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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 season.

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 DL.

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 Sunday.

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 charging,"

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 morning.

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 prison.

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 match.

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 more."

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 final.

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 Italy.

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 Karin Knapp.

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 said.

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 defeated Spain.

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 final.

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 to rain.

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 spot.

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 7-under 209.

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 from there.

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 last year.

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 Centro.

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 at minus-7.

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- par 270.

Miyazato entered the final round a shot behind overnight leader Daisuke Maruyama, but quickly raced ahead by starting his day with five straight birdies.

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 at 10-under.

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 China.

"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 his car.

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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