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Spain's Sergio Ramos, front, and teammates Sergio Busquets, left, Juan Mata, right, and Alvaro Arbeloa , back, celebrate after defeating Italy in a penalty shootout during the soccer Confederations Cup semifinal match at Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Spain's Sergio Ramos, front, and teammates Sergio Busquets, left, Juan Mata, right, and Alvaro Arbeloa , back, celebrate after defeating Italy in a penalty shootout during the soccer Confederations Cup semifinal match at Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)


Indians activate closer Perez from DL

BALTIMORE – Chris Perez was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Cleveland Indians and will immediately resume his role as closer.

Perez was sidelined May 27 with right shoulder soreness. While he was out, he and his wife were charged with misdemeanor drug possession after marijuana was mailed to their Ohio home in their dog’s name.

Both have pleaded not guilty. Perez declined to speak with reporters yesterday at Camden Yards.


Ex-Phillie Daulton diagnosed with 2 brain tumors

PHILADELPHIA – Former All-Star catcher Darren Daulton was diagnosed with two brain tumors and will undergo surgery next week.

Daulton, who played 14 ½ of his 15 seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies, has hosted Talking Baseball with Dutch at 97.5 The Fanatic the last four years.

The station released a statement yesterday saying Daulton, after not feeling well the past two weeks, saw a doctor who made the discovery.

Daulton was a key part of the Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993. He finished his career with the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins.


Jeter resumes outdoor running

TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took another stride forward in his comeback from a broken left ankle by running outdoors for the first time in two months.

Jeter started the running program yesterday at Steinbrenner Field and called it “the last step” before playing in minor league games. The Yankees’ captain hopes to run the bases soon.

There is no date yet for Jeter to begin a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment.


Lightning to buy out Lecavalier’s contract

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out the contract of center Vincent Lecavalier, a move that will create salary cap space and make one of the stars of the franchise’s only Stanley Cup champion a free agent next month.

Lecavalier was the top pick in the 1998 NHL draft and helped Tampa Bay to the NHL title in 2004. He is Tampa Bay’s career leader in goals and games played.

General Manager Steve Yzerman said yesterday that using a compliance buyout allowed by the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement will provide financial flexibility necessary to improve the Lightning roster for the long term. The buyout will cost more than $32 million over 14 years.


Messier leaves New York Rangers organization

NEW YORK – Mark Messier is leaving the New York Rangers after being passed over to replace fired head coach John Tortorella.

Messier, who had been a special assistant to Rangers General Manager Glen Sather, announced yesterday in a statement that he is resigning in order to “expand the game of hockey in the New York area by developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center.”

However, he added that the Rangers’ choice to hire veteran Coach Alain Vigneault to be the new head coach wasn’t a factor in his departure from the team.

“Although some will perceive this as a reaction to the coaching decision, nothing could be further from the truth,” said Messier, who has no NHL coaching experience. “I completely respect the decision that was made and for all the reasons it was made. I harbor no hard feelings toward Glen or the Rangers.”


Michigan State AD: NHL overloading on outdoor play

DETROIT – Michigan State’s athletic director thinks the NHL is spending too much time outdoors.

Mark Hollis was asked at the Associated Press Sports Editors national conference yesterday about the league’s expanding schedule of outdoor games.

It was Hollis, after all, who helped start the trend of playing hockey in large outdoor venues in 2001, and he says he’s honored to have the practice replicated.

The NHL plans to play two games at Yankee Stadium, one at Dodger Stadium and one at Soldier Field after hosting its annual Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day.


Ex-Browns player pleads not guilty in beating

PATERSON, N.J. – A former rookie linebacker for the Cleveland Browns pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey.

Ausar Walcott was arraigned yesterday in Paterson, N.J. He is accused of punching Derek Jones in the side of the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club in Passaic early Sunday.

A prosecutor said Jones is in a medically induced coma at a New York hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition.

The 23-year-old Walcott is being represented by a public defender while he attempts to hire an attorney. He is being held on $500,000 bail. The case will now go to a grand jury.

Walcott, who played for the University of Virginia, was signed by the Browns on May 13 following a tryout. The team released him Wednesday.


Former Jets safety Hudson dies at 70

AUSTIN, Texas – Jim Hudson, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, has died. He was 70.

The team confirmed on its official site that Hudson died Tuesday in Austin. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Hudson was a starting safety against the Baltimore Colts, making a key play in the first half of the Super Bowl victory. The Colts were trailing 7-0 when they tried a flea-flicker from Earl Morrall to Tom Matte and back to Morrall, who looked for Jerry Hill near the Jets 10. Hudson stepped in front of the toss, ruining a potential scoring drive.

The former University of Texas player had six tackles in the 16-7 win, and finished with 15 career interceptions in six seasons with the Jets.


Spain beats Italy, 7-6, on PKs to reach Confed final

FORTALEZA, Brazil – Jesus Navas scored the decisive penalty kick after Leonardo Bonucci skied his attempt over the crossbar, and Spain beat Italy, 7-6, in a shootout after a 0-0 tie last night to reach the Confederations Cup final against Brazil.

In a draining match on a night of heat and humidity, Italy’s Emanuele Giaccherini hit a post in the 93rd minute and Azzurri goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon deflected Xavi Hernandez’s kick off a post in the 115th.

Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, will play Brazil on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium for the title in the World Cup preparation tournament.


Protester confirmed dead at Confederations Cup

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Authorities confirmed the death of a protester the day after thousands took to the streets and clashed with the police as Brazil played Uruguay in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

The protester was identified as 21-year-old Douglas Henrique Oliveira. Officials said he died of head injuries after falling from an overpass during demonstrations near Mineirao Stadium on Wednesday.

Store windows were destroyed, houses were vandalized, a truck was burned and several cars at a dealership showroom were set on fire.

Several hundred masked protesters fought with riot police as they tried to get closer to the stadium, angered with the government and the high cost of hosting the World Cup in Brazil.

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