News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, April 20th|
Yankees place Nova on DL with partial UCL tear
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees placed pitcher
Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after an MRI revealed a partial
tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Nova was forced to leave New York's 16-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on
Saturday after feeling discomfort in his right elbow in the fifth inning.
The 27-year-old right-hander underwent an MRI Sunday, which revealed the
severity of the injury. Nova will be further examined Monday by Dr.
Christopher Ahmad to determine if season-ending surgery is required.
Nova went 2-2 with an inflated 8.27 earned run average over four starts this
The Yankees did get a bit of good news heading into Sunday's series finale
against the Rays, as first baseman Mark Teixeira was activated from the 15-day
Teixeira landed on the DL back on April 5 after straining his right hamstring
in the second inning of an eventual 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 34-year-old switch hitter batted just .250 (3-for-12) with two RBI in four
games this year. He was limited to just 15 games last season due to a wrist
injury that required surgery.
Also Sunday, the Yankees optioned infielder Scott Sizemore to Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, designated pitcher Matt Daley for assignment, recalled
pitcher Preston Claiborne from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled pitcher
Bryan Mitchell from Double-A Trenton.
Brewers send OF Schafer to DL
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers placed outfielder
Logan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to April 18,
with a strained right hamstring.
Schafer sustained the injury while stretching in the on-deck circle as he
waited for a pinch-hitting appearance against the Pirates on Thursday.
The 27-year-old outfielder batted .214 with four doubles and two runs batted
in over 10 games with the Brewers this season.
Milwaukee also activated first baseman Lyle Overbay from the paternity list on
Overbay hit .100 with two doubles and three RBI in 10 games prior to his stint
on the paternity list.
Blackhawks' Seabrook suspended 3 games
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent
Seabrook has been suspended three games for his hit on St. Louis Blues captain
David Backes late in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The NHL announced the decision Sunday, less than 24 hours after Seabrook sent
Backes into the corner boards with a check to the head, leading to St. Louis'
game-tying goal in the final seconds.
Seabrook's hit came past the time frame when Backes was eligible to be
checked, the NHL said.
"Seabrook drives up and into Backes, delivering a blow with his right shoulder
that causes Backes to slam violently into the glass and boards," said Patrick
Burke, the league's director of player safety. "This is both interference and
Seabrook received a charging major and game misconduct with 4:51 left in
regulation, helping St. Louis score the equalizer with 6.4 seconds left in
regulation. The Blues won the game in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead over
the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Backes was visibly shaken up by the hit and had to be held up by a trainer as
he attempted to get back to his feet.
His status for Monday's Game 3 in Chicago has yet to be determined. Seabrook
won't be eligible to return until Game 6, if the series lasts that long.
Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter died Sunday
at the age of 76.
Carter, who spent 19 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murder,
had been stricken by prostate cancer and died in his Toronto home early Sunday
The New Jersey native was arrested for a triple homicide in 1966 before being
wrongfully convicted for the crime twice in 1967 and 1976. The second
conviction was overturned in 1985 after Carter served nearly two decades in
Following his release, Carter moved to Toronto and eventually became the
executive director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted.
Although never a world champion, Carter went 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts during
his career in the ring.
Wawrinka beats Federer for Monte Carlo title
Monte Carlo, Monaco (SportsNetwork.com) - Stanislas Wawrinka captured his
first ATP Masters 1000 title with a comeback win against Roger Federer in
Sunday's all-Swiss Monte Carlo final.
The third-seeded Wawrinka rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win, ending an 11-
match losing streak to his countryman. His only other victory in 14 prior
meetings came at this tournament in 2009.
"It's always special to play Roger," Wawrinka said. "We know it's always a
strange match, especially being in the final here. He's my best friend on the
tour. We respect each other so much. I'm just trying on the court to win the
match. Before and after, we are still very good friends. During the match, we
just try everything to win. Today I'm really happy to take that one."
Wawrinka became the first player to win three titles this season, adding to
his surprising triumph at the Australian Open and championship run in Chennai.
The 29-year-old Wawrinka appeared in his third Masters final. He lost to Novak
Djokovic in Rome in 2008 and fell to Rafael Nadal in last year's Madrid title
Meanwhile, for the fourth-seeded Federer, it was another runner-up finish at
this clay court event. Federer lost three straight years (2006-08) in the
final to Nadal, and Monte Carlo remains one of three ATP Masters 1000
tournaments he has yet to win.
