Sabathia to have elbow checked out
Yankees lefthander CC Sabathia will have his pitching elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews following inflammation that landed him on the disabled list in August. An MRI showed a bone spur in the left elbow and the Yankees believe it has existed since he pitched for the Indians from 2001-08. ‘‘Yeah, you have to be concerned, because like I've said, I've never had any problems with the elbow before,’’ Sabathia said outside Yankee Stadium on Saturday, according to the New York Daily News. Also Saturday, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had surgery to repair a broken left ankle, the work being done by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The Yankees said complete recovery for their 38-year-old captain is expected to take up to five months . . . The Diamondbacks acquired reliever Heath Bell and infielder Cliff Pennington in a pair of trades that sent outfielder Chris Young to the Athletics. Arizona obtained Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from Oakland for Young and cash, then sent Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell and cash. Earlier in the day, Arizona exercised a $6.5 million option on closer J.J. Putz. Bell, 35, signed a $27 million, three-year deal with Miami last offseason but lost his closer’s job in July. He finished with 19 saves in 27 chances and a 5.09 ERA in 73 games.
Saints activate Vilma; Graham out
The New Orleans Saints moved linebacker Jonathan Vilma from their physically unable to perform list to the active roster, meaning he could play for the first time this season Sunday at Tampa Bay. However, tight end Jimmy Graham did not make the trip because of his sprained right ankle. Vilma, who is coming back from left knee surgery, is appealing his season-long suspension in the NFL’s bounty probe of the Saints. His appeal hearing, and those of three other players facing suspensions of various lengths, are scheduled for Oct. 30. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was appointed Friday as arbitrator for the appeals . . . The struggling United Football League announced it is postponing the second half of its season until spring. As of last week, players and coaches had not been paid.
US women have win streak snapped
Abby Wambach and Germany’s Anja Mittag scored in the first half in Bridgeview, Ill., as the US women had to settle for a 1-1 tie in their first game without former coach Pia Sundhage, which snapped the national team’s 14-game winning streak . . . The Red Bulls played to a 0-0 tie with Sporting Kansas City in Harrison, N.J., clinching a playoff berth for New York (15-9-9) and the Supporters’ Shield for San Jose as the team with the best record in Major League Soccer . . . Oscar Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis scored in the second half as host Houston beat Philadelphia, 3-1, to clinch a spot in the playoffs . . . Lewis Neal scored in stoppage time as D.C. United beat the visiting Crew, 3-2, to clinch its first playoff berth in five seasons . . . In Carson, Calif., Martin Rivero and Kamani Hill scored goals to lift Colorado to a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA . . . Toronto FC’s winless streak reached 13 games after a 0-0 tie with the visiting Impact.
Love, Furyk tied at McGladrey Classic
Davis Love III, who last won a PGA tournament four years ago, carded a 4-under-par 66 that gave him a share of the lead at 13-under 197 with Jim Furyk going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga. . . . Bo Van Pelt shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner after the third round of the Perth International . . . Ernie Els pulled out of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf next week in Bermuda because of a minor ankle injury. He will be replaced in the four-man field by Padraig Harrington . . . Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 to extend her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.
Franklin verbally commits to Cal
Olympic swimming star Missy Franklin has verbally committed to attend the University of California. Franklin plans to swim collegiately for her first two years, and then turn pro in 2015, ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to Swimming World . . . Venus Williams reached her first final in almost 2½ years at the Luxembourg Open after defeating Andrea Petkovic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Williams will play Monica Niculescu in the final . . . Caroline Wozniacki and Samantha Stosur both earned three-set victories to reach the final of the Kremlin Cup. In the men’s semifinals, Andreas Seppi upended Malek Jaziri, 6-3, 6-1, and Thomaz Bellucci overcame Ivo Karlovic, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4.