Lakers’ Nash looks to return Saturday
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, who hasn’t played since fracturing his left leg on Halloween, is hoping to return Saturday against Golden State barring a setback in practice this week, a source close to the player told ESPN. On Monday, a team source labeled Nash returning on Saturday as “50-50.” . . . Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire practiced for the first time this season, with the team’s NBADL affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, but isn’t sure when he can return . . . A jury returned a $17.3 million verdict against Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a lawsuit by actress Robyn Cohen, who lost most of her belongings in a 2009 fire at a West Hollywood apartment building he owns . . . Two-time WNBA coach of the year Mike Thibault was named coach and general manager of the Washington Mystics. Thibault was fired by the Connecticut Sun last month after a 206-134 regular-season record and eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons, including trips to the Finals in 2004 and 2005. He needs six victories to be the winningest coach in league history.
Manziel named AP Player of the Year
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to be voted the Associated Press Player of the Year. Manziel, who also won the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award, collected 31 votes to 15 for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o . . . Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson pled guilty to driving with a suspended license for a Nov. 4 incident and remains eligible to play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina . . . Southern Cal wide receiver Robert Woods told the Los Angeles Times he submitted his paperwork to the NFL Advisory Committee and is waiting for his evaluation before deciding whether to enter the NFL draft . . . Utah State defensive lineman Sini Tauauvea was arrested in Boise, Idaho for misdemeanor battery and trespassing after the Aggies’ 41-15 win over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl . . . Defenseman Victor Newell, a Harvard hockey recruit, was injured in a car accident Monday night in Waterloo, Iowa, where he plays for the United States Hockey League’s Black Hawks. Police say his vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the road and hit a tree. Newell, 19, was unconscious when he was brought to Allen Hospital. He was later transported to the University of Iowa Hospital, where his condition is currently unavailable . . . Maine hockey coach Tim Whitehead said he dismissed sophomore right winger John Parker in November following several alcohol-related violations, according to The Bangor Daily News.
Reports: Wisconsin will hire Andersen
Multiple reports say Wisconsin will hire Utah State’s Gary Andersen as football coach to replace Bret Bielema. Andersen is in his fourth year at Utah State and the Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference and finished 11-2, a school record for wins . . . Alabama athletic director Mal Moore said he doesn't think winning a fourth national championship will push Nick Saban to return to the NFL. The Crimson Tide play Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 7 . . . Paul Haynes was formally announced as the new Kent State football coach, replacing Darrell Hazell, who will take over at Purdue. Haynes, a Kent State defensive back from 1987-91, was defensive coordinator at Arkansas this year after seven seasons as an assistant at Ohio State . . . The Arizona Republic reports Arizona State athletics director Steve Patterson said last week that renovations to aging Sun Devil Stadium could force Sun Devil football to find another home for at least the 2015 season . . . North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl was named national coach of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Revolution to open season in Chicago
The New England Revolution will kick off their 2013 MLS campaign March 9 at the Chicago Fire. They will host FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium in their home opener March 23. The MLS season will start with six games on March 2, its earliest starting date . . . The US soccer team will open its 2013 schedule with an exhibition game against Canada at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on Jan. 29 . . . Lionel Messi, 25, agreed to a contract extension with Barcelona that will keep him with the Spanish powerhouse through 2018 . . . Liverpool midfielder Suso was fined $16,000 for posting a tweet about teammate Jose Enrique. Last month, Suso, 19, posted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened and wrote on Twitter, ‘‘This guy is gay... he does everything except play football.’’
Montgomerie elected to Hall of Fame
Colin Montgomerie, who won the European Tour money list a record eight times, and Ken Schofield, head of the European Tour for nearly 30 years, are the latest inductees to the World Golf Hall of Fame, joining the 2013 class that includes Willie Park Jr., Fred Couples, and Ken Venturi. The induction ceremony is May 6 . . . Hopkinton’s Keegan Bradley is among the 83 players expected to compete in the 77th Masters April 11-14 at Augusta National. Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods are also in the field . . . Marcel Hirscher was fastest in both runs, winning a World Cup slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy in 1:42.50, overtaking American Ted Ligety for second in the overall standings. The race was delayed when a gate keeper went into cardiac arrest. He later died, but his name was not released . . . Cuban authorities say 1996 Olympic silver medalist boxer Arnaldo Mesa died Monday in Holguin, several days after he was hospitalized for a stroke. He was 46.