Cincinnati's Latos day-to-day after straining calf in loss
Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos strained his left calf during a 7-4 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday, three days after the Reds learned that closer Ryan Madson needed reconstructive elbow surgery.
But Latos told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he expects to make his next start, which would probably be on Sunday.
"I'm alive," he told the newspaper. "I'm fine. I'm not one to talk about it. I'm fine. They looked at it. They iced it. This is just a precaution."
The Reds' No. 2 starter walked off the mound after throwing a pitch in the middle of the fifth inning. The Reds said he was day-to-day. Cincinnati acquired the ex-Padres starter in the off-season for former first-round picks Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal, starter Edinson Volquez and others.
Magic's group buying Dodgers for $2B
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has announced an agreement to sell the bankrupt team for $2 billion to a group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson and former Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten. The agreement, announced Tuesday night about five hours after Major League Baseball owners approved three finalists for the auction, is to lead to a transfer of the team by the end of April. It is subject to approval in federal bankruptcy court. Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, would become the controlling owner. The price would be easily a record for a North American sports franchise. As part of the agreement, the Dodgers said McCourt and "certain affiliates of the purchasers" would acquire the land surrounding Dodger Stadium for $150 million.
■ Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was cleared Tuesday to play again, more than a week after a bad-hop grounder broke a bone beneath his right eye. The third baseman is expected to return to the lineup within a couple of days, although Manager Jim Leyland hasn't committed to the exact date the AL batting champion will play.
Baffert 'training from bed'
Trainer Bob Baffert was moved out of intensive care a day after having a heart attack and is expected to be released from the hospital by Thursday. Baffert was in the United Arab Emirates to train Game on Dude for the Dubai World Cup this week. Bernie Schiappa, co-owner of Game On Dude, called the 59-year-old trainer's condition excellent on Tuesday and said he was already "training from bed" ahead of Saturday's race. He said Baffert was in good spirits, joking with friends and working closely on the preparations for Game on Dude, as well as The Factor, who is running in the $2 million Golden Shaheen. Schiappa said it was likely Baffert will go to the track to check on his horses once he's released.
"He would probably come here now," he said. "If he had his way, he would walk out now, but they won't let him. "
Meeks hits seven threes, scores 31
Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 31 points, and Jrue Holiday had 19 to lead the 76ers to a 103-85 victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Evan Turner scored 12 points for the Sixers, who moved a half-game ahead of Boston and back into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers have held the top spot in the Atlantic for all but a few days early in the season. The Sixers romped without forward Andre Iguodala, who missed his second straight game because of left patellar tendinitis. Meeks started in his place and hit seven of 10 three-point attempts. Meeks started the first 38 games of the season before Coach Doug Collins benched him with the Sixers in a 2-8 funk.
■ Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless is expected to miss the rest of the season after partially tearing a left-oblique muscle, Toronto said Tuesday. Bayless left Toronto's game against Orlando on Monday night with 5:25 left in the second quarter and did not return.
■ Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson has a torn tendon in his left foot and ankle and will probably miss the remainder of the season. Gibson initially hurt his ankle on March 19 against New Jersey.
UK softball takes on undefeated U of L
Kentucky will get a chance to knock off undefeated Louisville at the UK Softball Complex Wednesday. The Cardinals come to Lexington for the first of two meetings this season with a 27-0 record and a No. 11 ranking in the USA Today coaches' poll. U of L is the lone unbeaten team in Division I and are eighth in the nation in ERA at 1.13. They have outscored opponents 155-33. But the Cats (15-15) have won three of their last four, including two of three at No. 18 Auburn this past weekend. UK and U of L will play again at Louisville April 4.
Louisville football to play 7 home games
The Louisville football team will play seven games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in 2012, including four of the last six contests of the season, according to the schedule released Tuesday by the Big East Conference. The Cardinals will open the 2012 season at home against Kentucky on Sept. 1 and finish up at Rutgers on Nov. 29, their first appearance on ESPN's Thursday night game since 2006.
Union repeals 'junior rule' for agents
The NFL players' union has voted to repeal a rule that prohibited certified agents from having contact with college players until the students have been out of high school for three years. NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said Tuesday that player representatives from each team voted to eliminate the so-called "junior rule" last weekend. The rule was passed in 2007 by the NFLPA, not long after it was discovered that Reggie Bush and his family received cash and gifts from fledgling marketing agents before his junior year at Southern California. The idea was to limit agents' access to college players who were not eligible to enter the draft. Proponents of repealing the rule say that it keeps legitimate agents who can be better monitored away from underclassmen, while doing nothing to prevent those who have not been certified by the union from getting access.
Lewis won't rule out contract for Simpson
Coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday the Bengals are open to offering free-agent receiver Jerome Simpson another contract even though he could be headed to jail and faces a suspension from the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy. Lewis told reporters at the NFL's owners meetings on Tuesday that he wouldn't "rule it out." Simpson has spent his four NFL seasons with the Bengals. Simpson pleaded guilty on March 1 to a drug-related charge resulting from 2 pounds of marijuana shipped to his home in September. Prosecutors recommended a 60-day jail stay.
Payton confirms talks with Parcells
Speaking publicly for the first time since the Saints were sanctioned for targeting specific opponents with bounties, Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday he will soon decide whether to appeal his suspension. Payton also said he was meeting with former Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells, who lives near Palm Beach, site of the NFL meetings, to discuss possibly coaching next season.
"For me to be down here, if I didn't call him or try to set up a time to see him, I'd probably get his wrath," Payton said. "There's some things probably set up in the framework of our program that would be exactly how he would have set those things up had he been the head coach here in '06. So there's some carry-over that way."
The last word
Kentucky big man Anthony Davis walked back into the Cats' hotel in Atlanta at the South Regional when a young girl approached:
"She got on her knees and bowed down to me like I was a king and said, 'Bow to the Brow.' She was like 5 or 6. I just started laughing. Man, fans of all ages, Kentucky is crazy and I just love it."