The Red Wings don’t expect Henrik Zetterberg to play again during the regular season. Zetterberg had back surgery Friday in New York to remove a fragmented disk. The Red Wings and Swedish Olympic team captain played once at the Sochi Games before pulling out because of the injury. Detroit general manager Ken Holland is hopeful Zetterberg’s back injury does not prematurely end his career. The team announced that Zetterberg’s status would be evaluated again in eight weeks. The regular season ends April 13, the playoffs begin April 16. He has 16 goals and 32 assists — both team highs — in 45 games. He missed most of December because of his back injury . . . Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin is expected to miss a few weeks with an ankle injury suffered while playing for Russia in Sochi. The 30-year-old has four goals and 20 assists for the Blue Jackets.
Report: Knicks to buy out World Peace
The Knicks are in serious discussions with Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih about buying out their contracts, a person with knowledge of the details said. World Peace wrote on his Twitter account that his agent was working on a buyout and thanked fans. Neither veteran has earned a place in coach Mike Woodson’s rotation in his first season in New York . . . LeBron James sat out practice Saturday with a broken nose that could keep him out of Sunday’s game against Chicago. James will be fitted for a protective mask and likely will wear it if he plays against the Bulls.
Minnesota gives Kill extension, raise
Minnesota gave coach Jerry Kill a raise and another year on his contract. The university announced that Kill’s deal was extended through the 2018 season and that he’ll make $2.1 million in 2014, a big spike from his previous salary of $1.2 million. That was the lowest in the Big Ten. Kill has been hampered by epilepsy, and seizures forced him to miss a game for the first time last October. He coached much of the season from the press box. The Gophers are 17-21 under Kill, who took over in 2011 . . . Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had minor outpatient surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder on Friday morning at the Ohio State University Medical Center. The Big Ten’s offensive player of the year will be limited in his activities throughout spring drills . . . The University of Miami said it will investigate a possible secondary NCAA rule violation by the football program. The matter involves at least one assistant coach watching a voluntary workout from a distance Friday.
Ravens GM troubled by Rice video
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome expressed concern after watching an online video that shows running back Ray Rice dragging a woman out of a casino elevator last weekend though he is withholding judgment on his star player until the team collects more information about the incident. Newsome acknowledged he watched the TMZ video online and that it ‘‘doesn’t look good.’’ Rice was charged with simple assault after allegedly knocking out his fiancee during an argument last weekend in Atlantic City. Rice’s fiancee, Janay Palmer, also was charged with simple assault . . . Venus Williams won her 45th career WTA title at the Dubai Championships in an impressive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Alize Cornet in the United Arab Emirates. The 44th-ranked Williams, playing courtesy of a wild card, also won in 2009 and 2010 . . . Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will face Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final of Brazil’s Rio Open. Nadal survived a scare before defeating Pablo Andujar, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (12-10). Dolgopolov beat second-seeded David Ferrer, 6-4, 6-4, for only the second time in eight meetings . . . In Marseille, France, defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga survived 117th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff to win 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, setting up an Open 13 final against Ernests Gulbis, after he upset top-seeded Richard Gasquet, 6-3, 6-2 . . . Kevin Anderson defeated American qualifier Steve Johnson, 6-2, 6-4, to reach the final of the Delray Beach Open in Florida. Anderson faces the winner of the John Isner-Marin Cilic match . . . Ronda Rousey’s knee to Sara McMann (7-1) scored her a TKO victory just 1:06 into the first round in the main event of UFC 170 in Las Vegas. Rousey (9-0) was defending her bantamweight title.