Panthers’ Weiss (wrist) out for seasonThe Panthers on Tuesday said forward Stephen Weiss will miss the rest of the season because of a wrist injury, the latest blow for the reigning Southeast Division champions. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said Weiss will have surgery next week. Weiss will be a free agent after the season, meaning his 11-year run with Florida could be over. Goaltender Jose Theodore, who is expected to miss up to six weeks with a leg injury, is among several other injured key players . . . The Capitals waived veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik. The 38-year-old has played in only four games this season . . . The Predators claimed forward Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Penguins and will place forward Brandon Yip on injured reserve.
Fox to launch 24-hour sports networkFox Sports announced a 24-hour sports cable network called Fox Sports 1, set to launch Aug. 17, to challenge ESPN. The new network will be available to 90 million homes. Fox has rights to college basketball and football, NASCAR, soccer, and UFC. Starting in 2014, FS1 will start broadcasting MLB games. Regis Philbin will host a weekday sports talk show for the network, which will also broadcast a nightly highlights staple to go against ESPN’s ‘‘SportsCenter.’’
Big East football enjoys hoops spoilsThe Big East football schools will get almost all of a $110 million pot in a deal that will allow seven departing basketball schools to keep the Big East name and start playing in their own conference next season, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The separation agreement is likely to be finalized by the end of the week. The football schools will receive approximately $100 million in the deal, most of which will go to holdover members UConn, South Florida, and Cincinnati. The basketball schools will receive $10 million, the Big East name, and the right to play their conference tournament at Madison Square Garden . . . Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, the late Jerome Brown, and LaDainian Tomlinson are among 77 former players who will be considered for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame . . . Quarterback Jordan Johnson was reinstated to the Montana football team after his Friday acquittal on a rape charge . . . UTEP men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd met with USC athletic director Pat Haden about returning to the Trojans, said UTEP athletic director Bob Stull. Floyd became UTEP’s coach in 2010 after resigning from USC under accusations that he improperly recruited O.J. Mayo . . . Boston College guard Nicole Boudreau of Andover High was named to two ACC all-freshman teams, one voted on by media and one by coaches.
Brooks finds return route to Houston
Aaron Brooks is back with Houston, returning to the team that drafted him with the 26th overall pick in 2007. The Rockets traded Brooks in February 2011 and have since changed coaches and completely rebuilt the roster. Brooks was waived by Sacramento on Friday. To make room, the Rockets waived forward Tyler Honeycutt . . . US District Judge Sidney Fitzwater issued an order rejecting Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s request for summary judgment against the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC accused Cuban in 2008 of selling shares in Internet search company Mamma.com after receiving confidential information about a private stock offering at a discounted rate. The SEC’s lawsuit says Cuban avoided losses of more than $750,000 by selling when he did . . . Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was fined $25,000 by the NBA for striking Blake Griffin of the Clippers in the groin area during Sunday’s game . . . The NBA downgraded a Flagrant-2 foul on Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea to a Flagrant-1 foul. Barea was ejected in Monday’s fourth quarter after a foul on Heat guard Ray Allen.