- - Thursday, March 24, 2011

BASEBALL

Showalter names Guthrie Orioles’ opening day starter

SARASOTA, Fla. | Jeremy Guthrie will start on opening night for the Baltimore Orioles in Tampa Bay on April 1.

Manager Buck Showalter made the announcement Thursday, saying, “I don’t think that’s some big secret.”

It will be the third opening day start in four years for the right-hander. Guthrie went 11-14 with a 3.83 ERA last season.

Showalter says lefty Brian Matusz will start the second game in Tampa Bay, and second-year pitcher Jake Arrieta will likely pitch in the home opener against Detroit on April 4. The competition for third starter remains open.

GOLF

Levin takes first-round lead at blustery Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. | On a tough and blustery day at Bay Hill, Spencer Levin made it look easy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Levin played bogey-free Thursday in the afternoon for a 6-under 66, a score so good that it gave him a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan and was more than eight shots better than the average score.

The power group of Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland all failed to break par. Woods, a six-time champion at Bay Hill, opened with a 1-over 73, his highest start at Bay Hill since 1999.

SUSPENSION

Va. Tech football player faces child-abuse charges

BLACKSBURG, Va. | Blacksburg police say a Virginia Tech football player is facing child-abuse charges in connection with injuries to his infant.

The Roanoke Times reports that 20-year-old Xavier Boyce and his girlfriend, Olivia Hutchins, were arrested Wednesday on charges related to cruelty and injuries to the girl. Boyce is a redshirt sophomore split end for the Hokies.

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