Williams's MVP plaque sells for $300K
April 29, 2012
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BaseballA 1949 MVP plaque owned by Red Sox slugger Ted Williams sold for nearly $300,000 at the first major auction of his sports, military, and personal memorabilia Saturday. Nearly 800 items sold at the auction at Fenway Park, and some of the proceeds from the auction will benefit The Jimmy Fund. Among the top sales was a baseball that Babe Ruth signed for Williams, “To my pal Ted Williams, From Babe Ruth,’’ which sold for $195,500. Hunt Auctions Inc. says that sale set a record for a baseball signed by Ruth that wasn’t used in a game. Williams’s 1957 Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award for outstanding batting achievement sold for $230,000. An 8-year-old Texas boy and his parents were the winning bidders on Williams’s 1957 Silver Bat award, which sold for nearly $200,000. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who bid by phone, bought Williams’s World War II and Korean War flight log books for $35,600 and planned to send them to The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Hunt Auctions said . . . Ryan Howard will be heading to Clearwater, Fla., Sunday and Chase Utley could join him within a week as the two injured Phillies stars inch closer toward joining the team for the first time this season . . . The Rockies placed righthander Jeremy Guthrie on the 15-day disabled list a day after he injured his shoulder in a fall from his bicycle.
Santos leads D.C. United over Houston
MLSMaicon Santos scored twice and D.C. United won consecutive MLS games for the first time since June 2009, beating Houston, 3-2, in Washington. Dwayne De Rosario also scored for United. Will Bruin scored twice for the Dynamo . . . Steven Lenhart scored his second goal of the game on a header in the final seconds of stoppage time to give host San Jose a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia . . . Lee Young-Pyo scored off a free kick in the 74th minute to help Vancouver beat visiting Columbus, 1-0 . . . Bernardo Corradi and Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored in the second half to lead visiting Montreal over Portland, 2-0 . . . David Estrada and Eddie Johnson scored in Seattle’s 2-1 victory over host Chicago . . . Matt Pickens had his third shutout to tie the Colorado record of 25, and beat host Chivas USA, 4-0 . . . Jonny Steele scored in the 93d minute to give Real Salt Lake a 3-2 win in Toronto . . . Brek Shea scored in the 61st minute for FC Dallas and Pat Noonan scored in stoppage time for visiting Los Angeles in a 1-1 tie.
Azarenka meets Sharapova in final
TennisTop-ranked Victoria Azarenka will face No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany. Azarenka cruised past Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-1, 6-3, in the first semifinal and Sharapova outlasted Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) . . . Qualifier Kiki Bertens won her first WTA title when she beat Laura Pous-Tio, 7-5, 6-0, in the Grand Prix SAR final in Fez, Morocco.
Texas-San Antonio set to leave WAC
CollegesConference USA is set to bring aboard Texas-San Antonio ahead of a planned merger with the Mountain West Conference that would create a new league with as many as 24 schools. The University of Texas System Board of Regents scheduled a vote for Wednesday and chancellor Francisco Cigarroa recommended approving the move only months before UTSA is to begin its first season in the Western Athletic Conference.
US sweeps the world in Penn Relays
MiscellanyTeam USA pulled off a clean sweep at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Allyson Felix ran on a pair of relay teams that set Penn Relays records, and the United States was flawless in all six relays in the “USA vs. the World’’ races at Franklin Field. The women won the sprint medley relay, the 400-meter relay, and the 1,600-meter relay. The men won the 400-meter relay, the distance medley relay, and the 1,600-meter relay. Felix, Tianna Madison, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter set a Penn Relays record in the 400 with a time of 42.19 seconds. Felix, Francena McCorory, Natasha Hastings, and Sanya Richards-Ross set the mark in the 1,600 in 3:21.18 . . . At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Wallace Spearmon Jr. broke the meet record in the 200 meters set by Michael Johnson 15 years ago. Spearmon crossed in 20.02 seconds, beating the mark Johnson set in 1997 by .03 seconds. US pole vault star Jenn Suhr also set a meet mark with a win of 15 feet 3 inches on her first try, as did high jumper Chaunte Lowe at 6-6 . . . Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) defeated 47-year-old Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2) by a 12-round decision to win the WBC light heavyweight title in Atlantic City. Dawson, 29, never let a deep cut near his left eye affect his methodical approach at taking out Hopkins.
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