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Kuroda says he’ll try to make next start for Yanks
NEW YORK – Hiroki Kuroda said he still feels a little discomfort in his bruised middle finger but will try to make his next scheduled start for the New York Yankees.
Kuroda was injured Wednesday night against Boston when Shane Victorino’s line drive deflected off his pitching hand. The right-hander remained in the game for a few more batters but struggled with his control and was lifted with one out in the second inning.
Kuroda says a trainer advised him not to throw yesterday, but he will attempt to complete his regular bullpen session today. Until then, he won’t know whether he can take his next turn in the rotation.
Tigers, ex-closer Valverde do minor-league deal
MINNEAPOLIS – The Detroit Tigers and former closer Jose Valverde agreed to terms on a minor-league contract yesterday.
Valverde is a three-time All Star who led the AL with 49 saves in 2011 but wasn’t as effective in 2012. He struggled badly in the postseason, allowing 11 hits, nine runs and two homers over four appearances, recording only eight outs. The 35-year-old became a free agent and wasn’t re-signed.
Valverde will report to Detroit’s spring training facility in Lakeland, Fla., for some work before being assigned to Triple-A Toledo. Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski said there’s no timetable or certainty for Valverde to join the Tigers.
Indians place LHP Kazmir on 15-day DL
TORONTO – Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained ribcage muscle, retroactive to April 2.
Rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer is expected to start in his place against Tampa Bay tomorrow.
Kazmir felt sore after playing catch on flat ground during a team workout Monday. He threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday before returning to Cleveland for tests, which confirmed the injury. He’s expected to miss two or three starts.
Michigan’s Burke AP Player of the Year
ATLANTA – Trey Burke, the sophomore point guard who led Michigan to the Final Four, was selected The Associated Press’s college basketball player of the year.
Burke joins Cazzie Russell in 1966 as the only Michigan players to win the award. The Big Ten player of the year, Burke was the leader of a team that at times had four freshmen on the court with him but he still managed to average 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists. He shot 40.1 percent from behind the 3-point line.
He received 31 votes yesterday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown was second with 16 votes and Victor Oladipo of Indiana got 10.
Miami’s Larranaga AP Coach of the Year
ATLANTA – Jim Larranaga, who led Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles and a No. 2 ranking, was selected The Associated Press’s coach of the year.
Larranaga received 29 votes yesterday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Jim Crews of Saint Louis got 19 votes and Mark Few of Gonzaga had 11. The voting ended on Selection Sunday.
The 63-year-old, two-time-hip-replacement patient had a 29-7 record in his second season with the Hurricanes and they were made a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Rutgers assistant Martelli resigns amid scandal
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers assistant men’s basketball coach Jimmy Martelli resigned amid a scandal over the way his former boss treated players.
Coach Mike Rice was fired on Wednesday after a video was made public showing him shoving and kicking players, throwing basketballs at them and berating them with gay slurs.
The Star-Ledger reported that Martelli was seen in a portion of the video that was not broadcast on television shoving a player during a practice.
Detroit K Hanson retiring after 21 seasons
Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson, 42, announced yesterday that he is retiring after 21 seasons.
Hanson became the first player to play 300 games with one franchise, finishing with 327. He also set an NFL record last year when he played his 21st season with the same team.
Hanson made a record 52 field goals from at least 50 yards. He’s third on the career scoring list at 2,150 points and third in field goals with 495.
League: No violation in combine questions
NEW YORK – The NFL found no “specific violations” in questions teams asked college players at February’s scouting combine.
Colorado tight end Nick Kasa and other players said they were asked about their sexual orientation, but did not identify by which teams. The NFL’s investigation found no such improper questioning.
The issue was discussed at last month’s owners meetings and Commissioner Roger Goodell said that if such questions were asked, “that’s unacceptable. We will do things the right way. We will give them that education and that training. I hope that that will solve the problem.”
Although no teams were found to have broken from league policies, the NFL would take action if it receives new information establishing a violation was committed.
James, Wade, Chalmers, Allen may sit tonight
MIAMI – The Miami Heat are bracing to be short-handed again when visiting the Charlotte Bobcats tonight.
Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said he does not anticipate that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen will play against the Bobcats. James has a hamstring strain and Wade, Chalmers and Allen are dealing with ankle issues.
James, Wade and Chalmers were held out of Miami’s past two games. Allen was injured when he tripped over a courtside cameraman in Tuesday’s loss to the New York Knicks.
All four players will be evaluated again today before any final decisions are made on the rotation for tonight.
Miami has the NBA’s best record, 58-16. Charlotte, at 18-57, owns the league’s worst mark this season.