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Sports log: Former Ivy great, US coach Taylor dies

HOCKEY

Tim Taylor, a former Harvard star and a veteran Yale coach with the most hockey wins at the school, died of cancer. He was 71. Taylor’s wife, Diana Cooke, confirmed he died on Saturday, two weeks after Yale won its first national championship. As a player, he captained Harvard to the Ivy League and ECAC Championship in 1963, and later played for the US National team in 1965 and 1967. Taylor served as Yale’s head coach from 1976 to 2006. He won more games (337) than any coach in the 117-year history of the program. He coached the 1994 US Olympic team and was an assistant on the 1984 team. He was active internationally through January when he served as director of player personnel for the US Junior National Team, which won gold at the World Junior Championships in Russia . . . In Sochi, Russia, the US Under-18 Team lost to Canada, 3-2, in the IIHF World Championship. Tyler Kelleher of Longmeadow had an assist for the Americans.

BASEBALL

White Sox’ Floyd lands on 15-day DL

The White Sox placed starter Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm. Floyd left after 2 innings in Saturday’s 10-4 loss to Tampa Bay with the injury. The righthander is 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts. Floyd will be replaced in the rotation by Hector Santiago . . . Baltimore backup catcher Taylor Teagarden was placed on the 15-day DL, a day after dislocating his left thumb . . . Cleveland put catcher Lou Marson back on the disabled list because of an inflamed right shoulder . . . Jail records show that Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested in Chattanooga, Tenn., on charges of reckless driving, speeding, and driving without proof of insurance. Puig was released on his own recognizance.

TENNIS

Nadal has winning touch in Barcelona

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Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time, defeating Nicolas Almagro, 6-4, 6-3, for his fourth title of the year. He has made six straight finals since returning from his knee injury, but had his eight-year reign at Monte Carlo ended with a loss to top-ranked Novak Djokovic last week . . . In Bucharest, Romania, Lukas Rosol beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-3, 6-2, to win the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy for his first ATP title . . . Maria Sharapova beat Li Na, 6-4, 6-3, to defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in Stuttgart, Germany . . . Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her first title in nearly a year, beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-1, 6-3, in the Grand Prix SAR final in Marrakech, Morocco.

BASKETBALL

Miami’s Larkin commits to NBA draft

Miami guard Shane Larkin said he will forgo his final two years of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Larkin averaged a team-high 14.5 points as well as 4.6 assists this season for the Hurricanes, who peaked at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and made the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament . . . Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson will enter the draft, the school announced on its website. Roberson led the Pac-12 with an 11.2-rebounding average and scored nearly 11 points a game . . . Michigan State’s Adreian Payne decided to stay in school after averaging 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks as a junior . . . The Hawks are hopeful center Johan Petro, who started Game 3 of their first-round series with Indiana, will return to Atlanta in time for Game 4 Monday night after missing practice to be with his wife, who was scheduled to give birth Sunday.

NFL

Jaguars get younger Rodgers at QB

The Jaguars agreed to terms with 23 undrafted rookies, including former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Packers star Aaron Rodgers, and former UMass guard Stephane Milhim . . . Tennessee Tech receiver Da’Rick Rogers signed with the Bills. The 6-foot-2-inch Rogers had been projected to be an early- to mid-round pick in the NFL draft, but his stock dropped because of off-the-field issues during his first two seasons at the University of Tennessee.

MISCELLANY

Cannons fall short in season opener

In Hempstead, N.Y., the Boston Cannons dropped their Major League Lacrosse season opener, 14-11, against the New York Lizards. Paul Rabil scored four goals in the loss . . . Giles Barnes scored and the Houston Dynamo extended their MLS record home unbeaten streak to 36 games with a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rapids . . . Tottenham’s Gareth Bale was voted player of the year and young player of the year in English soccer . . . Reading and Queens Park Rangers were relegated from the Premier League after drawing, 0-0, leaving just one more relegation to be determined . . . The Springfield College men’s volleyball team swept Nazareth to defend its NCAA Division 3 title in Rochester, N.Y. . . . The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon included several who ran in the Boston Marathon but could not finish after the explosions. Marathon sponsors waived the $150 registration fee for them . . . Many of the almost 26,000 at the Madrid Marathon held two fingers together to make a lower case ‘‘b’’ in solidarity with the victims of the Boston explosions . . . Jon Jones suffered a compound fracture of his toe in Saturday’s TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in Newark.

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