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Ankle sprain puts Rose in walking boot

April 25, 2011

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Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose had a walking boot on his left foot yesterday, one day after spraining his ankle in the first quarter as the Bulls dropped Game 4 of their first-round playoff series with Indiana, 89-84. Results of an MRI on Rose’s ankle were negative, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he hoped to have his All-Star point guard available for Game 5 tomorrow. Rose had 15 points and 10 assists in Game 4, but scored just 8 points on 3-for-16 shooting after the injury. The Bulls lead the series, 3-1 . . . Spurs center Antonio McDyess expects to play in Game 4 against the Grizzlies tonight despite a nerve injury in his neck that forced him to leave Saturday’s loss. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, still hindered by a strained right elbow that caused him to miss Game 1 of the series that Memphis leads, 2-1, is also expected to play.

Greinke makes his second rehab start Zack Greinke of the Brewers pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs, with a walk and two strikeouts in a rehab start at Triple A Nashville. The righthander started the season on the disabled list with a broken rib. Greinke was making his second rehab start and said he will need at least one more before joining the Brewers . . . The Reds placed third baseman Scott Rolen on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder, and recalled infielder Chris Valaika from Triple A Louisville . . . The Phillies placed closer Jose Contreras on the 15-day DL with a strained right elbow. Ryan Madson will move into the closer’s role . . . White Sox righthander Jake Peavy threw a side session of around 40 pitches and reported no issues. Peavy has been bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder . . . Twins outfielder Delmon Young, sidelined five games with a rib injury, is expected to play tomorrow against Tampa Bay . . . Josh Reddick hit his fourth home run and Michael McKenry had four hits to lead the Pawtucket Red Sox to a 9-3 International League win over the host Rochester Red Wings. PawSox righthander Kyle Weiland (2-1) allowed one run on two hits in six innings.

Nadal defeats Ferrer for Barcelona title Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, in their second all-Spanish final in two weeks to claim his sixth Barcelona Open title. The top-ranked Nadal won his 29th straight match at the clay-court event when the fourth-seeded Ferrer hit his backhand wide. It was Nadal’s 45th career ATP title and his second straight trophy after beating Ferrer at Monte Carlo in straight sets April 17. Nadal won at Barcelona from 2005-09, including finals wins over Ferrer in 2008 and 2009, before sitting out last year’s edition to rest . . . Julia Goerges upset top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. The 22-year-old German won in Bad Gastein, Austria, last year but had never captured a title in one of the WTA’s premier events . . . Alberta Brianti beat Simona Halep, 6-4, 6-3, in the final of the Grand Prix SAR in Fez, Morocco, to earn her first WTA title.

FC Dallas’s Ferreira bound for surgery Reigning league MVP David Ferreira of FC Dallas has a double fracture in his right ankle. The Colombian midfielder was injured on a hard tackle by Whitecaps defender Jonny Leathers in FC Dallas’s 2-1 win Saturday in Vancouver. Ferreira was taken off the field on a stretcher. The team said surgery would be scheduled after Ferreira saw doctors in Dallas. Ferreira had eight goals and 13 assists in 2010 for the Western Conference champions. He leads FC Dallas with three goals and an assist through six games. It was the second serious leg injury in as many days to an MLS star. Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani fractured his right tibia and fibula Friday.

Kubica released from hospital in Italy Formula One driver Robert Kubica left Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure, Italy, 11 weeks after suffering severe injuries during a rally crash. After the Feb. 6 accident, Kubica underwent seven hours of surgery to save his right hand before operations on his shoulder, leg, and elbow. Kubica will begin a rehab program this week . . . Connor Murphy had a pair of goals, including the winner 6:06 into overtime, to lead Team USA to its third straight gold medal at the International Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championship in Crimmitschau, Germany . . . Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Keith McCants is in jail after being arrested in St. Petersburg, Fla., on a cocaine possession charge. Jail records show McCants, 43, was also booked on a charge of resisting an officer. He’s also being held on a warrant from Mobile, Ala., for failure to appear on a controlled-substance charge . . . Philippe Gilbert shook off brothers Frank and Andy Schleck in an uphill sprint to win the Liege-Bastogne-Liege cycling race in Belgium.

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