Reds shortstop out for season
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart tore a tendon and two ligaments in his right knee and will need reconstructive surgery, leaving him with a nine-month rehabilitation. Cozart hurt the knee when he slipped on first base while trying to beat out a grounder during a 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The condition of the Massachusetts woman hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park has been upgraded from fair to good. Officials at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said Thursday that Tonya Carpenter’s condition has improved.
The Detroit Pistons acquired veteran Ersan Ilyasova from the Milwaukee Bucks for forwards Caron Butler and Shawne Williams.
FIFA’s top spokesman left his job Thursday, hours after Sepp Blatter was urged to do the same by the European Parliament. FIFA communications director Walter De Gregorio, closely tied to the embattled FIFA president since 2011, left three days after telling a joke about soccer’s governing body on a TV talk show. ... Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas scored second-half goals to give Chile a 2-0 win over Ecuador in the opening match of the Copa America at Santiago, Chile.
The Glendale City Council has voted to end an arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes, thrusting the franchise’s future further into doubt. The council voted 5-2 Wednesday night to end a 15year, $225-million lease agreement signed by Glendale and Ice Arizona shortly after the team was purchased from the NHL in 2013.
An accreditation agency important to colleges receiving federal funds put the University of North Carolina on probation for a year over its academic fraud scandal. The board of Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges stopped short of imposing the harshest penalty, which would have blocked the country’s oldest public university from receiving federal funds including student loan proceeds.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his grasscourt season with a hard-earned, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory over Marcos Baghdatis at the Mercedes Cup at Stuttgart, Germany.
Brazil may lift the visa requirements for Americans wishing to attend next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, an apparent effort to boost ticket sales.
Southern Illinois freshman Raven Saunders won the shotput on her final attempt, a few hours after teammate junior DeAnna Price won the hammer in the NCAA track and field championships at Eugene, Ore.
Akela Jones of Kansas State won the collegiate title in only the second heptathlon of her career and Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin outdueled rival Sandi Morris of Arkansas in the pole vault, setting a collegiate record of 15 feet 5 inches.
In the only men’s competition of the day, defending champion Maicel Uibo of Georgia passed Arizona’s Pau Tonnesen in the final two events to win the decathlon.
The Philadelphia Eagles released two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis. ... The Dallas Cowboys signed their first-round draft pick, cornerback Byron Jones, to an $8.6-million, four-year deal. ... The San Diego Chargers will officially retire star running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s jersey during a Nov. 22 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.