
Indians no match for Scherzer, lose 5-1 to Tigers and have lead trimmed in AL Central
May 21, 2013 10:56 PM CDT
The Indians' run of magical comebacks and improbable, walkoff wins was going to end at some point. Max Scherzer decided it was time. Scherzer retired 22 straight batters after the first inning and Miguel Cabrera made the Indians pay for not walking him by hitting a two-run homer, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 win Tuesday night. Cleveland had its winning streak stopped at five and its lead in the AL Central trimmed to 1 1-2 games. The Indians, who seemingly could do no wrong in sweeping...
Paille's late goal gives Bruins 3-0 series lead over sagging Rangers
May 21, 2013 10:53 PM CDT
It took 40 years for Original Six rivals Boston and New York to face off again in the playoffs. Beantown's Bruins seem intent on wrapping up the long-awaited get-together in a hurry. Daniel Paille scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:31 left in the third period _ after defenseman Johnny Boychuk got the Bruins even earlier in the frame _ and Boston put the Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night. Boston leads the...
Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4, 10 innings,
May 21, 2013 10:52 PM CDT
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Brewers 5, Dodgers 2
May 21, 2013 10:49 PM CDT
Los Angeles @ ?? Milwaukee @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi Crwfrd lf 4 0 1 0?? Aoki rf 3 0 1 0 Punto 3b 4 0 1 1?? Segura ss 4 1 1 0 AdGnzl 1b 4 0 1 0?? Braun lf 3 2 1 1 Kemp cf 5 0 1 0?? ArRmr 3b 3 1 2 0 Ethier rf 3 0 1 0?? Lucroy c 4 1 3 1 A.Ellis c 4 0 0 0?? CGomz cf 4 0...
Yankees waste 2 RBIs by Travis Hafner, yield 3 homers in 3-2 loss to Orioles
May 21, 2013 10:31 PM CDT
The New York Yankees got a solid performance from starter Phil Hughes, Travis Hafner drove in a pair of runs and the bullpen permitted only three hits over the final four innings. Throw in the fact that New York scored first, and the formula seemed perfect for a victory. Not this time. Nate McLouth led off the bottom of the 10th with a home run off Vidal Nuno, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a six-game skid with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night. Former Yankee Chris Dickerson hit two solo homers...
Free agent defensive back Charles Woodson signs 1-year deal to return to Raiders
May 21, 2013 10:30 PM CDT
Charles Woodson is coming back home to Oakland. Woodson signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Tuesday to return to his original team after leaving seven years ago for Green Bay as a free agent. The move will be widely popular with Raiders fans, many of whom staked out the team's facility on Tuesday to greet Woodson on his visit and urge him to sign with the team. They got their wish a few hours after he arrived when the team announced his signing. Agent Carl Poston said Woodson's deal...
Quintana takes no-hitter to 7th before Ortiz singles, White Sox beat Red Sox 3-1
May 21, 2013 10:10 PM CDT
Jose Quintana took a no-hitter into the seventh before David Ortiz broke it up with a one-out broken-bat single, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night. Jeff Keppinger hit a two-run homer off Felix Doubront (3-2) in the fifth. Alex Rios extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 with a single and RBI double, and the White Sox won for the sixth time in eight games. They'll try to complete the sweep against Clay Buchholz on Wednesday. Quintana (3-1) was simply...
Athletics 1, Rangers 0
May 21, 2013 10:08 PM CDT
Oakland @ ?? Texas @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi Jaso c 5 0 2 0?? Andrus ss 4 0 0 0 Lowrie dh 2 0 1 0?? DvMrp lf 4 0 0 0 Montz ph-dh 2 0 1 0?? Brkmn dh 3 0 0 0 Cespds lf 5 1 1 1?? Beltre 3b 3 0 0 0 Moss 1b 3 0 0 0?? N.Cruz rf 3 0 0 0 Dnldsn 3b 2 0 0 0?? Morlnd 1b 3 0 0 0 S.Smith rf 3 0 1 0??...
