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  • FILE - In this April, 26, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden listens during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Alameda, Calif. Hayden's comeback from a near-fatal practice injury last year was dealt a setback when he was hospitalized with a stomach injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until at least training camp.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

    FILE - In this April, 26, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden listens during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Alameda, Calif. Hayden's comeback from a near-fatal practice injury last year was dealt a setback when he was hospitalized with a stomach injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until at least training camp. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

  • Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez reacts after giving up a hit to Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew during the ninth inning of Boston's 6-5 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez reacts after giving up a hit to Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew during the ninth inning of Boston's 6-5 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Jeff Hornacek smiles as he is introduced as the Phoenix Suns' new head basketball coach during an NBA basketball news conference, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Jeff Hornacek smiles as he is introduced as the Phoenix Suns' new head basketball coach during an NBA basketball news conference, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • FILE - In this May 29, 2008 file photo, Denver Broncos backup quarterback Cullen Finnerty stretches  at the team's headquarters in Denver. Authorities are searching for Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national football championships, after he failed to return from fishing near his northern Michigan cabin. The Lake County, Mich., sheriff's department says the search continued Monday evening, May 27, 2013 for the 30-year-old Finnerty, who didn't return Sunday night, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    FILE - In this May 29, 2008 file photo, Denver Broncos backup quarterback Cullen Finnerty stretches at the team's headquarters in Denver. Authorities are searching for Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national football championships, after he failed to return from fishing near his northern Michigan cabin. The Lake County, Mich., sheriff's department says the search continued Monday evening, May 27, 2013 for the 30-year-old Finnerty, who didn't return Sunday night, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • FILE - In this April, 26, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden listens during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Alameda, Calif. Hayden's comeback from a near-fatal practice injury last year was dealt a setback when he was hospitalized with a stomach injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until at least training camp.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

    FILE - In this April, 26, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden listens during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Alameda, Calif. Hayden's comeback from a near-fatal practice injury last year was dealt a setback when he was hospitalized with a stomach injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until at least training camp. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

  • Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez reacts after giving up a hit to Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew during the ninth inning of Boston's 6-5 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez reacts after giving up a hit to Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew during the ninth inning of Boston's 6-5 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • FILE - In this May 29, 2008 file photo, Denver Broncos backup quarterback Cullen Finnerty stretches  at the team's headquarters in Denver. Authorities are searching for Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national football championships, after he failed to return from fishing near his northern Michigan cabin. The Lake County, Mich., sheriff's department says the search continued Monday evening, May 27, 2013 for the 30-year-old Finnerty, who didn't return Sunday night, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    FILE - In this May 29, 2008 file photo, Denver Broncos backup quarterback Cullen Finnerty stretches at the team's headquarters in Denver. Authorities are searching for Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national football championships, after he failed to return from fishing near his northern Michigan cabin. The Lake County, Mich., sheriff's department says the search continued Monday evening, May 27, 2013 for the 30-year-old Finnerty, who didn't return Sunday night, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Jeff Hornacek smiles as he is introduced as the Phoenix Suns' new head basketball coach during an NBA basketball news conference, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Jeff Hornacek smiles as he is introduced as the Phoenix Suns' new head basketball coach during an NBA basketball news conference, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • FILE - In this April, 26, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden listens during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Alameda, Calif. Hayden's comeback from a near-fatal practice injury last year was dealt a setback when he was hospitalized with a stomach injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until at least training camp.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
  • Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez reacts after giving up a hit to Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew during the ninth inning of Boston's 6-5 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Jeff Hornacek smiles as he is introduced as the Phoenix Suns' new head basketball coach during an NBA basketball news conference, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • FILE - In this May 29, 2008 file photo, Denver Broncos backup quarterback Cullen Finnerty stretches  at the team's headquarters in Denver. Authorities are searching for Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national football championships, after he failed to return from fishing near his northern Michigan cabin. The Lake County, Mich., sheriff's department says the search continued Monday evening, May 27, 2013 for the 30-year-old Finnerty, who didn't return Sunday night, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
  • FILE - In this April, 26, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden listens during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Alameda, Calif. Hayden's comeback from a near-fatal practice injury last year was dealt a setback when he was hospitalized with a stomach injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until at least training camp.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
  • Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez reacts after giving up a hit to Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew during the ninth inning of Boston's 6-5 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • FILE - In this May 29, 2008 file photo, Denver Broncos backup quarterback Cullen Finnerty stretches  at the team's headquarters in Denver. Authorities are searching for Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national football championships, after he failed to return from fishing near his northern Michigan cabin. The Lake County, Mich., sheriff's department says the search continued Monday evening, May 27, 2013 for the 30-year-old Finnerty, who didn't return Sunday night, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
  • Jeff Hornacek smiles as he is introduced as the Phoenix Suns' new head basketball coach during an NBA basketball news conference, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

NFL

Draft moved to May in 2014; future dates undecided

NEW YORK – The NFL officially announced yesterday that the 2014 draft will be held May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall because of a scheduling conflict in April at the venue. The NFL has yet to decide on dates for drafts in 2015 and beyond.

