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Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay, right, and Carlos Ruiz wait for the results of a review of a home run by Miami Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria in the third inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Calder finalists are Gallagher, Huberdeau and Saad
NEW YORK – Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher, Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad are the three finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s top rookie.
Gallagher played in 44 games, ranking second among rookies with 15 goals and fourth with 28 points.
Huberdeau played in all 48 games for Florida and ranked second both on the team and among NHL rookies with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists). Among first-year players, he finished third in goals, fourth in assists and third in shots on goal (112).
Saad ranked fifth among rookies in each of the three major scoring categories – goals (10), assists (17) and points (27).
The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup finals.
Phillies place Halladay on DL
PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Phillies placed two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured right shoulder.
Halladay will be replaced on the roster by left-hander Joe Savery. The move was announced before the Phillies opened a three-game series in San Francisco last night.
Halladay is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season. He allowed nine runs in 2 1-3 innings against Miami on Sunday.
Halladay expects to see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles this week. The 35-year-old right-hander is in the final season of his contract with the Phillies, making $20 million this year.
White Sox RHP Floyd needs season-ending surgery
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd needs elbow surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
The team said yesterday that Floyd will be out for 14-19 months – also putting next season in jeopardy. The right-hander will have the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle repaired today in New York.
The 30-year-old Floyd was 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts for Chicago this season before going on the disabled list April 28 with what was initially diagnosed as a flexor muscle strain.
Floyd is 70-70 with a 4.48 ERA in 10 major-league seasons with the White Sox and Phillies.
Indians place RHP Pestano on disabled list
CLEVELAND – The Indians placed reliever Vinnie Pestano on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow.
After several days of indecision, Cleveland announced the move last night shortly before the opener of a four-game series against Oakland. Manager Terry Francona had expected Pestano to be available, but the Indians are taking a cautious approach with the right-hander, who has a 2.25 ERA in eight appearances.
The Indians called the injury right elbow tendinitis, but the 28-year-old said he has been treated for discomfort the past two seasons.
Pestano was one of the AL’s best relievers last season. He went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 70 appearances, mostly as the setup man for All-Star closer Chris Perez.
To replace Pestano, the Indians recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus.
Jaguars waive LB Jones, RB Murphy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars waived linebacker Greg Jones and running back Richard Murphy, clearing room to sign two tryout players from a three-day rookie minicamp.
The Jaguars signed defensive end J.D. Griggs and running back De’Leon Eskridge, undrafted rookies who made an impression on general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley.
Griggs attended Iowa and then Nassau (N.Y.) Community College before finishing his career at Akron. The 6-foot-5, 262-pound Griggs had 41 tackles and six sacks last season.
Eskridge began his college career at Minnesota before transferring to San Jose State. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Eskridge ran for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. He also caught 28 passes for 156 yards. During his time with the Gophers, he had 1,670 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.
Kluwe released by Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Kluwe said he was released by the Minnesota Vikings.
The punter tweeted yesterday that he is no longer a member of the team. Kluwe thanked the Vikings fans, his teammates and Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf for the past eight seasons in Minnesota. He says he “wouldn’t have traded it for anything.”
The move was expected after the Vikings spent a fifth-round draft pick on punter Jeff Locke at the end of last month. Kluwe was coming off one of his best statistical seasons, but he ranked just 17th in the NFL in punting and was due to make $1.45 million this season.
Browns draft pick Bryant arrested in Oklahoma
ADA, Okla. – Cleveland Browns seventh-round draft pick Armonty Bryant was charged yesterday with driving under the influence of alcohol after his arrest late last week.
Bryant was charged yesterday in Pontotoc County District Court and a court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday.
According to an arrest affidavit, Bryant was stopped around 3:45 a.m. Friday near the stadium at East Central University, where he was a standout defensive end, and a test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.098 percent. The legal limit in Oklahoma is 0.08.
Bryant pleaded no contest in October to a felony charge of marijuana distribution in a school zone, but Coach Rob Chudzinski said the team drafted him believing he was “past his mistakes.”
49ers bring back guard Snyder on two-year deal
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers signed guard Adam Snyder to a two-year contract, bringing him back to the franchise after a year with the Arizona Cardinals.
The NFC champion Niners already have a steady offensive line intact to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick, so Snyder might be fighting for playing time in his return.
Arizona released the 31-year-old Snyder last Monday after taking two players at his position in the draft. He started 14 games for Arizona last season.
Also yesterday, San Francisco hired former NFL wide receiver Ronald Curry as an offensive assistant coach. He played for the Oakland Raiders when 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh was an offensive assistant with the team.
Greene steps down from Steelers’ scouting role
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Joe Greene is stepping down from his role in the team’s player personnel department.
Greene announced his retirement yesterday. He had spent the last nine years as a special assistant for pro and college personnel for general manager Kevin Colbert. The 66-year-old Greene says he enjoyed his time scouting for the Steelers and will miss working with the organization.
Greene served as the cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” defense after being taken in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft. He earned four Super Bowl rings with the Steelers and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987 following a 13-year career.
Steelers President Art Rooney II called Greene an “inspiration” to the franchise throughout his playing and coaching career.
Chargers add Wooden, Kelly to front office
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers hired JoJo Wooden as director of player personnel and Kevin Kelly as director of college scouting.
Wooden replaces Jimmy Raye, who went to the Indianapolis Colts as vice president of football operations. Wooden spent the past 16 seasons with the New York Jets, including the past six as the assistant director of player personnel.
Kelly replaces John Spanos, who was promoted to executive vice president of football operations.
Kelly spent 2012 as a personnel scout with the Jets. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as an area scout with the Indianapolis Colts and eight seasons as an area scout with the Cleveland Browns. In Indianapolis, he worked with new Chargers general manager Tom Telesco.
Sharapova beats Dulgheru, advances at Madrid Open
MADRID – Maria Sharapova rallied from a break down in the first set to beat Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania, 7-5, 6-2 yesterday and reach the second round of the Madrid Open.
The second-seeded Russian said she was still adjusting to the altitude and changing weather conditions in Madrid after winning the title in Stuttgart last weekend. Madrid is 2,180 feet above sea level.
Sharapova said she was “really happy that I got that break back in the first set,” and dominated the second.
In the men’s event, 11th-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain advanced when Tobias Kamke of Germany retired injured after losing the first set 6-4.
The top-seeded players in the men’s draw, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, have a bye into the second round.