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Former Patriots lineman Yates Jr. dies at 74

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bob Yates Jr., the former Syracuse offensive lineman who played for the Patriots in their first six seasons, died at age 74.

The Patriots said yesterday that Yates died Tuesday at his home in Spring Branch, Texas.

Yates, from Montpelier, Vt., helped lead Syracuse to the 1959 national championship and played 68 games at tackle, guard and center for the Patriots from 1960-65.

He later was a teacher and coach for 34 years at high schools and colleges in Massachusetts and Vermont.


Marlins SS Hechavarria goes on DL with sore arm

CINCINNATI – The Marlins put shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on the 15-day disabled list with a sore throwing arm before the start of their four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds yesterday.

Hechavarria, who played for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2010 and ’11, hurt his right arm just above the elbow while making a throw and was scratched from Wednesday’s game. He got an MRI that found no significant injury. Manager Mike Redmond said it should heal with rest.


Houston’s Wallace sent to minors after 1-for-24 start

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros optioned infielder Brett Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City yesterday and called up infielder Brandon Laird from the RedHawks.

Wallace started for the Astros on opening day, but went 1-for-24 with 17 strikeouts and a .042 batting average. Laird is hitting .353 with two homers and 14 RBI in 12 games for Oklahoma City.

Laird joined the Astros last September after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees. He appeared in 17 games for Houston in 2012.


Padres CEO apologizes to Dodgers for comments

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel apologized to the Los Angeles Dodgers for comments he made about Zack Greinke the day after the pitcher’s left collarbone was broken in a brawl, including referencing the right-hander’s social-anxiety disorder.

A Padres spokeswoman said Garfinkel spoke with his Dodgers counterpart Stan Kasten on Wednesday night after learning that a recording of his talk to a group of season-ticket holders had been forwarded to Yahoo!

The spokeswoman said Garfinkel offered to speak with Greinke as well, but Kasten relayed the apology.

“Zack Greinke is a different kind of guy. Anyone seen ‘Rain Man’? He’s a very smart guy,” Garfinkel told the crowd.


Rangers take donations for plant explosion victims

CHICAGO – The Texas Rangers will hold a blood drive and accept donations this weekend for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion near Waco.

The Rangers said yesterday that the relief effort will take place during their home series against Seattle.

As many as 15 people were killed and more than 160 others were injured Wednesday night in the accident in the farm town of West, Texas.


Blazers waive Jeffries

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers waived forward Jared Jeffries.

In 38 games this season, the 6-foot-11 Jeffries averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game.

Jeffries has averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds over his 11-year career, with stops in Washington, New York, Houston and Portland.


Robinson, McGary
returning to Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are coming back to Michigan for their sophomore seasons.

Robinson and McGary announced their decisions yesterday. The Wolverines have lost national player of the year Trey Burke and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA draft, but now they can expect to return three starters from the team that reached the NCAA title game this season.

Robinson, the son of the former Purdue star with the same name, started all 39 games for Michigan this season and averaged 11 points. McGary’s stock took off during the NCAA tournament, when he emerged as a force inside to help the Wolverines to their first Final Four since 1993.


Nadal into quarters;
Murray routed in Monaco

MONACO – Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-2, 6-4, yesterday, while second-ranked Andy Murray was routed, 6-1, 6-2, by Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.

Murray dropped serve five times and made a number of unforced errors, lasting less than an hour against the 13th-seeded Wawrinka, who had won their two only previous meetings on clay. Murray was jeered off the court.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced with a 6-3, 6-0 win against Jurgen Melzer. Tomas Berdych again struggled on his serve as he lost, 6-4, 6-2, to Italian Fabio Fognini.

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