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  • FILE - In this May 24, 2012, file photo, Edmonton Oil Kings' Kristians Pelss, right, checks Shawinigan Cataractes' Martin Gernat during the second period of a Memorial Cup hockey game in Shawinigan, Quebec. The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that Pelss has died. He was 20. The Oilers released a statement Saturday, June 15, 2013, saying the team was deeply saddened by the loss of Pelss, who went missing Tuesday and was feared drowned in a river near his home in Riga, Latvia(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot, File)

    FILE - In this May 24, 2012, file photo, Edmonton Oil Kings' Kristians Pelss, right, checks Shawinigan Cataractes' Martin Gernat during the second period of a Memorial Cup hockey game in Shawinigan, Quebec. The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that Pelss has died. He was 20. The Oilers released a statement Saturday, June 15, 2013, saying the team was deeply saddened by the loss of Pelss, who went missing Tuesday and was feared drowned in a river near his home in Riga, Latvia(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot, File)

  • Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball during the final against Germany's  Andrea Petkovic at the WTA  tennis tournament in Nuremberg, Germany,  Saturday June 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/dpa,Daniel Karmann)

    Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball during the final against Germany's Andrea Petkovic at the WTA tennis tournament in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa,Daniel Karmann)

  • Chicago Cubs' David DeJesus left, celebrates with teammate Welington Castillo right, after scoring on an Alfonso Soriano sacrifice fly during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chicago, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Chicago Cubs' David DeJesus left, celebrates with teammate Welington Castillo right, after scoring on an Alfonso Soriano sacrifice fly during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chicago, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

  • FILE - In this May 24, 2012, file photo, Edmonton Oil Kings' Kristians Pelss, right, checks Shawinigan Cataractes' Martin Gernat during the second period of a Memorial Cup hockey game in Shawinigan, Quebec. The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that Pelss has died. He was 20. The Oilers released a statement Saturday, June 15, 2013, saying the team was deeply saddened by the loss of Pelss, who went missing Tuesday and was feared drowned in a river near his home in Riga, Latvia(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot, File)

    FILE - In this May 24, 2012, file photo, Edmonton Oil Kings' Kristians Pelss, right, checks Shawinigan Cataractes' Martin Gernat during the second period of a Memorial Cup hockey game in Shawinigan, Quebec. The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that Pelss has died. He was 20. The Oilers released a statement Saturday, June 15, 2013, saying the team was deeply saddened by the loss of Pelss, who went missing Tuesday and was feared drowned in a river near his home in Riga, Latvia(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot, File)

  • Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball during the final against Germany's  Andrea Petkovic at the WTA  tennis tournament in Nuremberg, Germany,  Saturday June 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/dpa,Daniel Karmann)

    Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball during the final against Germany's Andrea Petkovic at the WTA tennis tournament in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa,Daniel Karmann)

  • Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu, left, and Croatia's Donna Vekic pose in national costume with prizes during the Tashkent open final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Unseeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania beat Croatian teenager Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-4 in the Tashkent Open final on Saturday to take home her first WTA title. (AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov)

    Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu, left, and Croatia's Donna Vekic pose in national costume with prizes during the Tashkent open final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Unseeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania beat Croatian teenager Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-4 in the Tashkent Open final on Saturday to take home her first WTA title. (AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov)

  • FILE - In this May 24, 2012, file photo, Edmonton Oil Kings' Kristians Pelss, right, checks Shawinigan Cataractes' Martin Gernat during the second period of a Memorial Cup hockey game in Shawinigan, Quebec. The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that Pelss has died. He was 20. The Oilers released a statement Saturday, June 15, 2013, saying the team was deeply saddened by the loss of Pelss, who went missing Tuesday and was feared drowned in a river near his home in Riga, Latvia(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot, File)
  • Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball during the final against Germany's  Andrea Petkovic at the WTA  tennis tournament in Nuremberg, Germany,  Saturday June 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/dpa,Daniel Karmann)
  • Chicago Cubs' David DeJesus left, celebrates with teammate Welington Castillo right, after scoring on an Alfonso Soriano sacrifice fly during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chicago, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
  • FILE - In this May 24, 2012, file photo, Edmonton Oil Kings' Kristians Pelss, right, checks Shawinigan Cataractes' Martin Gernat during the second period of a Memorial Cup hockey game in Shawinigan, Quebec. The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that Pelss has died. He was 20. The Oilers released a statement Saturday, June 15, 2013, saying the team was deeply saddened by the loss of Pelss, who went missing Tuesday and was feared drowned in a river near his home in Riga, Latvia(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot, File)
  • Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball during the final against Germany's  Andrea Petkovic at the WTA  tennis tournament in Nuremberg, Germany,  Saturday June 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/dpa,Daniel Karmann)
  • Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu, left, and Croatia's Donna Vekic pose in national costume with prizes during the Tashkent open final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Unseeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania beat Croatian teenager Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-4 in the Tashkent Open final on Saturday to take home her first WTA title. (AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov)

TRACK AND FIELD

Official: Jamaican track athlete fails doping test

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The head of Jamaican track and field said one of the sprinting powerhouse’s athletes has failed a doping test and officials are awaiting the result of the backup sample.

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association President Warren Blake said yesterday he wouldn’t disclose a name until the B sample result was known.

Blake said he expects the association to provide more information in a few days.

