ACC hooks up with Pinstripe Bowl
NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference has reached an agreement to send a team to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
The deal announced Monday by the Yankees will begin in 2014. The Pinstripe Bowl announced a similar agreement with the Big Ten earlier this month.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford is scheduled to be in New York on Tuesday for a news conference at Yankee Stadium with team officials.
The ACC replaces the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East), which helped start the 4-year-old game.
This season’s Pinstripe Bowl will be the final one to match a Big 12 team against a team from the American.
The Pinstripe Bowl became a good match for the ACC with the additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh this year.
O’s option Garcia, add Gausman to bullpen
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have optioned veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk, an assignment the right-hander has the right to refuse.
The 36-year-old Garcia is 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games with the Orioles. Garcia can either accept the demotion or declare himself a free agent.
Manager Buck Showalter says, “Freddy has a decision to make. He can stay with us and go to Triple-A or do something else. Hoping he stays.”
Garcia was optioned because the Orioles recalled rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman from Norfolk on Monday.
Showalter said of Gausman: “Needed an arm today. We’re short in the pen.”
The 22-year-old Gausman is 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in five starts with the Orioles this season. He pitched in relief during spring training.
Rose withdraws from Congressional
BETHESDA (AP) — Already missing Tiger Woods, the AT&T National will now have to do without U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.
Rose withdrew from the tournament Monday because of fatigue. He says in a statement he is disappointed to pull out of a tournament he won in 2010, but the last three weeks have been mentally and physically demanding.
Rose won his first major two weeks ago at Merion and then tied for 13th last week at Hartford. He won the 2010 AT&T National when it was held at Aronimink.
Woods withdrew last week because of an elbow injury. He won’t play again until the British Open.
That leaves Masters champion Adam Scott as the featured player this week at Congressional.
Kelly says chemo, raditation not needed
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he has been told by doctors that he won’t need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment after having surgery to remove cancerous cells in his jaw.
The former Buffalo Bills star made the announcement at his football camp in Buffalo on Monday and his comments (http://bit.ly/14sJitT ) were posted on the Bills’ website.
Kelly says he found out the news on Wednesday.
He says he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth on that side of his mouth removed in surgery on June 7. He was released from the hospital three days later.
He says he’s scheduled for a follow-up with doctors in two months to see if the cancer stays away.
IndyCar tweaks engine change penalty
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The IndyCar Series says it will no longer penalize teams for certain engine changes.
IndyCar said Monday it has added a rule that allows changes in cases of engine failure during on-track team, rookie, manufacturer and straight-line tests. The rule will not apply to engine failures during open tests at Pocono, Mid-Ohio or Sonoma.
Helio Castroneves had the pole for Sunday’s race at Iowa Speedway, but started 11th after an unapproved engine change and finished eighth.
Police again search near Hernandez home
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Police again searched the area near the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, a week after his friend’s body was found about a mile away.
Some police officers wore wetsuits Monday while searching woods near Hernandez’s home, not far from the industrial park where Odin Lloyd’s body was found.
Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. His relatives said he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, that the two men were friends and that both men were out together on the last night of Lloyd’s life.
An Attleboro District Court official said no new documents were available in connection with the case Monday morning. The Bristol County district attorney’s office also didn’t release any new information about the case, which their spokeswoman called “an active, ongoing investigation.”
The Patriots drafted Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, Conn., out of the University of Florida in 2010. Last summer, the team gave him a five-year contract worth $40 million.
Brian Shaw named Nuggets head coach
DENVER (AP) — A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw has agreed to succeed George Karl as coach of the Denver Nuggets.
The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal hadn’t been officially announced.
The Nuggets called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon to introduce their new coach.