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April 15th, 2007 11:33 pm by Staff Report










Yankees starters Mussina, Pavano go on DL


Agassi inadvertently hits wife Graf with racket


Colorado places Matsui on 15-day disabled list


Karlovic wins first ATP title


Pro Bowler Shields announces retirement


Bourdais takes third straight Long Beach win


Jankovic claims victory at Family Circle Cup


Hight edges Capps at Las Vegas nationals


LAS VEGAS - Robert Hight edged Funny Car leader Ron Capps in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals on Sunday, giving John Force Racing a victory less than a month after driver Eric Medlen was killed in a testing accident. Hight was joined in an emotional winner's circle at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by Medlen's good friend, Brandon Bernstein, who raced to his 13th Top Fuel win, and Greg Anderson, who claimed a track-record fifth Las Vegas trophy in Pro Stock. Hight survived a quirky Funny Car finale against Capps to win with a 5.126 at 282.90 mph to Capps' 5.592 at 178.57 mph. Both cars went quiet well before the finish line. Capps' Dodge Charger was out of power first, denying him a chance at three wins in a row. Hight's Ford Mustang expired soon thereafter, but he had enough momentum to take the stripe first and earn his sixth career win.


Yankees starters Mussina, Pavano go on DL

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OAKLAND, Calif. - Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano joined fellow Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang on the disabled list Sunday, further depleting New York's already taxed pitching staff. Pavano was scratched Friday from his scheduled start Saturday with tightness in his forearm, while Mussina has a strained hamstring suffered during Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.


Agassi inadvertently hits wife Graf with racket

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HOUSTON - Steffi Graf required three stitches Sunday after husband Andre Agassi inadvertently hit her in the face with his racket during a fund raiser that followed the final of the U.S. Clay Court Championships. Graf and Agassi were holding hands - her left to his right - while rallying with a couple of youngsters when Agassi's follow-through struck his wife in the face. Agassi held his racket in his left hand. Graf left the stadium for an on-site doctor to administer three stitches to her lip, officials said. "She's OK," Agassi said.


Colorado places Matsui on 15-day disabled list

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PHOENIX - The Colorado Rockies placed infielder Kazuo Matsui on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of back spasms. The Rockies called up infielder Clint Barmes from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Matsui's roster spot.


Karlovic wins first ATP title

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HOUSTON - Unseeded Ivo Karlovic used his booming serve to stop qualifier Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday to win the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships and capture his first ATP Tour title. The 6-foot-10 Croat closed out the win on his second match point with a 140 mph ace. He earned $65,850 for his first tour title since beginning his professional career in 2000.


Pro Bowler Shields announces retirement

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pro Bowl guard Will Shields is retiring after 14 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 35- year-old announced his decision on his Web site - www.willtosucceed.org - Sunday. He said the physical requirements of football had become more difficult with each passing day. Shields, who has played in a franchise-record 224 games, made his 12th Pro Bowl appearance last season to tie the record held by Minnesota guard Randall McDaniel.


Bourdais takes third straight Long Beach win

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Sebastien Bourdais dominated Sunday on the way to his third straight victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, just a week after the Frenchman crashed in qualifying and in the race at the season opener in the streets of Las Vegas. Bourdais has won 24 of 61 starts and three straight season titles in the Champ Car World Series.


Jankovic claims victory at Family Circle Cup

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jelena Jankovic won the biggest match of her career Sunday, battling a swirling wind to defeat Dinara Safina 6-2, 6-2 in the championship of the $1.3 million Family Circle Cup. It was the first Tier I final and victory for Jankovic, who was seeded second here and will improve to No. 7 in the rankings.


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