Ohio State’s Miller out for the season
Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season, dealing a severe blow to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ national title hopes. Ohio State confirmed Tuesday that Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder and will need surgery. The two-time Big Ten player of the year and Heisman Trophy candidate left practice in pain Monday after making a short throw. Miller partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a loss to Clemson at the Orange Bowl. He had surgery, did not face contact in spring practice, and was held out of several practices this month because of soreness. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller’s top backup and will likely be the starter in the Aug. 30 opener against Navy. Miller said he was on schedule to graduate with a degree in Communications in December and he wanted to attend graduate school, ‘‘and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season.’’ . . . Kansas’s top two running backs will each miss their senior season after Brandon Bourbon tore his ACL and Taylor Cox tore his Achilles’ tendon in separate incidents.
McLouth to undergo shoulder surgery
Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth will have surgery Thursday for a torn right labrum and is out for the season. He is expected to be ready for spring training . . . The hit that tied the Yankees’ Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time list came a day later than originally thought. MLB made an official scoring change that removed an infield single from Jeter on Aug. 8 and charged Indians first baseman Carlos Santana with an error. Originally, that hit pulled Jeter even with Wagner at 3,430. Instead, a single the next day against the Indians moved Jeter up the chart. His double on Aug. 11 in Baltimore pushed him ahead of Wagner . . . The Indians signed reliever Scott Atchison to a contract for next season, with a team option for 2016. Atchison, 38, who pitched for the Red Sox between 2010-12, is 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances.
Islanders en route to new ownership
The Islanders are selling a minority stake of the team, with former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin to become full owners in two years. Under the agreement, current owner Charles Wang will continue as majority stockholder for two years before transfer to the Ledecky-Malkin group. The sale must be approved by the NHL’s board of governors . . . The Senators signed forward Clarke MacArthur to a $23.25-million, five-year extension through the end of the 2019-20 season . . . A settlement was reached in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against ToddBertuzzi, more than 10 years after the bloody, on-ice attack ended Moore’s career. Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case was ‘‘settled in its totality’’ but said the terms are confidential.
Drew joins Cavaliers’ coaching staff
First-year Cavaliers coach David Blatt hired former Bucks coach Larry Drew as one of his assistants. Blatt will have Drew, Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, and James Posey on the bench along with associate head coach Tyronn Lue . . . Referee Dick Bavetta is retiring after a 39-year NBA career in which he never missed an assignment. Bavetta, 74, officiated a record 2,635 consecutive regular-season games after starting his career on Dec. 2, 1975 . . . Joel Bell, the agent for forward DanteCunningham, says his client plans to file a civil lawsuit against the woman who accused him of domestic assault. After a four-month investigation, authorities dismissed a charge of felony domestic assault against Cunningham on Tuesday. Cunningham, who played the last two seasons with the Timberwolves, was charged in April after he was accused of choking his then-girlfriend at their suburban Minneapolis home. He became a free agent on July 1, but had to put his search for a new contract on hold while the investigation was conducted . . . The University of Tulsa is being sued by a woman who alleges she was raped by Patrick Swilling Jr. in January. Swilling, son of the former NFL All-Pro linebacker, was suspended for the remainder of the basketball season, but prosecutors declined to charge him and the university cleared him of any violations of the student code of conduct. He is not a part of the lawsuit.
Top seed Halep ousted in New Haven
Defending champion and top-seeded Simona Halep was upset in her opening match at the Connecticut Open in New Haven, falling, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, to Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova. Rybarikova, ranked 68th, broke the serve of the world’s second-ranked player six times. The final break put her ahead, 4-2, in the third set and from there she served out the second-round win in the WTA’s final tuneup for the US Open. Earlier, American Alison Riske upset sixth-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) . . . Top-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Bradley Klahn, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, in the second round of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open, the final men’s tuneup for the US Open . . . Rich Berberian of Windham CC fired a 71 for a 4-under-par two-round total of 140 and a one-stroke lead over Shawn Warren (Falmouth CC) heading into the final round of the NEPGA Championship at Portsmouth CC in Greenland, N.H. Jeffrey Martin (Norton CC) and Jeff Seavey (Samoset Resort) are tied for third, two strokes back . . . The Centennial Farms partnership in Beverly, which owns Wicked Strong, announced that 5 percent of the colt’s earnings for the rest of the year will be donated to the One Fund. Previously, the partnership donated a percentage of earnings from the colt’s Triple Crown races. Wicked Strong will run in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Saturday.