OU's Gresham Out for Season

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. Coach Bob Stoops said doctors determined during an arthroscopic surgery Tuesday that they needed to stitch together the cartilage in Gresham's knee. Stoops said Gresham will need five months to recover.

The 13th-ranked Sooners are already reeling from the loss of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford, who sprained his shoulder in a 14-13 loss to BYU and will be out at least two weeks. . . .

Top-ranked Florida will have to wait a year to see highly touted freshman Andre Debose on the field. The wide receiver, Coach Urban Meyer's prized recruit in February, will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn hamstring. . . .

Flu-like symptoms continue to ravage the Mississippi team, even sacking quarterback Jevan Snead. More than a dozen Rebels football players are sick with flu symptoms, including fevers as high as 103 degrees. The No. 6 Rebels have an open date this week.

Meantime, at least 10 Wisconsin players have flu-like symptoms, and Coach Bret Bielema kept his players from attending a usual media availability to limit their exposure. . . .

Suspended running back LeGarrette Blount made a brief appearance at Oregon's practice, but did not suit up. He did not speak with reporters. Blount was suspended by the Ducks for the season for punching Boise State's Byron Hout after the season opener last Thursday.


Presidents Cup Picks

Ryo Ishikawa has been picked for the International team in the Presidents Cup, making the 17-year-old Japanese star the youngest player to compete in the matches.

International captain Greg Norman also picked Adam Scott, perhaps a bigger surprise because the 29-year-old Australian is going through his worst year as a professional and has slipped to No. 53 in the world rankings.

U.S. captain Fred Couples used his two picks on U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan.

The Presidents Cup will be played Oct. 8-11 at Harding Park in San Francisco.


Fever Beats Liberty

Tamika Catchings had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Katie Douglas also scored 17 and the Indiana Fever beat the New York Liberty, 69-63, in a WNBA game in New York.

Briann January added 12 points for Indiana (22-10), which has already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference and tied Phoenix for the WNBA's best record. January scored six points in the final 4 minutes 55 seconds as the Fever closed the game with a 10-4 run.

Essence Carson scored 17 points, Ashley Battle had 12, and Janel McCarville added 11 for New York (12-20), which has lost three straight and four of five. The Liberty has already been eliminated from postseason contention. . . .

Michael Jordan has chosen former college (from rival N.C. State) and NBA great David Thompson to present him, while Charles Barkley and Isiah Thomas also will be presenters at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.

Jordan highlights a class that includes David Robinson, John Stockton, and coaches Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz and C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers.

-- From News Services

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