Sports log: Freeney, Chargers settle on contract


The Chargers agreed to a two-year deal Saturday with aging pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million. The deal to bring Freeney to San Diego came four days after outside linebacker Melvin Ingram tore the ACL in his left knee in a padless practice. Freeney is 33 and entering his 12th season. He will make $5.25 million this season. He is Indianapolis’s career sacks leader with 107½ but the Colts decided not to re-sign him. After recording 13½ sacks in 2009, the seven-time Pro Bowler’s totals declined each of the past three years.


Ottawa’s Spezza to return for Game 3

Jason Spezza, the star forward who hasn’t played since Jan. 27 after undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk, will rejoin Ottawa’s lineup Sunday for Game 3 of its series with Pittsburgh. Spezza’s minutes will be monitored . . . The Hurricanes said they expect captain Eric Staal to be ready to start next season after suffering a third-degree sprain of his MCL during the world championship . . . The NHL fined the Sharks $100,000 for general manager Doug Wilson’s comments about Raffi Torres’s suspension. Torres was suspended for the rest of San Jose’s series against Los Angeles on Thursday for an illegal check to the head of Kings forward Jarret Stoll in Game 1. Wilson said the league was unfairly trying to make an example out of Torres.

US bounced by Switzerland at Worlds

The United States was upset, 3-0, by Switzerland in the semifinals of the world championship in Stockholm. The Swiss will face Sweden in Sunday’s final after the Swedes defeated co-host Finland, 3-0. Switzerland is guaranteed its first medal in 60 years. Loui Eriksson scored Sweden’s first two goals on power plays, both assisted by Henrik and Daniel Sedin.


Atlanta’s bullpen takes another hit


Braves general manager Frank Wren said lefthander Eric O’Flaherty has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The news comes only two days after another top setup reliever, lefthander Jonny Venters, had season-ending surgery to reconstruct his UCL. Also, righthander Jordan Walden was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Friday . . . Matt Garza is set to come off the DL and make his first start of the season for the Cubs against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Garza suffered a strained back muscle in spring training . . . The Cardinals placed lefthander Jaime Garcia on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain. He is 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA . . . The Yankees acquired infielder Reid Brignac from the Rockies for cash.


Krzyzewski may return to Team USA

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Mike Krzyzewski is no longer ruling out a return as coach of the US Olympic men’s team. Though the Duke coach had repeatedly said he wouldn’t be back after last summer, Krzyzewski told Sports Illustrated in a story Saturday that ‘‘there’s a chance’’ he would lead the US in 2016 for an attempt at a third gold medal . . . The Charlotte Bobcats are trying to change their nickname back to the Hornets, according to a report by CBS­ . . . The WNBA’s No. 1 overall pick, Brittney Griner, told ESPN the Magazine that Kim Mulkey, her coach at Baylor, told players to not reveal their sexuality to the public so as to not damage the program’s recruiting. Griner recently acknowledged she is gay in interviews with USA Today and


Williams closing in on another title

A week out from the French Open, Serena Williams is one victory away from winning her fourth straight tournament. The top-ranked American overcame an early break of her serve to ease past qualifier Simona Halep, 6-3, 6-0, and reach the Italian Open final in Rome, extending her career-best winning run to 23 matches. In Sunday’s final, Williams will face third-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who kept her concentration through two rain delays to beat seventh-seeded Sara Errani, 6-0, 7-5. In the men’s tournament, six-time champion Rafael Nadal reached the final by defeating Tomas Berdych, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal’s opponent will be Roger Federer, who held off a stiff challenge from Benoit Paire, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in the other semifinal . . . Redshirt freshman Dylan Donahue scored with 13 seconds remaining to lift top-seeded Syracuse past Yale, 7-6, in the NCAA lacrosse tournament quarterfinals in College Park, Md.