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FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is seen during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Los Angeles. World Peace will have surgery Thursday, March 28,  on a torn meniscus in his left knee and miss the next six weeks. The Lakers announced the timeline on Wednesday, March 27.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is seen during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Los Angeles. World Peace will have surgery Thursday, March 28, on a torn meniscus in his left knee and miss the next six weeks. The Lakers announced the timeline on Wednesday, March 27. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

College sports

Source: Kirschner named interim AD at Rutgers

NEWARK, N.J. – A source with knowledge of the appointment said Rutgers is turning to former dean Carl Kirschner to run its athletic department in the wake of the basketball scandal that led to the firing of Coach Mike Rice and the resignation of Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity yesterday because the appointment had not been announced by the university. The Star-Ledger of Newark first reported the decision.

This is the second time that Kirschner will run the program. He took over at the start of 2009 after Robert Mulcahy was fired, and held the role for four months, stepping down when Pernetti took over.

This time, Kirschner takes over in a time of crisis. Rutgers has seen it status plummet after ESPN aired a video last Tuesday, showing Rice grabbing and kicking players at practice while uttering anti-gay slurs.

NBA

World Peace anticipating early return from surgery

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Metta World Peace is planning to play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ next game, less than two weeks after undergoing left knee surgery.

World Peace participated in drills with the Lakers yesterday. He said he’s ready to return nearly a month earlier than anticipated after surgery on a torn meniscus.

The Lakers thought World Peace would be out until early May after undergoing surgery March 28. But the defensive stopper says he feels healthy enough to play because his knee didn’t swell following surgery, surprising his doctors.

Los Angeles hosts New Orleans tonight with just five games left in the regular season.

The Lakers (40-37) trail Utah (41-37) for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference, and the Jazz hold the tiebreaker on Los Angeles.

NFL

Ball signs free-agent tender with Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Restricted free agent running back Lance Ball signed his tender with the Denver Broncos, the team announced yesterday.

The diminutive but powerful tailback rushed for 158 yards on 42 carries last season as he spelled Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno.

Ball has bounced around the league since coming out of Maryland. Originally a college free agent with St. Louis, he made the Rams’ practice squad in 2008 before joining Indianapolis that year and making the Colts’ active roster for the regular season finale. He also spent time on Tennessee’s practice squad before latching on with the Broncos for the last three seasons.

The 27-year-old has rushed for 801 yards in his career and two scores. He’s also caught 27 passes for 230 yards and two TDs.

Baseball

Jays claim 1B Gomez off waivers

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays claimed first baseman Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Gomez made his major league debut last season with Boston, hitting .275 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 37 games.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound native of the Dominican Republic has a .281 average in the minor leagues with 130 home runs and 512 RBIs over nine seasons.

To make room on the 40-man roster yesterday, the Blue Jays designated right-hander David Bush for assignment.

The Red Sox designated Gomez for assignment on March 31.

Baseball

Ricketts: Wrigley talks ‘going in right direction’

CHICAGO – Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said talks with the city over a renovation plan for Wrigley Field are “going in the right direction” and the team is looking forward to the public part of the process.

Ricketts talked before the Cubs hosted the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday in the first game of the season at their 99-year-old neighborhood ballpark. The team and the city appear to be close to announcing a $500 million project.

The Cubs are eager to update Wrigley, saying it spends as much as $15 million a year just to keep up with the repairs. The Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009 for $845 million.

College Basketball

Kansas State forward Diaz transferring

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State said sophomore forward Adrian Diaz has decided to transfer.

Coach Bruce Weber said yesterday he was disappointed, but Diaz expressed an interest in playing closer to his home in Miami.

The 6-foot-10 Diaz averaged 2.9 points on 54.8 percent shooting with 1.9 rebounds in 49 career games from 2011-13. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

NHL

Kings activate Penner off injured reserve

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Dustin Penner from injured reserve.

The defending Stanley Cup champions made the move yesterday before traveling to Dallas to face the Stars tonight.

Penner missed the Kings’ past four games with a lower-body injury after getting hurt March 31 in Dallas. The eight-year NHL veteran has two goals and nine assists in 25 games this season.

The Kings began yesterday in a third-place tie with Vancouver in the overall Western Conference standings. Los Angeles trails Pacific Division-leading Anaheim by nine points after Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Ducks.

NHL

Canada prime minister wants league’s stars in Sochi

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to let the league’s stars play in the Sochi Olympics.

Harper says he speaks for all Canadians who want to see the country’s top players don the Maple Leaf at the Winter Games next year. NHL players have been part of the Olympics since 1998 in Nagano, Japan.

The league is mulling whether it is worth shutting down its season for a few weeks to allow its players to take part.

The NHL, International Olympic Committee, International Ice Hockey Federation and NHL Players’ Association met earlier this year to discuss the matter.

NHL

Canadiens D Emelin out for season with knee injury

BROSSARD, Quebec – Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament.

The 26-year-old Russian was hurt as he tried to check Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

He has three goals and nine assists in 38 games in his second NHL season. Last season, he had three goals and four assists in 67 games.

The Canadiens also announced the recall of Nathan Beaulieu to replace Emelin.

Beaulieu practiced with Francis Bouillon yesterday, while Davis Drewiske, who was obtained from the Los Angeles Kings last week, replaced Emelin alongside Andrei Markov.

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