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Pedro says he's on road to retirement

May 2, 2011

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Baseball
Pedro Martinez virtually ruled out a return to the major leagues yesterday and said he is on his way to retirement. The three-time Cy Young Award winner gave an interview that was broadcast in the Dominican Republic. “I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is something that the Dominican people expected,’’ the righthander said. Martinez, 39, has not pitched in the majors since the 2009 World Series with the Phillies. He was recently quoted as saying he was working toward a return to the majors and his first option would be the Red Sox, but Martinez said those comments were taken out of context . . . The Giants placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list with a broken bone in his right wrist and called up third baseman Ryan Rohlinger from Triple A Fresno. Sandoval is expected to miss 4-6 weeks . . . Roy Oswalt is scheduled to return to the Phillies Thursday and could start Saturday. The righthander left the team last week to be with his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi.

McDowell is suspended for two weeks Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended for two weeks without pay by Major League Baseball for inappropriate comments and gestures he made toward fans before a game in San Francisco. The suspension is retroactive to Friday, when McDowell was placed on administrative leave by the Braves. He also was fined an undisclosed amount for the April 23 incident. McDowell will be required to complete sensitivity training and will have to apologize directly to the fans involved. Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that insensitivity to others “simply cannot and will not be tolerated.’’ . . . Veteran righthander Kevin Millwood opted out of his contract with the Yankees, which he could do if he wasn’t called up from the minors by yesterday. Millwood agreed to a minor league deal with the Yankees in late March.

Hockey
Canada rolls en route to second round Olympic champion Canada received two goals from NHL rookie of the year finalist Jeff Skinner of Carolina to rout France, 9-1, and advance to the second round of the world championships in Kosice, Slovakia. Canada also got goals from Marc-Andre Gragnani, Jason Spezza, Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart, Bret Burns, Rick Nash, and Travis Zajac. In other tournament play, Russia beat Slovenia, 6-4; Germany defeated host Slovakia, 4-3; and Switzerland beat Belarus, 4-1 . . . Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek was ruled out of the worlds after sustaining a severe concussion Saturday in the Czech Republic’s 4-2 win over Latvia. The International Ice Hockey Federation suspended Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda three games for the hit he made on Martinek . . . Wayne Gretzky’s NHL rookie card earned $94,163 at an online auction, the highest price ever paid for a hockey card, according to SCP Auctions.

Tennis
Djokovic captures Serbia Open crown Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic defeated Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, to win the Serbia Open in Belgrade for his fifth title and 27th straight victory this season . . . Nikolay Davydenko won his second BMW Open title in Munich by beating Florian Mayer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 . . . Caroline Wozniacki easily advanced to the second round of the Madrid Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ayumi Morita, while Maria Sharapova had to rally to beat Arantxa Rus, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. In the men’s first round, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overpowered 10th-seeded Nicolas Almagro, 6-1, 6-3; 14th-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; and Santiago Giraldo downed Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-1, 7-5.

Miscellany
Shea strikes in time to lift FC Dallas Brek Shea scored in the 87th minute to lift FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy in a Major League Soccer game delayed for more than an hour because of lightning. The game was stopped in the 83d minute and most of the announced crowd of 21,867 did not return after the intermission and missed seeing Shea fire a volley from the top left corner of the penalty box and into the right corner of the goal. Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena decided to start midfielder David Beckham even though Beckham left the team to go to London for the Royal Wedding on Friday . . . After striking out 18 in a 9-2 victory over La Salle in Game 1 of a softball doubleheader in Amherst, junior Sara Plourde pitched the 12th perfect game in UMass history in the second game, an 8-0 win. Plourde struck out eight . . . Former heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper, 76, one of Britain’s most popular sportsmen who was best known for knocking down Muhammad Ali while he was still known as Cassius Clay, died in Oxted, Surrey, England (Obituary, B9) . . . Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre won a unanimous decision over Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto Saturday night. The mixed martial arts victory was the ninth straight for the 29-year-old champion from Montreal. Shields (26-5-1) had his 15-fight winning streak snapped.

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