News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, April 15th|
Yankees place Cervelli on 60-day DL
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees placed catcher Francisco
Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday with a Grade 2 right hamstring
Cervelli suffered the injury while beating out a potential double-play
grounder in Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. The play was originally
ruled a double play, but a video review reversed the call and gave the Yankees
their decisive run in a 3-2 victory.
Over five games this season, Cervelli is batting just .188 with one RBI. He
won the backup job with a strong spring that featured a .405 batting average
and four homers over 15 games in Florida.
Cervelli was limited to just 17 games last season. He fractured his right hand
on a foul tip early in the season, then served a 50-game suspension as part of
the Biogenesis scandal.
The Yankees recalled catcher John Ryan Murphy from Triple-A Scranton to
replace Cervelli on the roster. New York also selected the contract of
infielder Scott Sizemore from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the roster spot of
right-handed pitcher Shane Greene, who was optioned to Scranton on Monday.
Cards activate Ellis off DL
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals have activated
infielder Mark Ellis off the 15-day disabled list.
Ellis began the season on the DL because of left knee patella tendinitis and
was on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis.
The 36-year-old veteran signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in
December and appeared in 12 games during spring training. He hit .270 with six
homers and 48 RBI in 126 games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ellis is a career .265 hitter with 105 home runs and 538 RBI in 1,362 career
games with Oakland (2002-11), Colorado (2011) and the Dodgers (2012-13).
The Cardinals optioned infielder Pete Kozma to Triple-A Memphis following
Monday's game against Milwaukee.
Kozma, the Cards' starting shortstop last season, was relegated to a utility
role after the signing of Jhonny Peralta and had appeared in just four games
Indians activate Bourn from DL
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder
Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned outfielder
Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Columbus.
Bourn underwent surgery on his left leg in the offseason and was limited to
just 10 games during spring training after straining his hamstring in the same
leg while running the bases.
Signed to a four-year, $48 million contract by the Indians in February of
2013, Bourn hit .263 with six home runs, 50 RBI and 23 stolen bases over 130
games in his first season in Cleveland.
The 31-year-old Bourn has batted .271 with 51 triples, 28 homers, 265 RBI and
299 stolen bases in 1,001 games over eight seasons with Philadelphia, Houston,
Atlanta and Cleveland.
Morgan, who signed a minor league deal with the Indians in January after
spending the 2013 season with the Yokohama Bay Stars in Japan, batted .348
with four RBI and three steals over nine games this season.
The Indians were scheduled to begin a three-game set in Detroit on Tuesday,
but the game was postponed due to inclement weather at Comerica Park.
Blue Jays place Izturis on DL
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays placed infielder
Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a torn lateral
collateral ligament in his left knee.
The move is retroactive to April 14, one day after the veteran switch-hitter
injured himself while tripping in the dugout during a game against the
Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
The injury is expected to sideline Izturis between 4-to-6 months, though the
shortstop has said he will seek a second opinion before opting to undergo
Izturis had started nine of Toronto's first 13 games at second base and
batted .286 with one RBI and one stolen base. He had multiple hits in four of
his first five contests of the season.
To replace Izturis on the roster, Toronto selected the contract of infielder
Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.
Kawasaki hit .229 with six doubles, five triples, one home run and 24 RBI over
96 games with the Blue Jays last season.
Also Tuesday, the Blue Jays designated pitcher Marcus Walden for assignment
and outrighted pitcher Jeremy Jeffress to Buffalo.
Dodgers activate Wilson from 15-day DL
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers activated
pitcher Brian Wilson from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned
pitcher Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Wilson was place on the DL back on April 2, retroactive to March 31, due to
ulnar nerve inflammation in his right elbow.
The 32-year-old right-hander made two rehab appearances for Single-A Rancho
Cucamonga and struck out two in two scoreless innings.
Since signing with the Dodgers as a free agent on July 30, 2013, Wilson has
gone 2-2 with a 1.84 earned run average over 20 regular-season appearances.
Rodriguez, 22, has appeared in eight games with the Dodgers this season,
posting a 3.18 ERA with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings of relief work.
Mets' Lagares lands on DL
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Mets placed outfielder Juan
Lagares on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a pulled right hamstring.
