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Ailing Martínez will miss postseason

Pedro Martínez is out for the postseason after an exam yesterday showed the New York Mets ace has a torn tendon in his left calf muscle. The Mets, who won their first NL East title since 1988 with Martínez battling injuries most of the season, won't have the three-time Cy Young Award winner at all in the playoffs. Martínez returned to New York after getting knocked around badly in his final start of the regular season Wednesday night, a 13-1 loss to Atlanta. An MRI showed a tear in the left calf -- different from the right calf injury that recently put him on the disabled list for a month and was thought to be his major concern. ``He did mention that he felt some pain in the other leg," general manager Omar Minaya said. ``The bottom line is he's not going to be available." Orlando Hernandez will start Game 1 next week in the best-of-five Division Series, a game the Mets were hoping Martínez would be pitching. Tom Glavine will go in Game 2.

Robinson meets with Nationals brass
Manager Frank Robinson finally got a chance to discuss his future with Nationals president Stan Kasten and general manager Jim Bowden in separate meetings. ``I'm at ease," said the 71-year-old Robinson, in his fifth season with the Expos-Nationals franchise. ``Let me say this: I had my say. We sat down, each one, and I had my discussions with them. And I'm very comfortable with what I wanted to say about the situation here and my situation. Other than that, I just don't want to go into depth on anything said behind closed doors at this time." Bowden and Kasten turned down requests for comment. The Nationals have a 71-88 record, and the team is assured of finishing last in the NL East for the third consecutive season . . . A surgically removed growth behind Royals manager Buddy Bell's left tonsil was cancerous, his doctor said, but the tissue surrounding the growth was free of cancer cells and he is expected to recover . . . Days from a third consecutive last-place finish in the AL West, the Seattle Mariners announced they will bring back general manager Bill Bavasi and manager Mike Hargrove . . . Luis Tiant, Sparky Lyle, Dick Williams, Gil Hodges, and Jim Kaat are among the 27 players on next year's Veterans Committee ballot for the Hall of Fame.

One suspect cleared in Duquesne case
Pennsylvania prosecutors dropped charges against one of two men accused of shooting five Duquesne University players, but filed charges against two additional suspects. All charges were dropped against Brandon Baynes, 18, of Penn Hills, in the Sept. 17 shooting in Pittsburgh after authorities said a witness recanted her story. Derek Lee of Pittsburgh, accused of shooting at the players, is charged with five counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Erica R. Sager of Wilkinsburg was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and criminal solicitation . . . Former Toronto Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald is returning to the NBA as the New York Knicks' executive vice president for basketball operations. Grunwald becomes the righthand man to Isiah Thomas, a longtime friend and president and head coach of the struggling Knicks . . . Jay Williams, who is trying to revive his career after a motorcycle accident three years ago, signed with the New Jersey Nets. Terms of the contract were not immediately available, but the deal is not guaranteed.

Mirza knocks off top-seeded Hingis
Sania Mirza of India rallied to eliminate top-seeded Martina Hingis, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, at the Korea Open in Seoul. Hingis was chasing her third season title and second in a row after claiming the Sunfeast Open in India last Sunday . . . Americans Robby Ginepri and James Blake advanced to the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok. The third-seeded Blake moved on with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Benjamin Balleret, while No. 7 seed Ginepri swept Danai Udomchoke, 6-3, 6-3. Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic outlasted Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5, to also advance . . . Venus Williams was upset by Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 6-0, at the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg.

High schools
Study: Injuries are down significantly
High school sports injury rates in the United States have dropped by more than half in the past decade, probably because of better equipment and other advances, researchers reported. In all nine major sports examined except volleyball, injury rates were at least two times higher in the mid-1990s than they were during the 2005-06 school year, said Dawn Comstock, a researcher at Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio and lead author of the study. Football easily had the highest injury rate, according to both the 1999 study and the one by Comstock. In the Comstock study, the overall football injury rate was 4.36 per 1,000, meaning a high school football player who participates in 1,000 games and practices can expect 4.36 injuries. A girls' softball player, in contrast, can expect 1.13. In the 1999 study, the football injury rate was 8.1 and the girls' softball rate 3.5.

Jackets' Zherdev signs three-year deal
Restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev ended months of contentious negotiations with the Columbus Blue Jackets, signing a three-year deal estimated to be worth more than $7 million. In two years with the Blue Jackets, Zherdev, 21, has scored 40 goals and added 48 assists in 130 games . . . Dave Andreychuk is rejoining the Tampa Bay Lightning as a community representative and will officially retire as a player . . . At Nickerson Field, freshman Farrell McClernon scored the game's lone goal and the 10th-ranked Boston University women's soccer team (9-2-1) handed No. 22 Maine (8-1-1) its first loss of the season . . . Springfield College men's volleyball coach Charles Sullivan was named assistant coach to the US national team that will compete in the world championships in November in Japan . . . Australia's field hockey team edged the US, 3-1, in the World Cup in Madrid, dropping the Americans to 0-2 in the tournament.

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