Press Box


December 08, 2009

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck had surgery on a finger on his right hand and could miss the Cardinal's first bowl game in eight years. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Luck could be back for the Sun Bowl against Oklahoma on Dec. 31, but senior Tavita Pritchard will probably start. ... Virginia hired Richmond's Mike London as its coach, replacing the fired Al Groh. London agreed to a five-year deal worth $1.7 million annually. ... Buffalo has granted Kansas permission to interview Turner Gill for its vacant coaching position. ... Bobby Bowden's final game will take place in a packed house. The Gator Bowl said that it sold every ticket for the New Year's Day game in record time, less than two hours. Florida State (6-6) will play Bowden's former team, No. 18 West Virginia (9-3).

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Kalin Lucas scored 17 points, and No. 12 Michigan State withstood Citadel's 3-point shooting in a 69-56 victory in Charleston, S.C. The Spartans (7-2) figured to have an easier time in their second trip south in less than a week, following an 89-82 loss at North Carolina on Dec. 1. But Citadel (6-5) made its first seven 3-pointers and finished 12 of 20. Michigan State held the Bulldogs to two baskets over the last eight minutes to pull away. ... Western Carolina rallied from 10 points down in the second half to beat Bradley 75-67 in Peoria. Taylor Brown scored 18 points to lead the Braves (5-3). ... Iowa coach Todd Lickliter is expected to be released from a hospital Tuesday but won't be on the sideline that night for the game at Northern Iowa. Lickliter had been having persistent headaches.

GOLF: Troy Merritt shot a 3-under 69 to win the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in West Palm Beach, Fla., one shot ahead of tour veteran Jeff Maggert. ... Duke star Amanda Blumenherst was medalist at LPGA Tour qualifying in Daytona Beach, Fla., closing with a 4-under 68.

BASEBALL: The Yankees traded Brian Bruney to the Nationals for a player to be named in the first deal of the winter meetings. ... The Tigers traded left-hander Clay Rapada to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash. The 28-year-old had a 5.40 ERA in 3 1/3 innings over three relief appearances for Detroit last season and was 4-2 with five saves and a 2.76 ERA in 42 games at Toledo. ... The Red Sox signed right-hander Scott Atchison, who spent the last two seasons with Hanshin of Japan's Central League, to a one-year contract. ... Shortstop Adam Everett decided to stay with the Tigers, agreeing to a one-year, $1.55 million contract.

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