National sports briefs: Paulus to start at QB for Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus is the starting quarterback at Syracuse.
He won the job after transferring and getting an NCAA waiver to play football as a graduate student at the Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Paulus was a Parade All-American as a record-setting quarterback in high school in Syracuse.
Coach Doug Marrone announced the decision. Senior Cam Dantley, last year’s starter, and two underclassmen were also in the running to start.
The Orange open the season Sept. 5 against Minnesota in the Carrier Dome.
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Ivan Rodriguez is coming home to the Texas Rangers.
The 14-time All-Star catcher who started his career with the Rangers at age 19 was acquired in a trade Tuesday with the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Matt Nevarez and two players to be named later.
The 37-year-old Rodriguez signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Astros in March and went on to hit .251 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 93 games. But the Astros have faded in the NL playoff chase, while the Rangers went into Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota with a one-game lead in the AL wild card.
– CHICAGO ó Alex Gordon, regarded in spring training as one of baseball’s top prospects, was demoted to the minor leagues Tuesday by the Kansas City Royals. The 25-year-old third baseman, the No. 2 choice in the 2005 draft, batted .198 and committed five errors in 29 games this season.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ó The head of the NFL Players Association is bracing players for a possible 2011 lockout.
Executive director DeMaurice Smith told reporters at Colts camp that he is convinced owners will lock players out when the current labor deal expires after next season.
DENVER ó Carmelo Anthony is suing his former business manager, alleging he misappropriated more than $2 million of the Denver Nuggets star’s assets.
WOODRIDGE, Ill. ó Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane apologized for the pain he caused those close to him after his arrest on charges that he and a cousin beat up a cab driver in Buffalo, N.Y., earlier this month.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. ó Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird had minor throat surgery Tuesday.