Lagares sustained the injury during Monday's game against Arizona while
running out a ground ball in the seventh inning.
The 25-year-old Lagares batted .314 with one triple, one home run and seven
runs batted in over 13 games this season, his second in the majors after
hitting .242 with four homers and 34 RBI in 121 games with the Mets in 2013.
To replace Lagares on the roster, New York recalled outfielder Kirk
Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Nieuwenhuis, 26, batted .310 with two homers and eight RBI over 10 games at
Las Vegas. He hit just .189 with three homers and 14 RBI over 47 games with
the Mets last season.
Panthers win top pick in 2014 NHL Draft
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Florida Panthers will have the top
overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, after winning the league's lottery
which was held on Tuesday.
The Buffalo Sabres entered the evening with the best odds to take the No. 1
pick, with a 25 percent chance of retaining their spot after recording the
worst record in the NHL for the first time in franchise history.
However, it was the Panthers, who last won the lottery in 2003 in the second
of back-to-back years, chosen to move up to first overall. Florida sported the
worst record in the league last year, but ended up picking second after the
Colorado Avalanche were awarded the No. 1 selection.
If the franchise elects to keep its lofty perch, that will mark the first time
it will use the top-overall slot to select a player since taking defenseman Ed
Jovanovski in 1994. In 2002, Florida dealt the pick to the Blue Jackets, who
took forward Rick Nash, and one year later, the slot was swapped to the
Penguins, who used it to snag goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Buffalo has been slotted in the top five seven different times in franchise
history, but never with the second-overall pick.
Florida (18.8 percent) and Edmonton (14.2), the second-and-third-worst clubs
by record, had the next-best odds to snag the first slot. The Oilers won the
lottery in 2010 and 2012 and remained in the third spot.
In descending order, the remaining picks will be made by: Calgary, the New
York Islanders, Vancouver, Carolina, Toronto, Winnipeg, Anaheim (from Ottawa),
Nashville, Phoenix and Washington.
The Islanders have the option to keep that first-round pick or transfer it to
the Sabres as part of the early-season deal involving forward Thomas Vanek.
The New Jersey Devils, who also missed out on the postseason, were not
included in the lottery and will pick 30th no matter what due to the fallout
from the Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation.
This year's NHL Entry Draft is scheduled for June 27-28 in Philadelphia, which
will play host for the first time.
Flyers ink MacDonald to extension
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers have signed
defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a multi-year contract extension.
Terms were not disclosed. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent at
the conclusion of the season.
MacDonald joined the Flyers in a deal from the New York Islanders before the
trade deadline in March and picked up four assists in 19 games with
The 27-year-old Nova Scotia native finished the season with four goals and 24
assists for a career-high 28 points in 82 games with the Islanders and Flyers.
He also led all NHL players with 242 blocked shots.
MacDonald was selected by the Islanders in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL
Entry Draft. He has 17 goals and 76 assists for 93 points in 314 NHL games
since making his debut during the 2008-09 season.
Blues receive some good news on injury front
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock
said on Tuesday that he expects all of his currently injured players to return
to action by the end of the first round of the playoffs.
Once front-runners for the Presidents' Trophy, the Blues stumbled through the
end of the regular season with six consecutive losses and nine in their last
14 to fall out of first place and into second in the Central Division.
Forwards T.J. Oshie (concussion) and Brenden Morrow (foot), along with
defensemen Alex Pietrangelo (undisclosed) and Barret Jackman (lower body) took
part in a skating session. In addition, forwards David Backes (lower body),
Vladimir Sobotka (undisclosed) and Patrik Berglund (shoulder), are expected to
take part in a Wednesday full practice after missing out on Tuesday.
Hitchcock also believes that Vladimir Tarasenko, who underwent right hand
surgery in mid-March but had his cast removed on Monday, will also be
available to play if the series progresses near its limit. Game 7 is scheduled
for April 29, two weeks from Tuesday.
St. Louis opens up the postseason at home on Thursday night against the
defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Flames terminate relationship with Abbotsford
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames revealed on Tuesday that
the club has decided to discontinue its AHL farm club operation with the City
of Abbotsford effective at the end of this season.
