Names in the games: Sabathia, Kaman, WVU football

CC’s return to Yankees this year unlikely

The New York Yankees are no longer expecting CC Sabathia to return to their rotation this year, given the persistence of inflammation in his injured right knee.

Asked Friday whether he believed Sabathia’s season was over, manager Joe Girardi said: “I think that’s about fair to say.”

The six-time All-Star left-hander has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee since mid-May, when his ERA reached a career-high 5.28. The Yankees were targeting a post-All-Star-break return for Sabathia, who had begun a rehabilitation assignment.

Source: Kaman agrees to deal with Blazers

Free agent center Chris Kaman has agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The deal is worth a reported $9.8 million. Kaman confirmed the deal with a post on his Twitter account.

The burley 7-foot center has averaged 11.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over an 11-year NBA career. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.

WVU football ‘Stripe the Stadium,’ ‘Gold Rush’ dates announced

West Virginia University’s Big 12 Conference home football opener with Oklahoma on Sept. 20 has been designated as the “Stripe the Stadium’’ game.

Fans sitting in even-numbered sections, Touchdown Terrace and WVU students in the upper-level student sections are encouraged to wear gold to the game. Those sitting in odd-numbered sections and students in the lower level section are to wear blue.

The Oct. 4 homecoming game against Kansas is the “Gold Rush’’ game, with fans encouraged to wear gold.

— From staff, wire reports

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