- - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BASEBALL

Braves’ Salazar returns after losing eye

KISSIMMEE, Fla. | Atlanta Braves minor-league manager Luis Salazar returned to camp Wednesday, two weeks after being struck in the face by a foul ball and losing his left eye.

“I’m very fortunate to be alive,” Salazar said. “God gave me a second chance in this life, and I’m going to take advantage of it.”

He hopes to join his Class A Lynchburg team in April near the start of the Carolina League season.

Salazar was standing on the top step of the dugout when he was struck by Brian McCann’s line drive during the first inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 9. He was knocked unconscious and airlifted to a hospital.

Doctors could not save Salazar’s eye, and it was removed on March 15. After a week in an Orlando hospital, he spent a week at his home in Boca Raton.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UConn’s Auriemma will ask not to host tourney games

STORRS, Conn. | Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, disappointed that fewer than 6,000 fans showed up at the 10,000-seat Gampel Pavilion for UConn’s second-round win over Purdue on Tuesday, said he will ask athletic director Jeff Hathaway not to bid on hosting the tournament for the next five years.

Pat McKenna, a spokesman for the team, said Wednesday that Auriemma was serious about asking not to host the tournament, but had not spoken with Hathaway.

Auriemma joked that it might help if UConn won more games. The team has lost one game in the past three seasons.

“I think we have a real spoiled group of fans,” Auriemma said.

FOOTBALL

Bengals’ Ochocinco tries hand at soccer in MLS tryout

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