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NBA

Bucks’ Sanders sidelined with broken bone near eye

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders will be out until at least the All-Star break this weekend with a fractured bone near his eye.

Coach Larry Drew announced before the team’s game last night against the Boston Celtics that he was told earlier in the day that Sanders was injured when he was elbowed in the right eye by Houston’s James Harden as the two went for a rebound early in Saturday night’s game. Drew believes the fracture is in the orbital bone, and adds that Sanders is experiencing double vision in the eye.

Sanders missed nearly two months early this season after tearing a thumb ligament in a fight at a Milwaukee night club.

Zaza Pachulia was scheduled to start in Sanders’ absence against Boston.

Baseball

Dodgers’ Beckett says he’ll be ready for season

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Josh Beckett said he will be ready for the start of the Dodgers’ season after having a rib removed last July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm

The right-hander is expected to battle newly acquired Paul Maholm for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation this spring. Beckett, the fifth starter before last year’s mid-season surgery, breezed through his first bullpen session yesterday in Arizona. He threw 30 pitches with no sign of trouble.

The Dodgers’ signing of Maholm on Saturday is considered a hedge against the possibility of further injury to Beckett, a three-time All-Star whom the Dodgers acquired from Boston along with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in a 2012 trade.

Baseball

Astros pitching prospect sorry for tweet

HOUSTON – Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart apologized after he reportedly used a gay slur to describe pop star Justin Bieber when he tweeted a message to a former teammate.

Cosart deleted the offensive tweet from his account and apologized for “a very poor choice of words.” He also says in a tweet that the earlier post does not reflect who he is as a person.

The Astros also released a statement Monday night calling Cosart’s tweet “unacceptable” for any member of the organization. The Astros say they talked to Cosart about the post and he is “extremely remorseful.”

The 23-year-old Cosart went 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts last season. He is expected to contend for a spot in Houston’s rotation this year.

NFL

Colts waive offensive lineman Anderson

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts waived injury-prone offensive lineman Justin Anderson. He was Indy’s seventh-round draft pick in 2012 but never played in a game.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound guard was put on Indy’s physically unable to perform list as a rookie, was activated for one game before going on the practice squad and finished the 2012 season on injured reserve. Last year, Anderson went on injured reserve Aug. 9.

Earlier Monday, the Colts announced they had signed free agent safety David Sims, who made one start in 2012 with Philadelphia. The Colts signed two other free agents – linebacker Henoc Muamba and offensive lineman Jack Breckner.

It’s been a busy few days for the Colts, who also hired former Browns coach Rob Chudzinksi as a special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano.

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