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■ Hockey
Morrow put on injured list

Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, two days after surgery to repair severed tendons in his right wrist. Morrow, a left wing who is in his first season as captain of the National Hockey League club, had the surgery on Tuesday night at a hospital in Chicago after he was stepped on by a skate in the Stars' 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks that evening. He was to be re-evaluated by Stars medical staff yesterday. Morrow, 27, also missed eight games earlier this month with a groin injury.

■ Hockey

Caron traded to Ducks

The pacesetting Anaheim Ducks have acquired goaltender Sebastien Caron in a multi-player deal with the Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL team said on Thursday. The Ducks, whose first-choice goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere is injured, also gained right wing Matt Keith and left wing Chris Durno from the Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Bruno St. Jacques and right wing Pierre Parenteau. Giguere is recovering from a groin strain suffered during the second period of the Ducks' 4-3 win against San Jose on Tuesday, their 28th victory this season in 39 games.

■ Basketball

Wade's sprain confirmed

Tests on Thursday confirmed that the wrist injury of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is a sprain, and he was likely to be a game-time decision for yesterday's National Basketball Association game against New Jersey. Wade, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA finals last June as the Heat downed Dallas to claim the title, was hurt with six minutes left in the opening quarter of Wednesday's 109-103 loss to Chicago. Wade, 24, underwent an MRI on Thursday that confirmed the diagnosis.

■ Basketball

Grizzlies fire Fratello

The struggling Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach Mike Fratello on Thursday, the National Basketball Association team confirmed. The club did not immediately announce a replacement for Fratello, the most successful career coach in the franchise's history, but did schedule a press conference for yesterday in Memphis. "We felt it was time to make a change and move in a different direction based on our record and future goals," Grizzlies president of basketball operations Jerry West said in a statement. Fratello had a 95-83 record and led Memphis to consecutive playoff appearances, but the Grizzlies slipped to an NBA-worst 6-24 after a 112-96 loss at home to Milwaukee on Thursday.

■ Cricket
Craig McMillan called up

New Zealand cricket reject Craig McMillan has been called into the New Zealand one-day squad with batsman Nathan Astle in doubt for the second clash with Sri Lanka in Queenstown, New Zealand, tomorrow. McMillan, who played the last of his 175 one-dayers against Australia early last year, was to join the squad following their seven wicket loss in the first international on Thursday, New Zealand Cricket said yesterday. The 30-year-old has been called in after his brother-in-law Astle suffered bruising to his thigh after being hit three times on the same spot by Sri Lankan pace bowler Chaminda Vaas during his innings of 83.

■ Soccer

Terry has back surgery

Chelsea and England captain John Terry has had back surgery, his club said on Thursday. The central defender, who has missed the last four matches for his club, underwent the operation in France following consultation between the Chelsea medical department and a leading neurosurgical specialist, Chelsea said on their Web site (www.chelseafc.com). "The operation to remove a sequestrated lumbar intervertebral disc was successful and everyone at the club wishes John a speedy and full recovery," Chelsea said. The club, four points behind Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, did not say how long they expected Terry to be out of action.

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