December 13, 2011 in Sports

Penguins star Crosby back on sideline

 
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Sidney Crosby is suffering from concussion-like symptons.
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Hockey: The tests indicate Sidney Crosby doesn’t have a concussion. Crosby’s body isn’t quite so sure.

The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar said Monday he’s dealing with a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms and is out indefinitely.

Crosby, who missed more than 10 months after taking shots to the head in successive games in January, hasn’t played since developing a headache following a 3-1 loss to Boston last week.

“I ended up skating the day after with a little bit of exertion and it just didn’t feel right,” Crosby, 24, said. “After kind of talking with everyone it was better to be cautious here and not take any chances.”

• Kings fire Murray: The Los Angeles Kings fired coach Terry Murray after a slow start to a season of high expectations.

Murray was replaced by assistant coach John Stevens, who will be the Kings’ interim head coach.

The Kings have lost four straight games to drop to 13-12-4 on the season. They are in 11th place in the Western Conference after entertaining hopes of contending for the Stanley Cup this season.

• Devils, Ducks swap players: The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster and goaltender Timo Pielmeier from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Mark Fraser, center Rob Pelley and a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft.

• Chelios leads five into Hall of Fame: Chris Chelios led a class of five inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Chelios was joined by fellow defenseman Gary Suter, forward Keith Tkachuk, Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider and broadcaster Mike Emrick.

• Devils edge Lightning: Zach Parise and Adam Henrique both had a goal and two assists to lead the New Jersey Devils past the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in Tampa, Fla.

Brewers agree to deal with Ramirez

Baseball: The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to terms with free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez, agent Paul Kinzer told the AP.

Ramirez will provide a much-needed big bat for the Brewers, who are expected to lose first baseman Prince Fielder through free agency and may be without N.L. MVP Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of next season if he loses his appeal for testing positive for a banned substance.

The 33-year-old Ramirez played 149 games for the Cubs last year, batting .306 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs.

Also, the Brewers have finalized a one-year deal with free agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez. The 34-year-old hit .241 with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs in 149 games last season with Atlanta.

• Cardinals keep Furcal: The St. Louis Cardinals and shortstop Rafael Furcal have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract, keeping the switch-hitter with the World Series champions after they picked him up from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the July trade deadline.

• Gwynn signs with Dodgers: The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to a $2 million, two-year contract.

• Phillies send Francisco to Blue Jays: The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league left-hander Frank Gailey.

Clippers win waiver bid for Billups

Basketball: The Los Angeles Clippers have won the waiver bidding for Chauncey Billups, who was waived by the New York Knicks.

The NBA sent teams a memo informing them that the league had warned Billups and his agent, Andy Miller, that if the veteran guard didn’t show up to the team that selected him, he would be in breach of his contract.

Billups had threatened not to show up if the winning bidder was a team he didn’t want to play for, and if it wasn’t close to winning a championship.

Also, the Clippers have matched Golden State’s $42.7 million, four-year offer for center DeAndre Jordan.

• Pistons cut Hamilton: The Detroit Pistons finalized what had been a formality, cutting ties with three-time All-Star Richard Hamilton.

Hamilton was due to make $19 million guaranteed over the final two years of his contract. He was bought out for $11 million.

• Magic, Celtics complete trade: The Boston Celtics have finalized a trade that brings them Orlando Magic forward Brandon Bass for forward Glen Davis and guard Von Wafer.

• Syracuse tops men’s poll: The Syracuse Orange moved to the top of the AP poll for the fourth time in school history.

Syracuse (10-0) received 51 of 65 first-place votes.

Ohio State (8-1) stayed second, while Kentucky (8-1) drops from first to third following a loss to Indiana. The Hoosiers, one of four newcomers this week, move in at 18th, their first appearance since 2007-08.

Gonzaga fell out of the poll.

• Baylor women remain No. 1: Baylor (10-0) remains the unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in the AP poll, while Oklahoma (4-3) fell from the rankings for the first time in seven seasons.

Connecticut (9-0), Notre Dame (9-1), Stanford (6-1) and Maryland (11-0) round out the top five.

Klitschko will fight Chisora in Munich

Miscellany: Vitali Klitschko will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Britain’s Dereck Chisora on Feb. 18 in Munich, before turning his attention to a possible last bout against David Haye in July.

• MWC wants automatic BCS bid: The Mountain West Conference will ask for an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series for the 2012 and ’13 seasons.

The BCS rules allow a league without automatic qualifying status to request an exemption if its teams met certain performance standards – thanks to soon-to-be-departed TCU and Boise State – from 2008-2011.

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