Punch leaves fan in serious condition
Baltimore police say a man was knocked unconscious after he was punched and fell during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Officers say 25-year-old Matthew Fortese of Hagerstown became upset at Thursday night’s game because a fan near him was throwing beer at people. Police say Fortese approached the man, identified as 21-year-old Michael Bell of Annapolis, and climbed on a 5-foot wall in front of him. Bell’s friend, 22-year-old Gregory Fleischman, punched Fortese on the side of his head. Police say Fortese fell off the wall onto his head. He was taken to Shock Trauma, where he was in serious condition Friday. Bell and Fleischman have each been charged with assault . . . Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he has considered asking center fielder B.J. Upton to work out his struggles in a minor league assignment. Upton, signed to the biggest contract in franchise history at five years, $75.25 million, has a .146 batting average . . . Major League Baseball and its players’ association have ended talks aimed at starting an international draft in 2014.
Area rowers advance at championships
The Harvard, BU, and Northeastern men’s rowing teams all found success during the first day of the IRA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Harvard’s varsity eight, second varsity eight, and freshman eight teams advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, while Northeastern’s and BU’s varsity eight and second varsity eight squads advanced . . . John Mullen went 3 for 4 with two RBIs as Bryant defeated Arkansas, 4-1, in an NCAA regional in Manhattan, Kan. . . . First baseman Bobby Melley had four hits and an RBI to lift UConn to a 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech in an NCAA regional in Blacksburg, Va. The Huskies (35-26) had 16 hits — all singles . . . The NCAA postponed the Tennessee-Washington and Oklahoma-Texas games at the Women’s College World Series on Friday night in Oklahoma City because of severe weather. Plans to make up the games were not immediately announced . . . The Ohio State president’s mockery of Notre Dame, Roman Catholics, and the Southeastern Conference has embarrassed and divided the university and runs the risk of diminishing the effectiveness of its efforts, top trustees told him in a letter. Trustees also warned president Gordon Gee that any future inappropriate comments could result in punishment including dismissal.
Fowles’s double-double dooms Sun
Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points, and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun, 86-75, in Rosemont, Ill. Allison Hightower matched a career-high with 20 points, reigning league MVP Tina Charles had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Kara Lawson added 11 points for the Sun . . . Cappie Pondexter’s jumper with 5-10ths of a second left in overtime lifted the New York Liberty to a 78-76 win over the visiting Tulsa Shock . . . Angel McCoughtry had 29 points and nine rebounds to lead the Atlanta Dream to an 86-77 victory over the host Indiana Fever . . . Seattle Storm forward Tina Thompson, the first overall pick in the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, will retire after this season. The only player to compete in all WNBA seasons to date, the 38-year-old Thompson will end her career as the league’s all-time scoring leader. She currently has 7,018 points.
Cannons can’t keep up with Outlaws
Matt Poskay and Mike Stone each potted two goals, but the Boston Cannons couldn’t contain the Denver Outlaws, falling, 24-14, at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Drew Snider led the Denver (5-0) attack with five goals and an assist. Brendan Mundorf, Jeremy Sieverts, and Zack Greer each had three goals for the Outlaws. The Cannons (1-4) next take the field Friday at 8 p.m. when they travel to face the Rochester Rattlers . . . Pavel Datsyuk hopes to sign a new deal with the Detroit Red Wings this summer. The Russian star has one year left on his seven-year contract. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland wants to sign Datsyuk to another deal as early as July 5 in the 48-game, lockout-shortened season . . . IOC president Jacques Rogge defended the process that led to the removal of wrestling from the Olympic program and the sport’s quick return as a candidate for inclusion in the 2020 Games. Wrestling was eliminated from the list of core sports by the IOC in February but, after revamping its structure and adopting new rules, was selected Wednesday as a possible additional sport on the 2020 program . . . Bradley Wiggins will not defend his Tour de France title because of a knee problem.