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New York Jets coach Rex Ryan speaks to the media at NFL football rookie minicamp Friday, May 10, 2013, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Blue Jay put outfielder Davis on DL with strained oblique
BOSTON – Outfielder Rajai Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays because of a strained oblique muscle in his left side.
Davis was hurt during Friday’s 5-0 loss at Boston, and the roster move was made yesterday, when Toronto recalled right-hander Chad Jenkins from Double-A New Hampshire of the Eastern League.
Davis is hitting .284 with one homer and four RBIs in 26 games.
The 25-year old Jenkins made one start for New Hamphire. He was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the Blue Jays last season.
Gorzelanny on 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis
CINCINNATI – The Milwaukee Brewers placed left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 8, with shoulder tendinitis in his pitching arm after yesterday’s 13-7 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
The Brewers recalled right-hander Mike Fiers from Single-A Brevard County to replace him in the Milwaukee bullpen.
Gorzelanny, 30, was 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA and a blown save in 18 appearances. His last appearance was one inning against Texas on May 7.
Fiers, 27, opened the season with the Brewers and was optioned on April 18 after going 0-1 with an 8.59 earned-run average in three games, including one start.
Ryan increasing his role
in Jets’ defense again
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Rex Ryan is going back to his roots.
The New York Jets coach said yesterday that he will control the play-calling on defense, as he did during his first two seasons with the team. Ryan, a defensive coordinator in Baltimore before being hired as a head coach in New York, left most of those duties to Mike Pettine the last two years.
Ryan wanted to get more involved in the offense and “be more the head coach role” last season, but wants to “go back to do what I do, which is teach and coach primarily on defense.”
Dennis Thurman replaced Pettine as the team’s defensive coordinator when Pettine took the same role with Buffalo this offseason. Ryan said his increased role on defense is not a reflection on Thurman.
executive Trask resigns
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Longtime Oakland Raiders chief executive office Amy Trask resigned her position yesterday, ending the tenure of one of the highest-ranking women in American professional sports.
Trask spent 25 seasons with the Raiders starting during their time in Los Angeles and continuing after the move to Oakland in 1995. She became CEO in 1997 and was one of late owner Al Davis’ most trusted advisers before his death in October 2011.
“Earlier today, I informed Mark Davis of my decision to leave the Raiders,” she said in an email statement. “Having honored a commitment that I made to effectuate a smooth transition and transfer of control, I no longer wish to remain with the organization. For over a quarter of a century, it was my honor and my privilege to work for the Raiders. I will forever appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Al Davis.”
Mark Davis took over the Raiders following his father’s death. He hired general Reggie McKenzie to run the football operations in January 2012 and has been looking for a potential team president this offseason.
Former Jet Sauer dies at 69
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – George Sauer, a wide receiver on the New York Jets’ only Super Bowl championship team, died. He was 69.
The Moreland Funeral Home in Westerville said he died Tuesday after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Sauer played a key role in the Jets’ 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl. He caught eight passes from Joe Namath that day in one of the greatest upsets in pro football history.
He played for the Jets in the AFL and then the NFL from 1965-70. He was chosen to four all-star teams and was a two-time All-Pro. In 84 games, he caught 309 passes for 4,965 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Steelers Hall of Famer Butler dies at 85 from infection
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame defensive back Jack Butler died yesterday morning following a lengthy battle with a staph infection. He was 85.
Butler’s son John said his father’s heart stopped suddenly. Butler had been hospitalized for several months while dealing with a staph infection that had plagued him off and on since he retired in 1959.
A Pittsburgh native, Butler made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of St. Bonaventure in 1951. He developed into one of the top defensive backs of his era. He played nine seasons with the Steelers, collecting 52 interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl four times and was named to the All-NFL first team three times.
Butler was elected to the Hall of Fame by the senior committee in 2012.
U.S. beats France at ice hockey world championships
HELSINKI – The United States beat France, 4-2, yesterday to take the lead in its group at the ice hockey world championships.
Stephen Gionta and Bobby Butler gave the Americans a 2-0 lead in the first period, and captain Paul Stastny and David Moss added goals in the third.
Kevin Hecquefeuille made it 2-1 for France in the second period and Yorick Treille added a late goal.
American goaltender Ben Bishop had 15 saves, including a couple of key stops to keep his team ahead early in the third. Cristobal Huet had 32 saves for France.
In Stockholm, Switzerland took the lead in the other group with a 4-1 victory over Denmark. Switzerland has 14 points from five games, one one point ahead of Canada.
Luca Cunti, Ryan Gardner, Reto Suri and Nino Niederreiter scored for Switzerland.
Nadal reaches seventh straight final at Madrid Open
MADRID – Rafael Nadal reached his seventh consecutive final since returning from a knee injury, brushing aside wild-card entry Pablo Andujar, 6-0, 6-4 at the Madrid Open yesterday.
Nadal had little trouble extending his winning streak in clay-court semifinals to 46 matches, quickly finishing his overmatched countryman after winning the first six games.
The Spaniard will play Tomas Berdych or Stanislas Wawrinka in the title match.
Nadal has won four of six finals since a seven-month layoff cause by a left knee injury.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will play for the No. 1 ranking and the women’s title after both won semifinals in straight sets.
Mylute set to run in
Preakness under Napravnik
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mylute will run in next weekend’s Preakness Stakes, giving Rosie Napravnik a chance to become the first female jockey to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.
Trainer Tom Amoss said he talked with Mylute’s owners, and they decided to take on Kentucky Derby winner Orb next Saturday at Pimlico. Mylute finished fifth in the Derby, giving Napravnik the highest finish by a woman rider in that race.
It’s a return home for Napravnik, who began her riding career at Pimlico in 2005.
Amoss said Mylute will travel to Baltimore on Wednesday.
The decision to run was made after Mylute jogged a mile and galloped two miles over a muddy track at Churchill Downs yesterday.