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NEW YORK - Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field.

The Cubs won approval from Chicago's City Council last July for a $500 million renovation that would include installation of a 5,700-square-foot video scoreboard at Wrigley, which turns 100 on April 23. The team also wants to erect a 650-square-foot sign in right field with a guarantee neighboring rooftop owners won't slow construction with a lawsuit.

A member of the audience Tuesday at the MLB Diversity Business Summit asked a panel that included Ricketts about the Atlanta Braves' planned move in 2017 from downtown to suburban Cobb County and how the team could maintain a connection with the community near Turner Field. Ricketts said the Cubs have been trying to avoid such an issue.

"We've been approached by several suburban sites and alternatives to move the Cubs to a new ballpark," Ricketts said, "and although I haven't studied it thoroughly, I imagine that's probably an attractive proposition for us.

"But we've made it our priority to try to stay where we're at," he continued, "try to stay in the city because of what it does mean to the neighbors and what it does mean to the city, both economically and just from the standpoint of quality of life in general."

White Sox OF Garcia has surgery

CHICAGO - Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia had season-ending left shoulder surgery.

The White Sox said doctors at Rush Oak Park Hospital on Tuesday repaired a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in Garcia's left shoulder.

The 22-year-old Garcia was injured when he attempted a diving catch on April 9 at Colorado.

Cardinals activate Ellis from DL

MILWAUKEE - The St. Louis Cardinals activated Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the starting lineup at second base for Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ellis missed the first 13 games of the season with left knee tendinitis. He went 1 for 3 while playing five innings during a rehab game Sunday at Triple-A Memphis. Shortstop Pete Kozma was optioned to Triple-A on Monday night to make room for Ellis on the 25-man roster.

FOOTBALL

Hearing postponed in Sharper rape case

LOS ANGELES - A judge in Los Angeles has postponed a hearing on rape charges against former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper to await the results of an upcoming bail hearing in Arizona.

Sharper appeared briefly Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom in the case alleging he drugged and raped two women in West Hollywood last year. He has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody without bail. Superior Court Judge Renee Korn postponed the hearing, noting that Sharper's attorneys have proceedings in Arizona on Wednesday to set bail in a separate case alleging the former player sexually assaulted two women in Tempe.

Ex-Minnesota State coach returning

MINNEAPOLIS - The football coach fired from Minnesota State, Mankato said Tuesday he will return to his old job after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated, saying the decision wasn't easy but that it would help him and his family heal.

Todd Hoffner was fired last May for reasons undisclosed at the time. But the dismissal came after he had been accused - then cleared - of having pornographic images of his children on a work-issued cellphone, accusations he called the "most ridiculous things I've ever heard in my life."

49ers sign Brandon Lloyd to 1-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract. San Francisco selected Lloyd in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He played for the 49ers from 2003-05.

Lloyd has also played for the Washington Redskins (2006-07), Chicago Bears (2008), Denver Broncos (2009-11), St. Louis Rams (2011) and New England Patriots (2012) during his career before sitting out last season.

BASKETBALL

Cal hires Tennessee's Martin as coach

BERKELEY, Calif. - California hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as its head coach.

Cal announced Martin's hiring Tuesday. He replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley. Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season. He was previously the coach at Missouri State.

Michigan losing Stauskas, Robinson to NBA

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III have decided to enter the NBA draft. Mitch McGary has not decided if he will stay in school or go pro. McGary was not made available for interviews after his teammates had a news conference.

Western Illinois hires Wright as coach

MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois hired Billy Wright as its basketball coach. Wright joins a team that went 10-20 this season. He succeeds Jim Molinari, who resigned last week. Wright was an assistant under Molinari before working as an assistant at Ball State last season.

Gordon, Johnson declare for NBA draft

Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson are leaving Arizona for the NBA. One of the top freshmen during the 2013-14 season, Gordon was widely expected to leave after one season in Tucson. Johnson built up his draft stock with a superb junior season, earning numerous All-America honors and the Pac-12 player of year award.

Hardaway leads Knicks past Nets

NEW YORK - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and the New York Knicks, playing without the injured Carmelo Anthony, beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-98 on Tuesday night to win the season series between city rivals.

The Knicks prevented the Nets from clinching the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and won their third straight in their too-little, too-late strong finish. Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each added 14 points.

Deng wins NBA citizenship award

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Luol Deng has spent much of his adult life trying to give back to his native South Sudan, the war-torn African nation the Cavaliers forward and his family fled when he was a young boy. On Tuesday, Deng was commended for his compassion and dedication when he was named the winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given annually to an NBA player, coach or trainer for outstanding community service.

The Associated Press

 

April 16, 2014

 

 
 

 

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