Sport briefs

first_imgATLANTA – Braves pitching great Lew Burdette, the 1957 World Series MVP, died in Winter Haven, Fla., after a long fight with lung cancer. He was 80. Burdette won 203 games between 1950 and 1967, including a 179-120 record in 13 seasons for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves. Rutledge among Cardinals’ hires TEMPE – Former NFL quarterback Jeff Rutledge was hired as Arizona’s quarterbacks coach, one of four more assistants hired by new Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. Freddie Kitchens was hired as tight ends coach, Mike Miller as offensive assistant and Matt Raich as defensive quality control coach. Bychkova scores upset for first win PARIS – Qualifier Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia made her first win of the year a notable one, upsetting sixth-seeded Patty Schnyder 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Open Gaz de Franc. Five-time Olympic champion dies CHICAGO – Willye White, a five-time U.S. Olympian and two-time Olympic silver medalist, has died. She was 67. White competed in five consecutive Olympic Games between 1956 and 1972 and remains the only American to have competed on five Olympic track and field teams. Notables BASEBALL: Joe Mays, a 17-game winner for the Minnesota Twins in 2001, agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers … Right-hander Aaron Harang avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $36.5 million, four-year contract that made him the Cincinnati Reds’ highest-paid pitcher … The Arizona Diamondbacks and outfielder Eric Byrnes agreed to a $4,575,000, one-year contract. PRO BASKETBALL: All-Star point guard Steve Nash missed the Phoenix Suns’ game at Portland because of inflammation in his right shoulder … The Chicago Bulls fined forward Tyrus Thomas $10,000 one day after the rookie said he only was interested in the money for the NBA’s slam dunk contest … Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who has missed 22 games and all of Boston’s 14-game losing streak, was sent home from Detroit because of swelling in his left elbow and a low-grade fever. From staff, wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Dominicans (5-0) clinched the title when Puerto Rico (3-2) later lost to Venezuela 3-1. The tournament ends Wednesday. Sports books win big on Super Bowl CARSON CITY – Nevada’s legal sports books made money on Super Bowl bets as gamblers made a near-record $93.1 million in wagers. Figures released by the state Gaming Control Board showed the state’s 176 licensed books won $12.9 million – for a 13.9 percent win percentage – Sunday in the Indianapolis Colts’ 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. Burdette, former Braves star, dies Dominicans win Caribbean Series CAROLINA, Puerto Rico – Miguel Tejada got two hits and drove in a run and the Dominican Republic won the Caribbean Series, beating Mexico 5-3. center_img LOS ANGELES – UCLA and Karl Dorrell mutually agreed to a one-year rollover of the football coach’s contract, which now runs through the 2011 season. Terms of the rollover year are the same as in the five-year contract Dorrell agreed to a year ago. He is guaranteed $850,000 annually, and can make another $505,000 in incentives. last_img

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