In Brief | Nation and World Oct. 10


Ailing LHP Garcia removed from Cardinals’ roster

WASHINGTON — The St. Louis Cardinals removed Jaime Garcia from their NL division series roster Tuesday, a day after he lasted only two innings in his Game 2 start because of an ailing shoulder.

An MRI revealed that the left-hander has a strained rotator cuff and inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He’ll be replaced by rookie right-hander Shelby Miller.

Garcia’s health was a concern after he missed two months this season with shoulder fatigue before returning in mid-August. Manager Mike Matheny dismissed suggestions that Garcia should have spoken up about a possible problem before starting a playoff game.

Despite Garcia’s short outing, the Cardinals won Monday’s game 12-4 to even the series at one game apiece. Game 3 is today in Washington.

Alex Karras with wife, kids after kidney failure

Alex Karras was recently released from a California hospital after having kidney failure so he could spend his final days with family.

The 77-year-old former defensive tackle and actor, who was born and raised in Gary, Ind., has been surrounded by his wife and kids at his home in Los Angeles.

In his day, Karras was one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles. The Detroit Lions drafted Karras 10th overall in 1958 out of Iowa and he was a four-time All-Pro over 12 seasons with the franchise.

Karras became a bit of a celebrity through George Plimpton’s behind-the-scenes book about what it was like to be an NFL player in the Motor City, “Paper Lion: Confessions of a Second-string Quarterback.” That led to Karras playing himself in the movie adaption, and it opened doors for him such as being an analyst alongside Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford on “Monday Night Football.”

Karras had a well-known appearance as Mongo in the 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles” and was a star in the 1980s sitcom “Webster.”

He took on another role this year as lead plaintiff in a complaint against the NFL by ex-players who claim the league didn’t do enough to protect them from head injuries.

Tickets for Battle on the Midway start at $150

SAN DIEGO — Tickets for the Battle on the Midway basketball game between Syracuse and San Diego State on Nov. 9 go on sale Wednesday, and they won’t be cheap.

Tickets start at $150 with a limited number of seats available for $500.

Capacity for the game, to be played on the flight deck of the decommissioned USS Midway, which is now a museum, will be about 5,000. San Diego State spokesman Mike May said a “healthy” number of tickets will be available to the public but didn’t know an exact number because both schools have held pre-sales for season-ticket holders.

Sideline seats have been offered to season-ticket holders for as much as $1,000 and baseline seats for $500.

Nevada suspends Chavez Jr. for failed drug test

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Athletic Commission has temporarily suspended Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after the former middleweight champion failed a drug test.

The commission made the standard procedural move Tuesday. Chavez tested positive for marijuana use last month.

Commission executive Keith Kizer said Chavez will have a disciplinary hearing within the next two months. Chavez could receive a lengthy suspension or a significant fine on his $3 million purse.

WAC adds Cal State-Bakersfield, Utah Valley

DENVER — The Western Athletic Conference is adding Cal State-Bakersfield and Utah Valley next year as it punts away football after a half-century on the gridiron.

The 50-year-old WAC is the first Division I conference to give up on football since the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1995, but the additions of Cal State-Bakersfield and Utah Valley assured at least for now that it won’t also go the way of the SWC, and cease to exist altogether.

Donovan ruled out of World Cup qualifiers

MIAMI — Landon Donovan will not play for the U.S. team in a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifying matches because of an injured left knee, adding to what will be a pressure-filled few days for the Americans.

U.S. Soccer said Tuesday that Donovan — who has more goals and starting caps than any other player — will likely not be replaced on what was a 24-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers, first on Friday on the road against Antigua and Barbuda, then in Kansas City on Oct. 16 against Guatemala.

Mattek-Sands, Goerges into 2nd round in Austria

LINZ, Austria — American Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-2, 6-4 Tuesday in the first round of the Generali Ladies.

Mattek-Sand will play Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4.

Julia Goerges beat 2007 champion Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 7-6 (5). The fifth-seeded German closed out the victory with a forehand winner after trailing 5-3 in the second set. She will play Romina Oprandi, who defeated Alexandra Cadantu 6-2, 6-1.

Isner advances to 3rd round at Shanghai Masters

SHANGHAI — John Isner reached the third round of the Shanghai Masters by beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (3), 6-7 (8), 7-6 (7) Tuesday.

Neither player was able to break serve in the match, the first at the tournament to go to three tiebreakers. Isner saved three break points and Anderson saved four.

Isner finished the match with 24 aces, and Anderson had 21.

In the first round, 14th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan defeated Di Wu of China 6-2, 6-4.

Zheng beats Sanchez to advance at Japan Open

OSAKA, Japan — Second-seeded Zheng Jie of China advanced to the second round of the Japan Open with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Maria Jose Martina Sanchez of Spain on Tuesday.

In other matches, sixth-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

In the day’s only upset, wild-card Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand beat fifth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2.

By wire sources