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New York Yankees Mark Teixeira sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in New York. Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist, the Yankees and he announced in a news conference Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
FILE - In this photo released Feb. 9, 2011 by the Harrisonburg, Va., Police Department, Virginia starting linebacker Ausar Walcott appears. The Cleveland Browns have released Ausar Walcott, who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey. Walcott turned himself in to Passaic police Tuesday, June 25, 2013, after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Harrisonburg, Va., Police Dept., File)
Teixeira to have season-ending wrist surgery
NEW YORK – Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist.
The Yankees said yesterday that the All-Star had an MRI with dye contrast and that team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad determined the torn tendon sheath had not adequately healed. New York said hand specialists Drs. Melvin Rosenwasser of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Michelle Carlson of the Hospital for Special Surgery and Keith Raskin of the New York University School of Medicine school concurred in the diagnosis.
Recovery time for the surgery is projected at six months.
Teixeira was hurt while hitting off a tee March 5, when he was with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic. He made his season debut May 31, then came out of a game June 15 because of inflammation. He went back on the disabled list and did not respond to a cortisone shot.
Teixeira was batting just .151 with three homers and 12 RBI in 53 at-bats.
Orioles prospect Bundy to have elbow surgery
BALTIMORE – Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will have season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery today, Baltimore Manager Buck Showalter said.
The procedure will end a frustrating season in which the right-hander never threw in a game.
Selected fourth overall in the 2011 amateur draft, Bundy made it to the big leagues with Baltimore last season and was expected to contribute again this year. But he developed arm soreness during spring training.
The recovery time from Tommy John surgery is usually a year. When he returns, Bundy will attempt to resume a career in which he has pitched in 23 big league games, including two with Baltimore in 2012.
Browns rookie charged in beating released by team
PASSAIC, N.J. – The Cleveland Browns released a rookie who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man in the head outside a club in northern New Jersey.
Ausar Walcott turned himself in to the Passaic police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.
The linebacker was signed by the Browns on May 13 following a tryout. The team announced his release yesterday.
Walcott, 23, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim, said Salvatore Bellomo, a senior assistant prosecutor.
The Record newspaper said the Hackensack, N.J., native and former University of Virginia player struck 24-year-old Derrick Jones just after The Palace Gentlemen’s Club closed. The police told the newspaper that Jones, who is from New York City, was critically injured.
Oregon put on probation, but faces no bowl ban
The NCAA stripped Oregon of a scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed the program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties like a bowl ban despite issuing an 18-month show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly.
The NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions released a report yesterday that said Kelly failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service.
Oregon lost an initial scholarship and had its total number of scholarships reduced by one from a maximum of 85 in 2012-13 through self-imposed sanctions.
It will lose another initial scholarship in 2013-14 and have its total scholarships reduced by one each of the next two years, also self-imposed.
Landry opts out of contract with Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. – Power forward Carl Landry opted out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal with the Golden State Warriors to become a free agent.
Landry’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said yesterday that his client was coming off a big season and it only made sense for him to hit the open market in hopes of landing a long-term deal. He added that Landry could still return to the Warriors.
The Warriors had expected Landry to become a free agent. General Manager Bob Myers said last week that Landry’s contract called for him to inform the team of his decision before today, when the NBA draft will take place.
The 29-year-old Landry averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench last season.
Bird returning to Pacers front office
INDIANAPOLIS – Larry Bird will be re-introduced to the media this morning as the Pacers’ president of basketball operations. The team confirmed the move yesterday.
It’s hardly a surprise. Bird has been attending draft workouts regularly with the Pacers top executives this month and had been said to have shown interest in a front office job with Sacramento, too.
Bird constructed the team that pushed Miami to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals this month, but left the franchise last summer. He says he has now had time to reflect, rest and take care of some health issues.
Lakers pick up options on Meeks, Sacre
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Lakers exercised their contract option on guard Jodie Meeks and extended a qualifying offer to center Robert Sacre.
The Lakers made the moves yesterday.
Meeks will make $1.55 million next season. He averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 78 games primarily as Kobe Bryant’s backup last season, occasionally excelling as a 3-point shooter.
Sacre is a restricted free agent after the Lakers made their qualifying offer. The 7-foot Canadian from Gonzaga was the final pick in last summer’s draft, and he averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 32 games for Los Angeles last season.
Lochte, Franklin each pick up two national titles
INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin each won two national titles last night with times that ranked among the top five in the world this year.
The two star American swimmers took a similar tack.
They each won in the 200 freestyle, then returned to the pool less than 90 minutes later and each won in the 200 backstroke.
Lochte won the 200 free in 1 minute, 45.97 seconds, fifth-fastest in the world this year, and took the 200 back in 1:55.16, third-fastest in 2013.
Franklin’s time of 1:55.63 in the 200 free was 0.08 seconds off the world’s best this season. The Olympic champion and world-record holder in the 200 back then set a U.S. Open record in that race at 2:05.68, the world’s best time this season.
Paulinho header sends Brazil to Confed final
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Paulinho scored on a header from Neymar’s corner kick in the 86th minute, and Brazil beat Uruguay, 2-1, last night to reach the Confederations Cup final as anti-government protesters clashed with the police near Mineirao Stadium.
Seeking its third straight title in the World Cup preparation tournament, Brazil will play Spain or Italy in Sunday’s final at Rio de Janeiro.
Diego Forlan could have put Uruguay ahead in the 14th minute, but goalkeeper Julio Cesar dived to his left to stop Forlan’s low penalty kick after Brazilian defender David Luiz was called for tugging the shirt of Diego Lugano.
Brazil took the lead in the 41st. Neymar brought down Paulinho’s high ball and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera saved Neymar’s shot, with Fred scoring off the rebound.
Edinson Cavani took advantage of sloppy defending to tie the score three minutes into the second half.