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Giants’ Wilson likely bound for surgery

April 15, 2012
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Baseball

Giants closer Brian Wilson is likely headed for surgery on his right elbow after an MRI Saturday showed structural damage and an issue with the ligament, and his season could be in jeopardy. The Giants will seek at least one other opinion and probably two, including one from renowned orthopedist James Andrews, who performs Tommy John elbow-reconstruction surgeries. Wilson, 30, already had Tommy John surgery while at LSU. The three-time All-Star, who led the majors with 48 saves in 2010, was placed on the 15-day disabled list . . . The Tigers activated infielder Brandon Inge (strained groin) from the DL and sent infielder Danny Worth and righthander Brayan Villarreal to Triple A Toledo . . . The Twins claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from Detroit.

Tennis

Isner, Monaco in US Clay Court final

John Isner defeated Feliciano Lopez, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, to advance to the final of the US Clay Court Championship in Houston. Isner will play Juan Monaco, who beat Michael Russell, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 . . . Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat Petra Martic, 6-3, 6-2, to set up an e-Boks final in Copenhagen against Angelique Kerber. Kerber beat Jelena Jankovic, 6-2, 6-1, in the other semifinal . . . Dominika Cibulkova and Sara Errani cruised to wins to set up a final at the Barcelona Open. Cibulkova routed Sorana Cirstea, 6-1, 6-1. Errani was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Hockey

Canada tops US in Women’s World final

Caroline Ouellette scored 1:50 into overtime, lifting Canada to a 5-4 win over the United States in the gold medal game of the Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vt. Canada earned the gold medal for the 10th time and stopped a streak of three US titles. Meghan Agosta, whose power-play goal late in regulation forced overtime, took advantage of a turnover at the blue line, fed Ouellette in the high slot, and she snapped it past former Boston College goalie Molly Schaus. In the bronze medal game, Northeastern All-American Florence Schelling made 50 saves to help Switzerland beat Finland, 6-2 . . . Emile “Butch’’ Bouchard, 92, longtime Canadiens captain and four-time Stanley Cup winner, died in Montreal. Bouchard, a defenseman, captained the Canadiens for eight seasons, retiring after the 1955-56 season, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. (Obituary, B9)

Horse racing

Dullahan captures Blue Grass Stakes

Dullahan ran down Hansen in the final furlong of the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., to insert his name among the Kentucky Derby favorites. Dullahan, off at 3-1, ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute 47.94 seconds under Kent Desormeaux. Dullahan paid $8.40, $3.60, and $3. Hansen returned $3 and $2.60, while Gung Ho returned $9.20 . . . Bodemeister pulled away for a convincing 9 1/2-length victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. Bodemeister broke wide out of the gate, but quickly took the lead in the 76th running of the race, which is a major prep for the Kentucky Derby. The winner, with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith aboard, paid $6.80, $4.60, and $3.60. Secret Circle paid $4 and $3, and Sabercat paid $4.80 . . . Grand National favorite Synchronised was one of two horses to die during the world’s toughest steeplechase in Aintree, England. According To Pete also suffered a fatal injury in the 4 1/2-mile race.

Soccer

Italian league player dies after collapse

Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini, 25, died after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara, Italy. Morosini fell in the 31st minute and tried unsuccessfully to get up several times before receiving medical attention on the field. A defibrillator was used on the player, who was taken to the hospital, where doctors tried to revive him for more than an hour.

Miscellany

Magic’s Howard to sit out vs. Cavaliers

Dwight Howard (herniated disk) is sidelined for Sunday’s game in Cleveland, and ESPN is reporting that the Orlando Magic center might sit out the next 10-14 days to determine whether surgery is needed . . . Ryan Briscoe won the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.), but will start 11th in Sunday’s race. Briscoe drives a Chevrolet, and the manufacturer pulled the engines from all 11 of its teams over concerns the engines wouldn’t last through the race. Changing the engines meant all Chevrolet drivers will be penalized 10 spots on the grid.

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