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Injured Knee Shelves O’Neal For 8-10 Weeks

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Shaquille O’Neal, who signed a seven-year, $120 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers last July, will miss at least 8-10 weeks with an injured left knee.

O’Neal was injured in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 100-84 victory at Minnesota on Wednesday night - his first game after missing two games because of an injured right knee.

The Lakers said O’Neal suffered a hyperextension injury, with damage including a torn capsule, a fractured bone and a partial tear to the lateral collateral ligament.

No surgery will be necessary, the team added, but O’Neal will wear a splint for 2-3 weeks, after which he will begin rehabilitation therapy.

Blaylock likely won’t face sanctions in B.C.

Atlanta Hawks guard Mookie Blaylock may have violated his Georgia probation by carrying marijuana onto a plane in Vancouver, British Columbia, but he isn’t likely to face sanctions here, a prosecutor says.

Blaylock was arrested for marijuana possession in Vancouver after police found him with 2 ounces of marijuana as the Hawks boarded a plane for Phoenix Feb. 1, said Sgt. Willy Laurie of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Blalock was ordered to return for a court appearance May 14, Laurie told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Blaylock had been sentenced to a year’s probation Feb. 8, 1996, in suburban Cobb County for a 1995 arrest for marijuana possession and drunken driving.

The Canadian arrest isn’t likely to have repercussions because Cobb County authorities didn’t find out about it until after the Georgia probation ended Feb. 8, said county solicitor Ben Smith.

Rodman’s accuser loses appeal

Dennis Rodman won in another court Thursday as a federal appeals court upheld a jury’s ruling against a California woman who claimed the NBA star infected her with herpes.

Lisa Beth Judd, a former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader, accused Rodman of infecting her with the incurable sexually transmitted disease Jan. 14, 1993, while he was in town with the Detroit Pistons. She sought $1.83 million in damages from the forward, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls.

After deliberating less than 4 hours following four days of testimony in 1995, the jury said there was no proof he had herpes.

Around the league

Brad Daugherty, a five-time All-Star center for the Cleveland Cavaliers who had to retire with a back injury, will have his jersey retired March 1 at halftime of a game against the Boston Celtics.

The Toronto Raptors re-signed center Oliver Miller for the remainder of the season. Miller played in 76 games last year.

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