Bogut hopeful for recovery
Golden State’s Australian center Andrew Bogut says he is not sure when his injured left ankle will allow him to return to NBA action, but he thinks it will be this season. “The season’s five, six months before the playoffs, which we have a great chance of making,” Bogut said, as he and Warriors general manager Bob Myers jointly briefed reporters on his situation. “I don’t think it’s going to be five, six months. I hope it won’t be. It would be a massive setback if it was. I’m not going to say a month or two months or three months, but I definitely think I’ll be back.” Bogut, who turned 28 on Wednesday, has missed nine games and continues to be troubled by swelling and discomfort in the surgically repaired ankle.
Rondo out for two games
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for two games by the NBA on Thursday, a day after he was ejected from a game against the Brooklyn Nets for fighting. Rondo was deemed the instigator of the brawl, which sent players sprawling into court-side seats as the first half of the clash between the Atlantic Division rivals was winding down. Rondo took exception to Nets forward Kris Humphries’ hard foul on Boston’s Kevin Garnett. Rondo charged at Humphries and swung at him, although the scuffle involved mostly pushing and shoving. No one was injured. Rondo was thrown out of the game, ending his streak of consecutive contests with double-digit assists at 37. Garnett was assessed a technical foul, while Humphries and Nets forward Gerald Wallace both received second technical fouls with the result they were also ejected.
Harding diagnosed with MS
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), the NHL team said on Thursday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family following the news that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher in a statement. “Josh’s competitive fire has led him to a successful career in the NHL and we know he will approach this new battle in the same manner.” Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Its effects can include blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis and blindness.
Olympian caught doping
Darya Pishchalnikova could be stripped of the silver medal she won in the discus at the London Olympics and face a lifetime ban following a positive doping test. Russia’s All Sports agency said Pishchalnikova tested positive for the banned substance oxandrolone in a reanalysis of a sample taken in an out-of-competition control last May. The original test was found negative, but her sample was checked again months later based on a more advanced testing method introduced by the World Anti-Doping Agency. All Sports said the retest showed the presence of oxandrolone in Pishchalnikova’s “A” sample. Testing of the backup “B” sample on Nov. 20 also came back positive. The positive test means Pishchalnikova could be retroactively disqualified from the London Games, where she finished second behind Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic.