SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A wounded David Ortiz was recovering from exploratory surgery in Boston on Tuesday as investigators in his native Dominican Republic tried to figure out who shot the former Red Sox slugger and why.
Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, said in a statement that Big Papi was “stable, awake and resting comfortably” in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and was expected to remain there for several days.
The 43-year-old retired athlete was flown to Boston on Monday night for further treatment, arriving in an air ambulance provided by the Red Sox, after doctors in the Dominican Republic removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine.
Ortiz was shot at close range in the torso Sunday night by a gunman who approached him from behind at a Santo Domingo bar, authorities said.
Police have said the operator of the motorcycle carrying the assailant was captured and beaten by a crowd at the bar. But the gunman has not been arrested, and investigators were trying to establish whether Ortiz was the target.
Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships — including, in 2004, their first title in 86 years of futility.
With his ferocious swing and his big smile, Ortiz became one of the most beloved sports heroes in Boston history. Fans responded to the shooting with an outpouring of prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery.
Vikings, Rudolph agree to new deal
EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph have agreed to terms on a contract extension, keeping the team’s longest-tenured offensive player in place despite a tight salary cap situation.
The Vikings announced the deal on Tuesday as minicamp began. Rudolph had entered the final year of his previous contract with a $7.25 million non-guaranteed salary, putting him at risk for being released after Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. was drafted in the second round.
Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl pick in his ninth NFL season, had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. He played in every game over the last four years. The native of Cincinnati and product of Notre Dame has spoken often about how at home his family has felt in Minnesota.
Packers safety Jones returns for camp
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Safety Josh Jones, who missed all of the voluntary organized team activities, appeared on the practice field with his teammates as the Green Bay Packers opened their mandatory minicamp. But Jones did not participate Tuesday.
The third-year safety was sidelined with a hamstring injury, said general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur, who added he doesn’t anticipate Jones being able to practice the rest of the week.
Raiders selected to be on ‘Hard Knocks’
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden will be a TV star once again. HBO announced Tuesday that the Raiders will be featured on the network’s “Hard Knocks” show in training camp this summer that gives a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team.
Gruden spent nine seasons as the lead analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” before returning to the sideline for a second stint as Raiders coach last year. Now he will likely be a star of the 14th edition of this reality show.
Mistrial declared in 8 other rape counts against Winslow Jr.
VISTA, Calif. — A California jury that convicted former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman was unable to break a deadlock on eight other counts Tuesday and a judge declared a mistrial on those charges.
The judge earlier denied a defense motion to dismiss the undecided charges involving the alleged rapes of a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen. Prosecutors did not immediately say whether they would retry those charges. Winslow currently faces up to nine years in prison. Conviction on all charges could bring a life sentence.
Former Michigan WR transfers to Iowa
IOWA CITY — Former Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin has transferred to Iowa, his hometown school.
The Hawkeyes announced on Tuesday that Martin, a former four-star recruit from Iowa City West High who originally spurned them for the Wolverines, has joined the program as a redshirt sophomore.
The 6-foot-1 Martin caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown last season for Michigan before entering the transfer portal.
Morgan has 5 goals as U.S. routs Thailand
REIMS, France — Alex Morgan tied a tournament record with five goals and the defending champion U.S. national team opened the Women’s World Cup with a historic 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night.
Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle each added a pair of goals for the United States, which broke the record for goals and margin of victory in a World Cup game. Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. The previous record margin was Germany’s 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007. Up next for the United States is World Cup newcomer Chile on Sunday in Paris.
Jury deliberates in trial of former MSU dean
LANSING, Mich. — A former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University did nothing to enforce examining-room restrictions imposed on him after a sexual misconduct complaint, a prosecutor said Tuesday, while the defense countered that William Strampel never willfully neglected his job duties.
Jurors began deliberating Tuesday after more than two hours of closing arguments in the trial of the 71-year-old Strampel, who led the College of Osteopathic Medicine for about 15 years before being forced out. He is accused of failing to ensure that Nassar followed the protocols, abusing his public office to sexually proposition and make explicit comments to female students, and inappropriately touching two on the buttocks. If convicted of the most serious charge, a felony, he could face up to 15 years in prison.