Sports briefs for March 23, 2014

Posted March 23, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.

Navy RB McKamey in coma after collapsing

Navy freshman running back Will McKamey is in a coma after collapsing during spring practice Saturday in Annapolis, Md.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the 19-year-old slotback was airlifted off the practice field after taking a hit and underwent surgery for a brain clot at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Both of McKamey’s parents took to social media to update Will’s status Saturday night. His mother, Kara, posted on Facebook:

“Friends and family, it is difficult to even send updates at this point as my body and mind just feel numb. I will try my best to keep everyone posted because I know you all love us and your prayers are so needed and appreciated. As of now Will is showing very little response. He is in a coma currently. In the past several hours since surgery we are seeing some very small improvements and reactions to light etc.”

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McKamey also collapsed on the field during a 2012 game when he was in high school in Tennessee and airlifted to a hospital. He did not have surgery but the episode ended his senior season.

Mattingly questions Puig’s back injury

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly seemed miffed at Yasiel Puig after the outfielder left Sunday’s game in Australia in the ninth inning with an apparent back injury.

“Shoulder yesterday, back today, so I’m not sure if they’re going to get him tests or get him to the MRI Monday or a bone scan on Tuesday, maybe,” Mattingly said sarcastically, according to “I’m not quite sure what we’ll do. We may not do anything. I’m not sure.”

Puig struck out in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks and then did not return to right field in the bottom half of the inning. Before the game, Mattingly told reporters that Puig “grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses.”

Puig hit .300 (3-for-10) with one double, two RBI and four strikeouts as the Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks in two games played in Sydney to open the season.

Puig also made poor base running decisions that turned into two outs, according to Puig ran for second on his RBI single in the third inning. Dee Gordon was held at third base, and Puig was thrown out easily. When a ball trickled away from catcher Miguel Montero in the sixth, Puig broke for third and was out by 10 feet.

“It was a rough day,” Mattingly said.

Lundqvist gets Rangers’ shutout record

NEWARK, N.J. — The way the game was being played through the first period, it was shaping up as a memorable one for a great goalie wearing No. 30.

That is how it ended up as Henrik Lundqvist, wearing No. 30 for the Rangers, had a record-setting night with his 50th career shutout against No. 30 for the Devils, Martin Brodeur, in a 2-0 victory on Saturday at the Prudential Center.

Winger Rick Nash scored from a hard angle in the second period and center Derek Stepan notched an empty-netter with 7.8 seconds remaining as the New York Rangers won their fourth straight road game.

Lundqvist, who earlier in the week became the winningest goalie in Rangers history, broke the club mark for career shutouts, passing Eddie Giacomin, who collected 49 shutouts from 1965 through 1975.

“Just a great feeling,” Lundqvist said. “They’re a tough team because they don’t give up much. Halfway through the game, I had only faced 11 shots, but it felt like a lot more. I think they missed the net a lot.”

Angels cut Pena, Torrealba, Tracy

With opening day a week away, the Los Angeles Angels trimmed its roster on Sunday by releasing first baseman Carlos Pena, catcher Yorvit Torrealba and infielder Chad Tracy.

The 35-year-old Pena, who batted .139 with 14 strikeouts in spring training games, has no plans to retire and hopes to catch on with another team.

“I feel too good,” he said. “That’s not even an option.”

Last season with the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals, Pena hit .207 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 89 games.

Torrealba, 35, said Saturday that he would not accept an assignment to the minor leagues. In 61 games last season for the Colorado Rockies, the veteran batted .240 with no home runs and 16 RBIs.

Tracy, 33, appeared in 92 games last year for the Washington Nationals and hit .202 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 129 at-bats.


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