DURHAM, N.C. — Duke linebacker Kelby Brown will miss the season after suffering a knee injury during a preseason scrimmage.

In a release Tuesday, the school said the all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during Monday’s scrimmage. The fifth-year senior is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday.

The injury is a big blow for the Blue Devils, who made a surprise run to the Coastal Division championship and reached the ACC title game. Brown was an all-ACC first-team pick and one of the league’s top tacklers with 114.


WR LEAVES PRACTICE IN AMBULANCE: UCLA receiver Devin Lucien left practice in an ambulance after injuring his head.

Bruins coach Jim Mora was visibly concerned about Lucien after Tuesday’s afternoon practice at training camp in San Bernardino.

Lucien is an athletic junior known for acrobatic catches. Mora said he believes Lucien was injured when he hit his head on the ground while making a catch.

Mora didn’t immediately know the extent of Lucien’s injury. The coach said the Bruins prefer to be “overly cautious” with any injury involving the head or neck.

Lucien started three games as a sophomore last season, catching 19 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns.


LeGRAND, TALIAFERRO HONORARY CAPTAINS: Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand and will be the honorary captain when the Scarlet Knights play their first Big Ten game against Penn State on Sept. 13.

Adam Taliaferro will be the Nittany Lions’ honorary captain

LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury making a tackle during a game in 2010 that left him paralyzed below the shoulders. He is still wheelchair-bound but has since graduated from Rutgers and now works as an analyst on the football team’s radio broadcasts.

Taliaferro, a New Jersey native like LeGrand, suffered a severe spinal-cord injury making a tackle during a game in 2000. He, too, was left paralyzed but has since made a full recovery.

LeGrand and Taliaferro will take part in the pregame coin toss at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway.

N.C. Central

JUDGE DISMISSES SUIT BY EX-COACH FRAZIER: The attorney for former North Carolina Central football coach Henry Frazier III said a judge has dismissed Frazier’s wrongful-termination lawsuit seeking reinstatement.

Adam J. Hopler says his client plans to appeal Tuesday’s ruling.

The school fired Frazier shortly before last season after he was arrested on a charge of violating a domestic violence protective order, his second arrest in 16 months.

According to an April complaint, Frazier, a former Prairie View coach, had sent his ex-wife a note about unpaid parking tickets on a car registered to him but in her possession. The complaint states Frazier was found not guilty in September and accuses the school of breaching his contract by firing him before his case was resolved.

Frazier seeks back pay and punitive damages.

The school hired Jerry Mack as head coach in December.


PUNTER LOSES PARENTS IN PLANE CRASH: The parents of Wyoming punter Ethan Wood were killed in a weekend plane crash in Iowa.

John and Resia Wood were flying from Michigan to their home in Colorado Springs when they were killed Saturday.

The couple had five children.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday that they were in Michigan to visit another son, Josh, a defensive backs coach at Michigan Tech.

Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl said Monday he doesn’t know when Ethan Wood will return to the team.