Rodriguez’s rehab to begin Tuesday
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to play Tuesday night in his first minor league game on a rehabilitation assignment. Rodriguez said he didn’t have a timetable for rejoining the Yankees. The Yankees said Rodriguez is scheduled to start for Single A Charleston in the South Atlantic League. Rodriguez is supposed to play at least three innings against Rome during the game in South Carolina . . . The Diamondbacks placed righthander Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised right hip. Cahill was struck by a line drive in his start June 19 . . . An Alabama minor league team cancelled a gun raffle that was supposed to be featured during its Second Amendment Night promotion. Huntsville Stars spokeswoman Nicole Colonis said Monday that the raffle during the team’s Wednesday night game against the Chattanooga Lookouts was cancelled after Minor League Baseball officials said the promotion was likely not in the franchise’s best interest . . . Major League Baseball has made a comeback on Cuban TV screens after a 52-year absence. Sunday night’s open-airwave broadcast of a complete MLB game is the first of its kind since 1961. The game broadcast was a recording of a nearly 2-month-old matchup between the Nationals and Braves . . . Darren Daulton’s surgeon said the former Phillies All-Star catcher successfully had two brain tumors removed. Dr. Kevin Judy said the 51-year-old Daulton is recovering at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia following a seven-hour operation and is expected to be released later this week. Daulton will undergo radiation treatments and speech therapy.
BU officially moves to Patriot League
Boston University and Loyola (Md.) University officially joined the Patriot League on Monday, bringing full membership to 10 schools. BU accepted an invitation to join the league starting in the 2013-14 college season back in June of 2012. The Patriot League wasn’t alone in officially accepting new schools on Monday. The Atlantic Coast Conference welcomed Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Notre Dame. Commissioner John Swofford indicated that further expansion isn’t on the agenda after Louisville, which is replacing Maryland, joins next year . . . Two Texas A&M football players were suspended from team activities after being charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. The school said Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven will remain suspended pending further investigation, though they can continue their studies. College Station police say the 21-year-old Everett and the 20-year-old Raven were charged after an April 7 fight at an apartment complex. Both surrendered to police Monday and posted bond . . . Police said they’re continuing to investigate an alleged June 23 sexual assault at a Vanderbilt University dormitory, two days after the school dismissed four players — none of whom it named — from the football team and kicked them off campus. No arrests have been made.
Giants and Cruz nearing new contract
According to an ESPN.com report, the New York Giants are closing in on a long-term deal with wide receiver Victor Cruz. Parameters are in place and the sides are trying to hammer out the details before training camp begins this month. Cruz, a restricted free agent, signed his tender worth $2.879 million in June. Cruz missed the team’s offseason workouts while trying to get a new contract . . . Denny Hamlin was checked and cleared to drive Monday morning before taking his No. 11 car onto the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis for testing. Hamlin complained of headaches following a hard crash during Sunday’s race at Kentucky . . . Ben Martin two-putted for par on the first playoff hole to win the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing Championship in Newburgh, Ind. . . . US national team captain Carlos Bocanegra signed with Chivas USA of MLS after leaving the Glasgow Rangers . . . World Cup matches in Brazil next year will be stopped if tear gas from protests outside stadiums affects players. Tear gas wafted into some Confederations Cup games, with reports that members of the Brazil team were affected during a 3-0 victory over Spain in Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro . . . Ethiopia had three points taken away by FIFA in World Cup qualifying for fielding an ineligible player in a game against Botswana June 8 . . . Ahlam Salem Mubarak Al Mana, a women’s rights campaigner and the president of the Qatar Women’s Sport Committee, received the International Olympic Committee’s top award honoring women in sports . . . Gulfstream Park’s first-ever summer thoroughbred racing is underway. Normally a racing destination in the winter, Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach is adding a season of Saturday and Sunday racing. Track officials said they’re adding the dates to generate growth of the sport and with the hope of trying to reinvigorate racing in Florida.