Sports Briefs

Colo. unveils plan to upgrade facilities

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of Colorado presented a $170 million proposal to upgrade the Buffaloes’ football facilities to the board of regents at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

The university would rely on $50 million in private money to finance the multi-year initiative.

Athletic director Mike Bohn told the board the proposal would “position us to attract the best student-athletes in the nation” improve their performance on the field and in the classroom and enhance fans’ experience at games in Boulder.

The project, unveiled by Bohn, Chancellor Phil DiStefano and new football coach Mike MacIntyre, includes a new academic center and expansion of the Dal Ward Center along with a new indoor practice facility and upgrades to Folsom Field.

Garagiola ends broadcast career

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer who was honored by the Hall of Fame for his on-air work, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades.

The 87-year-old Garagiola said Wednesday that he’s retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He said goodbye at a 30-minute news conference at the team’s spring training facility, a session marked by his trademark one-liners and a bit of emotion.

Garagiola entertained audiences for 58 years with a sharp sense of humor and a seemingly endless list of stories. His personality transcended sports and landed him a pair of stints on the “Today” show and a slot as a guest host in Johnny Carson’s seat on “The Tonight Show.”

Garagiola spent nine seasons in the majors as a catcher. He had worked at selected Diamondbacks games for the past 15 years.

Nev. judge upholds Diaz’s suspension

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge is upholding a fine and yearlong suspension for Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Nick Diaz after he tested positive for marijuana use last year.

A court order made public Wednesday shoots down Diaz’s challenge that he had a prescription from a doctor in California to use medicinal marijuana to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The court ruling said there’s substantial evidence Diaz broke rules by using the substance before his Feb. 4, 2012, UFC welterweight title loss to Carlos Condit.

It adds that Diaz likely understood he should have disclosed the pot use before the fight, and said the Nevada Athletic Commission didn’t overstep its bounds by suspending him.

Diaz was fined $79,500 and banned from fighting until February 2013 following the violation.

Rachel Alexandra eating, walking more

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The good news continues for Rachel Alexandra.

Her appetite is becoming more normal and the 2009 Horse of the Year is taking several short walks daily while improving from abdominal surgery.

The mare remains stable at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital a week after developing foaling complications from delivering a 140-pound filly on Feb. 12. Rachel Alexandra had a damaged section of small colon repaired the next day, but two abdominal lavages attached afterward have been removed.

A release from the hospital on Wednesday said Rachel Alexandra still faces a long recovery. But veterinarians and owner Barbara Banke are encouraged by her improved strength, gastro-intestinal progress and “feisty” attitude that made her a champion.

Compiled from AP news releases.