PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 yesterday. Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings, and Chase Utley had an RBI single. Hamels got the better of Tim Hudson in a matchup between starters who have combined for seven All-Star appearances. The Philadelphia left-hander gave up six hits while striking out 10 and walking one.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have signed guard Fernando Velasco and center Kevin Matthews, giving the team some experienced depth on the offensive line heading into training camp. Velasco started 11 games at center for Pittsburgh last season before suffering an Achilles injury. Matthews played in 14 games in 2012 but was cut last year in training camp by Washington.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Dionte Christmas. The former Temple player averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 6.4 minutes in 31 games last season as a rookie. He averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in five summer league games this month in Las Vegas.
IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - The Dick's Sporting Goods chain has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling. Dick's is based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Findlay Township and operates more than 500 stores nationwide.
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