Sports Log

Predators’ Shea Weber out with concussion


In another stunning blow to the NHL, Shea Weber, the leading scorer for the Nashville Predators and a Norris Trophy finalist last season, has a concussion and will miss tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild. A team spokesman said Weber will be evaluated daily, with no timetable for his return. Weber, a defenseman and the team captain, was hurt by a hit Friday night against Dallas. He was scratched Monday against Detroit. Weber, who has eight goals and 21 assists in 35 games, joins a disturbing list of concussed All-Stars on the sidelines that includes the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and former MVP Chris Pronger of the Flyers, who has already been ruled out for the season . . . Canucks left wing Chris Higgins has an undiagnosed hand problem that might be related to a foot infection. Higgins stayed home when the team left for a three-game road trip through California. Coach Alain Vigneault said after practice that Higgins’s hand was so swollen he went to the hospital. Higgins’s foot ailment was originally described as a staph infection, forcing him to miss two games this month . . . Johnny Wilson, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, died. He was 82. Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson announced his uncle’s death on Twitter. The coach called him a “warrior thru & thru, right to the end.’’ There was no immediate word on cause of death . . . The Czech Republic blanked Denmark, 7-0, and Latvia and Sweden skated to a 1-1 draw on the second day of the world junior men’s championship at Edmonton, Alberta. The United States (1-0) takes on Finland today, and Canada (1-0) plays the Czech Republic.


Knicks claim ex-Harvard guard Lin

The New York Knicks claimed former Harvard guard Jeremy Lin off waivers after he was released by the Houston Rockets Sunday to make room for Samuel Dalembert. The Knicks are shorthanded in the backcourt. Iman Shumpert could miss four weeks with a knee injury, Baron Davis might still be weeks away because of a bulging disk in his back, and Mike Bibby missed the opener with a sore lower back. The 6-foot-3-inch Lin averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists in 29 games with Golden State last season, but the Warriors waived him this month. The Rockets claimed him and then waived him again. Lin averaged 12.9 points during his four years at Harvard . . . Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden was suspended without pay for the team’s first home game last night for his flagrant foul in the season opener. Gooden was ejected late in the third quarter Monday for clocking Gerald Henderson in the head with his arm as the Bobcats guard attempted to make a driving layup in Charlotte’s 96-95 win.


Pitino will quit at end of 2017 contract

Rick Pitino said he won’t coach past the 2016-17 season when his contract ends at Louisville. “When you’re 59, you’re realistic that you don’t have a whole lot of years left,’’ Pitino said. “My contract’s going to run out in 2017. I’m not coaching any more after that.’’ The former Providence, Kentucky, Knicks, and Celtics coach has guided the Cardinals to a 12-0 record this season. Louisville’s Athletic Association granted Pitino, the only men’s coach to lead three different programs to the Final Four, a four-year contract extension in August. Pitino didn’t use the word retire, but has said in the past that Louisville would be his last coaching stop. He’s 253-96 in his 11th season at Louisville, which reached the Final Four in 2005 . . . Senior guard Jamal Wilson, the top scorer on the Rhode Island men’s basketball team, was suspended indefinitely by coach Jim Baron for breaking unspecified team rules. Wilson averaged 17.5 points per game through the first 10 games of the season . . . Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand said he will attend the Denver Broncos’ home game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday. LeGrand, who suffered a spinal injury in 2010 during a game against Army, has been spending this week in New York with his former Rutgers teammates as they prepare for the Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa State Friday at Yankee Stadium. LeGrand will get to watch the Broncos game with his favorite player, former Bronco Terrell Davis . . . For the second time in less than two weeks, schools are objecting to a reform measure sought by university presidents and endorsed by NCAA president Mark Emmert. More than 75 schools are asking to override a plan approved in October to allow multiyear athletic scholarships rather than the one-year renewable awards schools currently provide.


Japan’s judo champ charged with rape


Japanese prosecutors have filed rape charges against two-time Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba. Tokyo prosecutors said the 33-year-old Uchishiba is accused of raping a teenager at a hotel in September after intoxicating her with an alcoholic drink. Her identity is being withheld because she is a minor. Police arrested Uchishiba in early December. He has denied the accusation, saying the sex was consensual. If convicted, he could face more than three years in prison. Uchishiba won gold medals in the 66-kilogram class in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He has since retired from competition, and was fired as a judo coach in September by a university over sexual harassment allegations . . . New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is leaving Tuesday to climb Mount Kilimanjaro despite the team’s request he not make the trip. The climb is for charity. The team sent him a letter late last season advising him that if he was hurt during the climb, his contract, which is worth $4.25 million in 2012, could be voided . . . Defending champion Spain hired former French Open finalist Alex Corretja as its new Davis Cup captain . . . Sean Collins, who founded, died of a heart attack while playing tennis in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 59.