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Giants pitcher Cain needs surgery to remove bone chips
NEW YORK – San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain said he needs surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.
Cain said yesterday before the Giants played the New York Mets that he’s still assessing whether he will be able to pitch this season. But Manager Bruce Bochy said odds are Cain will not pitch again in 2014. Cain has not pitched since July 9.
Phillies place Lee on 15-day disabled list with elbow strain
WASHINGTON – The Philadelphia Phillies placed left-hander Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain yesterday and recalled left-hander Cesar Jimenez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Lee left in the third inning of Thursday night’s win over the Washington Nationals with a left flexor pronator strain, an apparent recurrence of the injury that put him on the disabled list in May.
Indians designate McAllister, hope to send him to Triple-A
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians designated right-hander Zach McAllister for assignment yesterday and plan to send him to Triple-A Columbus after he clears optional waivers.
McAllister, who hasn’t won since April 21, is 3-6 with a 5.91 ERA in 14 starts. He won his first three decisions, but is 0-6 with a 7.89 ERA in his last 10 starts.
McAllister missed six weeks this season because of a sore back.
Marlins place Alvarez on DL
MIAMI – Miami Marlins All-Star pitcher Henderson Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
Alvarez, who was scheduled to start tomorrow against Cincinnati, was named to the All-Star team this season for the first time in his career. He’s 8-5 with three shutouts and a 2.48 ERA.
Angels put Skaggs on DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Los Angeles Angels placed left-hander Tyler Skaggs on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a strained forearm and recalled left-hander Michael Roth from Double-A Arkansas.
Skaggs was hurt Thursday night in a 1-0, 13-inning win at Baltimore. The left-hander had not allowed a hit when he left with two outs in the fifth.
Skaggs is 5-5 with 4.30 ERA in 18 starts this season.
Browns receiver Gordon meeting with NFL on appeal
BEREA, Ohio – Browns receiver Josh Gordon met with NFL officials in New York to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gordon’s attorney was expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, said a decision will be based on the information at the hearing. Gordon was suspended two games last season for a drug violation.
Redskins receiver Rice Jr. to have shoulder surgery
RICHMOND, Va. – Washington Redskins receiver Jerry Rice Jr. has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will have surgery.
Coach Jay Gruden indicated yesterday that Rice will probably be placed on injured reserve.
Rice was undrafted out of UNLV and had tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers this offseason before signing with the Redskins.
Spurs sign Parker to extension
The San Antonio Spurs signed point guard Tony Parker to a multi-year contract extension.
The Spurs made the announcement yesterday. The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! Sports first reported that it was a three-year extension worth $43.3 million that will kick in in 2015.
Parker averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 29 minutes per game last season to help the Spurs win the NBA title.
Tour refutes report by golf.com that Johnson suspended
AKRON, Ohio – The PGA Tour refuted a report that Dustin Johnson has been suspended.
Johnson said in a statement Thursday he was taking a leave of absence to seek professional help for “personal challenges” that brought an end to his season. Johnson will miss the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.
Golf.com reported yesterday that the tour had suspended Johnson for six months for failing a drug test. The website cited a source it did not identify.
The PGA Tour has a policy of not commenting on disciplinary actions. But it issued a statement Friday afternoon to clarify that Johnson has taken a leave of absence “and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour.”
Garcia ties course record with 61, giving him Firestone lead
AKRON, Ohio – Sergio Garcia tied the course record at Firestone by closing with seven straight birdies for a 9-under 61.
The record-tying round yesterday gave Garcia a three-shot lead over Justin Rose going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Tiger Woods shot a 71 and was 10 shots behind.
Qualifier Dawson leads 3M; Langer one shot back
BLAINE, Minn. – Monday qualifier Marco Dawson shot a 9-under 63 yesterday to take the lead in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship, leaving Bernhard Langer a stroke back five days after the German star’s record-breaking victory in the Senior British Open.
Dawson, playing the back nine first at TPC Twin Cities, birdied three of his first four holes and chipped in for eagle on No. 18. After a birdie on the par-5 third hole, he birdied three of his final four holes.
Langer was tied for second with Jeff Maggert, Rocco Mediate and Vijay Singh.
UCLA will replace flooded Pauley Pavilion floor
LOS ANGELES – UCLA said it will replace the floor of Pauley Pavilion that was flooded by a 20 million-gallon water main leak.
Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said yesterday that the entire wood floor of the famed court will be replaced by the end of October and no regular season basketball games will be affected.
Young beats Anderson to reach Citi Open semifinals
WASHINGTON – Donald Young reached his first ATP semifinal in three years by beating seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2, yesterday at the Citi Open.
Young, an American ranked 73rd, hadn’t made it this far on tour since October 2011, when he was the Thailand Open runner-up. Two months earlier, he got to the semifinals at Washington’s hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.
Young will face No. 2 Milos Raonic of Canada in the semifinals today. Raonic, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month, ended the surprising run of Steve Johnson, eliminating the American, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
In women’s action, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova moved into the semifinals when Vania King withdrew from the tournament with a right hip injury, while Marina Erakovic beat Bojana Jovanovski, 6-4, 6-4, and Kurumi Nara defeated Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3, 6-1.