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September 10, 2012
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Baseball

Teixeira could be lost for the season

The Yankees fear first baseman Mark Teixeira aggravated a leg injury in an ill-fated sprint to first base, and the severity of his strained left calf will determine if he returns to play this season. Teixeira returned Saturday from a 10-day absence, then hurt himself on the final play of New York’s 5-4 loss to Baltimore. Asked Sunday if he envisioned Teixeira playing any time soon, Yankees manager Joe Girardi replied: ‘‘No, I don’t think he’ll be a player for us. I’d be surprised, but we’ll have to wait and see.’’ Teixeira will have an MRI Monday. The Yankees had runners at the corners with one out in the ninth when Teixeira hit a grounder to second. After the force at second, Teixeira made a dive into first. Replays showed he beat the relay. ‘‘I think that’s when he really felt it,’’ Girardi said. ‘‘He busted his rear end to get down there. It’s unfortunate.’’ . . . Cardinals righthander Jake Westbrook will miss his next start with a strained right oblique muscle, suffered in Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee.

College football

Tulane’s Walker has spinal surgery

A day after suffering a spinal fracture while making a tackle against Tulsa, Tulane safety Devon Walker had surgery to stabilize his spine. Dr. Greg Stewart, Tulane’s director of sports medicine, said Walker had a three-hour surgery at St. Francis hospital in Tulsa. He was recovering in stable condition and was expected to stay in the intensive-care unit for the next few days. Stewart said it could be several days before they could assess the condition of his injury . . . Arkansas dropped from No. 8 to out of the rankings after a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. The Razorbacks’ dive was the second-largest of any team to fall out of the Top 25, trailing only Michigan’s fall from No. 5 after its loss to Appalachian State in the opening week of 2007. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, who was knocked out of the game with a possible concussion, is expected to return this week against Alabama, which remained No. 1 following its 35-0 victory over Western Kentucky.

WNBA

Charles lifts Sun to victory over Sky

Tina Charles scored 24 points to rally the Connecticut Sun to an 82-77 victory over the visiting Chicago Sky. Renee Montgomery had 12 points, Tan White 11, and Kelsey Griffin 10 for the Sun. Swin Cash had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Chicago . . . Maya Moore had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 81-62 victory over the host San Antonio Silver Stars. Rebekkah Brunson added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, while Sophia Young led San Antonio with 20 points . . . Lindsey Harding had 15 points and nine assists and Erika DeSouza had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the host Atlanta Dream routed the Washington Mystics, 93-68 . . . Cappie Pondexter had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Plenette Pierson added 17 points as the New York Liberty edged the Los Angeles Sparks, 73-71. Kristi Toliver scored 17 points and Candace Parker had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Sparks . . . Katie Douglas scored a season-high 30 points and Tamika Catchings added 19 as the host Indiana Fever beat the Phoenix Mercury, 89-83. DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points for Phoenix.

Miscellany

Pistorius, Weir stars of London games

A day after South African Oscar Pistorius secured his status as an icon at the London Paralympics by winning the 400 for his second gold medal of the week, British wheelchair racer David Weir won the marathon, giving the ‘‘Weirwolf of London’’ four golds. He also won in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and 5,000 meters . . . Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams won the shot put at the Rieti (Italy) IAAF World Challenge, setting the meet record with a throw of 68 feet, 1¾ inches . . . American Samantha Crawford won the US Open girls tennis title in New York, defeating Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit, 7-5, 6-3. In the boys final, Canada’s Filip Peliwo added the US Open to his 2012 Wimbledon junior title with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory over England’s Liam Broady . . . McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix in Onza, and Formula One leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third to extend his overall series lead . . . Jockey Junior Alvarado will miss 4-5 weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in a spill Saturday at Belmont Park in New York . . . Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador won his second Spanish Vuelta title in Madrid, just over a month after his doping ban ended. Spanish compatriots Alejandro Valverde and Joaquin Rodriguez were second and third . . . Robert Verhaaren, 42, of Mesa, Ariz., competing in a cycling race from Logan, Utah, to Jackson Hole, Wyo., crashed on a bridge in Wyoming and fell about 35 feet to his death into the Snake River . . . National Amateur Athletic Union president Louis Stout, 73, who sought to foster a ‘‘culture of safety’’ with the implementation of several reforms, died at a hospital in Lexington, Ky. Stout took over the AAU after the group’s former president, Bobby Dodd, was accused by two former basketball players of molesting them as children in Memphis and other locations in the 1980s.

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