Friday, October 17, 2008
Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood had surgery yesterday to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.
Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said that Haywood is expected to make a full recovery. Haywood will miss four to six months while recovering from the surgery and will spend the next 10 weeks in a cast before beginning the rehabilitation process.
Haywood tore the dorsal scapho-lunate ligament in his right wrist after blocking teammate JaVale McGee's shot during Wizards' training camp in Richmond on Oct. 2. Michelle Carlson performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Haywood, 28, is coming off a career season in which he averaged 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots. . . .
The Miami Heat will be without forward James Jones for three months because of a ruptured tendon in his right wrist.
· BASEBALL: The baseball players' union says it has found evidence teams acted in concert against signing Barry Bonds, but it reached an agreement with the commissioner's office to delay the filing of any grievance.
The union expressed concern in May about the lack of offers to the home run king. Filing a grievance would trigger proceedings before arbitrator Shyam Das. Union general counsel Michael Weiner confirmed the deal with Major League Baseball, which was first reported by MurrayChass.com.
· HOCKEY: Denis Savard was fired as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks after just four games and hours after the team's first victory of the season. He was replaced by team scout Joel Quenneville, who has coached two other NHL clubs.
The Blackhawks, who have missed the playoffs nine of the past 10 seasons, improved to 1-2-1 following a 4-1 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.
· GOLF: Five-time major champion Seve Ballesteros suffered a complication following surgery on a brain tumor, but is in stable condition, Madrid's La Paz hospital said.
Doctors removed a piece of Ballesteros's skull to relieve pressure that was building up on the brain following Tuesday's surgery. The hospital said in a statement that the 51-year-old former golf star is stable but still in intensive care.
· SOCCER: New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway and defender Jeff Parke became the first players in the history of Major League Soccer to be suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. The two players were banned for 10 league games each.
Both tested positive for androstatriendione and boldenone metabolites after purchasing and using an over-the-counter nutritional supplement from a vitamin store that is part of a national chain, the league said. The players cannot play in other competitions during their 10-game ban and each was fined 10 percent of his salary. Conway makes $115,000 this season, and Parke has a base salary of $57,488.
· COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Saint Joseph's men's basketball coach Phil Martelli has agreed to a four-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports