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Uruguay Coach Tabarez resigns FIFA strategic position over Suarez suspension

RIO DE JANEIRO — Uruguay Coach Oscar Tabarez resigned from FIFA’s strategic committee in protest at its punishment of his team’s striker Luis Suarez.

Tabarez said “it is not wise, at least not prudent” to stay within FIFA.

The Uruguay coach said FIFA seems to have “values very different from those that I have.”

FIFA’s disciplinary panel banned Suarez for nine international matches and four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Tabarez, a former member of coaching advisory groups at FIFA tournaments, said “I now feel I must leave those positions.”

The FIFA strategic committee is chaired by FIFA President Sepp Blatter and deals with “global strategies for football and its political, economic and social status.”


Angels acquire Grilli in trade with Pirates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran Jason Grilli from the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday for fellow reliever Ernesto Frieri in an attempt to solidify the back end of their bullpen.

The 37-year-old Grilli was struggled with his command this season, and was 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances. But he was pivotal to the Pirates’ resurgence last year, when he piled up 33 saves and had a 2.70 ERA in helping the club to a 94-68 record.

Frieri had a career-best 37 saves for Los Angeles last year, but the 28-year-old right-hander is just 0-3 with 6.39 ERA and 11 saves in 34 appearances this season.


Orioles place right-hander Norris on DL

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Orioles placed right-hander Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.

Norris has won four straight starts and is 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA. He left Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium after five innings because of discomfort in his groin, and an MRI on Thursday revealed the strain.

The move is retroactive to June 22. Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said yesterday he expects Norris to spend the minimum time on the DL.

Baltimore recalled reliever Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk to fill Norris’s spot on the roster. The Orioles also recalled right-hander Kevin Gausman as the 26th man for yesterday’s split doubleheader and made him the starter in the first game.


Woods misses cut in return to action

BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods didn’t last more than 36 holes in his return to competition.

Woods showed plenty of rust with his short game when he ran off four straight bogeys on the back nine yesterday at Congressional to end any hopes of sticking around for the weekend at the Quicken Loans National.

He shot a 4-over 75 and missed the cut by four shots. It was only the 10th time Woods has missed a 36-hole cut on the PGA Tour, and 11th time worldwide. He was at 7-over 149.

Marc Leishman, Ricky Barnes and Oliver Goss were tied for the lead at 6-under 136. Goss is making only his second professional start.

Woods had not played since March 9 because of a back injury. He had surgery March 31.


Anaheim acquires Kesler from Vancouver

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in last night’s draft.

The 29-year-old Kesler is a standout two-way center who has spent his entire 10-season career in Vancouver, compiling six 20-goal seasons and 392 career points. The two-time U.S. Olympian won the Selke Trophy in 2011 as the NHL’s best defensive forward.

The Pacific Division champion Ducks finally completed their lengthy pursuit of an elite NHL center to play on their second line behind captain Ryan Getzlaf. Kesler also is an elite faceoff winner, an area where the Ducks struggled.


Coyotes severing ties with Ribeiro

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Coyotes are buying out center Mike Ribeiro’s contract.

The Coyotes initiated the process to buy out the final three years of Ribeiro’s contract yesterday.

Ribeiro was considered a major acquisition when he signed a four-year, $22 million contract last season, giving the Coyotes the playmaking center they had sought for several years.

He showed flashes of brilliance during his time in the desert, but was benched twice by Coach Dave Tippett late in the season while the Coyotes were still in the playoff hunt.

Ribeiro struggled with personal issues during the season and finished with 16 goals and 31 assists in 80 games.


Source: Grizzlies’ Randolph agrees to extension

A person familiar with the situation said Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph agreed to a contract extension.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the extension hasn’t been announced. Terms and length of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Yahoo Sports, which first reported the news, said Randolph is exercising his $16.5 million option for the 2014-15 season and has agreed on a two-year extension worth $20 million.

The 32-year-old Randolph has been a cornerstone of the Grizzlies franchise since coming to Memphis in 2009. He averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds this season for the Grizzlies, who lost to Oklahoma City in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.


Bourdais penalty for unsafe driving overturned

HOUSTON – IndyCar overturned a penalty against Sebastien Bourdais because it did not have enough evidence to show he had done anything wrong.

Bourdais was fined $10,000 and placed on probation for unsafe driving in the June 7 race at Texas. IndyCar this week reversed the penalty but gave no reason for the change.

Derrick Walker, IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, told the Associated Press yesterday he overturned the penalties when he personally reviewed the evidence and found there was not enough to show Bourdais had intentionally done anything wrong.

Walker also gave a lengthy explanation to the drivers in their morning meeting and apologized for the incident. He said IndyCar needs about $5 million worth of new equipment to be able to review data the way Formula One does.

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