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Giants fan making progress in hospital

August 11, 2011

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Baseball
The family of the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day said yesterday on their website that he can slightly lift his arm and leg and respond to some directions. Bryan Stow’s family said that he lifted his left leg when asked and raised his left arm when asked if someone could hold his hand. Stow underwent emergency surgery last month for fluid buildup in his head that caused a seizure. He remains in serious condition at San Francisco General Hospital . . . Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, sidelined since June 9 after undergoing neck surgery, will return to the team tomorrow at Cleveland . . . Brewers lefthander Chris Narveson was placed on the 15-day DL, a day after cutting the thumb on his pitching hand with a scissors while working on his glove . . . Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart will have reconstructive surgery on his non-throwing elbow. He is expected to be ready for spring training.

Rodriguez expected back next week Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (right knee surgery) is making strides in his rehab at the team’s spring training facility in Tampa as he awaits a meeting with baseball officials about his alleged involvement in high-stakes poker games. The Yankees expect him to rejoin the team next week . . . Indians outfielder Michael Brantley (sore right wrist) will sit out a few games but is not expected to go on the disabled list. Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo took batting practice with the team after playing two games in the minor leagues and expects to be activated from the DL next week . . . Dakota Mulcahy hit a pair of home runs as Goffstown, N.H., beat Andover National, 5-2, on the final day of pool play at the Little League Eastern Regional tournament in Bristol, Conn. Andover will face Goffstown in the semifinals today. Fairfield (Conn.) takes on Cumberland (R.I.) in the other semifinal.

Football
Struggling UFL sacks team in Hartford The United Football League announced it will play a shorter season with four teams instead of five, with the Hartford Colonials suspending operations. UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said the league, which owns all or part of each franchise, couldn’t afford five teams after losing more than $100 million in its first two years. Without Hartford, the second-tier pro league is left with teams in Omaha, Norfolk, Va., Las Vegas, and Sacramento. Hartford players will join surviving UFL teams through a dispersal draft Monday. Hartford coach Jerry Glanville will become a league consultant, and Colonials assistants will take jobs with the other teams . . . A $336 million upgrade that began after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the Louisiana Superdome is finished with state and city officials saying it has “all the bells and whistles’’ of a new stadium.

Paterno returns to Penn State practice Penn State coach Joe Paterno returned to practice with his right arm in a sling. The 84-year-old Hall of Famer injured his shoulder and pelvis after a receiver blindsided him during drills Sunday. Paterno spent two days at a hospital before being released Tuesday . . . Montel Williams, 15, an Arkansas high school student in Gurdon, died after collapsing during practice Tuesday night, and officials are trying to determine whether heat was a factor . . . The NCAA investigation into Ohio State’s football program has cost the school’s athletic department about $800,000 so far. Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the figure in an e-mail to the Associated Press. Ohio State is scheduled to go before the NCAA’s committee on infractions tomorrow.

Tennis
Wozniacki, Nadal bounced in openers World No. 1 and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost to Roberta Vinci, 6-4, 7-5, in a second-round match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Wozniacki, who has won five titles this year, was up, 5-1, in the second set and looking to rally from a set down. However, the No. 22-ranked Vinci stormed back with three break points to complete the upset . . . In the men’s draw in Montreal, Ivan Dodig stunned Rafael Nadal, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5). Roger Federer defeated Vasek Pospisil, 7-5, 6-3, and top-seeded Novak Djokovic beat Nikolay Davydenko, 7-5, 6-1. . . . Serena Williams plans to play for the United States in two Fed Cup series next year.

Miscellany
Montreal police complete Chara probe Montreal police completed their investigation into Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for his hit on the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty, forwarding the report to prosecutors. Crown lawyers will decide whether to charge Chara for the hit March 8 that sidelined Pacioretty with a concussion and a cracked vertebra . . . Alex Galchenyuk and Jordan Masters scored in the third period and shootout to lead Team USA’s under-18 select team to a 6-5 win over host Slovakia in its final preliminary-round game at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Hockey Tournament. Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) was in goal for Team USA . . . Kurt Busch will drive the No. 22 Dodge in place of injured Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) . . . Earnhardt Ganassi Racing fired team members Trevor Lysne and Jerome David Frey after they were charged in Huntersville, N.C., with trafficking in marijuana . . . Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard will miss the remainder of the WNBA season with a sprained left foot . . . Former West Virginia University basketball star Mike Barrett, a member of the 1968 US team that won the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics, died in Nashville. He was 67 . . . US assistant men’s soccer coach Jesse Marsch signed a three-year deal to coach the Montreal Impact when the club joins MLS next season.

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