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Dario Franchitti has surgery after Houston crash

The IndyCar Series driver has his broken right ankle stabilized following Sunday's big crash.

October 07, 2013|Staff and wire reports

Dario Franchitti underwent surgery to stabilize his broken right ankle after the IndyCar driver went airborne and crashed into the catchfence at a race in Houston, his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team said Monday.

Franchitti, 40, also suffered two spinal fractures and a concussion Sunday but was "awake and alert" when he was admitted to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, the team said.

An IndyCar official and two fans also were taken to a hospital for treatment, IndyCar said. They were among several spectators injured by debris from Franchitti's crash.

Franchitti, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time series champion, issued a statement thanking "everyone for all the well-wishes."

Ganassi said Franchitti would remain in Houston for a few days and then be taken to Indianapolis for further evaluation.

There is one race left in IndyCar's season, at Fontana on Oct. 19.

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The former England captain retired from playing in May after five months at Paris St.-Germain, having left Major League Soccer in December 2012 following more than five years with the Galaxy.

Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit claiming Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig went on a "witch hunt" to force him from the sport has been moved from state to federal court.

MLB filed a notice of removal Monday, saying claims by the New York Yankees third baseman are governed by federal law.

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Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury said starting quarterback Baker Mayfield's right knee has no structural damage after the freshman was injured during the No. 20 Red Raiders' win at Kansas.

Kingsbury said he's not sure whether Mayfield will start or even play against Iowa State this week.

Michigan defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins will sit out the rest of the season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees during Saturday's win over Minnesota.

Ernie Dunlevie, co-founder of the Palm Springs Golf Classic, the PGA Tour event now known as the Humana Challenge, died Sunday from complications of cancer. He was 96. The tournament has been played since 1960.

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