Archive for Monday, May 23, 2011

Suspect in fan beating 31-year-old L.A. man

May 23, 2011


— Los Angeles police have released the name of a suspect in the Dodger Stadium beating of a San Francisco Giants fan two months ago.

Police said in a statement Sunday night that 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez of Los Angeles has been booked for assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1 million bail.

Police say Ramirez was taken into custody early Sunday morning as detectives and SWAT team members working on a tip from a parole officer served a search warrant at an apartment building.

Chief Charlie Beck did not know if Ramirez had hired an attorney, and police released no further information on him.

Beck called Ramirez the “primary aggressor” in the March 31 beating by two men of Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic who remains in critical condition in a San Francisco Hospital.


Cubs place OF Byrd on DL

Boston — Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to multiple facial fractures after he was beaned in Saturday’s victory over Boston.

Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said Byrd was released from a Boston hospital and was expected to fly home with the team following Sunday night’s series finale. It’s uncertain how long he’ll be sidelined.

Phillies activate 2B Utley

Philadelphia — Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will be activated off the 15-day disabled list before today’s game against Cincinnati. The five-time All-Star returned to the team Sunday. Utley hasn’t played this season because of tendinitis in his right knee.

Hamilton, Cruz to rejoin Rangers

Philadelphia — Texas Rangers outfielders Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz are expected to be activated off the disabled list in time for today’s home game against the Chicago White Sox.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Hamilton (broken bone in upper right arm) and Cruz (strained right quad) will be in the lineup today if they didn’t suffer setbacks on Sunday in the final game of their minor-league rehab assignments.

College Basketball

St. John’s Polee II to transfer

New York — St. John’s forward Dwayne Polee II says he plans to transfer so he can help his family “get through a health issue.”

Polee’s departure means the Red Storm will have only one returning scholarship letter-winner next season in junior Malik Stith. Polee played in all 33 games as a freshman, starting 27 and averaging 4.4 points.


Cilic eliminated from French Open

Paris — Marin Cilic became the first seeded player to be eliminated from the French Open, losing to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4, Sunday in the first round.

The 19th-seeded Cilic, who reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, is a former top-10 player. But he had 67 unforced errors in the match and was broken five times.

Auto Racing

Hight gives John Force No. 200

Topeka — Robert Hight gave John Force Racing its 200th victory, beating teammate Mike Neff in the Funny Car final Sunday in the NHRA Summer Nationals.

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Shane Gray (Pro Stock) also won.

Stenhouse Jr. victorious in Iowa

Newton, Iowa — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. held off Sprint Cup drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski to win Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide series race in Iowa, becoming the first series regular to pick up a victory this season.

Stenhouse took the lead from Edwards 233 laps into the 250-lap event at Iowa Speedway and held off the only Cup regulars in the field for his first career Nationwide win.


At long last, Toms triumphs

Fort Worth, Texas — David Toms was beginning to wonder if he could ever win again on the PGA Tour. Now he has the most satisfying victory of all.

More than five years after he last won, a week after losing in a playoff and a day after blowing a seven-stroke lead at Colonial to go into the final round trailing, the 44-year-old Toms shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday to win at Hogan’s Alley.

“I’m not dreaming, am I? This is actually happening, right?” Toms asked when he entered the interview room wearing the championship plaid jacket. “Wow, I didn’t know if this day would ever come again.”

Ishikawa receives U.S. Open spot

Fort Worth, Texas — Ryo Ishikawa is among seven players who no longer have to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Ishikawa closed with a 64 on Sunday, and while he lost in a playoff at the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open in Japan, his runner-up finish moved him up four spots to No. 49 in the world and earned him a spot at Congressional on June 16-19 for the U.S. Open.

The top 50 in the next world ranking are exempt from U.S. Open qualifying. Matteo Manassero and Peter Hanson also got in through the ranking.

Poulter denies Donald No. 1 spot

Casares, Spain — Ian Poulter denied Luke Donald the top spot in the world ranking, beating the fellow Englishman 2 and 1 in the final of the World Match Play Championship.

The second-ranked Donald could have risen to No. 1 for the first time, supplanting compatriot Lee Westwood if he’d won the tournament.

Pettersen ends 20-month drought

Gladstone, N.J. — Suzann Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr 1-up to win the Sybase Match Play Championship on Sunday, ending a 20-month victory drought.

Leading 1-up and with Kerr facing a 10-foot birdie attempt, Pettersen curled in a left-to-right 15-footer for birdie to seal the victory at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.

Mulroy prevails in BMW playoff

Greer, S.C. — South Africa’s Garth Mulroy won the BMW Charity Pro-Am for his second Nationwide Tour title, beating Sunghoon Kang on the first hole of a playoff when the South Korean missed a three-foot par putt.

Hoey tops at Madeira Islands

Porto Santo, Madeira Islands — Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey won the Madeira Islands Open for his second European Tour title, closing with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory.


Horner cruises at Tour of Calif.

Thousand Oaks, Calif. — Chris Horner won the Tour of California with a solid performance in the final stage Sunday, holding off RadioShack teammate Levi Leipheimer by 38 seconds.

The 39-year-old Horner was the oldest rider to complete the race, crossing the finish line with both hands thrust into the air near the back of the huge peloton.

Contador extends Giro lead

Val Di Fassa, Italy — Alberto Contador extended his already commanding lead, and fellow Spaniard Mikel Nieve Ituralde won the grueling 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday.

A member of an early breakaway, Nieve clocked 7 hours, 27 minutes, 14 seconds over the five major climbs lining the 142-mile route from Conegliano to Gardeccia Val di Fassa.

Stefano Garzelli, the 2000 Giro winner, also was in the breakaway and crossed second, 1:41 behind, and Contador was third, 1:51 back.


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