Goalie Visentin returns to Pirates after three-game rehab stint in ECHL

The Portland Pirates recalled goalie Mark Visentin from the Gwinnett Gladiators on Wednesday and sent goalie Mike Lee to the ECHL team.

Visentin spent the weekend with the Gladiators on a rehab assignment after he was sidelined for more than a month because of an lower-body injury. On Sunday, he made 26 saves in a 3-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears.


IDITAROD: Organizers said changes are planned for the 1,000-mile trek after a dog was buried in snow by extreme winds and suffocated.

Race officials said they also plan to meet with the owners of 5-year-old Dorado. The dog was found dead at a checkpoint last week, days after it was removed from the race because it was moving stiffly.

Changes planned include construction of dog shelters at two major checkpoints for dogs and more frequent checks on the animals.


WORLD CUP: Clint Dempsey will be the U.S. captain for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he chose Dempsey because the striker “has been huge for us in World Cup qualifying so far.” Dempsey leads the Americans with six goals in seven games in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He is second on the all-time U.S. list with 11 in 27 World Cup qualifiers.


SONY OPEN: Three-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the second round, beating Joao Sousa 6-1, 7-6 (3) at Key Biscayne, Fla.

Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2006 women’s champion, beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain, 6-3, 6-3.


LPGA: Defending champion and formerly top-ranked Yani Tseng was dropped from the Kia Classic field after missing her 9:10 a.m. pro-am tee time at Carlsbad, Calif.

“I’m embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t feeling well last night and accidentally overslept and missed my tee time for the pro-am this morning,” Tseng said in a statement released by the tour. “This was an unfortunate mistake and I want to apologize to Kia, my sponsors and all of the fans.”

On Sunday, Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix to end Tseng’s 109-week run at No. 1.

RYDER CUP: In his first big move since he was appointed U.S. captain last year, Tom Watson said he would take the top nine players off the Ryder Cup standings and select three players as captain’s picks. For the last three matches, only eight Americans qualified for the team and the U.S. captain had four picks.

EUROPEAN TOUR: A 12-year-old Chinese boy will become the youngest player to compete in a tour event after qualifying for the Volvo China Open.

Ye Wocheng finished third in one of the four 36-hole regional qualifiers for the China Open, which starts May 2 and is jointly sanctioned by the European Tour. He carded a 68.

— From staff and news services