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CORVALLIS — Oregon State backup quarterback Lyle Moevao will need surgery after injuring his ankle during practice.

The senior started most of last season but had a slow recovery from offseason shoulder surgery and settled into a backup role behind Sean Canfield. He was injured Tuesday when a defensive end fell on the back of his right foot.

He'll have surgery Friday to repair ligament damage, likely ending his college career.

Coach Mike Riley says he'll inquire about a possible sixth year of eligibility for Moevao, but that was improbable.

Redshirt freshman Ryan Katz will be Canfield's backup when Oregon State hosts UCLA on Saturday.

VERNON, Conn. — Prosecutors said several witnesses identified the man charged with fatally stabbing a University of Connecticut football player as the perpetrator.

Two people arrested in the stabbing, 21-year-old John William Lomax III and 20-year-old Hakim Muhammad, were arraigned in Rockville Superior Court. Lomax is charged with murder, while Muhammad is charged with conspiracy to commit assault. Both are from Bloomfield.

Prosecutors said both men went back to Lomax's car after an argument early Oct. 18 outside a university-sanctioned dance and came back with knives.

Lomax's attorney denies that his client stabbed 20-year-old Jasper Howard. Howard, originally of Miami, died from a single wound to the abdomen.

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford had surgery on his injured right shoulder and the school called it a success.

In a release sent out by the school, Bradford's father says Dr. James Andrews informed him that the procedure went "just as we expected."

Kent Bradford said his son was experiencing some soreness, but was otherwise resting comfortably in Alabama after a 35-minute surgery. The quarterback, who had sprained the AC joint in his shoulder, was expected to return to Oklahoma within the next day or two.

Bradford has said he plans to enter the NFL draft if his recovery goes as planned. That process is expected to take four to six months.

Pro Football

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Former Minnesota Vikings strong safety Orlando Thomas is continuing his fight with Lou Gehrig's Disease and has not died, as had been reported, his agent said.

The Vikings said they announced on their Web site that Thomas had died based on information from his alma mater. A few hours after the false report surfaced, the team and the ex-player's agent reported that Thomas, 37, was still alive.

Agent Mark Bartelstein spoke with Thomas' daughter, who confirmed he was alive. Thomas began feeling symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2004, and the disease was diagnosed in 2007. He's no longer able to speak. He lives in Lafayette, La.

Thomas was a hard hitter who had 22 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries for the Vikings from 1995-2001. He was drafted in the second round out of Southwest Louisiana, the school now known as Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Vikings posted an explanation and an apology on their Web site.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, who made two gay slurs within a 24-hour period, was given what amounts to a one-game suspension, but Johnson's agent said he would appeal.

Agent Peter Schaffer said the game check and other lost revenue would amount to a penalty of about $600,000 for the former two-time Pro Bowler.

In a three-sentence release, the Chiefs said Johnson would be suspended until Monday, Nov. 9 for conduct detrimental to the team. The Chiefs are on their bye week and will not play again until traveling to Jacksonville on Nov. 8.

Pro Basketball

MIAMI — Tim Hardaway beamed as he watched his No. 10 jersey raised to the rafters by the Miami Heat, never to be worn again.

With about 50 family and friends looking on, including the other two parts of the famed "Run TMC" trio — Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin — that he first captured NBA acclaim with, Hardaway's oversized jersey was hoisted skyward before Miami opened its season against the New York Knicks.

Hardaway is still the Heat career leader in 3-point field goals and assists, ranks fifth in points and steals, and is 10th in regular-season games played.

Before he came to Miami, only three other players had worn No. 10: Kelvin Upshaw, Clinton Wheeler and Manute Bol. No one had since Hardaway left the Heat in 2001.


UNDATED — Michael Phelps will lead the U.S. against a team of European swimmers at Duel in the Pool, likely the last major international meet for high-tech bodysuits.

USA Swimming announced a 36-person team to face a combined squad from Britain, Germany and Italy at Manchester, England, on Dec. 18-19. The Americans won the last three Duels, all against Australia.

The roster includes 17 Olympians, including Phelps, who broke Mark Spitz's Olympic record by winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and is coming off another strong performance at the world championships in Rome this past summer.

Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Aaron Peirsol and Rebecca Soni also were selected.


RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says Rio de Janeiro is capable of hosting a safe 2016 Olympics and the city will show it deserved to win the games.

At the launch of a gym and cultural center inside a city slum, Silva said Rio will be ready for the Olympics despite a recent wave of violence that has killed more than 40 people, mostly gang members, after a police helicopter was downed Oct. 17.

While Spain, the United States and Japan hosted previous Olympics, Rio will stage the first games in South America. Safety was always a concern related to Rio's bid, but the city was still able to beat its opponents in an International Olympic Committee vote on Oct. 2.

— The Associated Press

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