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Brewers pitcher and former Wichita State right-hander Braden Looper will have an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee after the season to have a torn meniscus cleaned up, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. Looper was 14-7 with a 5.22 ERA.

Looper and the Brewers have a mutual option for 2010 at $6.5 million.

* Kevin Towers, the Padres' general manager for 14 years and a member of the organization for 26, was fired Saturday. He was the longest-tenured GM with the same club. San Diego won four NL West titles under his leadership.

* The Toronto Blue Jays (75-85) fired general manager J.P. Ricciardi, ending an eight-year tenure marked by an inability to get past the Yankees and Red Sox and into the playoffs. Ricciardi, who joined the Jays in 2001, had one year left on his contract.

Drag racing

Larry Dixon raced to his third consecutive and seventh No. 1 qualifying position of the season, topping the Top Fuel field in the O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. Dixon powered his dragster to a 3.810-second run at 318.99 mph.


Zach Spiker has been hired as Army's men's coach. Spiker has served as an assistant at Cornell under Steve Donahue and helped the Big Red to upper-division finishes in the Ivy League each of his five seasons there. He replaces Jim Crews, who last week was fired after seven seasons.


David Beckham is in talks with the Los Angeles Galaxy about going to AC Milan on another loan and then returning to Major League Soccer again. The 34-year-old midfielder must join a European club on loan in January to be considered for England coach Fabio Capello's squad for June's World Cup.

* Roger Levesque scored and the Seattle Sounders ended the Columbus Crew's 24-game home unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory.... Chivas USA used D.C. United's own goal in the first half to stay alive in the playoff hunt, winning 2-0 in Washington, D.C., while struggling United's postseason hopes dimmed.

Horse racing

Summer Bird fought off a determined Quality Road in a long battle down the stretch to win the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup by a length on a sloppy racetrack at Belmont Park on. The victory may have clinched a divisional championship for Summer Bird, who is the first 3-year-old since Easy Goer in 1989 to win the Belmont Stakes, the Travers and the Gold Cup. Kent Desormeaux rode Summer Bird, who moved to confront Quality Road with a quarter-mile to run and hit the wire in 2:02.51 for 1 1/4 miles.


An insurance man called "as regular a guy as you'll ever meet" was ordered back to California on Saturday to face charges that he stalked ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and made nude videos of her by aiming his cellphone camera through an altered peephole in her hotel room door.

Michael David Barrett, 47, of Westmont, Ill., was being held in jail over the weekend while awaiting a judge's decision Monday on whether he will go to Los Angeles as a federal prisoner or free on bail. Barrett faces charges of interstate stalking for allegedly taking videos of Andrews in her hotel rooms while she was covering sporting events, trying to sell them to celebrity Web site TMZ and posting the videos online. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Texas A&M defeated Kansas 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 on Saturday in College Station, Texas. Sophomore Allison Mayfield had 18 kills for the Jayhawks (9-5, 2-3 Big 12).


The Wichita Barbarians defeated the Topeka Wizards 59-7 on Saturday in Topeka.


Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler scored 26 seconds apart in the first period and Boston scored four-power play goals in a 7-2 victory over Carolina.... Brian Gionta took advantage of a timely carom 2:42 into overtime, when he tapped in an errant shot to secure the Montreal Canadiens' 2-1 win over Buffalo.... Rich Peverley and Ilya Kovalchuk each scored two goals, Ondrej Pavelec stopped 36 shots and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3.... Rostislav Klesla celebrated a new four-year contract extension by scoring a goal midway through the third period to push Columbus past Minnesota 2-1.... Two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin converted on a breakaway 77 seconds into Washington's home opener as the Capitals beat Toronto 6-4.... Ray Emery made 24 saves in Philadelphia's 5-2 victory over New Jersey.