BASEBALLRockies pitcher Juan Nicasio underwent neck surgery yesterday to stabilize a fracture after he was struck in the head by a line drive Friday night. The team said he was “resting comfortably’’ at a Denver hospital after surgery on the C-1 vertebrae. The rookie righthander was injured in the second inning on a liner by Washington’s Ian Desmond. The ball slammed into the right side of Nicasio’s head and bounced into foul territory. Nicasio went down and lay on the mound for several minutes as he was treated by the training staff . . . The Braves put righthander Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right knee. The All-Star is 0-1 in his last four starts, allowing 16 earned runs in 23 innings. He had surgery on the same knee in October to repair a torn meniscus. He is 12-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings . . . The Astros optioned lefthander J.A. Happ to Triple A Oklahoma City. Happ is 4-14 this season with a 6.26 ERA in 22 starts. He has allowed five or more runs in eight straight starts . . . The Pirates recalled righthander Brad Lincoln from Triple A Indianapolis to take a spot in their bullpen. He is 1-4 with a 6.29 ERA in 12 career games in the majors . . . Righthander Jered Weaver dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension, and the Angels ace will miss a series against the Yankees. The major league ERA leader began serving his suspension yesterday against Seattle and is now scheduled to make his next start Saturday at Toronto. Weaver received the ban for throwing a pitch over the head of Detroit’s Alex Avila a week ago at Detroit . . . Players have been issued a warning over the use of deer-antler spray, a substance administered under the tongue that includes a banned chemical known for its muscle-building and fat-cutting effects, SI.com reported. Scientists found insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1, in the velvet of immature deer antlers and players have been using it as an alternative to steroids.
COLLEGESNebraska is waiting on QB Starling Quarterback Bubba Starling is putting football at Nebraska on hold until he decides whether to sign with the Kansas City Royals. Starling was a no-show for the Cornhuskers’ first practice yesterday, and coach Bo Pelini said the 6-foot-5-inch, 200-pound freshman won’t participate in team activities until at least Aug. 15, if ever. That’s the baseball signing deadline for Starling, a power-hitting outfielder who was drafted No. 5 overall in June.
MISCELLANYCannons take MLL regular-season title Kevin Buchanan scored four times, Max Quinzani added three goals, and goalie Jordan Burke stopped 24 of 32 shots as the Boston Cannons (8-3) clinched the Major League Lacrosse regular-season title with a 13-8 win over the host Hamilton Nationals . . . Rashad Evans delivered a crushing knee to Tito Ortiz’s chest, then ended the fight with a series of blows to the head to shake off a 14-month layoff and win the main event of UFC 133 in Philadelphia. Evans won 4 minutes 48 seconds into Round 2 via TKO when he had Ortiz pinned against the cage . . . Missy Franklin won the 100-meter freestyle at the US national championships in Stanford, Calif., in 53.63, defeating a field that included three Olympians, with the fifth-fastest time in the world this year. Olympian Amanda Weir took second at 54.14, and Dana Vollmer was third at 54.27 . . . Brendan Hansen won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.59, completing a sweep of the breaststroke events in his comeback from a three-year retirement . . . Kenyan Micah Kogo and Ethiopian Ahez Kiros won the men’s and women’s divisions of the 14th TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Kogo pulled away at Mile 4 in clocking 27:48 while Kiros took the lead at Mile 3 and finished in 32:09 . . . Sam Kurkner of Reading scored to help lead the US men’s Under-18 hockey team past the Czech Republic, 5-3, in its only exhibition game before the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic that starts tomorrow. Goalie Jon Gillies of South Portland, Maine, stopped 20 of 21 shots in 32 minutes . . . In WNBA action, Matee Ajavon tied a career high with 32 points to help the Washington Mystics cruise to an 91-81 victory at home over the New York Liberty . . . Sophia Young scored 20 points, Becky Hammon added 17, and the host San Antonio Silver Stars handed the Tulsa Shock their franchise-record 14th straight loss, 72-64.
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