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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 strain.

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 this season.

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 surgery.

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 Philadelphia.

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 season.

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 the future."

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 afternoon.

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 South Africa.

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 errors."

Djokovic recently captured back-to-back Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami.

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 years ago.

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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