"In 2010 we came to Abbotsford with our AHL affiliate at the behest of the
City Administration of the day," said Flames president and CEO Ken King. "Our
aims were simple, to establish a home in the American Hockey League where we
could develop our younger players in a strong community environment. The
economics did not turn out the way any of us intended, despite the tremendous
efforts of many men and women who made it their mission to convert the
allegiances of local hockey fans, at least at the American Hockey League
level, to the Heat. Unfortunately the time has come for us to move on."
Abbotsford has drawn the second-lowest average number of fans of all 30
American Hockey League teams in 2013-14, at 3,007 per contest. Only Portland,
which left the Cumberland County Civic Center in a dispute for the
smaller Androscoggin Bank Colisee, ranks lower.
The Post Star of Glens Falls, NY, reported several weeks ago that a Flames
official visited the town located at the foot of the Adirondacks and the Glens
Falls Civic Center to assess its viability for relocation. Glens Falls has
hosted the Philadelphia Flyers' AHL farm club for the past five seasons, but
the team will be moving to the Lehigh Valley for the 2014-15 campaign.
The Adirondack Red Wings called Glens Falls home from 1979-99 and won four
Calder Cups. The region then had to wait 10 years for the AHL to return, after
the Phantoms were uprooted from Philadelphia due to the impending demolition
of the Spectrum.
Calgary's AHL affiliations have switched cities four times in the last 10
years alone, from Saint John, NB to Lowell, MA, then Omaha, NE, Moline, IL
and back to Alberta.
Cavaliers' Deng wins Citizenship Award
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng has
been named the recipient of the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.
The award is presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers
Association and honors an NBA player or coach for outstanding service and
dedication to the community.
Deng recently recorded a public service message for the EnoughProject.org,
urging peace during a time of renewed conflict in his native South Sudan. In
the video, he tells young people to make peace among those fighting, encourage
others to forgive and build trust with people who fear each other.
The two-time All-Star created the Luol Deng Foundation, a global non-profit
organization that uses basketball as a platform to give hope to those in
Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. The work in Africa focuses
on building outdoor basketball courts and delivering initiatives to bring
together local communities.
"It's an honor to be recognized for any award, but this one is special because
it represents who I am as a person and where I came from," said Deng in a
statement released by the Cavaliers. "What I'm most proud of is that my family
can look back after my career is over and realize that I was able to make a
difference on and off the basketball court. That is something that tells the
true story as to who I am as a person, someone who cares about his community
and wants to improve the lives of others."
Other candidates for the award this season were Miami's Ray Allen, San
Antonio's Matt Bonner, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Toronto's Amir Johnson,
Atlanta's Kyle Korver, Portland's Damian Lillard, Minnesota's Kevin Love, the
Lakers' Steve Nash, Chicago's Joakim Noah and the Clippers' Chris Paul.
First presented in 1975 to Washington's Wes Unseld, the only other Cleveland
players selected for the honor were Austin Carr in 1980 and Eric Snow in 2005.
Arizona's Gordon, Johnson declare for NBA Draft
Tucson, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona forward Aaron Gordon and guard Nick
Johnson announced their decisions to enter the 2014 NBA Draft on Tuesday.
Gordon, a 6-foot-9 freshman, is considered a lock to be a lottery pick on most
NBA draft boards after averaging 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds during his only
season at Arizona in 2013-14.
Johnson averaged a team-high 16.3 points per game and racked up 107 assists
during his junior campaign last season, which ended with a heartbreaking loss
to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight.
The 6-foot-3 Johnson is expected to be selected in the second round of the
draft, which is slated for June 26.
Michigan losing Stauskas, Robinson to NBA Draft
Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn
Robinson III have declared for the NBA Draft.
The Wolverines' top two scorers in 2013-14 made their announcements Tuesday.
Stauskas averaged a team-best 17.5 points while shooting 44.2 percent from 3-
point range, and Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds.
"In a very short period of time, these two young men have had a very positive
impact on the Michigan basketball program," head coach John Beilein said in a
statement. "From day one, Glenn and Nik have had the right attitude and work
ethic that has helped us enjoy so much of our recent success.