"I think it's one of the those finals that I could have won, but Stan was
tougher at the end," Federer said. "I think he deserved it just a little bit
Czechs back in Fed Cup final
Ostrava, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) - Petra Kvitova beat Roberta Vinci
in Sunday's reverse singles match to send the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup
Kvitova converted half of her eight break-point chances while saving nine of
the 11 she faced in the 6-3, 7-5 victory that gave the Czechs an
insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie against defending champion
Vinci replaced Sara Errani, who had lost all six previous contests against
Kvitova, but the swap didn't change the Italians' fate.
Kvitova had a 32-13 edge in winners during the one-hour, 30-minute match.
A second reverse singles match wasn't played with the outcome decided.
The doubles rubber, however, still took place and the Czech tandem of Andrea
Hlavackova and Klara Koukalova beat the Italian pair of Camila Giorgi and
The Czech Republic, back-to-back Fed Cup champs in 2011 and 2012, will host
the final against Germany in November.
Germany beats Australia to advance to Fed Cup final
Brisbane, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Angelique Kerber defeated Samantha
Stosur as Germany topped Australia in the Fed Cup semifinals.
Kerber defeated for U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 to lead
Germany to its third straight victory in the best-of-five tie.
"After the first set I was just thinking, 'play every single point for your
team.' I'm happy about the whole week and that we're in the final," Kerber
The Germans will meet the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final in November.
Germany returns to the Fed Cup final for the first time since 1992 when it
Kerber converted eight break points in the match, which lasted just two hours
and 14 minutes.
The second reverse singles match wasn't played, but Casey Dellacqua and
Ashleigh Barty helped Australia avoid being blanked at this event by winning
the doubles match.
Australia fell to 8-5 all-time against Germany. Australia won the last
meeting in a World Group Playoff in 2012. The two nations first met in 1966.
Vekic beats Cibulkova for first title
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Seventh-seeded Croatian teenager
Donna Vekic captured her first WTA title on Sunday after rallying to beat top-
seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) in the Malaysian Open
The 17-year-old Vekic, the youngest player in the main draw, fired 11 aces in
a match that lasted nearly three hours and was suspended in the first set due
Vekic played in her third final after runner-up finishes in Birmingham last
year and Tashkent in 2012.
Cibulkova, who reached the final at the Australian Open, had beaten Vekic in
the second round at Indian Wells last month in their only previous meeting.
Garcia, France beat U.S. in Fed Cup playoff
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Caroline Garcia had a hand in all three
wins as France finished off a 3-2 win over the United States on Sunday in
their best-of-five Fed Cup World Group playoff.
A day after she straight-setted Sloane Stephens in a singles match, Garcia
topped Madison Keys 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to force a deciding doubles match at
Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University.
Garcia and Alize Cornet won the match 7-5, 6-2 over Stephens and Keys to earn
France a spot in the Fed Cup World Group next year and deny the Americans the
Stephens bounced back from her loss to Garcia Saturday to top Virginie Razzano
6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.
It was only the second time in 14 meetings the U.S. lost to France, and first
time since the 2003 Fed Cup final, when current French captain Amelie Mauresmo
led the way.
The U.S. team is captained by Mary Joe Fernandez.
Jimenez wins Champions Tour debut
Duluth, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Miguel Angel Jimenez closed with a 5-under 67
on Sunday to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship.
Jimenez, who was making his Champions Tour debut, finished at 14-under 202.
"Well, it means a lot. This is the kind of game I've been playing and I played
very well. Now, I don't know what to do. Do I continue to play on this
Champions Tour or go back to Europe? But I know you know what I want to do. I
need to finish playing for the Ryder Cup," said Jimenez, who wants to qualify
for this year's European Ryder Cup team. "I feel great. It means a lot because
it shows I can contend with a player like Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples and
Jay Haas. These guys are too competitive."
Langer, last year's winner, posted a 4-under 68 to take second place at
minus-12, while Haas also closed with a 5-under 67 to end alone in third at
10-under 206 at the TPC Sugarloaf.
Couples managed a 2-under 70 to end alone in fourth at minus-9.
