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Already down 0-2 to Spurs, Lakers injuries mount
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Steve Blake won’t play for the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs tonight, and fellow guards Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are doubtful.
The Lakers are running out of healthy guards, and they’re increasingly out of ideas on how to stop the Spurs from ending their tumultuous season.
Blake has a strained right hamstring that will keep him out indefinitely, and Coach Mike D’Antoni said yesterday that the backup point guard won’t play in Game 3.
Nash got two epidural injections in his back and a cortisone injection in his right hip in an attempt to fight off his nagging pain.
D’Antoni says Nash is more likely to play than Meeks, who has a sprained left ankle.
Kobe Bryant is out for the season.
Warriors’ Curry’s may have to sit with sprained ankle
OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry says he’s unsure if his sprained left ankle will be healthy enough for him to play in Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets tonight.
Curry said his ankle became swollen after Tuesday night’s 131-117 win at Denver evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. He sat out practice yesterday, saying he “wouldn’t be able to play right now if there was a game.”
Curry said he’ll continue treatment and remains hopeful for the first home playoff game of his four-year career. He says he’ll consider a pain-numbing injection – something he has never done during the regular season – on his twice surgically repaired right ankle.
Selig: MLB won’t interrupt season for Olympics
NEW YORK – Major League Baseball won’t change its schedule to boost the sport’s chances of getting back into the Olympics.
Baseball was an Olympic medal sport from 1992-2008, then was dropped for last year’s London Games. In an effort to boost the chance of readmission for 2020, the international baseball and softball federations are merging.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said baseball should make its top athletes available, as they are in basketball and hockey.
Speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors yesterday, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said: “We can’t stop our season in August.” He added: “Do I wish I could? Yes. But is it practical? No.”
The IOC board meets next month to select one or more sports for consideration by September’s IOC general assembly.
Jeter has ‘no doubt’ that he’ll return this season
NEW YORK – Derek Jeter has no doubt he will return to the New York Yankees this season at the same level that made him one of baseball’s most revered players.
The shortstop was in pinstripes yesterday when he spoke at Yankee Stadium for the first time about a new fracture that was discovered last week in the ankle he broke during Game 1 of the AL Championship Series Oct. 13.
The Yankees have said the new injury should push Jeter’s return to mid-July. Jeter said he has a date in mind but would not share it because he did not want to disappoint himself or anyone else after failing to be ready for opening day, his original plan.
Sharapova needs more than three hours to win
STUTTGART, Germany – Top-seeded Maria Sharapova needed three sets and more than three hours yesterday in her clay-court season debut to overcome Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic for a place in the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals.
Sharapova, the defending champion, won 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a match that lasted 3:09.
The Russian saved two set points in the second set before surrendering the tiebreaker, in which she had one of her eight double-faults. She also had eight aces.
Top-seeded Tipsarevic into Bucharest quarters
BUCHAREST, Romania – Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic advanced to the quarterfinals of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia yesterday.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain will face Tipsarevic after defeating Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Also, Romania’s Victor Hanescu topped fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, 6-4, 6-3, without losing his serve, and No. 5 Florian Mayer defeated David Goffin of Belgium, 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-3. Hanescu will play Mayer today.
The other quarterfinals feature defending champion Gilles Simon playing Daniel Brands, and eighth-seeded Viktor Troicki against Lukas Rosol.
Almagro, Monaco to meet in Barcelona Open quarters
BARCELONA, Spain – Nicolas Almagro and Juan Monaco both managed third-round wins at the Barcelona Open yesterday before rain forced the postponement of matches.
The two will meet in the quarterfinals after Almagro defeated fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, 6-3, 6-4, on the outdoor red clay. Monaco outlasted Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in a long second-set tiebreaker to win, 6-0, 7-6 (11).
The rain bumped Rafael Nadal’s match against Benoit Paire to today.
In other matches, Dmitry Tursunov, the Russian qualifier who upset top-seeded David Ferrer on Wednesday, lost to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Martin Klizan led Philipp Kohlschreiber in their rain-suspended match,6-1, 6-7 (2), 4-3.