June 21, 2009 in Sports

In brief: Mariners lose Chavez for year

 

Baseball: Seattle Mariners outfielder Endy Chavez is done for the season and likely won’t be ready when spring training begins next year following a violent collision that shredded his right knee.

Chavez tore a pair of ligaments and cartilage in his knee, the Mariners announced Saturday. Team physician Dr. Edward Khalfayan said the likely recovery time for Chavez following surgery will be about nine months to one year.

Seattle placed Chavez on the 60-day disabled list and added infielder Josh Wilson to the 25-man roster.

Chavez was injured in the fifth inning of Friday night’s 4-3 win over Arizona. Trying to chase down a pop into shallow left field, the charging Chavez collided with retreating shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. The pair banged knees, causing Chavez’s right leg to hyperextend. Khalfayan believes the hyperextension tore Chavez’s anterior cruciate ligament, and when he flipped and landed hard on the field, his medial collateral ligament was torn.

Associated Press

Trojans hire O’Neill as coach

Men’s basketball: Kevin O’Neill returned to the college ranks when he was announced as Southern California’s men’s basketball coach, taking over from Tim Floyd.

The school announced O’Neill’s hiring in an e-mail. Floyd suddenly resigned June 9 amid allegations that he paid to have O.J. Mayo delivered to the Trojans. He said he was quitting after four seasons because he no longer had enthusiasm for his job.

O’Neill is 171-180 in 12 seasons as a college head coach, including stints at Marquette, Tennessee, Northwestern and Arizona.

Associated Press

Clinton calls for equality

Baseball: The push for racial equality is far from over, in sports and in everyday life, former President Bill Clinton told a crowd at Major League Baseball’s Beacon Awards, part of the Civil Rights Game at Cincinnati.

Clinton, who as president took part in MLB’s ceremony retiring Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 uniform number in 1997, spoke at a luncheon honoring Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali and entertainer Bill Cosby for the trio’s contributions to civil rights and charitable works.

The former president told a crowd of about 1,400 at the Duke Energy Convention Center that despite such racial progress as the election of Barack Obama as president, problems remain that disproportionately hit minorities.

“But I really came here to say if you want to honor Hank Aaron and Muhammad Ali and Bill Cosby, you must first recognize that this struggle is nowhere near over,” Clinton said.

Associated Press


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