Sports log: Cleveland’s All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera on DL


The Indians put All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained right quadriceps, an injury that could sideline him for a month, estimated manager Terry Francona. Cabrera had to be helped off the field Monday night at Yankee Stadium after running out a grounder. Cabrera is hitting .254 with five home runs, 25 RBIs, and a team-leading 18 doubles . . . The Dodgers placed lefthander Chris Capuano (strained lat muscle) on the 15-day DL. It is the 18th DL move the team has made, most in the majors . . . The Blue Jays activated outfielder Rajai Davis from the 15-day DL and added 40-year-old righthander Ramon Ortiz (strained elbow) to it . . . Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood is expected to miss at least one start because of triceps pain suffered Monday night against Cincinnati . . . Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth returned from the 15-day DL and infielder Anthony Rendon was promoted from Triple A Syracuse. Second baseman Danny Espinosa was placed on the 15-day DL with a fractured right wrist . . . A University of Maryland Medical Center official said the condition of a man injured in a fight and fall at Thursday’s Orioles game against the Nationals worsened to critical. Hospital spokeswoman Karen Lancaster that 25-year-old Matthew Fortese was in serious condition after being punched and falling in a confrontation with two other fans . . . Richie Phillips, a tough-talking Philadelphia lawyer who became a negotiator for MLB umpires and NBA referees, died Friday. He was 72. Phillips’s death was reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, which said he died of cardiac arrest at his second home in Cape May, N.J.


Mandatory visors might be on horizon

The NHL competition committee recommended making visors mandatory for all players entering the league, starting next season. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, hybrid icing — which makes the faceoff dots, not the end boards, the point of icing when there is a race for the puck — was recommended for testing during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets. Any changes must first be approved by the league’s board of governors. That also includes a change that makes all four-minute high-sticking penalties subject to video review . . . Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said there’s ‘‘no question’’ he’ll be ready for training camp after spraining his MCL during the world championships.


Japan clinches World Cup’s first spot

Japan became the first team to book its ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil thanks to a penalty kick from Keisuke Honda that secured a 1-1 draw against visiting Australia. Iran, meanwhile, got its stuttering Cup campaign back on track with a 1-0 win over 2022 World Cup host Qatar, while South Korea missed a chance to go two points clear in Group A after needing a stoppage-time equalizer to draw, 1-1, with Lebanon . . . Mexico got its first victory in CONCACAF’s final round of World Cup qualifying, beating host Jamaica, 1-0, on Aldo de Nigris’s goal.


Ricketts lead Sooners to softball title


Keilani Ricketts homered and drove in four runs and Michelle Gascoigne pitched a three-hit shutout as top-seeded Oklahoma won the NCAA softball championship by beating Tennessee, 4-0, in Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series finals in Oklahoma City . . . Gene Stephenson was fired as baseball coach at Wichita State after a 36-year career that included the 1989 national championship and the second-most victories among major college coaches. The 67-year-old held a brief news conference, saying he had been forced to retire with a year left on his contract. He owns a record of 1,837-675-3 . . . Former Auburn point guard Varez Ward was arrested Monday for allegedly trying to fix games and offering money to teammates to help during the 2011-12 season . . . Starting in 2014, Boston College football will face each of its six ACC Atlantic Division foes and will face primary crossover opponent Virginia Tech of the Coastal Division annually, the conference announced. Its eight-game conference slate will also feature a rotating Coastal Division opponent . . . Notre Dame said it will not release standout high school recruit Eddie Vanderdoes from his letter of intent before he enrolls at UCLA, meaning he can’t play football this fall and will lose a season of eligibility. The 6-foot-3-inch, 285-pound defensive lineman attends high school in Auburn, Calif.


Pistorius back in public eye in court

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Oscar Pistorius had a 15-minute court hearing as the world got its first close-up view of the double-amputee Olympian and murder suspect in nearly four months, since he was freed on bail on Feb. 22. Magistrate Daniel Thulare postponed the proceedings until Aug. 19 to allow police to complete their investigation into the Valentine’s Day shooting death of Pistorius’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp . . . In search of a new coach, the Brooklyn Nets have turned their attention to Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, sources told ESPN. Shaw was an assistant coach with the Lakers from 2004-2011 . . . NASCAR penalized Brad Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe for failing a post-race inspection at Dover. Keselowski and car owner Roger Penske were each docked six points, and Wolfe was fined $25,000. The car’s front end was ruled too low . . . Dale Coyne Racing hired Pippa Mann to drive the No. 18 in Saturday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mann ran the Indianapolis 500 for Coyne. She finished 30th . . . Zack Fischer made birdie on his ninth playoff hole with Ryan Palmer in Dallas, qualifying for his first US Open. The two played eight playoff holes Monday night at Lakewood Country Club before it got too dark. Also, Club pro John Nieporte birdied the first hole of a playoff to earn a berth over 15-year-old David Snyder.