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  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia gestures during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Novak Djokovic from Serbia gestures during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia take out his sock after he got injured during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Novak Djokovic from Serbia take out his sock after he got injured during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia take out his sock after he got injured during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Novak Djokovic from Serbia take out his sock after he got injured during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, centre, celebrates his victory with his team during the match against Novak Djokovic from Serbia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, centre, celebrates his victory with his team during the match against Novak Djokovic from Serbia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, centre, celebrates his victory with his team during the match against Novak Djokovic from Serbia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, centre, celebrates his victory with his team during the match against Novak Djokovic from Serbia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia gets medical assistance during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Novak Djokovic from Serbia gets medical assistance during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia gets medical assistance during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Novak Djokovic from Serbia gets medical assistance during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia, left, hugs Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, right, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Novak Djokovic from Serbia, left, hugs Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, right, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia, left, hugs Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, right, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Novak Djokovic from Serbia, left, hugs Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, right, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • FILE - In this April 16, 2013, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton sits in the dugout during a  baseball game in Denver. Helton has been sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired. He entered his plea and apologized, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in a courtroom in Brighton outside of Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey,File)

    FILE - In this April 16, 2013, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton sits in the dugout during a baseball game in Denver. Helton has been sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired. He entered his plea and apologized, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in a courtroom in Brighton outside of Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey,File)

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia gestures during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia take out his sock after he got injured during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia take out his sock after he got injured during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, centre, celebrates his victory with his team during the match against Novak Djokovic from Serbia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, centre, celebrates his victory with his team during the match against Novak Djokovic from Serbia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia gets medical assistance during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia gets medical assistance during the match against Grigor Dimitrov from Russia at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia, left, hugs Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, right, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia, left, hugs Grigor Dimitrov from Russia, right, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
  • FILE - In this April 16, 2013, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton sits in the dugout during a  baseball game in Denver. Helton has been sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired. He entered his plea and apologized, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in a courtroom in Brighton outside of Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey,File)

NHL

Norris Trophy finalists: Subban, Letang, Suter

NEW YORK – Montreal’s P.K. Subban, Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Minnesota’s Ryan Suter are finalists for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s top defenseman.

Each is a Norris finalist for the first time.

Subban topped the league’s defensemen with 11 goals and 27 assists. Letang finished second in the scoring race among defensemen despite missing more than a quarter of the season. He had five goals and 33 assists in 35 regular-season games and added a goal and two assists in the first three games of Pittsburgh’s opening-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.

“I’m honored,” Letang said yesterday before Game 4. “It’s a great accomplishment. I think it’s a team thing.

“Been a long process. Went through some steps. You need to play in every situation every night. Getting points is a way to see it.”

Suter of Madison, Wis., ranked second among players at his position in assists (28) and third in points (32).

Baseball

Helton pleads guilty to driving while impaired

DENVER – Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired.

Helton entered his plea and apologized yesterday in a courtroom in Brighton outside of Denver.

He had been charged with driving under the influence and careless driving after his Feb. 6 arrest, but prosecutors dropped those charges under a plea deal with the five-time All Star.

Police said Helton told officers he had had two cups of wine.

Helton is a career .320 hitter and a three-time winner of the Gold Glove. He has spent his entire career with the Rockies and is one of the most popular and recognizable players on the team.

Helton’s hitting .267 this season.

Baseball

Athletics’ Reddick out with wrist injury

CLEVELAND – Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is expected to be sidelined for a few days with a sore right wrist.

Reddick was out of yesterday’s lineup against Cleveland and Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said he will likely be unavailable for the remainder of the four-game series, which concludes tomorrow.

Reddick has struggled this season, batting. 152, the third-lowest average in the American League. He’s also in a 3-for-27 slump in his last 10 games.

Reddick was a key member of Oakland’s drive to the AL West title last season when he batted .242 with 32 homers and 85 RBIs. He has one homer and 14 RBIs in 29 games this season. Michael Taylor is starting in right field against Cleveland.

Baseball

Pirates place RHP McDonald on disabled list

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates placed struggling right-handed pitcher James McDonald on the 15-day disabled list with stiffness in his right shoulder and recalled infielder Josh Harrison from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The move came just hours before McDonald was scheduled to pitch last night against the Seattle Mariners. Jeanmar Gomez started in McDonald’s place.

