Wednesday's Sports In Brief


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.

Lincecum shut down the weakest-hitting team in the majors, striking out six and walking one.

Lincecum retired the final 23 batters after walking Chase Headley in the second inning. Though the Padres hit a few balls hard, San Francisco fielders didn't need to make any exceptional plays to preserve Lincecum's gem

The 30-year-old Lincecum (6-5) threw 113 pitches for this win, using a big-breaking curve to set up his fastball. Last July 13 at San Diego, he threw 148 pitches while holding the Padres hitless.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - John Norwood's home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 for their first national championship in a men's sport.

Norwood turned on Nick Howard's 97 mph fastball and sent it into the left field bullpen to break a 2-2 tie in the third and deciding game of the College World Series finals.

It was Norwood's third homer of the year, his first since April 19, and Vanderbilt's first since May 16. It also was only the third home run in 16 CWS games and the 22nd in 72 games by the Commodores (51-21).

The Cavaliers (53-16) loaded the bases with one out in the eighth but Adam Ravenelle got out of the jam.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Curt Schilling, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher turned ESPN television analyst, said his cancer is in remission.

Schilling announced the news on social media and thanked his Boston-based medical team.

He hasn't indicated the type of cancer or his prognosis, but has posted pictures of himself receiving treatments.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Cubs said Manny Ramirez will begin his stint as a player/coach for Chicago's Triple-A affiliate on Thursday in Colorado Springs.



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - As the world was judging Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defended the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment.

World Cup organizers scrambled to quickly decide on a punishment before Uruguay plays Colombia on Saturday in the round of 16.

Wilmar Valdez, Uruguay football federation president, told the Associated Press shortly after midnight local time that the disciplinary hearing will continue Thursday morning.

PORTO ALGRE, Brazil (AP) - Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says he is saddened by the deadly explosion at an Abuja shopping mall shortly before his team played Wednesday at the World Cup, and that his team's progression to the second round is unlikely to offer any solace to the country as it suffers terrorist attacks.

Last week, a bomb struck a World Cup viewing site in Nigeria, killing 14.

Wednesday's explosion was blamed on Islamic extremists, but it was unclear if it was timed to coincide with the match.



The NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.

A revised settlement agreement filed in federal court in Philadelphia also eliminated a provision that barred anyone who gets concussion damages from the NFL from suing the NCAA or other amateur football leagues.

In January, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had denied preliminary approval of the deal because she worried the money could run out sooner than expected. The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and cover retired players who develop Lou Gehrig's disease, dementia or other neurological problems believed to be caused by concussions suffered during their pro careers.



LONDON (AP) - After more than three hours of fierce tennis, the match between Novak Djokovic and Radek Stepanek came down to a video replay on match point in the fourth set.

At 6-5 in the tiebreaker, top-seeded Djokovic hooked a sharply angled forehand passing shot that was ruled wide. He challenged the call.

With both players and 15,000 fans watching anxiously, the replay was shown on the big screen and the verdict came in: The ball had landed on the line.

Point and match for Djokovic.

On a day when champions Andy Murray and Venus Williams won in straight sets, the late afternoon drama capped an entertaining battle that gave Djokovic a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) victory and a spot in the third round at the All England Club.

In other matches between seeded men, No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeated Bernard Tomic 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-1and No. 7 David Ferrer lost to Andrey Kuznetsov 6-7 (5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

In the women's draw, No. 2 Li Na, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Petra Kvitova advanced, while No. 8 Victoria Azarenka was eliminated.



BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods' return to competitive golf ratcheted up the energy level on the PGA Tour. It remains to be seen how well he plays this week at Congressional after more than three months away because of a back injury and surgery.

Woods hit into water hazards on his opening two tee shots during the pro-am round at Congressional and rarely found the fairway until making a slight adjustment.

He plays Thursday morning with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.



DALLAS (AP) - The Mavericks and New York Knicks agreed to a six-player trade that returns center Tyson Chandler to Dallas three years after he helped win a championship only to leave right away in free agency.

The Mavericks sent guards Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington and center Samuel Dalembert to the Knicks for Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton.

The Knicks also get both of Dallas' draft picks Thursday night, a pair of second-round selections at Nos. 34 and 51. New York didn't have a draft pick before the first major personnel move since Phil Jackson took over as team president.


The Houston Rockets took the first step toward making a run at LeBron James.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Rockets agreed to trade Omer Asik and cash to the New Orleans Pelicans for a future first-round draft pick. The person requested anonymity because the deal cannot be completed until July due to rules in the collective bargaining agreement.

The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. It gives the Rockets some of the cap space needed to go after James or Carmelo Anthony. They also will have to trade Jeremy Lin at some point to free up enough room.



PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Mike Johnston to replace Dan Bylsma as their new head coach.

Bylsma was fired June 6.

The 57-year-old Johnston spent the past six years with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He previously served as an NHL associate head coach with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Left wing Marian Gaborik agreed to a seven-year deal to stay with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Stanley Cup champions acquired the Slovak goal-scorer from Columbus on March 5. Gaborik scored 16 points in 19 regular-season games before leading the NHL with 14 postseason goals during Los Angeles' run to the title.



WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson deserves a permanent visitor's pass to the White House since he's been there so many times.

Obama recognized Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports team members for winning the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

It's Johnson's sixth Sprint Cup title in eight years. And he's gunning for a seventh trophy this year.



PARIS (AP) - Cheng Ji will become the first Chinese rider to race in the Tour de France when he lines up for Team Giant-Shimano at the start July 5 in Leeds, England.

Cheng was included on the team's nine-rider lineup for the 101st edition of the Tour. He will be part of Giant-Shimano's sprint formations attempting to deliver Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb to stage victories.

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