Sep 14, 2013 23:32 Briefs: Pelicans’ Miller has stress fracture Briefs: Pelicans’ Miller has stress fracture Advocate news services Sept. 14, 2013 Comments The New Orleans Pelicans announced Monday that Darius Miller suffered a stress fracture in his left foot. Team doctors discovered the injury after Miller experienced discomfort recently. Dr. Richard Ferkel of Southern California Orthopedic Institute surgically repaired the stress fracture. Miller will return to New Orleans on Tuesday to begin the rehabilitation process. He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks. VooDoo announces player transactions The New Orleans VooDoo have been assigned four players to the Offseason Assignment Process, including 2013 AFL Rookie of the Year Mario Urrutia, Tyus Jackson, Camerron Cheatham and Mike Alston. Urrutia, a former member of the Utah Blaze, enjoyed a sensational start to his Arena League career, opening the 2013 season with eight consecutive multi-touchdown performances. He surpassed the 100-yard mark in eight games and led all rookie receivers in every receiving category. New Orleans also announced that the team has exercised one-year rookie options on QB Chris Dixon, OL Bryce Tennison, FB Bruce Figgins, WR Antonio Robinson and New Orleans natives DB Delvin Breaux and K Danny Hrapmann. Howard joins SWAC for women’s soccer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference has entered a membership agreement with Howard University for women’s soccer. The announcement was made following the approval of the league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors. The Lady Bison will compete in 2013 season as an independent before officially joining the SWAC during the fall of 2014. Having previously played in the Great West Conference, Howard will be eligible to compete for the SWAC soccer championship and have an opportunity to earn the conference’s NCAA automatic qualifier in 2015. Timberwolves promote Adelman, hire Jackson MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have promoted David Adelman to an assistant coach and hired Bobby Jackson as a player development coach. The Timberwolves made the moves on Monday. Adelman, the son of Wolves head coach Rick Adelman, had served as a player development coach the past two seasons. Race 4 win saves Oracle’s Cup chances SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle Team USA’s heart-stopping victory in Race 4 of the America’s Cup may have saved the event as well as the syndicate’s chances to retain the oldest trophy in international sports. Skipper Jimmy Spithill aggressively sailed Oracle’s 72-foot catamaran to an eight-second victory against Emirates Team New Zealand in lively conditions on San Francisco Bay on Sunday. The victory came after the Americans let the Kiwis come from behind to win Race 3. Oracle trails the best-of-17 series 3 to minus-1. It was docked two points in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta’s history. Monday was a lay day. Oracle was out on the bay working on improving its performance upwind, where the Kiwis have shown better boat speed. Pelicans’ Miller suffers foot fracture The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Darius Miller suffered a stress fracture in his left foot. Team doctors discovered the injury after Miller experienced discomfort recently. Dr. Richard Ferkel of Southern California Orthopedic Institute surgically repaired the stress fracture. Miller will return to New Orleans on Tuesday to begin the rehabilitation process. He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks. UConn suspends Olander after DUI charge STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut forward Tyler Olander has been charged with DUI and suspended from the basketball team indefinitely. Connecticut state police say Olander was pulled over Saturday near the Storrs campus and charged with operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a vehicle in violation of license classification. Police said Olander failed a field sobriety test. No other details were released. UConn spokesman Mike Enright says Olander was suspended Monday for violating unspecified team rules. The 21-year-old, 6-foot-10 senior from Mansfield, Conn., was barred from team activities for a month earlier this year after being charged with trespassing in Panama City, Fla., while on spring break. He agreed to a fine and community service in that case.