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Suspect arrested in Giant fan’s beating

May 23, 2011

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Baseball
Los Angeles police released the name of a suspect in the Dodger Stadium beating of a Giants fan two months ago. Police said in a statement last night that Giovanni Ramirez, 31, of Los Angeles was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1 million bail. Ramirez was taken into custody early yesterday morning as detectives and SWAT team members working on a tip from a parole officer served a search warrant at an apartment building. Police chief Charlie Beck called Ramirez the “primary aggressor’’ in the March 31 beating by two men of Bryan Stow, 42, a paramedic who remains in critical condition in a San Francisco hospital.

Hamilton, Cruz, Utley to return today After finishing their rehab assignments at Triple A Round Rock, Rangers outfielders Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz are expected to be activated from the disabled list before today’s game against the White Sox. Hamilton, last year’s American League MVP, is recovering from a broken bone in his upper right arm. Cruz was rehabbing a strained right quadriceps muscle . . . Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will be activated from the 15-day DL before tonight’s game against the Reds. The five-time All-Star, who was rehabbing at Single A Clearwater, hasn’t played this season because of tendinitis in his right knee. The Phillies also placed righthander Joe Blanton on the DL, and optioned infielder Pete Orr to Triple A Lehigh Valley while recalling righthander Vance Worley . . . Braves righthander Tim Hudson, who gave up eight runs in 3 2/3 innings and hit three batters during a 9-0 loss to the Angels Friday, returned to Atlanta to have his back examined and is expected to miss Wednesday’s start at Pittsburgh . . . Leonel Liriano, one of the doctors who assisted in a stem-cell procedure last year on Yankees righthander Bartolo Colon, said that 10 other pitchers whom he did not identify expressed interest in undergoing the treatment. Colon, 37, was treated in April 2010 with a procedure designed to regenerate tissue in his shoulder and elbow.

Colleges
Tufts lacrosse team advances to final Sean Kirwan scored four goals and D.J. Hessler had two goals and three assists as the Tufts men’s lacrosse team defeated previously unbeaten RIT (19-1), 16-12, in Rochester, N.Y., to advance to the NCAA Division 3 championship game. The Jumbos (18-2) will play Salisbury for the national title Sunday in Baltimore. Tufts defeated Salisbury, 9-6, last year to win the school’s first NCAA team championship . . . Kevin Jefferis pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and tournament MVP Tim Clark had four hits as Western New England (42-9) blanked Bridgewater State (36-10), 9-0, to win the NCAA Division 3 New England regional title in Springfield. Western New England will play New York regional champion Keystone College (36-10) Friday in Appleton, Wis. . . . Kyle Cummings and Nick DeProspo hit homers, and tournament MVP Kevin Pettine went the distance and allowed six hits as Southern Connecticut State beat Adelphi, 2-1, in Rindge, N.H., in the Division 2 Eastern Regionals to clinch a spot in the College World Series. The Owls (43-7-1) also reached the CWS in 2005.

Cycling
More accusations aimed at Armstrong Lance Armstrong’s former teammate, Tyler Hamilton, said Armstrong and other team leaders encouraged, promoted, and took part in a doping program in an effort to win the Tour de France in 1999 and beyond, according to a report aired on “60 Minutes.’’ Hamilton said he saw Armstrong take performance-enhancing drugs, EPO, and testosterone, and also saw him receive a banned blood transfusion. Armstrong long has denied doping and has never tested positive. Federal prosecutors are investigating what essentially would have been a drug distribution network that was formed to keep Armstrong’s teams running at the head of the pack . . . Alberto Contador extended his commanding overall lead, and fellow Spaniard Mikel Nieve Ituralde won the grueling 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Val di Fassa. Contador leads Michele Scarponi by 4:20 in the overall standings . . . Chris Horner won the Tour of California in Thousand Oaks, holding off RadioShack teammate Levi Leipheimer by 38 seconds.

Miscellany
Rose can’t recall making steroid claim Bulls guard and NBA MVP Derrick Rose said he does not recall telling ESPN the Magazine that the league has a steroid problem. The magazine’s May 16 issue attributes a quote to Rose in which he said the NBA has a “huge’’ problem and needs “a level playing field.’’ Rose issued a statement through the Bulls saying he does not even recall being asked about the topic. He added that if he was asked about performance-enhancing drug use, he “clearly misunderstood’’ the question . . . Despite concerns about high radiation levels following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the International Gymnastics Federation decided the world championships in October will be held in Tokyo as originally planned . . . Hiroshima scrapped plans to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics because of opposition from citizens and a lack of funds . . . In MLS play, Kevin Hartman made two saves as host FC Dallas extended its shutout streak to 399 minutes with a 0-0 tie against Real Salt Lake, and Stefan Frei made three saves as Toronto FC played to a scoreless draw with host Colorado.

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