Yao has surgery; career in jeopardy Houston Rockets center Yao Ming underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle, a procedure he says may end his career. The 7-foot-6-inch, 30-year-old Yao has been out since Nov. 10, and played in only five games this season. The seven-time All-Star missed all of last season following reconstructive foot surgery. His contract with Houston expires after this season . . . Phoenix Suns rookie forward Gani Lawal suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a partially torn medial collateral ligament during practice and will miss the rest of the season . . . Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson suffered a sprained ankle in Wednesday’s loss to Toronto and did not travel with the team on its five-game trip.
BaseballAfter examining details of Adrian Beltre’s contract with the Texas Rangers, Major League Baseball and the players’ association say they will consider it an $80 million, five-year deal, instead of the announced $96 million for six years. Beltre gets $14 million this year, $15 million in 2012, $16 million in 2013, $17 million in 2014, $18 million in 2015, and $16 million in 2016. Texas can void the final season if Beltre doesn’t have 1,200 plate appearances in 2014-15 combined or 600 in 2015 . . . Shortstop Edgar Renteria will sign a one-year contract with the Reds, ESPN.com reported. Renteria, the MVP of the World Series for the Giants last season, could make $3 million with an incentive package . . . The Braves locked up Dan Uggla with the team’s largest contract in nearly a decade, completing a $62 million, five-year deal . . . The Phillies re-signed lefthanded relief specialist J.C. Romero to a one-year, $1.35 million deal.
BasketballTurkish team voids Taurasi’s contract Diana Taurasi had her contract terminated by Turkish club Fenerbahce after her “B’’ sample tested positive for doping. Taurasi, a former star at the University of Connecticut who signed a multiyear contract with Phoenix in the WNBA in August, faces a ban of up to two years, putting in jeopardy her chances of playing for the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. Taurasi’s “A’’ sample tested positive for the banned stimulant modafinil, a drug used to counter excessive sleepiness due to narcolepsy, shift-work sleep disorder, or sleep apnea, following a Turkish league game Nov. 13.
HockeyUnruly Russian team kicked off flight Russia’s gold-medal celebration went into overtime. And that prevented them from boarding their flight, a day after they won the World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. About 30 members of the Russian contingent were asked to get off a
BoxingKlitschko to fight Chisora April 30 Wladimir Klitschko’s rescheduled defense of his WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against unbeaten British challenger Dereck Chisora will be in Mannheim, Germany April 30. Klitschko was forced to pull out of the Dec. 11 bout because of an abdominal injury. Chisora is 14-0, and Klitschko has a 55-3 record with 49 knockouts . . . Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson reconnects with his childhood passion of raising pigeons in “Taking on Tyson,’’ a six-part docudrama that debuts March 6 on Animal Planet . . . Southern Highlands Estate, a Las Vegas homeowner association, has filed an injunction in Clark County district court to force Floyd Mayweather Jr. to follow its rules and to order the boxing champion to stop threatening its employees.
MiscellanyNadal, Federer advance to semifinals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain on course to meet in the Qatar Open final after both won their quarterfinals. Federer, a two-time champion in Doha, routed sixth-seeded Viktor Troicki, 6-2, 6-2, and will face third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals. Top-ranked Nadal defeated Ernests Gulbis, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 . . . Second-seeded Andy Roddick beat Marcos Baghdatis, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the semifinals of the Brisbane International . . . Venus Williams lost to second-ranked Vera Zvonareva, 6-4, 6-2, at the Hong Kong Classic in her first match since the US Open . . . Olympic gold-medal bobsledder Justin Olsen has enlisted in the New York Army National Guard as a human resource specialist, but he won’t start basic training until the sliding season ends.
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