- - Wednesday, March 23, 2011


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.


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.


Bengals’ Ochocinco tries hand at soccer in MLS tryout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Switching from football to soccer won’t be easy for Chad Ochocinco, if it happens at all.

By the end of his first workout with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday morning, the star wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals was panting hard and was obviously exhausted.

“Exactly what I expected,” said the six-time Pro Bowler. “I would be a little winded being that I haven’t ran at this pace or this level since the end of our season of football. It was fun. I didn’t expect to come in here and be Superman.”

Ochocinco plans to go through with the four-day tryout and, if possible, join the team.


Davis Cup quarterfinal to be played in Roddick’s town

AUSTIN, Texas | Andy Roddick will enjoy a big home-court advantage in the U.S. Davis Cup team’s quarterfinal against Spain.

The match will be played July 8-10 at the University of Texas in Austin, where Roddick lives. The choice of sites was announced Wednesday and delighted Roddick, who ranks second in U.S. Davis Cup singles victories with 33.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will lead the Spanish team. The match will be the first in the United States for Jim Courier as Davis Cup captain.


Want swing help from Woods? There’s an app for that

ORLANDO, Fla. | Tiger Woods is now giving lessons on mobile phones.

Woods launched a mobile application Wednesday called “Tiger Woods: My Swing” for the iPhone and iPod touch geared toward helping golfers of all skill levels improve through video analysis and instruction.

The cost is $9.99, which is significantly higher than other such applications - Paul Azinger has an instruction app for 99 cents - but Woods said his share of the proceeds go toward the Tiger Woods Foundation.

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