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Hoffman, Duke added to NL All-Stars

July 13, 2009
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Baseball
Trevor Hoffman was supposed to take his sons fishing. Instead, they’re all headed back to the All-Star Game. The career saves leader was a late addition to the National League squad, joining Pittsburgh pitcher Zach Duke as players picked to replace All-Stars unable to participate tomorrow night. Hoffman, in his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers, will substitute for Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton, who has an injured toe. Duke replaces San Francisco starter Matt Cain, who took a line drive off his right arm Saturday night . . . Tampa Bay Rays catcher Dioner Navarro does not have a concussion and hopes to be back in the lineup after the All-Star break. Navarro had tests at a hospital Saturday night after getting hit on the side of his mask by a foul tip off the bat of Oakland’s Jack Cust . . . The Florida Marlins sent Doug West to Double A Jacksonville after the lefthander (3-4, 4.91 ERA) struggled in a 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks Saturday night.

Auto racing
Franchitti earns third win of season
Dario Franchitti won the Honda Indy on the street course in Toronto, easily holding off Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Will Power on a late restart for his third win of the season. It was the first race in Toronto for the IndyCar Series, and Franchitti, the pole-sitter, regained the series points lead over Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon. Franchitti is seeking his second series championship in three years after racing last season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. Danica Patrick started 18th in the 23-car field and finished sixth after running the 85-lap street race on just two sets of tires. Patrick’s seventh top-7 finish of the season kept her fifth on the IndyCar Series points list . . . Red Bull’s Mark Webber won his first Formula One race after overcoming a penalty to take the German Grand Prix in Nuerburgring. The Australian beat teammate Sebastian Vettel by 9.2 seconds despite a drive-through penalty for bumping Brawn GP’s Rubens Barrichello out of the start while defending his pole position.

Boxing
Wife is suspected in Gatti’s death
The wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti was detained as a suspect by Brazilian authorities yesterday following his death at a seaside resort. Police said Amanda Rodrigues, 23, was taken into custody yesterday after contradictions in her interrogation. Gatti’s body was found early Saturday in a hotel room at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil. The former junior welterweight champion apparently was strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at the scene with blood stains, said Milena Saraiva, a spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police. She told the Associated Press that Gatti, a Canadian, also had a head injury. Saraiva said authorities are preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues, who denied being involved in her husband’s death. The couple’s 1-year-old son, who was unhurt, was with Rodrigues’s sister, Saraiva said.

Mixed martial arts
Lesnar sorry for post-fight behavior
Brock Lesnar apologized for his antics after the UFC’s heavyweight champion beat Frank Mir to defend his title in UFC 100 in Las Vegas Saturday night. After taunting his opponent, gesturing obscenely to the crowd, making an offcolor joke about his own wife and insulting one of the sport’s key sponsors, UFC president Dana White gave Lesnar a private tongue-lashing, which led to the apology. “I acted very unprofessionally after the fight,’’ Lesnar said. “There was a lot of emotion in this bout, [but] I love this company, and I love to fight. I went into the entertainment business for a little while, and I guess there’s still a little bit of it in me.’’ White chalked it up to Lesnar’s past as a member of the WWE. “He’s a smart guy,’’ said White. “He gets it, but I believe that he’s been in the WWE for so long, he thinks he has to jump in there and be the heel or whatever. That’s not who he is.’’

Miscellany
Breakers downed by Sky Blue FC
Jennis Nobis scored for the Breakers in stoppage time, but that was all the offense Boston could muster as it dropped a 2-1 WPS decision to Sky Blue FC at Harvard Stadium . . . Blas Perez scored his third goal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Luis Tejada added a pair in the second half to lead Panama to a 4-0 win over Nicaragua in Glendale, Ariz., securing a quarterfinal-round matchup against the United State Saturday in Philadelphia . . . NBC plans to bid for rights to televise the 2014 and 2016 Olympics despite the US Olympic Committee’s decision to build a competing Olympic network. NBC spokesman Brian Walker said nothing had changed in the network’s intentions to bid for the games. The IOC sent a letter last week chastising the USOC for announcing plans for its new network, saying it raised complex legal questions and also put the relationship with NBC in jeopardy . . . In the WNBA, Charde Houston scored a career-high 26 points and Roneeka Hodges added 21 to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Silver Stars, 83-76, in San Antonio . . . Candice Dupree racked up 28 points as the Chicago Sky beat the Storm in Seattle, 86-81 . . . The Sacramento Monarchs (3-10) fired coach Jenny Boucek, replacing her with general manager John Whisenant . . . Tim Tetrick became the youngest harness driver to win 5,000 races. The 27-year-old set the mark Saturday night when he sent Trade Editor to victory in the fourth race at the Meadowlands . . . Nathan Healey helped the Freedoms to wins in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles as Philadelphia beat the Lobsters, 23-19, in World TeamTennis at Ferncroft Country Club.

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