Off the wire
GOLF Shindler leads Charity
Conrad Shindler shot a 9-under 63 on Thursday at the Web.com Charity Championship at Springfield, Mo., to lead Chesson Hadley by two strokes. Bryan Bigley, Jeremy Paul and Andrew Svoboda are tied for third at 5 under. The first round was suspended due to darkness after inclement weather caused delays earlier in the day. Matt Atkins (Henderson State) was able to finish with a 4-under 68. Taylor Moore (Razorbacks) was 1 under after 5 holes. Ethan Tracy (Razorbacks) is 1 under after two holes. Andrew Landry (Razorbacks) is 1 over after 6 holes. Sebastian Cappelen (Razorbacks), Austin Cook (Jonesboro, Razorbacks) and Zack Fischer (Little Rock) were unable to begin their rounds.
BASEBALL Rangers get Marinez
The Texas Rangers have received right-handed reliever Jhan Marinez on a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Texas will have to make a corresponding roster move before its game today against AL West-leading Houston to add Marinez to the active roster. The Rangers were off Thursday. Marinez, who turns 29 on Saturday, has gone 0-3 with a 3.91 ERA over 39 relief appearances this season with Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. After making an opening day roster for the first time, starting the season with the Brewers, he made 15 appearances before being designated for assignment on May 15. Four days later, the Pirates got him on a waiver claim, and he pitched 24 games for them before being designated for assignment again last Saturday.
Ump Kaiser dies
Former major league umpire Ken Kaiser, a colorful figure between the lines who briefly moonlighted as a professional wrestler to make ends meet while working in the minor leagues, has died. He was 72. The World Umpires Association said Thursday he died in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., on Tuesday. Kaiser had diabetes for years. An American League umpire from 1977-99, Kaiser umpired two World Series, one All-Star Game and several
playoff series. The 6-foot-3 Kaiser, who wrote in his book, Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from behind the Plate, that when he graduated from high school in 1964 his “long-range plan was lunch.” He weighed just under 300 pounds and often was criticized for that portly physique during the more than 3,000 big-league games he umpired. Kaiser wrote of his decade in the minor leagues and off-season jobs that included bar bouncer, bank teller, and that short stint as the wrestler dubbed “Hatchet Man.” Kaiser’s umpiring career ended when he joined a group of umpires
who submitted their resignations in 1999 during labor negotiations, a gamble by the Major League Umpires Association that failed. He was not rehired. He is survived by two adult children. Funeral plans are incomplete.
TENNIS Pliskova advances
Karolina Pliskova advanced to the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup on Thursday in Toronto when Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka was forced to retire because of an injury. The world’s top-ranked player moved on with a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 1-0 victory when Osaka had to retire because of an abdominal injury. It wasn’t immediately clear when Osaka suffered the injury. Pliskova came out strong to open the third set and Osaka called for a trainer at the changeover. She briefly stretched out on the hardcourt before the decision was made. Pliskova will move on to play sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who ousted 10th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3, 6-1. Caroline Garcia of France defeated American Catherine Bellis 6-4, 6-2 in the other early singles match.
Federer tops Ferrer
Roger Federer overcame a weak first set to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Spaniard David Ferrer in the third round Thursday at the men’s Rogers Cup in Montreal. In today’s quarterfinals, the second-seeded Federer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) on center court at Uniprix Stadium. Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a victory over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.
Shot clock testing
The U.S. Tennis Association said shot-clock technology will be tested beginning this month at the U.S. Open. The technology tracks the time taken by the server between points. Stacey Allaster, head of pro tennis at the USTA, told USA TODAY that it will be tested during the tournament’s junior and collegiate events in the second week of the Open. Grand Slam events and the women’s tour allow 20 seconds for a player to serve, while the men’s tour has a 25-second limit. However, enforcement of the rule is left to the discretion of the chair umpire. At the Open’s junior and college events, the shot clocks will be controlled by the chair umpire, starting after the score from the previous point has been registered. USTA officials hope shot clocks could be used at the U.S. Open level within three years. The final major of the year runs from Aug. 28-Sept. 10 at Flushing Meadows.