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NBA

Nuggets’ Gallinari out for season with torn ACL

DENVER – The Denver Nuggets will be without versatile forward Danilo Gallinari for the rest of the season after tests yesterday showed he tore his left ACL against Dallas the previous night.

Gallinari planted his left leg awkwardly while driving past Dirk Nowitzki for a layup in the first half of Denver’s 95-94 win. His knee buckled and he went down, screaming in pain.

The 24-year-old Gallinari averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 71 games this season for Denver, which has clinched a playoff berth.

BASEBALL

Jeter may not return until next month

DETROIT – Derek Jeter may not return to the New York Yankees until next month and his replacement at shortstop, Eduardo Nunez, joined the team’s long list of banged-up players.

New York Manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that Jeter will have to go through a spring training-like schedule when he’s ready to return from his left ankle injury.

After breaking his ankle in the AL Championship Series opener last October, Jeter played five spring training games from March 9-16. But he’s been sidelined since then by ankle soreness.

Nunez was hit by a pitch from Doug Fister in the fourth inning Friday. Nunez screamed in pain, grabbed his right biceps and came out of the game. X-rays on Nunez’s biceps were negative.

BASEBALL

Roberts placed on
disabled list by Orioles

BALTIMORE – Second baseman Brian Roberts was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles yesterday with a strained right hamstring.

The injury occurred when Roberts stole second base Thursday against Tampa Bay. Following a headfirst slide, the 35-year-old had to be helped off the field.

Roberts is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

BASEBALL

Guerrero, Willis sign with independent Ducks

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – Former AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero and Dontrelle Willis will be trying to revive their careers with the Long Island Ducks. The independent Atlantic League team announced an agreement with Willis yesterday, a day after adding Guerrero.

A 31-year-old left-hander, Willis was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA for the Cincinnati Reds in 2011 and 0-3 with a 8.53 ERA last year in three starts and one relief appearance for Baltimore’s Triple-A team at Norfolk.

The 38-year-old Guerrero, a nine-time All-Star and 2004 AL MVP, has not played in the major leagues since 2011 with the Orioles.

NFL

Massaquoi agrees to 2-year deal with Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old Massaquoi spent the last four seasons in Cleveland, catching 118 passes for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns. He has averaged 14.8 yards a catch in his career.

He had 17 receptions for 254 yards in nine games last season while dealing with hamstring and knee injuries. He also endured multiple concussions during his four years with the Browns.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Laettner, ’76 Hoosiers honored at Final Four

ATLANTA – Christian Laettner’s buzzer-beater against Kentucky in a 1992 regional final was picked as the top moment from March Madness history, and Laettner was also chosen as one of the top 15 players as part of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament.

Indiana’s 1976 team, which went undefeated en route to a national title, was selected as the top team. The best team and best moment were picked by fan voting. The top players were selected based on votes by fans and NCAA experts.

Aside from Laettner, the other 14 players selected were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Bill Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Jerry Lucas, Danny Manning, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Bill Walton and Jerry West.

TENNIS

Williams sisters win their way into semis

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice yesterday to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009.

Serena won her 13th straight match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved due to Thursday’s 7 ½-hour rain delay.

Venus also had double duty, rallying past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting 18-year-old Madison Keys later on Billie Jean King Court.

The Williams sisters next go for a spot in the finals today.

They haven’t met in a tournament since the 2009 Tour Championships in Qatar. Serena holds a 13-10 lead, although they’re 1-1 on clay.

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