September 17, 2013

Sports Digest

BASEBALL

Sea Dogs release schedule for next season; home opener is April 10 against Rock Cats

The Portland Sea Dogs open their 2014 Eastern League season on the road in Reading, Pa., with a game against the Fightin Phils on April 3. The Sea Dogs' home opener is a week later, a 6 p.m. game against the New Britain Rock Cats on April 10.

The 142-game schedule features 16 home games in August, including three of the five weekends in the month, and an eight-game homestand to end the season.

The Sea Dogs will be home on Mother's Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

AUTO RACING

INDYCAR: Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving NASCAR for a return to IndyCar, where he'll drive for Chip Ganassi rival Roger Penske.

The Colombian has agreed to join Team Penske next season as a teammate to current IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves and Will Power. He could also drive in some NASCAR races as part of the deal.

BASKETBALL

NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers signed 6-foot-7 forward Marcus Landry. The Milwaukee native has played in the NBA's D-League and in Puerto Rico, China, Spain and Venezuela over the past three years.

TENNIS

MOSELLE OPEN: American Sam Querrey rallied from down a set to beat Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 and reach the second round at Metz, France.

Querrey comes into the tournament after a disappointing second-round exit at the U.S. Open.

Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is seeded No. 1 and has a bye into the second round.

ST. PETERSBURG OPEN: Second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny advanced to the second round at St. Petersburg, Russia, rallying to beat fellow Russian Alsan Karatsev 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2.

Earlier Monday, 17-year-old Russian wild card Karen Khachanov, who is making his debut on the ATP Tour, beat Romanian veteran Victor Hanescu 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).

SUSPENDED: Former top-10 player Marin Cilic has been suspended nine months for a doping violation.

Cilic tested positive for nikethamide, a stimulant, at a tournament in Munich last spring. The ITF said it accepted the player's contention that he ingested the substance inadvertently in glucose tablets and was not trying to cheat.

SOCCER

ITALY: Superstar Kaka has asked AC Milan to stop paying his salary until he recovers from a thigh injury. In a video message, Kaka says he doesn't "want anything from Milan except for love and support until I am better."

The Brazilian is expected to be out for about a month. Kaka returned to Milan in the offseason, four years after leaving for Real Madrid in what was a world record transfer at the time.

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