NEW YORK (AP) – Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson needs surgery on a broken right ankle suffered during last night’s 8-2 win over the New York Mets. Hudson got hurt while covering first base when Eric Young Jr. stepped on the back of his lower leg. The Braves say he will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A doctor retained by Alex Rodriguez for a second opinion on his leg injury Wednesday was reprimanded this year by New Jersey’s board of medical examiners over steroid prescriptions. The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners filed an order of reprimand against Dr. Michael Gross on Feb. 13 for his conduct at his Active Center for Health & Wellness. Rodriguez is one of more than a dozen players under investigation by Major League Baseball for alleged ties to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Patriots coach Bill Belichick (BEHL’-ih-chik) says he’s shocked and disappointed that former tight end Aaron Hernandez is facing a murder charge. Belichick says it was terrible to find out that a member of his organization was involved in a murder investigation, but that the team will learn from it and move forward. He added that the club did what it had to do when it released Hernandez. Belichick said the alleged actions of Hernandez should not reflect on the way the Patriots do business.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Receiver Mike Williams has signed a six-year, $40.25 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams had 63 receptions for 996 yards and nine touchdowns for the Bucs last season. He was entering the final season of the contract he signed as a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indianapolis Colts and top draft pick Bjoern (byorn) Werner have agreed in principle on a contract. The 24th overall selection in April, Werner was a defensive end at Florida State, but will switch to outside linebacker with the Colts. Werner was selected two spots after Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant, who also agreed to a multiyear contract yesterday.