The University of Connecticut said Saturday that women’s basketball guard Paige Bueckers underwent surgery on her right ankle Friday. The procedure was needed to fix an osteochondral defect, which is joint damage that involves both bone and cartilage. The school said the surgery was successful and Bueckers should be ready for the preseason in September. Bueckers rolled her right ankle against Tennessee on Jan. 21 and missed one game, two days later vs. Georgetown. A UConn spokeswoman said the ankle issue predated the Tennessee game. As a freshman this past season, Bueckers led the Huskies in scoring (20.0 points per game), 3-point percentage (46.4), assists (5.8), steals (2.3), and minutes played (36.2) this past season. She won the Naismith, Wooden, AP, espnW, and USBWA player of the year awards after leading UConn to a 28-2 record, losing to Arizona in the national semifinals … New LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey has persuaded one of her top former Baylor recruits to follow her move to the Lady Tigers. Hannah Gusters, a former McDonald’s All-American who was among the top rated high school centers in the nation in 2020, is transferring to LSU after one year with the Bears … According to reports, Coastal Carolina transfer DeVante’ Jones, the Sun Belt Player of the Year in men’s basketball and one of the top point guards in the portal, committed to Michigan.
Virtanen facing sexual misconduct allegations
The Vancouver Canucks placed right wing Jake Virtanen on leave ahead of Saturday night’s game at Toronto following allegations of sexual misconduct. The team said in a statement it “does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously.” The Canucks added that they have “engaged external expertise” to assist in an independent investigation and are awaiting more information. The NHL said it is aware of the unspecified allegations and will not comment until the investigation is complete. Neither Virtanen nor his representatives could immediately be reached for comment. Virtanen, 24, was drafted sixth overall by Vancouver in 2014. He has five goals in 38 games this season … Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots for his league-leading seventh shutout of the season as the New York Islanders beat the visiting Rangers, 3-0, to clinch a playoff spot for the third straight year.
Manchester City closes in on title
Sergio Aguero is leaving Manchester City after the season, but his stunning goal in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in London, pushed the team to the brink of another English Premier League title. The Argentine striker showed his scoring instincts are still sharp after 10 years with the club by rifling a finish into the roof of the net in the 57th minute, his record-extending 258th goal for City. Just 84 seconds later, Ferran Torres, 21, scored the 10th goal of his debut season in England. Manchester City could clinch its third league title in four years as early as Sunday if second-place Manchester United loses at home to Liverpool. If United wins or draws, the next opportunity for City to secure the crown will come next Saturday at home against Chelsea … Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi scored to give Inter Milan a 2-0 win at Crotone and a chance to clinch the Italian Serie A before the weekend ends. Inter moved 13 points clear of city rival AC Milan with four games to play. If third-place Atalanta doesn’t win at Sassuolo on Sunday, Inter will seal its first league title since 2010, which would end a nine-year stranglehold by Juventus … American Gio Reyna scored the first two goals as host Borussia Dortmund reached the German Cup final with a dominant 5-0 win over second-tier German club Holstein Kiel. Dortmund will play Leipzig in the final in Berlin on May 13 … Burak Yilmaz and Mehmet Celik scored as host Lille showed it is a serious contender to win the French league with three games remaining by beating Nice, 2-0, to stay a point ahead of defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, which scraped by visiting Lens, 2-1 … American midfielder Brenden Aaronson scored the second goal of the game, and Red Bull Salzburg beat LASK, 3-0, at Klagenfurt to win its third straight Austrian Cup.
Barty, Swiatek advance in Madrid
Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek, the last two French Open women’s champions, will meet in the last 16 of the Madrid Open. The top-ranked Barty beat 80th-ranked Tamara Zidansek, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, in their second-round match. Barty struggled with her first serves, but struck nine aces and saved nine break points. Swiatek brushed aside Laura Siegemund, 6-3, 6-3. Three-time Madrid champion Petra Kvitova also advanced by beating Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 7-5, in another battle of Grand Slam winners. Also, Ons Jabeur rallied to beat American Sloane Stephens, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 … Nikoloz Basilashvili set up a meeting with Jan-Lennard Struff in the Munich Open final by winning two matches, beating Norbert Gombos, 6-4, 6-4, in a quarterfinal that was suspended because of rain Friday, then blowing away Casper Ruud, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals. Struff made his first tour final after ending a seven-match losing run in semifinals by stopping qualifier Ilya Ivashka, 6-4, 6-1. At 44th in the world, Struff shed his record of being the highest-ranked men’s player yet to have played an ATP singles final … Scott Dixon dominated at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, winning the first of two races on consecutive days at the IndyCar Series’ first oval track this season. Dixon passed polesitter Alex Palou at the start of the third lap of the Genesys 300 and went on to lead 206 of 212 laps for his 51st career victory, finishing .2646 seconds ahead of Scott McLaughlin, a 27-year-old IndyCar rookie in his first oval race … Valtteri Bottas took pole position for Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimao, denying Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a record-extending 100th Formula One pole. Bottas was .007 seconds ahead of Hamilton and .34 ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.