In Brief | Nation and World Jan. 22


Spotlight crashes onto SD HS wrestler

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota high school wrestler enjoying his moment in the spotlight had the match abruptly cut short when the light crashed down on top of him.

Michael McComish took stitches after the Friday night incident during the Madison High School senior’s match against an opponent from Chamberlain.

The tournament features an overhead light fixture about the size of a large truck tire that casts a spotlight on the mat.

As seen in a YouTube video, the wrestlers sparred for about 50 seconds when McComish got into the referee’s position with his hands and knees on the middle of the mat. Just before his opponent took the top position, the fixture crashed down on top of McComish.

Athletic director Bud Postma said McComish is recovering and back in school Monday.

Indians sign Raburn, Francisco

CLEVELAND — The Indians have signed utilityman Ryan Raburn and outfielder Ben Francisco to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.

Raburn has spent his entire career with the Detroit Tigers. The 31-year-old is a .256 hitter with 54 homers and 216 RBIs in 566 games. He spent most of 2012 with the Tigers and also appeared in 15 games for Triple-A Toledo. Raburn, who has played 396 career games in the outfield and 143 at second base, made two trips to the disabled list last year.

Francisco played in 235 games for Cleveland from 2007-09 before he was traded to Philadelphia. The 31-year-old has also played for Toronto, Houston and Tampa Bay. While with the Indians, Francisco batted .261 with 28 homers and 99 RBIs. He had a .281 average in 106 games at Progressive Field.

Mets get Feliciano, settle with Davis

NEW YORK — Left-hander Pedro Feliciano is returning to the New York Mets, who also settled their salary arbitration case with first baseman Ike Davis.

The Mets said Monday that Feliciano had agreed to a minor league contract after two injury-plagued seasons across town with the Yankees. The 36-year-old never pitched in a game for the Yankees, spending two years on the disabled list because of a torn capsule in his left shoulder after signing an $8 million contract.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Davis gets $3,125,000, six times the $506,690 he earned last year when he hit .227 with 32 homers and 90 RBIs.

Cavs’ Varejao done for year with blood clot

CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao’s season rapidly spiraled from a probable All-Star appearance to over.

The Cavaliers’ hustling center, who led the NBA in rebounding before he went down last month with what appeared to be nothing more than a bruised knee, remained hospitalized Monday with a blood clot in his lower right lung, a health scare that will force him to miss the rest of this season.

Varejao, who underwent surgery on a torn leg muscle on Jan. 10, has been at The Cleveland Clinic since last Thursday.

Stewart piqued by Penske’s Indy offer

CONCORD, N.C. — Tony Stewart believes he has an open-ended offer from Roger Penske to run the Indianapolis 500.

The three-time NASCAR champion turned down Penske’s offer in December to drive one of his cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Stewart revealed Monday he told “The Captain” over dinner he’d like to revisit the offer down the road.

Stewart is an Indiana native and former IndyCar series champion who grew up dreaming of winning the Indy 500. He ran it five times and finished a career-best fifth in 1997.

3 firms bid to build Vikings stadium

MINNEAPOLIS — Three construction firms submitted bids to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium by Monday’s deadline, including one local company, according to the agency overseeing bidding.

Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis, Hunt Construction Group of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Skanska AB’s New York office are in the running to build the $975 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Texas Speedway lowers some tickets

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Motor Speedway will offer some frontstretch tickets at its lowest prices in 15 years for NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the track.

The track will offer about 8,000 frontstretch seats for $49 for each of its two Cup races and has lowered prices on about 7,400 other seats. The track held steady on prices for all other seats even after having last season’s highest-attended Cup race with 159,200 fans last April.

Brady’s slide draws ire of Ravens S Pollard

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Tom Brady’s foot-up slide in the AFC championship game did not sit well with Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard.

During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground to end an impromptu run. The quarterback’s upraised leg hit onrushing Ravens free safety Ed Reed, who emerged from the play without injury.

But Pollard believes Brady should be disciplined by the NFL, which levies fines on defensive players for helmet-to-helmet hits.

Vigil planned to remember Paterno

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Community residents have scheduled a vigil today to remember former Penn State coach Joe Paterno a year after his death.

A family spokesman says the family won’t be involved and intends to remain in privacy. Paterno died of lung cancer on Jan. 22, 2012, at age 85, two months after being fired by the school in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

By wire sources