In Brief: Stanford's Ostrander OK but will miss game against USC

Ostrander was watching former teammate Trent Edwards play on television for the Buffalo Bills when he had the seizure Sunday. Teammate Evan Moore was at the restaurant when he heard Ostrander's father yell out his son's name. Moore turned and saw Ostrander fall to the ground and slam his head on a pole.

"I ran over and he was in a full body seizure," Moore said Tuesday. "I had never seen that before so it was a little bit troubling to say the least.

"Not only that but he was bleeding out of his mouth because of how hard he hit his head. That was tough to watch. I didn't sleep too well Sunday night. I couldn't get that out of my head."

Ostrander was taken to Stanford Hospital. He was released later Sunday after all tests came back normal. He was back at classes this week and could be back for the game Oct. 13 against TCU.

Sophomore Tavita Pritchard will make his first career start Saturday for the Cardinal (1-3, 0-3 Pac-10). Pritchard is the nephew of former NFL quarterback Jack Thompson, better known as "The Throwin' Samoan."

Pritchard has thrown three passes in his career, completing one for 10 yards. USC has the Pac-10's top-ranked defense, allowing 277.5 yards per game. ...

Cal coach Jeff Tedford said he expects quarterback Nate Longshore to be ready for Cal's next game, Oct. 13 against Oregon State. Longshore sprained his right ankle near the end of Saturday's 31-24 win at Oregon. ... Former Northern Colorado backup punter Mitch Cozad was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday for stabbing a rival in what prosecutors said was a brutal attempt to take over the starter's role. ... Memphis, playing just two days after defensive lineman Taylor Bradford was killed in an on-campus shooting, named Bradford an honorary captain and converted that emotion into a 24-21 victory over visiting Marshall on Tuesday night as Will Hudgens threw for a346 yards.


The Golden State Warriors re-signed restricted free agent Mickael Pietrus. The 25-year-old 6-foot-6 guard/forward started 38 games last season, posting career-high averages in points (11.1), rebounds (4.5) and minutes (26.9) and shooting .488 from the field. ... Five-time NBA All-Star Sidney Moncrief was hired as a shooting coach by the Warriors. Moncrief averaged 15.6 points, shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 83.1 percent from the free throw line in an 11-year NBA career. ... Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to resume basketball activities in two to three weeks.

Motor Sports

Dario Franchitti's much-anticipated move to stock cars will begin Friday with an ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway, The Associated Press learned. The 2007 Indy 500 winner and IndyCar Series champion has agreed to a multiyear deal to replace David Stremme in the No. 40 Dodge for NASCAR's Chip Ganassi Racing, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Shortly after he won the IndyCar championship for Andretti Green Racing, Franchitti answered the speculation about a possible switch to stock cars by saying, "NASCAR would be something different ... something I haven't done. Apart from Formula One, it's probably one of the few things I haven't driven."

Franchitti is expected to get some much-needed seat time in stock cars by running a series of races, including ARCA, Busch and Cup, before the end of this season, much as Ganassi Nextel Cup driver Juan Pablo Montoya did after leaving Formula One. ...

The Indianapolis 500 purse will be at least $13.4 million next year, an increase of $2.7 million from this year's record payout. The winner will receive at least $2.5 million.


Serena Williams drubbed Zuzana Ondruska 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.


The PGA Tour has approved a new regulation that offers medical extensions to players who deal with a family crisis.