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Aztecs’ Burton Hospitalized With Ankle Inflammation

San Diego State nose tackle Brad Burton has been hospitalized for treatment of an inflammation of his right ankle, trainer Don Kaverman said Monday.

Burton, a junior from El Capitan High School, was admitted to Sharp Memorial Hospital Sunday and is expected to remain there several days, Kaverman said.

The nature of the inflammation has not been diagnosed, but a sprain or other such trauma has been ruled out, Kaverman said. Burton was hospitalized after the inflammation worsened over the weekend.

Burton first complained of the condition Oct. 21 but played the next day at Colorado State. He has not practiced since and is not expected to be ready for Saturday night’s Western Athletic Conference game against Brigham Young at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium.

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Outside linebacker Kevin Maultsby, who has missed the past 2 games with a neck injury, is doubtful. Ray Rowe, a reserve tight end, is questionable with a bruised shoulder.

Alfred Jackson, a wide receiver who has played only on special teams and has practiced at cornerback since dislocating two fingers 3 weeks ago, might be well enough to return to receiver later this week.

Inside linebacker Lee Brannon (shoulder sprain), fullback Kevin Macon (shoulder bruise) and offensive tackle Samida Tuiaana (thigh bruise) are probable.

FOOTBALL

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Jerry Garrett, Oceanside High School quarterback, has been ruled academically ineligible, San Diego Section Commissioner Kendall Webb said.

“If he fails to make passing grades in four subjects, he’s going to be ineligible,” Webb said. “He apparently failed to pass the courses.”

Under San Diego Section rules, a student must have passing grades in at least 20 semester periods at the completion of each 6-week grading period. Garrett, 15, won’t be eligible to play again until the week of Dec. 5, provided he has sufficient passing grades. So Garrett’s season will be over unless Oceanside advances to the Section 2-A championship game Dec. 10.

Garrett, one of the county’s most explosive and versatile players, didn’t dress for Friday’s game, a 19-0 victory by San Pasqual.

Oceanside apparently will use Chad Crites at quarterback. Garrett’s absence also leaves Oceanside with holes at punter and kicker.

Oceanside, once the top-ranked team in San Diego County and the state’s medium school division, is 6-2 overall and tied with El Camino for third at 3-2 in the Avocado League.

SOCCER

A day after the UC San Diego men’s soccer team defeated Menlo College to become the first team in the school’s 25-year history to finish the regular season undefeated, the UCSD women’s soccer team finished 17-0-2 with a scoreless tie in overtime against visiting Cal Poly Pomona.

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UCSD goalie Julie Freiss recorded her 15th shutout. Cal Poly Pomona dropped to 6-5-4.

The UCSD men’s team will play host to the West Coast Regional starting Saturday at 11 a.m. at Warren Field. Top-seeded UCSD (18-0-2) faces fourth-seeded Macalester (10-1-4) at 1 p.m. Second-seeded Cal State Stanislaus (12-4-2) faces third-seeded Claremont-Mudd (15-3-2) at 11 a.m. The championship game will be Sunday at 1 p.m.

John Leaney, Macalester’s coach, coached the UCSD women’s team to a third-place finish in the 1986 Division III championships.

--Compiled by Curt Holbreich, Jeff Parenti, and Don Patterson


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