Steve Pate (70), David Frost (69) and Duffy Waldorf (70) shared fifth place at
Jimenez opened the final round with five pars in a row and was joined in the
lead by Langer, who birdied the par-5 fourth from about 25 feet out. They both
birdied the par-5 sixth to remain tied at 10-under par.
At the par-3 eighth, Jimenez dropped his tee shot inside four feet and he
converted that for birdie. Langer missed the green and failed to get up and
down for par as he fell two back.
Jimenez and Langer both got up and down for birdie on the par-5 10th. The
Spaniard pushed his lead to three with a 4-foot birdie putt at the 12th.
Jimenez made it two in a row as he birdied the 13th.
Langer matched that birdie to stay three behind, but it wasn't enough.
Jimenez, who was playing this week on a sponsors invitation, cruised home with
five straight pars to close out his first Champions Tour title.
Langer parred four in a row before making birdie at the last to end two back.
"Well, overall I played really solid, had a number of opportunities, just
couldn't make any putts today. I misread some putts and just couldn't figure
it out. A couple of them had the wrong speed and several of them had the wrong
line," Langer admitted. "I had some opportunities, as I said, but couldn't
make the putts. And he played very, very solid all day or certainly the last,
you know, 12 holes or something like that."
NOTES: Jimenez earned $270,000 for the win ... He was the 18th player in
Champions Tour history to win in his tour debut, but first since Bruce
Fleisher in 1999 to go wire-to-wire for the victory ... Jimenez played the
final 32 holes bogey-free ... Along with Jeff Maggert's win at the last
Champions Tour event, they were the first back-to-back winners making their
tour debuts since 1980 ... Jimenez became the first player to win a European
Tour and a Champions Tour event in the same season ... After a week off,
Esteban Toledo will defend his title at the Insperity Invitational in Texas.
Westwood weathers storm to win Malaysian Open title
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Lee Westwood waited out a lengthy
weather delay on Sunday to card a 4-under 68 and roll to a 7-stroke victory at
the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Westwood completed the wire-to-wire win at 18-under-par 270. It was his 23rd
career victory on the European Tour, but first since the 2012 Nordea Masters.
"It's a golf course that suits my game; it's very tight in certain areas. I
played well, I putted well, and the short game is good," Westwood said about
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
Bernd Wiesberger (67), Louis Oosthuizen (68) and Nicolas Colsaerts (70) shared
second place at 11-under, while Danny Willett (70), Rikard Karlberg (70) and
Julien Quesne (72) tied for fifth at minus-10.
Pablo Larrazabal (67) and Thomas Pieters (68) shared eighth at 9-under 279.
Westwood was just one stroke clear of Andy Sullivan at the start of the final
round, but was given a larger cushion when Sullivan found the water at the
second en route to a triple-bogey 7.
Westwood then birdied the third to move to 15-under and he was not threatened
The Englishman parred his next six holes to remain there before adding another
birdie at the 10th prior to play being halted for over four hours due to the
threat of lightning.
When play resumed, Westwood birdied the 13th from 10 feet to reach 17-under
and earn a 6-stroke lead. He later closed the day with a birdie at the 18th to
complete the victory.
"I feel like I've got a short game and starting to roll a few putts in," said
Westwood. "It makes a hell of a difference if you can get up-and-down if you
miss a few greens and keep the momentum going."
Sullivan had recovered from his early mistake with three straight birdies from
the fourth, but he fell apart from there, recording four bogeys and a double-
bogey over his final 12 holes to fall into a share of 13th place at 7-under.
NOTES: Westwood also won this event in 1997 when it was a part of the co-
sanctioning Asian Tour ... This was Westwood's 13th career win in Asia ...
Westwood's 7-shot win was the largest of his career ... The European Tour
moves to China next week for the Volvo China Open, which Brett Rumford won
Kropp bests Cabrera in Argentina
Cordoba, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - William Kropp closed with a 2-under
69 on Sunday to beat Angel Cabrera by one stroke and win the Abierto OSDE del
Kropp finished at 8-under-par 276 at Cordoba Golf Club. This was his first win
on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Cabrera, last year's winner, also shot 69 in the final round to end one back
Kropp posted back-to-back birdies at two and three to move to minus-8. He
dropped a shot on the sixth, but was still two clear of Cabrera, who birdied
the third and bogeyed the fifth.