Report: Garcia apologizes for saying he'd serve Woods "fried chicken"
May 21, 2013 10:05 PM CDT
Sergio Garcia apologized for saying he would "serve fried chicken" while making a joke about having Tiger Woods over for dinner. The British newspaper The Guardian reported Garcia was asked in jest while on stage at the European Tour's awards dinner Tuesday night if he would invite Woods to dinner during the U.S. Open. The Guardian reported Garcia said: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken." The newspaper said Garcia released a statement through the European Tour:...
White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
May 21, 2013 10:02 PM CDT
Boston @ ?? Chicago @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi Ellsury cf 3 0 1 0?? De Aza cf 3 0 0 0 JGoms lf 3 0 0 0?? AlRmrz ss 4 1 2 0 Carp ph-lf 1 0 0 0?? Rios rf 4 0 2 1 Pedroia 2b 4 0 0 1?? Konerk 1b 2 0 0 0 D.Ortiz dh 4 0 1 0?? A.Dunn dh 4 0 0 0 Napoli 1b 4 0 1 0?? Viciedo lf 3 1 1 0 Nava rf 3 0 1 0?? C.Wells...
Bold, unexpected shots: Woods, Garcia go another round, expressing dislike for each other
May 21, 2013 10:01 PM CDT
Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia don't like each other, and they're making no effort to disguise their feelings. The verbal feuding began May 11 during the third round of The Players Championship. It resumed this week on both sides of the Atlantic when Woods offered a one-word answer if he thought about contacting Garcia to put the matter to rest. "No," he replied with a tight smile. Garcia fired back at a sponsor function outside London. "He called me a whiner. That's probably right," he told...
Johnson, Jennings hit solo home runs, Cobb gets win as Rays beat Blue Jays 4-3
May 21, 2013 9:49 PM CDT
Kelly Johnson and Desmond Jennings homered, Alex Cobb won for the first time in three starts and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Tuesday night. Cobb (5-2) allowed one run and three hits in 6 1-3 innings for his first victory since winning at Colorado on May 5. The right-hander walked two and struck out two. Thirteen of his 19 outs came on groundballs. Jake McGee got two outs in the seventh before the Blue Jays rallied against Joel Peralta in the eighth. Munenori Kawasaki...
Snider's grand slam off bullpen ruins strong Garza season debut as Pirates beat Cubs 5-4
May 21, 2013 9:42 PM CDT
Travis Snider hit a pinch-hit grand slam during a five-run sixth and the Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled a strong return to the mound for Matt Garza with a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Garza allowed one hit over five shutout innings in his first outing in 10 months, but the Pirates pounced on a Chicago bullpen that is 10th in the National League in ERA by sending 11 men to the plate in the sixth. Snider's first career home run with the bases loaded was the first Pirates pinch-hit...
Pirates 5, Cubs 4
May 21, 2013 9:34 PM CDT
Chicago @ ?? Pittsburgh @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi Borbon cf 4 0 0 0?? Tabata lf 4 0 1 0 SCastro ss 5 0 1 1?? JuWlsn p 0 0 0 0 Rizzo 1b 5 0 0 0?? Melncn p 0 0 0 0 ASorin lf 4 1 2 0?? Inge ph 1 0 0 0 Hairstn rf 3 0 0 0?? Grilli p 0 0 0 0 Camp p 0 0 0 0?? Walker 2b 2 1 1 0 Marml...
Rays 4, Blue Jays 3
May 21, 2013 9:32 PM CDT
Tampa Bay @ ?? Toronto @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi Jnnngs cf 4 1 1 1?? MeCarr lf 4 0 0 0 Joyce rf 3 0 2 0?? Bautist rf 3 0 2 1 RRorts 2b 1 0 0 0?? Encrnc 1b 3 0 1 0 Zobrist 2b-rf 4 0 1 0?? Lind dh 4 0 0 0 Longori 3b 4 2 2 0?? Arencii c 4 0 0 0 Loney 1b 4 0 2 0?? Lawrie 3b 4 0 0 0...
