Sports briefs 5/23/04

Sunday, May 23, 2004


  • New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi went on the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career Saturday, giving him two weeks to rest a sprained ankle as well as other aches and pains. Giambi hurt his right ankle when he stepped into a hole after rounding first base in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday night. X-rays showed there was no break, but he left the stadium with his foot wrapped and using crutches. Giambi is hitting .270 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Richie Sexson left Saturday's game against the Florida Marlins after aggravating a left shoulder injury that recently sidelined him for more than three weeks. Sexson, who had been on the disabled list until being activated before Friday night's game, left after drawing a walk in the sixth inning of Florida's 11-2 victory. He aggravated his shoulder while checking his swing on ball four. Sexson originally injured his shoulder while trying to check his swing April 28 against the Chicago Cubs.


  • Reggie Miller's one and only basket of the game came when the Indiana Pacers needed it most. After missing his first six shots, Miller drilled a 3-pointer with 31.7 seconds left. The shot broke the game's final tie and led Indiana past Detroit 78-74 Saturday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.


  • Former Brigham Young running back Marcus Whalen and BYU wide receiver Breyon Jones have been charged with robbery, assault and making a false statement to police. Whalen, 22, and Jones, 21, are suspected of beating up and taking cash from a mutual acquaintance named Yussufu Nsabimana during an April 14 argument over money. Nsabimana, 34, a native of Burundi, claims he was attacked twice on April 14 after he, Whalen, Jones and another acquaintance had been drinking at a Provo bar and the men argued. Police are treating third man as a witness, not as a suspect in the case.

  • Tradition might yet triumph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Going into the final round of time trials Sunday, it's going to take seven drivers to fill the traditional 33-car lineup for the May 30 race. By the end of Saturday's practice, six had rides and had turned laps on the 2 1/2-mile oval. There are more cars and drivers, if 11th-hour deals can be made. "I think there will be 33," said Sam Schmidt, who made a deal this week to lease a car from Penske Racing and hired Richie Hearn on Thursday to drive it. "There's so much gossip here, but I think it will get there." There have not been fewer than 33 starters in the 500 since only 30 took the green flag in 1947.


  • Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport was upset in the Strasbourg Open final Saturday by Luxembourg's Claudine Schaul, a 66th-ranked player who won her first title. Schaul produced the best performance of her career, winning 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 against a player who is ranked No. 4 and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament champion.

    -- From wire reports

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