Baseball Yankees starter Michael Pineda will miss the rest of the season because of a tear in the labrum of his right shoulder. The Yankees said the righthander will have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in New York and be out for about a year. Pineda hasn’t appeared in a game for the Yankees this season . . . An MRI on the Nationals pitcher Ryan Zimmerman’s right shoulder shows inflammation but no structural damage. Zimmerman has missed three starts . . . Padres righthander Dustin Moseley had surgery on his right shoulder for extensive damage to his rotator cuff and labrum and is expected to miss the rest of the season . . . Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada will get a second opinion on his ailing left elbow from orthopedist Lewis Yocum. Wada was recently diagnosed with ligament damage after an MRI . . . Former Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman had elbow-ligament replacement surgery to help him attempt to make a comeback next spring. He hasn’t pitched since 2010.
BCS officials: ‘Status quo off the table’
Colleges Bowl Championship Series officials - the 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director - met for about eight hours to discuss overhauling how a champion is determined and possibly implementing a four-team playoff. It was the fourth such gathering this year. They reconvene Thursday and BCS executive director Bill Hancock said they all agreed it’s time to start crossing items off the list. “I think that’s what everyone wants to do. Get down to two, maybe three,’’ he said. “I think we’re making good progress on that. I think we’re going to make it.’’ One thing is clear: “The status quo is off the table,’’ Hancock said. Though he cautiously added they have not ruled out making over the current system that guarantees only a No. 1 vs. No. 2 championship game. But all signs point toward that being unlikely, and that by the 2014 season the BCS as fans have known it will be gone. “I would say there is an expectation that there will be significant change,’’ Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said . . . The NCAA may give certain colleges, future recruits, and junior-college transfers more time to comply with its new academic standards. School officials at three-time national champion Connecticut have already said that their men’s basketball team would be ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament based on its current APR scores.
Continue reading below
Thunder’s Harden cleared for playoffs
Continue reading below
Pro basketball Oklahoma City’s James Harden passed the NBA-mandated tests required for him to return from the concussion he suffered when the Lakers’ Metta World Peace elbowed him in the back of the head, but the Thunder held him out of Wednesday night’s regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets. The playoffs start this weekend, with Oklahoma City as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference . . . Commissioner David Stern said World Peace’s history absolutely weighed into his seven-game suspension. World Peace, who changed his name from Ron Artest, received an 86-game suspension in 2004 for jumping into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills to fight fans . . . Golden State’s David Lee will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn abdominal muscle . . . WNBA All-Star Candace Parker signed a multiyear contract extension with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Nadal cruises at Barcelona Open
Rafael Nadal overcame a sore knee to open his bid for a seventh Barcelona Open title with an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over Guillermo Garcia Lopez in the second round. Nadal had a bye in the first round . . . Second-ranked Maria Sharapova reached the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, when Alize Cornet retired with a shoulder injury, with Sharapova leading, 6-3, 1-0. Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round when Jelena Jankovic also retired with an identical score of 6-3, 1-0 in Wozniacki’s favor.
Bayern Munich in Champions final
Miscellany Bayern Munich became the first team to advance to a Champions League final it is hosting, beating Real Madrid, 3-1, on penalty kicks when Bastian Schweinsteiger converted the final shot after Sergio Ramos skied his over the crossbar. Bayern, a four-time champion of European soccer’s top club tournament, reached the final for the second time in three seasons and will play Chelsea at Allianz Arena on May 19. Chelsea eliminated defending champion Barcelona on Tuesday . . . Emiliano Bonfigli scored his first MLS goal in the 72d minute to lift Real Salt Lake to a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas. Real Salt Lake (5-3-1) snapped a two-game losing streak. Brek Shea scored on penalty kick in first half stoppage time for FC Dallas (3-3-2) . . . The Portland Timbers signed defender Steven Smith, who played the last nine seasons in his native Scotland and England . . . Olympian and US record-holder Ryan Hall will compete in the New York City Marathon this fall, his second New York marathon after finishing fourth in 2009. At the 2011 Boston Marathon, he finished fourth in 2 hours 4 minutes 58 seconds for the fastest marathon run by an American . . . The Board of Directors of the Falmouth Road Race will rename the race’s start line and unveil a plaque in honor of race founder, Tommy Leonard, Sunday at 2 p.m. at The Captain Kidd, 77 Water Street, Woods Hole.