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Broncos release top rusher McGahee
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos released Willis McGahee, their leading rusher last year.
The 31-year-old running back is the NFL’s active leader with 33 100-yard games. McGahee is coming off a right knee injury that sidelined him for the final two months last season. The 11-year veteran was set to make $2.5 million in 2013.
McGahee skipped all of the team’s 10 voluntary workouts but returned to Dove Valley for their three-day mandatory minicamp that ended yesterday.
With second-year pro Ronnie Hillman and rookie Montee Ball getting most of the work out of the backfield this week, McGahee was relegated to a handful of snaps.
No comment? No issue between Jets’ Smith, Sanchez
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Geno Smith said he definitely intends on attending Mark Sanchez’s private workouts, if invited, with New York Jets teammates in California.
Smith clarified his “no comment” responses from Wednesday – which seemed to suggest there could be some tension between the Jets quarterbacks – when asked if he would join Sanchez’s camp next month at Mission Viejo High School.
Smith said yesterday he was “caught off guard” by the question since the two hadn’t discussed the workouts. He said he was “always taught that if you don’t know exactly what you’re answering about not to comment on it.”
The second-round draft pick, competing with Sanchez for the starting job, said he hasn’t officially been invited but is “more than willing to go there.” Sanchez normally invites all offensive skill players.
Pirates put Burnett on 15-day DL with calf strain
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates placed ace A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf and filled his roster spot by activating right-hander Charlie Morton, who returned to the majors almost a year to the day after having Tommy John surgery.
Morton, who underwent the elbow reconstruction procedure last June 14, started last night against the San Francisco Giants.
Burnett was scheduled to start tonight against the Dodgers but the 36-year-old notified Manager Clint Hurdle of the calf problem Wednesday. He is 4-5 with a 3.12 ERA and is second in the National League with 99 strikeouts. Jeff Locke will start tonight.
The Pirates also released reliever Jose Contreras, who had been on the disabled list with lower back pain.
Giants fan beaten at Dodger Stadium returns home
SAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium returned home after two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
Bryan Stow’s family said on its website Wednesday that Stow will now live with them in the Santa Cruz, Calif., area after spending about a year at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, a live-in rehabilitation facility.
The family said Stow could have used more time at the center, but their insurance will no longer pay for it, so Stow’s parents and home nurses will give him the around-the-clock care he needs.
Stow, a paramedic, was beaten in a parking lot after the 2011 opening day game between the Giants and Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Penguins sign Malkin to 8-year extension
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins and reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin agreed to an eight-year contract extension.
The $76-million deal begins with the 2014-15 season and will carry an average salary cap hit of $9.5 million. The agreement comes one day after the Penguins signed Coach Dan Bylsma to a two-year extension through 2016.
The 26-year-old Russian won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP a year ago after leading the league with 109 points. He struggled with a concussion and a shoulder injury during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, finishing with 31 points in 33 games.
The extension means Malkin and Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby will remain together through their primes and beyond. Crosby signed a 12-year extension last summer.
Stars prospect dies in home country of Norway
DALLAS – Dallas Stars prospect Scott Winkler died in his home country of Norway after recently completing his senior season at Colorado College. He was 23.
School officials said in a news release that Winkler died unexpectedly Wednesday at his parents’ home. The native of Asker, Norway, was a third-round pick by the Stars in 2008.
The school said Winkler graduated from Colorado College on May 20 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Winkler came to the U.S. in 2007 and played for Cedar Rapids in the United States Hockey League the year he was drafted by Dallas. He later enrolled at Colorado College and compiled 63 points in 120 career games. He had career highs of 13 goals and 28 points last season.
Toronto signs Orr to two-year extension
TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs signed tough guy Colton Orr to a two-year contract extension yesterday.
The 31-year-old Orr had a goal and three assists in 44 regular-season games this season and led the NHL in penalty minutes with 155. He played in all seven of Toronto’s playoff games, putting up 18 penalty minutes.
The Leafs also signed goalie Drew MacIntyre to a one-year, two-way contract. The 29-year-old McIntyre was 13-5-3 with a 1.83 goals-against average for the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League this season.
Murray wins twice to reach quarters at Queen’s
LONDON – Andy Murray won twice yesterdasy to reach the Queen’s Club quarterfinals, defeating Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 7-6 (4), in a suspended match and then beating Marinko Matosevic, 6-2, 6-2.
Defending champion and fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia saved a match point and swept the last five games to down Spanish qualifier Feliciano Lopez, 4-6, 7-6 (5) 7-5.
Also winning were second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and No. 4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. But the No. 6 Sam Querrey, the 2010 champion, was ousted by former four-time tournament winner Lleyton Hewitt, who won 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Murray resumed his match against Mahut at 2-2 in the second set and fought off three break points in his first two service games before beating the Frenchman in the tiebreaker.
Top-seeded Flipkens out of Aegon Classic
BIRMINGHAM, England – Top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens lost at the Aegon Classic yesterday, leaving four seeded players in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon tuneup. Flipkens was beaten, 7-6 (5), 6-2, by 16th-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova on another rainy day in Birmingham.
Third-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania defeated Bojana Jovanovski, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1, and is the highest-seeded player left in the grass-court tournament.
Fifth-seeded Sabine Lisicki, a Wimbledon finalist in 2011, beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone downed Marina Erakovic 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Daniela Hantuchova, Madison Keys, Donna Vekic and Alison Riske also made the last eight.
Jankovic to play Petkovic in Nuremberg semifinals
NUREMBERG, Germany – Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic cruised past sixth-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-4, 6-0, yesterday to set up a semifinal against Andrea Petkovic in the inaugural WTA Nurnberger Versicherungscup.
Petkovic rallied from a set down to beat eighth-seeded Annika Beck, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Petkovic returned after a series of injuries and received a wild card into the tournament.
In the other semifinal today, fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova will play No. 7 Simona Halep.
Safarova edged Polona Hercog, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4, and Halep defeated Galina Voskoboeva, 6-4, 6-1.
Haas, Gasquet reach Halle quarterfinals
HALLE, Germany – Defending champion Tommy Haas advanced to the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open yesterday by outlasting Ernests Gulbis, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Second-seeded Richard Gasquet defeated Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 6-1, and Philipp Kohlschreiber stopped Tobias Kamke, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the final eight in the grass-court tuneup for Wimbledon.
The 35-year-old Haas, who won the event in 2009, is coming off a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open.
Today, Haas will face Gael Monfils, while the top-seeded Roger Federer will play Mischa Zverev.
Kohlschreiber will take on Mikhail Youzhny, and Gasquet will face Florian Mayer, who beat Gasquet at Wimbledon last year.