Cavaliers win lottery again, have No. 1 pick in NBA draft
May 21, 2013 9:29 PM CDT
What's not to like? Being in the lottery every year. Nick Gilbert expects the Cleveland Cavaliers are through with it, and if so he sent them out a winner again. The Cavaliers and their owner's son beat the odds for the second time in three years, winning the lottery Tuesday night to give them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 NBA draft. Two years after charming viewers by responding to a question about being on stage by saying: "What's not to like?" the bowtie-wearing son of Dan Gilbert wore a...
Scherzer retires 22 straight, Cabrera homers as Tigers down Indians 5-1 in AL Central showdown
May 21, 2013 9:28 PM CDT
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Max Scherzer retired 22 straight batters after the first inning, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night to stop the Indians' winning streak at five and trim their lead in the AL Central. Cabrera's laser shot in the sixth inning off Corey Kluber (3-3) helped the Tigers win for just the second time in six games. The defending AL champions also moved within 1 1-2 games of the first-place Indians, who have won 18 of 23 since...
Young and Howard lift Phillies to 7-3 win over Marlins
May 21, 2013 9:21 PM CDT
Delmon Young homered and Ryan Howard added three hits and three RBIs to help carry the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Tyler Cloyd (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley (International League) earlier in the day. Miami's Jose Fernandez went five innings, allowing one run and five hits. He walked one and struck out two. Philadelphia went ahead 2-1 in the sixth when Domonic Brown's ground out...
Phillies 7, Marlins 3
May 21, 2013 9:20 PM CDT
Philadelphia @ ?? Miami @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi Rollins ss 6 1 2 0?? Pierre lf 5 0 2 1 Revere cf 5 2 3 0?? Hchvrr ss 4 0 0 0 MYong 3b 5 1 1 0?? Dietrch 2b 3 0 0 0 Howard 1b 5 2 3 3?? Ozuna rf 4 0 1 0 L.Nix pr-1b 0 0 0 0?? Coghln cf 3 0 1 0 DYong rf 4 1 2 2?? Dobbs 1b 4 0 1 0...
McLouth homer in 10th inning carries Orioles over Yankees 3-2, ending 6-game losing streak
May 21, 2013 9:19 PM CDT
Nate McLouth homered leading off the bottom of the 10th inning, Chris Dickerson hit a pair of solo shots and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak. McLouth hit a 1-1 pitch from Vidal Nuno (1-1) into the bleachers in right-center to give the Orioles their first win since May 12. Jim Johnson (2-4), who blew three save opportunities during the six-game skid, got three straight outs in the 10th. His performance capped an exceptional effort...
Tigers 5, Indians 1
May 21, 2013 9:19 PM CDT
Detroit @ ?? Cleveland @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi Dirks cf-lf 5 1 2 2?? Bourn cf 4 1 2 0 TrHntr rf 4 1 1 0?? Kipnis 2b 4 0 0 0 MiCarr 3b 4 1 1 2?? ACarer ss 3 0 1 0 Fielder 1b 5 0 1 1?? Brantly lf 3 0 0 1 VMrtnz dh 5 0 3 0?? CSantn c 3 0 0 0 JhPerlt ss 4 0 1 0?? MrRynl 1b 3 0 0 0 Tuiassp lf 3 0...
May 21, 2013 9:15 PM CDT
Boston 0 0 2_2 N.Y. Rangers 0 1 0_1 First Period_None. Penalties_Jagr, Bos (holding), 4:08 Marchand, Bos (cross-checking), 7:42 Dorsett, NYR (roughing), 7:42. Second Period_1, N.Y. Rangers, Pyatt 2 (McDonagh), 3:53. Penalties_Horton, Bos (hooking), 1:31. Third Period_2, Boston, Boychuk 4 (Paille, Thornton), 3:10. 3, Boston, Paille 2 (Thornton, Campbell), 16:29. Penalties_None. Shots on Goal_Boston 9-14-11_34. N.Y. Rangers 11-5-8_24. Power-play opportunities_Boston...
