News Summaries from The Sports Network - Thursday, March 26

Veteran catcher John Buck calls it a career

Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran John Buck announced his retirement Thursday.

Buck, an All-Star with Toronto in 2010, was in spring training camp with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves said Buck wanted to spend more time with his family.

The 34-year-old journeyman played for seven teams in 11 big league seasons, finishing his career with 134 home runs, 491 RBI and a .234 batting average.

Buck broke into the majors with Kansas City in 2004, then went to Toronto as a free agent in 2010. He had his lone All-Star season that year and had career bests of 20 homers with 66 RBI and a .281 batting average.

The Marlins signed Buck as a free agent for the 2011 season and he spent two seasons in Florida before bouncing around the last two years with the Mets, Pirates, Mariners and Angels. He played just 32 games in 2014 with the Mariners and Angels.

Blue Jays send Delabar to minor league camp

Dunedin, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Steve Delabar will most likely start the 2015 season with Triple-A Buffalo after being optioned to minor league camp on Thursday.

Delabar, a 2013 All-Star, was 3-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 30 appearances last season. He was demoted to Triple-A last June and didn't return to the majors.

In seven innings this spring, Delabar struck out nine and allowed three runs.

The 31-year-old right-hander has a career record of 13-9 with a 3.72 ERA in 152 big league games -- all out of the bullpen -- with Toronto and Seattle.

Padres place C Federowicz on 60-day DL

Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres have placed catcher Tim Federowicz on the 60-day disabled list.

Federowicz underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on March 13 to repair a lateral meniscus tear.

The 27-year-old backstop hit .113 in 23 games as a reserve for the Dodgers last season, but committed just three errors in 172 chances for a .983 fielding percentage.

The Padres also claimed pitcher Jandel Gustave off outright waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

Astros send Johnson to Reds

Goodyear, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds acquired infielder Dan Johnson from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations on Thursday.

Johnson, 35, was a non-roster invite to major league spring training, signing a minor-league deal on Dec. 13, 2014.

In 14 spring training games, he is batting just .158 (3-for-19) with one RBI.

A nine-year veteran, Johnson has played for Oakland (2005-08), Tampa Bay (2008, 2010-11), Chicago-AL (2012), Baltimore (2013) and Toronto (2014). He owns a career .236 batting average with 57 homers and 201 RBI.

Steelers re-sign Heyward-Bey

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Last season with the Steelers, Heyward-Bey had just three catches for 33 yards in 16 games. He played mostly on special teams, notching seven tackles.

The seven-year pro was originally selected by the Raiders with the seventh overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft and spent four seasons in Oakland before joining the Colts for the 2013 campaign.

Heyward-Bey has played in 88 regular-season games with 65 starts, hauling in 172 passes for 2,413 yards with 12 receiving touchdowns.

49ers cut Jonathan Martin

Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers waived offensive tackle Jonathan Martin on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Martin in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on March 11, 2014. He appeared in 15 games (nine starts) for the 49ers last season.

Martin walked away from the Dolphins in October 2013 amid claims he was bullied by former teammate Richie Incognito. He had started the first 23 games of his NFL career before abruptly leaving the team.

The Dolphins took Martin in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Bengals sign DT Pat Sims

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals have signed defensive tackle Pat Sims, who spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Sims spent his first five seasons with the Bengals before joining the Raiders in 2013. He started all 16 games in 2013, but was reduced to a rotational role last year, starting two games.

"Pat was a good player for us here and we think he can fill a role for us this year," said Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes. "He lends a physical dimension. He's a very aggressive run player, and we're happy to have him back."

The 29-year-old Sims has played in 92 career games (41 starts) with the Bengals and Raiders, recording 217 tackles, seven sacks and one interception.

Lundqvist to back up Talbot in return

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers will go with Cam Talbot in goal on Thursday night in Ottawa instead of Henrik Lundqvist, who will be in uniform for the first time since suffering a vascular injury seven weeks ago.

Lundqvist returned to practice this week for the first time since being sidelined with the injury. However, he is going to have to wait a little longer before he sees game action for the Rangers, who can clinch a playoff spot on Thursday.

"It's one more step in the right direction and I'm getting really excited to play," said Lundqvist on Thursday.

Talbot is 19-8-4 this season with a 2.19 goals against average, .927 save percentage and five shutouts. The Rangers have won 20 times over 24 games since losing Lundqvist and are in the mix for the best record in the league thanks to their backup netminder.

New York enters Thursday's game with a Metropolitan Division-leading 99 points, just one point shy of Atlantic Division-leading Montreal's NHL-best 100 points.

