Bynum to go under the knife
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both knees that will end his season before it ever started, the team announced on Monday. The injury-prone Bynum has a lengthy history of knee ailments and the latest setback dashed hopes of his long-awaited debut for the 76ers this season after they had traded for him during the summer. “After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point,” 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo said in a statement. Philadelphia landed the 25-year-old Bynum in a four-team blockbuster deal that also saw Dwight Howard head to the Los Angeles Lakers. After the young 76ers made a run to the second round of the East playoffs last season, Bynum was supposed to be the missing piece to make them a legitimate threat for years to come.
No spot for Matsuzaka
Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been told by the Cleveland Indians that he will not be on the roster for the team’s Major League Baseball season opener on April 2 in Toronto. The 32-year-old right-hander, who was the Most Valuable Player in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics for two-time champions Japan, signed a minor-league contract with the club earlier this year. In four pre-season games, Matsuzaka has allowed only two runs on 10 hits over eight innings. He could remain with the organization, but would have to accept an assignment to a developmental-league team. Matsuzaka was a superstar in Japan before moving to the US and spending six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, including helping Boston to a 2007 World Series title. After arm surgery in 2011, he went 1-7 with an 8.28 earned-run average last year.
Ducks hand Perry new deal
The Anaheim Ducks have agreed on terms to re-sign right wing Corey Perry, matching the commitment they made to captain Ryan Getzlaf earlier this month, the team announced on Monday. Perry, who has spent his entire NHL career with the Ducks while playing alongside Getzlaf, will sign an eight-year contract, reportedly worth US$69 million, to equal the length of Getzlaf’s latest deal. “It was definitely a huge factor that he did stay here and he’s committed here,” Perry said of Getzlaf. “I called him last night right away when I found out what was going to happen. It’s an exciting time for both of us.” Perry is currently serving a suspension for an illegal hit that is due to end today.
No extra playoffs: Goodell
The NFL will not be adding playoff teams next season and the champions of last season, the Baltimore Ravens, could open on the road because of a conflict with the Orioles. As the owners’ meetings opened on Monday, scheduling was a main topic. Traditionally, the season has opened with the Super Bowl winners playing host on the Thursday night after Labor Day, but the Ravens do not have that option unless the Orioles, who share parking lots at Camden Yards with the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, move their night game Sept. 5 to the afternoon. So far, there has been no progress and Sept. 4 is not an option because it is the first night of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. Goodell also said the playoffs will not be expanded next season, but it will be discussed in the future.