Angels ace Jered Weaver
was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower-back injury that likely will force last season’s AL Cy Young runner-up to miss at least two starts. Weaver threw just 12 pitches Monday night against the Yankees before pulling up awkwardly after a pitch to Robinson Cano
. He was diagnosed with lower back spasms and a strained muscle around a disk in his lower spine . . . Phillies ace Roy Halladay
is expected to miss 6-8 weeks because of a strained right shoulder. Halladay was put on the 15-day disabled list two days after he was hit hard and pulled from a start in St. Louis after just two innings.
Oswalt agrees to a deal with Rangers
The Rangers agreed to a minor league deal with free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, expecting the three-time All-Star to join their rotation within a few weeks. Assuming Oswalt passes a physical Thursday, he is expected to go to Triple A Round Rock and make his first start Saturday. The deal is worth $4 million if he joins the team by July 1. Rangers officials went to Mississippi to watch Oswalt pitch two weeks ago, days before starter Neftali Feliz went on the disabled list . . . Former Tigers and White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordonez, 38, plans to announce his retirement Sunday before Detroit plays the Yankees.
Bruins sign Swedish goalie Svedberg
The Bruins signed Swedish goalie Niklas Svedberg
to a two-year, entry-level contract Tuesday. Svedberg played in the Swedish Elite League for Brynas IF Gavle, which won the league championship this season. Svedberg, 22, likely will report to Providence or Reading to begin 2012-13 . . . The Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract extension with defenseman Johnny Oduya
and a one-year extension for forward Jamal Mayers
Judge dismisses NFL retiree lawsuit
A lawsuit filed against the NFL Players Association by retirees was dismissed by a federal judge, who ruled they had no legal right to hundreds of millions of dollars in additional post-career benefits they claimed they lost during lockout talks last year. US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson
issued her order from St. Paul. Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller
, a former Vikings star, was the lead plaintiff in the complaint that argued current players had no right to bargain about retiree benefits because they weren’t legally a union last summer . . . The Jets signed offensive tackles Stephon Heyer
, who started 33 games for the Redskins and had two starts for the Raiders last season, and Ray Willis
, who spent six seasons with Seattle and two weeks with New Orleans last year . . . Terrell Owens
was released by the Allen Wranglers and lost his ownership stake in the Indoor Football League team.
Cannons to host lacrosse tournament
The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse have teamed up with Muscle Milk for the inaugural Muscle Milk Bean Shot Lacrosse tournament June 9 at Harvard Stadium. Men’s programs from Northeastern, BU, UNH, and UConn will face off in the one-day tournament of two semifinal matches and one championship match, beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free and will precede the Cannons-Long Island Lizards game . . . Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky
attended a closed-door meeting with the judge in his child sexual abuse case and four of his accusers made formal requests for anonymity. Lawyers for so-called Victims 3, 5 and 7 requested all the accusers’ identities be prevented from being disclosed publicly and lawyers for Victim 4 asked that a pseudonym be used for him.
Revolution blow 3-0 lead in Open Cup
scored in the fifth round of penalty kicks, and the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Pro Division knocked off the New England Revolution, 4-3, on penalties after a 3-3 draw in the third round of the US Open Cup at Harrisburg, Pa. Harrisburg rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second half in a game delayed 30 minutes because of rain. The comeback was capped when goalkeeper Nick Noble
stopped New England’s Benny Feilhaber
on the last penalty kick. Harrisburg advances to face New York of the MLS. The Red Bulls defeated the Charleston Battery, also of the USL Pro Division, 3-0. Revolution coach Jay Heaps
missed the game as he mourned the loss of his mother Jane
, who died last week of congenital lung disease. She was 62 . . . Vinny Del Negro
will be back as coach of the Clippers next season. The team said it has exercised its contract option on him to return for a third season. Del Negro led the Clippers to a 40-26 record during the lockout-shortened season and the second round of the playoffs . . . Former NBA star Dennis Rodman
, 51, was sentenced to 104 hours of community service after being found guilty last year of four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support. The ruling also placed Rodman on three years of informal probation on the condition he keep up his child and spousal support payments, which his ex-wife’s attorneys say exceeds $800,000 . . . Boxer Paul Williams
was driving his modified sport motorcycle too fast for conditions when he crashed into an embankment Sunday in Marietta, Ga., police said. Williams, 30, severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head and was paralyzed from the waist down.