- - Monday, May 14, 2012

Right-hander Tim Stauffer has been reinstated from the disabled list by the San Diego Padres and started Monday night against the Washington Nationals. The Padres also optioned left-hander Josh Spence to Triple-A Tucson before Monday’s game at Washington. Stauffer has been on the DL all season with a strained right elbow. He is 23-31 with a 3.92 ERA in 95 appearances, including 69 starts, over six seasons with the Padres.

• Major League Baseball dropped its 100-game suspension of Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case. Alfonzo is eligible to play immediately. Alfonzo’s ban was lifted because of a dispute over the storage and shipment of his urine sample similar to the one that led to Braun’s 50-game drug penalty being overturned.

HOCKEY

Blue Jackets name Richards permanent head coach

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Todd Richards is losing the word “interim” from his job title with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Richards, 45, became the Blue Jackets’ interim coach in January when Scott Arniel was fired. Richards led Columbus for the final 41 games of the season after being elevated from assistant coach, going 18-21-2.

GOLF

Woods accepts invitation to compete in Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods will try for a fifth Memorial Tournament title starting later this month. Woods has accepted an invitation to play in the tournament founded by Jack Nicklaus. The 37th Memorial will be played May 31-June 3 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Woods won the Memorial in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2009.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Maryland, Northwestern to meet in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Maryland will visit Northwestern in this year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27. The Terrapins will face the Wildcats for the first time in the Challenge (which will be contested for the 14th time) and only the second time ever. Northwestern beat Maryland 66-62 on Dec. 6, 1958.

Maryland is coming off a 17-15 season and returns three starters. Northwestern, which has never reached the NCAA tournament, went 19-14 last season and lost in the second round of the NIT. In other matchups, Iowa visits Virginia Tech on Nov. 27 while Virginia travels to Wisconsin on Nov. 28.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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