Orioles 3, Yankees 2, 10 innings,
May 21, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
New York @ ?? Baltimore @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi Gardnr cf 4 1 1 0?? McLoth lf 5 1 2 1 Cano 2b 4 0 0 0?? Machd 3b 4 0 1 0 V.Wells lf 4 1 1 0?? Markks rf 4 0 1 0 Hafner dh 4 0 2 2?? A.Jones dh 4 0 0 0 Overay 1b 4 0 0 0?? C.Davis 1b 3 0 0 0 Grndrs rf 4 0 0 0?? Wieters c 4 0 0 0 DAdms 3b ...
Leake pitches 7 sharp innings, Reds turn Wright's early error into 4-0 win over Mets
May 21, 2013 9:05 PM CDT
Mike Leake pitched three-hit ball for seven sharp innings and the Cincinnati Reds parlayed star third baseman David Wright's early error Tuesday night into a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets. Devin Mesoraco homered as the Reds won for the ninth time in 11 games. They scored three times in the first inning after Wright let a bases-loaded, two-out grounder skip through his legs. Leake (4-2) struck out four, walked two and became the latest pitcher to shut down the Mets at Citi Field. New York...
Reds 4, Mets 0
May 21, 2013 8:56 PM CDT
Cincinnati @ ?? New York @ ab r h bi?? @ ab r h bi DRonsn cf 5 0 0 0?? DnMrp 2b 4 0 1 0 Cozart ss 5 0 1 0?? Baxter rf 3 0 0 0 Votto 1b 3 1 1 0?? DWrght 3b 4 0 0 0 Phillips 2b 4 1 1 0?? Duda lf 3 0 1 0 Bruce rf 3 1 0 0?? Ankiel cf 4 0 0 0 Frazier 3b 4 0 2 0?? Buck c 4 0 1 0 Lutz...
Jose Canseco to be player-coach for independent Cats in opening homestand vs twin brother
May 21, 2013 7:59 PM CDT
Jose Canseco is back in the independent United League as a player-coach. At least for one series. The 48-year-old Canseco will be with the Fort Worth Cats for their opening four-game homestand, which starts Thursday night. Fort Worth opens the season against Edinburg, which is managed by Ozzie Canseco, the identical twin brother of the 1986 American League rookie of the year and 1988 league MVP. United League president Byron Pierce says Canseco was "a huge draw" in 2010, when the former slugger...
Virginia defeats top-seeded UCLA to win NCAA men's tennis championship for first time
May 21, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
Virginia finally took that last step and won an NCAA men's tennis championship. After losing in the championship match the last two seasons, the second-seeded Cavaliers defeated top-seeded UCLA 4-3 Tuesday to win their first NCAA title after the Bruins let a potential match point slip away. "Outside of having four children with a great wife, it's the next best feeling I've had in my life," Virginia coach Brian Boland said. "It's been a long journey." Virginia (30-0) advanced to the national...
Southern California, San Jose St. share 1st-round lead at NCAA women's golf championships
May 21, 2013 7:19 PM CDT
Southern California and San Jose State shared the lead at 4-under 284 after the first round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Tuesday. USC, which won titles in 2003 and '08 and was runner-up in '10 and `12, came in as the top-ranked team in the country, while San Jose State _ which last won the title in `92 _ was 48th. The Spartans' had their lowest round in 19 appearances in the championships. San Jose freshman Regan De Guzman led the field at 5-under 67, the school record for the lowest...
Giants pitcher Affeldt reveals in new book how he overcame homophobia, no longer judges others
May 21, 2013 6:45 PM CDT
When Jeremy Affeldt came to the Bay Area as an opposing player, he refused to leave his hotel room aside from going to and from the ballpark. He was admittedly homophobic. When he joined the San Francisco Giants five years ago, Affeldt became determined to get rid of his negative feelings toward the gay population. The transformation took time and a change of heart, given what he calls his "sheltered" upbringing in the Eastern Washington city of Spokane. Now, Affeldt is more than comfortable saying...
