Speedy Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, sidelined since April 18 with a strained right elbow that required surgery, is expected to be activated from the disabled list this week. Manager Joe Girardi said the team doesn’t expect Gardner to be able to hit again this season, but his legs and glove could be useful down the stretch . . . The Braves activated righthander Ben Sheets from the DL, and he will pitch out of the bullpen for the first time in his career. Sheets was out three weeks with right shoulder inflammation.
US coach Chun is accused of abuse
Five 2010 Olympic medalists — Allison Baver, J.R. Celski, Alyson Dudek, Travis Jayner, and Jordan Malone — and other current and former members of the US speedskating team have accused head coach Jae Su Chun of ‘‘unchecked’’ verbal, physical, and psychological abuse. The Chicago Tribune and Salt Lake Tribune report that 19 athletes filed a wide-ranging grievance against US Speedskating and 14 signed a complaint with the US Olympic Committee. Attorney Edward Williams, who represents the skaters, said the abuse was ‘‘outrageous.’’ The code of conduct complaint accuses Chun of slamming an athlete against a wall and repeatedly hitting him, throwing bottles and chairs at skaters, and repeatedly telling female skaters they were ‘‘fat’’ and ‘‘disgusting.’’ Williams said the current national team members are boycotting US Speedskating rather than have any contact with Chun and two assistants.
Martinez takes title from Chavez
Sergio Martinez gave Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. the beating he promised for 11 rounds, then barely survived being knocked out in the final round to regain the middleweight title with a unanimous decision in Las Vegas. Martinez was quicker, busier, and far more accurate as he won round after round, but a bloodied and battered Chavez dropped him with a pair of left hooks in the 12th round. Chavez was landing big punches to the head as the bell sounded to save Martinez . . . Saul ‘‘Canelo’’ Alvarez stopped Josesito Lopez in the fifth round, defending his WBC 154-pound title, also in Las Vegas. Alvarez knocked down Lopez in the second, third, and fourth rounds. Another series of relentless combinations forced referee Joe Cortez to step in. On the undercard, Daniel Ponce De Leon claimed Jhonny Gonzalez’s WBC featherweight title with a unanimous technical decision . . . Cuba’s Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1) defended his IBF cruiserweight title in Bamberg, Germany, unanimously outpointing Canada’s Troy Ross (25-3).
Jets sign Kane just before the lockout
The Jets agreed to a contract with restricted free agent forward Evander Kane, about 30 minutes before the collective bargaining agreement expired and a lockout began. Kane, 21, had 30 goals and 27 assists in 74 games last season . . . The Sabres re-signed forward Tyler Ennis to a two-year, $5.625 million contract . . . The Ducks signed defenseman Cam Fowler to a five-year extension . . . The Predators signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a five-year, $14.5 million contract.
Venus leads Kastles into WTT final
Venus Williams won her match against Ashley Harkleroad to lift the undefeated Washington Kastles (15-0) to the WTT title match with a 19-15 win over the New York Sportimes in Charleston, S.C. Washington, which has won 31 straight WTT matches, faces Sacramento for the title Sunday . . . Irina-Camelia Begu beat Donna Vekic, 6-4, 6-4, in the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Open final for her first WTA title. Vekic, 16, was looking to become the youngest winner on the WTA tour in six years.
Hunter-Reay takes home IndyCar title
Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American to win the IndyCar championship since 2006 by finishing fourth in the season finale in Fontana, Calif. Ahead by 17 points entering the race, Will Power crashed early, and watched in street clothes as Hunter-Reay snatched the title away. Ed Carpenter won the race . . . Ryan Blaney became the youngest winner in NASCAR Trucks history at 18 years, 8 months, taking the caution-filled race at Iowa Speedway in his third series start.