Tomlinson will re-Charge in San Diego, only to retire
SAN DIEGO – LaDainian Tomlinson’s brilliant NFL career officially will end when he ceremoniously rejoins the San Diego Chargers for a day.
The Chargers said Sunday that Tomlinson, who was the NFL MVP in 2006 with San Diego and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history, will re-sign with the team Monday, then announce his retirement.
Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and became one of the biggest stars in team history, helping revive the Chargers after the devastating Ryan Leaf years and turning them into a force in the AFC West. He spent the first nine years of his career in San Diego. He played the last two seasons with the New York Jets.
Tomlinson won the MVP in 2006, when he set NFL single-season records with 31 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points. He ran for a career-high 1,815 yards that year, giving him the first of two consecutive league rushing titles. Tomlinson finishes his career with 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns.
Velazquez falls from mount; Mr. Producer is euthanized
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jockey John Velazquez was transported to Audubon Hospital after injuring a shoulder Saturday in a spill in the ninth race at Churchill Downs.
A week after riding Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes, the 40-year-old Velazquez was taken from the track on a stretcher. He complained about shoulder pain but had full mobility, track spokesman Darren Rogers said.
Velazquez’s mount, Mr. Producer, broke down near the 16th pole, falling to the inside and taking out Smart Farda and jockey Manoel Cruz. Velazquez was thrown forward and then kicked while on the ground by the trailing Lemansky, causing jockey John McKee also to be thrown.
Cruz and McKee walked off the track, but McKee took off his final mount of the night.
Mr. Producer was euthanized on the track.
Haas , 34, wins in Halle, beats Federer for a title
HALLE, Germany – Wild card Tommy Haas defeated five-time champion Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the Gerry Weber Open for the second time Sunday.
The 87th-ranked Haas was the oldest player in the singles draw at 34. The second-seeded Federer was bidding for his fifth tour title of the season and his 75th overall.
LONDON – The Queen’s Club final was halted abruptly when David Nalbandian injured a line judge, handing the title to Marin Cilic.
The 10th-seeded Nalbandian was leading in the second set Sunday when he kicked the small barrier surrounding the line judge in anger. A piece of the barrier then hit the line judge, causing bleeding on his left shin.
After checking on the line judge, the chair umpire decided to end the match.
Nalbandian insisted he shouldn’t have been disqualified.
ATP rules state that any violent action will result in an automatic default.
BAD GASTEIN, Austria – Alize Cornet of France defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 7-5, 7-6 (1) on Sunday to win the Gastein Ladies for her first title in four years.
The seventh-seeded Cornet, ranked 73rd, earned her second career title after winning in Budapest, Hungary, in 2008. She is 2-3 in WTA finals. She lost the final in Strasbourg last month.
BIRMINGHAM, England – American Melanie Oudin will play former top-ranked player Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the rain-delayed Aegon Classic final after both players won quarterfinal and semifinal matches Sunday.
Oudin received a wild card into Wimbledon on Sunday.
Wimbledon officials announced Sunday that Grega Zemlja of Slovenia received the final men’s wild-card spot in the tournament, which will start June 25.