Spots digest 11/16/01

Friday, November 16, 2001

Report: Colts' James to miss rest of season

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James will miss the rest of the season because of a left knee injury that will require surgery, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

ESPN.com, citing unidentified sources, said James sought a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon John Uribe, who determined surgery is necessary to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Uribe is the team doctor for the University of Miami, where James starred before joining the Colts in 1999.

The Colts have said only that James will miss the next 2-to-3 weeks.

"Consistent with previous statements, club officials and medical staff have not yet met with Edgerrin James and there's nothing to report," team spokesman Craig Kelley said.

James, the two-time NFL rushing champion, has missed two games since injuring the knee Oct. 25 at Kansas City. He started 38 straight games before injuring the knee.

Suzuki, Shinjo lead all-rookie team

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle and Tsuyoshi Shinjo of the New York Mets, a pair of Japanese veterans who joined the majors this year, were picked Thursday for the big league rookie all-star team.

Major league managers vote for the team, which is sponsored by The Topps Company.

Suzuki (.350, eight homers, 69 RBIs) and Shinjo (.268, 10, 56) were joined in the outfield by Cincinnati's Adam Dunn (.262, 19, 43).

Pittsburgh's Craig Wilson (.310, 13, 32) won at first base, the New York Yankees' Alfonso Soriano (.268, 18, 73) at second, Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (.274, 14, 54) at shortstop and St. Louis' Albert Pujols (.329, 37, 130) at third.

Anaheim's Shawn Wooten (.312, 8, 32) was the top rookie catcher. Houston's Roy Oswalt (14-3, 2.73 ERA) the top right-handed pitcher and Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia (17-5, 4.39) the best left-hander.

Oswalt, Pujols, Rollins, Sabathia, Soriano and Suzuki were unanimous selections.

Suzuki was voted the top AL rookie by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and Pujols won the BBWAA's NL award.

Nevin, Padres agree to extension

SAN DIEGO -- Phil Nevin, who resurrected his career with the San Diego Padres, agreed Thursday to a $34 million, four-year contract extension, the richest deal in club history.

The deal includes a provision that, within a certain time frame and with mutual consent, Nevin could be traded if the Padres' downtown ballpark isn't finished or if the team becomes a candidate for contraction, relocation or a merger with another club.

Neither side expects any of those scenarios to happen, and Nevin, 30, hopes to finish his career in San Diego. He took less than what he might have made as a free agent after next season, and thinks the Padres aren't that far from contending.

Dooling may miss up to six weeks

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers placed reserve guard Keyon Dooling on the disabled list Thursday with an ankle injury.

Dooling sprained his left ankle in the second quarter of the Clippers' 106-102 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. He is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

Dooling, a former University of Missouri player, is averaging 5.4 points and 13.6 minutes in eight games this season.

Central eighth grade places third in tourney

JACKSON, Mo. -- Cape Central's eighth-grade girls basketball team defeated Perryville 43-27 in the third-place game of the Jackson Tournament on Thursday.Sonya Williams led Central with 11 points.

-- From staff, wire reports

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