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Elliott Sadler celebrates winning the NASCAR Aaron's 312 Nationwide series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Alfredo Aceves delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Brewers put Braun on DL with oblique strain
CINCINNATI – The Brewers put outfielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique in his right side yesterday.
Braun had missed the last six games because of the injury. Since he hasn’t played, the move was made retroactive to April 27 and he will be eligible to return on May 12.
Yankees call up Aceves
NEW YORK – The Yankees called up right-hander Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre early yesterday and designated reliever Chris Leroux for assignment.
Aceves struck out 14 in 13.2 innings as a minor leaguer this season, where he had been mostly working as a starter.
Manager Joe Girardi said Aceves, who pitched for New York from 2008-10 before spending the last three seasons with Boston, will be used as a bullpen option for now.
Jays place Morrow on DL
PITTSBURGH – The Toronto Blue Jays placed starting pitcher Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with what Manager John Gibbons described as a strained right index finger.
Morrow, 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA this season, was hurt in the final inning of his outing Friday against the Pirates. He finished the inning and told the training staff of the injury when he returned to the dugout.
League to appoint CEO to supervise Clippers
NEW YORK – The NBA said it will appoint a chief executive officer to supervise the Los Angeles Clippers’ operations.
On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for racist comments made on an audio recording, fined him $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team.
Mike Bass, the NBA executive vice president of communications, released a statement yesterday, saying: “The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization. The process of identifying that individual is under way.”
Holmes takes one-shot lead; surging Mickelson two back
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – J.B. Holmes had a 6-under 66 yesterday for a one-shot lead over Martin Flores, with a big name looming at Quail Hollow.
Phil Mickelson put together his best round of the year, a 9-under 63, and was only two shots behind.
Holmes knocked in a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th hole. That wound up giving him the lead when Flores made his first bogey of the day for a 69. Flores drove into the creek left of the 18th fairway and missed a 20-foot par putt.
Lewis, Lee share third-round lead at North Texas LPGA
IRVING, Texas – Stacy Lewis shot a 2-under 69 even while missing several makeable putts yesterday to grab a share of the lead with Meena Lee after three rounds at the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
Lewis, the third-ranked player in the world, looked down in frustration after missing a birdie chance at the 18th hole. The Texan matched Lee at 9-under 204.
In nearly ideal scoring conditions with little if any wind, Lee shot 70.
But Caroline Masson, who shared the second-round lead with Lee, followed consecutive 67s with a 75.
Sadler holds on to win Nationwide race at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Elliott Sadler won a three-lap shootout to the checkered flag in the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway yesterday.
The race was stopped for a little more than nine minutes to clean the track following a six-car accident that began when Jeremy Clement was turning into an outside wall and his car shot back into traffic.
There were three laps remaining on the restart, and Sadler had to throw several blocks to hold off a charge from the pack of traffic behind him.
It was the 10th Nationwide Series victory of Sadler’s career, but first since 2012. He went winless last season in his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing. It’s Sadler’s first career win at Talladega.
Chris Buescher finished second and Regan Smith, winner of last year’s race, was third.
Errani beats Petkovic in first round at Madrid Open
MADRID – Sara Errani of Italy beat Andrea Petkovic of Germany, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round of the Madrid Open yesterday.
Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski beat Karin Knapp of Italy, 6-1, 6-1, while American Alison Riske outlasted Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-2.
Christina McHale bettered training partner and fellow American Lauren Davis, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Other winners from the first round included Spaniards Garbine Muguruza and Lara Arruabarrena, and Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.
Suarez Navarro wins, Berdych makes final in Portugal
OEIRAS, Portugal – Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain won her first career title at the Portugal Open, while top-seeded Tomas Berdych eased into the men’s final by beating Victor Hanescu, 6-2, 6-2, yesterday.
Suarez Navarro outlasted Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in their final. The Spaniard had lost her previous five finals, including last year’s tournament in Oeiras.
She will head back to Spain to play in the Madrid Open before looking toward the French Open.
Berdych will face Carlos Berlocq in today’s final after the Argentine defeated Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Klizan to play top-seed Fognini in BMW final
MUNICH – Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan defeated defending champion Tommy Haas, 6-3, 6-2, yesterday to set up a BMW Open final against top-seeded Fabio Fognini.
Klizan needed just 64 minutes to beat the second-seeded German veteran, who was clearly struggling with the right shoulder injury that had kept him out of action since March.
Fognini needed just over an hour to ease past German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-3, 6-1, in the other semi.
Toilet bowl tossed from stands kills Brazilian fan
SAO PAULO – The police said a soccer fan was killed when he was struck in the head by a toilet bowl hurled from stadium stands as supporters of rival clubs clashed in northeastern Brazil.
A police officer in the city of Recife said yesterday that the clash occurred Friday night at the Arruda stadium after a match between Santa Cruz and Parana. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
The officer said fans ripped three toilet bowls out of stadium rest rooms and threw them from the stands. He said one hit and instantly killed a fan he identified as Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva.
Report: Fan, police officer shot before Cup final
ROME – At least one fan and one police officer reportedly were shot before the Italian Cup final between Napoli and Fiorentina, and the fan was in serious condition.
As a result, the final started 40 minutes late, and there were scenes of violence inside the stadium, with a firefighter injured by fireworks thrown from the stands.
The shootings occurred in an area where Napoli fans were gathering for the match, the ANSA news agency reported.
The fan in serious condition was reportedly shot in the chest, while the police officer was shot in the hand.
Several other fans also reportedly were injured.
Circumstances of the shootings were not immediately clear.
Disturbances were also reported outside the stadium.