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Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba (62) is ejected from the game after a check on Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
In this May 2, 2013 photo, Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller is taken off the ice following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during second period of a first round NHL hockey playoff game in Montreal. Eller suffered a concussion and facial fractures. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryan prepares to talk to reporters during a news conference in El Segundo, Calif., Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The Lakes lost their first-round NBA basketball playoff series to the San Antonio Spurs. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) reacts in the second half of Game 5 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, April 29, 2013, in New York. The Nets won 110-91. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Indians claim Carrera, option Bauer
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday and optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus.
Carrera was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Tuesday after batting .077 in 13 games. He was in spring training camp with the Indians and designated for assignment on March 25. Carrera was claimed by Philadelphia on April 2. He has batted .255 with the Indians over the last two seasons in 116 games.
Bauer was the winning pitcher Wednesday in a 6-0 victory over the Phillies. He allowed one hit, walked six and struck out five in five innings.
Former New Hampshire Fisher Cats first baseman Mike McDade, who had been playing at Columbus, was designated for assignment to make room for Carrera on the 40-man roster.
Pirates place 2B Walker on DL, add RHP Contreras
PITTSBURGH – The Pirates placed second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list prior to last night’s game against the Washington Nationals due to an injured right hand.
Pittsburgh also selected the contract of veteran right-hander Jose Contreras and recalled infielder Jordy Mercer from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned right-handed reliever Jared Hughes to the same club.
The move with Walker is retroactive to April 27 and the Pirates are hopeful he will be ready to be activated May 12. He is hitting .253 with one home run and eight RBI in 23 games.
Cardinals LB Washington arrested, accused of assault
PHOENIX – Authorities said Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his baby daughter.
Maricopa County prosecutors said Washington had his initial court appearance yesterday after being booked on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault.
A probable cause statement said Washington’s ex-girlfriend claims he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her to the ground following an argument at her apartment Wednesday.
Washington led the Cardinals with 134 tackles – 108 of them solo – and nine sacks last season and signed a six-year contract extension in September.
He is suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’ substance abuse policy.
Ravens hire Spagnuolo as defensive assistant
BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Ravens hired former Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo as a senior defensive assistant.
Spagnuolo was fired in January following one season in New Orleans in which the Saints’ defense allowed a single-season NFL record 7,042 yards. However, his record as a defensive coach before 2012, when the Saints were floundering in the wake of their bounty scandal, was far better.
Spagnuolo was the New York Giants defense coordinator when the club won the Super Bowl at the end of the 2007 season against a Tom Brady-led New England squad that came into the game undefeated.
Spagnuolo also spent three season as the St. Louis rams’ head coach from 2009-11.
Bryant battles mom, N.J. business over auction
CAMDEN, N.J. – Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementoes from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early NBA career.
A southern New Jersey auction house is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star’s lawyers wrote the firm to say it could not.
Bryant contends that his mother, Pamela Bryant, doesn’t have the right to sell the collectibles, including his Lower Merion High School letters, a 2000 NBA championship ring and hundreds of other items.
Berlin, N.J.-based Goldin Auctions said Bryant told his mother years ago that he didn’t want the items.
Legal papers say Pamela Bryant intended to use her $450,000 advance to buy a new home.
Deng says illness more serious than flu
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng says the illness that kept him out of a playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets was far more serious than the flu.
He missed the Bulls’ loss in Game 6 on Thursday with what Coach Tom Thibodeau said were flu-like symptoms.
In one of a series of tweets from the hospital yesterday, Deng wrote: “It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game” because of the flu.
He also confirmed he had a spinal tap to rule out meningitis earlier in the week. And he indicated he will join the team for Game 7 in Brooklyn if he’s medically cleared, although he might have to spend the night in the hospital.
League suspends Ottawa’s Gryba two games
MONTREAL – Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba was suspended for two games by the NHL yesterday for his crushing hit on Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Gryba caught Eller with his head down at the Montreal blue line Thursday night in the second period of the Senators’ 4-2 victory. Eller crashed face-first to the ice, and was bleeding heavily as he was taken from the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher. He sustained a concussion and facial and dental injuries.
Elller was released from the hospital yesterday and was resting at home.
Pastrana captures first career pole
TALLADEGA, Ala. – X Games star Travis Pastrana won his first career pole on the Nationwide Series at Talladega Superspeedway.
The 10-time X Games gold medalist-turned-NASCAR driver starts up front in today’s Aaron’s 312 after posting the fastest qualifying time of 54.255 yesterday on the 2.66-mile tri-oval.
It’s his second top 10 start in only 17 Nationwide races. He also secured the first Nationwide pole at Talladega Superspeedway for owner Jack Roush.
Austin Dillon is set to start second with a lap of 54.359 followed by Trevor Bayne (54.387), Danica Patrick (54.447) and Justin Allgaier (54.450).
Kurt Busch to test Indy Car at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS – Kurt Busch will test an Indy car for Andretti Autosport at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week.
The 2004 NASCAR champion was at Indy this week testing tires for Goodyear with NASCAR team Furniture Row Racing. An agreement was apparently made with Michael Andretti to return next Thursday and turn laps at the famed speedway two days before the track opens for Indianapolis 500 practice.
Busch said in a statement he’s interested in exploring the possibility of someday running the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.
Black Onyx scratched from Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Long shot Black Onyx was a late scratch for the Kentucky Derby, leaving 19 horses to vie for the roses.
The scratch occurred yesterday after early wagering for the race was opened, so Black Onyx’s No. 1 post position will be left empty today. The remaining horses will stay in their original starting gate positions.
The scratch came too late for Fear the Kitten to get into the Derby. The colt was on the list of also eligibles as the 21st qualifier in the point standings that determine the field.
Trainer Kelly Breen gave no immediate explanation for Black Onyx’s scratch. It leaves jockey Joe Bravo without a Derby mount.
Top-seeded Tipsarevic knocked out in Munich
MUNICH – Daniel Brands beat top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, yesterday at the BMW Open to set up an all-German semifinal with defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Kohlschreiber defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia, 6-3, 7-6 (3). He is bidding for his third Munich title after also winning in 2007.
Ivan Dodig of Croatia continued his upset streak by ousting fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, 6-4, 6-4, to reach the final four.
The 56th-ranked Dodig will face third-seeded Tommy Haas, who defeated No. 6 Florian Mayer, 6-4, 6-1.
Ferrer, Wawrinka, Seppi into Portugal semifinals
OEIRAS, Portugal – David Ferrer led the top three seeded players into the Portugal Open semifinals yesterday, beating Victor Hanescu of Romania, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka knocked out local favorite Gastao Elias, 6-4, 6-4, and No. 3 Andreas Seppi beat No. 8 Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 6-3. Pablo Carreno-Busta rallied past fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, to complete the final four.
In the women’s event, third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No. 4 Carla Suarez Navarro will meet in the final today.
Pavlyuchenkova recovered to beat Romina Oprandi, 0-6, 6-3, 6-1, to reach her first title match on clay. Navarro, last year’s finalist, overcame Kaia Kanepi, 6-4, 6-1.