Sports briefs: Neck injury ends career

Stanford redshirt sophomore Fred Campbell has decided to no longer play football after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a fractured vertabrae in his neck. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound starting middle linebacker from New Rochelle, N.Y., was injured in Saturday’s 37-0 win over San Jose State. Campbell had seven tackles and half a sack in two games this year.

Swisher suspended

A’s slugger Nick Swisher, left, was suspended three games and Texas Rangers pitcher Vincente Padilla seven games for their roles in Sunday’s benches-clearing brawl. Padilla was banished for intentionally throwing at Swisher, who then charged the mound and tackled the pitcher. Both players were also fined. Swisher did not appeal his suspension and began serving it with Tuesday’s game vs. Seattle. He also fouled a ball off his foot Monday and was on crutches. Padilla appealed his suspension and will be able to pitch until Major League Baseball hears the appeal. “It sounds pretty fair to me, pretty normal,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “Obviously I wish the whole thing never happened.”

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