"They both understand that they will need to continue to work even harder in
the years to come to accomplish their goals in the NBA. We will continue to do
whatever we can to assist and guide them as they take this next step in their
basketball careers. We are excited for Glenn and Nik as they pursue this next
stage of their life and begin their professional careers."
Stauskas and Robinson helped the Wolverines advance to the national title
game during the 2012-13 season.
MSU's Dawson to return for senior season
East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Michigan State junior swingman Branden
Dawson announced Tuesday his decision to return to school for his senior
Dawson averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds for the Spartans last
season, despite missing 10 games due to injury, including nine straight with a
broken hand from Jan. 25 to Feb. 23.
"This last year, I made some big improvements in my game as I've worked on my
shooting and ball handling," Dawson said in a statement. "I know that with
another offseason of hard work that I can make even more improvement and
become more consistent."
The 6-foot-6 guard/forward was named Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten
Tournament and led the Spartans to the tourney crown.
"If you look at his numbers over the last seven or eight games, including
averaging 16 points and nearly nine rebounds in the NCAA Tournament, I think
the outlook is very promising for his senior season," Michigan State head
coach Tom Izzo said. "As he continues to develop as a player and perform with
greater consistency, he can position himself for a successful NBA career in
Dawson's strong play helped the Spartans reach the Elite Eight before losing
to eventual national champion Connecticut in the East Regional final.
Cal names Cuonzo Martin head coach
Berkeley, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The University of California named Cuonzo
Martin head men's basketball coach on Tuesday.
Martin, who spent the last three seasons as head coach at Tennessee, replaces
the retired Mike Montgomery.
Martin went 63-41 with the Vols program, leading the team to a 24-13 mark and
an Elite Eight appearance this past season.
Montgomery guided Cal to its winningest six-year stretch in school history
and completed his career with 130 victories, good for third on the school's
all-time wins list.
Cal went 21-14 last season, culminating in a loss to SMU in the NIT.
49ers sign veteran WR Lloyd
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed veteran
wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
Lloyd was originally drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL
Draft and racked up 105 receptions for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns over
three seasons with the club.
The 32-year-old wideout didn't register a snap last season after compiling 74
catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games with New England in
2012. The Patriots released Lloyd last April.
Over 10 NFL seasons, Lloyd has totaled 385 catches for 5,695 yards and 35
touchdowns in 128 games, including 88 starts, with the 49ers, Redskins, Bears,
Broncos, Rams and Patriots.
Steelers sign punter Podlesh
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the
signing of punter Adam Podlesh to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
Podlesh spent the past three seasons with the Chicago Bears. He participated
in all 16 games a season ago, averaging 37.6 yards-per-punt over 68 attempts,
including 27 inside the 20-yard line.
The Maryland product has seen 107 games of NFL action with Jacksonville and
Chicago since 2007, with an average of 38.7 yards per attempt over 467 punts.
Texans sign NT Mathews
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans signed nose tackle
Ricardo Mathews to an undisclosed contract on Tuesday.
Mathews has appeared in 52 regular-season games with six starts over four NFL
seasons, all with Indianapolis, and has recorded 51 tackles with 1 1/2 sacks.
In 2013, Mathews appeared in all 16 games for the second straight season and
posted 18 tackles and a half-sack.
Pistorius cross-examination ends
Pretoria, South Africa (SportsNetwork.com) - Oscar Pistorius exited the
witness stand on Tuesday after five exhausting days of cross-examination from
prosecutor Gerrie Nel in the South African sprinter's trial for the murder of
girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp was killed by Pistorius on Feb. 14, 2013 in the bathroom of his
home. He has maintained the shooting was an accident, believing he was firing
into the bathroom at an intruder. The prosecution has countered that he knew
Steenkamp was in the bathroom in a premeditated murder.
"She was locked into the bathroom and you armed yourself with the sole purpose
of shooting and killing her. That is what you did," said Nel on Tuesday.
Nel has stated the prosecution believes Pistorius and Steenkamp had an
argument and she ran to the bathroom before the Olympian fired four shots
through the locked door.
