June 30, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Fever guard January to miss rest of WNBA season


WNBA: Indiana Fever point guard Briann January, a Lewis and Clark graduate, will miss the rest of the season with a torn right knee ligament.

The Fever said Wednesday that an MRI exam revealed a torn ACL and that January would have surgery in four to six weeks, performed by team orthopedist Dr. Stephen Kollias.

January was hurt Tuesday during the fourth quarter of a 91-86 victory over Phoenix, the Fever’s fourth straight win. The third-year pro from Arizona State was averaging 8.6 points and 5.0 assists for the Eastern Conference leaders.

“It is such a tough blow for Bri because she’s worked so hard to get where she is today,” Fever head coach Lin Dunn said. “It’s unfortunate and we’ll miss her leadership, but we know she’ll come back even better and even stronger.”

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Shock break into AFL poll at No. 10

Arena football: The Spokane Shock finally got back to .500 with last week’s 75-54 road win over New Orleans and broke into the Arena Football League coaches’ poll at No. 10.

The Shock have won three straight and will be on the road Saturday to take on National Conference-leading Arizona. The Rattlers (13-2) are ranked No. 2.

The Jacksonville Sharks (13-1) remain in the top spot for the ninth consecutive week. The Shock have beaten four of the top six teams in this week’s poll.

Chiefs trade import pick

Junior hockey: The Spokane Chiefs have traded their first-round pick in the CHL Import Draft, 56th overall, to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for an eighth-round selection in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. 

The Chiefs were able to make the trade because Dominik Uher and Marek Kalus, both from the Czech Republic, will be returning to Spokane next season. Canadian Hockey League rules allow a maximum of two import players on each roster.

Uher, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round in last week’s NHL Entry Draft, will return for his third season as a Chief.  Uher was Spokane’s first-round pick in the CHL Import Draft in 2009.

Kalus, the Chiefs’ first-round selection last year, appeared in 22 games and scored four goals and eight points.

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