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BASEBALLNathan's arm woes

Tests on Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Nathan's right throwing elbow have revealed a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that could require season-ending Tommy John surgery. Nathan's 246 saves over six seasons are the most in the majors during that span. General manager Bill Smith said the plan is to give Nathan time to let soreness and swelling subside, and build strength in the muscles around the joint, before deciding about surgery.

AUTO RACINGEdwards on probation

Sticking with its "boys, have at it" attitude, NASCAR placed Carl Edwards on probation for three races Tuesday for deliberately wrecking Brad Keselowski's car last weekend in Atlanta. NASCAR president Mike Helton said Edwards acted unacceptably but did not cross the line.

NBADunleavy ousted

The Los Angeles Clippers released general manager Mike Dunleavy barely a month after he gave up his head-coaching duties. The team said in a statement that it hasn't made sufficient progress.


Anderson released

The Cleveland Browns released one-time Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Anderson one day after the team acquired backup Seneca Wallace in a trade from Seattle . . . The Pittsburgh Steelers made a pair of surprise moves by re-signing safety Ryan Clark and bringing back wide receiver Antwaan Randle El . . . Nose tackle Jason Ferguson has been re-signed by the Miami Dolphins, even though he faces a suspension for the first eight games of this season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. - AP

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