Rodriguez, MLB discuss poker games Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez met with Major League officials in Baltimore to discuss allegations that he participated in illegal poker games. Rodriguez said the session with the investigators “went well.’’ He said, “They asked questions and I answered them. I’ll let them review it, chew on it and then let them come back to us.’’ Rodriguez would not detail the line of questioning. He said the session “lasted just south of two hours.’’ . . . Roger Clemens is asking a judge to punish prosecutors for their “egregious error’’ in his perjury trial by dismissing the case. Clemens filed arguments in Washington federal court against prosecutors’ claims that they made a simple mistake in showing jurors inadmissible evidence and should be given another chance to convict him.
BASEBALLThe deadline for the Padres to work out a waiver trade with the Giants for closer Heath Bell passed yesterday without a deal. The Giants claimed Bell off waivers Wednesday. San Diego had 48 hours to decide whether to work out a trade for the three-time All-Star, allow him to be claimed, or let waivers expire . . . Angels manager Mike Scioscia switched his rotation for the weekend games against AL West-leading Texas, opting to start Ervin Santana (9-9) today and Jered Weaver (15-6) tomorrow. The righthanders will be starting on three days’ rest for the first time in their careers . . . The Indians placed righthanded starter Josh Tomlin (sore right elbow) and outfielder Michael Brantley (wrist) on the disabled list. Tomlin (12-7) failed to go at least five innings in his previous start for the first time in his career.
TENNISCetkovska, Wozniacki advance to final Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska upset French Open champion Li Na in a third-set tiebreaker to reach the final of the New Haven Open, the last WTA tuneup before next week’s US Open. Cetkovska, ranked No. 40, won, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), on her fifth match point. She will play three-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Francesca Schiavone, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, in today’s final . . . Fourth-seeded John Isner upset top-seeded Andy Roddick, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in the semifinals of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open. Isner won the first set in a tiebreaker by breaking Roddick’s serve to lead 8-7. He ended the set with a 107-mile-per-hour serve. The 28th-ranked Isner will play Julien Benneteau, a 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (8-6) winner over Robin Haase, in today’s final.
BASKETBALLUConn makes big catch in Drummond Andre Drummond, a 6-foot-11-inch center from Middletown, Conn., who is considered one of the top prospects in the nation, said he will play for defending national champion Connecticut. Drummond was expected to attend prep school in the fall. It’s not clear where his scholarship will come from. UConn has none available after losing three because of NCAA rules violations and a poor academic rating . . . Lakers forward Ron Artest’s bid to change his name to Metta World Peace has been delayed at least until Sept. 16. Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez says the court cited Artest’s outstanding traffic warrants as the reason for the delay . . . Mississippi State freshman guard D.J. Gardner was dismissed by coach Rick Stansbury for “repeated actions deemed detrimental to the team.’’ Gardner was expected to be redshirted this season. The freshman wasn’t happy with that decision, posting profanity-laced remarks on his Twitter account.
MISCELLANYSharks give Couture 2-year extention The San Jose Sharks signed forward Logan Couture to a two-year, $5.75 million contract extension through the 2013-14 season. Couture, 22, is scheduled to make $1.25 million this season, $2.75 million in 2012-13, and $3 million in the deal’s final season . . . Barcelona beat FC Porto, 2-0, to win the European Super Cup in Monaco behind goals by Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas . . . Hurricane Irene forced the postponement of today’s MLS game between the Portland Timbers and D.C. United at R.F.K Stadium. A makeup date will be announced next week. Also because of the hurricane, the championship game of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., has been moved back three hours to noon tomorrow. The consolation game, scheduled for 11 a.m., was canceled . . . Kayla Harrison, who trains in Wakefield, defeated Marhinde Verkerk of the Netherlands to take the bronze medal at the World Judo Championships in Paris.
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