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BASEBALL

Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with torn thumb ligament

SEATTLE – Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb that needs surgery.

The 2010 AL MVP was injured during Tuesday night’s game against Seattle during a headfirst slide into first base in the seventh inning. He remained in the game but struggled with throwing balls and gripping his bat. Ian Stewart pinch hit for Hamilton in the ninth and struck out with the potential tying run on base in a 5-3 loss.

Los Angeles said an MRI yesterday revealed a complete tear of the thumb’s ulnar collateral ligament. The date of the surgery has not been scheduled.

Hamilton was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and outfielder J.B. Shuck was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

He is hitting .444 with two homers and six RBI in 27 at-bats this season.

BASEBALL

Elbow ligament on Rays’ Moore ‘not fully torn’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Rays were still unsure yesterday whether left-hander Matt Moore will need surgery on his ailing left elbow after he was examined by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews.

Rays Manager Joe Maddon said after a 7-3 loss to the Royals that the team was still awaiting results from another series of tests. Moore was getting a second opinion from Andrews after an MRI exam performed in Kansas City proved to be inconclusive.

Maddon did say that it appears the ligaments in Moore’s elbow were not fully torn. If that was the case, season-ending surgery would be a foregone conclusion.

“There is no surgery tomorrow. That’s not planned. I can tell you that,” Maddon said. “We need to get all the facts and see how we want to proceed with this, see if surgery is necessary or if it’s not necessary. We’re still waiting to find out.”

Moore was dynamic for the Rays last season, going 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA, even though he was on the disabled list from July 31 to Sept. 3 because of soreness in his elbow.

BASEBALL

Marlins RHP Turner to DL after hurting self in BP

WASHINGTON – Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list after hurting himself swinging during batting practice, and righty reliever Arquimedes Caminero was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Turner was scratched from his scheduled start yesterday and replaced by left-hander Brad Hand, who had been in the bullpen.

Turner strained his pitching shoulder during BP before a 5-0 loss to Washington on Tuesday and was sent home to Miami for an MRI. Manager Mike Redmond said Turner “took a swing and felt something in his shoulder area.”

Caminero had no record and a 2.77 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Marlins in 2013.

BASEBALL

Porter says plate collision rule needs clarity

TORONTO – Major League Baseball’s new rule on home plate collisions is causing some confusion.

Houston Astros Manager Bo Porter had a telephone conversation yesterday with Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, currently a special assistant to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Porter said La Russa told him the league intends to clarify its rule on blocking the plate, and how such calls are challenged and reviewed.

MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said he wasn’t aware of any plans for a new memo.

Porter telephoned La Russa after Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes was called out at the plate on an infield grounder in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 5-2 loss.

BASEBALL

MLB names reliever awards after Rivera, Hoffman

NEW YORK – Now that they’re no longer receiving awards, Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman are getting their names on some.

Major League Baseball said yesterday it created a “Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award” and a “Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award.”

Rivera, a 13-time All-Star, retired after last season with a record 652 saves. Hoffman, a seven-time All-Star, retired after the 2010 season and is second with 601 saves. Both spent their entire careers in one league.

The new honors replaces MLB’s “Delivery Man of the Year Award,” which was given to one winner annually from 2005-13. It will be voted on by nine retired relievers, with Rivera and Hoffman joined by Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rich Gossage and Bruce Sutter along with Lee Smith, John Franco and Billy Wagner.

NFL

Future Pro Bowls to be played in Arizona, Hawaii

NEW YORK – The next Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona at the site of the Super Bowl.

The game will return to Hawaii the following year, the NFL announced yesterday.

The 2015 game will be the third time the Pro Bowl is held in the same city as the Super Bowl. The NFL’s all-star game took place in Los Angeles after the first Super Bowl in 1967, then the two games weren’t in the same city again until South Florida in 2010.

The Pro Bowl will remain a week before the Super Bowl as it has the last five years. The new format introduced after last season, which scrapped the AFC vs. NFC matchup, will be retained.

The Pro Bowl after this coming season will take place Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium. A year later, the game will be held Jan. 31, 2016, at Aloha Stadium.

NBA

Warriors forward Lee hopes to return for playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee said he has damage in the nerve that connects from his back to his right hamstring but hopes to be back for the playoffs – if not sooner.

Lee participated in some of yesterday’s light practice, working up a sweat on his gray shirt before shooting free throws during the portion open to reporters. He has missed six straight games and is expected to sit out again tonight against Denver.

Lee said there is no timetable for his return from the injury, which the team initially called a strained hamstring. Lee said he continued to feel pain in his leg last week and two MRI exams showed the irritated nerve.

NHL

Blackhawks’ Kane will be back for playoffs

CHICAGO – Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane said he will return to the NHL playoffs next week at 100 percent despite a brace on his injured left knee.

Kane, who was leading Chicago in scoring when he was hurt in a game against St. Louis on March 19, resumed skating on his own five days ago. Yesterday, he skated with his teammates for the first time in the hours before a game against Montreal.

The team had put Kane on injured reserve and said he would miss the final 12 games of the of the regular season. Kane said he will be rested for the postseason and said: “Some people thought it might be beneficial to take a little time off.”

NHL

Penguins’ Letang set for return after stroke

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was set to play last night against the Detroit Red Wings, more than two months after suffering a stroke.

General Manager Ray Shero said Letang was cleared by team doctors. He said it was the 26-year-old Letang’s decision whether to play again this season.

Letang hasn’t played since Jan. 27. He suffered the stroke two days later. Tests revealed a small hole in his heart, which doctors say could have contributed to the stroke. The hole hasn’t been repaired, but Shero said the team is confident playing hockey didn’t cause Letang’s stroke.

The 2013 Norris Trophy finalist has 10 goals and eight assists in 34 games this season for the Penguins, who have already clinched the Metropolitan Division title.

WRESTLING

Former pro Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

James Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.

The WWE said Hellwig died Tuesday. Scottsdale, Ariz., police spokesman Sgt. Mark Clark said he collapsed while walking with his wife to their car at a hotel, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Hellwig was one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars in the late 1980s. He beat Hulk Hogan in a memorable match at Wrestlemania in 1990.

He was in the spotlight again earlier this week, making appearances at the latest Wrestlemania in New Orleans and on Monday Night Raw, and being inducted into the WWE Hall of fame.

“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” WWE said in a statement, adding: “We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.”

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Ohio lawmakers: College athletes aren’t employees

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Republican-controlled Ohio House approved a proposal that said college athletes are not employees under state law.

The measure was approved as part of a broader bill yesterday that heads next to the Ohio Senate.

It comes after a landmark National Labor Relations Board decision last month involving Northwestern University’s football team. That ruling says full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus are eligible to form a union.

If it holds, the ruling could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.

Ohio lawmakers are among the first in the nation to react legislatively to the ruling. The provision’s supporters say it clarifies state law and could have little effect.

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