Sports Watch

Perry joins Campbell at the top...Woods has work to do

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Winds have stiffened in Augusta, and it's making for tougher scoring at the Masters.

First-round leader Chad Campbell followed up the 7-under-par 65 he shot in yesterday's near-ideal conditions with a 2-under 70 and is the second-round clubhouse co-leader.

Kenny Perry caught Campbell at 9-under with a birdie on 18 that capped off a 5-under 67.

Todd Hamilton is back in the spotlight after falling off the charts since his improbable British Open win five years ago. The 373rd-ranked golfer in the world is 6-under-par after signing for a 2-under 70.

4-time Masters champion Tiger Woods bogeyed 18 for a second straight day en route to an up & down round of even-par 72 that included three birdies and three bogeys. The world's No. 1 is seven shots off the pace headed into the weekend.

Martinez doing OK

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Francisco Giants pitcher Joe Martinez has a concussion and three small fractures in his head after being hit by a line drive during Thursday's outing.

The rookie reliever is stable and alert in a San Francisco hospital and the Giants say he's expected to make a full recovery. Martinez will remain hospitalized for observation over the next three or four days.

The Giants put Martinez on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of right-hander Justin Miller from the minors.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is expected to resume baseball activities Monday, a little more than a month following hip surgery on March 9.

The veteran third baseman has been working out in Vail, Colo., since the operation. The Yankees start a 3-game series Monday at the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the 3-time AL MVP will resume swinging a bat after he reports to the team's minor league complex.

Girardi says A-Rod has been swinging a broom for the past few weeks and slowly increasing his workload but he doesn't expect Rodriguez to return to the Yankees before mid-May.

Grieving Angels get back to work

(AP) - It's going to be a tough night for the Angels, who return to action for the first time since the death of pitcher Nick Adenhart. The 22-year-old was killed early yesterday morning in a car crash just hours after pitching six shutout innings in his 2009 debut in Anaheim. Last night's home game with Oakland was postponed out of respect.

The Angels open a weekend series against the visiting Boston Red Sox this evening.

Today's American League schedule got started this afternoon in Detroit, where the Tigers are playing the undefeated Texas Rangers.

Also today, it's Cleveland hosting Toronto and the New York Yankees at Kansas City.

Tonight, you've got Tampa Bay at Baltimore, the Chicago White Sox hosting Minnesota and Seattle playing at Oakland.

The National League's Friday slate got started this afternoon in Milwaukee and Colorado. The Brewers are hosting the Chicago Cubs and the Rockies are entertaining World Series champion Philadelphia.

Under the lights in the senior circuit, it'll be Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, the New York Mets at Florida, Atlanta home to Washington, Houston playing at St. Louis, Arizona entertaining the L.A. Dodgers and San Francisco at San Diego.

Race for No. 1 continues

(AP) - Just a half-game separates the top two teams in the NBA as we head toward the final week of the regular season and both are scheduled to take the court tonight.

The first-place Cavaliers are 63-15 headed into their game at Philadelphia. The Western Conference champion L.A. Lakers are 63-16 and bring a 5-game winning streak into their outing at Portland.

Cleveland can wrap up the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory over the 76ers or a loss by second place Boston. The Celtics ride a 5-game winning streak into their home game against Miami and are one game clear of third-place Orlando. The Magic will host the New York Knicks.

Charlotte will be looking to keep its slim playoffs alive with a win at Oklahoma City. A Bobcats loss clinches a postseason berth for the idle Chicago Bulls.

Also tonight: Atlanta hosts Indiana, Phoenix plays at Memphis, Toronto is home to Washington, Detroit entertains New Jersey, Utah is at San Antonio in what could prove to be a first-round playoff preview, Golden State is home to a Houston club that holds a half-game lead over the Spurs atop the Southwest Division standings, Dallas hosts New Orleans, and Sacramento plays the Clippers in L.A.

Getting down to the wire

(AP) - St. Louis is looking to get back to the NHL playoffs for the first time in four seasons and a win tonight over visiting Columbus would go a long way in helping the Blues reach their goal. With two games left in the regular season they find themselves tied with Anaheim and Nashville for the last two postseason berths in the Western Conference. The Predators finish their regular season tonight at Minnesota and Anaheim plays its penultimate game against visiting Dallas.

The only other game on the NHL ice finds Edmonton hosting Calgary. The Flames are two points behind Vancouver in the Northwest Division race with two games left. The first-place Canucks play their final game of the regular season tomorrow afternoon at Colorado.

Satan back with Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Miroslav Satan (MEER'-oh-slahv shuh-TAN') has cleared waivers and been recalled by Pittsburgh as the Penguins end the regular season and head to the playoffs.

The longtime NHL forward had 17 goals and 19 assists in 65 games with Pittsburgh before being sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL in a salary cap move at the March 4 trading deadline.

Satan had three goals and six assists in 10 games at Wilkes-Barre.

Online video a hit during March Madness

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - More people are watching NCAA tournament games online. says its free NCAA March Madness on Demand video player had 7.52 million unique visitors this year. That's up 58% from the 4.76 million in 2008.

Visitors watched and listened to 8.6 million hours of video and audio. That marks a 75% increase.

CBS began offering the service in 2003.

Vick's journey through the justice system continues

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Michael Vick is back in the city where he rose to NFL stardom with the Falcons.

After a brief stay in the federal prison in Petersburg, Va., the suspended NFL quarterback has been transferred to a penitentiary in Atlanta.

A Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman could not say whether Vick is heading back to the federal lockup in Leavenworth, Kan., to await his transfer to home confinement and eventual release. However, the bureau's Web site says the Atlanta prison has a detention center for inmates who are being moved.

Vick was moved to Virginia last week to testify at his bankruptcy hearing in Newport News. He's serving a 23-month sentence for a dogfighting conspiracy.

Paragallo charged

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State police say New York thoroughbred breeder Ernie Paragallo has been charged with cruelty to animals, two days after authorities seized 177 malnourished horses at his Hudson Valley farm.

A state police dispatcher says the 51-year-old Paragallo was arrested and charged with 22 counts of torturing or injuring an animal and failure to provide sustenance.

The charges came after state police investigators questioned Paragallo about the malnourished horses found on his Center Brook farm Wednesday.

Paragallo has said "mismanagement" led to the horses being underfed.

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