Cavaliers star guard Kyrie Irving may miss rest of season
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NBA Irving could miss rest of the season
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving could miss the next month — and maybe the rest of this season — with a sprained left shoulder, the latest injury to sideline the All-Star guard. Irving, who has dealt with several injuries during his brief NBA career, sprained his shoulder Sunday night in a loss to Toronto. He collided with Raptors rookie forward Jonas Valanciunas while trying to drive the baseline. The Cavaliers said Monday that an MRI revealed a left AC (acromioclavicular) sprain. Irving is projected to miss 3 to 4 weeks, but the Cavaliers have just 19 games left this season, so it’s possible Irving will not play again.
BC’s Hanlan tabbed top ACC freshman
Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan, who led all Atlantic Coast Conference rookies by averaging 14.6 points, was the only unanimous selection to the league’s all-freshman team. Duke’s Mason Plumlee, Virginia Tech’s Erick Green, and Miami’s Shane Larkin headlined the all-ACC first team. BC sophomore forward Ryan Anderson was named to the third team . . . The Big East announced that the league’s coaches had selected Kadeem Batts of Providence and Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse and Hamilton, Mass., to share the Most Improved Player Award . . . Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, who directed the Crimson to their third straight Ivy League title and second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, was nominated for the Ben Jobe Award, presented to the top minority coach in Division 1 . . . Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel will have surgery on his injured left knee Tuesday, performed by famed orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. Noel, of Everett, Mass., is expected to need 6-8 months to rehabilitate the knee . . . Notre Dame’s basketball teams will begin play in the ACC next season, SI.com reported. The website said Big East presidents are expected to approve the move Tuesday and that Notre Dame will not have to pay an exit fee . . . Robbie Laing was dismissed as men’s basketball coach at Campbell after 10 seasons. Laing, 55, was 114-185 overall, 13-20 this season.
Wilson put on IR, Yip up for Predators
The Nashville Predators put forwards Colin Wilson and Patric Hornqvist on injured reserve, and activated Brandon Yip and recalled Matt Halischuk to fill the roster spots. Wilson, who played at Boston University, leads the Predators in goals (seven) and points (19). Yip is also a former Terrier . . . The Coyotes signed forward Henrik Samuelsson, son of former NHL defenseman and ex-Coyotes assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, to a three-year entry-level contract.
SOCCER US women tie Sundhage, Sweden, 1-1
Facing former coach Pia Sundhage for the first time, the United States came from behind to draw 1-1 with Sweden to advance to the Algarve Cup final in Lagos, Portugal, for the 10th time in 11 years. The Americans, who extended their unbeaten run to 28 games, will play Germany in Wednesday’s title game. Alex Morgan scored for the US team in the 56th minute . . . Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins said he is leaving Spanish club Levante to join the Seattle Sounders of MLS. Martins, 28, had nine goals in 22 matches for Levante this season.
MISCELLANY Federer earns milestone 890th win
Roger Federer beat Ivan Dodig, 6-3, 6-1, in a third-round match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., for his 890th career victory on the ATP Tour. Federer joined Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, and Guillermo Vilas as the only men to have won at least that many matches in the Open era. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka rallied to beat 28th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, and improve to 15-0 this year . . . Retired welterweight boxer Tony Martin was fatally shot in an altercation with a visitor at one of his rental properties in Philadelphia, police said. Martin, 52, was 34-6-1 in his career, with 12 knockouts. He lost his last fight, a decision to Julio Cesar Chavez, in 1997 . . . Croatian skier Ivica Kostelic, who won a slalom race in Slovenia Sunday, will undergo knee surgery in April for the 10th time in his career, but hopes to compete in the World Cup finals beginning Wednesday.