Astros right-hander Brian Moehler, on the disabled list since April 17, will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery today and miss the rest of the season. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Moehler met with Andrews on Wednesday to get a second opinion on his injury, diagnosed last week as a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament.
The Braves became only the second team in major league history to start a game with three straight homers Wednesday night. Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield hit consecutive home runs off Cincinnati's Jeff Austin in the bottom of the first. The only other team to start a game with three straight homers was the Padres. Marvelle Wynne, Tony Gwynn and John Kruk pulled off the feat against San Francisco on April 13, 1987.
Nine U.S. Senators from the home states of the other Big East schools wrote to the leaders of Miami, Boston College and Syracuse in an effort to stop them from bolting to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The senators from West Virginia, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania said the defection would devastate the Big East, erode the progress its schools have made in women's sports and "send a troubling message to student-athletes across America."
Nebraska senior Sarah Sasse became the school's first female golfer to receive first-team All-America honors. The Big 12 player of the year was chosen first team All-America by the National Golf Coaches Association. There were 11 members on the first team.
Colorado's Patrick Roy retired as one of the NHL's greatest goaltenders, saying he did everything he could to be the best. Roy is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning two each with Colorado and Montreal. He is the only three-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP, and is the NHL's career leader in victories with 551 and games played with 1,029.
Bill Scheft of Sports Illustrated, on LeBron James' entourage: "I don't want to say LeBron comes with a lot of baggage, but his posse has a skycap."
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, with a bumper-sticker suggestion: "Male golfers have bigger purses."
On the air
GolfWales Open, 9 a.m., TGC
Henrico County Open, 12:30 p.m., TGC
The Memorial Tournament, 3 p.m., ESPN
High school baseballNotre Dame vs. North County, 3:45 p.m., KGIR-1220
N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 6 p.m., ESPN2
MotorsportsQualifying for Monaco Grand Prix, 7 a.m., SPEED
NBA playoffsSan Antonio at Dallas, 8 p.m., TNT
NHL playoffsAnaheim at New Jersey, 7 p.m., ESPN
French Open, 7 a.m., ESPN2
High school baseball
North County at Notre Dame, Class 3 sectional, 4 p.m.