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Rays place Longoria on the disabled list

April 4, 2011

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Tampa Bay Rays All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained muscle in his left side. The strained oblique could sideline Longoria a minimum of three weeks, according to manager Joe Maddon. The Rays filled the roster by purchasing the contract of infielder Felipe Lopez from their Triple A Durham affiliate. “There’s never a good time. It’s just unfortunate,’’ Maddon said. “We’re having a hard time scoring runs out of the chute. He’s probably our best run producer, and now we don’t have him. So, we’re just going to have to make some adjustments and keep playing.’’ Longoria was removed from the lineup in the sixth inning of Saturday’s loss to the Orioles. Lopez, who signed a minor league contract with the Rays, was with the Red Sox for the final week of the 2010 season . . . The Braves put righthander Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique and recalled lefthander Mike Minor from Triple A Gwinnett . . . Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore (left knee surgery last June), who began the season on the disabled list, will play in an exhibition game in Akron today between Cleveland farm teams . . . The Indians released minor leaguer Preston Mattingly, son of Dodgers manager and ex-Yankees star Don Mattingly. Cleveland acquired the outfielder from the Dodgers in a minor league deal Sept. 26, one week after the Dodgers announced his father would replace Joe Torre after the 2010 season.

College Basketball
Haith to leave Miami for Missouri Frank Haith has agreed to leave the University of Miami after seven seasons and take over as coach at Missouri, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press. Missouri officials are scheduled to meet tonight to confirm terms of the contract. Haith had two years left on his contract with Miami, worth about $3 million. The Hurricanes went 21-15 this season and finished ninth in the Atlantic Coast Conference . . . Archie Miller was hired to lead the Dayton men’s program, less than a week after Brian Gregory left to take over at Georgia Tech. Miller, 32, has been associate head coach the last two seasons for older brother Sean Miller at Arizona . . . Utah hired New Jersey Nets assistant Larry Krystkowiak as its coach. The move came three weeks after athletic director Chris Hill fired Jim Boylen following consecutive losing seasons. The hire is an important one for Hill, now on his third coach since Rick Majerus departed . . . Xavier women’s coach Kevin McGuff is leaving to take the same job at University of Washington. He replaces Tia Jackson, who resigned March 14.

Unbeaten fighter is shot by stepfather Boxer Rola El-Halabi was shot by her stepfather and former manager before a title fight in Berlin, inflicting injuries that are not life-threatening but could imperil her career. The undefeated 25-year-old German was preparing to fight Irma Balijagic Adler of Bosnia for the vacant IBF lightweight title Friday night when her 44-year-old stepfather entered her dressing room and shot her in the hand, knee, and feet. He also shot two security guards before being arrested, Berlin police said. The three victims were taken to the hospital for surgery. Yesterday’s edition of the Bild newspaper identified the gunman as Roy El-Halabi and reported that 800 spectators were evacuated from the arena. Bild reported that Halabi split from her stepfather as a manager in January. Halabi (11-0) won the WIBF and WIBA world titles in 2009.

Unbeaten Rapids knock off D.C. United Jamie Smith had the tiebreaking goal in the 71st minute, Caleb Folan scored twice, and the host Colorado Rapids beat shorthanded D.C. United, 3-1. Smith’s header came right after Santino Quaranta had tied it for D.C. United. Folan added an insurance goal in the 81st minute for Colorado, which also got a goal from Omar Cummings. The Rapids, who won the MLS Cup last season, are 3-0 for the first time in club history. D.C. United (1-2-0) played without forward Charlie Davies (strained left groin), who had three goals in the first two games, and central defender Perry Kitchens, away serving national team duty.

Avalanche’s Stastny out for the season Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny will miss the rest of the NHL season because of a stress fracture in his right leg. Stastny, who was injured Friday at Phoenix, is second on the team in scoring with 22 goals and 35 assists. Going into last night’s game against Calgary, the Avalanche had lost 425 man-games to injury, the most in franchise history . . . Mikaela Shiffrin, 16, turned in a smooth final run on a choppy course to win the slalom ski race at the US Championships in Winter Park, Colo., and Colby Granstrom, 20, broke up Tommy Ford’s monopoly, taking the men’s slalom title. Shiffrin, who attends Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont, flew down the mushy course in a combined time of 1:42.14, holding off Sarah Schleper by 0.52 seconds. Resi Stiegler finished third. Granstrom, of Lake Stevens, Wash., had a two-run time of 1:42.67, beating Ford by 1.33 seconds. Seppi Stiegler was third, just like his older sister.

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