USC’s Dietrich tied for sixth
At Litchfield Park, Ariz., South Carolina sophomore Ben Dietrich carded a second consecutive 1-over 71 on Tuesday in the second round of the Patriot All-America Invitational on the Gold Course at Wigwam Golf Club.
Dietrich moved up one spot into a tie for sixth with a 36-hole total of 2-over 142 with one round left to play. USC junior Will Starke is in a tie for 19th at 5-over 145 after shooting a 4-over 74 on Tuesday.
Bumgarner is AP male athlete of year
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who dominated the baseball postseason, is The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.
Bumgarner finished first in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors. He beat out Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw – who won the National League Cy Young and MVP but lost to Bumgarner’s Giants in the playoffs. Retiring New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and golfer Rory McIlroy tied for third place.
The 25-year-old workhorse known as MadBum clinched the award when – on two days’ rest – he pitched five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 of the World Series as the Giants beat Kansas City 3-2 to win their third championship in five years.
Padres trade Smith to Mariners
The San Diego Padres traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Brandon Maurer.
Smith was left without a spot in the Padres outfield after San Diego’s makeover that included the acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers.
Royals’ Gordon has surgery
Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon had surgery on his right wrist, and the four-time Gold Glove winner should be ready for the season opener against the White Sox on April 6.
Murray signs with Under Armour
Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray signed a four-year agreement with Under Armour Inc., replacing Adidas as his main clothing sponsor. ...
U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic has withdrawn from next week’s Brisbane International tennis tournament with a right shoulder injury.
Injury sidelines Howard
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a calf injury.
The 35-year-old United States international initially missed Sunday’s loss at Newcastle with the injury sustained against Stoke on Friday.