Valentine takes Sacred Heart AD job
It didn’t take long for Bobby Valentine to move past his year to forget in Boston. Some five months after being fired as manager of the Red Sox, Valentine was introduced Tuesday as the new athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Valentine, a Connecticut native, will take over a program that competes in the Northeast Conference and has 31 teams, including baseball. ‘‘I don’t look back,’’ Valentine said. “It wasn’t my first rodeo. It wasn’t the first time I was fired and it probably won’t be the last time.’’ Valentine, 62, officially begins at the school July 1 but will a baseball analyst on NBC Sports Radio in the meantime . . . Tim Lincecum struggled in his first start of spring training, giving up three runs and failing to get through two innings for the Giants in an 8-8 tie with the Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz. Josh Beckett struck out three in two scoreless innings for LA. Lincecum, the two-time CY Young Award winner, with a new closely-cropped hairdo, allowed four hits in 1⅓ innings . . . New Indians manager Terry Francona named Justin Masterson his starter for Opening Day.
Stars ship Ryder back to Canadiens
The Dallas Stars dealt former Bruins right wing Michael Ryder and a third-round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for right wing Erik Cole. The 32-year-old Ryder has six goals and eight assists in 19 games this year. The 34-year-old Cole has three goals and three assists in 19 games. Ryder will be returning to the organization that drafted him in the eighth round (216th overall) in 1998 . . . The Kings traded struggling left wing Simon Gagne back to the Flyers for a conditional draft pick. Gagne, who hasn’t scored a goal in 11 games, is returning to the city where he spent his first 10 NHL seasons . . . The Devils placed goaltender Martin Brodeur on injured reserve with a sore back . . . The Hartford Whale (AHL), a Rangers affiliate, reached a deal to continue playing at the XL Center until 2016.
Ronaldo carries Madrid into final
Cristiano Ronaldo got the better of Lionel Messi, scoring twice to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Barcelona and a spot in the Copa del Rey final. While Messi went scoreless, Ronaldo converted a penalty in the 13th minute and struck again on the break in the 57th before Raphael Varane made it 3-0 in the 68th . . . Inter Milan was fined $79,800 by Serie A after a section of fans directed racist chants and banners toward AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Also, Balotelli was fined $13,300 for making a vulgar gesture at Inter fans while walking off the field after the 1-1 match Sunday . . . The San Jose Earthquakes re-signed forward Chris Wondolowski, who was the leading scorer in MLS last season.
Big 12: Officiating errors in KU win
The Big 12 says officiating errors were made at the end of regulation before No. 6 Kansas outlasted Iowa State in overtime Monday night. The league said that ‘‘appropriate measures will be taken’’ against the two officials involved, including an adjustment of ‘‘the number of future assignments.’’ The Big 12 did not identify the officials or the plays in question . . . Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players, played their own 36-hole match play event Sunday after getting bounced in the first round of the WGC Match Play championships last Thursday. ‘‘We thought we'd play our own Match Play final,’’ McIlroy said. The match was played at The Medalist in Hobe Sound, Fla. Who won? McIlroy said Woods won the first round, and McIlroy the second . . . Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points to get past Marcos Baghdatis, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) and reach the second round of the Dubai Championships. Nikolay Davydenko upset ninth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic, 6-0, 7-5. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat fellow Serb Viktor Troicki, 6-1, 6-4 . . . Gymnast Kyla Ross’s return to competition is on hold after a bruised heel forced the US Olympic gold medalist to withdraw from Saturday’s American Cup at the DCU Center in Worcester. USA Gymnastics said Ross isn’t ready to compete in all four events, but could do an exhibition routine on balance beam . . . Matt Morgan, an Orlando-based lawyer, says three NASCAR fans injured last Saturday during the Nationwide race at Daytona International Speedway are exploring a possible lawsuit. More than 30 people were injured after a horrific wreck sent chunks of debris, including a heavy tire, into the stands. Morgan said two of his clients were seated directly in front of the crash and sustained injuries ranging from a fractured fibula to abdominal swelling . . . With Danica Patrick starting from the pole, the Daytona 500’s television ratings are much higher than last year's. Sunday afternoon’s race earned a 9.9 rating and 22 share on Fox, up 24 percent from 2012.