Winthrop DH takes honors

Winthrop freshman designated hitter Eddie Rohan received another award on Tuesday, making Ping Baseball's All-Freshman team.

Rohan, who led the Eagles with 13 home runs this season, made the third team. He was previously named to Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America list.

Coastal Carolina's Scott Woodward and West Virginia's Jedd Gyorko were Co-Freshman Players of the Year.

• LOCAL GOLF -- Buster Pridemore hit his first career hole in one on the 117-yard eighth hole at Waterford Golf Club using a feathered 9-iron.

• PRO BASEBALL -- John Smoltz had the labrum in his right shoulder repaired, and the Atlanta Braves said it will be months before the pitcher knows if his career can resume.

Dr. James Andrews and an associate performed the arthroscopic procedure in Birmingham, Ala. Smoltz said last week he expected to get a definitive word on his comeback hopes immediately after the operation, but no such announcement was made public.

Braves spokesman Brad Hainje said it will be months before it will be known if Smoltz can pitch again.

• After watching yet another wild show on the mound, the Detroit Tigers sent Dontrelle Willis down to Class A in hopes the struggling lefty can find his control.

The Tigers optioned Willis to Lakeland of the Florida State League -- and home to the Tigers' spring training camp -- a day after he matched a career high by giving eight earned runs on five walks and three hits in 1 1-3 innings against Cleveland.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- UCLA's Josh Shipp has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Bruins for his senior season.

The guard declared himself eligible in April on the final day underclassmen could enter the draft, but did not hire an agent, which allowed him to back out under NCAA rules.

Shipp averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 rebounds during UCLA's run to its third consecutive Final Four. The Bruins lost to Memphis in the national semifinals.

• NFL -- Beaming that gap-toothed smile that became his trademark in 15 NFL seasons, Michael Strahan said he understood it was time to go.

The New York Giants defensive end wanted to leave on his own terms, and finishing with a Super Bowl title certainly didn't hurt.

"At some point you have to realize that you've done all you can do, all you need to do," he said.

Strahan went to seven Pro Bowls and recorded the fifth most sacks in NFL history. On Monday, the 36-year-old star told the Giants he was retiring four months after helping them win the Super Bowl.