Bryant in Germany for knee procedure
Kobe Bryant is heading overseas to have a medical procedure unrelated to the torn Achilles’ tendon he sustained in April. The Lakers said Thursday that Bryant is expected to return early next week. The Los Angeles Times cited people with knowledge of the situation as saying that Bryant is in Germany again and will have a knee procedure that involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Bryant went to Germany twice in 2011 for the procedure on his sore right knee and a sore left ankle that bothered him at the time . . . Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has a hip flexor strain and is day-to-day. Aldridge sustained the injury during Wednesday night’s practice . . . The Ontario government has pitched in $500,000 to help the Raptors host the 2016 NBA All-Star game. The Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment company, which owns the Raptors, got the grant through the ‘‘Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster’’ program . . . Sergei Belov, the Soviet basketball great who helped his team beat the United States in the epic 1972 Olympic final in Munich, died Thursday in Perm, Russia. He was 69. No cause was given.
Avalanche coach Roy fined $10,000
Patrick Roy got into a screaming match with an opposing coach, pushed over a glass partition, received a game misconduct, and was reprimanded by the NHL. Quite an eventful start to his coaching career with the Avalanche. On Wednesday, Roy lost his cool shortly after the final horn in a 6-1 win over Anaheim, yelling at Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and then pounding on the glass partition separating the two benches. The league punished Roy for his outburst with a $10,000 fine. Roy was angry about a knee-on-knee hit on Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon
Djokovic, Williams advance in Beijing
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams overcame tough challenges to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open in Beijing. Djokovic outlasted Fernando Verdasco, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, while Williams saved three set points in the first set before beating Maria Kirilenko, 7-5, 7-5, for her 70th match win of the year. Djokovic will next take on American Sam Querrey, who upset sixth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) . . . Third-seeded Milos Raonic overpowered Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open in Tokyo. Raonic, coming off a win at the Thailand Open, had 17 aces in the match. Defending champion Kei Nishikori, who beat Raonic in last year’s final, beat Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, to advance.
Korda shares lead in LPGA Classic
American Jessica Korda and South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi shot 9-under 64 to share the lead after the first round of the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing, four strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Stacy Lewis (68) was in a tie for third place with Hee Young Park and Hee Kyung Seo . . . Continental Europe had a solid start in the Seve Trophy in Saint-Nome-La-Breteche, France, with a two-point lead against Britain & Ireland after the opening-day fourballs. Europe, which lost the last six meetings and is trying to win for the first time since the inaugural contest in 2000, won three of the five pairings.
Uchimura claims all-around at Worlds
Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura won a record fourth all-around world championship, beating Japanese compatriot Ryohei Kato in Antwerp, Belgium, in a final that had a sense of inevitability from the start. Uchimura opened with the best floor exercise of the six top qualifiers, and was in command the rest of the way, finishing with 91.990 points. In the contest for the other medals, Sam Mikulak of the United States made a decisive error late in his high bar routine and instead of challenging for silver he ended up sixth . . . New York City Marathon spectators will still be allowed to carry bags into the finish area. There will be barriers around Central Park, with limited entry points with bag checks. Bomb-sniffing dogs will also be roaming around in an effort to enhance security in response to the Boston Marathon bombings . . . FIFA has received applications for more than 4.5 million tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a week before the first phase of sales ends. Organizers expect a total of nearly 3.3 million tickets to be available, but only about 1 million are offered in the first stage of sales . . . ESPN has ended the X Games in four international cities because of the cost. The network said it remains committed to the X Games in Aspen, Colo., and Austin, Texas . . . Incoming leaders of Norway’s new government say they will end a 32-year ban on professional boxing when the right-wing coalition takes office next week . . . Keeneland’s fall meet will open Friday and runs through Oct. 26, with races running Wednesday through Sunday.