The 28-year-old McDonald is 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA in six starts this season. He was rocked in his last start in Milwaukee on April 30, giving up seven runs on eight hits in five innings. His velocity has also dipped this spring, though McDonald has insisted he was not concerned about his health.

McDonald’s move is retroactive to May 1. He will miss at least one more start.

NBA

Suns hire McDonough as next GM

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns hired Ryan McDonough as their new general manager.

He replaces Lance Blanks, who was fired on April 22 after failing to make the playoffs the past three seasons.

The 33-year-old McDonough spent the previous 10 seasons with the Boston Celtics, including the past three as assistant general manager.

As assistant GM, he worked with President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and was principally responsible for draft evaluations of college and international players.

McDonough’s father, the late Will McDonough, was a long-time columnist for The Boston Globe. His brother, Sean, is an announcer for ESPN and another brother, Terry, is the former director of player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

NFL

Kasay announces retirement after 20 seasons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – John Kasay, who ranks among the NFL all-time leaders in field goals and scoring, is retiring with Carolina.

Kasay, who spent 15 seasons with Carolina, signed a one-day contract with the Panthers yesterday so he could retire as a member of the team. Kasay’s 20th and final NFL season was with New Orleans in 2011.

After beginning his career with Seattle in 1991, Kasay was one of the first free agents to sign with the expansion Carolina franchise in 1995. He remained with the Panthers through the 2010 season and is the team’s all-time leading scorer.

Kasay ranks sixth in NFL history with 461 field goals and fifth with his 81.9 field goal percentage. His 1,970 points rank eighth in league history.

Motorsports

Newman avoids fine for critical comments

CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR said yesterday that Ryan Newman will not be fined for his rebuke of NASCAR on live television following a late accident at Talladega.

Newman’s race ended Sunday in a 12-car accident when Kurt Busch’s car barrel-rolled on top of his car.

Newman said his TV interview was solely to complain that NASCAR had made plenty of safety advances but still couldn’t figure out how to keep cars on the track. He used a vulgarity in his interview.

Not fining Newman is consistent with NASCAR Chairman Brian France’s decision to give drivers’ permission to criticize anything but the cars and the on-track product. Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 in March for saying he didn’t think NASCAR’s new car races as well as the old car.

Motorsports

Logano commits to Nationwide race in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa – Joey Logano will run a NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa in June, the night before competing in a Sprint Cup event at Pocono.

The Iowa Speedway said Logano will return to its 0.875-mile track for its Nationwide opener on June 8. Logano beat Kevin Harvick in a K&N Pro Series race at Iowa in 2007 and led the first competitive lap ever run at the track as a 16-year-old in 2006.

Logano says that racing at Iowa and Pocono should be fun and that he’s looking to go “two-for-two” for the weekend.

Logano is the biggest driver yet committed to Iowa’s first Nationwide race of the season. The track will host another Nationwide race in August in addition to an IndyCar event and two Camping World Trucks series races.

Tennis

Djokovic loses in second round at Madrid Open

MADRID – Grigor Dimitrov stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open yesterday, beating the top-ranked Serb, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3 for the biggest win of his career.

The 28th-ranked Bulgarian saved three set points in the first before taking the lead, and Djokovic then appeared to hurt his right ankle while trailing 4-2 in the second. The Serbian player slipped on the baseline and winced in pain, then immediately called for a trainer and took a lengthy break to get treatment.

The wait for the game to resume annoyed the crowd, which began chanting Dimitrov’s name.

Djokovic said he had not prepared properly and credited his opponent with being the better player in the match.

College sports

Oakland joining Horizon League

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland University is moving to the Horizon League, giving the conference a second school from the state of Michigan.

Oakland announced yesterday that it will leave the Summit League and join the Horizon on July 1. The school will compete in all 18 of its intercollegiate sports.

Athletic Director Tracy Huth says the move allows the school to compete with “institutions with outstanding academic profiles and values” – and it will also be the start of a new conference rivalry with the Detroit Titans, who are already in the Horizon League.

Oakland’s Board of Trustees accepted the invitation from the Horizon yesterday. The Golden Grizzlies will start competing in the league in the fall.

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