Willingham may not return this year
Twins outfielder Josh Willingham may not return from a sprained left shoulder, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Willingham, who was injured trying to catch a home run Monday, is hitting .260 with 35 home runs and 110 RBIs . . . The Twins released Tsuyoshi Nishioka, ending their experiment with the Japanese middle infielder after two rough years. The team said the move came at Nishioka’s request, and that he decided to relieve the team of its remaining financial commitment on his contract . . . Toronto’s Omar Vizquel apologized to teammates in a 30-minute, closed-door meeting for telling a local newspaper the club wasn’t doing enough to correct repeated mistakes by players. The 45-year-old, who is retiring at the end of the season, also said Thursday that the Jays needed better communication between coaches and players . . . Yu Darvish felt no discomfort after throwing in the bullpen for the first time since skipping his previous turn for the Rangers because of neck stiffness. Manager Ron Washington said Darvish is still on track to start Sunday against the Angels . . . Rangers reliever Mike Adams said he had an MRI and will be sidelined indefinitely with muscle soreness near his right shoulder . . . Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was cleared by doctors to play catch just over three weeks after undergoing brain surgery after taking a line drive off the bat of the Angels’ Erick Aybar on Sept. 5.
. . . Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden yelled at the Stockton, Calif., police chief Wednesday while carrying a bat during an anti-crime rally in his hometown but won’t be punished.
Kansas extends basketball coach SelfKansas basketball coach Bill Self agreed to a new contract that will pay him $3.856 million annually through the 2021-22 season, the school announced . . . Police in Georgia said Auburn receiver Quan Bray was arrested during a traffic stop for loud music on the campus of the University of West Georgia. Officers realized he was driving on a limited permit and saw an open bottle of alcohol in the car. Police said he hadn’t been drinking.
Radwanska, Stosur to meet in Tokyo
Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska beat Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 6-1, to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Nadia Petrova beat Sam Stosur, 6-4, 6-2, in the other semifinal . . . In Bangkok, top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic got past Fernando Verdasco, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, to move into the Thailand Open semifinals. Tipsarevic will face 2009 champion Gilles Simon, who beat Gael Monfils, 6-4, 6-1 . . . Top-seeded David Ferrer rallied by Igor Sijsling, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals of the Malaysian Open. Second-seeded Juan Monaco beat Vasek Pospisil, 6-3, 6-4, to book a slot in the other semifinal.Miscellany
Cho prepares in speedskating scandal
American speedskater Simon Cho retained an attorney to represent him in a scandal involving embattled coach Jae Su Chun, who is accused of ordering Cho to tamper with a Canadian rival’s skate at last year’s world speedskating championships . . . Lindsey Harding scored 23 points to lead the Atlanta Dream in a 75-66 win over the host Indiana Fever in the WNBA Eastern Conference semifinals; Lindsay Whalen scored 20 points as the defending champion Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm, 78-70, in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals in Minneapolis . . . Graham Zusi scored two goals, and Sporting Kansas City clinched an MLS playoff spot with a 2-0 win over the visiting Chicago Fire . . . Steve Kean resigned as Blackburn manager, saying he had been ‘‘forced’’ out and that his position had become ‘‘untenable.’’ . . . Kurt Busch will make his first start in the No. 78 car for Furniture Row Racing at the Sprint Cup Oct. 13 race at Charlotte . . . Chris Economaki, a journalist regarded as the authoritative voice in motorsports for decades, died. He was 91 . . . Providence will find out Sunday if it will be the site of a new IndyCar street race in 2013.