Timbers beat Rowdies 2-0 in US Open Cup
PORTLAND — Michael Nanchoff and Jack Jewsbury scored and the Portland Timbers beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 on Wednesday night to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
Nanchoff scored in the ninth minute on a nifty left-footed volley into the right corner. Jewsbury, who subbed in during the second half, scored on a left-foot blast in the 55th.
Portland goalkeeper Milos Kocic had a relatively stress-free night with the Timbers outshooting Tampa 12-3.
The Rowdies, of the lower-level North American Soccer League, couldn't keep the magic going after shocking the Seattle Sounders in the third round. The Timbers will play at FC Dallas in the quarterfinals June 26.
Kontos suspended for 3 games, Bochy for 1
NEW YORK — San Francisco pitcher George Kontos has been suspended for three games by Major League Baseball, which said he intentionally threw a pitch at Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been banned for one.
MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola made the decision Wednesday, a day after Kontos was ejected from the Pirates' 8-2 win for hitting McCutchen with a pitch in the eighth inning.
A warning had been issued earlier in the game. Four batters were hit, including Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez by Tim Lincecum, and San Francisco's Gregor Blanco by Gerrit Cole and Marco Scutaro by Tony Watson.
Kontos was optioned Wednesday to Triple-A Fresno and would serve the suspension only when he is back in the major leagues. If he files an appeal, the penalty would be delayed until after a hearing and decision.
Bochy was penalized for what MLB said was Kontos's intentional actions. He was to serve the suspension Wednesday night.
MRI shows torn ACL for Saints linebacker Butler
NEW ORLEANS — A person familiar with the situation says an MRI indicates that New Orleans outside linebacker Victor Butler has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but that it is too early to speculate on whether he will miss the whole season.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Saints have not disclosed the injury, says Butler will seek a second opinion next week from noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. The person says there remains hope that even if Butler starts the season on injured reserve, he could return as Ray Lewis did for the defending champion Baltimore Ravens late last season.
The Times-Picayune first reported the MRI results for Butler, who was injured during a non-contact offseason practice Tuesday.
Compiled from wire reports