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  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after NFL football practice at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NFL

WR Crabtree tears right Achilles tendon

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers leading wide receiver Michael Crabtree had surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon.

Crabtree underwent surgery yesterday, though the team is optimistic he will return at some point in 2013. Crabtree was operated on at Stanford by Dr. Tim McAdams one day after suffering the injury during 7-on-7 drills in an organized team activity.

The 25-year-old Crabtree, the team’s 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Texas Tech, had career highs last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the NFC champion Niners, who lost, 34-31, to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

NFL

Giants kick off OTA without Cruz and Nicks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Coach Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants knew Victor Cruz wouldn’t show up for the organized team activity without a contract, so his absence was expected.

Not so with fellow receiver Hakeem Nicks.

Nicks surprised Coughlin yesterday when he failed to show up for the team’s first voluntary workout. The coach was given no explanation.

Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, did not immediately return an email by the Associated Press seeking comment.

Nicks had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason so it is doubtful he would have been able to participate fully in the workout anyway.

BASEBALL

Canseco accused of sexual assault in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco was accused of sexual assault in Las Vegas, in an investigation that the former baseball slugger made public with postings on a social media website claiming that a woman falsely accused him of rape.

No arrest was made and the police said no charges were immediately filed against the 48-year-old former Oakland Athletics rookie of the year who played for six other teams from 1985 to 2001 and later wrote a tell-all book admitting that he used performance-enhancing steroids.

Officer Bill Cassell, a police department spokesman, wouldn’t say yesterday where the alleged attack took place.

Word about the investigation became public after Canseco posted information about it on the social media network Twitter. The postings – including the name and workplace of a woman – generated an immediate outcry from others who posted comments deriding Canseco. Some of the information was later removed.

BASEBALL

Lohse to miss start because of elbow irritation

MILWAUKEE – Right-hander Kyle Lohse will miss his next scheduled turn in the Milwaukee Brewers’ rotation because of irritation in his pitching elbow.

Mike Fiers will start in place of Lohse on Saturday against visiting Pittsburgh.

Lohse signed a $33 million, three-year contract with Milwaukee a week before opening day and is 1-5 with a 3.76 ERA.

BASEBALL

D-Backs shut down OF Eaton after setback

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks ended Adam Eaton’s rehabilitation stint in the minors after the young outfielder felt soreness in his injured left elbow.

Eaton had been a designated hitter in the minors for the past few weeks but began playing the outfield last weekend. Manager Kirk Gibson, speaking before Arizona’s game at Colorado yesterday, said Eaton felt discomfort in the elbow during an appearance with Triple-A Reno on Monday and was returning to Phoenix to be examined by team doctor Michael Lee.

Eaton has been on the disabled list all season after spraining his elbow in spring training. Before that, he had been slated to play center field and be the team’s leadoff hitter.

NBA

Spurs’ Parker getting MRI on troublesome left calf

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker plans to have an MRI today on his troublesome left calf, although he doesn’t expect to miss any playing time in the Western Conference finals.

Parker said the MRI is “just to make sure” he’s improving on schedule from the injury, which limited his effectiveness in the final two games of the Spurs’ second-round series against Golden State.

Parker had 15 points and a career-best 18 assists in San Antonio’s Game 2 win against Memphis on Tuesday night. The Spurs lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday night in Memphis.

NHL

Canucks fire Vigneault as coach

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Vancouver Canucks fired coach Alain Vigneault yesterday.

The Canucks also fired assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Browne.

Vigneault, the Canucks’ all-time leader in coaching wins, led the club to six Northwest Division titles, two Presidents’ Trophy titles and an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

But Vancouver was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in the past two seasons, including getting swept by the San Jose Sharks this year.

Vigneault had a 313-170-57 record over seven seasons in Vancouver.

HORSE RACING

Irish jockey Ahern gets 10-year ban for corruption

LONDON – The British Horseracing Authority been banned Irish jockey Eddie Ahern for 10 years for violating corruption rules.

The 35-year-old Ahern was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to bets placed on five horses between September 2010 and February 2011.

Ahern was also found to have intentionally failed to ensure that Judgethemoment was ridden on its merits at Lingfield in January 2011, and of passing inside information for reward.

Ahern, who has ridden more than 1,000 winners in Britain, plans to appeal against the panel’s findings and the severity of the suspension.

TENNIS

Fish, Baker pull out of French Open

PARIS – American players Brian Baker and Mardy Fish pulled out of the upcoming French Open.

Organizers said yesterday that Baker has not recovered from a right knee operation and Fish is unfit because of heart problems. They will be replaced in tomorrow’s draw by Joao Sousa of Portugal and Guido Pella of Argentina.

John Millan, an Australian wild-card entry, withdrew because of a shoulder injury and will be replaced by Nick Kyrgios of Australia.

U.S. Open champion Andy Murray pulled out Tuesday because of a chronic back injury and will be replaced by a lucky loser.

TENNIS

Top-seeded Tipsarevic upset in Duesseldorf

DUESSELDORF, Germany – Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic lost in the second round of the Power Horse Cup yesterday, falling 7-6 (1), 6-1 to Argentine qualifier Guido Pella.

It’s the biggest career win for the 101st-ranked Pella, knocking out the 10th-ranked Serb to reach the ATP World Tour quarterfinals for the first time.

Pella will play seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia, who defeated Grega Zemlja of Slovenia, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Third-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina topped Andre Ghem, 6-4, 6-4, of Brazil to set up a quarterfinal with Tobias Kamke, who beat Aljaz Bedene, 6-1, 6-4.

Second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany rallied past Ivan Dodig, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. The German will next play Jarkko Nieminen, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

Igor Sijsling knocked out fourth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and will play Jan Hajek. The Czech routed Daniel Brands, 6-1, 6-0.

TENNIS

Hsieh, Niculescu lose in 2nd round at Strasbourg

STRASBOURG, France – Seeded players Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and Monica Niculescu of Romania were beaten yesterday in the second round of the Strasbourg International.

The fourth-seeded Hsieh lost, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3), to Misaki Doi of Japan, and fifth-seeded Niculescu fell, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, to Anna Tatishvili of Georgia.

Last year’s runner-up Alize Cornet downed Magda Linette, 6-3, 6-4. At No. 3, the Frenchwoman is the highest remaining seeded player in the tournament.

Seventh-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa reached the quarterfinals by beating American Shelby Rogers, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Flavia Pennetta, Johanna Larsson, Eugenie Bouchard and Lucie Hradecka also advanced to the last eight.

TENNIS

Querrey beats Stakhovsky to reach quarters in Nice

NICE, France – American Sam Querrey reached the quarterfinals of the Nice Open by beating Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, 7-5, 6-3, yesterday.

The third-seeded Querrey broke his opponent three times, while Stakhovsky converted only one of seven opportunities.

Querrey will play French wild card Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who rallied to defeat Ricardas Berankis, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Albert Montanes advanced to the last eight by beating Victor Hanescu, 7-5, 7-6 (2), and Pablo Andujar routed Lu Yen-hsun, 6-2, 6-0.

Robin Haase was leading fourth-seeded John Isner, 6-4, 1-4, when play was suspended because of rain.

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