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Europe's Caroline Hedwall, from Sweden, ponders a question during a news conference for the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Parker, Colo. The tournament, with teams from the United States and Europe, begins Friday. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Simona Halep, of Romania, hits a forehand return against Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, in the final of the New Haven Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
Bills QB Kolb has concussion-like symptoms
LANDOVER, Md. – Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb has concussion-like symptoms after getting kneed in the back of the helmet yesterday.
Sidelined by a concussion in 2011 with Arizona, Kolb was hurt at the end of an 8-yard scramble in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins.
Kolb remained in the game for four more plays, until the drive ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by C.J. Spiller.
Kolb has been competing for the starting job with first-round pick EJ Manuel, but Manuel hurt his left knee in the Bills’ previous game and is out for the rest of the preseason.
With both Manuel and Kolb hurt, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel became the only healthy quarterback on the roster. Tuel entered the game on the next series.
Jeter expected back with Yankees tomorrow
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is about ready to rejoin the team after being sidelined earlier this month by a strained right calf.
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said before last night’s game against Tampa Bay that barring a setback, Jeter will be back with the team tomorrow in Toronto.
Jeter broke his left ankle in the AL Championship Series in October and missed the first 91 games this year. Since then the 13-time All-Star, who is hitting .211 (4-for-19) with one home run and two RBI, has spent time on the DL with a strained right quadriceps and the calf injury.
Blue Jays bring up pitchers Jenkins, Wang
TORONTO – Pitchers Chad Jenkins and Chien-Ming Wang are back with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jenkins was recalled from Double-A New Hampshire, and Wang’s contract was selected from Triple-A Buffalo in time for him to start last night at Houston.
Toronto transferred infielder Maicer Izturis, out with a sprained left ankle, to the 60-day disabled list.
The right-handed Jenkins has a 1.20 ERA in four games – three starts – with New Hampshire. He is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts for Toronto this season.
The right-handed Wang is 4-4 in nine starts with a 2.33 ERA for Buffalo. He has made five starts for Toronto this season, going 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA.
Padres designate RHP Volquez for assignment
SAN DIEGO – The Padres designated Edinson Volquez for assignment yesterday and recalled fellow right-hander Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson.
Volquez is 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts this season. He has struck out 116 and walked 69 in 142 1∕3 innings.
The 30-year-old Volquez is 53-50 with a 4.77 ERA in 153 games – 149 starts – over nine seasons with Texas, Cincinnati and San Diego.
Brach, 27, is beginning his fourth stint with the Padres this season. In 25 relief appearances, he is 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA. Over 30 relief outings for Tucson, Brach was 3-3 with three saves and posted an ERA of 2.83.
Mets recall Duda, option Baxter to Triple-A
NEW YORK – The New York Mets recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to their top farm club.
Duda returns to the majors for the first time in two months. He went on the 15-day disabled list June 23 with a strained rib cage and spent time at Las Vegas on a rehab assignment. When that ended, he was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 7.
Mets Manager Terry Collins said Duda will primarily be a backup to first baseman Ike Davis and can serve as the designated hitter when the team plays in Cleveland early next month. Duda started 58 games in left field for New York this season but had been playing first base with Las Vegas.
Tigers SS Iglesias out with sore left elbow
NEW YORK – Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was out of the lineup because of a sore left elbow yesterday. Iglesias was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from David Aardsma in the ninth inning of the series opener Friday night.
Iglesias remained in the game but his elbow swelled up. X-rays were negative, but Manager Jim Leyland said Iglesias can’t bend his arm and wouldn’t be available off the bench yesterday. Leyland said hopefully Iglesias can play today.
The slick-fielding Iglesias is hitting .319 with two home runs and 23 RBI, including .286 with one homer and four RBI in 21 games for Detroit.
Twins’ Mauer to remain on concussion list
CLEVELAND – The Minnesota Twins say All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is not going to be activated from the seven-day concussion list when the team begins a homestand next week.
Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said doctors have told Mauer to rest until at least Tuesday, the day he would be eligible to come off the concussion disabled list.
Mauer was placed on the list earlier this week after he became dizzy during his pregame routine. The Twins sent him back to Minnesota from Detroit, and the 2009 AL MVP visited a specialist at the Mayo Clinic on Friday.
California beats Connecticut, will face Japan for title
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Nick Mora allowed just two hits and smacked a three-run homer for Chula Vista, Calif., which routed Westport, Conn., 12-1, yesterday in the U.S. title game and advanced to the championship of the Little League World Series.
California will play Japan for the World Series title today. Japan beat Mexico, 3-2, earlier yesterday on Takuma Gomi’s leadoff home run in the top of the sixth inning.
California took a 6-1 lead in the first two innings, scoring three times in the first with the help of three Connecticut errors and getting three more on Mora’s long home run.
