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Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew shouts instructions during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew shouts instructions during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Orioles send struggling Arrieta to minors

BALTIMORE – The Orioles optioned Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk, where the right-hander hopes to iron out the control problems that have plagued him throughout the season.

Arrieta walked five and hit a batter over four-plus innings Sunday in a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although the 27-year-old gave up only two hits, he was charged with five runs and threw 91 pitches.

After being told of his demotion yesterday, Arreita said, “I just wasn’t doing my job well enough. That’s the bottom line. The team needs me to be better.”

Arrieta is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts. He’s walked 16 in 19 innings.

Baltimore recalled right-hander Alex Burnett from Norfolk. Burnett was claimed off waivers from Toronto on April 12.


A’s acquire OF Wells from Blue Jays

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics bought outfielder Casper Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays.

The A’s transferred infielder Scott Sizemore to the 60-day disabled list yesterday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Oakland will make a move to put Wells on the 25-man roster once he joins the team in Boston.

Wells spent spring training with Seattle but did not make the team. The Blue Jays claimed him off waivers April 10 and he did not play a game before being designated for assignment.

The 28-year-old Wells hit .228 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 93 games with the Mariners last season.

Sizemore is out for the season with a left knee injury.


Hawks’ Smith misses practice with sprained ankle

ATLANTA – Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith missed practice because of a sprained right ankle.

Smith received treatment on the ankle yesterday and the team is hopeful he will be able to go in Game 2 against Indiana tomorrow. The Pacers won the opener.

Coach Larry Drew said Smith sustained the injury late in Game 1. He scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Atlanta’s 107-90 defeat.


Hawks Coach Drew calls out team for playing soft

ATLANTA – Atlanta Hawks Coach Larry Drew says “it’s a little bit mind-boggling” that his team didn’t come out with more intensity in Game 1 of the playoff series against Indiana.

The Pacers romped to a 107-90 victory, and Drew said yesterday that it’s clear why: “They physically manhandled us.”

Drew says the Hawks looked as though they were playing just another regular-season game, which won’t do at this time of year. The coach says he couldn’t believe his eyes when watching film of the Indiana rout. The Pacers outrebounded Atlanta 48-32 and went to the free-throw line 34 times, compared to 14 for the Hawks.

Drew is pondering a possible lineup change to get more physical with the Pacers. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is tomorrow night in Indianapolis.


Wild’s Granlund, Zucker down; Dowell, Veilleux up

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild added grit and experience for the final stretch of the regular season.

The Wild recalled forwards Jake Dowell and Stephane Veilleux from their AHL affiliate in Houston yesterday and reassigned young forwards Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker to the farm club.

With three games remaining, the Wild are in a fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Their 4-1 loss to Calgary on Sunday was their fifth straight at home, and they fell to 3-7-1 in 11 games this month.

Zucker hasn’t had a goal or an assist in the past nine games he’s played. Granlund has one goal and one assist in the past 13 games he’s played.

Also, backup goalie Josh Harding was taken off injured reserve.


Seahawks, Chancellor agree to contract extension

RENTON, Wash. – Kam Chancellor and the Seattle Seahawks agreed on a contract extension that will keep the young safety with the only team he’s played for through the 2017 season.

Chancellor’s agent, Alvin Keels, announced the deal on his Twitter account yesterday afternoon. Keels said it was a four-year extension.

Chancellor, who turned 25 earlier this month, has grown from being a fifth-round pick out of Virginia Tech in 2010 into the hard-hitting anchor in Seattle’s talented secondary. In 2011, Chancellor was a Pro Bowl selection in his first season as a starter, when he had 73 tackles, four interceptions and 13 passes defensed. Last season, Chancellor was used even more in run support and recorded a career-high 92 tackles.


Broncos safety’s casino cheating case dismissed

LAS VEGAS – Court officials said charges have been dropped in a felony case alleging that Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter added $5 to craps bets after the dice were thrown.

Carter didn’t appear yesterday in North Las Vegas Justice Court while defense lawyer Andrew Leavitt arranged to have the third-year NFL player forfeit $1,000 in bail money as part of the agreement.

Leavitt said the 24-year-old Carter was never officially charged, and a court clerk confirms the case was dismissed with no felony or misdemeanor conviction.

Carter was arrested late March 9 at the Texas Station casino in North Las Vegas.

Security officers alleged he was videotaped adding $5 chips to three bets.

Leavitt said the video only shows Carter was confused, not that he intentionally increased his bets.

College Basketball

Casey takes over Niagara basketball program

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Niagara University hired Long Island University Post’s Chris Casey as the Purple Eagles’ men’s basketball coach.

Casey accepted the job yesterday morning and was introduced at a campus press conference.

The Division II Pioneers went a combined 62-25 in three years under Casey, including an 18-9 finish last season. He will replace longtime coach Joe Mihalich, who left to take over at Hofstra two weeks ago.

The Purple Eagles have a young roster that returns mostly intact after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title last season.

In Casey’s first two seasons at LIU Post, the Pioneers had consecutive 20-win seasons en route to back-to-back East Coast Conference championships and NCAA tournament berths.

College Track and Field

University at Buffalo track athlete found dead

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo said track and field senior Brian Archie died after being found by police in his apartment.

Campus police yesterday said they do not suspect foul play after Archie was found unresponsive late Sunday. A cause of death has not been released.

Archie, who turned 22 on Thursday, was a track and field athlete and graduate of Niagara Falls High. With the UB Bulls, he was named to the indoor and outdoor academic All-Mid-American Conference teams last year. He placed sixth in the long jump at the MAC indoor championships and ninth outdoors.

Athletic Director Danny White issued a statement saying the school is deeply saddened by Archie’s death.

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