Wrist surgery to end Teixeira’s season
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist. The Yankees said Wednesday that Teixeira had an MRI with dye contrast and that the team physician and three other New York-based hand specialists determined the torn tendon sheath had not adequately healed. Recovery time for the surgery is projected at six months. Teixeira was hurt while hitting off a tee March 5, when he was with the US team at the World Baseball Classic.. . . Brian Cashman said he regrets the words he used in an angry response to Alex Rodriguez’s injury update on Twitter. Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday evening that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehabilitation games, a move that angered Cashman because Rodriguez has not been cleared by team doctors. Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that ‘‘Alex should just shut the [expletive] up.’’ Cashman said owner Hal Steinbrenner told him he spoke with Rodriguez Wednesday in Tampa, and reiterated that injury information should be announced by the team. Just before the first pitch of New York’s game Wednesday night, Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said Rodriguez called Cashman around 5:30 p.m. and spoke with the GM and team president Randy Levine. Zillo said they spoke for nearly 30 minutes and everyone fully understands the protocol.
Oregon football receives probation
The NCAA stripped Oregon football of a scholarship in each of the next three seasons and placed the program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties such as a bowl ban, despite issuing an 18-month show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly, who apologized to the school, its fans, and its players. The NCAA’s Division 1 Committee on Infractions released a report that said Kelly, now coach of Philadelphia Eagles, failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service . . . The newly reconstituted Big East Conference officially announced the hiring of former WNBA president Val Ackerman, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, as its commissioner. Terms of the deal were not disclosed . . . The NCAA issued an official reprimand to University of Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson for failing to represent the ‘‘highest standards of sportsmanship’’ for his conduct following the Rebels’ third-round NCAA Tournament game. After Ole Miss lost to La Salle, 76-74, in Kansas City, Mo., March 24, Henderson, a guard, reportedly extended both middle fingers to the crowd as he left the court. Henderson later apologized in a letter posted on Ole Miss’s website.
Bird set to rejoin Pacers as president
Larry Bird, who left his job last season after rebuilding the Indiana Pacers and winning the league’s executive of the year award, will be reintroduced to the media Thursday as the team’s president of basketball operations. That’s the same job the former Celtics great held from 2003-12 . . . Bryan Colangelo stepped down as president of the Toronto Raptors, just weeks after taking a reassigned position with the team . . . The Miami Heat exercised their option to keep point guard Mario Chalmers next season. Chalmers is due to make $4 million in 2013-14 . . . Power forward Carl Landry opted out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal with the Golden State Warriors to become a free agent . . . In the WNBA, Elena Delle Donne scored a career-high 26 points as the Sky rallied from an early deficit on the way to a 87-74 win over the New York Liberty in Chicago.
Lochte, Franklin each win two titles
Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin each won two titles at the US national championships in Indianapolis. They each won in the 200 freestyle, then returned to the pool less than 90 minutes later and each won in the 200 backstroke. Lochte won the 200 free in 1 minute, 45.97 seconds, fifth-fastest in the world this year, and took the 200 back in 1:55.16, third-fastest in 2013. Franklin’s time of 1:55.63 in the 200 free was 0.08 seconds off the world’s best this season. She then set a US Open record in the backstroke at 2:05.68, the world’s best time this season.
Browns cut rookie charged in beating
The Cleveland Browns released rookie linebacker Ausar Walcottt, who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man in the head outside a club in Passaic, N.J., around 3 a.m. Sunday . . . The San Jose Sharks re-signed forwards Andrew Desjardins and JamesSheppard before they could become restricted free agents next month . . . The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed restricted free agent forward Artem Anisimov to a three-year contract . . . The 52d annual Agganis All-Star football game will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Manning Field in Lynn. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students. Proceeds benefit the Agganis Foundation.