Carcillo out for season
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo would be sidelined for the rest of the season after having knee surgery next week, the National Hockey League team said on Friday. Carcillo, 26, will undergo reconstructive surgery on his left knee which he injured during a hit that sent Tom Gilbert of the Edmonton Oilers into the boards on Jan. 2. Both players were forced to leave that game with knee injuries, while Carcillo received a major penalty and game misconduct. He was later suspended by the league for seven games. “Daniel Carcillo will undergo anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, Jan. 17,” the Blackhawks said in a statement.
Rams eye Fisher as coach
The St Louis Rams say they are finalizing a deal to hire Jeff Fisher as their new NFL coach. The team confirmed reports on Friday that Fisher would be joining the Rams after considering a job with the Miami Dolphins. The 53-year-old Fisher interviewed twice with the Rams, once in Denver with owner Stan Kroenke and again in St Louis when he toured facilities and met quarterback Sam Bradford. Fisher is the most sought-after coach among those teams seeking replacements. He coached the Tennessee Titans for 17 years, including to a Super Bowl against the Rams in 2000. Fisher was the Rams defensive coordinator in 1991 when the franchise was in Los Angeles.
Yankees get Kuroda, Pineda
The New York Yankees made a major push to bolster their starting rotation by agreeing to terms with pitcher Hiroki Kuroda on a US$10 million, one-year contract shortly after acquiring youngster Michael Pineda from the Seattle Mariners. A person familiar with Kuroda’s signing said the deal is contingent on the 36-year-old former Los Angeles Dodgers starter passing a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there has not yet been an announcement. Kuroda’s deal also includes performance bonuses, according to the person. The right hander was 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers this year and 41-46 with a 3.45 ERA in four seasons in Los Angeles after a long career in Japan.
Evans qualifies for Olympics
Janet Evans, a four-time Olympic gold medalist mounting a comeback at the age of 40, qualified on Friday for the US Olympic swimming trials, moving a step closer to booking a London berth. Former world record-holder Evans won her 400m freestyle heat at the Austin Grand Prix in 4 minutes, 17.27 seconds, comfortably inside the trials qualifying standard of 4:19.39. She sliced about five seconds off the best time posted in her comeback. Evans is slated to swim the 800m today.
Ticket resale site to reopen
The crisis-hit London 2012 Olympic ticket resale Web site is set to reopen next week, organizers said on Friday. It has already been down for a week since being unable to cope with the vast demand, since when under-pressure agents Ticketmaster have been trying to get it back up and running. However, a spokesman for the London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG) said on Friday the problems had been fixed and that the site should reopen next week. “LOCOG confirms that a solution has been found to enable the ticket resale platform to reopen next week,” he said.
Goalkeeper fails dope test
Ukraine international goalkeeper Alexander Rybka faces a two-year ban after testing positive for a banned substance contained in a weight-loss product, local media reported on Friday. Reports said the samples, which the 24-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk player gave after a domestic league match in November, contained a banned diuretic. “After November’s league match with Karpaty Lviv, Rybka took the diuretic in attempt to lose some weight,” Shakhtar general manager Sergei Palkin said. “After UEFA discovered that his samples contained the banned medication they sent us a letter demanding to suspend him from matches under UEFA control. Alexander [Rybka] will unlikely avoid disqualification for the violation of the doping code.”