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Chapman stays as Reds’ closer, Cueto starts opener
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Cincinnati Reds said closer Aroldis Chapman will remain in that role.
The Reds set their rotation yesterday and Chapman isn’t included. He came to camp with the possibility of becoming a starter, but will stay in the bullpen for the NL Central champions.
Johnny Cueto will start on opening day at home against the Los Angeles Angels on April 1. He will be followed in the rotation by Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake.
Padres RHP Kelly to have Tommy John surgery
PEORIA, Ariz. – San Diego Padres right-hander Casey Kelly will have Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm the first week of April.
Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes confirmed that plan yesterday morning.
Kelly, who was acquired from the Red Sox in the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, is expected to miss 12 to 18 months rehabbing after the procedure.
Kelly said on Monday that doctors found small tears in his right ulnar collateral ligament. He was having pain during a March 7 spring outing, which prompted a closer examination the following week.
MLB sues Florida clinic over banned player drugs
MIAMI – Major League Baseball is suing a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators, accusing it of providing banned performance-enhancing drugs to players.
The lawsuit filed yesterday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch. Several other Bosch associates are named in the lawsuit.
MLB contends the clinic’s operators solicited players to use banned substances knowing that violated their contracts. The lawsuit says baseball has suffered costs to investigate the claims, loss of revenue and injury to its reputation among fans.
Several prominent players have been implicated, including injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriquez. He and most of the others have denied ties to the clinic.
Safety Reed signs with Texans
HOUSTON – Free agent safety Ed Reed is finally a Houston Texan.
The nine-time Pro Bowl safety signed a contract with Houston yesterday, a week after leaving town with no deal in place.
The Texans did not disclose terms, though the Houston Chronicle reported it was a three-year deal worth $15 million, with $5 million guaranteed.
The move is another blow to Baltimore, where Reed played his first 11 NFL seasons.
Bears, LB Williams reach one-year deal
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with linebacker D.J. Williams, giving them a possible replacement for Brian Urlacher.
General Manager Phil Emery said yesterday that Williams has a chance to “restart his career” after he was suspended for part of last season in Denver.
The deal comes two days after the Bears said they couldn’t agree on a contract with Urlacher, the eight-time Pro Bowl selection. Chicago also has an opening at strong side linebacker with Nick Roach signing with Oakland.
Williams has played middle and outside linebacker. He missed nine games while serving a pair of NFL-mandated suspensions last season and was released by the Broncos on the eve of free agency, freeing up his $6 million salary.
Panthers sign returner Ginn to 1-year deal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Panthers signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Ted Ginn from the San Francisco 49ers. Carolina announced yesterday that Ginn signed a one-year deal.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Ginn played six seasons in the NFL as a receiver and return specialist, the last three with the 49ers. In 2012, Ginn played in 13 games and averaged 10.2 yards per return and 23 yards per kickoff return. He caught just two passes for 1 yard.
Ginn entered the NFL in 2007 as the ninth overall pick in the first round with the Miami Dolphins. He played three seasons with the Dolphins before being traded to the 49ers in 2010.
Browns sign TE Davis, CB Owens to 1-year deals
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns signed free agent tight end Kellen Davis and cornerback Chris Owens to one-year contracts.
Both players will give the club depth at two thin positions, and it’s possible one or both of them could earn starting jobs.
The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Davis set career-highs with 19 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns for Chicago last season. Owens made one start last season for Atlanta and played in 13 games. He recorded 17 tackles and forced a fumble for the Falcons, who allowed the fewest passing TDs in the league (14).
Rams CB Johnson cited for DUI in Montana
MISSOULA, Mont. – St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson was arrested on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge in Missoula, where he played college football for the University of Montana.
Missoula County jail records indicate Johnson was booked into jail at 3:05 a.m. yesterday and released about an hour later after posting a $700 bond. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance in Municipal Court sometime yesterday.
Police Detective Travis Welsh told KECI-TV that Johnson was pulled over shortly after 2 a.m. for driving without his headlights. He refused a breath test.
Rose keeps his nose in front at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods still has plenty of work to do if he wants to defend his title at Bay Hill and go back to No. 1 in the world.
Justin Rose three-putted the final hole for bogey and a 2-under 70 to share the lead yesterday with Bill Haas in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Haas never had a par putt longer than 4 feet in his bogey-free round of 66.
Woods was one shot out of the lead until he bogeyed the last three holes. He went from the sand to the water on the par-5 16th, went long of the 17th green for another bogey and had to lay up short of the water on the par-4 18th for his third bogey. Woods had a 70 and was four shots behind.
Ross wins super G
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. – Laurenne Ross won super G yesterday in the U.S. Alpine Championships, beating Stacey Cook by 0.01 seconds for her first national title.
Defending champion Julia Mancuso was third, 0.08 seconds behind Ross.
The race served as the first half of the combined event, pairing the fastest times from super G and slalom.
In the men’s race, Squaw Valley star Travis Ganong won by 0.20 seconds on his home course.
Kearney wins fourth World Cup moguls title
SIERRA NEVADA, Spain – Hannah Kearney won her fourth World Cup moguls title yesterday in the FIS Freestyle World Cup Finals, and the United States took the Nation’s Cup for the second year in a row.
After three hours of delays because of fog and wind, officials canceled the race, letting qualification results stand as the final.
Kearney, from Norwich, Vt., won the title by 91 points over Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapoints. Kearney also is second in the overall standings.
In the men’s dual moguls race, Canada’s Alex Bilodeau won, and Pat Deneen of Cle Elum, Wash., finished second. Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury won the season title. Bilodeau was second, and Deneen third.
Fill-in for Azarenka wins at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – An ankle injury forced two-time champion Victoria Azarenka to withdraw at the Sony Open, and American Lauren Davis quickly went from being a lucky loser to a lucky winner.
Given a spot in the draw only after Azarenka pulled yesterday, Davis took advantage of shaky play by Madison Keys in the decisive tiebreaker to win their second-round match, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7).
The victory was the first of Davis’s career at Key Biscayne, and the 19-year-old Ohio native barely made the tournament. She learned at 10 a.m. that Azarenka had withdrawn, and an hour later she was playing on the stadium court.