Creighton’s Jones is forced to retire
As hard as it is for Creighton’s Josh Jones to give up basketball, he says it’s not worth risking his life to keep playing. Doctors advised Jones Wednesday night to stop playing after he underwent a procedure Dec. 18 to locate and correct an atrial flutter. He faces more procedures to treat the heart condition that caused him to faint during warm-ups before a Dec. 6 game at Nebraska. Jones said he’ll undergo a second procedure in January to diagnose the other problems, and more treatment probably will follow. Jones had an initial health scare in 2007, when he needed an infected heart valve replaced . . . Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game without pay for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of the Charlotte Bobcats’ Ramon Sessions in the Heat’s win Dec. 26. Wade will miss Friday’s game at Detroit . . . New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton won’t need surgery on his broken right pinkie, but could miss up to six weeks. Felton was injured during the Knicks’ loss to the Lakers on Christmas Day . . . Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard was fined $35,000 by the NBA for his flagrant-2 foul against Denver’s Kenneth Faried. Howard made excessive contact with Faried above the shoulders in the Lakers’ Dec. 26 loss . . . Lakers forward Pau Gasol has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He was examined by a foot specialist and an MRI confirmed the diagnosis. Gasol is probable for Friday night’s game against Portland.
USC’s Barkley won’t play in Sun Bowl
Matt Barkley’s career at Southern California is over, a shoulder injury bringing an end to his four-year run as the Trojans’ quarterback. Coach Lane Kiffin announced that the quarterback won’t play in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech on Dec. 31. Redshirt freshman Max Wittek will make his second career start. Barkley’s throwing shoulder was injured during USC’s second-to-last game, against UCLA . . . West Virginia mascot Jonathan Kimble says he has paid a $20 hunting citation and he hopes the issue is in the past. The Division of Natural Resources cited Kimble for failure to wear blaze orange when he killed a black bear in Pendleton County, W. Va., on Dec. 3 with the musket that’s part of his costume. The kill was legal but it triggered an outcry after Kimble posted a video online. The musket can fire ammunition but it fires only gunpowder at WVU events. Kimble has since agreed to stop hunting with the musket.
US routs Germany in World Juniors
The United States routed Germany, 8-0, at the World Junior Hockey Tournament in Ufa, Russia, behind a goal and two assists each from Alex Galchenyuk and Riley Barber. The next game for the Americans is against Russia on Friday. Sean Kuraly added a goal and an assist. Goalie Marvin Cupper had 38 saves for the Germans . . . Also Thursday, Switzerland beat Latvia, 7-2, in Group A behind Mike Kunzle’s two goals and Luca Boltshauser’s 30 saves. Switzerland plays Sweden on Friday, and Latvia’s next plays Saturday against Sweden.
Ward injury delays Pavlik fight again
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward will need surgery on his right shoulder and will be out for an extended period, forcing an already postponed title defense against former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik to be canceled, according to an ESPN.com report. Pavlik’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, confirmed the report. Ward was hurt last month in a sparring session, leading to the postponement of the Jan. 26 HBO main event . . . Andy Murray lost to Janko Tipsarevic, 6-3, 6-4, in the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. Tipsarevic will face Nicolas Almagro, a late replacement for Rafael Nadal, who pulled out of the tournament with a stomach bug, in the semifinals. Fifth-ranked David Ferrer defeated sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych, 6-2, 6-4, to set up the other semifinal against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who won the tournament last year . . . Olympian Jilleanne Rookard won the women’s 3,000 meters and Emery Lehman took the men’s 5,000 on the opening day of the US Long Track National Championships in Kearns, Utah. Rookard finished in 4 minutes and 11.88 seconds. Lehman, a 16-year-old, finished in 6:27.06.