November 12, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Recovering Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had successful surgery Friday to repair a sports hernia. Hamilton is expected to be fully recovered for the start of spring training in February.

Fined Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was fined $15,000 by the NFL for roughing the passer. The rookie hit Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in the chest area with his helmet last Sunday during Denver’s victory. The league also confirmed that Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 for his hit on Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson, and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was docked $20,000 for unnecessary roughness.

Suspended North Carolina State forward C.J. Leslie will miss three games after he and a relative received $410 in improper benefits. The school says Leslie borrowed a car from a friend and former N.C. State student for about a week after a wreck in May. The school reported the violation to the NCAA, which investigated with the school and determined the value of the borrowed car as $150.

• Georgia Tech’s leading returning scorer, Glen Rice Jr., has been suspended for the season’s first three games for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Died Former big league pitcher Charlie Lea, who was the first French-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues, has died. He was 54. Lea was found dead at his home in Memphis, Tenn., by his wife at about 4:30 p.m. The cause of death was not immediately known. Born in Orleans, France, Lea pitched from 1980 until 1988. On May 9, 1981, Lea threw a no-hitter as the Expos beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.

Roger Christian, who helped the U.S. hockey team win the 1960 Olympic gold medal, died in Warroad, Minn. He was 75. Roger and brother Billy Christian were linemates on the U.S. team in the Squaw Valley Games. The key decision was a 3-2 victory against the Soviet Union, when Roger assisted on two of Billy’s goals.

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