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Hornets’ West will miss rest of season

March 26, 2011

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NBA
Hornets leading scorer David West has a torn left knee ligament and is out for the season, a development that dims New Orleans’ playoff prospects. Hornets general manager Dell Demps announced the news after learning the results of an MRI yesterday. West was injured Thursday night in the Hornets’ win at Utah. He scored 29 points before being taken off in a wheelchair grimacing in pain after going down hard after a dunk. The Hornets began play last night seventh in the Western Conference . . . Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay had season-ending surgery on his partially dislocated left shoulder, the team announced.

Colleges
UMass-HC to play under lights at Fitton The University of Massachusetts released its 2011 football schedule, highlighted by a Thursday opener against Holy Cross in the first night game at Fitton Field and a trip to Boston College Sept. 24. The Minutemen, 6-5 in 2010, will meet New Hampshire in the second Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium Oct. 22 . . . Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel forwarded e-mails to Terrelle Pryor’s mentor — Pennsylvania businessman Ted Sarniak — that accused the star quarterback of selling memorabilia to a man under federal investigation, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Tressel was suspended the first five games next season and was fined $250,000 by the university for failing to notify the school about e-mails he received last April involving the sale of memorabilia by two players . . . The University of Nebraska at Omaha is going to join Division 1, but will have to eliminate its 100-year-old football program and a wrestling program that has won six of the last eight Division 2 national titles to accommodate the switch to the Summit League . . . Williams junior Loga Todhunter defended her national title in the 200-yard butterfly, winning in 1 minute and 58.60 seconds at the NCAA Division 3 championships in Knoxville, Tenn.

NHL
Sakic joins Avalanche’s front office Former Colorado Avalanche great Joe Sakic is joining the team’s front office as an executive adviser, involved in all facets of hockey operations. Sakic, 41, retired nearly two years ago after a 20-year playing career with the franchise that included two Stanley Cup titles. He assumes his new position at the end of the regular season. “Joe has been the face of our franchise for two decades,’’ Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix said.

Winter sports
Cheever drops to third in World Cup Australian Alex Pullin won the final race of the season to vault over Frenchmen Pierre Vaultier and Jonathan Cheever of Saugus to win the Snowboard FIS World Cup title in Arosa, Switzerland. Lindsey Jacobellis of Stratton, Vt., finished second in the finale to secure third in the women’s standings . . . World Cup champion Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., earned her third US moguls title at the Sprint US Freestyle championships at Stratton Mountain. Patrick Deneen took the men’s title.

Miscellany
Murray’s slump continues at Sony Andy Murray’s post-Australian Open struggles show no sign of ending. The Scotsman was upset in his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., by American qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jr., 6-1, 7-5. Murray hasn’t won a set in three matches since he was routed in the final of the Australian Open by Novak Djokovic. In women’s play, the last American was eliminated in the second round when Varvara Lepchenko lost to Petra Kvitova, 6-1, 6-2 . . . Steve Zakuani tapped in a shot at the left post early in the 80th minute, giving the Sounders their first goal of the season in a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo in Seattle. The Sounders (0-2-1) had failed to score through the first 260 minutes of the season. Geoff Cameron scored for Houston . . . American striker Omar Salgado was granted an early transfer by FIFA and is eligible to join the Vancouver Whitecaps. Salgado, 17, was a surprise first overall pick in this year’s Major League Soccer draft, but wasn’t expected to join the expansion Whitecaps until he turned 18 on Sept. 10 . . . Cycling’s governing body said it is appealing Alberto Contador’s doping case to protect the sport’s integrity. International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid said he wants the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on Contador’s case because of suspicions Spanish cycling officials were put under political pressure to overturn the Tour de France winner’s proposed one-year ban. Contador was cleared by the Spanish Cycling Federation after he blamed eating contaminated beef for a positive doping test . . . In NLL action, Washington’s Rhys Duch scored with one second to play — a play that came one second after the Blazers’ Kyle Rubisch went off for holding — as the Stealth won, 9-8, in Everett, Wash.

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