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Los Angeles Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez smiles during spring training baseball in Phoenix, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Phil Mickelson walks on the ninth fairway during the pro-am of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 20, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Dodgers SS Ramirez on DL with strained hamstring
SAN FRANCISCO – The Los Angeles Dodgers put shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.
The Dodgers made the move yesterday, a day after he hurt himself running the bases. Infielder Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Ramirez was injured while trying to go from first base to third in the sixth inning of Friday night’s 2-1 loss at San Francisco.
The 29-year-old Ramirez was reinstated from the DL on Monday after surgery on his right thumb. He started the season on the disabled list after being injured during the World Baseball Classic.
Ramirez went 5-for-11 with a home run in four games for the Dodgers.
The 25-year-old Gordon was hitting .314 and led the Pacific Coast League with 14 stolen bases.
Ferry says Drew still coach in Atlanta
ATLANTA – Shortly after the Atlanta Hawks were bounced from the NBA playoffs, Larry Drew remains their coach.
General Manager Danny Ferry said Saturday it’s too soon to make such a major decision on the team’s future. He plans to let the disappointment of a six-game loss to the Indiana Pacers wear off a bit before deciding whether Drew is the coach to lead what figures to be a much different roster next season.
Drew endured a lame-duck season after the team renewed the option on his contract last summer but didn’t give him an extension. He conceded that set up a difficult situation, especially coaching a team that has only three players definitely under contract going forward. But Drew said he’s proud of the way the Hawks stuck together.
Tennessee releases Landry from letter of intent
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee released guard Travon Landry from the letter of intent he signed with the school last fall.
Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak confirmed yesterday what was first reported by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
The move brings Tennessee’s number of scholarship players for the 2013-14 season back to 13, the maximum allowed under NCAA rules. Tennessee had been over the limit after the spring signings of guard Darius Thompson and junior-college center Rawane Ndiaye.
Landry, a 6-footer from San Antonio, spent his senior year of high school at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep. He was part of a fall signing class at Tennessee that also included guard Robert Hubbs and swingman A.J. Davis.
Kentucky S Lowery injured in Georgia car wreck
Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery is hospitalized in Georgia with injuries suffered in a car accident Friday night.
Wildcats athletic department spokesman Tony Neely confirmed that Lowery is being treated in a hospital but said the school was still gathering details about the accident, where he is hospitalized and his condition.
Lowery played in eight games as a sophomore last season, all starts, and ranked fifth on the team with 43 tackles. He had a career-best nine stops against Vanderbilt and recorded his first career interception that was returned for 21 yards.
Several Kentucky players have tweeted comments asking for prayers for Lowery.
US rallies from two goals down to beat Austria, 5-3
HELSINKI – The United States rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Austria, 5-3, in its opening game at the ice hockey world championship yesterday.
In Stockholm, Norway beat newcomer Slovenia, 3-1, behind two goals from Anders Bastiansen.
David Moss began the Americans’ comeback off a rebound in the first period, and defenseman Erik Johnson opened and closed the second period with power-play goals. In between, Tim Stapleton and Aaron Palushaj also scored.
Nick Bjugstad, Justin Faulk and Drew LeBlanc each had two assists.
Austria went up on Manuel Latusa’s slap shot and Daniel Welser’s rebound score within 40 seconds of each other.
Mickelson, Watney tied for lead at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship, minus the separation from the rest of the field.
Mickelson hit a shot out-of-bounds and hit another shot that struck a spectator in the head, costing him three shots over the last four holes yesterday in his round of 1-over 73. Watney hit a semi-shank on the par-3 17th that led to double bogey and had to settle for a 71.
They were at 8-under 208, one shot ahead of George McNeill. And because of their mistakes, a dozen players were within three shots of the lead.
One of them was Rory McIlroy, who missed seven putts from the 5-foot range or closer on his 24th birthday.
Els a shot off the lead at Indonesia Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Ernie Els shot a 4-under 68 yesterday to leave the South African star one stroke behind leader Daisuke Kataoka of Japan after three rounds of the Indonesian Masters.
Kataoka had a 66 for a total of 11-under 205 at Royale Jakarta Golf Club. Els is tied for second at 206 with Australia’s Bernd Wiesberger, who shot a 67.
Canada’s Richard T. Lee (72) is at 207 followed by Taiwan’s Hung Chien-yao (70) at 208.
Cristie Kerr shoots 66, takes lead at Kingsmill
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Two-time champion Cristie Kerr shot a 5-under 66 yesterday to take a two-stroke lead over second-ranked Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen after the third round of the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.
Kerr, the only two-time winner at the River Course, made six birdies to reach 10-under 203. She took command on a day when seven players shared the lead at one point or another, then faltered.
Lewis shot a 69, and Pettersen, the 2007 champion, had a 68.
Angela Stanford was fourth after a 70, and Ilhee Lee was fifth after an all-over-the-place 69.
Ariya Jutanugarn, the 17-year-old Thai player who led after each of the first two rounds, had three bogeys and a birdie on her first four holes and fought a balky putter for a 73 that left her five shots back.
Rumford leads by 1; teen shoots 72 at China Open
TIANJIN, China – Brett Rumford of Australia shot a 3-under 69 yesterday to lead by one stroke after the third round of the China Open, while 16-year-old Dou Zecheng of China trailed by 10 strokes after a 72.
Conditions were windy on the Binhai Lake Golf Club course as Rumford moved to 12 under, one stroke ahead of Mikko Ilonen (73). The Finn led by three shots at the halfway mark.
“It was a really tough day and a very tiring day, and I really started to feel it on the back nine,” Rumford said.
Amateur Dou Zecheng became the youngest at 16 to make the tournament cut on Friday after rounds of 70-72.
Pablo Larrazabal of Spain was at 10 under after a 69, making four straight birdies from No. 10 but dropping two strokes in his last five holes. Paul Casey of England, the 2006 China Open champion, bogeyed four of his closing six holes to shoot 72 and trailed by seven shots.