Houston Rockets Center Clint Capela Out 4-6 Weeks Due To Thumb Surgery

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said Thursday that center Clint Capela had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Capela suffered the injury while getting hit on a lob play during Sunday night’s loss to Orlando. He underwent an MRI in Houston on Monday.

Capela signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension this summer; he has career-high averages of 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds to go with 1.8 blocks a game this season.

Capela is not only expected to miss four to six weeks; which means he will miss the remaining 15 games before the All-Star break, with a potential return for the Feb. 21 road game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Clint Capela injury update: Rockets C undergoes thumb surgery, expected back after All-Star break

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UConn Head Coach Dan Hurley And Tulsa Head Coach Frank Haith Both Ejected After Handshake

Tulsa earned an 89-83 American Athletic Conference victory over Connecticut on Wednesday, but the game took a backseat when both coaches were ejected. UConn head coach Dan Hurley and Tulsa head coach Frank Haith were each issued technical fouls and began talking to each other. The official came back over and gave them each a second technical, prompting their ejections. 

Said Hurley: “I don’t know why Frank and I got the first technical. We were nowhere near confrontational with one another. We glared at each other.”  He continued: “We were trying to defuse the situation and shake hands, and got the second technical and were ejected. I don’t feel this was handled correctly and should be looked at by the league.”

As for the game; Jeriah Horne led the way to victory for the Tulsa Hurricanes with 27 points and eight rebounds; and Jalen Adams scored 27 for UConn.

UConn coach Dan Hurley, Tulsa's Frank Haith tossed after handshake

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L.A. Lakers LeBron James Cleared To Practice Next Week; Will Miss Two More Games

The Los Angeles Lakers gave the latest update on LeBron James’ groin injury on Wednesday, saying he has been cleared to practice with the team after they return from their upcoming two-game road trip. The Lakers only say James will “progress towards a return to game play” after he rejoins practice next week.

James strained his groin on Christmas; he will have missed 13 consecutive games by the time LA returns from the road this weekend, matching the most games he’s ever missed in one season.

James has be sidelined for four weeks, the longest stretch he has been out in his 16-season NBA career.

LeBron James Will Return To Practice Next Week And Miss At Least Two More Games

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Maria Sharapova And Caroline Wozniacki Will Meet At 3rd Round Of Australian Open

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova just set up a blockbuster third-round meeting at the Australian Open.

Both women defeated their Swedish opposition at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, with the defending champion beating Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-3 before Sharapova won vs. Rebecca Peterson 6-2 6-1. After her 6-0 6-0 rout of Harriet Dart in round one, the Russian has dropped the fewest games in the tournament.

The pair have met on 10 occasions before, although not since 2015, with Wozniacki leading 6-4. Said Sharapova said: “I think her results, specifically in the past year, speak for her game, how she’s been able to raise her level. I think the grand slam was the one trophy she was looking for. With determination she got there last year. She loves playing here, loves everything about this tournament. I certainly have a tough match ahead of me.”

The women will play on Friday. 

Rampaging Sharapova sets up mouth-watering Wozniacki clash

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Philadelphia Flyers Place Forward Dale Weise On Waivers

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher announced on Tuesday that the team has placed forward Dale Weise on waivers.

Weise has one season left after this one on a $9.4 million, four-year contract he signed under previous GM Ron Hextall.

Weise has been underwhelming during his time with Philadelphia, earning just 34 points in 152 games. Given his $2.35 million salary-cap hit, if Weise goes unclaimed the Flyers could send him to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League and clear about $1 million of his salary.

Flyers Place Dale Weise on Waivers

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President Donald Trump Greets Clemson Football Team With Fast Food At Visit To White House

One week after beating Alabama to win their second national championship in three years, the Clemson Tigers traveled to the White House for a celebration hosted by President Donald Trump, where they were greeted with a spread of fast food.

Trump welcomed coach Dabo Swinney, quarterback Trevor Lawrence and 75 other players were greets with burgers from McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, among other assorted fast food. As the Clemson contingent finished eating, Trump stepped to the podium and spent much of his time praising the Tigers’ 44-16 win over the Crimson Tide. He singled out wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, defensive coordinator Brent Venables, cornerback A.J. Terrell and Lawrence in his remarks.

It was the Tigers’ second trip to the White House in less than two years. The program previously met with Trump in the summer of 2017, roughly five months after its previous title-game victory that completed the 2016 season.

Clemson players cheer fast food at White House

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Andy Murray Loses In First Round At Australian Open; Could Possibly Be His Final Grand Slam Match

6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2.” data-reactid=”23″ type=”text”>Murray played Spain’s 23rd ranked Roberto Bautista Agut in round one of the Australian Open on Monday, and after being down two sets to none, he roared back and won the next two sets. He and Bautista Agut battled in the final set before Bautista Agut prevailed. Murray lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2.

Murray was interviewed on the court by Mark Petchey, one of the BBC’s tennis reporters and Murray’s first coach as a professional. He told Petchey “If this was my last match, it was an amazing way to end.”” data-reactid=”25″ type=”text”>After the loss, Murray said: “If this was my last match, it was an amazing way to end. Maybe I’ll see you again. I’ll do everything possible to try. If I want to go again, I’ll need to have a big operation, which there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to come back from anyway, but I’ll give it my best shot.” Murray left the door open to a possible return later this year, or perhaps a return later down the road if he’s able to completely recover after surgery.

Australian Open 2019 results: Andy Murray bounced in Round 1; Roger Federer takes care of business

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Alabama’s Mack Wilson Becomes Latest Player To Leave For Draft

Alamaba linebacker Mack Wilson has become the seventh Alabama player to apply for early entry into the NFL. Wilson joins safety Deionte Thompson, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, offensive tackle Jonah Williams, running back Josh Jacobs, tight end Irv Smith Jr. and cornerback Saivion Smith in leaving with a year of eligibility remaining.

Wilson wrote on social media Sunday: “It has been an amazing three years at the University of Alabama, competing for three national championships and winning one.”

Wilson is one of the top inside linebacker prospects after making 71 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups and seven quarterback hurries in 2018. The deadline to enter the 2019 NFL draft was Monday.

Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson joins NFL draft exodus

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Sebastian Aho Leads Carolina Hurricanes To Victory Against Nashville Predators 6-3

Sebastian Aho scored a hat trick to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win against the Nashville Predators at PNC Arena on Sunday.

Micheal Ferland and Teuvo Teravainen each had two assists, and Petr Mrazek made 20 saves for the Hurricanes (22-18-5), who are 7-1-0 in their past eight games.  Aho has five goals in his past two games.

Filip Forsberg had two goals and Roman Josi had two assists for the Predators (27-16-4), whose seven-game point streak (5-0-2) ended with the Hurricanes victory. 

Aho leads Hurricanes past Predators 6-3

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New England Patriots Defeat Los Angeles Chargers 41-28; Advance To AFC Championship

Patriots beat Chargers to reach eighth AFC Championship Game in a row originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com” data-reactid=”22″ type=”text”>The Patriots have now reached their eighth AFC Championship Game in a row, and will play the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday with a berth in Super Bowl LIII on the line. New England has a 10-4 AFC title game record. 

Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28

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