Pistorius again claimed Tuesday that he thought his life was in danger from an
intruder when he fired his gun.
"I believed that there was a threat on my life," Pistorius said.
The defense then continued its case with expert witnesses on Tuesday
Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide guilt or innocence in the trial, which
began March 3 and is being broadcast throughout South Africa and other parts
of the world. South Africa does not have trial by jury.
In addition to the murder charge, Pistorius also faces charges of contravening
South Africa's Firearms Control Act.
The murder charge could carry a sentence of life in prison. There is no death
penalty in South Africa.
Steenkamp, who was 29 years old, was a model and reality television star in
Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner," made history at the London Olympics in
2012 when he became the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Games.
He had both legs amputated before he was a year old after being born without
fibula bones and runs on prosthetic blades.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had initially
said that his prosthetics were considered technical aids and in violation of
an IAAF rule. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport later overturned that
decision, making him eligible to compete against able-bodied runners.
Pistorius qualified for South Africa's Olympic team in 2012 and competed in
the 400-meter race, reaching the semifinals, and the 1,600-meter relay.
Djokovic cruises in Monte Carlo opener
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning champion Novak
Djokovic was an easy second-round winner Tuesday at the $4 million Monte Carlo
Masters tennis event.
The red-hot second-seeded Serbian stalwart enjoyed an opening-round bye before
drubbing helpless Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 in a mere 45
minutes on the red clay at the beautiful Monte Carlo Country Club.
"For the first match on clay, it was great," said Djokovic. "I lost only one
game, so there were not too many flaws in my game that I could recall. On the
other side, I've had an opponent who is a specialist on this surface, but he
hasn't played even close to his highest level. He was making a lot of unforced
Djokovic recently captured back-to-back Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells
The former top-ranked star beat current world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in last
year's marquee Monte Carlo finale, putting an end to Nadal's record eight-
year reign at this prestigious tournament.
Djokovic is also a two-time runner-up at this tournament. He and Nadal
currently hold all nine Masters titles between them, as well as the ATP
World Tour Finals.
Also in the second round on Day 3, fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych topped Russian
Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 6-4, sixth-seeded French Open runner-up David Ferrer
flattened Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-0 and ninth-seeded French slugger Jo-
Wilfried Tsonga held off tough German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 at
the first clay court Masters event of the year. Ferrer was the Monte Carlo
runner-up three years ago.
In opening-round play involving seeds, No. 12 rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov
held off Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; dangerous Italian Andreas
Seppi upended No. 13 Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); flashy Frenchman
Gael Monfils ousted No. 14 South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); No. 15
Spaniard Nicolas Almagro handled Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-2; and
left-handed French qualifier Michael Llodra took out No. 16 Pole Jerzy
Janowicz 6-4, 6-2. Almagro was last week's runner-up in Houston, while
Granollers was a runner-up in Casablanca two days ago.
Additional first-round wins came for Spaniards Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and
lucky loser Pablo Carreno Busta, Croat Marin Cilic, Frenchman Julien
Benneteau, Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu, and Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Garcia-Lopez is fresh off his clay title in Casablanca.
The second round will conclude Wednesday, including matches for a top-seeded
Nadal, third-seeded Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka and three-time Monte
Carlo runner-up Roger Federer. The eight-time champion Nadal will encounter
Gabashvili, while Wawrinka will meet Cilic and the fourth-seeded former No. 1
great Federer will be opposed by Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.
The 2014 Monte Carlo winner will collect $760,000.
Zhang, Pliskova advance in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of top-three seeds,
Zhang Shuai and reigning champion Karolina Pliskova, were among Tuesday's
first-round winners at the Malaysian Open tennis event.
The second-seeded Zhang overcame fellow Chinese Zheng Saisai 2-6, 6-2, 6-2,
while the third-seeded Pliskova pasted Serb Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-2 at
Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort.
The Czech Pliskova topped American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in last year's
Kuala Lumpur finale.
Day 2 upsets came when Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay was leading fifth-seeded
Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm 5-3 in the first set when the 43-year-old Date-
Krumm retired and Ukrainian qualifier Lyudmyla Kichenok took out eighth-seeded
Japanese Ayumi Morita 6-4, 6-2.
