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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vasco hope to sign Romario
Vasco da Gama said on Thursday they hoped to find their way around a FIFA ruling and bring back 40-year-old striker Romario for a fourth stint at the club. Romario has already played for two clubs -- Miami FC in the US and Adelaide United in Australia -- since July and FIFA rules prevent him from playing for a third team until the end of June. "We're trying to find a solution as quickly as possible," Vasco's legal vice-president Paulo Reis told Brazilian media. "We've found a path to follow but we're not going to say what it is. I've no doubt that we're going to find a solution to the problem."
Hingis finds love match
Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis is to marry Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek. The 26-year-old Hingis confirmed news of her engagement at a media conference at the Gold Coast yesterday where she is preparing to play the Australian women's hardcourt championships. Hingis said 28-year-old Stepanek, ranked 19 in the world, had proposed to her in Prague last month but it was not until she arrived in Australia that anyone noticed her diamond ring. "I was surprised when it was spotted right away because in Switzerland I've been walking around for a month and no-one's said anything," she told reporters.
Bullimore raring to go
British yachtsman Tony Bullimore, who was dramatically rescued by the Australian navy after his yacht capsized in the Southern Ocean, said yesterday he was ready to begin another solo round-the-world attempt. Bullimore, whose unlikely survival story made him a household name in Australia in 1997, plans to break the solo round-the-world record of 70 days when he sails from the southern city of Hobart in the next few days. The veteran yachtsman is scheduled to depart in his 102-foot (31m) catamaran as soon as Sunday.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
MONKEYS ALSO WIN: The Rakuten Monkeys kept the Brothers from the first-half title as they dominated the Uni-President Lions, scoring four in the fourth The CTBC Brothers still need another win to clinch the first-half CPBL title, despite thrashing the hapless Fubon Guardians 17-0 yesterday, after the Rakuten Monkeys beat the Uni-President Lions 9-2. Fans of CTBC Brothers were hoping to celebrate the first-half title, with a crowd of more than 10,000 packed into the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium for their home game against the Guardians. The figure was an attendance record for this year, when baseball and most other major sports events worldwide have been played in empty venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entering the game, CTBC had pushed their magic number down to 2, meaning
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the scudetto, AC Milan decided that returning to the pinnacle of club soccer required a new approach. Roc Nation, the entertainment agency of US rapper Jay-Z is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors, and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans. And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team who just won their league for the first time in 30 years? “We have been talking to Liverpool, because they’ve been through the same path