A 's pitcher McCarthy stable after surgery for skull fracture

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was in stable condition in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital Thursday, a day after having surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion caused by a line drive.

McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head Wednesday by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels. He was knocked down by the shot and hit his head on the ground. The 29-year-old McCarthy eventually walked off the field under his own power and was taken to the hospital for further tests and observation.

A CT scan after the accident showed McCarthy had an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. McCarthy was transferred to another hospital and had a second CT scan. He then underwent two hours of surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure in his head. A CT scan taken Thursday showed improvement from the previous scans, and McCarthy is resting.

The A's did not give a timetable for how long McCarthy will be out.

Also: Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver will miss his scheduled start today while recovering from tendinitis. Ervin Santana will start today for the Angels.


Oregon to begin drug testing athletes after media report

The University of Oregon is implementing random drug testing of all its athletes after a media report earlier this year estimated 40 to 60 percent of the football team smoked marijuana.

Oregon's previous drug policy allowed for testing when there was reasonable suspicion. A recent decision by the school's general counsel gives temporary permission for random testing effective this month. The policy still faces a public hearing in early October.

Also: Arkansas coach John L. Smith filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition for debts he incurred through real estate investments in Kentucky.

Documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Arkansas show Smith has assets of between $1 million and $10 million and debts of between $10 million and $50 million. Smith discussed his dismal financial condition during the summer because he didn't want his situation to become a distraction when the No. 8 Razorbacks started playing games.

The Big East is taking steps to "tweak" its name now that it includes schools from California, Idaho, Texas, Tennessee and Florida, said Joe Bailey, the conference's former interim commissioner. No possibilities have been revealed.


Regents approve contracts for UNLV hoops, softball coaches

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved five-year contracts for UNLV men's basketball coach Dave Rice and women's basketball coach Kathy Olivier, and a three-year contract for new softball coach Lisa Dodd.

"We are very happy with these contract approvals," UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood said in a statement. "I would like to thank the Board of Regents and (UNLV President) Neal Smatresk for their continued support of UNLV Athletics and these three fine coaches."

Also: Texas Tech men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie was discharged from the hospital after a six-day stay amid an investigation into alleged player mistreatment. Gillispie called 911 on Friday morning when he said he felt like he was having a heart attack or a stroke, just hours before a meeting with athletic director Kirby Hocutt to discuss allegations from players against Gillispie.

Oscar Pistorius lost another of his Paralympic titles, finishing fourth in the 100-meter final. Jonny Peacock of Great Britain won in 10.90 seconds. Pistorius, the defending champion, ran 11.17. He will try to defend his title in the 400, the event he competed in for South Africa in the Olympics, on Saturday.

Jiyai Shin shot a tournament-record 9-under 62 in soggy conditions at the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va. She held a two-shot lead with 33 players still on the course when play was halted by darkness.

Graeme Storm of England shot a course-record 7-under 63 to lead the KLM Open by two shots following the opening round in Hilversum, Netherlands.

Ryan Newman has signed a contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing for the Sprint Cup circuit next season.

The Wranglers re-signed defenseman Channing Boe and signed defenseman Cameron Cooper.

The former Minnesota State University, Mankato players will join another former Mankato teammate, forward Joe Schiller, in Las Vegas this season. The Wranglers open the season Oct. 19 against Stockton.