Jamaica’s doping agency under fire
• Jamaica’s anti-doping agency must “get its house in order” after out-of-competition testing all but stopped before last year’s Olympics, former executive director Renee Anne Shirley said. The World Anti-Doping Agency will investigate the lapse, the Associated Press reported earlier today.
Sprinter Usain Bolt led the Jamaican team, winning three gold medals in its 12-medal haul. The only person the national agency drug-tested away from races in the five months before the London games was a male athlete who came out of retirement and needed to produce a sample before resuming competition, Shirley said by telephone, without identifying him.
WADA will investigate the period “of no effective operation,” the Associated Press reported, citing the Montreal- based organization’s director general David Howman.
Shirley said she ended a seven-month stint as executive director of the Jamaican agency, whose acronym is JADCO, in February for personal and work reasons. On taking up the post, she said, she was told out-of-competition testing had come to a standstill because “300 or 400” kits to collect urine samples were out-of-date.
Jazz rookie Burke out 8 to 12 weeks
• Utah Jazz rookie Trey Burke will undergo surgery on a broken finger on his shooting hand. Burke will have the operation this morning in Salt Lake City. Pins will be inserted to stabilize the point guard’s right index finger, which he fractured during a 106-74 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. The Jazz did not announce a timetable for Burke’s return, but he is expected to miss anywhere from eight to 12 weeks. Burke was penciled in as a starter after the Jazz acquired his rights from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a draft night trade.
• Sacramento Kings power forward Carl Landry will have hip surgery today and probably miss much of the season. Landry tore a left hip flexor muscle during a recent practice and is expected to miss three to four months. The team said Monday that Dr. William Meyers of Philadelphia will operate. Landry signed a $26 million, four-year contract in July.
Cubs to interview Renteria, Martinez
• A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs have interviewed San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria for their manager’s job. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search, confirmed reports by several media outlets. The interview took place in Southern California on Monday. The person also said the Cubs will interview Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez this week.
• Athletics rookie right-hander Sonny Gray will have surgery on his left thumb to repair a torn ligament. Gray injured his glove hand on a comebacker by Detroit’s Prince Fielder in a 3-0 Game 5 loss in the American League Division Series Thursday night, which ended Oakland’s season. He underwent an MRI exam Friday. The date of surgery is yet to be determined. In addition, 2012 Gold Glove right fielder Josh Reddick is likely to have arthroscopic surgery on a sprained right wrist that twice landed him on the disabled list.
Franchitti’s ankle surgery successful
• Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti had surgery Monday on his broken right ankle. It was the second operation on his ankle since Franchitti was injured Oct. 6 in an accident on the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston. He also fractured two vertebrae and suffered a concussion. IndyCar orthopedic consultant Dr. Terry Trammel said Monday’s surgery lasted just over three hours and was to repair the talus bone in Franchitti’s ankle. The talus bone connects the leg and the foot. The surgery was performed by Dr. Tim Weber, who told Trammel it “went perfectly and just as planned.” “His post-operation X-rays looked great. Everything is positive at this point as Dario continues his recovery,” Trammel said. Franchitti’s accident occurred when contact with Takuma Sato sent his car sailing into the fence. Debris from the accident injured 13 fans and one IndyCar official. Franchitti, from Scotland, is a four-time IndyCar champion.
— From wire reports