Phillies GM: Lee, Papelbon off market
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. downplayed speculation that pitchers Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon will be available before next month’s non-waiver trade deadline. Lee is 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA, but the 34-year-old lefty is signed for two more years at $25 million per, plus a vesting option for 2016. Papelbon has 14 saves and is signed for two more years at $13 million per, plus a vesting option for 2016 . . . Having ended his contract in Taiwan, former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, says he will work out in the US and hopes to play again in the major leagues . . . Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s rehab is on hold after he injured his lower back in a bullpen session Sunday . . . Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, who suffered a fractured skull when he was hit on the left ear May 7 by a line drive, told ESPN he hopes to be with the team by the All-Star break.
Report: Ruff to become Stars coach
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Stars president Jim Lites said during a luncheon for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce that barring any change in circumstances, the team would be hiring Lindy Ruff as coach. Ruff was fired Feb. 20 after 15 seasons coaching the Sabres . . . The Sharks signed left wing Raffi Torres to a $6 million, three-year deal that prevents him becoming an unrestricted free agent July 5 . . . The Flyers are buying out the final two years of center Danny Briere’s contract in a move to shave $6.5 million off their salary cap. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is another candidate to be bought out.
Penn State awards O’Brien with raise
Bill O'Brien is getting a nearly $1 million raise after an 8-4 debut season as Penn State’s football coach, taking over a program hit by landmark NCAA sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. His original contract called for a base salary of $950,000, but that’s going up to $1.9 million starting July 1, the school said . . . Former UCLA basketball standout Ed O'Bannon and his lawyers asked a federal court judge to turn their antitrust lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s ban on compensating athletes into a class action suit, representing former and current college athletes . . . Norman, Okla., police have no suspects in a Wednesday night burglary at the home of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops. Police said family members were home at the time, but no one was injured, although a number of items were missing . . . Former WNBA president Val Ackerman is the front-runner for the new Big East commissioner’s job, multiple league and industry sources told ESPN . . . North Carolina’s Hobbs Johnson combined with Chris McCue on a five-hitter, and the Tar Heels (59-11) stayed alive in the College World Series with a 7-0 win over North Carolina State in Omaha.
Wambach sets international record
Abby Wambach broke Mia Hamm’s record for international career goals by a soccer player, scoring four times in the first half of the United States’s 5-0 win over South Korea in Harrison, N.J., to push her total to 160. Wambach, 33, tallied three times in the first 29 minutes to break Hamm’s mark of 158, and added another in injury time. . . Soccer star Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge, were ordered by a Spanish court to appear for questioning Sept. 17 as part of an investigation into tax fraud for allegedly defrauding the Spanish tax office of $5.3 million . . . The US men’s soccer team will play Bosnia-Herzegovina in an Aug. 14 exhibition in Sarajevo, the teams’ first-ever meeting . . . Diego Forlan set up one goal and scored the winner in a 2-1 win for Uruguay over Nigeria in Salvador, Brazil to move his team within sight of the Confederations Cup semifinals . . . Buoyed by Fernando Torres’s four goals, Spain routed Tahiti, 10-0, at the Confederations Cup in Rio de Janeiro . . . Fans eager to see soccer star David Beckham stormed a police cordon at a Shanghai university, injuring seven people. Beckham is on a promotional tour for the Chinese Super League, for which he is an ‘‘image ambassador’’ . . . Serena Williams spoke Wednesday with the victim, her mother, and the family lawyer in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case after Williams was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying ‘‘she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.’’ . . . Jamie Hampton became the first American since 2003 to reach the Aegon International semifinals, topping Lucie Safarova, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 in Eastbourne, England. She’ll play Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Ekaterina Makarova, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 . . . In the WNBA, Riquana Williams came off the bench to score a team-high 21 as the host Tulsa Shock beat the Chicago Sky, 83-74 . . . Ernie Els shot a 9-under-par 63 for the first-round lead at the BMW International Open in Munich.