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Guan Tianlang, 14, of China, shakes hands with Lee WIlliams, right, after they finished the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Guan Tianlang, 14, of China, lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook grabs his right knee during the second quarter of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City. Westbrook, who remained in the game, will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the City Thunders championship chances. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Toronto Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson works against New York Yankees during first inning MLB American League baseball action in Toronto on Sunday, April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS,Chris Young)
Thunder’s Westbrook undergoes knee surgery
HOUSTON – Oklahoma City Thunder Coach Scott Brooks said All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook was scheduled to have knee surgery yesterday. The team announced Friday that Westbrook would need the surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee, and said yesterday that he’ll be out the remainder of the playoffs.
Westbrook, who has a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, was hurt when rookie Patrick Beverley tried for a steal in the second quarter of Game 2 and ran into his knee.
Last night’s Game 3 was the first time Westbrook missed a game in his career. He appeared in an NBA-best 394 consecutive regular-season games to start his career, as well as each of Oklahoma City’s 45 playoff games.
76ers acquire D-League team in Delaware
PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia 76ers acquired a team to compete in the NBA’s developmental league in Delaware.
The franchise will be named the 87ers and will play its games at the University of Delaware campus. The move was announced yesterday.
The rights to the club were previous held by the Utah Flash, which went on a hiatus two years ago. Aaron Moszer was named team president. Moszer was most recently served as assistant vice president of sales/marketing for Ripken Baseball Inc.
Nova, Cervelli wind up on DL for Yankees
NEW YORK – The banged-up New York Yankees put pitcher Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right triceps.
The Yankees made the move before yesterday’s game against Toronto. Catcher Francisco Cervelli had surgery on his broken right hand and went on the 15-day DL.
The Yankees recalled catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and also signed and selected lefty reliever Vidal Nuno. Shortstop Derek Jeter, out until after the All-Star break because of an injured ankle, was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room on the roster.
Cardinals closer Motte tests right arm
ST. LOUIS – Cardinals closer Jason Motte threw for the first time in five weeks, a step toward determining if he will need season-ending surgery on his right elbow.
The Cardinals set a May 1 deadline to decide whether he will require elbow-reconstruction surgery after an MRI in early April revealed a low-grade tear in a ligament. Motte said his 35-40 light tosses before the game against Pittsburgh yesterday from about 45 feet won’t provide the final determination.
Motte said he felt great, but it’s more important how he feels today.
Motte signed a two-year, $12 million contract during the offseason after earning 42 saves for St. Louis last year. He took over the roll late in 2011 and helped solidify a bullpen that struggled throughout the season before winning the World Series championship.
Blue Jays expect Johnson to be okay, add RHP Germano
NEW YORK – The Toronto Blue Jays expect right-hander Josh Johnson to return to the rotation late next week.
Johnson was scratched from a start Friday night because of tightness in his right triceps. Manager John Gibbons says team doctors don’t think the problem is serious and the team said yesterday that an MRI came back clean.
Gibbons said Johnson will throw on the side early next week and start a few days later “unless something changes.”
Johnson is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts since being acquired in an offseason trade with Miami.
The Blue Jays selected the contract of righty Justin Germano from Triple-A Buffalo before yesterday’s game. Toronto designated lefty Aaron Laffey for assignment on Friday night after he started for Johnson and walked five in 22∕3 innings against the Yankees.
Pirates’ Sanchez suspended six games by MLB
ST. LOUIS – Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was suspended by Major League Baseball for six games and fined for hitting Allen Craig with a pitch in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
Sanchez gave up two home runs and a single to start the inning before hitting Craig in the shoulder. Umpire Tim Timmons immediately ejected Sanchez before tossing Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle for arguing.
Baseball announced the suspension yesterday and Sanchez said he will appeal.
Nadal, Almargo reach Barcelona Open final
BARCELONA, Spain – Seven-time winner Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-0 yesterday to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.
He will play for the title today against Nicolas Almagro in a match between Spaniards. Almargo defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-2, 6-1 in the other semifinal. This will be his second clay-court final of the year.
The start of Nadal’s match was delayed because of rain. He overcame an early break and dominated the rest of the way, with Raonic’s big serve doing little damage.
Nadal has won 38 straight matches on the Real Club de Tenis’s outdoor red clay. His last loss in Barcelona came 10 years ago. He is now ranked fifth and has reached six straight finals — winning three — since returning from a seven-month injury layoff.
Glover leads Zurich Classic by two strokes
AVONDALE, La. – Lucas Glover increased his lead to two strokes in the Zurich Classic to remain in position for his first victory in two years.
The 2009 U.S. Open winner shot a 2-under 70 on yesterday to reach 14 under at TPC Louisiana.
Kyle Stanley, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel and D.A. Points were tied for second. Stanley had a 65, Walker and Horschel shot 66, and Points had a 70.
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur, shot a 77 to drop to 2 over – last among the 71 players who made the cut. He tied for 58th two weeks ago in the Masters after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National, and will play in a U.S. Open qualifier in two weeks in Dallas.
Chapman, Blake lead Champions better-ball event
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Roger Chapman and Jay Don Blake shot an 11-under-par 61 in the second round of the Champions Tour better-ball tournament to take a one-shot lead.
Chapman and Blake are 17-under for the tournament.
Five teams, including 18-hole leaders Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman, are a shot back. Eighteen more twosomes are within five shots of the lead. Peter Jacobsen and D.A. Weibring are three shots off the lead.