Cano associate linked to Florida clinic
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano denied any involvement with a South Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball after a report linked an associate of his to the facility. ESPN reported that the spokeswoman for Cano’s foundation, Sonia Cruz, is listed as having been a client of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables. She told ESPN she did not receive anything from the clinic and said Cano never did, either. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is among the big leaguers linked to clinic . . . Indians righthander Brett Myers (0-3, 8.82 ERA) is expected to miss about a month due to tendinitis and a ligament sprain in his right elbow . . . Orioles righthander Jake Arrieta was optioned to Triple A Norfolk, one day after he walked five and hit a batter over four-plus innings in a loss to the Dodgers . . . Shaun Marcum (neck, biceps) pitched five scoreless innings in an extended spring training game, putting him in line to make his Mets debut Saturday against Philadelphia.
Suns fire GM Blanks after 25-57 finishThe Phoenix Suns parted ways with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history, the team said. Blanks had served as general manager since August 2010. But this season was a harsh one as the Suns finished 25-57, the worst record in franchise history behind their 16-66 effort in their inaugural season in 1968-69 . . . Hawks forward Josh Smith missed practice because of a sprained right ankle but hopes to play in Game 2 against Indiana on Wednesday.
Revis says he’ll ‘do his best’ for Bucs
Darrelle Revis met with his new Buccaneers teammates, saying he’ll “do his best” to play up to expectations that come with a new six-year, $96 million contract. The Bucs acquired the three-time All-Pro cornerback from the Jets for the 13th overall pick in this week’s draft and a conditional pick next year. Revis said he holds no grudge against the Jets, who were reluctant to give a player coming off knee surgery such a commitment . . . Kam Chancellor and the Seahawks agreed on a four-year contract extension that will keep the safety with the only team he’s ever played for through the 2017 season . . . Scott Fujita, a Super Bowl-winning linebacker who became enmeshed in the Saints bounty scandal, signed a one-day contract with New Orleans and retired. Fujita spent the last three seasons with the Browns . . . The Jets re-signed outside linebacker Calvin Pace to a one-year deal after cutting the five-year veteran in February . . . Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Sunday in Decatur, Ala., the third time he has been arrested in his hometown since 2011.
ACC deal may end further realignment
The Atlantic Coast Conference will retain the television rights of any school that chooses to leave the conference before 2027, essentially locking its schools into the league through the length of its current television deal. The league said that presidents of 15 current and soon-to-be member schools have signed the deal, which could slam the brakes on years of realignment around college athletics. Awarding control of the TV rights means that a school would have to leave its TV revenue behind if it chose to go elsewhere. The ACC is the fourth major conference to approve a grant of TV rights, joining the Big 12, Big Ten, and Pac-12 . . . With the how and when of college football playoffs determined, it’s time to lock in the where. The conference commissioners in charge of putting together the four-team playoff system that will start after the 2014 regular season will meet Tuesday in Pasadena, Calif. Their task will be to pick three more bowls to be used in the semifinal rotation and decide on a site for the first national title game. The Rose, Sugar, and Orange bowls are already part of the six-bowl semifinal rotation. The Fiesta, Cotton, and Chick-fil-A bowls are the overwhelming favorites to be added to the playoff rotation.
ManU captures 20th English crownManchester United won its record 20th English Premier League title, beating Aston Villa, 3-0, on Robin van Persie’s hat trick to clinch the championship . . . Liverpool fined Luis Suarez an undisclosed amount one day after he bit an opponent on the arm. He faces a likely suspension from the Football Association. Suarez was suspended for seven matches in 2010 for biting a player . . . Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee doubled the suspension of Juninho to two games and fined the New York Red Bulls midfielder, who kicked a ball at Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen during a dead-ball situation April 17 . . . Roberta Vinci put host Italy into the Fed Cup final, beating Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, in Palermo in a series postponed a day because of rain.