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Yankees’ Rodriguez may need surgery

July 10, 2011

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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has a slight tear in the cartilage of his right knee and was deciding on the best course of action heading into the All-Star break. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that the 14-time All-Star could try to play through the injury or opt for surgery that could sideline him for at least a month. Rodriguez, who turns 36 July 27, is expected to decide today. He pulled out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Arizona . . . The Braves placed third baseman Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list with a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Jones, selected as a National League All-Star, will have a procedure today in Atlanta and likely will miss 2-3 weeks. The Reds’ Scott Rolen was named as his replacement . . . Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun pulled out of the All-Star Game because of a strained left calf. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was named to replace Braun . . . White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham apologized for jokingly writing a message in the dirt calling friend and former teammate Chris Getz gay. The message he left near second base in Monday’s game against Kansas City read: “GETZ IS GAY! GB.’’ Some fans sitting in the upper deck at U.S. Cellular Field noticed the writing . . . The Dayton Dragons set the record for consecutive sellouts by a pro franchise in North America with their 815th, surpassing the mark set by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers (1977-95). An overflow crowd of 8,688 witnessed the Reds’ Single A team face South Bend.

Reports: Ex-Patriot Vrabel set to retire According to multiple reports, former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel told the Chiefs he will retire after 14 NFL seasons and has agreed to join the staff of first-year Ohio State coach Luke Fickell. Vrabel, 35, a member of three Super Bowl-champion teams in New England and an Ohio State product, was traded by the Patriots to Kansas City in February 2009 . . . Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested in Georgia on a drunken driving charge and was released on $1,300 bond . . . Arthur J. Boylan, the federal magistrate judge mediating the labor dispute between owners and players, scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.

Moore leads Lynx over Connecticut Former UConn star Maya Moore scored 26 points and Seimone Augustus added 20 as the host Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun, 90-67. Renee Montgomery scored 14 points for Connecticut . . . Epiphanny Prince scored 24 points to lead host Chicago over Atlanta, 81-69 . . . Tamika Catchings had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocks to lead host Indiana over Washington, 68-57 . . . Teresa Edwards will take over as interim coach of the Tulsa Shock following the resignation of Nolan Richardson.

Red-hot Beckham stars for Galaxy David Beckham assisted on Landon Donovan’s goal, then scored the tiebreaker on a corner kick as the Galaxy defeated the Chicago Fire, 2-1, at Carson, Calif. . . . Dwayne De Rosario scored to lift D.C. United to a 1-0 win over the host New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. De Rosario was playing against the Red Bulls for the first time since they traded him June 27 . . . Philadelphia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon recorded his sixth shutout of the season and San Jose’s Jon Busch had his fifth in a scoreless tie at Santa Clara, Calif. . . . Omar Bravo scored in second-half stoppage time, lifting Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw with visiting Chivas USA . . . Danny Cruz and Geoff Cameron scored as the host Houston Dynamo beat Toronto FC, 2-0 . . . Andy Williams and Fabian Espindola scored as Real Salt Lake beat visiting FC Dallas, 2-0 . . . Conor Casey scored scored his sixth goal in seven games as the host Colorado Rapids beat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1 . . . Italian star Fabio Cannavaro, 38, announced his retirement, five years to the day after captaining his country to the 2006 World Cup title.

Bute knocks out Mendy to retain crown In a battle of lefthanders, Lucian Bute (29-0) retained his IBF super middleweight title in Bucharest, Romania, by knocking out Jean-Paul Mendy (29-1-1) in the fourth round . . . Brandon Rios (28-0-1) stopped Urbano Antillon (28-3) with 11 seconds left in the third round, retaining his WBA lightweight title in Carson, Calif. . . . Dereck Treadwell of Laurens, N.Y., won the Newton’s Revenge cycling race up Mount Washington in Pinkham Notch, N.H., with a time of 57 minutes and 41 seconds. The top women’s finisher was Marblehead’s Marti Shea (1:04:12) . . . The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Mike Lundin to a one-year deal. Lundin played collegiately at Maine . . . Six top college hockey programs will form a new league in 2013-14. Colorado College, Denver, reigning NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, and North Dakota will leave the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to create the conference. They’ll be joined by Central Collegiate Hockey Association member Miami University.