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Pujols activated from the disabled list

July 6, 2011

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Baseball
The Cardinals activated three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols off the disabled list yesterday, a month ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken left wrist. Pujols, cleared by the team’s medical staff earlier in the day, did not play against the Reds last night, but manager Tony La Russa said he expected Pujols would be in the lineup today. The Cardinals also placed lefthander Brian Tallet on the 15-day disabled list with a ribcage injury . . . The Padres placed lefthander Clayton Richard on the 15-day DL with a strained shoulder and recalled reliever Luke Gregerson from Triple A Tucson . . . The Rockies recalled third baseman Ian Stewart from Triple A Colorado Springs, and demoted outfielder Cole Carner.

NHL
Jets sign Ladd to a five-year contract The Jets signed captain Andrew Ladd to a five-year extension worth $22 million. Ladd had 29 goals and 59 points for the Thrashers last season. The franchise moved to Winnipeg May 31 . . . The Maple Leafs avoided arbitration with forward Clarke MacArthur, re-signing the restricted free agent to a two-year extension for $6.5 million . . . The Coyotes signed All-Star defenseman and Boston native Keith Yandle to a five-year $26 million deal . . . Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera filed for salary arbitration, though his agent believes a deal will be reached before a hearing . . . The Senators signed free agent Zenon Konopka to a one-year deal.

Basketball
Pacers expected to name Vogel coach A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Pacers will name interim coach Frank Vogel coach today. Vogel took over for Jim O’Brien last season and the team finished 20-18, making the playoffs for the first time since 2006 . . . In the WNBA, Jessica Davenport had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks to lead host Indiana over Seattle, 78-61. Sue Bird scored 21 points for Seattle. Sylvia Fowles had 34 points and 16 rebounds as host Chicago beat Washington, 78-65. Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 20 points each as host Phoenix beat Los Angeles, 101-82 . . . UConn’s Jeremy Lamb scored 35 points, including a jumper with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, to lead the United States (5-0) to a 107-105 win over Lithuania (3-2) in the second round at FIBA’s Under 19 World Championship in Riga, Latvia.

Tennis
Isner, Mahut cruise in Newport openers Top-seeded John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, forever linked with the longest match in history at Wimbledon last year, wasted little time in winning opening-round matches at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport. Isner needed 63 minutes to beat Karol Beck, 6-3, 6-2. Mahut beat Sebastian Decoud, 6-1, 6-0, in 51 minutes. In other first-round play, Denis Kudla beat Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4; Jimmy Wang upset third-seeded Igor Kunitsyn, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Tobias Kamke beat Alex Bogdanovic, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3; and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Richard Bloomfield, 6-4, 6-0 . . . Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round of the Swedish Open in Bastad by beating Alize Cornet, 6-4, 6-4.

Cycling
Evans edges Contador in photo finish Cadel Evans edged defending champion Alberto Contador to win the 107-mile fourth stage of the Tour de France from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne, while Thor Hushovd kept the overall lead. The finale was so close that Contador raised a fist to celebrate what the three-time Tour champ believed was his victory, but a photograph at the line showed Evans had won . . . Colombian Juan Mauricio Soler is no longer in an induced coma but faces a long recovery from a serious crash June 16 during the Tour of Switzerland. Soler was left with a fractured skull, plus lung and ankle injuries.

College football
Nebraska reports violations to NCAA Nebraska told the NCAA it distributed nearly $28,000 in recommended textbooks to student-athletes from 2007-10. The NCAA allows schools to cover the cost of required course textbooks in athletic scholarships but not extra, professor-recommended books. The school said the athletes involved have already paid the amount of their individual extra benefits to charities . . . Former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA, seeking reinstatement after being declared permanently ineligible for academic misconduct.

Miscellany
Sporting KC acquires rights to Saad Sporting Kansas City of MLS acquired the rights to University of Michigan star Soony Saad . . . The US track team left Tyson Gay out of the group of eligible runners for the relays at the world championships. Last month, Gay pulled out of the national championships after the first round of the 100 with a hip injury. He did not run in the 200 either, meaning his only chance at competing at worlds was as part of a relay team . . . Two-time Olympian and sprinting coach Pablo McNeil, 71, who mentored 100- and 200-meter world record-holder Usain Bolt in high school, died at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. McNeil had suffered a serious stroke in 2007 . . . Mika Myllyla, 41, a former Olympic cross-country champion and Finnish skiing great whose life unraveled after a doping ban in 2001, was found dead in his apartment in Kokkola. Police declined to give details except to say no crime was involved.