TCU QB Pachall set for rehab facility
• Suspended TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Coach Gary Patterson made the announcement Tuesday, five days after the junior starter was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his second brush with the law in the past eight months. Patterson said most of the inpatient programs like the one Pachall will enter are 30 to 60 days. If Pachall completes the treatment, the door remains open for him to come back to school and the team.
• Tennessee’s Derek Dooley is recovering from surgery on his fractured right hip and will coach from the press box Saturday at No. 19 Mississippi State.
• 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.
• Florida coach Billy Donovan will have his oldest son on the bench this season — and maybe on the floor the following year. Donovan’s son, also named Billy Donovan, transferred to Florida from Catholic University. The walk-on junior guard must sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to compete for the Gators next fall. Don’t expect the younger Donovan to be like dad, though. Donovan averaged 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in two years at Catholic. He averaged 5.9 points and had 49 assists as a sophomore last season.
• UCLA guard Tyler Lamb underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday in Los Angeles. The school said in a statement that Lamb’s surgery was a success, and he’s expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, but didn’t explain how Lamb got injured. The junior from Santa Ana, Calif., averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists playing in all 33 games last season, and played in all three of UCLA’s games on its August tour of China.
Umberger to help coach at Ohio State
• Locked out by the NHL, Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger is returning to his alma mater to help coach the Ohio State men’s team. The three-year letterwinner with the Buckeyes, who has spent the last four of his seven NHL seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, will be a volunteer assistant to coach Mark Osiecki. A former Academic All-Big Ten choice, Umberger continued to work toward his degree after turning pro and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in the spring of 2011. Umberger, a Pittsburgh native, has 143 goals and 171 assists in his 551 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Blue Jackets. He’s the first ex-Ohio State player to play with the Blue Jackets.
• Budd Lynch, a veteran radio broadcaster who spent more than 60 years working for the Detroit Red Wings and became the team’s public voice, died Tuesday. He was 95. Lynch, the hockey club’s public address announcer, died following a brief illness at a Detroit-area rehabilitation center, the team said in a release. At 63 years, Lynch was the longest-tenured employee in team history.
Donovan sidelined by injury to knee
• Landon Donovan will not play for the U.S. national 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 that Donovan — who has more goals, assists and starts than any player in program history — 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. Donovan was injured while playing Saturday for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was selected by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for these qualifiers anyway, and the team’s athletic trainers wanted him to be evaluated one more time before he started training. Donovan had scrapped plans for an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday because he thought his knee had improved.
• Ashley Cole will escape a playing ban from England in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite insulting the Football Association in a Twitter post. The Chelsea left back apologized in person to FA Chairman David Bernstein on Monday for reacting angrily after a commission set up by the governing body questioned the evidence Cole gave in defending John Terry in a racism case.
McIlroy, Woods lose opening matches
• The anticipated matchup between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods today might not count for much after both lost their opening matches at the eight-player World Golf Finals in Belek, Turkey. McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar by 6 shots and Woods fell to Charl Schwartzel by 1 shot on Tuesday in the $5.2 million event at the Sultan course in Antalya. In the other group of the medal match-play format, Lee Westwood beat Webb Simpson by 1 shot and Justin Rose defeated Hunter Mahan by 4 strokes.
• Tennis star Rafael Nadal says he has been more encouraged recently about his recovery from a left knee injury and hopes to soon resume practice. Nadal didn’t rule out playing next month in the ATP World Tour Finals or Davis Cup finals, but added that returning that quickly would be difficult. He spoke from his home in Mallorca during a conference call Tuesday to promote his participation in an exhibition in New York in March.
— From wire reports