Sports briefs: Mar. 28

March 28, 2013 

BASEBALL

McCarver says this seasonis his last in broadcast booth

Tim McCarver's 2013 season will be his 34th and final one as a baseball broadcaster. McCarver, 71, Fox's No. 1 analyst since 1996, said Wednesday: "Timing is everything. I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and be proud of the job I've done."

He said that he was healthy and that he had no plans to work part time at Fox or Fox Sports 1, the cable sports network that will start in mid-August. He said he had been contemplating the choice not to renew his contract for the past two years."

McCarver played for four teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies, over 21 seasons. He then quickly started a broadcasting career. He has called 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games, and in 2012 he received the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.

Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes will join Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on New York's disabled list for the start of the season. Manager Joe Girardi announced the decision after watching Hughes pitch in his second minor-league exhibition game since returning from a bulging disk in his upper back.

Edinson Volquez was wild in his warm-up to start the Padres' opener, walking six as the Cincinnati Reds beat San Diego 7-3 Wednesday in Goodyear, Ariz.

Shin-Soo Choo's second home run of the spring was the first hit allowed by Volquez. Ryan Ludwick hit his first homer this spring, a three-run drive for the Reds. Joey Votto added his fourth home run.

Mike Leake pitched six strong innings for Reds, giving up one run and five hits. He struck out four and walked none.

Forbes estimated the Yankees have the highest value in Major League Baseball for the 16th straight year at $2.3 billion. The Los Angeles Dodgers are second in MLB at $1.62 billion — nearly $400 million below the price paid for the team last May.


OBITUARIES

Ex-Vols center Boerwinkle dies at 67

Even though he was 7 feet tall, Tom Boerwinkle never thought he'd play college basketball. The NBA? A pipe dream.

Yet Mr. Boerwinkle did both and did them well. Mr. Boerwinkle died Tuesday in Illinois at 67 after a lengthy bout with MDS, a form of leukemia. The Ohio native was a lightly regarded high school player at tiny Millersburg Military Institute in Kentucky, but Coach Ray Mears thought his height was worth a gamble. Mr. Boerwinkle arrived at Tennessee in 1964, became a two-time All-SEC first-teamer, a Helms Foundation All-American in 1968 and a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bulls. He played 10 years with the Bulls, then became a member of the club's radio broadcast team.

"Tom was a once-in-a-lifetime guy," UT teammate Billy Justus said. "Despite his sheer size and presence, he was as genuine and loyal as can be. ... What a gentle giant we've lost."


NFL

Lattimore draws cheers at S.C. pro day

Marcus Lattimore did a series of exercises in Columbia, S.C., designed to show the NFL the progress of his surgically repaired knee. He dislocated the knee and tore several ligaments against Tennessee last October. He did step-ups, box jumps, deep-knee bends, forward and backward lunges and one-legged balancing drills while holding weights for a group that included Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals, the only head coach at the workouts.

Lattimore received a loud cheer from former teammates and coaches, and evaluators from the 31 NFL teams attending Wednesday's workouts. He hopes he answered enough questions to gain a spot in next month's NFL draft.

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier said Lattimore's workout was remarkable given how badly damaged the knee was.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Appy State, Ga. Southern to Sun Belt

Appalachian State and Georgia Southern University announced on Wednesday they will rise to the Football Bowl Subdivision in moving from the Southern Conference to the Sun Belt Conference effective July 1, 2014.

They will leave the Football Championship Subdivision as two of the most successful programs in history, with Georgia Southern holding a record six national titles and Appalachian State ranking third with three. Although both programs will keep their 2013 schedules intact, they will go above the FCS scholarship limit of 63 and become ineligible for either the SoCon title or a national playoff berth.

East Carolina will join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East as an all-sports member, instead of just for football as originally planned.


SOCCER

U.S. earns rare point in draw in Mexico

The United States held on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico in Mexico City on Tuesday. The draw moves the U.S. into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference, which also has four points.

Mexico Coach Manuel de la Torre is sure to come under fire after a third straight draw. El Tri had plenty of chances but couldn't finish. The Americans are 0-13-2 in World Cup qualifiers in Mexico, with their only other point — also from a 0-0 draw — coming in 1997.

The scoreless tie more than doubled the previous high viewership for a World Cup qualifier on an ESPN network. The game was watched by 2.385 million people on ESPN, which said the previous high was 1.191 million for a 2009 U.S.-Mexico match on ESPN2.


UK SPORTS

Track team saving soles again

The third annual University of Kentucky Track & Field Shoe Drive is under way, to run through May 10. UK track athletes are collecting shoes of any type, size or condition, to be recycled to people in need domestically and abroad. In its first two years, the drive netted about 5,000 pairs of shoes, recycled in partnership with Nashville-based Soles4Souls. Collection sites on campus are the Johnson Recreation Center, Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (in Memorial Coliseum), Shively Training Center and the sixth floor of the Patterson Office Tower. Off campus, shoes can be donated at the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government offices, 200 East Main Street. Pickups also can be arranged by contacting Josh Nadzam via email at joshnadzam@gmail.com.


ETC.

Pistorius' brother pleads not guilty

Carl Pistorius, the brother of Paralympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide for the death of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road collision. Carl Pistorius is accused of driving an SUV recklessly in March 2008, when he hit the motorcyclist, resulting in her death six days later.

Former Puerto Rican world champion boxer Wilfredo Gomez is in critical condition in a hospital following respiratory failure, a family spokesman said in San Juan.


The last word

Joe Buck, Tim McCarver's booth-mate at Fox, said McCarver was as important to him as his father, Jack, who died in 2002 and who was McCarver's baseball broadcasting partner at CBS.

"I don't want to do these games without Tim. ... What makes him great is that he doesn't let criticism bother him. ... He doesn't mind if a manager or player doesn't like what he says because he feels that what he says is well thought out and said for the right reason. He has taught me more about handling that stuff than anybody else."

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