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Twins trade for lefty reliever Fuentes

August 28, 2010

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The Twins acquired lefthanded reliever Brian Fuentes yesterday from the Angels for a player to be named later. The former Angels closer and four-time All-Star will be a setup man for closer Matt Capps . . . Pitcher Yovani Gallardo and clubhouse attendant Alex Sanchez were robbed at gunpoint early yesterday in a supermarket parking lot in Milwaukee, hours after the Brewers’ ace pitched in a loss to the Dodgers. WTMJ-AM said that an armed man approached the two demanding money and jewelry, and that Sanchez was hit in the head but not seriously injured . . . Reds rookie Mike Leake went on the 15-day disabled list with a tired right shoulder, but is expected back before the end of the season . . . Hawaii rallied from four runs down to beat Georgia, 12-5, to advance to today’s US championship game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Three players suspended by the NBA
Brandon Rush of the Pacers was suspended five games by the NBA for violating the league’s drug agreement, while Tyreke Evans of the Kings and Kenny Hasbrouck of the Heat drew suspensions for driving offenses. Evans, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, was suspended one game after pleading no contest to reckless driving in California. Hasbrouck was suspended two games after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in New York . . . Iziane Castro Marques and Angel McCoughtry each scored 21 points as the host Atlanta Dream broke open a close game in the second half and beat the Washington Mystics, 101-77, to advance to the WNBA Eastern Conference finals.

Devils seek OK on new Kovalchuk deal
The Devils submitted a new contract for Ilya Kovalchuk, and the league has five days to approve the deal, which media reports said amounts to $100 million over 15 years. A month ago, the NHL rejected a 17-year, $102 million contract for Kovalchuk, saying it violated the league salary cap . . . Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was found guilty on charges stemming from a DUI arrest last February in Phoenix. The four-time All-Star could face up to six months in jail when he is sentenced Tuesday . . . Free agent forward Paul Kariya, a two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner, will not play next season after being diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.

Georgia’s Ealey charged after accident
Georgia sophomore tailback Washaun Ealey, the team’s leading rusher last season, was arrested early yesterday and charged with hit and run and driving on a suspended license. Coach Mark Richt suspended Ealey for at least one game. According to UGA police, Ealey was driving his roommate’s car when he hit a parked truck in a school parking deck at 3:19 a.m. Ealey was released from the Clarke County Jail after posting bond of $4,800. The Bulldogs open the season against Louisiana-Lafayette Sept. 4 . . . Sophomore Darron Thomas will start at quarterback in No. 11 Oregon’s opener against New Mexico . . . BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said Riley Nelson and freshman Jake Heaps will be sharing the starting quarterback job when the season begins Sept. 4 against Washington . . . SMU coach June Jones signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.

Gay runs off with 100 meters in Brussels
American Tyson Gay earned the Diamond League trophy as the European season’s top performer in the 100 meters, finishing in 9.79 seconds to beat Jamaican Nesta Carter in a meet in Brussels. In the absence of injured world record-holder Usain Bolt, Gay was looking to beat his personal best of 9.69, the time he shares with Bolt as the second-fastest ever, but the 60-degree weather at the King Baudouin track proved too cold . . . Nadia Petrova, a last-minute addition to the field, moved into the finals of the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Maria Kirilenko. In the other semifinal, Caroline Wozniacki came back from a break down in the third set to beat Elena Dementieva, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) . . . In the men’s draw, Sergiy Stakhovsky gained the finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Thiemo de Bakker. Stakhovsky will play Denis Istomin, who beat Viktor Troicki, 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 6-2.

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