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BASEBALL

Cardinals pitcher Westbrook gets another injection

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook received another elbow treatment, the Associated Press has learned, likely pushing back his return.

The right-hander is on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation and had been scheduled to throw yesterday. He told the AP he had an injection to his elbow yesterday.

Rookie John Gast is set to make his second start in place of the 35-year-old Westbrook tomorrow against the Brewers. The Cardinals had estimated Westbrook would miss only two starts.

Westbrook is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in seven starts. His DL move is retroactive to May 9.

NFL

Seahawks DE Irvin suspended four games

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The NFL announced the decision yesterday. Irvin will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason practices and games, but will be suspended without pay for the opening four games. Irvin will be eligible to return to Seattle’s active roster on Sept. 30 following the Seahawks’ Week 4 game at Houston.

In a statement sent by the team, Irvin said he took a substance prohibited by the NFL without a medical exemption. He will not appeal.

NFL

Browns sign ex-Patriots backup QB Hoyer

CLEVELAND – The Browns signed quarterback Brian Hoyer to a two-year contract, adding more veteran depth to a troublesome position.

Hoyer, who starred at a Cleveland area high school, finalized his deal yesterday after agreeing to terms with the Browns one day earlier. Hoyer was released earlier this week by Arizona.

Hoyer will compete for a backup job with the Browns, who expect Brandon Weeden to beat out Jason Campbell to be the starter.

Hoyer was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and spent three seasons backing up Tom Brady. He was briefly with Pittsburgh before he was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals. He appeared in Arizona’s final two games last season, completing 30 of 53 passes for 330 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

NFL

Jets RB Goodson facing drug, weapons charges

NEWARK, N.J. – New York Jets running back Mike Goodson is facing drug and weapons charges after a New Jersey traffic stop.

The Jets said they are aware of the arrest and are gathering information.

The state police said Goodson was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Garant Evans of Roselle. The police found them stopped on Interstate 80 in Denville at about 3:15 a.m. yesterday.

Sgt. Adam Grossman said both men were charged with marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and weapons offenses stemming from a handgun found in the vehicle.

Evans is charged with DWI and another weapons offense.

NFL

Cowboys keep tackle Free at much lower salary

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys significantly reduced right tackle Doug Free’s salary after a difficult season that ended with him as a part-time player.

The Cowboys reworked the final two years of Free’s contract, and will he make $3.5 million in 2013 instead of $7 million. Dallas probably would have cut Free if the five-year veteran had rejected a salary cut.

Free is now set to make another $3.5 million in 2014, but that money isn’t guaranteed. He originally had $15 million left on the four-year, $32 million deal he signed in 2011.

Free struggled last year and ended up splitting time with Jermey Parnell over the final four games.

NFL

Raiders sign punter Kluwe

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders signed free agent punter Chris Kluwe as a possible replacement for the departed Shane Lechler.

General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced the deal with the eight-year veteran yesterday.

Kluwe played in 127 games for the Minnesota Vikings with a 44.4 yard career average. He ranks second all-time in Minnesota history with a 37.3 net average.

NBA

Pacers say Hill to undergo more concussion tests

INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers guard George Hill will have another concussion test before today’s home playoff game.

Hill missed Thursday night’s game after complaining of headaches. He was diagnosed with a concussion. NBA policy requires players to pass a concussion test before returning to action. Hill did not practice yesterday, and Coach Frank Vogel said he had not spoken with him. Vogel said Hill was expected to meet with doctors later yesterday.

A team spokesman said Hill is still listed as day-to-day and noted that the recovery time depends on the player. Last year, Kobe Bryant was diagnosed with a concussion and did not miss a game.

NBA

Mayor: Deal to sell Kings has been signed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said yesterday that the deal to sell the Kings to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed.

Johnson helped assemble the new ownership group in a bid to keep the Kings in California’s capital city, a feat that was accomplished earlier in the week when NBA owners rejected a bid to move the franchise to Seattle.

The NBA is expected to officially approve the sale next week.

INDY CAR

Viso, Andretti top Indy 500 speed chart

INDIANAPOLIS – E.J. Viso posted the fastest lap at yesterday’s practice for the Indianapolis 500, reaching 229.537 mph before lightning, heavy rain and wind shut things down.

Practice was called off about 2 1∕2 hours early as water stood on the straightaway and in pit road.

Marco Andretti, who posted some of the fastest speeds all week, was second-fastest yesterday at 228.754 mph. Indy 500 rookie Carlos Munoz, also a regular at the top of the speed charts during the first days of practice, was third-fastest at 228.250, Will Power was fourth at 228.401 and J.R. Hildebrand was fifth at 227.549.

The last practice is this morning, with Pole Day qualifying in the afternoon.

TENNIS

Top-ranked Djokovic beaten by Berdych in Rome

ROME – Top-ranked Novak Djokovic wasted a chance to serve out the match and was beaten, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, by sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in the Italian Open quarterfinals yesterday.

It’s the second consecutive week that Djokovic has struggled, having also lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of the Madrid Open, where he was bothered by a right ankle injury.

Djokovic said he had been playing pain-free this week.

Still, he will need to get his game in shape in a hurry with the French Open starting in less than 10 days on May 26.

In the semifinals, Berdych will face either six-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal or fourth-seeded David Ferrer, who were up next on center court.

Also at the Foro Italico, top-ranked Serena Williams rolled past Spanish opponent Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-2, 6-0, to extend her winning streak to a career-best 22 matches.

In the other half of the women’s draw, two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova withdrew before her quarterfinal against seventh-seeded Sara Errani due to illness.

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