Arenas has knee surgery again, plans Dec. return
Gilbert Arenas underwent a third operation on his bothersome left knee yesterday morning, once again throwing into doubt his status for the coming Washington Wizards season. The star guard had a "moderate amount of debris" removed from the knee after experiencing swelling and discomfort during his rehabilitation. The Wizards offered no timetable for his return, but Arenas told The Washington Post he plans to be back on the court in early December, which would rule him out for the season's first month. The surgery is the third on the knee in 17 months for Arenas, who missed 69 regular-season games last season and shut himself down in the playoffs. The Wizards gave Arenas a six-year, $111 million contract in July.
Mavericks:: The reputation of Josh Howard took another hit this week when an online video surfaced showing the Dallas forward disrespecting the national anthem. In a video posted on YouTube, Howard is shown on a field at a charity flag football game. As the national anthem plays in the background, Howard approaches a camera and says: " 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on right now. I don't even celebrate that [expletive]. I'm black." The fifth-year pro was criticized last season for saying in a radio interview during a first-round playoff series that he occasionally smokes marijuana.
The New York Mets' Citi Field opener will be Monday, April 13, a day earlier than originally planned, and the new ballpark will open with a night game. At the request of the Mets, the San Diego Padres and Major League Baseball agreed to move up the first game to allow Tuesday to be a day off in the middle of the three-game series. New York wanted to have the Tuesday available in case the opener is postponed by bad weather. The new Yankee Stadium opens April 16, with the Yankees playing the Cleveland Indians, probably in a day game.
Nationals:: Washington will begin the 2009 season on the road April 6 at Florida, and the home opener will be April 13 against Philadelphia. The Nationals will play 20 of their first 35 games on the road. They have two interleague series against the Orioles and will also host the Red Sox and Blue Jays and play at the Rays and Yankees. ... The Single-A Hagerstown Suns said they have agreed to extend their affiliation with Washington through 2010.
White Sox:: Left fielder Carlos Quentin, out since Sept. 2, had the soft cast removed from his broken right wrist, an encouraging sign the American League Most Valuable Player candidate could return for the postseason.
Et cetera:: Brewers starter Ben Sheets left his team's 6-2 victory over the Cubs after two innings because of right forearm tightness. The severity of the injury was not immediately known. ... The Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra reinjured his left knee while running the bases in the fifth inning of his team's 15-8 loss to the Pirates.
Charges filed against two Penn State players
Two suspended Penn State players were charged with one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana. University police filed the misdemeanor charges against defensive linemen Maurice Evans, 20, of New York, and Abe Koroma, 20, of Burtonsville. The players have been held out of the past two games by coach Joe Paterno. Police said officers searched the players' apartment after responding to a call about loud noise Sept. 2. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 22.
Et cetera: : Freshman Victor Anderson ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns to lead Louisville (2-1) to a 38-29 victory over visiting Kansas State (2-1). ... Wisconsin linebacker Jonathan Casillas was cited for drunken driving last month while riding a mo-ped. Coach Bret Bielema said he has already disciplined Casillas. ... Oklahoma defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger will be out at least four weeks because of a left foot injury.
Wie shoots 65 in qualifier, moves into second place
Michelle Wie shot a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in the second round of an LPGA Tour sectional qualifying tournament, putting her in second place in a field of 164. Wie, 18, was three shots behind South Korea's Sun-Ju Ahn, who shot a second straight 66, halfway through the 72-hole competition. Wie seems certain to finish among the top 30 players and ties, which would move her into the final qualifying tournament in December for 2009 LPGA Tour exemptions.
Colleges:: Washington hired Scott Woodward as athletic director, ending a nine-month search. Woodward held the interim position after Todd Turner resigned.
Soccer:: The Blast announced that its National Indoor Soccer League season opener will be played Nov. 15 at 1st Mariner Arena. An opponent is still to be determined. The full NISL schedule will be released this month.
Paralympic Games:: Beijing capped its six-week run as the center of world sports, ushering out the Paralympics with a lavish closing ceremony in front of 91,000 at the Bird's Nest National Stadium.
Auto racing:: Investigators determined that engine failure at 300 mph triggered a crash that killed top Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta, 46, in June during a qualifying race at Old Bridge Township (N.J.) Raceway Park.