PSU coach O’Brien stands by Ficken at kicker


Reds will rest weary closer Chapman

The Reds announced Tuesday they are giving closer Aroldis Chapman a few days off to rest his tired pitching shoulder. The lefthander struggled with his control and only hit 96 miles per hour on the radar gun Monday night during a 14-inning, 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. Chapman blew a save last Friday, ending his club-record streak of 27 straight saves. He has made a career-high 64 appearances, converting 35 of 40 saves with a 1.60 ERA. ‘‘We’re lucky we got him to this point,’’ manager Dusty Baker said. ‘‘When you throw 100 miles per hour, you’re bound to tweak something sooner or later. He’s at a plateau he’s never reached before. This is another step in learning how to be a closer.’’ . . . Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was released from a Bay Area hospital, less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and undergoing surgery. He said he plans to return to baseball once he returns to full strength in the coming months. McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery last Wednesday after a ball hit by the Angels’ Erick Aybar struck the right side of his head. He experienced a fractured skull on the play . . . Lefthander David Price said he felt good after throwing a bullpen session and expects to return to the rotation Friday against the Yankees. Price (17-5) missed his scheduled start last Saturday because of left shoulder soreness . . . Danny Valencia homered and drove in three runs and Steven Wright went seven innings as the Pawtucket Red Sox beat the Charlotte Knights, 7-2, in Game 1 of the International League’s best-of-five finals at McCoy Stadium.

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NHL, union agree to resume talks

The NHL and the players’ association will resume negotiations Wednesday in an effort to avoid a lockout this weekend. After not meeting face to face since last Friday, the sides planned to get together at the league office in New York before the NHLPA holds player meetings later Wednesday. The NHL board of governors will convene Thursday with commissioner Gary Bettman, while the union holds a second day of discussions with as many as 250 players. The NHL’s labor contract expires at midnight Saturday night, and a lockout seems likely. It would be the league’s fourth work stoppage since 1992.

CollegesAiling Gillispie headed to Mayo Clinic

For the second time in 10 days, an ambulance was sent to the home of Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie. In a text message to the Associated Press late Tuesday, Gillispie said he would be treated for high blood pressure ‘‘amongst other things,’’ at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Gillispie is on indefinite sick leave and athletic director Kirby Hocutt said he is no longer making day-to-day decisions for the program so he can focus on his health. The school reprimanded Gillispie last week after allegations he had mistreated his players by running excessively long practices . . . Maryland football coach Randy Edsall expressed regret over the way he left the University of Connecticut more than a year and a half ago without saying goodbye to his players. Edsall had just led the Huskies in a 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, the program’s first BCS bowl game, when he took a plane to Maryland for his job interview rather than fly home with his team. “If I could do it over again, I wish that there was some way that I could see the players and tell them face-to-face that I was going to leave and come to Maryland,’’ Edsall said. UConn visits Maryland Saturday in the first meeting between Edsall and his former players . . . Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said he will stick with kicker Sam Ficken, even after the sophomore missed four field goals and an extra point in the Nittany Lions’ 17-16 loss to Virginia last week. Ficken is the only kicker on the depth chart but O’Brien also said the job has been an open competition each week this season . . . No. 4 Oregon will be without two starters, guard Carson York and free safety John Boyett, for the rest of the season after announcing both will require knee surgery.

Pro basketball

Investor ups ante in Seattle arena dealEfforts to bring the NBA back to Seattle took a giant step forward in a revised arena deal announced Tuesday, with investor Chris Hansen agreeing to kick in more money for transportation improvements near a proposed new arena, personally guaranteeing the city’s debt. The plan for the $490 million arena, which could also host an NHL team, represents the best shot at bringing the NBA back to Seattle . . . In WNBA play, Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points and the Dream pulled away late to beat the Seattle Storm, 77-61, in Atlanta . . . In Rosemont, Ill., Epiphanny Prince scored 26 points to lead the Chicago Sky past the Minnesota Lynx, 83-70.


Kiraly to coach US women’s squad

Karch Kiraly, one of the most decorated volleyball players of all time, has been chosen as coach of the US women’s national volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Games. Kiraly, the only athlete to win Olympic gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball, takes over for Hugh McCutcheon . . . Ed Kirby of Wakefield shot a 5-under-par 67 at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club and took a one-shot lead over Rich Berberian (Derry, N.H.) at the New England Open. The two-round event concludes Wednesday . . . Don Reycroft, who plays out of LeBaron Hills Country Club, built a four-shot lead at the New England Senior Amateur after shooting a 3-under-par 67 at Rutland (Vt.) Country Club. Kevin Carrozza (D.W. Field Golf Course) and William Hadden (Ekwanok Country Club in Vermont) were joint second at 71 . . . The United States Anti-Doping Agency said sprinter Debbie Dunn has accepted a two-year suspension after testing positive for a prohibited substance.