Joe Sakic will undergo hernia surgery Friday, and the Colorado Avalanche captain will be out of action for up to three months. Sakic has been out since Nov. 30, missing 12 games. The operation will keep the 38-year-old center sidelined for eight-to-12 weeks. “Joe’s rehabilitation has not progressed as anticipated and upon further evaluation the decision has been made to perform surgery in order for…
Tyler Hansbrough scored 26 points and Wayne Ellington added a career-high 23 to help No. 1 North Carolina beat Nevada 106-70 on Thursday night. Ty Lawson had 16 points and a career-best 10 assists for the Tar Heels (12-0), who ran off 19 straight points spanning halftime to earn the latest in a series of lopsided victories.
Tom Brady looked into the TV cameras, smiled and gave some advice to the coach whose defense leads the NFL in throwing quarterbacks to the ground. As a matter of self-preservation, Brady would rather not see Osi Umenyiora, Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck charging at him. Besides, the Giants might as well rest their top players because they’re locked into their first-round playoff game anyway.
The San Diego Chargers auditioned four kickers on Thursday and could sign one of them to handle kickoff duties due to Nate Kaeding’s bruised lower left leg. “Coach will make that decision,” general manager A.J. Smith said, referring to Norv Turner. A decision could come on Friday. Kaeding bruised his lower left leg helping to make a tackle on a kickoff in Monday night’s 23-3 win against Denver.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t practice with the starting offense for the second day in a row Thursday, a sign he is unlikely to play in the team’s final regular-season game Sunday in Baltimore. With the Steelers (10-5) already assured of playing a home playoff game Jan. 5 or 6, it appears unlikely coach Mike Tomlin will risk Roethlisberger aggravating the right ankle he sprained…
Bill Parcells reported to his new job and quickly put aside one theory about what ails the Miami Dolphins. It turns out they really do practice. Parcells was on the field for Thursday’s workout and a firsthand look at the NFL’s worst team. He signed a four-year contract last week to become executive vice president of football operations.
Three local TV stations thought they had one of the NFL’s biggest games all to themselves. When the potentially historic Patriots-Giants matchup landed on their competitors, too, they accused the league of violating their contracts. The NFL and the stations were “working through contractual issues” on Thursday, league spokesman Greg Aiello said.
Former major league player and longtime Atlanta Braves coach Jim Beauchamp has died of leukemia. He was 68. “As a son, my fondest memory of him was how much he told us he loved us,” Kash Beauchamp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “As tough as he was as a competitor and a baseball man, he had a very soft side when it came to being a father.” A memorial service will be held Jan.
Free agent outfielder Darin Erstad signed a one-year contract worth $1 million plus incentives with the Houston Astros on Thursday. The 33-year-old Erstad, a two-time All Star in 11 seasons with the Angels, hit .248 with four home runs and 32 RBIs in 87 games last season for the Chicago White Sox. He is a career .284 hitter with 118 home runs and 657 RBIs.
It’s December in Buffalo: Just how hard could it be to make ice outdoors? Considering the equipment NHL ice-making specialist Dan Craig brought with him this week — dozens of rolls of plastic pipe, near-endless gallons of coolant and two 400-ton refrigeration units — it appears more difficult than might be expected.
Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and the Detroit Red Wings are looking good as voting for the NHL All-Star game winds down. The 20-year-old Crosby leads the league with 445,144 votes and Detroit is set to have three starters in the Jan. 27 game in Atlanta with balloting ending Wednesday. Crosby’s total is more than twice as many as the next Eastern Conference forward, Vincent Lecavalier of Tampa Bay…
Avoiding the potential of a second embarrassing sexual harassment trial, Madison Square Garden settled a lawsuit with a former New York Rangers cheerleader who had accused executives of making unwanted advances. MSG and Courtney Prince, who was fired in January 2004, announced a settlement Wednesday of Prince’s federal lawsuit.