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Sidelined Phillies closer Brad Lidge is expected to miss three to six weeks after an MRI exam 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.

Fired The Seattle Thunderbirds are looking for a new coach. The Western Hockey League team announced it won’t renew the contract of head coach Rob Sumner for the 2011-12 season. The Thunderbirds finished tied with Kamloops for last in the Western Conference with a 27-35-10 record.

• The Fiesta Bowl will be asked to justify its inclusion in the BCS after organizers for the Arizona game fired president and CEO John Junker for “an apparent scheme” to reimburse employees for political contributions and “an apparent conspiracy” to cover it up.

Agreed Pitcher Chad Billingsley and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a four-year contract worth about $41.3 million. A first-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2003 draft, Billingsley has posted a winning record in each of his five major league seasons.

Accused Police in a Dallas suburb issued an arrest warrant for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, accusing him of firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend. Garland police said they believe Talib and his mother, Okolo Talib, shot at the man March 21. The man wasn’t injured. Police said Aqib Talib is set to turn himself in later this week.

Terminated Rick Ware Racing terminated Jeffrey Earnhardt’s contract, alleging the 21-year-old driver has been talking to other teams about a new ride. Team owner Rick Ware also alleged that Earnhardt, the grandson of the late seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, is trying to entice the team’s sponsor to leave with him.

Arrested Motocross star James “Bubba” Stewart has been arrested in Orlando, Fla., after authorities said he tried to pull over two off-duty highway patrol troopers while imperson- ating a police officer. The 25-year-old Stewart was arrested Monday night along with 44-year-old Quinault Jehrrod.



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