Operated New Jersey Nets leading scorer Brook Lopez had surgery Friday in East Rutherford, N.J., to repair a non-displaced stress fracture in his right foot. Nets General Manager Billy King expects Lopez to play in a game in six to eight weeks. He was hurt in a preseason game against the Knicks on Wednesday.
Reduced The NBA reduced suspensions for the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum and the Pistons’ Charlie Villanueva by one game because of the shortened season. The league trimmed one game off the five-game ban Bynum was given for knocking the Mavericks’ J.J. Barea to the court in the second round of last season’s playoffs. Villanueva was originally suspended five games for instigating an altercation with Cleveland’s Ryan Hollins and attempting to escalate it by entering the Cavaliers’ locker room.
Pleaded Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count charging him with driving an all-terrain vehicle while drunk. Deputies say the 29-year-old Pavlik was arrested Wednesday night at his home outside Youngstown, Ohio, after a neighbor reported he crashed the ATV into a telephone pole and lamppost.
Sidelined Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur had season- ending surgery in Memphis, Tenn., to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. The team announced that Arthur is expected to be ready for the 2012-13 season. He suffered the injury Dec. 18.
Fined Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril and linebacker Stephen Tulloch have been fined $15,000 apiece by the NFL for horse collar tackles during last week’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. Also, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta was fined $20,000 for an illegal blindside block, Bengals safety Chris Crocker was fined $15,000 for roughing the passer, Oakland Raiders defensive back Jerome Boyd was docked $20,000 for an illegal blindside block.
Ruled Former Boston Bruins coach and player Mike Milbury will not face charges after a clerk magistrate ruled there’s not enough evidence to criminally charge him after his confrontation with a 12-year-old youth hockey player. The decision came after a closed-door hearing involving witnesses and police in Brookline (Mass.) District Court.
Extended Purdue extended head football coach Danny Hope’s contract for two additional years, through Dec. 31, 2016, the school announced. Details are being finalized and will be available once completed. The Boilermakers will play Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Tuesday at Ford Field in Detroit.
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