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Grizzlies’ Randolph suspended for Game 7 for punching Adams
NEW YORK – Memphis forward Zach Randolph was suspended for Game 7 of the Grizzlies’ playoff series against Oklahoma City for punching Thunder center Steven Adams in the jaw.
The ruling yesterday by the NBA leaves the Grizzlies without their leading scorer for the deciding game in Oklahoma City tonight.
The play came with 6:42 left in the Thunder’s 104-84 victory Thursday night. Randolph first elbowed Adams in the midsection with his left elbow, then struck Adams with his right hand.
Randolph is averaging a team-best 18.2 points in the series.
Pacers to have George for Game 7 against Hawks
INDIANAPOLIS – Paul George got the best birthday news he could have hoped for yesterday – he will play in Game 7 against Atlanta.
There was some question as to whether the All-Star starter would be suspended after he took two steps off the bench and toward an altercation between George Hill and Mike Scott just before halftime Thursday night. League officials decided not to punish George, Hill, Scott, Pacers backup Rasual Butler or any of the Hawks players who also stepped onto the playing floor.
Hanrahan agrees on 1-year deal with Tigers
DETROIT – Joel Hanrahan agreed to a $1 million, one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, who are hopeful the right-hander can bolster a shaky bullpen when he’s ready to pitch again in the majors. Hanrahan had Tommy John surgery last May after nine appearances for the Boston Red Sox in 2013. He saved 76 games over the previous two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Tigers put Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list after signing him yesterday, saying they will not rush him back to the majors. Hanrahan is expected to throw to hitters next week.
Hanrahan can make $2.17 million in bonuses based on time on the active major league roster.
Braves, Johnson agree to $23.5M, 3-year deal
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves and third baseman Chris Johnson agreed to a $23.5 million, three-year contract covering 2015-17.
Johnson is making $4.75 million this season under a one-year deal. Atlanta has a $10 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.
The 29-year-old was one of the Braves’ biggest surprises last season. A supposed throw-in to the Justin Upton trade, Johnson ranked second in the NL with a .321 average. He had 12 homers and 68 RBI.
Dodgers’ Ryu goes on DL with shoulder inflammation
MIAMI – Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
No MRI is planned, and the injury isn’t believed to be serious, Manager Don Mattingly said. He described the move as precautionary, and it is retroactive to Monday.
Ryu is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts this year.
49ers exercise LB Smith’s 2015 option
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco 49ers exercised their 2015 contract option for linebacker Aldon Smith, making the decision despite the star defender’s legal trouble that included an arrest at Los Angeles International Airport just more than two weeks ago.
The team faced a deadline today to decide on Smith’s immediate future, and General Manager Trent Baalke suggested last week the team would keep the fearsome pass-rusher around. The 49ers will provide Smith with the support he needs to deal with his rash of off-the-field issues.
San Francisco realizes Smith still could face a suspension from the NFL for his DUI last September.
Cabrera, Flores tied for lead at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Angel Cabrera hit a pair of superb short-game shots for a 3-under 69 that gave him a share of the lead with Martin Flores yesterday in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Cabrera loves Quail Hollow because he hits driver on just about every hole. But it was a pitch-and-run on the par-5 seventh hole and perfectly judged flop shot out of the rough on the next hole that enabled him to share the lead.
Flores played in the morning and had a 68. They were at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of Justin Rose, who had a 67.
Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy both went the wrong direction. Mickelson shot 75 and was seven shots behind. McIlroy shot 76 and made the cut on the number.
Meena Lee, Caroline Masson tied for LPGA Tour lead
IRVING, Texas – Meena Lee shot a season-best 64 that included a nine-hole stretch without a par and Caroline Masson had her second straight 67 yesterday to share the lead in the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
At 8-under 134, South Korea’s Lee and Germany’s Masson were stroke ahead of Texan Stacy Lewis and fellow American Natalie Gulbis.
The 65 yesterday for Gulbis was her first sub-70 round this season, putting her in contention for her first victory in seven years. She is playing with an achy left wrist, and has an appointment with a specialist next week to finally figure out what is causing the pain.
Langer, Bryant share Champions Tour lead
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the lead with Bart Bryant yesterday in the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational.
Langer matched Bryant at 6-under 66 at The Woodlands Country Club. Langer won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands. The 56-year-old German player won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his 19th Champions Tour title and has 20 straight under-par rounds.
Bryant won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open last year for his lone victory on the 50-and-over tour.
TRACK AND FIELD
Gay suspended 1 year, returns Olympic silver medal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sprinter Tyson Gay accepted a one-year suspension and returned the silver medal he won in the men’s 400-meter relay at the London Olympics after he tested positive for a prohibited substance.
USADA announced yesterday that Gay’s one-year ban began last June 23, the day his sample was collected at the U.S. championships.
As part of the penalty, he also accepted loss of results dating to July 15, 2012.
Title holder Haas reaches semifinals at BMW Open
MUNICH – Defending champion Tommy Haas reached the semifinals of the BMW Open by defeating Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, yesterday.
The 36-year-old Haas will face Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan, who defeated Denis Istomin, 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-1, in their quarterfinal.
Top-seeded Fabio Fognini eased into the final four with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci. The Italian will next face German qualifier Jan Lennard-Struff, who came from a set down to beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Berdych reaches Portugal Open semis, Raonic loses
OEIRAS, Portugal – Top-seeded Tomas Berdych fought back to beat Leonardo Mayer, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, and reach the semifinals of the Portugal Open yesterday, while second-seeded Milos Raonic lost to Carlos Berlocq, 7-5, 6-4.
Berdych will next face Victor Hanescu at the clay-court event after the Romanian eased by Gastao Elias of Portugal, 6-1, 7-5.
Berlocq will play Daniel Gimeno-Traver in today’s other semifinal after the Spaniard eliminated countryman Marcel Granollers, 6-1, 6-2.