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Diamondbacks option pitcher Cahill to Visalia
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Trevor Cahill to Class A Visalia yesterday, three days after they designated the struggling right-hander for assignment.
The 26-year-old Cahill is 1-6 with one save and a 5.66 ERA in 19 appearances – including four starts – for Arizona this season. Acquired in a trade with Oakland in 2012, Cahill is due to earn about $17 million in a contract that runs through next year.
No charges in Florida for Kaepernick, two other players involved in incident at hotel
MIAMI – Prosecutors in Miami decided not to file charges against San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players in an incident involving a woman at a downtown hotel.
A memo released yesterday by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office said there was insufficient evidence that any crime was committed in the hotel room in April. Tests indicated the woman was not sexually assaulted and other evidence backed up the players’ contention that nothing happened.
The other players in the room that night were 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton, and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette.
Steelers sign Pouncey to five-year deal
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a five-year extension that will keep the three-time Pro Bowler as the anchor of the offensive line for the rest of the decade.
The new deal averages $8.8 million per season, making Pouncey the highest-paid center in the NFL.
The 24-year-old Pouncey was entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed after the Steelers took him with the 18th overall selection in the 2010 draft.
Nadal loses Halle opener to German wild card
HALLE, Germany – Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the second round of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open yesterday, losing, 6-4, 6-1, to German wild card Dustin Brown.
Brown, the world No. 85, broke Nadal’s serve at the fifth attempt to win the first set, and he pulled off two audacious lobs in succession to break the Spaniard again early in the second.
Nothing Nadal tried seemed to work in his first match since winning his ninth French Open title. He had a first-round bye at Halle, where he was the top seed.
Murray falls to Stepanek in Queen’s third round
LONDON – Andy Murray was denied his 20th successive win on grass when he was beaten, 7-6 (10), 6-2, by Radek Stepanek in the third round at Queen’s Club yesterday.
Murray, the defending champion and No. 3 seed, claimed his first match win at Queen’s in 2005 and went on to win the Wimbledon warmup three times.
But he failed to take advantage of eight set points after leading the first-set tiebreaker 6-2, and Stepanek survived to convert with his second set point.