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Wednesday, March 31, 2010; D02

BASEBALL

Orioles pass over Tillman for Hernandez

The Baltimore Orioles named David Hernandez their fifth starter, a move that means 21-year-old Chris Tillman will head to the minor leagues.

Hernandez and Tillman both made their major league debuts last year with Baltimore. They were competing this spring to fill out the rotation behind Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen.

"Hernandez has come into camp looking and pitching with more confidence," Manager Dave Trembley said. "He's had a good camp and I think we feel like he's ready to take the fifth slot."

Hernandez is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts. Tillman was 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA. . . .

The Florida Marlins acquired Nate Robertson from the Detroit Tigers for Jay Voss. The move enables Robertson to start with the Marlins and ensures left-hander Dontrelle Willis a spot in the Detroit rotation. . . .

Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman will likely start the season in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system. General Manager Walt Jocketty said the left-hander has adapted well but had his chances of making the team scuttled by a back injury that cost him a week. . . .

New York Mets shortstop José Reyes played in a minor league game, his first action since being sidelined with a thyroid problem. Reyes went 1 for 5 against the Cardinals' AAA team and played three innings in the field.

SOCCER

D.C. United is in preliminary talks concerning a possible charity friendly against El Salvador's national team at RFK Stadium, club officials said. Several dates have been discussed. The club also is close to finalizing a match with Spanish club Valencia in early August. . . .

Wayne Rooney scored an early goal then limped off with an ankle injury as Manchester United lost to Bayern Munich, 2-1, in the first leg of the European Champions League quarterfinals. He could miss Saturday's game against Chelsea. . . .

The New York Red Bulls gave a contract extension to assistant coach Richie Williams, a former D.C. United player.

COLLEGES

Chris Johnson scored 22 points, including five free throws down the stretch, and Dayton held off Mississippi, 68-63, in an NIT semifinal. The Flyers (24-12) will face North Carolina (20-16) in the final on Thursday, after the Tar Heels beat Rhode Island in overtime, 68-67. . . .

The NCAA found major infractions involving all 14 sports at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, including erroneous eligibility certification for 97 student-athletes from the 2003-04 through 2006-07 years. The school will receive three years probation and lose some scholarships. . . .

Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin agreed to become the basketball coach at St. John's and will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday. Lavin has been an analyst for ESPN since UCLA fired him in 2003. . . .

UCLA dismissed sophomore center J'mison Morgan from the basketball team on Tuesday, making him the second player to leave this season. . . .

The University of Texas-El Paso named Tim Floyd its new basketball coach. The 56-year-old coach, who most recently has been an assistant for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, left USC after the 2009 season amid allegations of recruiting violations involving player O.J. Mayo. . . .

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is looking into a $2.3 million severance package for departing University of Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti, who stepped down after less than a year on the job to become a college football analyst for ESPN.

PRO FOOTBALL

Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans, the 2006 Associated Press defensive rookie of the year, agreed to a six-year contract with the Houston Texans. He was a restricted free agent. . . .

Kicker Jason Elam will sign a one-day contract with the Denver Broncos so he can retire with the team he played with for most of his 17-year career. . . .

Pittsburgh wide receiver Santonio Holmes denies hurting a woman who says he threw a glass at her in a nightclub. He claims another woman hit her with the cup, according to a police report.

MISC.

A federal judge dismissed a $90 million lawsuit claiming Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade violated antitrust laws by walking away from the D. Wade's Place enterprise. Wade's former partners contended Wade sought to monopolize sales of memorabilia and personalized items. . . .

Andy Roddick advanced to the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (6-4), 6-3. Seeded sixth, Roddick is seeking his first Key Biscayne title since 2004 and hopes to prevent a potential showdown Sunday between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. . . .

The NHL says it has no agreement to move the Phoenix Coyotes to Winnipeg or anywhere else if owners cannot be found to keep the team in Arizona.

-- From news services and staff reports

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