Rodriguez hearings recessed a month
Hearings on the grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension recessed Friday for a month after MLB completed its direct case. The session was the eighth before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who unless the case is settled will decide whether to uphold the penalty issued Aug. 5, overturn it, or change the length. Rodriguez’s legal team will call witnesses when the hearing resumes, likely the week of Nov. 18. MLB disciplined Rodriguez following its investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, alleging the Yankees third baseman violated the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract. Also, lawyers for Rodriguez and MLB agreed to push back a federal court conference on the player’s lawsuit against the league and commissioner Bud Selig from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7 . . . Athletics rookie righthander Sonny Gray had left thumb surgery. Gray had a screw inserted to repair a fracture, which he sustained in a Game 5 Division Series loss to Detroit Oct. 10.
Cavaliers’ Bynum ‘close’ to return
Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been playing in three-on-three games and is ‘‘close’’ to practicing with his new team, said Cleveland coach Mike Brown. Bynum, who did not play last season for Philadelphia because of knee injuries, signed a two-year, $25 million contract in July. Only one year is guaranteed . . . Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will be held out of all basketball-related activities for about a week in hopes that rest will clear up a lingering groin strain. Noah was injured early in training camp has played only 19 minutes. Without Noah, the Bulls beat the visiting Pacers, 103-98, behind 32 points and nine assists from Derrick Rose . . . Former Auburn University player Varez Ward, arrested in June on charges of conspiring to fix a game against Arkansas, may not be tried. His attorneys have sought to get him in a pre-trial diversion program, and the US attorney’s office in Montgomery is recommending it . . . Suspended UNLV forward Savon Goodman quit the team ahead of a preliminary hearing on criminal charges that he stole cash and expensive items from a friend . . . The Atlanta Dream did not renew GM and head coach Fred Williams’s contract. Atlanta was swept by Minnesota in the WNBA Finals.
NHL hands Blues’ Lapierre 5-game ban
St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre was suspended five games by the NHL for boarding San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle Tuesday night. Lapierre was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct in a loss . . . FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman is stepping down after failing to win a playoff game in three years since leading the team to its only MLS Cup game . . . Dom Dwyer scored and Sporting Kansas City beat visiting D.C. United, 1-0, to move to the top of the MLS’s overall points standings . . . Denny Hamlin and Drew Herring will replace ailing Brian Vickers (blood clot) in the No. 20 car for the final three races of the NASCAR Nationwide season . . . Penske Racing swept the first three spots in qualifying for the IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., where Helio Castroneves trails Scott Dixon by 25 points for the title. Will Power won the pole, Castroneves was second, and AJ Allmendinger third . . . Top-ranked Rafael Nadal (fatigue) pulled out of next week’s Swiss Indoors. He has played 74 matches since recovering from a knee injury in February . . . Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo (concussion) will not play again this season, meaning the CFL’s 41-year-old career passing leader may be done after 20 years . . . Japan’s Tatsuki Machida won the Skate America short program in Detroit, outpacing Americans Jason Brown and Adam Rippon.