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Braves part ways with struggling 2B Uggla
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves requested unconditional release waivers for struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, parting ways with a former starter still owed over $18 million over the remainder of this year and next.
In his fourth season with the Braves, the 34-year-old Uggla was batting .162 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 48 games and 130 at-bats.
Uggla lost his job to Tommy La Stella when the rookie second baseman was called up May 28.
The Braves’ patience with Uggla appeared to wear thin last Sunday when he was suspended one game for reporting just 30 minutes before the start of a game in Chicago.
Uggla, a three-time NL All-Star, hit .179 with 22 homers and 55 RBI last year.
Sabathia scheduled for season-ending knee surgery
NEW YORK – Any hopes the New York Yankees had of CC Sabathia returning to their ravaged rotation this year are over.
General Manager Brian Cashman said Sabathia will have season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday. Cashman says indications are the left-hander will be ready for spring training next year, but there are no guarantees.
One positive is that Sabathia will not have microfracture surgery, which would require a longer recovery. Cashman said the operation will be performed by Los Angeles Dodgers head physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Astros fail to sign first pick in MLB draft
CHICAGO – The Houston Astros failed to sign the first pick in this year’s draft.
The Astros said they didn’t reach an agreement with high school pitcher Brady Aiken before yesterday’s deadline.
The left-hander from San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic was just the third prep pitcher to be selected first overall when he was taken last month. Aiken was also the first high school lefty to be drafted in the first five picks since Adam Loewen went fourth overall to Baltimore in 2002. The UCLA recruit has a fastball that hits 96-97 mph.
Giants pitching coach Righetti out with vertigo
MIAMI – San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti is expected to miss their seven-game trip after experiencing a case of vertigo that prompted the team’s plane to make an unscheduled landing in Las Vegas so he could receive medical attention.
The plane was en route to Miami when it was diverted Thursday to Las Vegas. Righetti, who had been battling a virus, was hospitalized overnight and was expected to rejoin the Giants when they return home next Friday.
“He’s feeling a lot better,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “The tests were coming out fine, which is good news.”
Heat signs Haslem to two-year deal
Udonis Haslem signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Miami Heat.
Haslem has spent all 11 of his NBA seasons with the Heat and is the franchise’s all-time rebounds leader. He and Dwyane Wade are the only players to appear on all three of Miami’s championship teams.
The Miami native opted out of a contract that would have paid him $4.6 million next season to give the team flexibility during free agency.
Haslem averaged 3.8 points last season. For his career, Haslem has averaged 8.6 points in 715 regular-season games.
Sources: Pelicans add guard Fredette, forward Miller
METAIRIE, La. – People familiar with the moves said the New Orleans Pelicans agreed to contract terms with guard Jimmer Fredette and forward Darius Miller.
Two people confirmed Fredette’s deal and one person confirmed Miller’s to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the transactions have not been announced.
The 6-foot-2 Fredette averaged 5.6 points in 49 games last season with Sacramento and Chicago, shooting nearly 48 percent from 3-point range. A former NCAA national player of the year with BYU, Fredette was picked 10th overall by Sacramento in 2011.
The 6-8 Miller was New Orleans’s second-round pick in 2012. Last season, he averaged 4.4 points in 45 games.
Penguins name Recchi player development coach
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins hired seven-time All-Star Mark Recchi as the franchise’s player development coach.
The 46-year-old Recchi will be in charge of working with prospects throughout the minor leagues as well as at the college and junior levels.
Recchi spent the last two years as a senior adviser with the Dallas Stars. He scored 577 goals during a 22-year career that included stints in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal, Boston and Carolina. Recchi won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins, the Hurricanes and the Bruins. He retired after the 2011 season.
Sandusky relatives voice support after interview
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Members of Jerry Sandusky’s family say they’re standing by him after one of his adopted sons described to Oprah Winfrey allegations of sexual abuse by the former Penn State assistant football coach.
The family released a statement yesterday saying none of them ever saw abuse or any indication of inappropriate activity.
Matthew Sandusky said in Thursday’s broadcast that his adopted father subjected him to a range of sexual abuse, including oral sex.
The statement is from Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, and the couple’s other five adopted children.
Jerry Sandusky is serving a prison term for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He has not been charged with abusing Matthew Sandusky.
Wozniacki through to Istanbul semifinals
ISTANBUL – Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark advanced to the semifinals of the Istanbul Cup yesterday after being taken to three sets by eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
Wozniacki, who served six aces and saved four of five break points, won 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
She was joined by second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, who beat sixth-seeded Kurumi Nara of Japan, 6-0, 6-2.
Vinci next plays Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh who, in her first WTA quarterfinal, defeated fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
Kristina Mladenovic of France ousted Francesca Schiavone of Italy, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, to set up a semifinal against Wozniacki.
Teenager Zverev reaches Hamburg semifinals
HAMBURG, Germany – The 17-year-old Alexander Zverev reached the semifinals of his hometown tournament by defeating Tobias Kamke, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the Hamburg Open yesterday.
The 285th-ranked Zverev is the first 17-year-old to reach an ATP semifinals since 2006, when Marin Cilic lost to Feliciano Lopez at Gstaad.
Zverev has also beaten Robin Haase, fifth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny and 11th-seeded Santiago Giraldo. He next faces top-seeded David Ferrer, who eased past Spanish compatriot Pablo Andujar, 6-0, 6-2.
Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer defeated Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, 6-1, 7-5, and the seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany later beat Czech player Lukas Rosol, 6-4, 6-4, to complete the other semifinal.
Barthel advances to Swedish Open semifinals
BASTAD, Sweden – Mona Barthel of Germany beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-2, 7-6, in the Swedish Open quarterfinals yesterday.
The 54th-ranked Kanepi was the highest ranked player left in the tournament after early defeats for the top eight seeded players. Barthel won on the first of two match points.
Barthel, chasing her third WTA title, next plays Silvia Soler-Espinosa. The Spaniard – a first-time finalist in Strasbourg in May – beat Russia’s Alexandra Panova, 6-3, 6-2.
In the other quarterfinals, Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa defeated Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, while Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova beat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, 6-4, 7-5.