Orioles third baseman Manny Machado got some good news: He has a torn ligament in his left knee but could be running again in 6-8 weeks because his ACL and MCL ligaments are fine. An MRI on Tuesday revealed Machado has a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. The Orioles hope he can recover without having surgery. An ACL tear would have kept him sidelined into the 2014 season. The injury occurred Monday during Baltimore’s game at Tampa Bay. Machado was running out a single and stepped awkwardly on the inside of the base. He tumbled to the ground and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher . . . White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. He batted .253 with four homers and 40 RBIs in 117 games . . . A day after the Yankees revealed his season-ending left hamstring strain suffered Friday against San Francisco, CC Sabathia is vowing he’s going to be the New York’s ace next year. Coming back from offseason elbow surgery, Sabathia went 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA . . . Giants third baseman Nathanael Javier, 17, has been suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s minor league drug program after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozol.
Leafs’ Kessel banned for preseason
The NHL suspended Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel for the final three games of the preseason for slashing Sabres enforcer John Scott during a wild brawl Sunday. “He’s not going to be able to play anymore, so now he’s going to really practice hard,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle told TSN in Canada after Tuesday night’s game against the Senators. The NHL is holding Sabres coach Ron Rolston partially responsible for the brawl that broke out in the third period. The league fined Rolston an undisclosed amount for ‘‘player selection and team conduct.’’ In the meantime, Rolston said forward Corey Tropp is out indefinitely while being evaluated for a possible concussion. Tropp was hurt and his head bloodied following a fight with Toronto’s Jamie Devane that sparked the melee . . . The Ducks signed their first-round pick, defenseman Shea Theodore, to a three-year contract.
George, Pacers agree to a long deal
Pacers star forward Paul George agreed to a long-term contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it won’t be officially announced until Wednesday. Terms were not immediately available, but he is eligible for a five-year deal worth between $80 million to $90 million, depending on the salary cap. George’s rookie deal was set to expire after next season and the 23-year-old All-Star almost certainly would have been one of most attractive players on the free agent market . . . The Knicks signed center Cole Aldrich, a 2010 lottery pick who has struggled in the NBA. Aldrich played last season for Houston and Sacramento, averaging 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 45 games . . . Two people with knowledge of the plans say the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend will be split between two arenas, with Madison Square Garden to host the game and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn hosting the Saturday skills events . . . Tulsa Shock guard Riquna Williams was named the 2013 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year. Williams played in 27 games — 21 as a reserve — and averaged 15.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1 steal per game. She set a WNBA record with 51 points in a Sept. 8 Tulsa win over San Antonio.
Penn State to get 5 scholarships back
Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced, crediting the university for making significant improvements to its athletics programs. Five scholarships will be restored next year and 15 more will be phased in until the school reaches the limit of 85 in 2016-17 . . . The University of Cincinnati Medical Center confirmed 18-year-old football player Sean VanDyne of Hamilton, Ohio, died in a single-vehicle crash that injured two others. Authorities said the crash occurred as VanDyne was driving with three Cincinnati redshirt freshmen returning from the Bearcats’ 14-0 win Saturday at Miami University in Oxford . . . Coach Paul Dietzel, who led LSU to its first football national championship, died Tuesday. He was 89 . . . Army baseball coach Joe Sottolano was fired for failing to meet the academy’s standards of behavior, West Point officials said. Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Webster Wright said Sottolano, who had been at West Point since 1992 and became head coach in 2000, was fired for a ‘‘pattern of behavior.’’ Wright said there were no criminal charges and no cadets were involved.
Cilic withdrew to hide failed drug test
A tennis tribunal said Marin Cilic hid behind the excuse of a knee injury to withdraw from Wimbledon this year to avoid negative publicity after failing a doping test. The Croatian player was suspended for nine months last week by the International Tennis Federation after testing positive for a banned stimulant at a tournament in Munich in May . . . Justice Department lawyers urged a federal judge not to dismiss the government’s fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, arguing the US Postal Service was forever tainted by its sponsorship of his team while he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.