Major League Baseball
Reds' new closer, Madson, to miss all of 2012 season
Instead of closing for the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Madson will miss the 2012 season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow. Madson returned to Cincinnati and was examined by team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Reds said Saturday that Kremchek told General Manager Walt Jocketty the ligament was torn from the bone of Madson's right elbow.
Madson agreed in January to a one-year contract guaranteeing $8.5 million, after a $44 million, four-year deal to stay with Philadelphia collapsed in November.
The 31-year old reported discomfort in his elbow at the start of spring training but insisted it was an annual ailment that he had always worked through. He didn't pitch in any exhibition games.
Madson pitched batting practice Tuesday and had been scheduled to throw again on Friday.
"He looked very good on Tuesday. He felt some tightness the next day," Jocketty said. "He felt fine all spring until lately. Even after he sat out for a little bit and came back he felt real good. After the live session the other day it felt tight but even when he left the other day, he felt fine."
Sean Marshall, obtained from the Chicago Cubs in December, becomes a leading candidate for closer. Hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman could be shifted to a bullpen role.
Chapman had his best outing of the spring on Saturday as the Reds beat the Padres 6-0 in a game between split squads. Chapman struck out five batters and limited the Padres to four hits in five scoreless innings. The left-hander, who walked 41 batters in 50 innings last season, issued one free pass during a 78-pitch effort.
Chapman attributed Saturday's success to taking less time in between pitches, a suggestion both his coaches and teammates made. "I've been working on the command of my pitches and controlling the location," Chapman said through a translator. "One of things I did today was working faster. I've been listening to my teammates and coaches talking about taking less time between pitches and it was working today."
■ Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will miss the start of his farewell season. Two days after Jones announced this will be his final year, the Braves said Saturday that Jones needs arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee.
■ Trying to earn a bench spot with the Marlins, Austin Kearns homered in the second inning of Florida's 4-1 loss to Boston's split squad. Kearns, who starred in high school at Lafayette, leads the team with three homers and seven RBI during the spring.
■ Justin Morneau hit his first two homers of spring training and the Minnesota Twins connected five times in a 19-4 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays. Rookie of the Year winner Jeremy Hellickson gave up 10 runs and 11 hits, including three home runs.
High school Bowling
Scott County rolls at first state tourney
Scott County was the big winner in the first KHSAA-sanctioned state high school bowling championships.
The Cardinals' boys, led by senior Brandon Hatton, won the team title on Thursday. Hatton also won the individual title on Friday. The top-seeded Hatton beat fourth-seeded Kiefer Hillerich of Manual by one pin (269-268) in the finals match.
Scott County also had the girls' individual champ, Tori Doyle. The junior beat top-seeded Megan Hedgespeth of Taylor County by 14 pins (225-211) in the finals at Executive Strike and Spare in Louisville.
In the team competition, Scott County's boys beat Fern Creek in the finals, and Pleasure Ridge Park's girls beat Bryan Station.
Woods in the lead by one at Bay Hill
One swing cost Tiger Woods a comfortable lead at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. All that mattered to him was that his name was atop the leader board at the end of the day, leaving him one round away from winning on the PGA Tour for the first time in 30 months.
If anything, Saturday showed that it won't be easy in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In two holes, Woods went from a four-shot lead to briefly tied with Graeme McDowell after a bizarre chain of events that featured a young man passing out and a woman screaming, all in the middle of Woods' swing on the 15th tee.
Woods hooked his tee shot out-of-bounds and made a double bogey. But he followed that with a birdie from a fairway bunker on the par-5 16th to restore his lead, and then hung on for a 1-under 71 that gave him a one-shot lead over McDowell.
■ Top-ranked Yani Tseng remained in position for her second straight LPGA Tour title and third in five events this year, shooting a bogey-free 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.
Sports in the courts
Sandusky called 'likely pedophile' in '98
A psychologist who looked into a 1998 allegation against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky told police at the time that his behavior fit the profile of a likely pedophile, NBC News reported Saturday. Yet Sandusky was not criminally charged, nor placed on a state registry of suspected child abusers, and prosecutors say he continued assaulting boys for more than a decade until his arrest in November.
NBC obtained a copy of the campus police department's investigatory report on an encounter in which Sandusky was accused of having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old boy with whom he had showered naked on the Penn State campus.
The police file includes the report of State College psychologist Alycia Chambers, who interviewed and provided counseling to the boy. "My consultants agree that the incidents meet all of our definitions, based on experience and education, of a likely pedophile's pattern of building trust and gradual introduction of physical touch, within a context of a 'loving,' 'special' relationship," Chambers wrote.
However, a second psychologist, John Seasock, concluded that Sandusky had neither assaulted the boy nor fit the profile of a pedophile. Chambers and Seasock did not immediately return phone messages left at their offices Saturday.
U.S. soccer loses; must-win game next
Doneil Henry and Lucas Cavallini each scored as Canada beat the United States 2-0 Saturday for its first win over the Americans since 1992 in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament in Nashville. The Americans could have clinched a berth in the semifinals on March 31 in Kansas City, Kansas. Those winners qualify for the London games. Instead, they now must beat El Salvador, a 4-0 winner over Cuba earlier Saturday, to advance.
■ The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Indianapolis defensive end Jamaal Anderson and agreed to another contract with defensive tackle Pat Sims, who had been an unrestricted free agent.
■ Joey Logano won the Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Logano's 10th career Nationwide win Saturday also extended Joe Gibbs Racing's streak of eight consecutive Nationwide victories in Fontana.
■ John Allen led five players in double figures with 14 points, and Western Washington won its first Division II title, beating Montevallo, Ala. 72-65 at Northern Kentucky University. Western Washington (31-5) held on behind Allen, one of the nation's most accurate free-throw shooters at 88.7 percent. He made four in a row to end Montevallo's late comeback.
The last word
NASCAR Nationwide driver Tayler Malsam, who finished 16th on Saturday at Fontana, Calif., just turned 23 last month, and his off-week plans are fitting for a guy with his baby face: He's going to Disneyland.
"I'm just a huge Disney fan, so I'm going to be out here spending as much time as I can with all those characters."