October 24, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

Terps cornerback Barnes to miss rest of season

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Maryland cornerback Kevin Barnes suffered a shoulder-blade fracture and is out for the season, coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday. The senior was injured Saturday in the 26-0 victory over Wake Forest, but Friedgen delayed announcing the medical results until Barnes had met with doctors. "You would think the shoulder pads should have protected it. It's just one of those things, I guess," Friedgen said. Barnes will need surgery and is likely to have up to six months of rehabilitation, the coach said. Barnes, whose jarring hit on California running back Jahvid Best last month was a highlight of Maryland's season, will miss the Senior Bowl on Jan. 24. But Friedgen said Barnes should be available for NFL combines. JEFF BARKER

Arizona coach Olson retiring after 24 seasons

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Coach Lute Olson has retired after 24 seasons with Arizona. Athletic director Jim Livengood confirmed Olson's decision hours after news reports had started speculating about the 74-year-old Hall of Famer's future. "This was not a decision that was made lightly," Olson said in a statement released by the university. "I've had a wonderful run at the University of Arizona. I leave with a great sense of pride in what we have accomplished here." Speaking at a brief news conference at McKale Center, Livengood did not designate a successor - even on an interim basis. He said a national search would begin soon. Olson missed the 2007-08 season after taking a personal leave of absence. Olson returned in April and said he planned to coach for the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2011. Olson went 589-187 at Arizona, and he led the Wildcats to the 1997 national title and four Final Fours. Olson is 780-280 overall in 34 seasons as a Division I coach.

Pats: We're not upset about Brady's surgery


The New England Patriots denied an report they were upset with quarterback Tom Brady for opting against the team's preferred doctors and undergoing surgery on the West Coast. The Boston Herald reported yesterday that Brady has undergone two more procedures since then to try to fight an infection. If the infection is not brought under control, the Herald reports, the patellar tendon graft used to replace Brady's anterior cruciate ligament could become compromised. If that happens, Brady could need to redo the surgery - likely delaying his rehab.

Browns: : General manager Phil Savage defended his decision to suspend tight end Kellen Winslow, who claims the club tried to cover up his staph infection and has appealed his one-game ban without pay. "The Browns are bigger than one person ... " Savage said. "We couldn't and won't allow one person to tear down the organization."

Redskins: : Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin's sprained right shoulder will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Lions. Cornerback Shawn Springs is expected to sit out for the second straight week with a strained left calf.

Et cetera: : Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles has a concussion, and his status against Kansas City was uncertain. ... Bengals wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco, formerly known as Chad Johnson, said he will wear his old name on the back of his uniform for the rest of the season. ... Three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper said he is considering a comeback. ... Titans running back Chris Johnson has been fined $10,000 for banging on drums in the Chiefs' pep band after a 66-yard touchdown run Sunday.

NBA expands replay for 2008-09 season

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The NBA's Board of Governors has approved the expanded use of instant replay for the 2008-09 season. Referees will be allowed to review video to determine whether a field goal was a two- or three-point attempt or to decide whether a shooting foul was committed behind the arc and warrants three shots instead of two. At their meeting yesterday, owners also approved the use of replay if the game clock malfunctions in the final seconds of a quarter or overtime, helping the officials better determine how much time should have come off the clock or whether the period should have ended.

Et cetera: : The WNBA's Mystics began their overhaul after a 10-24 season by hiring Angela Taylor as general manager. ... Kobe Bryant was held out of the Lakers' preseason game because of residual swelling in his right knee after a collision with teammate Josh Powell on Tuesday. ... Allan Houston's latest comeback attempt has ended, and he began discussions with the Knicks about a role within the organization. ... Larry Hughes (dislocated shoulder) won't know how long he'll be out until a second magnetic resonance imaging today.

Ballesteros to have another brain surgery

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