April 24, 2014

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Roundup: Rangers give Manny Ramirez release

Manny Ramirez was released from his minor league contract by the Texas Rangers.

The 41-year-old hit .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games for Triple-A Round Rock after agreeing to a deal early last month. He hit all of the homers in the first eight games.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Ramirez was released so he could pursue other opportunities if he chooses. Daniels said, based on the team’s evaluation, there wasn’t a spot on the Rangers roster for Ramirez.

• Fulton County (Ga.) Medical Examiner’s investigators say the man who fell over a railing didn’t have injuries other than those from the fall and that toxicology tests are pending. Officials said 30-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers, Ga. fell 85 feet to his death at Turner Field on Monday night. Police say the fall appears to be an accident.

• The Texas Rangers added infielder Adam Rosales to the 25-man roster and optioned outfielder Engel Beltre to Triple-A Round Rock. Rosales reported to the Rangers, who reacquired the infielder on a waiver claim from Oakland for the second time in 10 days.

• Opening day starter Matt Harrison won’t pitch again this season for the Rangers, who a week earlier found out veteran Colby Lewis wouldn’t be coming back either. Harrison made two starts at the beginning of the season before two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back.

• Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb is expected to pitch Thursday night for the first time in the majors since getting hit in the head by a ball in June. Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team feels Cobb will be ready.

• The Minnesota Twins placed first baseman Justin Morneau on revocable waivers. If he is claimed, the Twins can work out a trade with the claiming team, let that team take his contract or pull him back. If he is not claimed, the Twins are free to negotiate with any team.

Basketball

No sanctions for USD

The NCAA accepted the University of San Diego’s submission of a secondary violation in the Brandon Johnson game-fixing case and will not impose sanctions against the school or its basketball program. The NCAA said it found no improper conduct by any member of the university’s staff or any other athletes. Johnson and nine others were charged in federal court with running a sports betting business to fix West Coast Conference games.

• A Wyoming player accused of kicking a man in the face during a bar fight has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge. Deputy county prosecutor Joshua Merseal said Luke Martinez entered the plea Monday in circuit court in Laramie, Wyo. A judge sentenced Martinez to 45 days in jail and ordered him to pay $58,000 restitution.

Football

Saban suspends player

Alabama coach Nick Saban said starting inside linebacker Trey DePriest was suspended “for a short time.” The coach said DePriest violated team rules and could be back in as soon as a week. The Crimson Tide will open Aug. 31 against Virginia Tech.

Sailing

Did Oracle cheat?

The head of America’s Cup challenger Emirates Team New Zealand accused defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating in sailing’s premier regatta. “You can’t actually get to any other point than the fact they were cheating,” Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton told a San Francisco newspaper. “I think it’s really serious.”

General

Pistorius probe complete

A South African police spokesman said Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment now that police completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend. The team is convinced Pistorius has a charge to answer to. Pistorius will appear in a Pretoria court next week. Pistorius will be served with the indictment and a trial date will be set.

Track and field

Theisen Eaton nabs silver

Mr. and Mrs. Eaton went to Russia. The couple complemented their wedding rings with a pair of shiny medals. Canada’s Brianne Theisen Eaton picked up the silver in the heptathlon in Moscow. Her husband, Ashton, captured decathlon gold two days earlier.

Motorsports

Vickers gets full ride

Brian Vickers has a full-time Sprint Cup ride again. Michael Waltrip Racing announced Vickers will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota for a full Sprint Cup schedule beginning next season. The sponsorship deal is for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

• Juan Pablo Montoya will not have a chance to find success in NASCAR with Chip Ganassi. The team owner informed Montoya he will not bring him back for an eighth NASCAR season.

Tennis

Azarenka downs King

Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka held off an upset bid by qualifier Vania King to pull out a 6-1, 7-6 (6) win and advance to the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Mason. The second-ranked Azarenka rallied from a 3-0 second-set deficit to force a tiebreaker against the American.