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By: Associated Press

BASKETBALL-US EXHIBITION-GEORGE INJURY

George recovering from surgery

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Indiana All-Star Paul George has undergone successful surgery to repair an open tibia-fibula fracture in his right leg and is expected to remain in the hospital for about three days, according to a statement from USA Basketball.

The 6-foot-10 forward suffered the gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.

Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird has issued an updated statement saying it's too early to start talking about George's expected return.

Doctors estimate a full recovery could take up to 18 months.

FOOTBALL-HALL OF FAME

Seven join Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomes seven new members during induction ceremonies set for tonight.

The honorees include former Tampa Bay linebacker Derek Brooks, ex-Giants passing rushing great Michael Strahan (STRAY'-han) and former Bills pass-catching star Andre Reed. Joining them will be offensive tackle Walter Jones, defensive back Aeneas (uh-NEE'-uhs) Williams, punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Newbies get start

UNDATED (AP) -- Two of the pitchers that were part of Thursday's swap meet just ahead of the trade deadline will get their first stars for their new teams today.

Jon Lester was one of the big names during the trading frenzy and he'll put on his new Oakland uniform for the start against Kansas City this afternoon.

It's been seven days since the left-hander took the mound for Boston, where he was 10-7 with a career best 2.52 ERA. He's allowed seven earned runs in his last eight games.

Justin Masterson will get the start for the Cardinals tonight in their showdown with NL Central-leading Milwaukee. He was 4-6 before being traded by Cleveland earlier this week. The right-hander is just off the disabled list after some knee inflammation. He'll be opposed by Kyle Lohse (LOHSH) who is 11-5 and has allowed just four runs in his last three starts. The Brewers start the day with a three-game lead over St. Louis.

Rick Porcello makes his third attempt to become a 13-game winner when he takes the mound for Detroit against Colorado. Porcello got no decisions in each of his past two starts, but has a combined 1.71 ERA over his previous three games.

There are seven games each in the American and National Leagues and one interleague game.

GOLF-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

Sergio surges into round three

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Sergio Garcia is hoping for some carry-over from his closing seven straight birdies yesterday at the Bridgestone Invitational. That earned him a course record 27 on the back nine at Firestone and the halfway lead at the tournament.

Garcia takes a three-shot lead into today's third round over Justin Rose. British Open champ Rory McIlroy and first round leader Marc Leishman (LEESH'-muhn) start the day four shots off the pace.

GOLF-3M CHAMPIONSHIP

Dawson holds lead

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) -- Marco Dawson is in the lead at the 3M Championship, but Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) is lurking along with a bunch of others.

Dawson has a one -shot lead heading into the second round today, as he tries for his first win on the Champions Tour. Two-time champ Langer has four victories this year, including last week's record-breaking 13-shot win at the Senior British Open. Langer is tied for second with Vijay Singh, Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt) and Jeff Maggert.

GOLF-BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP

Watney has three points lead

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nick Watney heads into the third round of the Barracuda Championship with a three-point lead in the modified Stableford event. Geoff Ogilvy is second and Wes Roach is third, four points off the lead. Players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.

INDYCAR-HONDA INDY 200

Qualifying on tap

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- The IndyCar circuit gets back to racing this weekend for the first time since the July 20 doubleheader in Toronto.

The open wheelers are set for qualifying today at Mid-Ohio for tomorrow's Honda Indy 200.

Team Penske's Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEHV'-us) leads the season standings, 13 points ahead of teammate Will Power. Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is third, 69 points back.

OBIT-VAN WIEREN

Former Braves broadcaster dies

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves say longtime broadcaster Pete Van Wieren has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Van Wieren was affectionately known as "The Professor" for his encyclopedic knowledge of the game and long hours of research. He was part of a landmark team that ushered in the "SuperStation" era on TBS along with Ernie Johnson and Skip Caray.

Van Wieren spent 33 years with the Braves before retiring.


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