BaseballNationals righthander Stephen Strasburg struck out four and allowed a home run yesterday in his first game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. Strasburg threw 1 2/3 innings for Single A Hagerstown (Md.) against Greensboro. Twenty-five of his 31 pitches were strikes, and the radar gun clocked him in the high 90s. Strasburg, 23, underwent surgery Sept. 3, ending his stellar rookie season. He struck out 14 in his major league debut against the Pirates and went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts . . . Giants manager Bruce Bochy criticized nationally syndicated radio host Tony Bruno for what he said was a “racist’’ comment about reliever Ramon Ramirez. Bruno, based in San Francisco, referred to Ramirez as an “illegal alien.’’ He also called Bochy a “coward’’ in a Twitter post following Friday’s brawl between the Phillies and Giants. The mayhem came after Ramirez plunked Shane Victorino in the lower back. Bruno later deleted his tweet and apologized for his “stupid and insensitive’’ post . . . Rays rookie righthander Alex Cobb was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injury to his right hand. Cobb felt what he described as a dead feeling in his hand during Saturday’s start. He was taken to a hospital for tests. Blood clots were ruled out . . . Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, on the DL since June 25 with a broken left thumb, will begin a rehab assignment today with Single A Lake County.
BasketballCharles carries Sun over Mercury in OT Tina Charles made a 12-footer with five seconds left in overtime to lift the visiting Connecticut Sun to a 96-95 WNBA victory over the Phoenix Mercury. Renee Montgomery scored 28 points and Charles finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds for the Sun. Diana Taurasi scored 29 points and DeWanna Bonner added 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Mercury. In other WNBA games, Angel McCoughtry scored 17 points to lead the host Atlanta Dream to a 70-53 win over the Seattle Storm, and Sylvia Fowles and Shay Murphy scored 21 points each to lead the Chicago Sky over the visiting Indiana Fever, 88-69 . . . The Hawks and Philips Arena will be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo, but the NBA team will remain in Atlanta, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. The deal will be announced today. The Hawks ownership group also recently sold the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers to a group that moved the team to Winnipeg.
TennisStepanek upsets Monfils to win crown Unseeded Radek Stepanek won his first ATP title in 2 1/2 years by upsetting top-seeded Gael Monfils, 6-4, 6-4, at the
Horse RacingSean Avery, Tar Heel Mom rule Saratoga Sean Avery survived a furious rally by heavily favored Trappe Shot to win the $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap by a nose and Tar Heel Mom scored an easy win in the $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap for fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Sean Avery paid $36.20, $10, and $6.30. Trappe Shot returned $2.80 and $2.10, and Calibrachoa, third of eight, paid $6. Tar Heel Mom paid $5.70, $3.40 and $2.50 . . . Pender Harbour held off Celtic Conviction to win the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes in Toronto. The victory made Luis Contreras the first jockey to win all three Canadian Triple Crown events with two horses. He captured the Queen’s Plate aboard Inglorious before adding the Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders’ Stakes with Pender Harbour.
MiscellanySharks acquire Sheppard from the Wild The NHL’s Minnesota Wild traded center James Sheppard to the San Jose Sharks for a third-round draft pick in 2013. Sheppard missed all of last season after breaking his left kneecap . . . The host Philadelphia Independence beat the New Jersey Sky Blue, 2-1, keeping the Boston Breakers’ hopes alive for a Women’s Professional Soccer playoff berth. The Breakers need a win when they host Sky Blue Sunday in the regular-season finale at Harvard Stadium . . . In MLS, Eric Hassli scored twice as the host Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Chicago Fire, 4-2 . . . European champion Alistair Brownlee won the London Triathlon, qualifying for Britain’s Olympic team on the Hyde Park course to be used at the 2012 Games . . . A 64-year-old man died and a 40-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition with heart-attack symptoms after getting in trouble during the swimming portion of the Nautica New York City Triathlon . . . Newton’s Gracia Leydon Mahoney won two titles (3-meter platform, 10-meter synchro platform) in the 14-15-year-old division of the USA Diving Junior National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Mahoney, 15, is entering her sophomore year at Newton North . . . University of Michigan coach Brady Hoke redshirted senior receiver Darryl Stonum and suspended punter Will Hagerup for four games and receiver Terrence Robinson for one game. Hagerup and Robinson violated unspecified team rules. Stonum was sentenced in June to two years of probation for operating while visibly impaired . . . Dave Solomon, 59, a sports columnist at the New Haven Register, died Saturday in a car crash on Interstate 91 in Cromwell, Conn. Solomon was returning from covering the UConn football team’s first practice of the season.
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