Ricky Rubio’s sensational rookie season has come to a devastatingly abrupt end. The Timberwolves point guard will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced Saturday. It also means that Rubio will miss the Summer Olympics, where he was expected to be a vital part of Spain’s bid for the gold medal. Rubio went down in the closing seconds of a loss to the Lakers Friday night, when his knee buckled as he tried to help out on defense against Kobe Bryant. An MRI Saturday revealed the torn ligament . . . The league fined Knicks guard J.R. Smith $25,000 for posting a photo of a scantily clad woman on his Twitter account.
Canadian skicross racer dies in crash
Canadian racer Nik Zoricic died in a World Cup skicross event in Geneva, tumbling through safety nets in what ski authorities called a “freak accident.’’ It was the second death in less than two months of a freestyle skier from Canada. Zoricic, 29, died from head injuries when he crashed directly into the nets lining the side of the course after going wide over the final jump. Zoricic died two months after Winter X Games champion Sarah Burke crashed during halfpipe training in Park City, Utah, and died nine days later. She was also 29 . . . Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter sustained a concussion after a hard fall in the halfpipe at the US Open at Stratton Mountain, Vt. Amen Teter said his 25-year-old sister was knocked unconscious for about 25 seconds and was resting at her parents’ home in Vermont after being released from the hospital.
Ligety remains in hunt for GS crown
American Ted Ligety won the season’s next-to-last World Cup giant slalom event at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Ligety, the GS champion in 2008, ’10, and ’11, trails leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who finished third, by 92 points with one race. With a victory worth 100 points, Ligety must win the final race and hope Hirscher doesn’t score points . . . Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won the women’s World Cup slalom at Are, Sweden, while overall champion Lindsey Vonn skied out during her second run . . . Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., won her second World Cup race in two days with a victory in the dual moguls in Are. On the men’s side, Patrick Deneen defeated Jeremy Cota of Carrabassett, Maine, in the final for a one-two US finish . . . American Bryan Fletcher won his first Nordic combined World Cup event, which was shortened by melting snow in Oslo. The 25-year-old Fletcher was third in the ski jump and 11th in the cross-country race.
Tatupu agrees to a deal with Falcons
The Falcons agreed to terms with former Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who sat out last season after failing to reach agreement on a restructured deal with the Seahawks. Tatupu, a former star at King Philip High, spent six seasons with the Seahawks . . . A person familiar with Peyton Manning’s location said the superstar free agent arrived in Tempe, Ariz., for meetings Sunday with Cardinals coaches and team officials Sunday . . . The Vikings released left guard Steve Hutchinson, right guard Anthony Herrera, and cornerback Cedric Griffin, shedding more than $13 million in payroll.
Eaton, Gatlin triumph at indoor worlds
Ashton Eaton set his third heptathlon world record in as many years to win gold at the world indoor track and field championships in Istanbul, and fellow American Justin Gatlin took the 60-meter dash. Eaton dominated the two-day competition from start to finish, capping it with an overwhelming 1,000-meter win. He broke the record he set last year by 77 points with a total of 6,645. Gatlin earned his first gold since serving a four-year doping suspension, chasing down Nesta Carter of Jamaica to win in 6.46 seconds. American Sanya Richards-Ross won 400 gold in 50.79 second, beating Russian Aleksandra Fedoriva by a massive 0.97 seconds . . . David Pless of Bates set the NCAA Division 3 record in the shot put at the indoor track and field championship in Grinnell, Iowa, with a put of 60 feet 6 1/2 inches. He beat the old mark by 9 1/2 inches to claim his second straight crown. Colby’s Dom Kone won the 60-meter dash for the second straight year . . . Mexico’s Orlando Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs) stopped Juan Manuel Lopez (31-2) of Puerto Rico in the 10th round in San Juan to retain the WBO featherweight title.