Penguins star Sidney Crosby is ready to resume skating. Coach Dan Bylsma said Crosby will skate when he joins the team on its current road trip. That includes visits to the Panthers tomorrow and the Lightning Sunday. Out with lingering concussion symptoms, Crosby hasn’t played since Dec. 5. He was sidelined for nearly 11 months before that because of a concussion before returning Nov. 21 with two goals. After a 1-0 loss to the Capitals last night, Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said of Crosby, “I don’t think he’s anywhere close to coming back.’’ . . . Minnesota right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard is out of action indefinitely after suffering another concussion. Bouchard is not able to exercise until his headaches subside, which means there’s no timetable for his return. But he said his current symptoms aren’t nearly as severe as when he missed 112 of a possible 113 regular-season games from March 2009 to December 2010. Bouchard was banged into the boards head-first Dec. 13 by Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian, who was penalized but not fined or suspended.
Pacquiao: May 5 fight won’t happen
Manny Pacquiao’s camp said there is no economic sense in setting up a bout with Floyd Mayweather May 5 after the unbeaten American publicly challenged the Filipino champion via Twitter. Pacquiao’s financial adviser Michael Koncz told the Associated Press a 45,000-seat boxing arena being built in Las Vegas won’t be finished before the end of May and staging the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in a much smaller venue is “foolish from an economic standpoint.’’ Mayweather challenged and taunted Pacquiao to a May 5 bout in a tweet Tuesday. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has told the Philippines’ GMA television the only reason the fight won’t happen is if there is an “economic problem.’’
The Spurs waived former lottery pick Ike Diogu and signed forward Malcolm Thomas from the NBA’s D-League. Thomas is a 6-foot-9-inch rookie who played with Spurs swingman Kawhi Leonard at San Diego State last season . . . The Bulls signed free agent guard Mike James, who had been playing in the NBA D-League for Erie. An eight-year NBA veteran, James, who also played briefly with the Celtics, last appeared in the NBA with the Wizards for four games during the 2009-10 season.
Wozniacki falls; No. 1 rank may be next
Caroline Wozniacki lost her quarterfinal match at the Sydney International, opening the way for Petra Kvitova to take over the No. 1 ranking before next week’s Australian Open. Wozniacki, who needed a medical timeout in the final set to have her left wrist taped, lost, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, to seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. Wimbledon champion and No. 2 Kvitova continued her pursuit of the top ranking by beating Daniela Hantuchova, 6-0, 6-4, to move into the semifinals against French Open winner Li Na, who defeated Lucie Safarova, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Third-ranked Victoria Azarenka edged No. 9-ranked Marion Bartoli, 7-5, 6-4, and will play Radwanska. In the men’s draw, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro defeated Lukasz Kubot, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round. Bobby Reynolds beat second-seeded John Isner, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Third-seeded Richard Gasquet beat Fabio Fognini, 6-2, 6-1, former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis defeated Matthew Ebden, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), and Denis Istomin downed Ryan Sweeting, 6-2, 6-1.
Bolt will run 100 meters in Oslo meet
Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run the 100 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo June 7. The world record-holder in the 100 and 200 will be racing in the Bislett Games six weeks before he defends his sprint titles at the London Olympics. The Jamaican clocked 19.87 seconds in the 200 meters in Oslo last year and said he’s “injury-free, working hard and everything is going according to plan.’’ . . . Lamont Peterson’s manager accused Amir Khan of being a sore loser in the wake of the British boxer’s loss to the American in a light welterweight title fight and attempt to appeal the decision. Khan lost his IBF and WBA belts to Peterson on a split decision after being docked two points for pushing in the Dec. 10 fight in Washington. Barry Hunter, who is also Peterson’s trainer, said his fighter is disappointed with the “unprofessional manner’’ of Khan’s complaints . . . US Olympic Committee leaders will resume negotiations with the IOC Friday in Innsbruck about the revenue-sharing dispute that’s been blocking potential American bids for the Games, including the 2022 Winter Olympics . . . For the first time since 2000, both the men’s and women’s teams will be named at the Olympic gymnastics trials, June 28-July 1 in San Jose . . . Lucas Glover withdrew from the Sony Open in Honolulu, the PGA Tour’s season opener, with a sprained right knee he injured last week while paddle-boarding in Maui . . . PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem received a four-year contract extension through 2016. Finchem has been commissioner since 1994 . . . All 16 eligible Major League Soccer teams will compete in the US Open Cup, which is expanding from 40 to 64 teams this year. The tournament will start May 15.