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Ethier, Dodgers at odds over an injury

August 29, 2011

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BaseballAll-Star outfielder Andre Ethier was held out of the Dodgers’ lineup yesterday because of a sore right knee, and the team is disputing the nature of the injury. Ethier went public with his problem in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, which caused a clamor throughout the clubhouse and resulted in a 15-minute closed-door meeting with manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti. Ethier’s remarks to a columnist gave the impression that he had repeatedly told the Dodgers he couldn’t play and that they insisted he did. Mattingly denied that implication. “I was a little taken back by it,” Mattingly said. “I talked to ’Dre about it to see if he felt that the way it came out was accurate. To me, the way I read it, was that ’Dre’s been telling us he can’t play and we just said: ‘Well, you’re playing, anyway.’ And that’s definitely not the case. I would never do that. That’s not part of my DNA. To me, that takes a shot at my integrity, the organization, the training staff, and Ned. But it really gets back to me, personally — that I would put a guy out there that was hurt and was taking a shot at hurting his career. I would never do that. And I told ’Dre that, too.”

Indians’ Brantley done for seasonIndians outfielder Michael Brantley will have surgery to remove part of the hamate bone in his right hand and will miss the rest of the season. Brantley played with tendinitis in his wrist for several weeks, but the soreness subsided with treatment and rest. He recently felt pain in his hand and tests revealed the fractured bone. The Indians recalled outfielder Jerad Head from Triple A Columbus and sent down lefthander Nick Hagadone ... Giants lefthander Jonathan Sanchez might be done for the season with a left ankle sprain that isn’t improving ... Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, out since July 23 with a strained left hamstring, will begin a rehab assignment today ... The Rangers are providing no information on the condition of a 24-year-old male fan knocked unconscious Saturday after falling 21 feet in a stairwell while leaving a game at Rangers Ballpark. Nearly two months ago, Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone died after tumbling about 20 feet to concrete behind the left-field wall when he reached out to catch a baseball tossed his way.

BasketballShock shock Sun for 2d straight victorySheryl Swoopes scored 22 points to help the host Tulsa Shock beat the Connecticut Sun, 83-72, for the Shock’s second straight win following a WNBA record 22-game losing streak. Ivory Latta had 19 points and Tiffany Jackson added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Shock (3-25). Tina Charles had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Connecticut (18-11). In other WNBA action, Candice Dupree scored a season-high 27 points and Diana Taurasi finished with 21 points as Phoenix beat host Washington, 86-79. Crystal Langhorne had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Washington; Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and Maya Moore added 19 as visiting Minnesota clinched the top seed in the Western Conference with a 72-61 victory over San Antonio; and Epiphanny Prince hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining to give host Chicago a 74-73 victory over New York; Sue Bird hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left to snap a tie as host Seattle hung on to beat Los Angeles, 65-63 ... LeBron James will join fellow NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony for a game in Baltimore tomorrow. The game is the biggest in a series of summer exhibitions during the NBA lockout. James, Paul, and Anthony will play on the same team. Anthony is a Baltimore native, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to charities with which the Knicks star is involved ... The FBI is helping police in Atlanta and Los Angeles search for former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who is wanted in the killing of a woman.

MiscellanyBlake wins 100-meter final as Bolt DQsSprinter Usain Bolt missed out on defending his 100-meter title when he jumped from the blocks early and was disqualified at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea. Fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake won in 9.92 seconds, 0.16 seconds ahead of American Walter Dix. Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter known as “Blade Runner,” advanced on his carbon-fiber blades to the semifinals of the 400. Defending champion Trey Hardee and Ashton Eaton gave the United States its first 1-2 decathlon finish at the worlds. American Brittney Reese defended her long jump title, and teammate Allyson Felix breezed into the finals of the 400 ... Natick’s Molly Schaus made 17 saves to lead the US women’s team to a 4-0 shutout of Canada at the International Ice Hockey Federation 12 Nations Invitational Tournament in Vierumaki, Finland. Meghan Duggan of Danvers scored her fourth goal of the tournament to open the scoring for the United States (4-0) ... Pole-sitter Will Power held off a furious charge from teammate Helio Castroneves over the final seven laps following a late restart to become the first two-time winner at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (Calif.). Castroneves was second, followed by Ryan Briscoe, completing a 1-2-3 sweep for Team Penske ... Robert Kubica’s hopes of returning to Formula One racing received a boost as surgeons in Italy successfully completed the last operation on the Renault driver. Kubica sustained a career-threatening injury in a rally car accident in February, needing seven hours of surgery to save his right hand before operations on his shoulder, leg, and elbow.

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