- - Monday, May 21, 2012

SEATTLE — The Texas Rangers placed closer-turned-starter Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation Monday, three days after wildness cut short a start

In Texas’ 4-1 win Friday at Houston, Feliz threw 51 balls among 100 pitches and was pulled after 4⅔ innings, one out shy of the five innings required to get a win.

Feliz, 24, is in his first season as a major league starter after he saved 72 games in two years as the Rangers’ closer. He is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA. He has 23 walks and 37 strikeouts in 42⅔ innings.

Angels’ Wells will be out 8-10 weeks after surgery

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells will undergo right thumb surgery Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined eight to 10 weeks.

The team said Monday that Wells will have surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament. He was hurt stealing second in the second inning of Sunday’s 3-2, 13-inning loss at San Diego.


Ailing Fish withdraws from French Open

PARIS — Tenth-ranked Mardy Fish and women’s No. 16 Andrea Petkovic are among several players who pulled out of the upcoming French Open on Monday.

Fish has not played a match for more than a month and organizers said the big-serving American has fatigue. Petkovic of Germany has a right ankle problem. They are being replaced by Canada’s Frank Dancevic and Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine.


Ratings on Fox down for Champions League final

NEW YORK — Chelsea’s penalty-kicks win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final got a 1.3 overnight rating and a 3 share on Fox, down 28 percent from the 1.8/5 for Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United last year.

Chelsea’s 4-3 shootout win following a 1-1 tie Saturday was up 18 percent from the 1.1/3 for Inter Milan’s 2-0 win over Bayern in 2010, the first Champions League final played on a Saturday.

Barcelona-Manchester United was a more attractive matchup, featuring stars Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney.

• Tackling corruption in soccer will again top FIFA’s agenda when the 208 members meet this week in Budapest, Hungary, for a congress that will also see the first woman appointed to the governing body’s executive committee.

Continuing FIFA’s efforts to restore its battered image after a series of corruption scandals, FIFA will announce Tuesday which independent officials will be brought in from outside the “football family” to spearhead new ethics and audit committees that are seen as key vehicles for genuine change.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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