The Lakers are facing both a 2-0 deficit to the Spurs in their first-round series and a disintegrating back court because of injuries. Starting guard Steve Blake is out indefinitely with a strained right hamstring, and starting point guard Steve Nash is listed as doubtful for Game 3 on Friday after tweaking his hamstring and back. Top reserve Jodie Meeks is also doubtful with a sprained ankle. That leaves Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, and Chris Duhon as healthy options for coach Mike D’Antoni . . . An NBA spokesman confirmed that the committee deciding whether the Kings should be sold and relocated to Seattle will hold a meeting via conference call Monday. Whenever the committee issues a recommendation, NBA owners will have at least seven business days to review the report before a vote can take place . . . Rockets guard Jeremy Lin is listed as day to day with a bruised right chest muscle he sustained in Wednesday’s Game 2 loss to the Thunder . . . Creighton forward Doug McDermott will return to school for his senior year instead of declaring for June’s NBA draft . . . The founder of an investment firm that handled the National Basketball Players Association’s investments and finances has been charged with attempted wire fraud. Federal prosecutors in New York unveiled the complaint against Ohio-based Prim Capital Corporation founder Joseph Lombardo . . . Former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. ESPN said that Phelps had surgery and will start follow-up treatment next week near his home in South Bend, Ind.
MLB will not stop season for Olympics
Major League Baseball won’t change its schedule to boost the sport’s chances of getting back into the Olympics. IOC president Jacques Rogge said baseball should make its top athletes available, as they are in basketball and hockey, to boost the sport’s chance of readmission for 2020. Speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors, commissioner Bud Selig said: ‘‘We can’t stop our season in August.’’ . . . The original contract signed by Mickey Mantle for the 1960 season will be auctioned off and proceeds from the sale will be donated to a New Jersey relief fund for Hurricane Sandy . . . Two-time Cy Young Award winner Brett Saberhagen said he is putting memorabilia up for auction and the proceeds will go to his foundation and children .
MLS nears expansion to New York City
Major League Soccer hopes to announce plans in four to six weeks for a stadium in Queens for a 20th team. The league and New York City have been involved in negotiations to build a stadium on a site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. MLS hopes a team there would start play in 2016 and be rivals of the New York Red Bulls, who play in Harrison, N.J. . . . MLS decided goal-line technology is over the line — the league’s budget line. The technology is likely to cost about $260,000 per stadium to install, and $3,900 per game to operate . . . Liverpool’s manager believes Luis Suarez is being victimized by English soccer authorities. Brendan Rodgers said the striker’s 10-match ban for biting an opponent has ‘‘absolutely no intention towards helping a rehabilitation of the player’’ . . . A new inquest into the Hillsborough Stadium disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans in 1989 will take place next year. The High Court in London quashed the original accidental death verdicts in December after secret documents examined by an independent panel uncovered a cover-up by police.
USADA seeks Armstrong cooperation
The head of the US Anti-Doping Agency wants Lance Armstrong to come forward with information about his doping operation and the alleged complicity of cycling’s governing body. Travis Tygart appeared at a French government hearing in Paris to discuss ways to improve the fight against doping. Cycling’s ruling body has been accused of covering up suspicious samples from Armstrong. During the hearing, Tygart said he had ‘‘evidence of the UCI’s involvement in this affair,’’ and Armstrong could hold the key to revealing the extent of that involvement . . . The United States will face Iran in a wrestling exhibition in Los Angeles next month, an effort to get the sport back into the Olympics. Iran’s wrestlers are making their first trip to the United States in 10 years . . . Matt Kenseth spoke out one day after his team was slapped with some of the harshest penalties in NASCAR history because his race-winning car at Kansas last week failed postrace inspection. ‘‘I think the penalties are grossly unfair,’’ Kenseth said. ‘‘I think it’s borderline shameful.’’ Kenseth was docked 50 driver points in the standings . . . The British Horseracing Authority banned Mahmood al-Zarooni for eight years after he admitted giving anabolic steroids to 15 of his horses at Godolphin stables in Newmarket, England.