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SportsLog: Commissioner’s office confirms the death of MLB umpire Wally Bell

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Bell, who umpired in the NLDS, dies

Umpire Wally Bell, who worked the National League Division Series between the Pirates and Cardinals this month, died. He was 48. The commissioner’s office confirmed Bell’s death Monday. He died of an apparent heart attack in his home state of Ohio. A veteran of 21 big league seasons, he had also worked four league championship series since joining the major league staff in 1993. Bell underwent open heart surgery before the start of spring training in 1999 but returned to the field early in the regular season . . . Athletics rookie righthander Sonny Gray will have surgery on his left thumb to repair a torn ligament. Gray injured his glove hand on a comebacker by Detroit’s Prince Fielder in a 3-0 Game 5 loss in their American League Division Series last Thursday night. The date of surgery is yet to be determined. In addition, A’s right fielder Josh Reddick is likely to have arthroscopic surgery on a sprained right wrist . . . Orioles third baseman Manny Machado underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. Recovery time is estimated to be around six months . . . A person familiar with the situation said the Cubs have interviewed Padres bench coach Rick Renteria for their manager’s job. The person also said the Cubs will interview Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez this week . . . Major League Baseball and the players’ association have determined that qualifying offers for eligible free agents will be $14.1 million, a raise of $800,000 from last year.

PRO BASKETBALL

Utah rookie Burke out 8 to 12 weeks

Jazz rookie Trey Burke will undergo surgery on a broken finger on his shooting hand. Burke will have the surgery on Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City. The first-round pick, whom Utah acquired in a draft-night trade with Minnesota, fractured his right index finger during an exhibition loss to the Clippers Saturday. He is expected to miss anywhere from eight to 12 weeks . . . Kings forward Carl Landry will have surgery Tuesday after tearing his left hip flexor during practice and will miss 3-4 months. . . Thousands of Minnesota Lynx fans lined the streets of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis to celebrate the team’s WNBA championship. The Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream, 3-0, to earn their second title in three seasons . . . Former NBA player Joe C. Meriweather, who later coached women’s basketball at Park University in Missouri, died unexpectedly Sunday in Columbus, Ga. He was 59. The cause of death was unknown.

COLLEGES

Hall of Famer Hatchell has leukemia

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North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has been diagnosed with leukemia. In a release from the school, Hatchell said she would temporarily step away from her coaching duties to focus on treatment. Hatchell, 61, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last month. She’s preparing for her 28th season with the Tar Heels and has 908 career victories, making her one of only three head coaches in the sport to win 900 games. Longtime assistant Andrew Calder will lead the program while Hatchell is away . . . Saint Mary’s men’s basketball coach Randy Bennett must serve a five-game suspension and won’t be allowed to recruit off campus this season as the NCAA has upheld penalties against the program for recruiting violations . . . The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team was a unanimous choice by the American Athletic Conference coaches to win the league’s inaugural tournament. Huskies sophomore Breanna Stewart was tabbed as the preseason player of the year . . . The University of Iowa will pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former member of the women’s rowing team, Margaret Krusing, who says the team’s intense training workouts and lax oversight left her with debilitating leg injuries, which made it hard to walk and has required numerous surgeries.

MISCELLANY

Ex-Bruin Khudobin on injured reserve

The Carolina Hurricanes have placed goalie and former Bruin Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. Khudobin was hurt during the second period of a loss to Phoenix Sunday. Khudobin signed a one-year deal after going 14-9-4 for the Bruins last season . . . Anaheim Ducks prospect Stefan Noesen is out for the season with torn ligaments in his left knee. The 20-year-old was expected to start with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in Norfolk this season . . . The US men’s soccer team will face host Panama in its final World Cup qualifier Tuesday night. The Americans already have secured a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil . . . Fox has acquired US broadcast rights to German Bundesliga soccer for five years starting with the 2015-16 season . . . Skier Lindsey Vonn is about to start training in Soelden, Austria, as she prepares for a possible return from right knee surgery at next week’s World Cup opener . . . Brian Vickers will miss the rest of the NASCAR season because of a blood clot in his right calf. Vickers missed the final 25 races of 2010 with blood clots, and during that time required heart surgery. He said his physicians are confident he’ll be able to resume activity before the 2014 season . . . Dario Franchitti had surgery Monday on his broken right ankle. It was the second operation on the ankle since Franchitti was injured Oct. 6 in an accident at the Grand Prix of Houston.

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