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National Sports Briefs: Heat releases Davidson’s Richards

Associated PressMIAMI ó The Miami Heat waived guard Jason Richards of Davidson College fame on Sunday.
Richards will miss the entire season after tearing knee ligaments while participating in the Heat’s offseason program, which means Miami will pay his entire rookie salary of $442,114.
GOLF
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ó Cameron Beckman tapped in a par putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to complete a big comeback and beat Kevin Sutherland in the Frys.com Open.
Beckman, 176th on the money list and 447th in the world ranking entering the tournament, was four shots behind Sutherland at the turn, then made birdies on five of the next seven holes.
– SAN ANTONIO ó John Cook successfully defended his AT&T Championship title, shooting a 6-under 65 for a three-stroke victory over Keith Fergus.
HURRICANES
RALEIGH ó Carolina Hurricanes center Brandon Sutter was discharged from a New York hospital on Sunday after sustaining a concussion a night earlier during a game against the New York Islanders.
The 19-year-old Sutter spent Saturday night in the hospital after he was leveled by a hard, clean check from New York’s Doug Weight in the Hurricanes’ 4-3 victory.
TENNIS
BASEL, Switzerland ó Roger Federer won his hometown tournament for the third straight year on Sunday, beating second-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors final.

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