INDYCAR

Hunter-Reay wins at Milwaukee again

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Ryan Hunter-Reay continued Andretti Autosport’s domination at the Milwaukee Mile, winning the IndyCar event yesterday for the second year in a row.

Hunter-Reay became the first driver to win back-to-back races at the Mile since Tony Kanaan in 2006 and 2007 when he was driving for – you guessed it, Andretti. Andretti drivers have won five of the last nine races at the mile oval.

Penske Racing’s Helio Castroneves was second, and teammate Will Power finished third.

NATIONWIDE SERIES

Smith holds off Larson to win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Points leader Regan Smith won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway yesterday, holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps.

It was Smith’s second win of the year and 11th top-10 finish in 13 starts. He took the lead with 13 laps remaining when Parker Kligerman had to pit, and although Larson closed the gap a bit toward the end, he wasn’t able to overtake Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet.

The 125-lap, 250-mile race was run under threatening weather conditions, but drivers were able to finish with no delays. Paul Menard was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne.

NHL

Oilers prospect Pelss confirmed dead

EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers confirmed that prospect Kristians Pelss has died. He was 20.

The Oilers released a statement yesterday saying the team was deeply saddened by the loss of Pelss, who went missing Tuesday and was feared drowned in a river near his home in Riga, Latvia.

Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said in a statement: “This is the news we feared. Kristians was an outstanding man and we feel terrible he has left us at such a young age. I can’t imagine how painful this situation is for the Pelss family.”

Pelss arrived home in Riga on Monday after playing last season with Edmonton’s top minor-league team, the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

BASEBALL

Marlins C Olivo placed on restricted list

MIAMI – The Miami Marlins placed catcher Miguel Olivo on the restricted list after he left the team.

Olivo left after batting practice Friday before the Marlins’ game against St. Louis. Manager Mike Redmond said he was apparently unhappy that he had seen little playing time recently.

Outfielder Jordan Brown was recalled yesterday from Triple-A New Orleans to take Olivo’s roster spot.

Olivo had a .203 average with four home runs in 33 games this year. He became the No. 3 catcher when Jeff Mathis was activated from the disabled list May 14 and had only 15 at-bats since then.

BASEBALL

Reds put RH Broxton on DL with sore pitching elbow

CINCINNATI – The Reds placed right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list with a sore pitching elbow yesterday.

Broxton’s elbow bothered him during the week. He had an ultrasound on Friday that found swelling in the elbow.

He was replaced by right-hander Pedro Villarreal, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the month to make an emergency start when Johnny Cueto went on the disabled list for the second time this season.

BASEBALL

Cubs place OF DeJesus on DL

NEW YORK – The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list after he sprained his right shoulder running into the center-field wall Friday night.

DeJesus was running almost full speed when he extended his right arm, which slammed into the padded wall in right-center at Citi Field. His glove was knocked off his right hand, and DeJesus immediately went down, writhing in pain on the warning track.

NBA

Team source: Kings hire D’Alessandro as GM

A person familiar with the decision said the Sacramento Kings hired Denver executive Pete D’Alessandro as their new general manager.

A team official confirmed the hiring yesterday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because there has not been a formal announcement yet. The move was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

New owner Vivek Ranadive had already hired Mike Malone as the team’s new coach and was looking for a front office man to replace Geoff Petrie, who ran the basketball operations for the Kings since 1994.

D’Alessandro was executive vice president of basketball operations in Denver.

TENNIS

Halep beats Petkovic for 1st career title

NUREMBERG, Germany – Simona Halep defeated Andrea Petkovic, 6-3, 6-3, yesterday to win the inaugural Nurnberger Versicherungscup for her first WTA title.

The seventh-seeded Romanian had six aces and broke serve for a 2-0 lead in the second set. She held off two break points in the final game before closing out the match with two forehand winners. It’s her first win in four career finals.

Petkovic, a German wild card, played in her first final in more than 20 months after a series of injuries. She was seeking her third title.

TENNIS

Federer beats Haas, will face Youzhny in Halle final

HALLE, Germany – In a match featuring two men over 30, Roger Federer rallied past defending champion Tommy Haas, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, yesterday to reach the final of the Gerry Weber Open.

Federer lost last year’s final to the German veteran. But he’s on course for his first title – in his second final – of the year.

Federer will play Mikhail Youzhny in the final today. Youzhny upset second-seeded Richard Gasquet, 6-3, 6-2, in less than hour.

TENNIS

Murray, defending champ Cilic in Queen’s Cup final

LONDON – Top-seeded Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic will play in the final at Queen’s Club after both earned three-set victories yesterday.

Murray, the champion in 2009 and 2011, rallied to defeat fourth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in a repeat of their 2011 final. Fifth-seeded Cilic of Croatia held off former four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Murray will play for his 27th career title and first since he won in Miami in March.

TENNIS

Hantuchova, Croatian teen reach Birmingham final

BIRMINGHAM, England – Croatian teenager Donna Vekic reached her second career WTA final when she beat 2009 champion Magdalena Rybarikova, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-3, in the Aegon Classic yesterday.

She’ll face Daniela Hantuchova in the final today of the grass-court tournament. Hantuchova defeated Alison Riske of the United States, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, in the other semifinal.

Riske had to play twice yesterday, finishing off a three-set quarterfinal win over 2011 champ Sabine Lisicki of Germany after it was stopped at 2-2 in the third on Friday because of darkness.

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