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Sports Report: Mark Benson Named UAlbany's New Athletic Director

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The University at Albany has named its new athletic director. Mark Benson was introduced at a campus press conference yesterday. Formerly assistant vice president for athletic development at Old Dominion, Benson replaces the retiring Lee McElroy, who stepped aside in June after 14 years. The SUNY school opened a new football stadium last year. Its football team now plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, which Old Dominion competed in before leaving for Conference USA.

Megan Craig of UAlbany’s women’s basketball team has decided to leave the program after helping the Great Danes win three consecutive America East Conference titles. The 6-foot-9 center announced that she decided to graduate and not return for her senior season.

MLB:

In Major League Baseball, in the American League, the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 5-2 last night. Scott Feldman shut down the slumping Yankees again, and Robbie Grossman snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single. The Astros did more damage to New York's playoff chances with their fourth victory in five meetings this season. The Yankees dropped nine and a-half games behind Baltimore in the AL East.

The Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3. Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with two hits and three RBIs, and Howie Kendrick drove in two runs for the Angels. David Ortiz hit his 30th homer in the third for the Red Sox, but Clay Buchholz got tagged with a five-run fifth. Angels Right-handed starter Garrett Richards sustained a serious patellar injury in his left knee while running to cover first base in the second inning, and probably is lost for the season. He'll be examined today in Los Angeles. Richards was 13-4. Elsewhere Detroit blanked Tampa Bay 6-0, Baltimore edged the White Sox 4-3, and Cleveland shut out Minnesota 5-0.

In interleague play, the Mets topped Oakland 8-5, Toronto bested Milwaukee 9-5, Philadelphia slid past Seattle 4-3, Texas beat Miami 5-4, and it was Colorado over Kansas City 5-2.

In the National League, Washington edged Arizona 3-2, Pittsburgh beat Atlanta 3-2, St. Louis won against Cincinnati 7-3, San Francisco defeated the Cubs 8-3, and San Diego bested the Dodgers 4-1.

Major League Baseball Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre has upheld a protest filed by the San Francisco Giants regarding the calling of their rain-shortened game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. As a result, the game will resume Thursday afternoon with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. It's the first successful such protest in baseball since 1986.

Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.
Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston. He announced he had cancer in February, but had not disclosed what kind.
 
Schilling is being treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is in remission. He says he's lost 75 pounds.
Little League Baseball:
Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis, the first girl pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series, was pulled in the third inning Wednesday night after allowing three runs in an 8-1 loss to Las Vegas.
Davis, the darling of the sports world, was both masterful and ordinary on a night made short because of pitch-count rules. She allowed six hits and struck out six in 2 1/3 innings before leaving after 55 pitches. Her team plays an elimination game tonight against Chicago's Jackie Robinson team.
If Philadelphia wins that game, Davis is eligible to pitch again in the U.S. championship game on Saturday.

NHL:

Hobey Baker Award finalist Kevin Hayes has agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers. The 22-year-old forward had 27 goals and 38 assists this past season with Boston College, making him a finalist for the Hobey Baker that's awarded to the top player in collegiate hockey.

NASCAR:

Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he's skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race.

Stewart's decision was announced Wednesday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Burton also drove Stewart's car at Michigan last week.

Stewart has been in seclusion since the Aug. 9 incident at an upstate New York dirt track that remains under investigation. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has said investigators don't have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent by Stewart.

NCAA – Football:

The Connecticut men's basketball team has announced agreements to play Ohio State and Arizona in a pair of home-and-home series. The defending champion Huskies remain in a relatively weak American Athletic Conference after the split of the Big East and the departure of Louisville for the ACC.

NFL:

Jim Kelly shows no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Dr. Peter Costantino says in a release issued by New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital that the treatments have "completely eliminated" any pain Kelly was experiencing. He says Kelly's level of function has "essentially returned to normal."

The statement was issued Wednesday, a day after Kelly visited the hospital for a follow-up examination.

Costantino says a series of tests over the next week will determine if further treatments are necessary.

Kelly had surgery in June 2013 to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus.

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