The NBA plans to cancel two more weeks of its regular season, the New York Daily News reported yesterday, citing league sources. The NBA has already canceled the preseason and the first two weeks of its regular season. The newspaper said the latest cancellation, expected to be announced today, would run through Nov. 28.
Phils decline options for Oswalt, Lidge
The Phillies declined the 2012 options for pitchers Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge, although general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team will consider re-signing both players. Oswalt, who was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies this season, gets a $2 million buyout instead of $16 million next season. Lidge, 1-1 with 12 saves in 12 opportunities and a 1.77 ERA in the postseason, receives a $1.5 million buyout instead of $12.5 million next year.
Deadline nearing for Nugent-Hopkins
As impressive as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been in his first seven NHL games, the Edmonton Oilers’ rookie sensation has no guarantee that he will remain in the big leagues. Nugent-Hopkins leads rookies with 5 goals and 7 points, but the 18-year-old center, taken with the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, may be headed back to juniors. Nugent-Hopkins has two games to go before he reaches the nine-game threshold that would start his three-year, entry-level contract. If Oilers coach Tom Renney and team management have made a decision on their leading scorer, they aren’t tipping their hand. “Have I told him he’s staying? No,’’ Renney said . . . Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis will be out indefinitely after suffering an ankle injury in Buffalo’s 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay Saturday. A 20-goal scorer as a rookie last season, Ennis hasn’t recorded a point in seven games . . . Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken finger in his right hand.
Kuechly is in running for Butkus Award
Boston College junior Luke Kuechly has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, honoring the nation’s top linebacker. Kuechly has registered 118 tackles, 61 solo, in seven games, leading the nation in both categories . . . Linebacker Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech’s leading tackler the past two seasons, will miss the remainder of this season after sustaining a foot injury in the No. 15 Hokies’ victory against BC. Taylor suffered a Lisfranc sprain and will have surgery later this week . . . All-American receiver Justin Blackmon, who suffered concussion-like symptoms in No. 3 Oklahoma State’s win over Missouri, is expected to be cleared to play Saturday against Baylor, the school said. Fellow receiver Hubert Anyiam, who broke a bone in his left foot in the same game, will miss the rest of the season . . . Louisville cornerback Anthony Conner had surgery after breaking his neck making a tackle against Rutgers Friday night. Coach Charlie Strong said doctors hope Conner might be able to leave the hospital in the next couple of days . . . Florida quarterback John Brantley returned to practice and is expected to start Saturday against No. 22 Georgia after missing the last two-plus games with an ankle injury.
BC regains top spot in hockey poll
Boston College’s weekend sweep of Massachusetts and Northeastern helped the Eagles reclaim the top ranking in the USCHO.com hockey poll. New England schools joining BC in the top 10 were Merrimack, which climbed four spots to No. 9, and Yale at No. 10. Boston University, which was upset by Holy Cross Saturday night, slipped six spots to No. 13 . . . This season will be Alabama-Huntsville’s last as a Division 1 hockey program, a school administrator said, citing financial constraints. The program will revert to club status next season.
US stuns Cuba in Pan Am semifinal
The United States upset rival Cuba, 12-10, in the baseball semifinals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, knocking the 10-time defending champions off the top of the medal podium for the first time since 1967. Cuba has dominated baseball at the quadrennial games since the first tournament in 1951. It has won 12 of the 15 titles, including every one between 1971 and 2007. The US, which beat the Cubans to win the gold in 1967, has finished second to Cuba eight times. Brett Carroll, an outfielder for the Pawtucket Red Sox this season, had two hits. The Americans will face Canada, a 5-3 winner over Mexico, in today’s final. Also in the Pan Am Games, the US women’s basketball team routed Jamaica, 87-41, but the defending champions had to settle for a seventh-place finish in the tournament . . . Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray was named director for the Falmouth Road Race, which will be run for the 40th year next August. He succeeds acting director Matt Auger . . . An official with knowledge of the plan said Formula One is coming to New Jersey in June 2013 with a race on the Hudson River shoreline just across from New York City . . . Former world table tennis champion Kjell Johansson of Sweden died in Stockholm. He was 65.