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Jitloff wins giant slalom at U.S. Alpine Championships
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. – Olympian Tim Jitloff won the giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships by more than 1½ seconds yesterday when Sochi Games gold medalist Ted Ligety failed to finish.
Ligety was in third place after the opening run, but he skied out on the second leg.
Jitloff, who earned his fifth national title, finished yesterday’s two runs in 2 minutes, 22.45 seconds. Brennan Rubie was next in 2:24.06, turning in the fastest second leg to rise from sixth place. Jared Goldberg finished third.
Kingsbury, Kearney retain World Cup moguls titles
LA PLAGNE, France – Mikael Kingsbury of Canada and Hannah Kearney of the United States retained their freestyle World Cup moguls titles in the last event of the season yesterday.
Kearney beat Olympic silver medalist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe in the women’s dual moguls final in France to win her fifth World Cup discipline title.
Kearney secured the lead in the overall standings when Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe crashed in the round of 16.
Kingsbury lost to Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau in the men’s dual moguls final but still finished ahead of his compatriot in the overall standings.
Kingsbury earned his third World Cup moguls title.
Raiders acquire QB Schaub from Texans for draft pick
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders acquired quarterback Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans for an undisclosed draft pick.
The teams completed the trade yesterday after Schaub passed a physical.
The Raiders are counting on Schaub to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season in Houston and replace Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin as the starter in Oakland.
Schaub was Houston’s starter from 2007 until last season, when he was benched in favor of Case Keenum after a terrible start to the year. The 32-year-old is a two-time Pro Bowler, who last made the game in 2012.
Panthers sign former Patriot WR Underwood, CB Cason
The Panthers announced they’ve signed cornerback Antoine Cason to a one-year contract and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not released yesterday.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Cason is a six-year NFL veteran who played for Panthers Coach Ron Rivera in San Diego when Rivera was the Chargers defensive coordinator.
Underwood spent the last two seasons with Tampa Bay, starting 10 games. He caught 24 passes last season for 440 yards and four TDs.
Titans defensive end Ojomo charged with solicitation
MIAMI – Tennessee Titans defensive end Adewale Ojomo was arrested in a prostitution sting.
A Miami police report stated the 25-year-old South Florida native was booked into jail yesterday morning on a charge of soliciting a prostitute. He was being held on $500 bail.
Ojomo signed with Tennessee last year. The Titans say they’re aware of the arrest but had no other comment.
Ojomo signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He did shorts stints with the Seattle and Buffalo practice squads last fall before joining Tennessee’s practice squad in December.
Tigers acquire shortstop Romine from Angels to replace Iglesias
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Detroit Tigers quickly moved to help replace injured shortstop Jose Iglesias, acquiring Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels for left-hander Jose Alvarez.
The AL Central champions dealt for Romine yesterday, a day after they learned Iglesias could miss the season because of stress fractures in both legs.
Romine, 28, played in 47 games for the Angels last season and batted .259. He is considered a good defensive player and stole 15 bases in 89 minor league games last year. General Manager Dave Dombrowski expects the left-handed hitter to share time at shortstop with either Hernan Perez or Danny Worth.
Phillies’ Galvis diagnosed with infection caused by MRSA
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Philadelphia Phillies reserve infielder Freddy Galvis was diagnosed with an infection caused by MRSA, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday.
The 24-year-old was favored to earn a roster spot as a utility infielder. Instead he’ll start the season on the disabled list.
Galvis sustained a cut on his left knee during an exhibition game and last played March 16. An abscess was removed from the wound Wednesday, and complications arose when an infection was detected.
Galvis was hospitalized Thursday and treated with oral and intravenous antibiotics.
Following yesterday’s game against Boston, the Phillies had the home clubhouse at Bright House Field cleaned with disinfectant.
Tigers’ Rondon will miss season with injured elbow
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow and will be sidelined for the entire season.
A candidate to become Detroit’s eighth-inning setup man, Rondon felt discomfort Monday after pitching a scoreless inning against Washington the previous day.
Rondon becomes the latest pitcher hurt during spring training and headed to Tommy John surgery, following Atlanta’s Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, and Oakland’s Jarrod Parker. Arizona’s Patrick Corbin also may need the procedure.
Rondon was 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA as a rookie last year, striking out 30 in 28.2 innings, and he had a 1.29 ERA in seven spring training games.
Scott shoots 4 under, builds a seven-shot lead at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. – Adam Scott matched the lowest 36-hole score at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to take a record seven-shot lead into the weekend.
On a tougher and more blustery afternoon at Bay Hill, the Masters champion ran off five birdies in an eight-hole stretch late in the second round yesterday. Even with a three-putt bogey on his last hole, Scott had a 4-under 68.
He was at 14-under 130, tying the 36-hole record at Bay Hill shared by Tom Watson and Andy Bean in 1981. His seven-shot lead over J.B. Holmes, Chesson Hadley and Francesco Molinari shattered the mark for the largest lead at this event. Tiger Woods (2002) and Paul Azinger (1988) both led by four shots, and both went on to win.
Federer edges Karlovic at Sony
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Roger Federer made a victorious return yesterday to the Sony Open after skipping last year’s tournament, and then was treated to a tribute on the stadium video screen.
Federer’s back, as he showed by beating big-serving Ivo Karlovic, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Federer lost just three points on his serve to his 6-foot-11 opponent, and in a match with few rallies, he committed only three unforced errors.
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic followed Federer onto the stadium court and into the third round, beating Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 6-3.
Another three-time champ, Venus Williams, defeated Anna Schmiedlova, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2-seeded Li Na reached the third round when Alisa Kleybanova withdrew because of a viral illness. Kleybanova, who won in doubles Thursday, is a former top 20-player mounting a career comeback from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, the tournament champion in 2012, defeated Romina Oprandi, 6-0, 6-4. No. 6 Simona Halep withdrew because of a right toe injury. American Varvara Lepchenko outlasted No. 7 Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2).
Seattle’s Dempsey suspended two games by league for violent conduct
NEW YORK – Seattle Sounders midfielder and U.S. national team captain Clint Dempsey was suspended for two games by Major League Soccer for violent conduct toward Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom in last week’s match.
MLS announced the suspension yesterday. The MLS players union appealed, but the suspension was upheld.
Dempsey’s action came in the 40th minute of Toronto’s 2-1 victory. Dempsey hit Bloom in the stomach/groin area, a blow that was not seen by officials but was captured by television cameras. Dempsey said after the match that he was trying to slap Bloom’s hand off his back and did not intend to strike his body.