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Gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan poses for photographers with his medal during an awarding ceremony for the men's figure skating of the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama near Tokyo, Friday, March 28, 2014. Hanyu barely topped the free skate to become the first man in 12 years on Friday to win the Olympic and world figure skating titles in the same year. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Phillies place left-hander Hamels, five others on 15-day disabled list
PHILADELPHIA – Cole Hamels was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Philadelphia Phillies with left biceps tendinitis.
The move yesterday was made retroactive to March 21. Hamels, a three-time All-Star and the 2008 World Series MVP, went 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA last season. He had been sidelined all spring until tossing two innings in a minor league game Thursday.
Hamels announced the day before camp opened that he was experiencing discomfort in his pitching shoulder.
Also placed on the 15-day DL by Philadelphia were right-handed reliever Mike Adams (right shoulder), infielder Freddy Galvis (knee infection), right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (right shoulder), right-hander Ethan Martin (right shoulder) and outfielder Darin Ruf (left oblique).
D-Backs’ Hernandez has damaged ligament, could miss season
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks said reliever David Hernandez has a damaged ligament in his right elbow, an injury that could result in season-ending surgery.
The team said an MRI on Thursday showed a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and that Hernandez will get a second opinion.
The right-hander is an important part of the Arizona reliever corps, usually in the setup role. He had an off year last season, going 5-6 in 62 appearances with a 4.48 ERA and two saves in eight tries.
Raiders sign RB Jones-Drew
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is coming back home to Oakland after signing a three-year contract with the Raiders yesterday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jones-Drew returns to his native Bay Area after spending his first eight seasons with Jacksonville and starring in college at UCLA.
Jones-Drew was hampered by injuries and poor play his final two seasons with the Jaguars. He had 8,071 yards rushing and 68 touchdowns for Jacksonville but was hampered by injuries the past two seasons.
Withdrawals give Nadal, Djokovic easy path to Sony Open final
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point yesterday.
Both received walkovers when their semifinal opponents withdrew for health reasons. That left Nadal and Djokovic to play for the title tomorrow in their 40th career meeting and their first of 2014.
Djokovic was given a walkover for the second time in the tournament when Kei Nishikori withdrew because of a left groin injury. Four hours later, Tomas Berdych pulled out before his match against Nadal due to gastroenteritis.
Today, No. 1 Serena Williams will try for her seventh Key Biscayne title when she plays No. 2 Li Na.
Northwestern to appeal ruling that allows players to create union
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern University confirmed it will appeal a federal agency’s ruling that its football players can create the United States’s first union of college athletes.
In a statement yesterday, Vice President for University Relations Alan Cubbage said Northwestern “believes the decision overlooked or completely ignored much of the critical testimony supporting the University’s position that student-athletes are not employees.”
A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday players at the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore may unionize.
Olympic champ Hanyu wins world figure skate title
SAITAMA, Japan – Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu came back with a brilliant free skate to become the first man in 12 years yesterday to win the Olympic and world figure skating titles in the same year.
The 19-year-old Hanyu, who trailed compatriot Tatsuki Machida by nearly seven points after the world championships short program, produced a near-flawless free skate to finish with 282.59 points, just three-tenths of a point ahead of Machida. Javier Fernandez of Spain was third with 275.93.
In ice dance, European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte received 69.70 points to finish first in the short program.
Defending champions and Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States were not taking part. The ice dance concludes today with the free dance.