It's believed Lundqvist will see his first action in net this weekend as the Rangers travel to Boston on Saturday before returning home for a Sunday game against Washington.

Lundqvist learned of his vascular injury in early February. He actually remained in the game after taking the shot to the throat against the Hurricanes and played two days later in a 6-3 win over Florida, but didn't dress the following night and has been out of action ever since.

Lundqvist has a mark of a 25-11-3 with five shutouts and a 2.25 GAA in 39 games this season.

Blue Jackets' Boll suspended three games

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll was suspended three games, without pay, by the NHL on Thursday for an illegal check to the head.

Boll delivered the illegal hit to the head of Anaheim forward Patrick Maroon during the second period of Tuesday's game in Columbus.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Boll will forfeit $27,419.34. The money goes to the players' emergency assistance fund.

Sabres activate Kaleta from IR

Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres activated forward Patrick Kaleta from injured reserve on Thursday.

Kaleta underwent surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and remove bone chips in his knee. He is expected to return to the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes and play for the first time since Feb. 10.

The 28-year-old Buffalo native has tallied three assists and 32 penalty minutes in 33 games this season.

Dayton extends Archie Miller's contract through 2021-22

Dayton, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Dayton men's basketball coach Archie Miller has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the school through the 2021-22 season.

It's the second year in a row that Miller has received an improved deal. After he led the Flyers to their first Sweet 16 appearance in 30 years and an Elite Eight appearance last season, they extended his deal through the 2018-19 season.

The Flyers lost to Oklahoma in the third round of this year's tournament. Dayton is one of six schools to have five NCAA Tournament wins in the last two seasons, joining traditional powers Arizona, UConn, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

"The University of Dayton is a special place. We have everything we need to be among the best," Miller said. "My family and I love being here and we are very appreciative of all the support that's come our way since we arrived four years ago.

"I'm excited about our future and look forward to trying to do more special things for our school, our community, and perhaps most importantly, our loyal fans."

Miller has a record of 90-47 in four years at Dayton, including 27-9 this season.

The 36-year-old Miller is the younger brother of Arizona head coach Sean Miller. Archie spent two years on his brother's staff with the Wildcats before taking the job at Dayton and also held assistant coaching positions at Ohio State, Arizona State and North Carolina State.

Mark Price named Charlotte 49ers coach

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Former NBA star Mark Price has been named the next men's basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Price replaces Alan Major, who parted ways with the program on March 15.

"I'm extremely excited about joining the Charlotte 49ers as the new basketball coach," Price said. "I'm excited to get to know the current players as we move forward and start a new era. I'm looking forward to putting a team on the court that plays an exciting brand of basketball that our students and fans will enjoy watching."

Price, a four-time NBA All-Star, has been an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets the past two seasons.

Price, 51, averaged 17.4 points in four seasons for Georgia Tech and 18.3 points and 8.1 assists over 12 NBA seasons with Cleveland, Washington, Golden State and Orlando. He ranks second on the NBA's all-time free throw percentage list behind Steve Nash.

Major, 46, took two leaves of absence from Charlotte in the past year to deal with medical issues. The 49ers were 75-81 in five seasons under Major. They were 67-70 with him on the bench.

Iona gives hoops coach Cluess extension

New Rochelle, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Iona has extended the contract of head men's basketball coach Tim Cluess through the 2019-20 season, the school announced Thursday.

"Coach Cluess continues to lead our men to tremendous success," said Iona College president Dr. Joseph E. Nyre. "We have always believed he is the right man for Iona basketball."

The Gaels have won at least 20 games and made a postseason appearance in each of the five years since Cluess took over the program in 2010.

Iona captured its second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular- season title this season but lost again to Manhattan in the league's tournament championship game. It then lost to Rhode Island in the opening round of the NIT to finish with a 26-9 record.

"The Iona College community has embraced my family and I as one of their own and I thank them for it," said Cluess, who led the Gaels to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013.

Cluess has compiled a 118-54 record during his stint at Iona.

Hokies leading scorer Smith to transfer

Blacksburg, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Virginia Tech guard Adam Smith, the team's leading scorer this past season, will transfer to another school for his fifth year of eligibility.

The redshirt junior will transfer after earning his degree in May, the school announced Thursday.

Smith averaged 13.4 points in 33 games for the Hokies (11-22) this past season. He started his college career at UNC-Wilmington in 2011-12 and played for Virginia Tech the past two seasons after sitting out a year.