Chula Vista’s victory came 50 years to the day that California defeated Connecticut, 2-1, for the 1963 Little League World Series title.
Woodland, Kuchar tied for lead at Barclays
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland exchanged birdies and bad breaks and wound up in a tie for the lead yesterday at The Barclays.
Woodland had a one-shot lead when his tee shot plugged into the lip of the bunker on the 17th, effectively costing him one shot. He wound up with a 3-under 68. Kuchar missed a chance to birdie the reachable 16th when his putt from off the green rolled into a sprinkler and stopped. He shot a 70.
They were at 12-under 201, one shot ahead of Kevin Chappell, who broke the tournament course record with a bogey-free 62.
Still in the mix was Tiger Woods. He had three birdies in the last six holes for a 69 and was only four shots behind.
Hedwall takes lead in LPGA event in Edmonton
EDMONTON, Alberta – Solheim Cup star Caroline Hedwall shot a 6-under 64 yesterday in the Canadian Women’s Open to take a one-stroke lead over European teammate Suzann Pettersen and defending champion Lydia Ko.
Hedwall, winless on the LPGA Tour, was a record 5-0 last week in Colorado in Europe’s blowout victory over the United States. The Swede had a 10-under 200 total at Royal Mayfair.
Pettersen shot a 65, and the 16-year-old Ko had a 67. Last year in British Columbia, the New Zealand amateur became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at 15 years, 4 months.
Franchitti takes pole at Sonoma Raceway
SONOMA, Calif. – Dario Franchitti won the pole for today’s IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway.
Franchitti turned a lap in 1 minute, 17.5271 seconds around the 2.385-mile road course in Northern California wine country yesterday, edging Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon – second at 1:17.7196.
Will Power had won the pole in Sonoma for the last three years. He was third in 1:17.9735, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and IndyCar series points leader Helio Castroneves.
Melzer wins after Monfils retires in Winston-Salem
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Austria’s Jurgen Melzer won the Winston-Salem Open title yesterday after Frenchman Gael Monfils retired because of an injury.
Melzer led, 6-3, 2-1, after breaking Monfils’s serve in the second set. During the changeover, Monfils received treatment on his left abdominal muscle and hip before opting to retire at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.
On Friday, Monfils was bothered by a pulled muscle in his left side during his semifinal win against Fernando Verdasco. In the second set yesterday against Melzer, he bent over several times and struggled for velocity on his first serve.
Melzer earned his fifth career ATP tournament title and first this season. His ranking will improve five spots to No. 27 tomorrow, when the U.S. Open begins in New York.
Monfils, once ranked seventh in 2011, will improve from No. 43 to No. 38 after making his second tournament final this season.
Halep beats Kvitova to win New Haven Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Simona Halep upset defending champion Petra Kvitova, 6-2, 6-2, yesterday to win the New Haven Open, the final WTA tuneup for next week’s U.S. Open.
The 21-year-old Halep broke the 2011 Wimbledon champion on four consecutive service games. The first break gave her a 3-2 lead in the first set. The fourth put her up 3-0 in the second as she took complete control of the match.
She converted four of her five break points. Kvitova, ranked ninth in the world, was 0-for-4 on her break chances.
It was Halep’s fourth career win, and all of them have come since June. The No. 23 ranked player in the world is now 29-5 in her last 34 matches (31-5 counting qualifying matches).
Kiwis on brink of advancing to America’s Cup
SAN FRANCISCO – Emirates Team New Zealand will have to wait at least one more day to wrap up a spot in the America’s Cup match against defending champion Oracle Team USA.
The Kiwis set a race record of more than 54 mph on the new 72-foot catamarans yesterday, sailing swiftly in a strong wind to overpower Italy’s Luna Rossa in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals again. Officials scrapped the second race because of exceeding wind.
Two races are planned today, though Team New Zealand only needs one win to advance.
The Kiwis lead Luna Rossa, 6-1, in the best-of-13 challenger series. The winner will face Oracle for the oldest active trophy in international sports starting Sept. 7.
Attorney: Sandusky’s son, ‘Victim 2’ settle with Penn State
HARRISBURG, Pa. – An attorney for seven men, including Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son, have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school’s former assistant football coach.
Lawyer Matt Casey said Friday the settlements were reached by Matt Sandusky, as well as the young man known as “Victim 2” in court records and three others who testified last summer against Jerry Sandusky at his criminal trial.
“Victim 2” has said he was the boy then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary says he saw being attacked by Jerry Sandusky in a shower. McQueary notified top school officials at the time, but the police were never called, an omission that eventually led to the firing of Coach Joe Paterno.
The university hasn’t announced the deals, saying talks are ongoing in many of the 31 complaints.