MLB: Ump suspended for blown call
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth for two games on Friday because he was in charge of the crew that allowed Astros manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning.
Culbreth and the rest of his crew — Brian O’Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson — also were fined an undisclosed amount, after MLB admitted its umps goofed for the second straight day.
“The rule covering pitching changes was not applied correctly by the umpiring crew,” MLB said in a statement.
The problem in Houston came a day after Angel Hernandez and his crew in Cleveland failed to reverse a clear-cut home run after looking at a video review. MLB vice president Joe Torre said the umpires made an “improper call.”
Report: Hinkie to join Sixers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 76ers crunched the numbers and decided to put the franchise in the hands of an analytics guru.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Sixers have hired Sam Hinkie as team president and general manager. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not expected to become official until next week.
Hinkie, the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Houston Rockets, was the top choice by owner Joshua Harris to oversee the rebuilding of the beleaguered franchise.
Busch wins Nationwide race
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch took the lead from Joey Logano 18 laps from the end to win his fifth Nationwide race this season and second in three years at Darlington Raceway.
The victory also capped a dominant showing by the Busch boys at the track “Too Tough To Tame.” Older brother Kurt set a qualifying record to win the pole for Saturday night’s Southern 500. Kyle was third in Sprint Cup qualifying before dominating the Nationwide race.
Breaststrokers lead swimmers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jessica Hardy and Mike Alexandrov took a pair of breaststroke wins on the second night of the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte.
They swept the 50- and 100-meter events in their signature strokes, tuning up for the world championships this summer.
Allison Schmitt, who won three golds and a silver at the London Olympics last year, powered to an easy win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 58.76 seconds. Matt McLean took the men’s 200 free, while Ryan Lochte struggled to a sixth-place finish wearing only a pink brief.
U.S. dominates track meet
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Victories by Justin Gatlin and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese helped the United States dominate the season-opening Diamond League, with the Americans winning almost half of the events.
American rivals Jamaica managed only one victory — with two-time Olympic 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce winning the 200 meters.
American athletes won six of the 16 events and there were meet records for Olympic women’s long jump champion Reese and Ryan Whiting in the men’s shot put. Reese leapt 23 feet, 9 inches, and Whiting threw 73.1 in an event in which Olympic gold medalist Tomasz Majewski finished sixth.