Ottawa’s Karlsson’s season is over
Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, last season’s Norris Trophy winner, had season-ending surgery Thursday to repair his left Achilles’ after the tendon was cut by a skate blade during a game Wednesday against the Penguins. Senators general manager Bryan Murray said the surgery went well. He also said 70 percent of the tendon was cut . . . Canucks center Manny Malhotra, 32, was placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after failing to adapt sufficiently following a career-threatening eye injury. In March 2011, Malhotra sustained a serious eye injury when struck by a puck during a game against Colorado, and he underwent a series of operations in the summer of 2011.
Report: Buss hospitalized with cancer
The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with cancer. The Times says Buss has spent time in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The 79-year-old Buss has been hospitalized several times in recent years. Since Buss took ownership of the Lakers in 1979, the franchise has won 10 NBA titles . . . The law firm that assembled a report critical of NBA union head Billy Hunter’s leadership said it won’t publicly release further information about its research because the government is investigating the matter. Hunter was placed on indefinite leave and his future could be voted on by players at a meeting during the All-Star weekend in Houston.
Angels’ Pujols ready to test his knee
Angels slugger Albert Pujols hopes to begin agility drills and light running in a couple of days in Tempe, Ariz., to test his surgically repaired right knee. Pujols underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee in October, what he considered a minor cleanup procedure, but said he will ease into spring training with the hopes of being fully healthy for opening day . . . Athletics closer Grant Balfour was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus. The A’s said the righthander is expected to miss 4-6 weeks . . . Felix Hernandez will make $27 million in the final year of his new $175 million, seven-year contract with Seattle.
Serena could be oldest women’s No. 1
Serena Williams moved within a victory of becoming the oldest top-ranked women’s player, sweeping aside Urszula Radwanska, 6-0, 6-3, in Doha to reach the Qatar Open quarterfinals. If the 31-year-old Williams reaches the semifinals by beating seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova, she will return to No. 1 for the first time in 2½ years . . . Notre Dame won’t have veteran safety Jamoris Slaughter back as the Fighting Irish try to build on their best season in 19 years. The university said it had received word from the NCAA that Slaughter’s appeal for a sixth year of eligibility had been denied after he tore his left Achilles’ tendon in the third game of the season, a 20-3 victory over Michigan State . . . Mayfield Pennington, 62, a former boxer and one-time training partner of Muhammad Ali, was killed in a car crash in eastern Kentucky. Troopers say a tractor-trailer struck Pennington’s 1977 Corvette on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Pennington’s professional boxing record was 48-16 . . . Single-game tickets for the New England Revolution go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster outlets. Individual tickets purchased in advance start at $24 for bowl seating. The Revolution will play 17 regular-season MLS games at Gillette Stadium this season. , including their home opener March 23, against Sporting Kansas City.