HockeyThere were sighs of relief in Pittsburgh yesterday when the Penguins learned that five-time All-Star Marian Hossa suffered only a first-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and will miss only about a week. The Slovakian sharpshooter, acquired from Atlanta at the trade deadline Tuesday, collided with Glen Murray 13 shifts into his debut with the Penguins against the Bruins Thursday, and after the game was hopeful the injury wasn't serious. Wearing a brace, Hossa worked out off the ice yesterday . . . Portland Pirates defenseman Eric Weinrich, a 41-year-old former Bruin, faces a lengthy recovery after breaking a bone in his face during a fight with Norfolk's Karl Stewart this week . . . Peter Forsberg, who signed with Colorado Monday but hasn't played this season while recovering from foot and ankle injuries, is expected to skate with the Avalanche in Denver this morning but is doubtful tonight against Los Angeles.
No surgery planned for Wizards' ButlerWashington Wizards All-Star forward Caron Butler has a prescription of rest and rehab - with no plans for surgery - to deal with the latest twist in his return from a hip injury. An MRI this week found that Butler has a small labral tear of the left hip joint. The injury, which has sidelined him for nearly a month, originally was diagnosed as a strained hip flexor . . . Atlanta owners prevented Hawks general manager Billy Knight from firing coach Mike Woodson this month, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . . . The Detroit Pistons are expected to add former Celtics center Theo Ratliff next week . . . The NBA suspended Pacers forward Danny Granger for one game for striking Chicago's Andres Nocioni in the face Wednesday . . . Assault charges were dropped against Rockets guard Rafer Alston, who was accused of a slashing a man with a knife in a Manhattan nightclub last summer . . . James Battista and Thomas Martino, who were charged in a betting scandal involving disgraced basketball referee Tim Donaghy, pleaded not guilty to conspiring to defraud the NBA . . . Kentucky freshman Patrick Patterson will miss the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his left ankle . . . Former UCLA coach John Wooden, 97, was hospitalized after breaking his left wrist and collarbone in a fall Thursday night.
Overall, Miller is pleased with resultWerner Heel edged Bode Miller by a 10th of a second to win a downhill on the Olympic course in Kvitfjell, Norway, giving the Italian his first World Cup victory. Miller, who said he was "generally pretty happy" with his performance, increased his lead in the overall standings over Benjamin Raich of Austria, who finished 37th. Miller moved to 1,183 points in the standings while Raich stayed at 1,058.
ATP suspends, fines Luzzi for bettingFederico Luzzi was suspended 200 days and fined $50,000 by the ATP for betting 273 times on tennis matches . . . Andy Roddick was ousted, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, by Robin Soederling in the Memphis Championship quarterfinals. Also in Memphis, Olga Govortsova upset third-seeded Shahar Peer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, to reach her first WTA final, against Lindsay Davenport . . . Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic beat Mario Ancic, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, to reach his third consecutive Zagreb (Croatia) Indoors final . . . Svetlana Kuznetsova will play Elena Dementieva in the final of the Dubai Championships. Kuznetsova beat Jelena Jankovic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, and Dementieva ousted Francesa Schiavone, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. . . Mirai Nagasu led a US sweep in the short program at the junior world figure skating championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. Nagasu scored 65.07 points. Caroline Zhang (62.60) was second and Rachael Flatt third (60.16). Americans Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates won the ice dancing title . . . The Globe's Jim McCabe took first place in the daily news category (for a story on Dave Pelz's device for measuring green speeds) and second in daily columns (for his tribute to the late Boston Golf Club co-founder John Mineck) in the Golf Writers Association of America's annual writing contest. . . . FIFA agreed to adopt the World Anti-Doping Agency's revised drug testing code and promised to use "all possible means" to fight performance-enhancing drugs in soccer.
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