December 4, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Traded The Los Angeles Angels traded catcher Jeff Mathis to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday for left-hander Brad Mills. Although Mathis is a strong defensive catcher, he batted just .174 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 2011. He is batting .194 with 26 homers since starting his major league career in 2007. The Angels acquired catcher Chris Iannetta from Colorado last Wednesday. Mills made four starts for the Blue Jays last season, going 1-2 with a 9.82 ERA. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, going 11-9 in 24 starts.

Committed Two weeks after vilifying two former ballboys who accused longtime assistant Bernie Fine of child molestation, Syracuse Orange men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim said he’ll campaign against child abuse even though he knows his motives will be questioned. “We believed in helping kids long before this. I’m sure people are always going to question why you do something, but we’re going to do this and continue to do it,” Boeheim said in a phone interview with the AP. “We don’t do it for what people might say.” The comments came a day after a postgame press conference in which a drawn-looking Boeheim apologized in a halting voice for initially disparaging the men who accused Fine of molesting them as minors. Fine has denied the allegations.

Rallied Italian Francesca Schiavone defeated both Venus and Serena Williams in singles before the sisters rallied to win the doubles in an exhibition in Milan. Schiavone defeated Venus 7-5, 7-3, then countered a strong comeback from Serena to defeat the younger sibling 7-3, 8-10, 8-6. The Williams sisters teamed up to beat Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta 3-7, 8-6, 8-6.

Hired Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino says UAB hired Razorbacks offensive coordinator Garrick McGee as head coach. Petrino issued a statement congratulating McGee on landing the job. A UAB spokesman says he hasn’t heard of a hiring. The Blazers fired Neil Callaway after he concluded his fifth season without posting a winning record.

Recovering Boxer Wladimir Klitschko’s promoter Bernd Boente says the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion is recovering well after undergoing an operation to remove a kidney stone. Boente told a German news agency that Klitschko could leave the Duesseldorf hospital after the surgery on Saturday. Klitschko is scheduled to fight French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck in Duesseldorf on Saturday. Boente said the bout was still on as long as there were no further complications. The 35-year-old Klitschko suffered abdominal pains at his training camp in Austria on Friday.


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