BaseballRangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is expected to miss about three weeks with another hamstring injury, the team announced yesterday. The AL West leaders said an MRI exam revealed a Grade 1 strain of Cruz’s left hamstring. Cruz missed 51 games last season because of three separate stints on the disabled list with issues to both hamstrings and was on the DL for 17 games earlier this year because of a strained right quadriceps muscle. In 113 games this season, Cruz is hitting .270 with a team-leading 28 home runs and 84 RBIs . . . Blue Jays manager John Farrell continues to be weakened by pneumonia and will not accompany his team for a three-game series in Baltimore that begins tonight. Farrell left in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Royals suffering from pain on his left side and was later diagnosed with pneumonia. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will continue to manage the team in Farrell’s absence . . . Giants manager Bruce Bochy backed off comments that suggested righthander Jonathan Sanchez, on the disabled list with a sprained foot, won’t return this season. Sanchez is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, though that’s not likely to happen. He has not thrown off a mound since making his last start two weeks ago in Atlanta.
Pro basketballLawyer: Crittenton will turn himself in Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, plans to surrender to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting, an attorney said. Crittenton will fly from Los Angeles to Atlanta and should arrive early today, said lawyer Brian Steel. Police earlier obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four young children. Police say Jones was walking with two men when she was shot and they believe one of the men with her was the target . . . Nuggets restricted free agent Wilson Chandler will play in China this season and won’t be able to opt out of his deal and return to the NBA if there is a 2011-12 season . . . The Knicks hired former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson as an assistant to Mike D’Antoni. He interviewed for the Detroit job that instead went to former Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, but now will try to help D’Antoni address the Knicks’ longtime struggles on the defensive end.
College footballLSU’s Jefferson seeks to lift suspension Lewis Unglesby, the lawyer for Jordan Jefferson, will ask the university and coach Les Miles to consider lifting the LSU quarterback’s suspension while the legal process plays out in the case of a recent bar brawl involving numerous LSU players. The fourth-ranked Tigers open the season Saturday against No. 3 Oregon . . . Garrett Gilbert earned a second chance to be the starting quarterback at Texas. The junior who threw 17 interceptions as Texas went 5-7 last season was announced as the starter for the Longhorns’ season opener Saturday against Rice. Gilbert won a four-way battle for the job in new coordinator Bryan Harsin’s offense. The question now is just how quickly would Texas go to No. 2 Case McCoy if Gilbert struggles? “He’s the starting quarterback at Texas. If he moves the ball and scores, he’ll keep it,’’ coach Mack Brown said. “He wouldn’t be our starting quarterback if we didn’t have faith in Garrett.’’ . . . Two Hawaii starters - outside linebacker Aaron Brown and receiver Darius Bright - have been suspended for Saturday’s opener against Colorado after they were arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault stemming from a weekend brawl at a Waikiki nightclub.
College basketballFisher, San Diego St. agree on extension Leading San Diego State’s basketball team to its most successful season ever landed coach Steve Fisher a sweetheart of a contract extension. Fisher, 66, was given a four-year extension that includes a clause that his longtime assistant, Brian Dutcher, is the head-coach-in-waiting. Fisher gets a $150,000 raise to $800,000 annually, with a 5 percent escalator in ensuing seasons. The Aztecs finished 34-3 last season, and got the school’s first two NCAA Tournament wins.
MiscellanyCoyotes bringing back center Langkow The Phoenix Coyotes reacquired center Daymond Langkow in a trade that sent right wing Lee Stempniak to the Calgary Flames. The trade is contingent on Langkow passing a physical. Langkow played for Phoenix from 2001-2004, scoring 68 goals with 98 assists in 243 games before being traded to Calgary . . . Brazilian soccer great Zico was hired as Iraq’s national coach, hoping to revive the team after a disappointing run. Wolfgang Sidka was released this month at the end of his $500,000, one-year contract. Zico played in three World Cups for Brazil - 1978, 1982, and 1986. He has coached Japan and several club teams, most recently Olympiakos of Greece . . . Live racing and simulcasting are scheduled to resume today at Suffolk Downs after a power outage wiped out yesterday’s card.
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