Thunder star Kevin Durant pledges $1M from foundation for Oklahoma City tornado relief
May 21, 2013 6:25 PM CDT
Oklahoma City isn't just a place where Thunder star Kevin Durant lives these days. It's home. So as he watched the horrifying images Monday as a tornado ripped through suburban Moore, the emotions came bubbling to the surface and so did the need to help. Durant pledged $1 million for tornado relief through his foundation on Tuesday, eager to help a devastated area begin to rebuild. "As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the houses being blown away, it was tough to see,"...
Microsoft reveals Xbox One as all-in-1 entertainment console, last of 3 major systems unveiled
May 21, 2013 6:19 PM CDT
Microsoft thinks it has the one. The company unveiled the Xbox One, an entertainment console that wants to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies, sports and other entertainment. It will go on sale later this year, for an undisclosed price. For the past two years, Microsoft's Xbox 360 has outsold its rivals. But it's been eight years since that machine came out, and Microsoft is the last of the three major console makers to unveil a new system. In those eight years,...
Indians closer Chris Perez deactivates Twitter account to focus on pitching after poor outings
May 21, 2013 6:07 PM CDT
Indians closer Chris Perez deactivated his Twitter account following two rough outings, and after receiving a slew of negative comments. Perez took down (at)chrisperez54 on Monday, not long after the two-time All-Star gave up a ninth-inning home run to Seattle's Endy Chavez. It was the second straight poor performance by Perez, who allowed back-to-back homers in the ninth on Saturday. The Indians won both games. Several fans sent Perez harsh comments and there were a few profane remarks made...
Rookies Munoz, Daly follow different practice paths to earn Indianapolis 500 starts
May 21, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
Carlos Munoz's initiation to Indianapolis went relatively smoothly. Conor Daly's first week on the 2.5-mile oval was a little rougher. Either way, the two 21-year-olds will find themselves at the same place Sunday, starting their engines for the biggest race in the IndyCar Series. "It doesn't really matter where you qualify, it's still cool to be here," Daly said Tuesday before the annual rookie luncheon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All four rookies _ Munoz, Daly, AJ Allmendinger and Tristan...
Andy Murray withdraws from French Open because of chronic back injury, will focus on Wimbledon
May 21, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
Andy Murray withdrew from the French Open on Tuesday because of a chronic back injury and will now focus on preparing for the start of the grass-court season next month. The U.S. Open champion met with specialists this week after being forced to pull out of his second-match against Marcel Granollers of Spain at the Italian Open last Wednesday because of the long-standing complaint. "It's a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice I am not fit to compete,"...
Bruton Smith takes attention away from his Hall of Fame candidacy with talk of moving race
May 21, 2013 5:18 PM CDT
Bruton Smith just can't help himself sometimes. The eccentric track owner this week suggested he might move a race away from Charlotte Motor Speedway at the exact same time a committee is considering electing him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. When the 54 voters cast their ballots Wednesday, it will be impossible to overlook Smith's most recent headline-grabbing stunt. He told Charlotte television station WBTV on Monday there's a "70 percent chance" he'll move the October race at Charlotte to...
Cowboys QB Tony Romo active on practice field even while sidelined after removal of cyst
May 21, 2013 5:12 PM CDT
Tony Romo pointed here and there, showing receiver Dez Bryant the best way to use a block on the first day of offseason practice. That's about what he can do for now. The new $100 million quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys can't participate in workouts because of a procedure last month to remove a cyst on his back. So he had a chance Tuesday to show a little bit of what owner Jerry Jones made everyone believe would be an expanded role when he said Romo would be putting in "Peyton Manning-type...
