Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is expected to miss the start of the regular season and be out 2-3 weeks because of an injured left knee. He returned to New York on Sunday for anevaluation, and an MRI revealed a ruptured benign cyst. Stoudemire played in only one preseason game, sitting out the first two with a bruised left knee . . . Six months after he had surgery for a herniated disk, All-Star center Dwight Howard had 19 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks in his debut with the Lakers, a 99-92 preseason loss to the Kings in Los Angeles . . . Tamika Catchings scored 25 points as the Indiana Fever won their first WNBA title with an 87-78 victory over the visiting Minnesota Lynx. Catchings, who was MVP of the finals, averaged 24.8 points in the series, which the Fever won, 3-1, over the defending champions. Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points and Maya Moore 16 for the Lynx . . . Minnesota assistant coach Saul Smith, son of head coach Tubby Smith, was placed on indefinite unpaid leave by the university after his arrest Saturday in Minneapolis on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Gainey wins first PGA crown in style
Tommy Gainey narrowly missed a chance at golf’s magic number. He happily settled for a course-record 60 at Sea Island, for his first PGA Tour win in the McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga. Gainey became the fourth player this year to rally from at least seven shots behind in the final round to win on the PGA Tour. He made seven straight 3s on his way to a 29 on the back nine, and then had to wait more than two hours to see if Jim Furyk or anyone else could catch him. Furyk made a 12-foot par save on the 17th hole to stay one shot behind, but he pushed his approach well right on the 18th and made his first bogey in 56 holes. Gainey, seven shots behind going into the final round, wound up with a one-shot victory over David Toms, who closed with a 63. Gainey finished at 16-under 264 and earned $720,000, along with a trip to Kapalua in January for the Tournament of Champions and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour . . . Bo Van Pelt won the Perth (Australia) International — his first title in a European Tour-sanctioned event — closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Jason Dufner (69). Van Pelt finished at 16-under 272 . . . Suzann Pettersen won the HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, for her ninth LPGA Tour title, beating Catriona Matthew with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff after blowing a big lead. Seven strokes ahead of Matthew (67) at the start of the round, Pettersen shot a 2-over 74 to finish at 11-under 205 . . . Russell Henley won the Jacksonville Open for his second Web.com Tour victory of the year, beating B.J. Staten with a par on the first hole of a playoff in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. . . . Scott Steele, 55, a popular PGA Tour caddie who worked for Larry Mize when he won the 1987 Masters, died Friday in Hickory, N.C. Steele had a heart attack Oct. 14 at the Greater Hickory Golf Classic, where he was working for Kirk Triplett. He was then placed in a medically induced coma.
Venus ends a two-year WTA drought
Venus Williams won her first WTA tournament in more than two years, beating Monica Niculescu, 6-2, 6-3, to take the Luxembourg Open title. Slowed by injuries and illness for two seasons, Williams, 32, played steady tennis while Niculescu proved error-prone as she sought her first career title. Williams, ranked No. 41, had not won a tournament since 2010, when she won at Dubai and Acapulco . . . Tomas Berdych won his second ATP title this year and eighth of his career by defeating top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the Stockholm Open final . . . Caroline Wozniacki won her 20th career title and first of the year, beating Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, in the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Andreas Seppi rallied to beat Thomaz Bellucci, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, in the men’s final . . . Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro won his 12th career title, beating Grega Zemlja, 7-5, 6-3 at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
Speedskater Celski sets world record
American J.R. Celski became the first short-track speedskater to break the 40-second barrier in the 500 meters, setting a world record of 39.973 seconds in a World Cup final in Calgary, Alberta . . . Four-time reigning US national champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their third straight Skate America dance title in Kent, Wash. White and Davis have won 10 straight Grand Prix events, including the last four Grand Prix finals. Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev were second . . . Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones made an impressive debut at the US bobsled team selection races in Lake Placid, N.Y., combining with pilot Jazmine Fenlator to finish second behind Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans in the opening day of selection races . . . Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who has missed his team’s last three games after being diagnosed with leukemia, was released from an Indianapolis hospital, where he had been receiving treatment since Sept. 26 . . . Chris Wondolowski scored his MLS-leading 26th goal as the San Jose Earthquakes rallied for a 2-2 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy in Santa Clara, Calif. Also in MLS, Jack Jewsbury scored as the Portland Timbers beat the host Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0 . . . Lance Armstrong greeted about 4,300 cyclists at his Livestrong charity’s fund-raiser in Austin, Texas, then retreated into privacy as cycling officials get set to announce Monday if they will appeal his lifetime ban and loss of seven Tour de France titles ordered by the US Anti-Doping Agency . . . Kenyan Wilson Chebet defended his Amsterdam Marathon title, setting a course record of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 41 seconds. The previous course record of 2:05.44 was set by Getu Feleke in 2010.