Lin nominated for award
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who is recovering from knee surgery, is one of six finalists for this season’s NBA Sportsmanship Award after winning the award in the Atlantic Division. Lin was nominated for the honor by the Knicks. The winner will be selected by NBA players after the regular season ends on April 26. The honor, which has been awarded annually by the NBA since the 1995-1996 season, goes to the player who most “exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court — ethical behavior, fair play and integrity.” The other five finalists, representing the league’s other five divisions, are Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison (Central), Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd (Southwest), Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (Pacific), Miami Heat forward Shane Battier (Southeast) and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (Northwest). Lin, the first person of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, is currently sidelined after having surgery on April 2 to repair a chronic meniscus tear in his left knee. He is expected to be out for six weeks and will likely not play again this year unless the Knicks go deep into the playoffs.
Van Persie heads award list
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie heads the list of nominees for this season’s Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year award. The Dutchman, who has scored 27 league goals this season, is joined on the shortlist by the Manchester City trio of goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder David Silva and striker Sergio Aguero. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker and England striker Wayne Rooney of league leaders Manchester United complete the lineup. Aguero was also named on the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year award, alongside Spurs pair Kyle Walker and Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal, Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck. The winner is set to be announced at the annual awards ceremony on Sunday.
Wilshere to miss Euro 2012
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Jack Wilshere’s hopes of getting fit in time to play for England in the Euro 2012 finals are over. The 20-year-old has been out for the entire season because of a stress fracture in an ankle. He had been hoping to return to the Arsenal first team before the end of the season, but that would now not be possible, Wenger said. “Jack Wilshere will not play again this season and he will not go to the Euros,” he said. “That is for sure. He is not ready to practice today and won’t be next week. He has made slow progress. He is devastated, which you can understand as it was what kept him going until now. His progress is not quick enough just to hope to go to the Euros.”
Giants sign Antwaun Molden
NFL champions the New York Giants have added depth at cornerback by signing Antwaun Molden, who played on the losing side in February’s Super Bowl, the team said on Monday. Used mostly in special defensive packages, Molden had 28 tackles and two interceptions for AFC champions the New England Patriots last season. Molden, 27, was claimed off waivers by New England ahead of last season after being released by the Houston Texans and he went on to play in all 19 regular season and playoff games for the Patriots. Molden had four solo defensive tackles and another on special teams during the 21-17 loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl.