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Sports Log

Pettitte has tough time against PawSox

Baseball
Andy Pettitte hardly looked ready for the major leagues in the first Triple A start of his comeback on Sunday, pitching five shaky innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a 7-5 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rochester, N.Y. Pettitte allowed five runs, three of them earned, and eight hits in taking the loss for the Yankees’ top affiliate. He walked two, including one with the bases loaded, and struck out five. Lars Anderson and Pedro Ciriaco led the way for the PawSox with three hits apiece, while Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway each had two hits. Pettitte, 39, who retired after the 2010 season and is now trying to return to the majors, has pitched four times in the minors this year. He has a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings . . . The struggling Twins will call up prized infield prospect Brian Dozier and lefthander Scott Diamond Monday. Dozier will take the spot of designated hitter Justin Morneau, who will be placed on the disabled list with a sore left wrist. The Twins are expected to move current shortstop Jamey Carroll into a utility role. Diamond is 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA in six starts for Rochester.

Seau’s family weighs research issues

NFL
Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said Junior Seau’s family is revisiting its decision to donate the former All-Pro linebacker’s brain for research into football-related injuries. Mitchell said that the family, which is of Samoan descent, is consulting with a group of elders on a number of matters. Seau, 43, committed suicide Wednesday at his home in Oceanside, Calif. . . . The Dolphins extended linebacker Cameron Wake’s contract through 2016. Wake has played three seasons with the Dolphins, and led the team in sacks last year with 8 1/2. He had one year and $650,000 left on his previous deal. ESPN reported the extension is worth $49 million, $20 million guaranteed . . . Robert Griffin III already has the No. 1 quarterback job with the Redskins. Coach Mike Shanahan said that the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor will work with the starters when full practices begin this month . . . The Jets signed safety Josh Bush, one of their sixth-round draft picks, to a four-year contract. They also signed quarterback Matt Simms, the youngest son of Phil Simms, and offensive lineman Frederick Koloto as undrafted free agents. Both participated in New York’s rookie minicamp over the weekend. Offensive lineman Kris O’Dowd was waived . . . Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, nine years after leaving for the NFL.

Del Potro captures title at Estoril Open

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Tennis
Juan del Potro won his second consecutive Estoril Open title in Oeiras, Portugal, using a strong serve to beat Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-2. Del Potro, seeded first and ranked 12th, won his second title of the year and 11th of his career . . . Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Marin Cilic, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, to win the BMW Open in Munich for the second time. Kohlschreiber also won this clay-court tournament in 2007 . . . Andreas Seppi defeated Benoit Paire, 6-3, 6-2, to win the Serbia Open in Belgrade for the second title of his career . . . Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova won first-round matches in straight sets at the Madrid Open. Azarenka beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, and second-seeded Sharapova defeated Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-0, 6-3 . . . About 2 1/2 years after her captivating run to the US Open quarterfinals, Melanie Oudin earned a wild card into the French Open. The US Tennis Association said Oudin, 20, got the berth based on results at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court tournaments.

UMass lacrosse team earns sixth seed

Miscellany
Top-ranked UMass earned the sixth seed and will host Colgate on Saturday in Amherst in the opening round of the NCAA lacrosse championships. It marks the Minutemen’s 19th NCAA berth, and first since joining the Colonial Athletic Association in 2010. They won the league title Saturday with an 18-12 win over Drexel . . . The UMass softball team, which went 19-0 in conference play, is the top seed for the Atlantic 10 tournament that begins Wednesday at Saint Louis University . . . Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla was suspended for one game by the NHL for boarding Nashville Predators forward Matt Halischuk on Friday. Phoenix leads the series, 3-1. Game 5 is Monday night in Glendale, Ariz. . . . In Major League Soccer, Jaime Castrillon and Martin Rivero scored in a 13-minute span in the second half to help Colorado beat host FC Dallas, 2-0 . . . Robert Stieglitz of Germany retained his WBO super middleweight title in Erfurt, Germany, with a unanimous decision over Nader Hamdan of Australia . . . Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong dominated cycling but finished third in the St. Croix Ironman triathlon in the US Virgin Islands. American Andy Potts won the event . . . World champion Mark Cavendish of Britain won the second stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Herning, Denmark . . . China’s Liu Xiang stepped up his Olympic preparations by winning the 110-meter hurdles in rain and wind at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix meet in Kawasaki, Japan. American Allyson Felix won the women’s 100 meters in 11.22 seconds . . . Trainer Doug O’Neill said I’ll Have Another will fly from Louisville to Baltimore on Monday, making him the earliest arriving Kentucky Derby winner since Monarchos showed up at Pimlico four days after his 2001 win. O’Neill said he wants to get the colt settled well ahead of the May 19 Preakness . . . A coroner identified the body of a man found in the stable area of Churchill Downs hours after the Derby as 48-year-old Adan Fabian Perez, a groomer from Guatemala. Louisville police say the death is being investigated as a homicide.

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