Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts threatened to move the team out of Wrigley Field if his plans for a big, new video screen are blocked, saying he needs new advertising revenue to help bankroll a $500 million renovation of the storied ballpark. Wrigley Field is surrounded by privately owned clubs with rooftop bleachers whose owners object to any changes that could block their bird's-eye views into the stadium . . . Cubs pitcher Matt Garza pitched 2⅔ innings in his first rehabilitation start, giving up one run, one hit and two walks for Double A Tennessee . . . After experiencing discomfort in his right arm Monday, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg experienced no pain in a bullpen session and should make his next scheduled start . . . Rangers lefthander Matt Harrison has had a setback in his recovery, undergoing a second operation eight days after surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back . . . Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has mild inflammation in his neck and back and will get an extra day off before his next start Saturday against Seattle . . . Seeking depth for their injury-depleted infield, the Yankees acquired Chris Nelson from the Rockies for a player to be named or cash . . . The Tigers put lefty reliever Phil Coke on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain and recalled righthander Jose Ortega from Triple A Toledo.
Clippers’ Griffin in doubt for Game 6
According to ESPN, Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who suffered a high right ankle sprain Monday and left Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Grizzlies early, underwent an MRI and X-ray, which were both negative. His availability for Friday is still in doubt. Clippers point guard Chris Paul has a bruised left thumb but is expected to start Friday . . . The Bucks said coach Jim Boylan, who replaced Scott Skiles on Jan. 8, will not return. Milwaukee lost 12 of its last 16 games, and were swept by the Heat in the first round . . . The Lakers said center Dwight Howard will not need surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder, ESPN reported . . . Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was unanimously chosen Rookie of the Year after averaging 19 points, 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds . . . The NBA Summer League, which starts July 12 in Las Vegas, will include preliminary games followed by a single-elimination tournament.
Redskins’ Griffin learned from injury
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says he will not push to play the next time he has an injury, claiming in an ESPN report that he has learned from his “mistakes.” He acknowledged he will take himself out of the game the next time he has an injury similar to the knee injury he suffered in a playoff game against the Seahawks . . . The Chiefs traded cornerback Javier Arenas to the Cardinals for fullback Anthony Sherman . . . After not playing in 2012, veteran cornerback Al Harris formally retired as a member of the Packers . . . The Chiefs signed quarterback Tyler Bray, who left Tennessee after his junior season only to go undrafted last month . . . The 49ers signed 2012 Olympic discus finalist Lawrence Okoye, 21, even though he has never played football, planning on training the 6-foot-6 inch, 304-pound British athlete to be a defensive lineman.
Blackhawks will play at Soldier Field
The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins will play a night game at Chicago’s Soldier Field on March 1 as part of a series of outdoor regular-season games next season. The NHL plans to announce more games soon. The Blackhawks hosted the Red Wings at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009 . . . Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik will have abdominal surgery and won’t play in the IIHF World Hockey Championship for Slovakia. Columbus said his recovery period is expected to be three to four weeks . . . Lance Armstrong’s legal team said his best chance at protecting his personal fortune may rest in convincing a jury the government has already earned plenty from him, regardless of whether he cheated to win the Tour de France and lied to cover it up. Armstrong is being sued by the Justice Department to recover at least the $40 million the US Postal Service paid to sponsor his team, claiming he was ‘‘unjustly enriched’’ by using steroids and other drugs to win the Tour de France seven times . . . Ex-Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett has transferred to West Virginia and will have two years of eligibility remaining startin this fall . . . Pat Summitt will remain as the Tennessee women’s basketball head coach emeritus next season . . . An appeals board upheld NASCAR’s penalties against Penske Racing for a failed inspection last month at Texas and team owner Roger Penske vowed to take the ruling to the series’ highest level . . . The Champions League final will feature two German teams after Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over host Barcelona. Munich will play Borussia Dortmund in London May 25 . . . Major League Soccer suspended San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart two games and fined him for cleating Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna’s face and nearly stepping on it Saturday.