- - Sunday, May 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The St. Louis Cardinals put first baseman Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of an injured right knee. Berkman, who was hurt while stretching for a throw Saturday night, will have an MRI exam Monday in St. Louis.

Berkman, 36, the NL comeback Player of the Year in 2011, is on the DL for the sixth time in his 14-year career.

• Veteran infielder Orlando Hudson appears set to join the Chicago White Sox. Although the team has not announced his signing, manager Robin Ventura said he is on his way and that third baseman Brent Morel likely is headed to the disabled list because of lower back soreness.

• Los Angeles Angels left fielder Vernon Wells left Sunday’s game against the Padres after injuring his right thumb stealing second base in the second inning.

BASKETBALL

Ex-NBA star, Olympian Bob Boozer dies at 75

OMAHA, Neb. — Former NBA star and 1960 Olympic gold medalist Bob Boozer has died. He was 75. Ella Boozer said her husband died Saturday of a brain aneurysm after becoming ill Friday night.

Boozer was a two-time All-American at Kansas State in 1958-59 and played 11 years in the NBA after the Cincinnati Royals drafted him No. 1 overall.

The 6-foot-8 forward retired after winning the 1971 NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks.

TENNIS

Sharapova outlasts Li for Italian Open title

ROME — Maria Sharapova retained the Italian Open title with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Li Na in a match interrupted twice by rain.

Li appeared to be on course for the victory as she stormed to a 6-4, 4-0 lead, but 24 unforced errors from the French Open champion allowed Sharapova to take the next six games and the set.

RUNNING

Warm temperature brings marathon to halt

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A Wisconsin marathon was halted Sunday after several runners and walkers experienced heat-related problems and required medical attention.

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon director Sean Ryan told the Associated Press officials knew temperatures would climb when the race started at 7 a.m. but hoped a combination of wind, medical resources, ice and water stops would help keep problems in check.

The race was shut down at 9:35 a.m. A total of 7,411 people started the marathon and half-marathon, and 49 percent finished before the race was stopped, most of them in the half-marathon.

From wire dispatches and staff reports