The 50th Super Bowl goes to the San Francisco Bay Area; 2017 title game to be in Houston
May 21, 2013 5:07 PM CDT
The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built. That makes South Florida, in the midst of a spat over expensive stadium renovations, a loser for the 2016 game. And Miami took a double defeat when Houston was awarded the 2017 championship game. In two separate votes, NFL owners Tuesday went with the both San Francisco Bay Area and Houston on the first ballot at their spring meetings. The 49ers' new home is set to open next...
Fabio Fognini advances to 2nd round at Nice Open with Stakhovsky, Mathieu
May 21, 2013 5:05 PM CDT
Fabio Fognini overcame a sloppy first set to beat Italian countryman Marco Cecchinato 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Nice Open. Fognini, seeded sixth, won just three points on his opponent's serve in the first set, but bounced back to break him twice in the second set and three more times in the third. Fognini next faces French wild card Gael Monfils, who rallied to beat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine defeated qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva...
Del Negro out as Clippers coach after 1st-round playoff exit; team won't offer him new deal
May 21, 2013 4:42 PM CDT
Vinny Del Negro is out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after a season in which the team won its first division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs. The team said Tuesday he won't be offered a contract when his current one expires at the end of June. He is just the second coach to leave the team with a winning record, following Larry Brown in 1993. "This was a difficult decision, but we feel this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward," said Gary Sacks, vice president...
Quotes on the decision to ban anchored-stroke putting
May 21, 2013 4:42 PM CDT
Selected quotes on the Royal & Ancient and U.S. Golf Association approving Rule 14-1b, which bans in 2016 the anchored stroke commonly used with long putters: "We are doing what we think is right for the long-term benefit of the game for all golfers, and we just can't write them for one group of elite players." _ USGA executive director Mike Davis. ___ "I think it's best for the game now that we put this behind us and all get around the rule and move forward. I think the governing bodies...
Anchors away! Golf adopts rule to outlaw putters anchored to the body
May 21, 2013 4:37 PM CDT
Golf's two governing bodies outlawed the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, approving a new rule that starts in 2016 and urging the PGA Tour to follow along so the 600-year-old sport is still played under one set of rules. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association adopted Rule 14-1b, which prohibits players from anchoring a club against their bodies. "We strongly believe that this rule is for the betterment of the game," USGA President...
Rules officials watching TV all day? Time better spent officiating on course, they say
May 21, 2013 4:24 PM CDT
The number of people calling PGA Tour events after seeing possible rules violations has gone up since Tiger Woods took what turned out to be an illegal drop at the Masters. That doesn't mean the number of violations is increasing. "The rate of irrelevant call-ins has gone up dramatically, too," said Tyler Dennis, the tour's vice president of competition. What might seem like a simple solution _ have a rules official monitor the telecast to look for any violations that cause fans to call from...
IndyCar penalizes Ganassi, Rahal teams for rules violations
May 21, 2013 4:09 PM CDT
IndyCar officials fined Graham Rahal's team $10,000, Ryan Briscoe's team $5,000 and Michel Jourdain Jr.'s team $1,000 Tuesday after they failed post-qualifying inspection. IndyCar said Rahal's team failed to comply with cooling rules that apply to the car and the driver. It did not specify what the Rahal Letterman Laningan team did. Rahal's teammate, Jourdain, was found to have violated a bodywork rule. The Mexican driver two qualifying attempts Saturday and never took a shot Sunday because his...
Yankees, Manchester City to partner owning New York City MLS team that starts play in 2015
May 21, 2013 4:02 PM CDT
Hoping their baseball success will translate to titles in another sport, the Yankees are combining with English power Manchester City to own a Major League Soccer expansion team in New York that will start play in 2015. The team, the 20th in a league that has doubled in size in two decades, will be called New York City Football Club. It has less than two years to find a temporary home while also focusing on where it wants to build a permanent stadium. "It's a powerhouse combination," Mayor Michael...
