NBA: Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s troublesome right knee was drained of excess fluid Monday.
Bynum hopes the procedure will allow him to play closer to full strength in the NBA finals against the Boston Celtics. Los Angeles hosts Game 1 on Thursday night.
The Lakers discovered a small tear in Bynum’s meniscus during their first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City, and the injury has limited him since. He still has started all 16 of the Lakers’ playoff games, averaging 9.1 points and 7.7 rebounds but playing only 24 minutes per game.
Bynum expects to return to practice Wednesday. He has sat out most of the Lakers’ recent practices to rest his knee.
Coach Phil Jackson said Bynum is likely to be limited, but should play against the Celtics. Bynum’s low-post defense could be valuable after two previous playoff series against teams that couldn’t match the Lakers’ height.
Stanford takes more NCAA tennis titles
Tennis: Bradley Klahn of Stanford won the NCAA men’s singles title at the University of Georgia, and his teammates, Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette, won the women’s doubles crown.
Klahn became the 14th Cardinal to claim the men’s singles title, the first since Alex Kim in 2000.
Burdette and Barte defeated Tennessee’s top-seeded Natalie Ploskova and Caitlin Whoriskey 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 to become the sixth Stanford duo to win the women’s doubles.
Stanford also won the women’s team title last week.
Victor’s Cry wins Shoemaker Mile
Horse Racing: Victor’s Cry defeated Karelian by a head to win the $250,000 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park in his first Grade 1 stakes race.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Victor’s Cry covered the distance on the turf in 1:32.88 and paid $44.40, $12.60 and $7.20 at 21-1 odds.
The victory was Nakatani’s fifth in the Shoemaker, one behind the late Hall of Fame jockey for whom the race is named.
The victory was the fifth in 17 career starts for Victor’s Cry, who has earnings of $350,633.
• Mambo Meister wins Memorial Day Handicap: Mambo Meister ran away from the field to win the $100,000 Memorial Day Handicap by 73/4 lengths at Calder.
The 5-year old gelding had also won the $100,000 Miami Mile Handicap by a head on the opening day at Calder in April.
Ridden by Manoel Cruz, Mambo Meister easily beat Causeway’s Kin, who edged Cinnamon Road for second by a neck. Mambo Meister was the odds-on favorite; Causeway’s Kin was 7-5.
Mambo Meister is a son of King Cugat owned by Quantum Racing Team 1, LLC. He has earned $483,025 with nine victories in 28 starts, six on dirt and three on grass.
• Quality Road wins Met Mile at Belmont: Quality Road has won the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park by holding off Musket Man in the stretch to run his record to 3-0 this year.
The 4-year-old colt took the lead early on in a top-notch field of eight and withstood a late rush from Musket Man to establish himself as one of the nation’s top older horses.
Quality Road was sent off as the 1-4 favorite in the $500,000 Grade 1 race, and covered the mile in 1:33.11. Ridden by John Velazquez, Quality Road has won seven of 10 career starts.
Expert to review safety of luge track
Olympics: The IOC says a “neutral expert” will review the safety of the luge track for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia to avoid a repeat of the fatal crash at the Vancouver Games.
Senior International Olympic Committee official Gilbert Felli says the IOC is in talks with the sports federations to assess the safety of the track being built for luge and boblsed in Sochi.
The initiative follows the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was killed in a high-speed training crash a few hours before the Vancouver opening ceremony on Feb. 12.
• BMW signs $24 million deal with USO C: A person familiar with the contract says the U.S. Olympic Committee has reached an agreement on a sponsorship deal with BMW worth about $24 million.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been publicly announced, says the contract will run through the 2016 Games, and the USOC will receive cash.
The Sports Business Journal first reported the contract.
BMW will be the first foreign car maker to sponsor the USOC and will fill a void left when General Motors decided not to renew its sponsorship following the 2008 Olympics.