Saddier holds early edge in Morocco

Agadir, Morocco (SportsNetwork.com) - Adrien Saddier fired a 7-under 65 in Thursday's first round, which was good enough to give the Frenchman a 1-shot lead at the Trophee Hassan II.

Saddier, who is playing in just his second European Tour event of the season after finishing 127th in the Race to Dubai last year and missing out on full exemption, has never won on tour. Saddier missed the cut at his only other tournament in 2015, the Joburg Open.

"It's almost my best round. I shot 64 in Qatar last year, which was 8-under, so this is one of my best rounds," Saddier said. "If I could get a win it would change my schedule as at the moment I'm playing on the Challenge Tour. I just need to focus on each shot now and see what happens."

Englishman Daniel Gaunt sits alone in second place following a 6-under 66 at Golf du Palais Royal.

George Coetzee, winner of the Tshwane Open two weeks ago, can earn a trip to the Masters in two weeks with a victory. Coetzee continued his strong play with a 5-under 67 and he is tied for third with David Drysdale and Chris Wood.

Defending champion Alejandro Canizares, who won by five shots last year for his second career tour win, carded a 5-over 77 and he is tied for 116th.

Saddier got off to a roaring start on the par-5 first hole when he chipped in for eagle, quickly getting him into red numbers. Following four straight pars from two, Saddier poured in back-to-back birdies on six and seven, putting him at 4-under. His gain on six was due to another chip-in

After making the turn with a pair of pars, Saddier continued to play well as he made birdie on No. 10.

Another set of four straight pars from 11 preceded Saddier's fourth birdie on 15 and he later closed with a gain at the last to conclude his bogey-free round.

"I'm very happy. I was very grateful to get an invite to play here," said Saddier. "This place is just unbelievable. I played very solid today. I had a chip-in for eagle on the first then another chip-in on six, so it was a great start and I kept it going."

Gaunt, playing in the penultimate group on the day, began with a trio of pars from one before rolling in back-to-back birdies on four and five. He later made the turn with a flourish by making two more birdies on nine and 10.

After four pars from 11, Gaunt made a push toward the top of the leaderboard when he made three straight birdies from 15, tying him for the lead with Saddier. However, a bogey at the last dropped Gaunt one back at the end of round one.

Coetzee holed seven birdies to go along with a double-bogey on eight, while Drysdale had a wild day with an eagle, six birdies, a bogey and a double- bogey.

Like Saddier, Wood also went bogey-free with five gains to start out the week.

NOTES: Along with the Tshwane Open two weeks ago, Coetzee also won the 2014 Joburg Open ... Marcel Siem, who won here in 2013, is also looking to qualify for the Masters with a victory. He is tied for sixth at 4-under 68 ... Canizares set the 36-hole record at this event last year before going on to win by five shots.

Tuktamysheva wins short program at worlds

Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia landed a triple axel Thursday and easily captured the women's short program at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships.

Tuktamysheva hit the difficult jump early and flawlessly handled the remainder of her performance to earn a score of 77.62, posting more than an eight-point lead over her nearest opponent, countrymate Elena Radionova.

The 18-year-old Tuktamysheva won the European championship earlier this year. She finished 10th in the 2013 worlds.

Radionova, the runner-up to Tuktamysheva at the European championship, is just 16 years old and was the world junior champion each of the last two years. She posted a score of 69.51.

Japanese skaters occupy the next three positions. Satoko Miyahara is third at 67.02, followed by Kanako Murakami at 65.48 and Rika Hongo at 62.17.

China's Li Zijun is sixth, followed by Americans Polina Edmunds and Gracie Gold. Another American, Ashley Wagner, finished 11th in the short program.

The free skate will take place Saturday.

Duhamel and Radford capture pairs gold at worlds

Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada captured the pairs gold medal at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships.

Duhamel and Radford entered the free skate with the lead after winning the short program on Wednesday and also posted the best score Thursday at 144.55 to finish with a two-day total of 221.53.

The couple, who finished seventh at last year's Olympics and third at the 2014 worlds, earned their first world title and became the first Canadians to win pairs gold since Jamie Sale and David Pelletier in 2001.

China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong started the day in third place and notched the second-best score of the free skate, lifting them to the silver medal with a two-day total of 214.12.

Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China, in their final competition, slipped from second to third for the bronze. Pang and Tong were fourth at the Sochi Games last year and won world gold in 2010 after a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics.

A third Chinese pair, Peng Cheng and Zhang Hao finished fourth.

The top Americans were Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim in seventh place. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier finished 12th.

03/26 17:39:19 ET


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