Baylor QB to play with cracked bones
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty woke up Tuesday and started doing sit-ups in his bed. Petty, who has two small, cracked bones in his back, also plans to be throwing passes for the 10th-ranked Bears in their next game Saturday night. ‘‘I didn’t come back to sit again on the sidelines and watch. Every game is important and Northwestern State is important to me,’’ Petty said. ‘‘So I want to be out there . . . I'll be all right. We'll be good.’’ The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year took a shot to the back on his first series of the season in a 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday night. An MRI on Monday revealed two cracked transverse processes, which are small bones that stick out from each side of a vertebra. Coach Art Briles said the Big 12 champion Bears will ‘‘certainly monitor him and be intelligent’’ on their approach with Petty this week . . . Minnesota defensive tackle Scott Ekpe may miss the rest of the season because of a significant injury to his right knee. Coach Jerry Kill declined to give specifics, but he called the news on the junior a ‘‘major blow’’ to the Gophers . . . Junior cornerback Kevin Short has withdrawn from Kansas because of personal reasons, though coach Charlie Weis, who refused to discuss the reason for the departure, left open the door to his possible return next season.
Bradley nets honor from Razorbacks
Pat Bradley from Everett, who became a four-year starter on the Arkansas basketball team, will be inducted into the Razorbacks’ Hall of Honor on Friday. Bradley, who played from 1996-99, set the Arkansas and Southeastern Conference records for 3-pointers with 366 and attempts with 915. His SEC record stood until 2008. His .858 career free throw percentage is third-best in school history. Bradley also scored a 3-pointer in 60 consecutive games and finished fifth on the Arkansas scoring list with 1,765 points . . . The state Court of Appeals has upheld the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s lifetime ban of a fan who allegedly harassed female soccer players. John Donnelly Jr. sued after the university issued the ban in 2012, claiming that barring him from public sporting events violated his First Amendment rights. University officials acted after the 1970 graduate reportedly made sexually suggestive comments to female staffers, showed up at the out-of-state hotel where the players were staying, and harassed them. The three-judge panel ruled the ban was legal and justified.
Cincinnati moves Bailey to 60-day DL
The Reds moved righthander Homer Bailey to the 60-day disabled list, officially ending his chance to return this season. Bailey has an elbow injury described as a strained right flexor mass tendon. The Reds initially had hoped Bailey would be able to rejoin the rotation this month, but manager Bryan Price said a second MRI did not show enough improvement . . . Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo could be done for the rest of the season because of a strained lower back. An MRI revealed the injury . . . Michael Wacha will replace Justin Masterson in the Cardinals’ rotation on Thursday and make his first start since mid-June. Manager Mike Matheny said Wacha, a breakout rookie star last year who was the NL Championship Series MVP, will be limited to around 60 pitches at Milwaukee. He’s 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts and has been on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder stress reaction . . . Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez has been diagnosed with a sprained left wrist and will be out of the starting lineup for at least one week.
Hornets’ Vonleh to be out 6-8 weeks
The Charlotte Hornets said rookie forward Noah Vonleh will be out 6-8 weeks after surgery to repair a sports hernia. Vonleh, the team’s first-round draft pick, had surgery on Tuesday in Charlotte. The team said Vonleh, who is from Haverhill, was injured during a recent workout . . . Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv and two other clubs will be part of what the NBA says will be a record nine preseason games featuring international teams in North America. The league said in a statement that Maccabi Haifa, also of Israel, and the Brazilian team Flamengo also will take part. Maccabi Tel Aviv will open its trip Oct. 5 against the Cavaliers and its former coach, David Blatt. It then will play in Brooklyn against the Nets. Maccabi Haifa will face Washington, Portland, Sacramento, and Toronto. Flamengo will travel to Phoenix, Orlando, and Memphis . . . Diana Taurasi had 31 points, including a 50-footer at the end of the third quarter, to lead the Mercury to a 96-78 win over the Minnesota Lynx in Phoenix, putting the Mercury into the WNBA Finals. The Mercury will face the winner of Wednesday’s Chicago-Indiana game . . . Santos fired soccer coach Oswaldo de Oliveira after poor results in the Brazilian League after the World Cup break. Santos lost six times in nine league matches since the World Cup, and dropped to 11th in the 20-team standings . . . The Ivory Coast government decided to allow Sierra Leone’s team into the country, giving the go-ahead for an African Cup qualifier after fears over Ebola put the game and Ivory Coast’s place in the tournament in doubt . . . The International Cycling Union said there were no positive doping tests at this year’s Tour de France after more than 700 blood and urine samples were collected . . . Austrian skier Marlies Schild retired, ending a career in which she overcame several serious injuries before setting the women’s record for most World Cup slalom wins. Schild, 33, won her 35th career slalom event in Lienz in December, beating a 19-year-old mark set by Swiss great Vreni Schneider.