Monday’s Sports In Brief
Major League Baseball launched the expanded replay era Monday, and saw instant results – a pair of missed calls by umpires got fixed fast, without any arguments.
Opening day showed off the game’s newest nod to modern technology in a sport that long relied on the eyes of its umps.
From now on, most every call can be challenged by a manager. When that happens, the final decision will come from a replay booth in New York rather than the field. And instead of out or safe, fair or foul, disputes will be settled with two words new to baseball’s lingo: confirmed or overturned.
Baseball was last among the four major American sports to use video reviews.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his right leg while catching Vladimir Guerrero’s ceremonial first pitch Monday night.
Baylor will have surgery Tuesday on his right femur.
The injury cast a pall over opening day at Angel Stadium. Baylor, who joined the Angels’ coaching staff in the offseason, had to be helped off the field after squatting to catch Guerrero’s off-target throw.
Baylor was taken to a hospital before the Angels’ 10-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
The 64-year-old Baylor is a survivor of multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks bone marrow. He was diagnosed with the cancer in 2003, and he is active in fundraising efforts to combat the disease.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Jimmy Rollins made his 14th straight opening-day start for the Philadelphia Phillies, matching Cal Ripken’s major league record for the most consecutive seasons starting at shortstop for the same franchise.
Rollins, the Phillies’ starting shortstop since 2001, also hit his 200th home run against Texas.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Ryan Braun received a standing ovation in his first at-bat back with the Brewers following his 65-game suspension last season.
The right-handed slugger drew overwhelming applause as he strode to the plate in Milwaukee’s opener against the Atlanta Braves. He was retired on a high fly to left and finished 1 for 4 with a stolen base in the Brewers’ 2-0 victory.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Reyes left the season opener after his first at-bat because of a tight left hamstring.
The Toronto shortstop exited in the first inning of the season opener at Tampa Bay.
Doug McDermott of Creighton was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America team, the first three-time selection in 29 years.
McDermott led the nation in scoring at 26.9 points a game. The senior was joined on the team by freshman Jabari Parker of Duke and seniors Russ Smith of Louisville, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins made official what he’s been telling folks all along: He’s headed to the NBA after his only season with the Jayhawks.
The 6-foot-8 forward, who was voted second-team All-America earlier in the day, is expected to go in the top three picks in the June draft. Many believe he could go first overall.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has withdrawn his name from consideration for the coaching vacancy at Marquette, according to a person familiar with the situation.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – California coach Mike Montgomery retired after six seasons at the school.
Cal announced the decision after Montgomery met with athletic director Sandy Barbour. ESPN first reported Montgomery’s decision.
The 67-year-old Montgomery decided to retire following an up-and-down season that ended last Wednesday with a loss to SMU in the quarterfinals of the NIT.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – South Florida hired Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua as its new basketball coach.
Antigua has spent the past six seasons working under John Calipari, five of them at Kentucky, which is making its third trip to the Final Four in four years.
The 41-year-old Antigua replaces Stan Heath, who was fired after compiling a 97-130 record in seven seasons.
Washington State hired Ernie Kent as its new men’s basketball coach, giving him another shot at leading a Pac-12 Conference program four years after he was let go by Oregon.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin did not play against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a back injury.
Griffin was injured in the first quarter against Houston on Saturday. Griffin says he’s dealt with a sore back for a while, and up until Saturday he’d been able to play through it. With a playoff spot already clinched, the Clippers want to make sure he’s healthy when those begin, so they’re not taking any chances.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Avalanche will be heading into their first postseason in four years without leading scorer Matt Duchene, who injured his left knee.
Duchene damaged the medial collateral ligament when he ran into a teammate on the opening shift against San Jose over the weekend. He is expected to miss about four weeks.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan will oversee the team’s rebuilding plans beyond this season after signing a three-year contract extension.
The team lifted Nolan’s ”interim” tag from his title by announcing the signing on its Twitter page.
SAO PAULO (AP) – Labor officials have halted construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a worker died this weekend, creating a problem for Brazilian organizers trying to get the venue ready for the tournament’s opening match in less than three months.
Fast Engenharia, the construction company in charge of the temporary seats, said in a statement that it received the notification from Sao Paulo’s labor secretariat late Monday.
The officials said the installation of the temporary seats must be stopped until additional safety measures are implemented by constructors.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – A skydiver found dead after a collision with another parachutist in eastern San Diego County was identified as the 27-year-old brother-in-law of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.
The county medical examiner’s office said in a statement that Jordan Jor-El Janway died Sunday while skydiving with two others at Jamul. Janway collided with one of the other jumpers during freefall, failed to open his parachute and hit the ground.
A statement posted on Johnson’s website said Janway was the brother of Johnson’s wife, Chandra. The statement asked for prayers and privacy.