Rangers' Avery Is Released From Hospital

Monday, May 5, 2008

New York Rangers forward Sean Avery was released from the hospital yesterday morning, five days after he suffered a season-ending spleen injury in a playoff game. Avery was in intensive care at St. Vincent's Medical Center from the time he was admitted Tuesday night, shortly after New York's Game 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, until Saturday because of a lacerated spleen, Rangers spokesman John Rosasco said.

Avery, 28, is believed to have been injured during the early portion of Game 3.

· TENNIS: Rafael Nadal won his fourth straight Barcelona Open title with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 victory over second-seeded David Ferrer in the final.

Nadal won his 21st consecutive match at the tournament. He is 20-1 in clay-court finals.

Nadal moved to 6-3 against the fifth-ranked Ferrer, whom he beat on his way to a fourth straight trophy at Monte Carlo last week. The three-time French Open champion will go for a fourth straight Masters Series title in Rome, starting today.

Nadal took the lead from the first game with a break of Ferrer's serve.

· SOCCER: Real Madrid and Bayern Munich won their respective league titles despite less-than-stellar performances. Madrid needed two late goals to beat Osasuna, 2-1, in the Spanish league to win its record 31st title. Bayern won its 21st German title after a 0-0 tie at VfL Wolfsburg.

Inter Milan had a chance to win the Italian league title, but it lost to city rival AC Milan, 2-1.

· PRO FOOTBALL: Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson was charged with failing a sobriety test while operating a 30-foot boat, then resisting arrest before being hit with pepper spray and dragged ashore by officers.

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