Yankees' Rivera set for shoulder surgery



New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will have offseason surgery on his sore right shoulder but should be ready to throw by spring training. Manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that the procedure will shave down calcification of the AC joint on the top of Rivera's shoulder. The surgery hasn't been scheduled, but Girardi said it doesn't appear to be a serious injury and there is no structural damage. "From what I've learned, he's had it the whole year. Has it progressively gotten worse over the course of the year? I don't necessarily think so," Girardi said. "I think he just feels more comfortable having it done and then not have to deal with it next year." Rivera, 38, was often called upon to pitch more than one inning this season because of the Yankees' struggling bullpen, but Girardi said that wasn't a factor in the sore shoulder. Rivera finished with 39 saves, and his 1.40 ERA was his best since 2005.

Cardinals:: St. Louis signed pitcher Kyle Lohse to a four-year, $41 million contract. Lohse was 15-6 with a 3.78 ERA this season and led the staff with 200 innings.


Brewers:: Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 in the National League playoffs against the Phillies, followed by ace CC Sabathia for Game 2.

Pirates:: Pitching coach Jeff Andrews and first base coach Lou Frazier were fired after only one season on manager John Russell's staff. The Pirates, who finished last in the NL Central, didn't have a 10-game winner for the first time in 108 seasons, and their 5.08 ERA was the fifth-highest in club history.

Indians:: Catcher Kelly Shoppach had surgery on his right knee. The arthroscopic procedure was termed minor by the club, which expects Shoppach to be fully recovered well before the team opens spring training in February. He batted .261 with career highs of 21 homers and 55 RBIs.

Blue Jays:: President Paul Godfrey will leave the team when his contract expires at the end of the year. He was president since 2000.

West Virginia's White to play against Rutgers


Pat White has a bruised thumb, but West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said his quarterback will play Saturday in the Big East opener against Rutgers. White went to the sideline after being tackled in the third quarter of a 27-3 win over Marshall on Saturday. White said after the game that he could have continued to play if needed. With the Mountaineers well ahead, backup Jarrett Brown replaced White.

Maryland:: Punter Travis Baltz was named Atlantic Coast Conference co-Special Teams Player of the Week. Baltz punted seven times for an average of 43.9 yards in Saturday's win over then-No. 20 Clemson. He shared the honor with Florida State's Michael Ray Garvin, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Saturday's win over Colorado.


Connecticut:: Coach Randy Edsall said quarterback Tyler Lorenzen is expected to be out of the lineup for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery over the weekend on his broken right foot. Edsall said sophomore Zach Frazer will start for No. 24 Connecticut when the Huskies visit North Carolina on Saturday night.

Kansas State: : Starting safety Gary Chandler has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for driving on a revoked license and obstructing the legal process in Riley County, Kan. Team spokesman Kenny Lannou said coach Ron Prince decided Chandler won't be involved with the program until his legal problems are resolved.

Washington:: Quarterback Jake Locker has a broken right thumb and will be sidelined up to eight weeks. Freshman Ronnie Fouch has been moved into the starter's role.

Mississippi State:: Running back Robert Elliott will miss the remainder of the season and undergo surgery after tearing two ligaments in the Bulldogs' loss at LSU on Saturday.

Armstrong seeks OK to race in Australia



Lance Armstrong said yesterday he's hoping cycling authorities will grant him an exemption and allow him to ride in January's Tour Down Under in Australia. "It's my hope that I get down there," Armstrong said about the race from Jan. 20 to 25. "We'll respect whatever decision they come down with." The International Cycling Union requires riders coming out of retirement to be in the sport's anti-doping program for six months before racing. Armstrong filed paperwork Aug. 1 with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and said he has already been drug-tested - in late August. The UCI has said it will make a decision this week.

Report: Blackhawks put Khabibulin on waivers


The Chicago Blackhawks put goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on waivers, a person within the league told the Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the move. Khabibulin is entering the final season of a four-year, $27 million contract. The Blackhawks signed free agent goalie Cristobal Huet to a four-year, $22.5 million deal in July, giving them two top goaltenders.

NBA: : Heat general manager Randy Pfund, who helped Miami win the 2006 NBA championship as the highlight of his 13 years with the franchise, resigned to pursue "other business opportunities," the team said in a statement. ... Rookie forward Joey Dorsey (Douglass) agreed to a contract with the Houston Rockets. The 6-foot-8 Dorsey was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers early in the second round before the Rockets acquired his rights.

Auto racing:: Paul Menard will leave Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the season to drive for Yates Racing, the Associated Press has learned.


College basketball:: Standout Santa Clara senior center John Bryant is recovering from stab wounds to the back stemming from an off-campus incident early Saturday, Santa Clara (Calif.) police said. Bryant is expected to be playing again soon.

Fishing:: Peter Yanni of Gaithersburg won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division Super Tournament on the Potomac River with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds, 10 ounces.

Figure Skating: : Kristine Musademba of Silver Spring won the junior ladies gold medal at the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event in Madrid, Spain.