In other action involving seeds, No. 4 Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner
got past Japanese qualifier Eri Hozumi 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, No. 6 Zarina Diyas of
Kazakhstan drubbed oft-injured Greek Eleni Daniilidou 6-2, 6-2, and No. 7
Croat Donna Vekic fought back to dismiss Taipei's Yung-Jan Chan 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Additional opening-round wins came for Pole Magda Linette, wild card Ling
Zhang of Hong Kong, Chinese qualifier Duan Ying-Ying, Slovenian Tadeja
Majeric, Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh, Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone, and
Czech Kristyna Pliskova, the twin sister of Karolina. Hsieh titled here two
On Wednesday, top-seeded Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova will
open her Kuala Lumpur stay against Turkish qualifier Pemra Ozgen.
This week's titlist will earn $43,000.
Motorsports court upholds Ricciardo's disqualification
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Red Bull lost its appeal against Daniel
Ricciardo's disqualification from the March 16 Formula One season-opening
Australian Grand Prix.
The FIA's International Court of Appeal announced on Tuesday it had upheld the
race stewards' decision to exclude Ricciardo from the results of the race in
Melbourne, Australia after the stewards determined Ricciardo's No. 3 Red Bull
car had run with too high a fuel flow rate during the event. The FIA, which is
F1's governing body, said after the completion of the Australian GP that his
car had "exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow of 100 kg per
hour," which is a breach of technical regulations.
Ricciardo, an Australian, had crossed the finish line in second in front of
his home crowd. He would have been awarded 18 points for the second-place
finish. Ricciardo made his first start with Red Bull in that race.
Red Bull immediately notified the FIA of its intention to appeal the stewards'
decision, saying, "Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been
prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane. The team and [engine supplier]
Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance
with the regulations."
The court heard Red Bull's appeal on Monday in Paris. The FIA released a
statement on the court's decision the following day, saying, "The Court, after
having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the
Decision No. 56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red
Bull Racing's car No. 3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix."
The FIA also noted in its statement that further details of the court's
decision will be released later this week.
After learning of the court's decision, Red Bull released a statement.
"We are of course disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if
we didn't think we had a very strong case," the statement read. "We always
believed we adhered to the technical regulations throughout the 2014
Australian Grand Prix. We are sorry for Daniel that he will not be awarded the
18 points from the event, which we think he deserved. We will continue to work
very hard to amass as many points as possible for the team, Daniel and
Sebastian [Vettel] throughout the season.
Ricciardo's points total for the season remains at 12. He retired in the
closing laps of the March 30 Malaysian Grand Prix but bounced back nicely with
a fourth-place finish in the April 6 Bahrain Grand Prix. F1 will be in
Shanghai this weekend for the Chinese Grand Prix.
"It's disappointing not to get the 18 points from Australia, but if anything
it gives me more motivation to get back on the podium as soon as possible,"
Ricciardo said. "I've had a few set-backs in the first couple of races this
year, but in Bahrain I demonstrated that, if anything, I'm stronger for it and
hungrier than ever to get back on the podium. Not that I need any more
motivation, I'm pumped."
Solemn ceremonies mark anniversary of Boston Marathon bombings
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The city of Boston marked the one-year
anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on Tuesday.
Last April 15, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon,
killing three people and injuring more than 270 others.
A ceremony was held at the Hynes Convention Center on Tuesday afternoon.
Former Mayor Thomas Menino, current Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Gov. Deval Patrick
and survivors of the blasts addressed an audience of about 2,500 people.
Vice president Joe Biden was also present and closed the ceremony with a
speech, during which he called the survivors and Boston's citizens an
inspiration for the nation.
"We own the finish line," Biden said in conclusion to a rousing ovation.
A ceremony at the time of the explosions also took place. Church bells rang
and the national anthem was sung before a moment of silence was observed at
2:49 p.m. ET.
The day also included a morning wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the
blast that took the lives of eight-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old
Krystle Campbell and 23-year-old Boston University student Lingzi Lu.
This year's Boston Marathon is scheduled for next Monday, April 21. It is
estimated that more than 35,000 runners will take part, marking the most since
the centennial running in 1996.
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