Rose unsure about return this season
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he’s still not certain if he’ll play this season and the obstacles are more mental than physical at this point as he tries to return from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rose said he can ‘‘do everything’’ and it’s just a matter of him ‘‘having the confidence to do it.’’ He also said he’s felt no outside pressure to return and downplayed the idea of a rift with the organization . . . The Hornets signed forward Lou Amundson, who has played with the Timberwolves and Bulls this season . . . The WNBA’s Seattle Storm said All-Star guard Sue Bird will miss the entire season because she will have surgery in the spring to remove a cyst from her right knee. Bird is currently playing in Russia . . . The New York Liberty signed veteran forward Cheryl Ford. The four-time All-Star, and daughter of former NBA star Karl Malone, has not played in the WNBA since 2009.
Penn State costs top $41 million
Penn State released a document sought by some of its critics detailing the agreement with former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a review that cost the school about $8.1 million. Including Freeh’s bill, Penn State’s total costs associated with the scandal topped $41 million as of the end of December, the university disclosed on a website. The monthly financial update provided more itemization for certain costs, including the Freeh report. The update also counted the first of five annual $12 million installments that would ultimately cover the $60 million fine from the NCAA . . . Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference starting next season, a year earlier than expected, following the split among the Big East’s football schools and seven Catholic schools that are forming their own basketball-focused conference. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick did not comment on whether Notre Dame paid an exit fee or other financial terms of the agreement . . . Georgetown sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. was the unanimous choice as Big East men’s basketball player of the year and the Hoyas’ John Thompson III was named coach of the year . . . Virginia Tech senior guard Erick Green was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s men’s baketball player of the year and Miami’s Jim Larranaga took home coach of the year honors . . . Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones was charged with felony aggravated assault of Longhorns tennis player Joseph Swaysland, with police saying he fractured Swaysland’s jaw with a punch outside a nightclub Feb. 22 . . . A bus carrying the Saint Michael’s men’s lacrosse team was hit by a sports car that spun out of control on a wet highway in upstate New York, sending the bus toppling onto its side, according to police. A 64-year-old female passenger in the sports car died and the 65-year-old man who was driving was in critical condition. Four players were treated for minor injuries at the scene. The team was traveling to Mercy College for a Wednesday game.
Djokovic marches on in Indian Wells
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, to reach the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Third-seeded Andy Murray beat Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga topped Mardy Fish, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-0) to also advance. On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka routed Urszula Radwanska, 6-3, 6-1, and Maria Sharapova beat Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, 7-5, 6-0, as each advanced to the quarterfinals . . . The Boston Lobsters selected Jill Craybas, of East Greenwich, R.I., in the first round of the World TeamTennis roster draft. Two-time defending champion Washington Kastles acquired the rights to Martina Hingis, who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame July 13, in a trade with the New York Sportimes.
X Games eliminates best trick events
Seven weeks after tragedy on the snowmobile course marred the Winter X Games, ESPN scrapped the best trick competition, saying it was considering the move even before Caleb Moore’s death in Aspen, Colo., from injuries he sustained when his 450-pound sled rolled over him during a freestyle competition, which will remain part of the program. In this year’s best trick contest, a rider lost control of his machine after falling off and it veered into the netting close to fans. The Summer X Games will eliminate a similar competition — Moto X best trick . . . The Chicago Blackhawks sent defenseman Steve Montador to Rockford of the American Hockey League and recalled former Boston College forward, and Dorchester native, Jimmy Hayes . . . Lionel Messi scored two twice and host Barcelona beat AC Milan, 4-0, to reach its sixth straight European Champions League quarterfinal, with a 4-2 aggregate win. In Tuesday’s other match, Galatasaray won, 3-2, at Schalke to advance on aggregate, 4-3 . . . In the CONCACAF Champions league quarterfinals, host Monterrey tied Xelaju, 1-1, advancing on aggregate, 4-2, while host Seattle secured a 3-1 win over Tigres to move on . . . US women’s soccer midfielder Carli Lloyd will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in her left shoulder, suffered March 6 against Iceland.