Cabrera got within one as he birdied the 11th, but Kropp birdied the 12th.
Cabrera again moved within one when he birdied the par-3 14th. Kropp answered
with a birdie on the 17th, but he trimmed his winning margin to one with a
bogey at the last.
Marcelo Rozo, who won the TransAmerican Power Open earlier this year, posted a
1-under 70 and took third at 5-under 279. Puma Dominguez (69) and third-round
leader Fermin Noste (75) shared fourth place at minus-3.
Miyazato wins by 2 in Japan
Nagoya, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Yusaku Miyazato carded a 6-under 65 on
Sunday to claim a 2-stroke victory at the Token Homemate Cup.
Miyazato earned his second career victory on the Japan Golf Tour at 14-under-
Miyazato entered the final round a shot behind overnight leader Daisuke
Maruyama, but quickly raced ahead by starting his day with five straight
After parring his next four holes to make the turn at 13-under, Miyazato
tripped to a bogey at the 10th.
However, he bounced right back with three birdies over his next four holes to
reach 15-under before a bogey at the 16th dropped him back to minus-14. He
parred his final two holes to finish there.
Hiroshi Iwata (67) finished in second place at 12-under, while Koumei Oda (65)
took third at 11-under. Nobuhiro Masuda (67) and Adam Bland (69) shared fourth
Maruyama tripped to a 3-over 74 during his final round at Token Tado Country
Club Nagoya to fall into a tie for 14th place at 6-under 278.
Hamilton dominant in Chinese GP
Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed
his third consecutive Formula One victory by putting on a superb performance
in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
Hamilton started on pole and was untouchable throughout the 56-lap race at
Shanghai International Circuit. The 2008 F1 world champion crossed the finish
line 18.6 seconds ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg to give Mercedes another 1-2
finish this season.
It's the first time Hamilton has won three grand prix in a row. He also
collected his 25th career victory, which placed him in a tie with Jim Clark
and Niki Lauda for eighth on F1's all-time race winners list. Hamilton now has
three victories in the Chinese GP, which is more than any other driver.
"I really couldn't do this without the hard work from the team," Hamilton
said. "Honestly, I just can't believe how amazing the car is and how hard
everyone has worked. The results were getting are a real true showing of all
the hard work."
Rosberg's second-place finish allowed him to retain the lead in the world
championship point standings. He has accumulated 79 points for the season, but
Hamilton is just four points behind him.
"This team is on a roll," Hamilton added. "We aim to keep moving forward and
improving. I hope we can continue it."
Rosberg, who started fourth, struggled at the start of the race, dropping as
far back as seventh on the opening lap after he had made slight contact with
Williams' Valtteri Bottas heading into the first turn. Rosberg bounced back
nicely from there, as he overtook Alonso for second with 15 laps to go.
"I'm still in the [points] lead, and that's good, just considering that the
whole weekend was really, really bad for me," Rosberg said. "It went just
completely wrong in so many different respects. In the race, we didn't have
telemetry, so there was no communication from the car to the pits. They had no
idea what was going on while I was on the track. That's why the start was so
bad, but a lot of things came together. So I'm pleased with second."
Fernando Alonso finished third to give Ferrari its first podium of the season.
Earlier this week, Stefano Domenicali stepped down as team principal of
Ferrari. Marco Mattiacci, who had served as president and CEO of Ferrari North
America, moved into the role and made his debut with the team this weekend in
"It was a good weekend, and we've improved the car a bit compared to the first
three races," Alonso said. "Being on the podium is a nice surprise for us. I'm
happy with a podium finish today."
Alonso and his former teammate, Felipe Massa, who is now with Williams, also
bumped into each other at the start but neither driver sustained damaged to
Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull took the fourth spot, while his teammate,
Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, was fifth.
Just before the halfway point, Vettel ignored team orders to let Ricciardo
pass him, as the two were battling for position. Ricciardo pitted after Vettel
and therefore had fresher tires.
As Vettel complained about the order over his team radio, he was told, "He
[Ricciardo] stopped later than you." Vettel then replied, "Tough luck."
Ricciardo eventually overtook his teammate.
Nico Hulkenberg from Force India finished sixth, while Bottas placed seventh.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was eighth. Hulkenberg's teammate, Sergio Perez, and
Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat completed the top-10.
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