Amare Stoudemire has a bulging disk in his back and is out indefinitely, the Knicks announced Monday. It is a damaging blow to a New York team that has a month left in the regular season, and wasn’t competitive in the playoffs last year when Stoudemire developed a back problem. “You don’t wish it on any player, especially Amare, who’s a big part of what we do,’’ Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said. “All we can do is just hope that it’s not as serious as it may be and that he has a speedy recovery.’’ Stoudemire sat out the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ victory over Detroit Saturday after he said his back tightened up. The Knicks said he doesn’t need surgery and the injury will be treated with rehabilitation. Stoudemire, who traveled to Miami for a second opinion, had led the Knicks in scoring four straight games. “If he has to have surgery, he’s got to rehab and come back,’’ Woodson said. The Knicks, who signed the forward to a five-year contract worth nearly $100 million in 2010, hold the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Daniel Sedin’s concussion confirmed
NHL Injured Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin has a concussion, coach Alain Vigneault said. The team remains mum on his status, or if he will be able to return to action before the playoffs. “He’s got a concussion, and when we have something more to say, we’ll say it,’’ said Vigneault. “We’re just going to follow the [concussion] protocol, and when we have more, we’ll share it with you.’’ Sedin was sidelined Wednesday by an elbow to the head from Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith that resulted in a five-game suspension. Sedin’s condition has been a hot topic since he was hurt.
Tigers’ Cabrera will be ready for opener
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Baseball Third baseman Miguel Cabrera is certain he’ll be in Detroit’s lineup April 5, when the Tigers open the season against the Red Sox. He rejoined teammates Monday, a week after a grounder in an exhibition game broke a bone below his right eye. Cabrera will be examined Tuesday . . . Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his left knee and is expected to be out about three weeks. This will be Jones’s final year, the 39-year-old has announced . . . Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter returned to camp after four days of tests last week in St. Louis to determine the cause of a nerve ailment that has weakened his throwing shoulder. GM John Mozeliak said there is no timetable for the righthander’s recovery, but expects him to pitch this season . . . Righthander Dustin McGowan and the Blue Jays agreed to a $4.1 million, three-year contract that adds an additional two seasons and $3.5 million to the deal he reached in December . . . Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as he strives to return from a concussion that limited him to 39 games last year . . . Cleveland restructured the contract of righthander Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Hernandez, recently cleared of false identity charges in the Dominican Republic, had incentives added for starts, innings pitched, and days on the 25-man roster. Hernandez has applied for a visa to rejoin the Indians, but it is not known if or when he will.
Roddick topples Federer in Florida
Andy Roddick beat Roger Federer, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4, in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., his third victory in 24 matches between the two. No. 1 Novak Djokovic also advanced to the men’s fourth round, while Mardy Fish assured he’ll remain the top-ranked American man with a win. Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals . . . Hall of Fame trainer and three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Bob Baffert had a heart attack in Dubai where he was preparing to run Game On Dude in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Baffert’s assistant, Jim Barnes, said that Baffert was “doing very good’’ after having three stents inserted in two arteries . . . Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba started to eat again and got out of bed, making “encouraging progress’’ in his recovery from cardiac arrest during a game. A joint statement from Bolton and the London Chest Hospital said Muamba remains in intensive care in serious but stable condition. FIFA will be studying cardiac arrest cases involving soccer players to learn what caused Muamba to collapse during a match March 17 . . . A few months after winning a national championship, Alabama football coach Nick Saban received a raise and a two-year extension worth $5.62 million a year . . . After meeting in Grapevine, Texas, BCS leaders said they are sorting through a “host of intricate details’’ about how college football’s postseason would work if major changes are made.