The Washington Nationals said Wednesday that Rob Dibble will no longer work as a TV analyst for the team's games, a split that comes after the former reliever made comments critical of rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg. Dibble lashed out at Strasburg last week for not pitching through pain. Dibble said on Sirius XM Radio that "you can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow." Strasburg has since been diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament and will have surgery Friday. He will be sidelined 12 to 18 months. Two days after making those comments, Dibble was absent from the broadcast booth on MASN, the network that televises the games. At the time, MASN said Dibble had requested "a few days off."
Dodgers: Frank McCourt testified in Los Angeles that a mistake was caught that would have excluded the club as his separate property in a postnuptial agreement, but he couldn't remember who first noticed the purported error. McCourt, 57, said the blunder was discovered the day before he and his now-estranged wife, Jamie McCourt, formerly of Pikesville, signed the document in March 2004, just weeks after buying the Dodgers for about $430 million. Three drafts of the agreement specifically excluded the team from his separate property, but at some point during a sitdown with a family attorney the document was changed to include the Dodgers, he said. The McCourts are locked in a divorce dispute that could decide who owns the team.
Angels: The attorney for a man accused of killing pitcher Nick Adenhart of Williamsport and two others in a drunken driving crash April 9, 2009, cannot introduce evidence that the driver of Adenhart's car might also have been drinking, a judge ruled. The evidence is irrelevant in the triple-murder trial of Andrew Gallo, 23, Orange County (Calif.) Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey said during a motions hearing.
Penn State to start true freshman at quarterback
Coach Joe Paterno has tabbed freshman Robert Bolden as the starting quarterback for No. 19 Penn State. Bolden beat out two sophomores, Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin to start Saturday's opener against Youngstown State. It would be the first time a true freshman opened the season as the starting quarterback for Penn State.
Women's lacrosse: Georgetown promoted Erin Hellmold (Johns Hopkins) to associate head coach. Hellmold is in her seventh year with the program, and she is responsible for coaching the offense as well as recruiting and scouting.
Pro soccer: Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored a 98th-minute penalty kick and the visiting Columbus Crew reached their first U.S. Open Cup final since 2002 with a 2-1 overtime semifinal victory over short-handed D.C. United.
Varsity: The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association in conjunction with all 24 local school systems has declared next week Concussion Awareness Week. For the 2010-11 school year, all 9,000 coaches in MPSSAA member schools will undergo concussion training. Go to MPSSAA.org for awareness week activities.
—From Sun staff and news services