In Brief: Kaepernick takes over as Nevada quarterback

RENO -- Nevada quarterback Nick Graziano is out and redshirt freshman Colin Kaepernick -- the former Pitman High star -- is in.

Graziano, a sophomore, will miss the rest of the season following surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right foot. He won't return to practice until next spring at the earliest.

Graziano was hurt Saturday in the second quarter of a 49-41 conference opener loss to Fresno State.

Graziano was replaced by Kaepernick, who completed 23-of-36 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 60 yards and another score. ...

Fresno State defensive lineman Jason Shirley was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of school policy. Shirley, of Fontana, was previously suspended for the first two games of the season for "conduct detrimental to the team." ... UCLA quarterback Ben Olson had surgery and will be out three to four weeks with a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee. UCLA's next game is Oct. 20 against No. 2 Cal (5-0, 2-0) at the Rose Bowl. ... Kansas State discovered possible rules violations in its program and is cooperating with the NCAA. ... A fourth man, student Devin Jefferson, was charged with murder in the shooting of football player Taylor Bradford on the University of Memphis campus during a botched robbery. Authorities said Bradford, 21, was rumored to have won more than $3,000 at a casino the night before police found him Sept. 30 in his car, which had crashed into a tree a few blocks from his campus apartment.


Top-20 player Andy Murray told the BBC on Tuesday it is easy to throw a match, and the ATP Tour immediately asked him to explain himself.

"It's difficult to prove if someone has tanked a match or not tried because they can try their best until the last couple of games of each set and then make some mistakes, a couple of double-faults, and that's it," Murray said. "It's pretty disappointing for all the players, but everyone knows it goes on."

The ATP and the International Tennis Federation are joining the WTA Tour and the Grand Slam Committee to come up with a unified set of regulations to combat match-fixing and illegal betting.

"Tennis is vulnerable," ITF executive director Bill Babcock said. "We have to keep the integrity of the matches. I think we have that, but we have this looming cloud now that we have to dissipate."

Suspicions about match-fixing began about two months ago after an online betting site, in an unprecedented move, voided bets on a match in August between fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko and 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello in Poland because of irregular betting patterns. ...

James Blake rallied past Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Stockholm Open, the first step in his bid to win the event three consecutive years.

Motor Sports

Ricky Rudd will get back behind the wheel of the Robert Yates Racing

No. 88 Ford this week at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., after missing five weeks with a separated left shoulder. ... Reigning Formula One champ Fernando Alonso was questioned by prosecutors in Modena, Italy, in the Ferrari spy scandal. The McLaren driver was not under criminal investigation but was considered to have knowledge of the facts in the case, ANSA news agency reported. McLaren was fined $100 million by the World Motor Sport Council on Sept. 13 after a separate investigation by Formula One's governing body found McLaren guilty of using leaked data from Ferrari.


In Quebec, former Olympic biathlon champion Myriam Bedard received two years' probation for violating a child custody order involving her daughter.


Matt Cullen scored for the first time since returning to the Hurricanes, and six others added goals in Carolina's 7-1 rout of the host Toronto. Cullen was traded back to Carolina during the summer after one season with the New York Rangers.