Kentucky center and Everett native Nerlens Noel, who was projected to be an NBA lottery pick, is ‘‘doing fine’’ after surgery Tuesday on his left knee to repair a torn ACL. Wildcats coach John Calipari provided the update in a post on his Facebook account Wednesday. He said Noel called him after Tuesday’s operation, which was performed by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Noel’s rehabilitation is expected to take 6-8 months . . . Michael Cooper quit as the University of Southern California women’s basketball coach after four seasons . . . University of Connecticut women’s hockey coach Heather Linstad resigned. Linstad built the program at UConn. She was hired when the team was established for the 2000-01 season. She has a career record of 322-290-31 in her 13 seasons at Connecticut and eight at Northeastern, ranking sixth on the NCAA Division 1 wins list.
Jeter, Pettitte return for Yankees
Derek Jeter was back at shortstop for the first time since ankle surgery last fall and Andy Pettitte returned to the mound in the New York Yankees’ 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa. Jeter played four innings and turned a grounder into a forceout. Pettitte allowed one run and four hits over three-plus innings . . . The Royals sent former No. 1 overall draft pick Luke Hochevar to the bullpen after more than five seasons of shaky results in the starting rotation . . . Indians reliever Frank Herrmann had Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2013 season.
Ducks’ Perry banned for four games
Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry was suspended for four games without pay for a high, late check on Minnesota’s Jason Zucker. Zucker was leveled by a violent hit from Perry in the second period nearly a full second after he passed the puck in Tuesday’s 2-1 win by the Ducks. Perry hit Zucker in the head with his elbow as they collided, and Zucker was down for several minutes before slowly leaving the ice.
Love’s Timberwolves return delayed
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love met with a specialist to examine his surgically repaired right hand, and it appears he will not hit the court again until April rather than the middle of March, which is what was hoped for when he broke his hand for a second time Jan. 8. Love has not been cleared for contact or full practice yet and his next evaluation by doctors won’t come for 2-3 weeks. Love has only played in 18 games this season . . . Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani is expected to miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury he suffered in Toronto’s 118-116 loss to the Lakers last Friday.
US women win soccer’s Algarve Cup
The United States women’s soccer team won the prestigious Algarve Cup for the ninth time, beating Germany, 2-0, in the final at Faro, Portugal thanks to two goals from Alex Morgan . . . Natalie Gulbis withdrew from the LPGA Founders Cup because of malaria contracted during the tour’s Asian swing. The LPGA Tour and the International Management Group said that Gulbis is being treated at home in Las Vegas and is expected to be at full strength in three weeks . . . US Davis Cup captain Jim Courier plans to face No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Serbia in the quarterfinals with the same group — Sam Querrey, John Isner, twins Bob and Mike Bryan — that beat Brazil in the first round. The United States hosts Serbia in Boise on April 5-7. The matches will be played on an indoor hard court.