BOSTON — Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford says a fan yelled a racial slur at him at his rehab assignment with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Crawford says he hasn’t heard such things in Boston.
Crawford has had a chilly reception since signing a seven-year, $142 million deal with the Red Sox. In his first season in Boston, he hit .255 with 11 homers, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
He has yet to play in the big leagues this season because of a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow.
Crawford says he understands why fans who love their team are disappointed in his production. But he had a problem with the one in New Hampshire. Crawford says: “He was the only one I had a problem with.”
Video of Crawford’s postgame comments were posted on WEEI.com.
Red Sox place second baseman Pedroia on 15-day DL
BOSTON — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going on the 15-day disabled list.
The team said Pedroia has a hyperextended right thumb.
Pedroia has not played since injuring the thumb on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics when he landed on the back of his thumb trying to make a diving catch.
Pedroia also missed six games in late May after tearing a muscle in the same thumb. The team said that injury had completely healed.
Pedroia is batting .266 with six home runs and 33 RBIs.
The Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Tony Parker cleared to play for France at Olympics
PARIS — Spurs guard Tony Parker can play for European runner-up France in the Olympic Games after San Antonio’s doctors agreed he has recovered from an eye injury.
Parker scratched his left cornea during a nightclub melee in New York last month.
“The two ophthalmologists (from the Spurs) confirmed the opinion of the French doctor who operated on Tony Parker, and the two Swiss specialists who also examined the player last Thursday, and indicated that he can resume playing,” the French Basketball Federation said on Friday, adding that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also gave his blessing.
Parker is joining the French squad in Orleans and he could play in a tuneup against England on Saturday.
France’s first game at the Olympics is against the United States on July 29.
Pit collision sends 2 to hospital in Toronto
TORONTO — IndyCar driver Justin Wilson blamed a faulty transmission for causing an accident in pit lane that sent two crew members to hospital during the Honda Indy Toronto’s first practice session on Friday.
Sebastien Bourdais’ pit crew member Chuck Homan sustained the most severe injury after he had his leg pinned between two cars. Raffi Aroyan, also a member of Bourdais’ Dragon Racing team, was also taken to hospital with an ankle injury.
The crash happened in the pits, when Wilson had difficulty stopping his car and ran into the back of Bourdais’ parked car.
In a statement posted on his website, Wilson said he was stuck in first gear and couldn’t get it into neutral. Compounding the problem, Wilson said, was the car’s brakes were cold making it even more difficult for him to stop.
“At the last second I tried to dive into the wall to take the speed off, but those guys were there and had no idea I was coming,” Wilson said. “I really hope they are OK.”
Phillies activate Ryan Howard from DL
PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard will be hitting cleanup for the Philadelphia Phillies when he makes his season debut Friday night.
The former NL MVP has been sidelined the entire season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon while making the final out in Philadelphia’s loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series last October. Howard played in seven minor league games and went 10 for 20 with a home run. He’ll be back at first place for the first time when the last-place Phillies open a three-game set against Atlanta.
“We think he’s ready to play and we want him in the lineup,” manager Charlie Manuel said before the game. “We think he can handle it.”
Howard was hoping to return by May before suffering a setback during spring training. He developed an infection around his Achilles that required a surgical procedure, forcing him to slow down his rehab.
The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies entered the night at 37-47 and 13 games behind division-leading Washington. They just got Chase Utley back last week, but have gone 1-7 since the five-time All-Star returned to the lineup.
Canadian horseman set for record 10th Olympics
CALGARY, Alberta — Ian Millar will appear in a record 10th Olympics this month when the 65-year-old equestrian enters the show jumping ring at the London Games.
Millar is about to surpass Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschl, a nine-time Olympian from 1964 to 1996.
“It’s a great thrill to be doing this for the 10th time,” Millar says. “I never had a grand plan.”
His Olympic career spans 40 years. In fact, he could have been riding in his 11th Olympics this month. He made his country’s team in 1980, but Canada didn’t compete in Moscow because of a boycott.
Millar is a candidate to carry Canada’s flag in the opening ceremony July 27.
“It would be a fantastic honor to carry the flag and a great celebration for equestrian,” he said.
Millar and Star Power are among Canada’s 19 Olympic horse-and-rider combinations.
He won his only Olympic medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, a silver in team show jumping.
Negro Leagues Museum getting All-Star game boost
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is banking on a boost from All-Star game festivities in Kansas City this weekend as it continues to recover from the brink of closure.
The museum had fallen on hard times during the economic downturn, due in part to politics and in-fighting. But the museum has largely recovered over the past year, just in time for Major League Baseball to bring its annual Midsummer Classic to its doorstep.
Events are planned throughout the weekend at the museum, located in the historic 18th and Vine District. Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson are among the stars involved.
Museum president Bob Kendrick won’t even hazard a guess as to how many people will push through the turnstiles, but he expects a financial windfall approaching $500,000.