Markakis’s broken thumb examined
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis had his broken left thumb examined Monday and it was determined that surgically inserted pins will remain in place for another week. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Markakis’s thumb will be in a splint for two weeks after the pins are removed. Also, Orioles righthander Jason Hammel, who left his start Sept. 11 with a sore right knee, threw five innings in the instructional league and is expected to be ready to pitch for Baltimore in the playoffs . . . Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said someone posted a homophobic slur on pitcher Derek Holland’s Twitter account Sunday that was directed at a heckler. Major League Baseball is investigating the post, which was quickly taken down. Holland said he was pitching at the time and he didn’t do it. He noted that only his fiancee had access to his account and she told him she was not involved.
Auriemma files motion to dismiss suit
University of Connecticut and Olympic women’s coach Geno Auriemma filed a motion seeking to dismiss the employee discrimination lawsuit brought against him and USA Basketball by a security official. Kelly Hardwick filed the lawsuit in June in New York, alleging that she was being kept off security detail at the London Olympics after spurning sexual advances from Auriemma on a trip to Russia in 2009. Auriemma has denied the allegations. Auriemma’s attorney, Barry Levy, argues in a brief that the lawsuit has no merit because Hardwick ended up being assigned to the US basketball teams and worked at the Olympics. He also argues that the court does not have jurisdiction over Auriemma, a Connecticut resident . . . Utah center David Foster, who missed last season with a broken foot, will undergo right foot surgery next week that will end his college career.
Ohio State great Stillwagon charged
Former Ohio State All-American Jim Stillwagon is suspected of shooting at a pickup truck on a highway ramp and later striking the driver with a handgun, causing it to fire a bullet that grazed the man’s head, after a road rage incident Sunday that spanned 14 miles, police said. The college Hall of Famer, a middle guard who helped the Buckeyes to a national title in 1968, was jailed on a felonious assault charge and had bond set at $350,00 in Delaware, Ohio. The altercation between the truck driver and Stillwagon, 63, who was on a motorcycle, might have started when one driver cut off the other, police said. The truck driver was treated at a hospital and checked himself out Sunday night . . . Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith is out indefinitely with a torn left ankle ligament that will require surgery.
Maple Leafs’ Franson goes to Sweden
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson signed a one-year contract to play for Brynas in the Swedish league, and is committed to playing for the defending Elite League champions the entire season regardless of whether the NHL lockout is resolved . . . The 2013 IndyCar schedule was released and does not include Providence. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard praised Providence’s enthusiasm for hosting a race but said it’s a monumental task and that the city couldn’t meet all the deadlines . . . The Ryder Cup’s final day drew its highest preliminary television rating since the last big comeback 13 years ago. NBC’s Sunday’s coverage of Europe’s comeback earned a 4.1 overnight rating and 9 share. The network said that was the best since a 6.3/15 for the US comeback in 1999 in Brookline . . . Barbara Ann Scott, 84, who won Canada’s only Olympic title in women’s figure skating at the 1948 Games in St. Moritz, died Sunday in Toronto. Scott was named Canada’s top athlete in 1945, ‘47, and ‘48 and inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.