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Spurs' Ginobili will be out two months

San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili will undergo surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to miss at least two months. Ginobili tweeted yesterday he’ll have a plate screwed onto his shooting hand today. He injured it during the second quarter of Monday’s loss at Minnesota. Ginobili was the Spurs’ leading scorer, averaging 17.4 points . . . Memphis forward Zach Randolph is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after tearing the MCL in his right knee in the first quarter of the Grizzlies’ loss Sunday at Chicago . . . Guard Nate Robinson was signed by Golden State. Robinson, a seventh-year pro, was sent from the Celtics to Oklahoma City as part of the deal that brought center Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder at the trade deadline last season. Robinson averaged 3.3 points and 1.5 assists in 7.5 minutes per game in his short Oklahoma City tenure.

Tortorella apologizes for ripping refs

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella said he was sorry for calling the officiating disgusting in Monday’s Winter Classic game at Philadelphia. “I tainted the Winter Classic with my mouth and I shouldn’t have,’’ Tortorella said. “So I apologize to everyone involved.’’ The Rangers 3-2 win came down to a penalty shot with 20 seconds left. “They called a penalty shot which I still don’t understand,’’ he said Monday. “I’m not sure if NBC got together with the refs to turn this into an overtime game. I just thought tonight, in that third period, it was disgusting.’’ He could still be fined for the critical remarks . . . Former Notre Dame coach Charles “Lefty’’ Smith, who started the school’s hockey program in 1968, has died. He was 81. Smith compiled a 307-320-30 record in 19 seasons from 1968-1987.

Fenway’s doubleheader to start earlier

Game times for the Jan. 14 doubleheader at Fenway Park between Catholic Memorial and BC High, and Northeastern and Boston College have been moved to earlier start times of 1 and 4 p.m., respectively. The games were originally scheduled to start at 3 and 6 p.m. The two-hour time change was made to accommodate fans; the Patriots will host their divisional playoff game at 8 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. Gates open at noon. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 877-REDSOX9 or online at

Injured Serena may miss Australian


Yet another Australian Open campaign is in doubt for Serena Williams, who withdrew from the Brisbane quarterfinals after injuring her ankle. Williams missed the 2002, 2004, and 2011 editions because she was hurt. Williams was serving for the match with a 6-2, 5-3 lead against Bojana Jovanovski when she twisted her left ankle and crashed heavily to the court. She limped through the next game, securing a 6-2, 6-4 win before withdrawing after scans confirmed a sprained ankle. Her scheduled quarterfinal rival, Daniela Hantuchova, advances directly to the semifinals. The Australian Open starts Jan. 16. In today’s action, third-seeded Francesca Schiavone rallied to beat former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, to reach the semifinals . . . Rafael Nadal routed Denis Gremelmayr, 6-2, 6-2, while Roger Federer won his 19th straight match, overwhelming Grega Zemlja, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals in the Qatar Open in Doha.

Penn State memos show funding fears

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Penn State’s board of trustees and president focused on repairing the school’s tarnished image and braced for financial backlash in the immediate aftermath of the child sex-abuse scandal that erupted two months ago, going so far as to recommend reminding any outraged donors that they wouldn’t get their money back, according to internal memos obtained by the Associated Press. Four memos sent Nov. 14-18 describe the school’s scrambling response less than two weeks after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges . . . Boise State’s Chris Petersen is now among the college coaches making at least $2 million a year. The State Board of Education unanimously approved a $375,000 pay raise for Petersen for 2012. His current contract called for a 2012 salary of $1.625 million . . . With UMass joining the East division in 2012, the Mid-American Conference announced Bowling Green has moved to the West division. The alignment is in football only. UMass will be in the East along with Akron, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami, and Temple.

Rapid Redux wins 22d straight race

Rapid Redux extended his winning streak to 22 with a well-earned, three-quarter length victory over Awesome Rhythm in a mile race at Laurel Park. Ridden by J.D. Acosta, Rapid Redux took the lead just after the start. Gold Casing was third. The victory occurred hours after the 6-year-old gelding was chosen to receive a special Eclipse Award for his perfect 19-0 record last year . . . Mitch Shirota, a veteran trainer and jockey at Churchill Downs and elsewhere, died in Louisville, Ky., after a long illness. He was 78 . . . Richard Petty Motorsports hired Aric Almirola to drive the famed No. 43 in NASCAR’s elite Sprint Cup Series, and Cole Whitt will replace Almirola at JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series . . . Former Brazil striker Ronaldo said he contracted dengue fever, a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease, while vacationing in Brazil. He tweeted he has been discharged from the hospital and is recuperating . . . Harvard Stadium will host the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Championship weekend Aug. 25-26.