- - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended seven games by the NBA on Tuesday for elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden on Sunday, meaning he could miss at least six playoff games.

World Peace was ejected from Sunday?s game against Oklahoma City for throwing an elbow that struck Harden in the back of the head, giving him a concussion.World Peace will miss the season finale on Thursday at Sacramento, then the next six games for which he is eligible. World Peace, then known as Ron Artest, got an 86-game ban in 2004 for jumping into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills, outside Detroit, to fight fans.


Mets put Pelphrey, May on disabled list

NEW YORK — The New York Mets have put starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey and left fielder Jason Bay on the 15-day disabled list.

Pelfrey is sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow, but general manager Sandy Alderson says the team hasn’t ruled out a torn ligament.

Bay broke a rib on his left side trying for a diving catch during Monday night’s doubleheader sweep by San Francisco.

Infielder Zach Lutz and left-handed pitcher Robert Carson were recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

• The Cincinnati Reds placed left-handed setup man Bill Bray on the 15-day DL with a strained groin that has bothered him since spring training. The Reds already were missing closer Ryan Madson, out for the season with a torn elbow ligament.


Wilson back with Redskins after two-year stint in CFL

ASHBURN. Va. — The Washington Redskins have signed free agent linebacker Chris Wilson, who returns to the team after two years in the CFL.

Wilson played for Washington from 2007 through 2010, mostly as a reserve pass-rushing defensive end and special teams player. He had four sacks during his rookie season. Wilson then moved on to the B.C. Lions of the Canadian league.

Also, the club reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with kicker Neil Rackers. Rackers will provide camp competition to Graham Gano.

• The Minnesota Vikings have taken steps toward adding free agent Jerome Simpson, the former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver with a felony drug conviction. Simpson pleaded guilty March 1 to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances.


Marathoner’s death sparks surge in charity donations

LONDON — The death of a runner in the London Marathon has inspired a flood of donations to the charity she supported. Claire Squires, who ran to raise money for the Samaritans, which works to prevent suicide, collapsed Sunday near the end of the course. The cause of her death has not been determined.

Squires, 30, a hairdresser from North Kilworth, England, had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with a friend last year to raise 1,500 pounds ($2,400) for the Royal Air Force Association. The Samaritans said donations will go into a tribute fund in Squires’ name.


Senators’ Alfredsson apologizes for outburst

OTTAWA — Daniel Alfredsson said his outburst in Game 6 hurt the Ottawa Senators chances of eliminating the New York Rangers. “It was bad,” Alfredsson said Tuesday. “I’m definitely not proud of it, and I think it’s detrimental for the whole team.”

The captain’s return to the lineup after sitting out three games with a concussion was supposed to spark the Sens, but instead it became marked by an uncharacteristic outburst of emotion.

Alfredsson was held out of a power play early in the third period and took a hit from Rangers forward John Mitchell during his first shift back, prompting him to return to the bench and smash his stick over the boards.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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