Lakers’ PG depth takes another hit
Lakers point guard Steve Blake will undergo laparoscopic surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle and will miss at least six to eight weeks, the team announced Monday. Blake has missed 10 games since being diagnosed with the strain Nov. 12. He averaged 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 26 minutes in seven games this season. He was thrust into a bigger role after prized offseason acquisition Steve Nash injured his leg early in the season . . . LeBron James of the Miami Heat was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. James became an NBA champion for the first time in 2012, won his second Olympic gold medal, and his third NBA MVP trophy. He’s the first NBA player to win the award since Heat teammate Dwyane Wade in 2006.
Armstrong’s bronze to be discussed
The fate of Lance Armstrong’s bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games and doping cases involving five medalists from the 2004 Athens Olympics are high on the agenda for the IOC’s two-day executive board meeting starting Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Also on the table are proposed sanctions against Olympic officials and ticket agents accused of unauthorized sale of London tickets and the proposed suspension of the Indian Olympic Association for political interference . . . Utah officials plan to make another bid to hold the Winter Olympics. Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City’s mayor, Ralph Becker, announced Salt Lake wants to host the 2026 Winter Games. Utah says it can capitalize on the infrastructure left in place from the 2002 Olympics. The Utah games were successful, but Salt Lake was tarnished by scandal. Utah showered $1 million in cash, gifts, and other favors on International Olympic Committee delegates in a scandal that rewrote the rule book for Olympic bids . . . Lolo Jones, an Olympic hurdler and first-year bobsled push athlete, was in a sled that tipped over during a training run for this weekend’s World Cup stop in Winterberg, Germany. Jones and driver Elana Meyers were not hurt.
Morgan named top US female player
Forward Alex Morgan won the US Soccer Federation’s female athlete of the year award. The national team star won voting that was weighted equally between fans on Facebook, and representatives from US Soccer and the national media. Morgan led Team USA this year with 28 goals, including the deciding score in the 123d minute of the United States’ 4-3 win over Canada in the Olympic semifinals . . . Real Salt Lake traded top veterans Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave to the New York Red Bulls and midfielder Will Johnson to Portland in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money. Espindola was an MLS All-Star in 2012. Olave was 2010 MLS Defender of the Year. Real Salt Lake earlier traded forward Justin Braun to Toronto FC in exchange for defenseman Aaron Maund . . . The Colorado Rapids acquired midfielder/forward Atiba Harris from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for an international roster spot in the 2015 and ‘16 MLS seasons . . . The New England Revolution announced training camp for the 2013 season will begin Jan. 17 at Gillette Stadium . . . The United Soccer Leagues awarded an expansion USL PRO franchise to Sacramento starting in the 2014 season. USL PRO is a minor league below MLS. . . Jorge Sampaoli was hired as Chile’s national soccer coach. The Argentine replaces Claudio Borghi, who was fired last month.
Full TD Garden fight card announced
TD Garden announced the “TD Garden Night at the Fights” undercard will feature three professional and five amateur bouts of New England boxers. The main event is Danny O’Connor vs. Derek Silveira in a 10-round match at a catch weight of 145 pounds. Also competing in professional matches are undefeated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski of Quincy, Portland-trained middleweight Russell Lamour, and Boston Police Officer Billy Traft of Dorchester . . . Greg LeMond said Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union, can’t remain in his job while a panel examines possible links between the organization and the doping case involving Armstrong. The three-time Tour de France winner said after Change Cycling Now’s first meeting that he would be willing to run cycling in the interim . . . Lorraine Stitzlein, the only woman in the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame, died Friday in Akron. She was 84 . . . High school seniors are invited to attend the 25th Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire College Football Recruiting Night on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Tewksbury Country Club.