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Sports news briefs — Sept. 26

Compiled from wire reports

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basketball

Indiana center out with shoulder sprain

• Indiana freshman center Luke Fischer will miss a few weeks because of a sprained left shoulder. Fischer, Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball, is expected to play a key role in helping to replace Cody Zeller, who gave up his last two seasons of eligibility to jump to the NBA.

• North Carolina coach Roy Williams says suspended guard P.J. Hairston can practice with the team when it begins workouts today. Williams suspended the Tar Heels’ leading scorer indefinitely in July after he was charged with speeding and reckless driving.

• UCLA guard Kari Korver will miss the upcoming season with a right knee injury. The school said Thursday that Korver had an MRI a day earlier that confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a tear in her lateral meniscus. Korver averaged 4.7 points and 1.5 rebounds as a freshman last season.

• Steve Mills is returning to the New York Knicks as president and general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald in a front-office shake-up just days before the start of training camp.

college football

EA Sports to drop college video game

• EA Sports says it will not publish a college football video game next year. The company had initially vowed to maintain the franchise after the NCAA decided in July to ends its contract to lend its logo to the game. But since then, several college conferences have followed the NCAA’s lead.

golf

Wilson takes lead in Dunhill Links

• Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson boosted his chances of regaining his European Tour card by shooting an 8-under 64 to share the lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland. Wilson made the most of his sponsor’s invitation by making one eagle and six birdies. Fellow Englishmen Tom Lewis and Richard McEvoy also shot a 64, along with Mark Tullo of Chile and Alexandre Kaleka of France.

Ashley Hall birdied two of his last three holes for a 7-under 63 on the Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to take a 1-shot lead after the first round of the Web.com Tour Championship.

Doug Hanzel won the USGA Senior Amateur, beating Pat O’Donnell 3 and 2 in the championship match at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C. The 56-year-old Hanzel, from Savannah, Ga., opened a three-hole lead with a par on the par-4 15th and matched O’Donnell’s birdie on the par-4 16th to end the match.

Ellen Port successfully defended her Senior Women’s Amateur title in San Martin, Fla., for her sixth U.S. Golf Association victory. The 52-year-old Port, a high school teacher and coach in St. Louis, beat 50-year-old Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2 at CordeValle.

hockey

San Jose forward has knee surgery

• San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Torres had the operation Thursday and General Manager Doug Wilson says he is expected back later this season. Torres was injured in a collision with Anaheim forward Emerson Etem last Friday.

• Center Derek Stepan is back in the fold with the New York Rangers, agreeing to a two-year contract that should have him back on the ice in time for the season opener.

other SPORTS

Indy set to host road race in May

• Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are adding an IndyCar road race to the May schedule. It marks the first time the historic Brickyard will hold two IndyCar races during the month of May, which has traditionally been reserved only for practice, qualifying and the Indianapolis 500. The road race will be held the first weekend of May, while the 500 will be run May 25, the traditional Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

• Two-time figure skating world champion Miki Ando of Japan is second behind reigning world junior champion Elena Radionova of Russia in Oberstdorf, Germany, after the short program at the Nebelhorn Trophy, her first competition in two years.

— From wire reports


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