April 2, 2012 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Feud Cleveland pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez nailed former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow during an exhibition game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sunday, carrying their feud onto the field and causing the Indians and Colorado Rockies to clear the benches. Tulowitzki left after being hit in the left elbow by Jimenez’s first pitch. The Rockies star was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays. Jimenez sprang off the mound after hitting Tulowitzki in the first inning, motioning toward him. The benches emptied, but there were no ejections. Jimenez recently told The Denver Post that he was upset he didn’t receive a contract extension while Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez got new deals. Jimenez was traded by Colorado to the Indians last summer. Tulowitzki was quoted in the same story as basically saying Jimenez needs to get over his frustration and get on with his career.

Hired Mississippi State has hired Clemson assistant Rick Ray to be its next men’s basketball coach. The university announced Ray’s hiring on Sunday and scheduled a press conference for this morning. Ray, 40, has been the top assistant at Clemson for the past two seasons. The Tigers won 22 games and went to the NCAA tournament in 2011. He also spent four years as an assistant at Purdue under Matt Painter and seven seasons as an assistant at Indiana State.

Died Former New York Cosmos star Giorgio Chinaglia died of complications from a heart attack Sunday. The Italian soccer great was 65. Chinaglia died at his home in Naples, Fla., his son, Anthony, said through family friend Charlie Stillitano, who was Chinaglia’s co-host on a Sirius XM radio show. Chinaglia was the all-time leading scorer in the North American Soccer League after starring with the Italian club Lazio. He scored 262 goals in eight seasons with the Cosmos that began in 1976. Chinaglia helped Lazio win its first Italian title in 1974 and later became the club’s president. He played for Italy at the 1974 World Cup.

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