The road less traveled: Peter Uihlein explores golf's outposts and learns about himself
May 21, 2013 3:49 PM CDT
The quotation from the proud father was a version of Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous words, "Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." The path of Peter Uihlein took him inside a cage below the surface of the Indian Ocean, where a Great White Shark with jaws wide open approached while closing in on a tuna. The jagged, triangular teeth gnashed at the tuna's head against the cage, and the former U.S. Amateur champion could see black eyes roll over to white. "That was the coolest," Uihlein...
Robust bunch of story lines counted on for ABC's expanded coverage to help sell Indy 500
May 21, 2013 3:40 PM CDT
Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti will be trying to become four-time Indianapolis 500 champions, four women will roll off the starting grid, a local boy is on the pole and a group of dynamic rookies that includes A.J. Allmendinger is there to add intrigue. Indeed, there's no shortage of compelling story lines accompanying Sunday's race to leave television executives feeling confident about another bump in viewership this year. "What we've seen in the past couple of weeks, and in the past...
Experienced Heat, upstart Pacers finally ready to begin Eastern Conference finals
May 21, 2013 3:30 PM CDT
Dwyane Wade's rookie season ended with a playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers. The next year, the Miami Heat were headed to the Eastern Conference finals and certain that an NBA championship was in their sights. That's when Wade learned a valuable lesson: Never take playoff chances for granted. Wade hurt his rib cage on a simple crossover dribble during that 2005 East title series, and the Heat season ended with a Game 7 home loss to Detroit. He's been to the East finals three times since, prevailing...
Christian singer Sandi Patty to perform national anthem at Sunday's Indianapolis 500
May 21, 2013 3:13 PM CDT
Christian music singer Sandi Patty will perform the national anthem at Sunday's Indianapolis 500 for a record sixth time. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Patty's selection Tuesday. Patty is a five-time Grammy Award winner and longtime resident of Anderson, Ind. She last sang the national anthem at the 500 in 1992. She also performed it in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991. Patty says it's a "thrill" to return to Indiana and participate in the event that "showcases Indianapolis as one of the...
Nikolay Davydenko beaten by 'lucky loser' in Duesseldorf in 1st round for 4th straight loss
May 21, 2013 2:49 PM CDT
Nikolay Davydenko lost his fourth straight match Tuesday, falling 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to "lucky loser" Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the first round of the Power Horse Cup. Bedene replaced Dmitry Tursunov of Russia in the main draw and needed less than 2 hours to add to Davydenko's opening-round losses in Munich, Madrid and Rome. Viktor Troicki defeated Michael Russell of the United States 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Serb will play Grega Zemlja of Slovenia, who saved 13 of 15 breakpoints to beat David Goffin...
ESPN reducing workforce, 'smartly managing costs' amid other cuts at Disney divisions
May 21, 2013 2:24 PM CDT
ESPN is cutting its workforce, the latest Disney division to reduce staff. "We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs," the sports media giant said in a statement Tuesday. "While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive." The company would not say how many jobs are being eliminated, but they include unfilled positions. ESPN has about 7,000 employees worldwide, with about 4,000...
Tablets on sidelines? Could happen as NFL and Microsoft enhance interactive experiences
May 21, 2013 2:19 PM CDT
Imagine Sean Payton holding up a Surface tablet instead of a cardboard playsheet on the sideline. Envision Peyton Manning sitting on the bench and dissecting the last series from a variety of camera angles on his hand-held device instead of looking at still photos. Or sitting at home and pulling up real-time highlights on a Sunday afternoon. It's coming. The NFL and Microsoft, through its next generation Xbox device, are combining to upgrade interactive TV viewing of pro football games in a...
Avalanche remain silent on report that former star goalie Patrick Roy may return as coach
May 21, 2013 2:07 PM CDT
Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic formed a productive partnership on the ice during their playing days, leading the Colorado Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles. Now, Avalanche fans are hoping they're reunited again to steer the foundering franchise back to the glory days. According to reports, the Hall of Fame goaltender could possibly be in line to become the next coach. Roy's younger brother, Stephane Roy, posted a Facebook note late Monday night saying his brother would be the new coach. Stephane...