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Sports log: Indians grant Daisuke Matsuzaka his release

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The Indians released 32-year-old righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday at his request, giving the Japanese veteran a chance to catch on with another team. Matsuzaka, who spent six seasons with the Red Sox, has spent the entire season at Triple A Columbus after failing to win a spot in Cleveland’s rotation during spring training. After working through early-season injuries, Matsuzaka has pitched well in recent weeks, going 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts for the Clippers since July 2.

Rangers’ Ogando on DL for third time

The Texas Rangers are putting righthander Alexi Ogando on the disabled list for the third time this season, three days after Ogando (5-4) had an injection because of an inflamed nerve in his right shoulder. The DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 14, the day after Ogando’s last start . . . Astros catcher Carlos Corporan was placed on the seven-day disabled list for a concussion. Corporan was struck in the head by a foul tip in the Astros’ 16-5 loss to Texas on Monday. Astros manager Bo Porter said Corporan was ‘‘nauseated, dizzy, and slow to respond’’ in the dugout . . . Jose Gonzalez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cap a four-run rally in the final at-bat, lifting Aguadulce, Panama, to an 8-7 win over Taoyuan, Taiwan, in a Little League World Series elimination game in South Williamsport, Pa.

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Celtics name McCarty assistant coach

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Former Celtics forward Walter McCarty will rejoin the team as an assistant coach, a league source confirmed to the Globe Tuesday night. McCarty, who played for the Celtics from 1997-2005, can lend valuable perspective that should help ease new coach Brad Stevens’s transition into the league. McCarty is also a product of the Kentucky Wildcats, as is Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. A league source had previously told the Globe the Celtics were looking to add a staff member “who can bond with Rondo, someone he can relate to and trust.” Stevens, 36, is the youngest coach in the NBA. He appears to have his coaching staff finalized, which includes Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young, who were with the staff last season; and new hires Ron Adams, Micah Shrewsberry, and McCarty. -BAXTER HOLMES

Bucks give Sanders multiyear extension

The Milwaukee Bucks rewarded center Larry Sanders for his breakout season with a multiyear contract extension. Terms were not announced. The 6-foot-11-inch Sanders had career-highs of 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds last season, and his 2.8 blocks per game ranked second in the NBA . . . The Cavaliers signed Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, to his guaranteed rookie contract. Financial terms were not immediately known, but the deal can be worth up to $22.8 million over four years. The Cavaliers also said they have finalized deals with their other first-round pick Sergey Karasev, a guard from Russia who was taken 19th overall, and second-round selection Carrick Felix from Arizona State . . . In the WNBA, Diana Taurasi had 28 points and 10 assists as the Phoenix Mercury held off the host Tulsa Shock, 89-86; Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and Sylvia Fowles added 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Chicago Sky moved closer to their first playoff berth with a 79-73 win over the host Washington Mystics; Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points as the host Atlanta Dream recovered after blowing a 17-point lead in the first half and rallied to beat the Minnesota Lynx, 88-75; and Temeka Johnson scored 9 of her 18 points during a key eight-minute stretch in the second half as the host Seattle Storm downed the Los Angeles Sparks, 77-57.

Tennis

Kvitova holds on for win in New Haven

Defending champion Petra Kvitova held on for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Annika Beck in the first round of the New Haven Open. Second-seeded Angelique Kerber was upset, losing a second-round match to Russia’s Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-4 . . . Serena Williams, a four-time champion at Flushing Meadows, will be seeded No. 1 at the US Open. The US Tennis Association stuck to the WTA rankings in announcing the 32 seeded women, including Victoria Azarenka at No. 2, and Maria Sharapova at No. 3. Williams is one of three seeded Americans; No. 16 Sloane Stephens and No. 24 Jamie Hampton are the othersVenus Williams, who won the US Open in 2000 and 2001, is the only unseeded past champion . . . American Mardy Fish retired because of heat stroke during the third set of his second-round match at the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open. Jarkko Nieminen, the No. 11 seed, was leading Fish, 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 3-2, when Fish resigned. Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, the 14th seed, was upset, 6-4, 6-1, by Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round.

Miscellany

No doping from 2013 Tour de France

No riders tested positive for doping at the Tour de France, the International Cycling Union said from Aigle, Switzerland. The testing included 203 samples taken from riders in training and 419 during the three-week race, which was won by Chris Froome of Britain . . . Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray will be out 4-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. The 37-year-old was hurt while working out off the ice July 17, the team said He had surgery July 25 in Los Angeles , likely keeping him out at least until December . . . The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent Gustav Nyquis . . . The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms for a one-year deal with forward Zach Boychuk, the team’s first-round draft pick from 2008.

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