Radio City is hosting an Easter show next year that conflicts with the NFL’s typical window for the draft.

The last time the entire draft took place in May was 1984.

NFL

Raiders CB hospitalized
with abdominal injury

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden’s comeback from a near-fatal practice injury last year was dealt a setback when he was hospitalized with an abdominal injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until at least training camp.

Coach Dennis Allen said yesterday at the start of Oakland’s second week of OTAs that Hayden first felt symptoms last Tuesday or Wednesday. The cornerback was hospitalized late last week and had surgery to remove scar tissue from the abdominal region. The Raiders said they don’t know when Hayden will be released from the hospital.

NFL

Members of Congress urge Redskins to change name

WASHINGTON – Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans.

The representatives said yesterday they’ve sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises.

The letter to Snyder said that “Native Americans throughout the country consider the ‘R-word’ a racial, derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos.”

Among the group sending the letters are the leaders of the Congressional Native American Caucus: Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole and Minnesota Democrat Betty McCollum.

The nickname is the subject of a long-running legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.

Snyder has vowed that he will never change the name.

BASEBALL

Indians closer Perez
has shoulder tendinitis

CLEVELAND – Indians closer Chris Perez has tendinitis in his right shoulder and will be shut down from throwing for a week.

Perez underwent an MRI in Cleveland on Monday, one day after he felt a “pinch” in his shoulder while pitching in the ninth inning of an appearance in Boston. The Indians said the two-time All-Star has “mild” tendinitis of his rotator cuff. The plan is for Perez not to throw for at least five days and then be re-evaluated.

Perez blew a three-run lead in Sunday’s game.

While Perez is sidelined, Vinnie Pestano will take over closing duties for the Indians, who have lost four straight and six of seven entering Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati.

BASEBALL

Padres reinstate Grandal from restricted list

SEATTLE – The San Diego Padres reinstated catcher Yasmani Grandal from the restricted list after he missed the first 50 games of the season while serving a suspension for a positive testosterone test.

The Padres made the move official yesterday before completing a two-game series in Seattle. The Padres optioned catcher John Baker to Triple-A Tucson and designated for assignment infielder Edinson Rincon.

Grandal was part of San Diego’s second-half resurgence in 2012, hitting .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 60 games. He was allowed to play 10 games at Triple-A, where he hit .306 with three doubles and two RBI in nine games.

NBA

Suns confirm hiring
of Hornacek as coach

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns officially hired Jeff Hornacek as their new coach yesterday.

Phoenix turned to one of its former players as the team looks to rebuild from one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Hornacek spent the first six of his 14 seasons as an NBA player with the Suns.

Multiple reports over the weekend had Hornacek getting the job, and the team made it official with yesterday’s announcement that he would be the club’s 16th head coach.

The 50-year-old Hornacek had been an assistant with the Utah Jazz since 2011. This is his first head coaching job.

He takes over a team that went 27-55 last season, the second-worst in the franchise’s history.

NBA

Hawks pick Budenholzer
to replace Drew as coach

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Hawks named longtime Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as head coach.

General Manager Danny Ferry called on his past experience with the Spurs to select Budenholzer yesterday to replace Larry Drew as coach. Drew’s contract expires in June following three seasons as coach.

Budenholzer spent the last 17 seasons as an assistant with the Spurs, including the last six years as the top assistant for Coach Gregg Popovich.

The Hawks said Budenholzer will continue serving as the Spurs top assistant until the conclusion of the NBA Finals. The Spurs completed a four-game sweep of Memphis in the Western Conference finals on Monday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Ex-Div. II champ QB Finnerty found dead in Michigan

DETROIT – One of the winningest quarterbacks in college football history was found dead in the woods of northern Michigan last night, days after disappearing while out fishing near his family’s cottage.

Cullen Finnerty, 30, who led Grand Valley State University to three Division II national titles and more than 50 wins during his four years as a starter in Allendale, Mich., last decade, went missing Sunday. His body was found about 8 p.m. in woods within a mile of where he disappeared, said Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson.

Finnerty last spoke to a family member that night in a phone call in which he said “he was nervous about something,” Sheriff Robert Hilts said earlier yesterday. Based on that call, the family suspected “he might be having some kind of a mental episode – that he was either afraid or something and ran off into the woods,” Hilts said.

COLLEGE

Incoming Rutgers athletic director involved in lawsuit

NEWARK, N.J. – Incoming Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann was involved in a discrimination lawsuit at Louisville, where an assistant track coach said she was fired for complaining about discriminatory treatment.

Mary Banker, an assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach, filed a lawsuit against the University of Louisville Athletic Association, saying she was let go in 2008 after she complained to Hermann and then human resources about allegations of gender and sexual discrimination. Hermann was the executive senior associate athletic director.

Hermann testified at a 2010 jury trial about the dismissal. A jury found in favor of Banker’s claims, awarding her $300,000 for mental and emotional distress. However, the university appealed and the verdict was overturned.

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