- - Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Mystics roster grows with Holmes, Robinson

The Washington Mystics announced Tuesday the addition of guard/forward Sequoia Holmes and forward Angel Robinson to the Mystics roster. Both are currently playing in Europe.

A 6-foot-1 player from the University of Las Vegas, Holmes has had stints with the Detroit Shock and Houston Comets. She spent the 2010 season with the Phoenix Mercury. While at UNLV, Holmes led the Mountain West Conference in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game. She also earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors and graduated as the conferences all-time leader in steals (263). She currently averages 15.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game with Wasserburg in Germany.

From the University of Georgia, the 6-foot-5 Robinson earned Associated Press All-SEC Honorable Mention (2009) honors while with the Bulldogs. She finished her collegiate career as one of the top shot blockers (206) and rebounders (938) in school history. She was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2009 and is currently playing in Portugal, where she is averaging 9.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

The Washington Mystics will tip off their 14th season on June 4 on the road against the Connecticut Sun. Washingtons home opener at Verizon Center is June 11 against the Chicago Sky.


Virginia’s Roberts perfect in victory over GW

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. | Junior Will Roberts of Richmond recorded the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I baseball since 1957 to lead the top-ranked Virginia baseball team to a 2-0 victory over George Washington on Tuesday at Davenport Field. Roberts made 27 straight outs and needed just 98 pitches to earn the second perfect game in ACC history.

It is the 19th perfect game of any length in NCAA Division I history, the first for any pitcher in Division I since 2002 and the first in the Virginia annals. Lost in the shuffle - it also was the 2,000th victory in UVa. program history.

Roberts tossed nine perfect innings and tied his career high with 10 strikeouts. It was the first complete game of Roberts’ career; his previous career high was 7 2/3 innings, set earlier this season against Niagara.


Phils closer Lidge will miss 3 to 6 weeks

PHILADELPHIA | Phillies closer Brad Lidge is expected to miss three to six weeks after an MRI exam Tuesday showed he has a strained right shoulder.

Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the reliever will not need surgery to fix the problem, deemed a posterior rotator cuff strain.

Lidge will start the season on the disabled list. The NL East champions open at home Friday against Houston.

“It’s an issue obviously when you lose your closer,” Amaro said. “It’s not good news.”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before Tuesday night’s exhibition game against Pittsburgh that Jose Contreras likely would begin as the team’s closer. Setup man Ryan Madson is another option for Manuel.

Lidge had issues with his velocity during spring training. Last season, he was 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA while converting 27 saves in 32 chances.

“We knew something was going on in there,” Amaro said. “We’re just glad it’s not a labrum. It doesn’t need to be surgically repaired.”


Fish in sight of being top-ranked American

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. | On the verge of victory, Mardy Fish took a lusty swing and then staggered behind the baseline, his left calf cramping and his ability to continue in doubt.

Three points later, he limped into the quarterfinals, the last American standing at the Sony Ericsson Open. A gimpy Fish whacked a service winner on match point to beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 7-6 (5).

Fish is the lone U.S. player among the 16 men and women in the quarterfinals. At 29, he’ll overtake Andy Roddick and become the top-ranked American man for the first time if he defeats No. 6 David Ferrer on Wednesday.

“Being the No. 1 American would be something that would be pretty cool to tell my kids about,” Fish said.

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