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Mets' Johan Santana is facing more surgery

New York pitcher has probably re-torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder that could require season-ending second operation.

March 28, 2013|Staff and Wire reports
  • Johan Santana has potentially re-torn the anterior capsule in his left should that could require a season-ending surgery to repair.
Johan Santana has potentially re-torn the anterior capsule in his left… (Jeff Roberson / Associated…)

Johan Santana might have thrown his final pitch for the New York Mets and perhaps even the last of his big league career.

The Mets said Thursday that the two-time Cy Young Award winner probably has re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and probably will need a second operation that would sideline him for the entire season. Santana missed 2011 following his first shoulder surgery.

New York owes the 34-year-old left-hander $31 million more as part of the $137.5-million, six-year deal he signed before the 2008 season, and Alderson said the remainder of the contract is not covered by insurance.

Santana had surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, and did not make it back to the major leagues until last April 5. He was 6-9 with a 4.85 earned-run average in 21 starts last year and threw the first no-hitter in team history on June 1 against St. Louis.

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Sharapova, Serena to meet in final

Maria Sharapova keeps drawing a different opponent in the Key Biscayne final, and has yet to find one she can beat.

Now she'll give it a try against Serena Williams.

Sharapova, a four-time runner-up, earned another berth in the final by beating Jelena Jankovic, 6-2, 6-1, at the Sony Open in Florida. Eight hours later, five-time champion Williams advanced when she beat defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-0, 6-3.

Andy Murray, the 2009 champion and runner-up last year, advanced to the semifinals by beating No. 9 Marin Cilic, 6-4, 6-3. Murray's opponent Friday night will be No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet, who beat No. 4 Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 6-3. The other semifinal will match No. 3 David Ferrer against 34-year-old Tommy Haas, who upset Djokovic.

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D.A. Points opened with five straight birdies and wound up with an eight-under-par 64 in the Houston Open at Humble, Texas. He had a one-shot lead over Cameron Tringale and John Rollins.

Angel Cabrera of Argentina, a two-time major champion who lives in Houston, was in the group at 66.

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USC's Vladimir Morozov won the 50-yard freestyle event and also recorded a record split in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis.

Morozov, a junior, won the 50 in 18.63 seconds, becoming USC's first champion in the event since Joe Bottom in 1977. Morozov clocked a 17.86 split during USC's second-place finish in the 200-yard relay event, reportedly becoming the first swimmer to finish in less than 18 seconds.

USC is in fourth place behind first-place Michigan, California and Auburn.

—Gary Klein

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Mark Martin will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing while Denny Hamlin recovers from a fractured vertebra in his lower back.

Martin's first start in the No. 11 Toyota will be next week at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where he wasn't scheduled to race. Brian Vickers had already been tabbed to drive Martin's car for Michael Waltrip Racing at Martinsville.

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Boxer Robert Guerrero, a former featherweight champion, was arrested at New York's Kennedy Airport after police said he tried to take a gun on a plane.

Guerrero, 30, presented a locked gun box to a ticket agent during check-in that contained an unloaded .40-caliber handgun and three unloaded magazines, Queens Dist. Atty. Richard Brown said. The gun was registered in California but was not legal to carry in New York, the district attorney's office said.

Guerrero was arraigned on charges including criminal possession of a firearm. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in court May 14. If convicted, Guerrero faces up to four years in prison.

The joint statement said the current WBC welterweight champion was heading back to Las Vegas on Thursday to continue to train for a May 4 bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Dave Leggett, most valuable player in the 1955 Rose Bowl win over USC that clinched an Ohio State national championship, died Tuesday. He was 79.

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