Yankees’ Pineda headed to disabled list
Yankees righthander Michael Pineda will begin the season on the disabled list after an MRI showed inflammation in a shoulder tendon but no structural damage. Pineda, acquired in the offseason from the Mariners for catcher Jesus Montero, experienced soreness in the back of his right shoulder during the Yankees’ 13-9 win over the Phillies Friday . . . Yankees lefthander Cesar Cabral, also injured in Friday’s game, will go on the 15-day DL with a stress fracture in his pitching elbow, while Andy Pettitte took another step in his comeback by throwing in his second simulated game. Pettitte, who came out of retirement by signing a minor league contract March 16, could be ready to join the Yankees in May . . . The Yankees’ Dante Bichette Jr., hit home runs on the first two pitches he saw this spring in a 11-9 win over the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. Bichette, 19, is the son of the former major league outfielder.
Tigers’ Verlander sharp in final tuneup
AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander tuned up for Thursday’s Opening Day start against the Red Sox with a crisp outing in the Tigers’ 2-1 win over the Braves in Kissimmee, Fla. Verlander went six innings in the rain-shortened game, allowing four hits to finish the spring with a 2.02 ERA . . . Stephen Strasburg pitched four innings in preparation for Opening Day for the Nationals in a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals in Viera, Fla. Strasburg allowed three runs, two earned, and gave up five hits while striking out three . . . Albert Pujols homered for the second straight day and the Angels played to a 10-inning 3-all tie with the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. . . . The Twins sent catcher Drew Butera to Triple A Rochester, and will carry two catchers to start the season. They considered carrying three to reduce the workload on Joe Mauer as he returns from an injury-plagued season. Ryan Doumit is the backup.
Radwanska upends Sharapova for title
Maria Sharapova lost her serve in the final game of each set and again fell short in a bid for her first Sony Ericsson Open title in Key Biscayne,, Fla., losing to Agnieszka Radwanska, 7-5, 6-4. Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fell to 0-4 in Key Biscayne finals. She was also the runner-up in 2005, 2006, and last year. Radwanska, ranked a career-best No. 4, earned her ninth career title and fourth since last summer. She’s 0-4 in 2012 against top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and 26-0 against everyone else.
Kansas St. moves quickly, hires Weber
Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber was hired by Kansas State to replace Frank Martin, whose departure for South Carolina last week sent shockwaves through the program. The school moved quickly, finalizing a deal on a five-year, $8.5 million contract with Weber, who was let go after compiling a 210-101 record in nine seasons at Illinois, including six trips to the NCAA Tournament and a national runner-up finish in 2005.
Mancuso shines at US championships
Julia Mancuso won a second straight race at the US Alpine championships in Winter Park, Colo., taking the giant slalom title. Norway’s Kristine Gjelsten Haugen was second, American Mikaela Shiffrin third. This was Mancuso’s 15th national title, the most by a US skier. World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn didn’t finish her first run, missing an early gate . . . Second-half substitute Gerson Rodas scored twice in a goal-filled overtime, giving Honduras a 3-2 win over El Salvador in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying soccer tournament in Kansas City, and, with it, its second straight Olympic berth. In the second semifinal, Marco Fabian had a goal and an assist to lead Mexico to a 3-1 victory over Canada to secure its 10th Olympic berth, after not making it into the 2008 Games . . . Swimmer Michael Phelps finished the 200 IM in 1 minute, 56.32 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than this year’s previous world best and more than three seconds ahead of rival Ryan Lochte at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Lochte finished third . . . Police in Montana say ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf broke into an acquaintance’s home and stole a bottle of prescription painkillers. Leaf was arrested Friday in Great Falls after police searched him and his vehicle and found 28 oxycodone pills. Leaf, who was charged with burglary, possession of a dangerous drug, and theft, is free on $76,000 bond.