OAKLAND, Calif. -- Hideo Nomo's career in the majors might be over.
The Kansas City Royals designated the right-hander for assignment Sunday, perhaps ending his 12 seasons in the big leagues. Pitcher Luke Hochevar was called up from Triple-A Omaha.
Nomo was among the Japanese pioneers in the big leagues, and threw two no-hitters in the majors. He was trying to make a comeback at the age of 39 after having elbow surgery in 2006, but pitched only three times and 4 1-3 innings for the Royals this year.
Nomo gave nine runs on 10 hits and four walks for an 18.69 ERA.
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• COLLEGE GOLF -- After playing in the Masters Golf tournament a week earlier, Alabama's Michael Thompson was ready to do something special.
He did just that, shooting a 7-under-par 65 to win the individual crown and lead Alabama to its second Southeastern Conference golf championship, its first in 1979.
Thompson's outstanding finish on the par 72 Frederica Golf Club course at St. Simons Island gave him an 8-under 208 total and a four-shot victory over teammate Joseph Sykora, who led after each of the first two rounds, and George Bryan IV of South Carolina. Sykora closed with a 71 and Bryan posted a 69.
The Crimson Tide walked away with the team title, posting a 13-under-par 275 in the final round for an 853 total -- eight shots better than runnerup South Carolina.
Next came Georgia at 862 followed by Florida 872, Mississippi State 878, Tennessee 881, Mississippi 884, LSU 888, Vanderbilt 890, Kentucky 893 and Auburn 897.
• TENNIS -- Roger Federer ended a long drought with his first title of the year, and it took a leg injury to his opponent to ensure victory for the world's top-ranked player.
Federer captured his 54th career title, winning the Estoril Open when second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko retired with a left leg injury while trailing 7-6 (5), 1-2.
Federer returned to his winning ways in his fifth tournament of the season. It had been eight years since Federer had needed so many events to reach a final. He won despite windy conditions and the fact that he was playing on his most challenging surface.
• Top-seeded David Ferrer won his first title of the year, rallying at the Valencia Open to beat two-time defending champion Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Ferrer came back from a 5-2 final-set deficit to twice break Almagro's serve and force a tiebreaker.
Ferrer improved to 4-0 against Almagro, who lost for only the second time in 20 clay matches this season despite firing 11 aces.
• Marcel Granollers-Pujol upset top-seeded James Blake 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship for his first tour title.
The seventh-seeded Spaniard came back from 3-0 down in the third set, turning back the American who at one point won 18 of 19 points.
But Granollers-Pujol, No. 84 in the world, would not go away and Blake, the world's eighth-ranked player, missed a chance to win his first clay-court title. He lost in the quarterfinals two years ago, the semifinals last year and reached the final this year.
• AUTO RACING -- Will Power led most of the way Sunday in the streets of Long Beach, winning the final race of the Champ Car World Series, the last remaining remnant of the 12-year rivalry between the newly unified American open-wheel series.
The race was run with Champ Car teams, drivers and equipment, but the points awarded were for the IRL's IndyCar Series, which ran a race earlier Sunday in Japan because of a scheduling conflict.
Less than 24 hours after a historic IRL victory by Danica Patrick, the first woman to win an IndyCar race, the final race for the series that began as CART in 1979 was run before a large, appreciative crowd. That included Patrick, who arrived after a 12-hour plane ride looking refreshed and very happy midway through the event.
• BASKETBALL -- Sylvia Fowles scored 25 points with 18 rebounds and six blocked shots to help the U.S. women's team bounce back from a loss and earn a 92-60 victory over Cuba.
The U.S. opened its Good Luck Beijing Tournament on Saturday with a 74-60 loss to Australia in the preliminary round.
Katie Smith added 19 points for the U.S. and Swin Cash had 12. Crystal Langhorne and Lisa Leslie each scored 10 points.