NBADerrick Rose said yesterday in Chicago that blame for the league’s current labor impasse rests squarely with team owners, not players. The Bulls All-Star guard believes the lockout, which has wiped out training camp, exhibition games, and the early part of the regular season, will result in a partial regular season. NBA commissioner David Stern already wiped out the season’s first two weeks and has threatened to cancel the showcase Christmas Day games . . . In an interview with HBO, Jerry West said he has battled depression since childhood, when his father would beat him, causing low self-esteem that has plagued him despite a Hall of Fame career with the Lakers as a player and executive. West said his West Virginia childhood was devoid of love and filled with anger as a result of his abusive father, who left him feeling tormented and worthless. West said his depression never bothered him as a player during 14 seasons because he was so driven by a fear of failure. However, once the season ended, he would dwell on defeats, including the Lakers’ six NBA Finals losses to the Celtics.
Ducks’ Blake shelved for three months
NHLDucks left wing Jason Blake will undergo surgery tomorrow and be out for three months with tendon damage in his left forearm caused by a severe cut. Blake, 38, was injured in the third period of Anaheim’s 1-0 victory over San Jose Friday night. After Blake fell down while trying to play the puck, Sharks defenseman Brent Burns’s skate accidentally cut him just above his left wrist.
Murray, Ferrer set for Shanghai final
TennisFourth-ranked Andy Murray overpowered Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-0, in less than an hour to set up a Shanghai Masters final against David Ferrer. Ferrer beat Feliciano Lopez, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3, the third straight match the fifth-ranked player has come back to win after losing the first set. Murray has won 24 of his last 25 matches and is vying for his third tournament title in as many weeks . . . Petra Kvitova beat Jelena Jankovic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, at the Generali Ladies tournament in Linz, Austria. Kvitova will play Dominika Cibulkova for the title today. Cibulkova beat Lucie Safarova, 6-1, 6-4.
Irmiger sends US off to a strong start
Pan American GamesThe United States moved to the top of the medals table at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, with Heather Irmiger winning gold in the women’s cross-country mountain bike race. Jeremiah Bishop won bronze in the men’s event. In the swimming heats, Claire Donahue of the US set the first tournament record, winning the 100-meter butterfly in 58.59 seconds. The US women’s 4 x 100 freestyle team set a record in winning a heat in 3:40.85 . . . Before competition began, Brazilian runner Simone Alves da Silva and Puerto Rican mountain biker Kelvin Gonzalez tested positive for EPO, and Chilean weightlifter Cristian Escalante tested positive for a stimulant. They were withdrawn from the games.
Frankel remains undefeated at Ascot
MiscellanyUnbeaten Frankel won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes by 4 lengths in Ascot, England, giving the world’s top-ranked thoroughbred a ninth straight victory on the inaugural British Champions Day. With Queen Elizabeth II watching, Frankel bolstered his reputation on the richest day in the history of British horse racing, beating Excelebration . . . Ridge Barden, 16, from John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, N.Y., died from a head injury during a varsity football game against Homer in upstate New York. Barden, a lineman, was face down after he was hit Friday and was able to sit up, but complained of a bad headache and collapsed when he tried to stand, authorities said. An ambulance took Barden to a hospital, and he was being transferred to a medical center in Syracuse when his condition deteriorated. The ambulance turned around, but doctors were unable to save the boy’s life . . . Nathan Cleverly of Wales successfully retained the WBO light heavyweight title in Liverpool, outpointing hometown favorite Tony Bellew . . . McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, ending Red Bull’s season-long streak. Hamilton was 0.222 seconds faster than Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who wrapped up his second straight F1 drivers championship last weekend in the Japanese Grand Prix.
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