- - Monday, August 8, 2011

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Paterno injured in collision with player during practice

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State coach Joe Paterno was hospitalized and undergoing tests on his right arm and hip after a player ran into him during practice Sunday.

Paterno was admitted Sunday evening to Mount Nittany Medical Center after he walked away from the collision with a receiver who was running a route, the school announced Monday.

Paterno, 84, said in a statement: “I expect to be back at practice soon. I’m doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me.”

Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State director of athletic medicine, said that it doesn’t appear surgery will be required.

Paterno conducted Monday morning’s coaches meeting by phone from the hospital.

BASEBALL

Reyes likely out 2-3 weeks; Murphy’s season is over

NEW YORK — Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has a strained left hamstring, and his return to lineup will be determined later while infielder Daniel Murphy likely is done for the season because of a knee injury.

Both players were hurt during Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Reyes left in the second inning because of stiffness in his hamstring. The NL’s leading hitter was on the disabled list last month because of the same problem.

SOCCER

7-year-old prodigy signs contract with Real Madrid

MADRID — Real Madrid signed a 7-year-old prospect from Argentina, who goes by the name Leo. Leonel Angel Coira signed with the Spanish club and will begin training Sept. 6.

Coira told Ole that his idol was Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who also goes by Leo. Coira says he prefers “to provide the pass” than to score.

Argentine sports daily Ole reports Madrid, the world’s biggest club, made the push to sign Coira with Spanish league rival Atletico Madrid also pursuing the youngster.

• Robbie Rogers, who once played with new U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann on a developmental league team, has been added to the roster for Wednesday’s exhibition match against Mexico in Philadelphia.

TRIATHLON

Second athlete dies from swim portion of NYC event

NEW YORK — Two competitors died after experiencing problems during the swim portion of the Nautica New York City Triathlon, the second and third ones at the popular event in the past three years.

Michael Kudryk, of Freehold, N.J., died Sunday after he was pulled out of the Hudson River unconscious. Police say he was believed to have suffered a heart attack. A 40-year-old woman from Elmhurst, Ill., who was not identified at the family’s request, died Monday. She was believed to have gone into cardiac arrest twice after Sunday’s swim.

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