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Marlins’ Cousins has received threats

June 4, 2011

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Baseball
A teammate said Florida Marlins rookie Scott Cousins has been receiving death threats despite repeatedly apologizing for a collision with San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey. The collision at home plate during a game May 26 left Posey with a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, sidelining him for the rest of the season. Giants general manager Brian Sabean criticized Cousins on his weekly radio show this week, calling the play malicious and unnecessary. Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison came to Cousins’s defense yesterday, calling Sabean “wildly unprofessional’’ for calling out his teammate. “He’s getting death threats from people,’’ Morrison said of Cousins. Sabean’s comments got the attention of executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre spoke with Sabean yesterday. The Giants issued a statement saying Sabean’s comments were made out of frustration, and the GM was trying to reach Cousins . . . Mets third baseman David Wright won’t be able to do any baseball activities for three weeks because of a stress fracture in his back. He hurt himself making a diving tag April 19 and the injury was revealed on May 19 . . . Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John surgery, officially ending the lefthander’s season. De La Rosa had been the Rockies’ top pitcher this season, going 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA.

Little Leaguer hit in chest by pitch dies A 13-year-old Arizona boy was killed after a baseball hit him in the chest as he tried to bunt the ball during a Little League game this week. Hayden Walton took two steps toward first base and then collapsed after the pitch hit him in the chest over his heart during a game Tuesday in Winslow. He died the next morning.

Colleges
North Carolina beats Bilodeau, Maine Kent Emanuel threw eight shutout innings in his NCAA Tournament debut, leading North Carolina to a 4-0 victory over Maine in the Chapel Hill Regional. Jacob Stallings hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run first inning for the Tar Heels (46-14) against the Black Bears’ Keith Bilodeau (10-3), who fanned six and allowed five hits in eight innings. Maine (32-23) will play Florida International in an elimination game today . . . John Hinson pounded out three hits — including a three-run homer — to lead Clemson to an 11-1 victory over Sacred Heart in the Clemson Regional. The Pioneers (34-22) will meet in-state rival Connecticut in an elimination game today after the Huskies (41-18-1) were routed by Coastal Carolina, 13-1 . . . Willie Burns, Terrelle Pryor’s godfather and legal guardian, said the quarterback plans to return for his senior season at Ohio State and not apply for the NFL’s supplemental draft. Pryor has been suspended for the first five games for selling memorabilia for cash and tattoos, and he could face additional penalties pending the outcome of an NCAA probe into his use of cars . . . The Southeastern Conference voted to cap football signing classes at 25, three fewer than previously allowed.

NHL
Stafford signs 4-year deal with Sabres Drew Stafford signed a four-year contract that keeps the Sabres’ high-scoring right win (31 goals, 52 points) from becoming a free agent next month. The Buffalo News reported that the contract is worth $16 million . . . ESPN analyst and former NHL player Matthew Barnaby has been served with two new court orders requiring him to stay away from his estranged wife and her boyfriend following a confrontation last month.

Miscellany
Sun bring in ex-UConn star Moore The Connecticut Sun signed free agent center Jessica Moore, two days after the former University of Connecticut standout had been waived by the Indiana Fever. To make room for Moore, the Sun cut veteran Kerri Gardin. The Sun open their season tonight against the Washington Mystics at Mohegan Sun Arena . . . Jockey Michael Baze, who won nearly 1,000 horse races in a nine-year career, died from an accidental overdose of cocaine and a prescription pain medication, the coroner’s office said. Baze, 24, was found dead in his vehicle near the stables at Churchill Downs May 10 . . . Uncle Mo, who was a late scratch from the Kentucky Derby, has been diagnosed with an inflamed liver, but could resume training this summer . . . Kenyan Moses Mosop broke the world record by running the 30,000 meters in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 47.4 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene, Ore. Japan’s Toshihiko Seko ran the 30k in 1:29:18.8 in 1981.