Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday. Team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Carter performed the surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital. As expected, a loose particle that caused inflamation was removed from Stoudemire’s right knee.
Washington Wizards center Etan Thomas was held out at the start of training camp Tuesday after a cardiac test showed an irregularity during a routine medical exam. It’s not known how long he will be sidelined. “He’s not cleared to play,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “We talked last night. He’s disappointed, obviously.
Where’s Kobe? There was some uncertainty regarding Kobe Bryant’s presence at media day Monday, and it increased after the entire Los Angeles Lakers’ roster except Bryant hit the floor for preseason promos and interviews shortly after the scheduled 10 a.m. start. As it turned out, there was no mystery. “He’s running late.
After a year of professional, legal, medical and substance abuse problems, Dmitri Young was on the bottom rung of baseball when he arrived at spring training with the Washington Nationals in February. All he had was a non-guaranteed minor league contract, a warning there would be “zero tolerance” if he caused any trouble and a generous dose of self-doubt.
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has been left off the playoff roster for Boston’s first-round series against the Los Angeles Angels because of his ailing back. Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday the goal was to get Wakefield healthy enough for later in the playoffs, should the Red Sox advance. Wakefield (17-12) threw Tuesday, but did not feel good.
The New Jersey Devils claimed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Brookbank, who will turn 27 Wednesday, had 15 goals and 38 assists with Milwaukee of the AHL last season. He won the Eddie Shore Trophy as the league’s top defenseman. Brookbank made his NHL debut appearing in three games with Nashville in February, posting his first career point with an…
Flyers prospect Steve Downie was ruled ineligible to play in the AHL for the first month of the season after the NHL suspended him 20 games last week. Downie was suspended 20 games by the NHL on Friday for leaving his feet to deliver a deliberate and dangerous hit to the head Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond. His suspension matched the fourth-longest in league history.
Although Alex Smith probably will miss more than one game after separating his right shoulder, the San Francisco quarterback is sticking with the best-case scenario until he hears something worse. Smith definitely won’t play in the 49ers’ next game against Baltimore after getting hurt on the third play of their 23-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday.
Suspended running back Ricky Williams applied for NFL reinstatement Monday, his agent said. “Ricky is extremely excited about the prospect of playing in the NFL again and hopeful for a positive response,” agent Leigh Steinberg said. Williams has played in only 12 NFL games since the start of the 2004 season, but rushed for 3,225 yards in 2002-03.
Different quarterback, same result. The Chicago Bears hoped Brian Griese would spark their offense. Instead, he was no better than Rex Grossman. Griese’s performance in Sunday’s 37-27 loss at Detroit probably raised as many questions as it answered, but coach Lovie Smith clarified a few issues on Monday.
Coach Jon Gruden cringed at the thought of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing the rest of the season without running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams and tackle Luke Petitgout. “You lose a lot of skill,” Gruden said Monday after revealing both players will undergo season-ending knee surgery this week. “Watching Philadelphia yesterday play without their left tackle and without their running back, it’s…
NASCAR was finalizing a deal Tuesday night with Nationwide Insurance to sponsor its No. 2 series beginning in 2008, Sports Betting News has learned.