Nashville’s Rinne out at least a month
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss at least four weeks after he has another procedure on his surgically repaired hip to clear up an infection. The Predators announced that Rinne was set for arthroscopic surgery late Thursday. Rinne had surgery on his left hip May 9 and recovered in time to start the season. General manager David Poile said Rinne felt something was wrong Tuesday night after the Predators returned from Minnesota. The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist is 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Carter Hutton, formerly of UMass-Lowell, takes over in goal for Nashville. He has two career starts in the NHL . . . The Penguins will keep rookie defenseman Olli Maatta, opting not to send the 19-year-old back to his junior team. Maatta has one goal and two assists in nine games.
BU well-regarded in 1st Patriot season
Patriot League newcomer Boston University was selected third and Holy Cross fourth in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Terriers, formerly of America East, got three first-place votes. Senior forward Rashidat Agboola of BU and senior guard Alex Smith of Holy Cross were selected to the preseason all-league team . . . Harvard got three first-place votes in finishing second in the Ivy League preseason media poll, trailing only four-time defending league champion Princeton. The Crimson finished 21-9 and made a WNIT appearance last season . . . Jim Lewis was hired by Georgetown as interim coach, replacing Keith Brown, who resigned after an investigation into players’ accusations of unprofessional conduct and inappropriate language. Lewis was an assistant coach and scout for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, whom he left in May . . . The NCAA committee is backing a move to play the Final Four two days earlier, starting next season, switching to a Friday-Sunday format, and decided that the top 16 seeds should host the first two rounds of games, starting next year. The regionals would move to a neutral site.
Moore superb in CIMB opening round
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ryan Moore had 10 birdies in a nearly blemish-free round to shoot a 9-under-par 63 and take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the CIMB Classic. Keegan Bradley had seven birdies to finish two strokes back in second. Phil Mickelson, playing for the first time since the Presidents Cup, had two errant drives off the tee that led to double bogeys and an overall score of 1-under 71 . . . Luke Guthrie took 19 putts — one short of the European Tour record — chipped in twice, and had a 7-under 65 at the BMW Masters in Shanghai. He was three shots up on John Daly, playing for the first time since surgery in July to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow. Another shot back was Peter Uihlein, rounding out an all-American top three . . . Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Sunrise Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan, as she tries to close the gap to Inbee Park atop the LPGA rankings.
Williams rolls in season-ending event
In Istanbul, top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Championships by sweeping Petra Kvitova, 6-2, 6-3. Williams, the defending champion, won all three matches in her group without dropping a set. She’s bidding for her fourth title in the eight-woman, season-ending tournament. Earlier, Li Na outlasted Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, for her second victory and eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber upset No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-2, to remain in contention for the semifinals. Radwanska was eliminated.
NASCAR discusses qualifying changes
NASCAR told its racers it is considering eliminating single-car qualifying next season in an overhaul that would likely implement road course-style qualifying at all but Daytona and Talladega. Drivers from all three national series met with top officials for almost two hours at the R&D Center in Concord, N.C., to discuss several different ideas under consideration for 2014. The only thing officially announced by NASCAR was that it will mandate baseline concussion testing for drivers starting next season . . . The Toronto Raptors exercised third-year team options on the entry-level contracts of promising center Jonas Valanciunas and high-flying guard Terrence Ross, extending them through the 2014-15 season . . . Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for elbowing Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka in the face. Morris was ejected in Tuesday night’s 88-76 exhibition win.