Goaltender Jim Carey of the Washington Capitals was selected as NHL Player of the Week after three wins, two of them shutouts, posting a 1.33 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage… . Center Mark Messier of the New York Rangers won the Player of the Month award for December with 12 goals and 16 assists in 17 games… . Mike Richter, the winningest goalie in the NHL this season, will be lost to the Rangers for four weeks because of a strained groin.
Utah’s Karl Malone, who became the 14th player in NBA history to score 22,000 points, was chosen Player of the Week and Cleveland’s Mike Fratello was selected Coach of the Month… . The Miami Heat’s Sasha Danilovic underwent surgery for an injured right wrist, but likely will miss the rest of the NBA season… . Jockey star Corey Nakatani is under investigation for allegedly whipping a mount, that broke down pulling up, after last Friday’s sixth race at Santa Anita.