Brown missing start with elbow injury
LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Kevin Brown will miss his next scheduled start due to swelling in his pitching elbow.
Brown left Saturday night's game against the San Diego Padres in the second inning due to a "burning sensation" in his elbow.
He was examined Monday by Dr. Frank Jobe and an MRI showed some dislodging of scar tissue, but no damage to the ligament or the tendon. Brown underwent surgery on Sept. 27 to repair a torn flexor muscle in the right elbow.
Lefthander Omaar Daal will replace Brown in the rotation for Thursday's game against San Diego. The 37-year-old Brown will not resume throwing until the swelling in the elbow subsides.
Brown is in the fourth season of a seven-year, $105 million contract and has a 42-20 record with Los Angeles. He is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in three starts this season. Limited to 19 starts last season, Brown went 10-4 with a 2.65 ERA.
76ers place Coleman on injured list
PHILADELPHIA, April 16 (UPI) -- Derrick Coleman will rest his hyperextended left knee until the playoffs as the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday placed their second leading scorer on the injured list and activated center Jabari Smith.
Coleman did not play in Sunday's game at Orlando when the 76ers clinched a playoff berth with a 95-89 victory over the Magic and has missed seven of Philadelphia's last 21 games due to his ailing left knee. The 6-10 Coleman averaged 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 58 games this season.
The 76ers (43-37) moved into a tie with Orlando for the fourth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference which carries homecourt advantage in the first round. But the Magic have the tiebreaker advantage, winning the season series, 3-1.
Smith had been on the injured list since March 1 with a left ankle sprain. He has played in just nine games with the Sixers, averaging 3.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.7 minutes.
Team Motorola fined by CART
LONG BEACH, Calif., April 16 (UPI) -- CART has fined Team Motorola and race winner Michael Andretti $20,000 following a post-race inspection failed at Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The infraction discovered was that Andretti's Honda/Reynard did not meet the minimum underbody height requirement known as the "2-inch rule" although his car conformed to the rule in a pre-race inspection.
Team Motorola and Andretti retain the victory and the 21 points earned. It was Andretti's 42nd career CART victory which is top among active drivers.
Kenyans dominate Boston Marathon
BOSTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Margaret Okayo, one of the hottest women marathoners in the world, led Kenya to dominating one-two victories in both the men's and women's divisions with a record-setting performance Monday in the 106th running of the Boston Marathon.
Okayo, 25, pulled away from two-time defending champion Catherine Ndereba in the final miles to win in 2:20:42, beating the previous record of 2:21:45 set in 1994 by Germany's Uta Pippig.
Under perfect running conditions of overcast skies and temperatures in the 50s, Okayo won her fourth marathon in six tries, adding Boston to her record-setting victory in the New York Marathon.
The men's race also featured a duel between Kenyans, who until last year had won 10 Boston Marathons in a row. Rogers Rop, 29, returned Kenya to the winner's circle by pulling away from countryman Christopher Cherboiboch, 25, in the final miles. Lee Bon Ju of Korea, who last year broke the Kenyans' victory streak in Boston, fell back from the lead pack of five runners--all Kenyans--with about six miles to go.
Astros place Miller on disabled list
HOUSTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Houston Astros righthander Wade Miller was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in his neck area Monday and placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Astros announced Saturday that Miller would miss at least one start due to neck spasms and a "dead" right arm. After Monday's diagnosis, the decision was made to place Miller on the DL, retroactive to Saturday. Further tests will be conducted on Tuesday.
Miller allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings in a 7-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
Over the weekend, manager Jimy Williams named lefthander Carlos Hernandez to replace Miller as the starter for Wednesday's game at Cincinnati.
The team leader with 16 wins last season, Miller is off to an 0-2 start with a 9.00 ERA in three starts.
Broncos sign free agent T Salaam
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 16 (UPI) -- The Denver Broncos Monday signed free agent tackle Ephraim Salaam, who started 55 of 60 games in four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Broncos plan to move right tackle Matt Lepsis to left tackle, opening up the right side. Trey Teague struggled at left tackle last season and has not been re-signed by Denver.
Salaam, 25, will compete with Cooper Carlisle for the starting job on the right side. The 6-7, 300-pounder started 13 of 14 games last season with Atlanta, missing two with a sprained ankle. Atlanta was unhappy with Salaam's play last season and signed free agent tackle Todd Weiner from Seattle.
A seventh-round pick in 1998, Salaam is one of only four players in NFL history to start 19 games in his rookie season, combining the regular season and playoffs.
Dechy beats Raymond in first round
CHARLESTON, S.C., April 16 (UPI) -- Nathalie Dechy of France handed 14th-seeded American Lisa Raymond her fourth straight loss on clay, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, Monday in the first round of the Family Circle Cup tennis event.
Raymond, who captured a hardcourt event in Memphis in February, opened her clay campaign last week with a first-round loss to Jill Craybas at Amelia Island. She has not won on the surface since reaching the quarterfinals at Madrid last May.
The other seeded players in action Monday--Tatiana Panova of Russia and Francesca Schiavone of Italy--were also ousted. Meilen Tu of the United States beat No. 15 Panova, 6-3, 6-4, and Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian of Switzerland defeated Schiavone, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
In other matches, Craybas downed fellow American Lilia Osterloh, 6-2, 6-0; Croatian Iva Majoli beat Germany's Bianka Lamade, 7-5, 6-3; Russia's Anastasia Myskina defeated Spain's Gala Leon Garcia, 6-2, 6-3; Alexandra Fusai of Italy downed Nicole Pratt of Australia, 6-4, 6-1; American Jennifer Hopkins beat Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 6-1 and Argentine qualifier Clarisa Fernandez defeated Slovakia's Henrieta Nagyova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Amy Frazier of the United States beat Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine, 6-4, 6-2; Israel's Anna Smashnova defeated German Greta Arn, 6-2, 6-0 and Elena Likhovtseva of Russia downed Adriana Serra-Zanetti of Italy, 6-3, 6-2.
Jennifer Capriati of the United States is the defending champion and top seed. Capriati has reached the final in her last three tournaments, winning her second straight Australian Open but losing to countrywoman Serena Williams at Scottsdale and Miami.
Williams is seeded third this week, behind No. 2 Monica Seles, and could meet Capriati in the semifinals here. She defeated Martina Hingis, older sister Venus Williams, and Capriati en route to the Miami crown two weeks ago.
Rams get Wilkins from Colts
ST. LOUIS, April 16 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Rams, seeking to replace departed free agent Az-Zahir Hakim, acquired receiver-returner Terrence Wilkins from the Indianapolis Colts Monday for an undisclosed draft pick.
Wilkins caught 119 passes for 1,466 yards and seven touchdowns, despite starting only 22 of 41 career games in three seasons with the Colts, and averaged 9.3 yards on 91 punt returns, including three touchdowns, and 22.0 yards on 110 kickoff returns, including a 97-yard score.
Wilkins, 26, caught 34 passes for 332 yards with the Colts last season and will benefit from St. Louis' spread offense as the third or fourth receiver behind starters Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. The Rams have yet to re-sign veteran receiver Ricky Proehl.
The 5-10, 180-pound Wilkins will also likely serve as the Rams' primary returner. Hakim served as St. Louis' third receiver before signing as a free agent with the Detroit Lions, but lost his job as punt returner due to his penchant for fumbling.
Playoff time for NHL
NEW York, April 16 (UPI) -- The National Hockey League, which completed its regular season Sunday night, opens its 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday with four of the eight Conference Quarterfinal series.
The Presidents' Trophy winners, the Detroit Red Wings, host the Vancouver Canucks; the San Jose Sharks host the Phoenix Coyotes; the Philadelphia Flyers host the Ottawa Senators, and the Carolina Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils.
The remaining series will open Thursday. The defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche host the Los Angeles Kings; the Chicago Blackhawks are at the St. Louis Blues; the Boston Bruins host the Montreal Canadiens, and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New York Islanders.
Johansson gets first Monte Carlo win
MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 16 (UPI) -- Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson won his first match in Monte Carlo and third-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov was upset as the $2.6 million Tennis Masters Series event got underway Monday.
Johansson, the eighth seed from Sweden, rallied past countryman Magnus Norman, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, to improve to 1-5 lifetime at this claycourt tournament. His best surface over his career has been hardcourts, where he captured his first Grand Slam at Melbourne in January.
Norman's comeback from a hip injury has been slow in showing results. He returned to the ATP tour in Acapulco following hip surgery last August. But after a recurrence of the inflammation in a challenger in Tunis, Norman was forced to withdraw from last week's ATP tournament in Casablanca. He fell to 1-4 this season and has lost six of his last seven matches dating to last year.
Austrian qualifier Markus Hipfl posted the biggest upset of the day with a 6-1, 6-2 pounding of Kafelnikov, who had reached at least the quarterfinals at four events this season. Hipfl also beat Kafelnikov in the first round here last year.
Juan Ignacio Chela's best season to date just keeps getting better as the 22-year-old Argentine routed No. 14 Thomas Enqvist of Sweden, 6-1, 6-1. Chela, who raised his record this year to 22-10, reached his first hardcourt final at Sydney in January and put together back-to-back semifinals on clay in Buenos Aires and Acapulco in February. He also helped Argentina to reach the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 11 years with a win over Croatia's Ivo Karlovic earlier this month.