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Pirates put Cedeno on concussion DL

July 3, 2011

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Pittsburgh placed shortstop Ronny Cedeno on the seven-day concussion disabled list before yesterday’s first game of a doubleheader with the Nationals. Cedeno was hit on the back of his head while attempting to break up a double play in the fourth inning of Friday’s loss to Washington. “He had limited symptoms initially, but got worse as the night progressed - even after leaving the ballpark,’’ Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. Cedeno was replaced on the roster by infielder Pedro Ciriaco, who was recalled from Triple A Indianapolis . . . Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has shown “significant improvement’’ in recovering from a broken left wrist and could return as early as the All-Star break, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. “He got the [CT] test and he’s working,’’ St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. “I’m just really pleased with a lot of good news on that front.’’ The Cardinals had said that Pujols wasn’t expected back until late July. Pujols was hurt June 19 trying to make a tag after taking an offline throw from second baseman Pete Kozma and the Royals’ Wilson Betemit collided with the glove hand . . . Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon doesn’t expect any of his players will be suspended after he and three others were ejected for arguing balls and strikes Friday. Reliever J.P. Howell, pitcher David Price, and infielder Elliot Johnson were all tossed in the eighth inning . . . Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson likely will be out for a few games after fouling a pitch off his left knee Friday . . . The Marlins designated Jose Lopez for assignment after the utility infielder went 3 for 29 in 12 games.

Lamb leads US Under-19s over China Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb scored 17 points and Doug McDermott of Creighton had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the United States to an 82-66 win over China in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Liepaja, Latvia. Tim Hardaway Jr., of Michigan, and Khyle Marshall, of Butler, both had 13 points for the US (3-0), the defending champion and the only team in the 16-team field to finish the preliminary round undefeated . . . Lorenzo Charles, the hero of North Carolina State’s title-winning upset of Houston in 1983, was remembered in Raleigh, N.C., in a service five days after he was killed in a single-vehicle bus wreck. “It’s a tough time for family, teammates, fans and friends, but it’s also a time to celebrate and reflect on a wonderful man’s life,’’ teammate Dereck Whittenburg said. Charles caught Whittenburg’s 30-foot heave and dunked it at the buzzer to give underdog N.C. State its second national championship.

US loses to Germany at Henley Regatta World champion Germany beat the US national squad in the semifinals of the Grand Challenge Cup for international eights at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. The Americans, racing as Chula Vista Training Center, Calif., lost by two-thirds of a length. In the all-American semifinal of the Temple Cup for student eights, the University of California at Berkeley defeated Harvard by 1 1/4 lengths. It was just one second short of the course record set by Harvard in the quarterfinals. In the Prince Albert Cup semifinal for student coxed fours, Harvard struggled against English opponents from Newcastle University before winning by three-quarters of a length.

Wakefield’s Harrison wins judo title Kayla Harrison beat Canada’s Amy Cotton to win the 78-kilogram division at the USA Judo World Cup in Doral, Fla. Harrison’s victory could push the Wakefield, Mass., resident to No. 1 in the world when the new rankings come out tomorrow. Harrison represents Team USA’s best hope for a women’s judo gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics . . . Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps led wire to wire and won the 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute 47.46 seconds at the Canada Cup in Montreal. American Matthew Patton was second in 1:49.87, with Canadian Ryan Cochrane third in 1:50.08 . . . Dominick Cruz retained the bantamweight title and avenged his only career loss, unanimously outpointing Urijah Faber in a five-round bout in UFC 132 in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, Chris Leben stopped Wanderlei Silva in 27 seconds. On the undercard, former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz won for the first time in nearly five years with a first-round submission victory over Ryan Bader.

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