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PRESS BOX: Marlins place Fernandez on DL

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Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right elbow sprain.

Fernandez had an MRI earlier Monday performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who serves as the head team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Marlins are in Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers starting later in the day.

The results of the MRI won't be known for a few days, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Redmond added that Fernandez, the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, flew back to Miami on Monday and will be examined by the club's doctors.

Redmond said Fernandez (4-2, 2.44 ERA) told him he felt discomfort in the elbow after he went five innings and allowed five runs on six hits in a loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday.


Former Minnesota State University, Mankato, linebacker Isaac Kolstad sustained permanent brain damage from injuries following an alleged assault in which Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested Sunday morning.

Blaine Kolstad, Isaac's father, wrote on Sunday night that his 24-year-old son is in critical condition. Kolstad had surgery to place a pressure gauge in his skull and may need additional operations.

Nelson, who transferred from Minnesota to Rutgers earlier this year, was arrested at the scene and put in jail Sunday on suspicion of assault after officers found Kolstad in the Mankato downtown entertainment district at 2 a.m.

---The father of Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston told USA Today that the school can do more because his son is "supposed to have somebody around him 24/7."

Soon after Winston had been cited for shoplifting after leaving a Tallahassee, Fla., supermarket without paying for $32 of crab legs, the quarterback sent a lengthy text message to his father and told him he was fine and ready to return to the baseball team after being banned for four days. He was reinstated on May 25 after performing 20 hours of community service.

Antonor Winston said someone needs to make sure his son is doing the right things while he is on campus.

"I think it should show the university and us, I think we probably kind of dropped the ball on that a little bit," Antonor Winston told USA Today.

"He's supposed to have somebody around him 24/7. He a Heisman Trophy winner so (he's) definitely not supposed to be by (himself)."

---ACC teams will continue playing eight-game conference schedules, commissioner John Swofford announced at the spring meetings.

The ACC's athletic directors voted not to change the amount of conference games it plays, but its teams must play at least one nonconference game against an opponent from a Power 5 conference starting in 2017.


Former University of Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson told ESPN that his anti-Michael Sam tweets were an experiment to gather reaction because he has a friend who is considering coming out to his family.

"My stance on gay athletes is irrelevant," Henderson said. "The whole reason we chose to do this is because my friend is gay. If it was wrong for me to do it, so be it."

Two days after the St. Louis Rams made Sam the first openly gay player ever drafted by the NFL, Henderson tweeted: "Boycotting sportscenter til this michael sam nasty (expletive, expletive) is off .... My brothers are 7 and 11 and saw that!!! #SICKENING"
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