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    Lightning lose Victor Hedman for 3-6 weeks

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will be out of action for a few weeks with a knee injury.

    The Tampa Bay Lightning lost All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman for three to six weeks with a lower-body injury. Tests confirmed the severity of the injury, which looked like it might have been much worse when Hedman was helped from the ice following a knee-to-knee collision with Calgary’s Garnet Hathaway on Thursday night. Hedman, who’s in his ninth NHL season, was hit on the side of his left knee and could not put any weight on his left skate as he headed to the bench late in the second period of a 5-1 loss to the Flames. The Lightning, who have a league-best record of 31-10-3, don’t play again until hosting Las Vegas on Thursday. Hedman, third in Norris Trophy balloting last season, has six goals and 27 assists in 44 games.

    Colleges

    Northeastern women knock off No. 2 BC

    The Northeastern women’s hockey team (12-9-2, 8-6-1 WHEA) earned its second victory over a top-two opponent this season with a 4-2 upset over No. 2 Boston College (18-2-3, 12-1-3) at Kelley Rink. The Huskies previously knocked off No. 1 Wisconsin on Nov. 24. Senior Lauren Kelly, redshirt junior Tori Sullivan, sophomore Andrea Renner, and senior Taytum Clairmont scored for Northeastern, while junior Brittany Bugalski stopped 26 shots. Northeastern is the only team to beat Boston College in its last 80 games at Kelley Rink, claiming two wins over that span (73-2-5) . . . UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma said freshman Andra Espinoza-Hunter has decided to transfer out of the program. The 5-foot-10-inch guard was last year’s high school New York Gatorade Player of the Year and Co-Miss New York State Basketball. She was part of a highly-touted recruiting class that also included small forwards Megan Walker and Alexis Gordon, and guard Mikayla Coombs. Espinoza-Hunter has not been with the team since the end of the fall academic semester last month. Auriemma had said she went home to ‘‘deal with some personal issues.’’ . . . UConn football coach Randy Edsall hired former Bears assistant coach John Dunn to be the Huskies’ offensive coordinator. Dunn replaces Rhett Lashlee, who left after just one year on the job to take the same position at SMU. The school says Dunn, who will also coach the quarterbacks, agreed to a two-year contract worth $300,000 per year . . . Quarterback Jacob Eason is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost the starting job to freshman Jake Fromm. Eason started for Georgia last season as a freshman, and he began this season as the No. 1 signal-caller ahead of Fromm, but a knee injury in the opener against Appalachian State knocked Eason out of the lineup. Fromm guided the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record, their first Southeastern Conference title since 2005, a thrilling victory in the Rose Bowl, and a spot in the national championship game against Alabama . . . North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines is skipping his final season to enter the NFL Draft. Hines ran for 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the nine-win Wolfpack and was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick. Hines was also a Wolfpack track star — an ACC champion and All-American running the leadoff leg for the school’s 4x100-meter relay team.

    Basketball

    NBA slaps Hood with fine

    Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood was fined $35,000 by the NBA for slapping a phone out of a fan’s hand. Hood was forced to leave Wednesday’s game against the Wizards after receiving a second technical foul. He knocked the phone out of a fan’s hand while walking past the man who was sitting courtside and looked to be recording Hood exiting the court. The incident took place with 2:21 left in the third quarter of a 107-104 Jazz victory at Washington.

    TENNIS

    Kerber, Barty to meet in Sydney final

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    Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sydney International final. Kerber, a former No. 1 and the 2016 Australian Open champion, won all four singles at the Hopman Cup and now all four in Sydney en route to the final. She will face Ashleigh Barty, who beat Australian compatriot Daria Gavrilova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the other semifinal. In men’s semifinals, qualifier Daniil Medvedev booked a spot in the final by upsetting fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Medvedev will next play Australian 18-year-old Alex de Minaur, who defeated Benoit Paire, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. The 167th-ranked de Minaur, who will play his first ATP Tour final on Saturday, advanced to the Brisbane International semifinals last week.

    Soccer

    Another comeback for Landon Donovan

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    Landon Donovan, widely considered the most accomplished player in American soccer history, is coming out of retirement for the second time in three years, this time to join Club Leon in Mexico. The Liga MX team announced Donovan’s return to soccer on Twitter. Donovan will play for Leon in the Mexican Clausura tournament, although more details on his signing were not provided. The 35-year-old is the career scoring leader in Major League Soccer and for the US national team. He returned to the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer in September of 2016 following a 21-month retirement and appeared in nine games. He hasn’t played professionally since Nov. 6, 2016. Donovan is the third player signed by Leon for the Clausura tournament along with Argentinian Emanuel Cecchini and Jamaican Giles Barnes . . . The Portland Thorns of the NWSL acquired Brazilian midfielder Andressinha from the Houston Dash in exchange for forward Savannah Jordan. Andressinha, 22, had two goals and three assists last season, her third with the Dash. She has made 21 appearances with the Brazilian national team, playing in both the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Jordan was the 18th overall pick in last year’s NWSL draft after a standout career at Florida. The trade comes a day after Portland traded midfielder Allie Long to the Seattle Reign in exchange for the rights to Australian forward Caitlin Foord and a conditional 2020 draft pick . . . The French league has suspended goal-line technology in its competitions following more glitches during League Cup quarterfinals. The LFP informed the company GoalControl ‘‘of the immediate suspension’’ of its technology following ‘‘two more technical failings’’ in matches, it said in a statement late Thursday. The French league already said last month it wanted improvements after expressing ‘‘dissatisfaction with the failures’’ in several matches with GoalControl, the same system used at the 2014 World Cup. FIFA has yet to confirm whether GoalControl will be used in Russia at a second straight World Cup. It took referee Nicolas Rainville about a minute to confirm Paris Saint-Germain’s second goal in the 2-0 win over Amiens on Wednesday. Adrien Rabiot headed in the second goal but the referee’s watch, which normally vibrates to indicate a goal, did not work, and he had to consult with video assistant referees to validate the goal. Another incident marred Montpellier’s 1-0 win in Angers, where the technology wrongly made the referee’s watch vibrate. Didier Quillot, the league general director, said the service provided by GoalControl was not reliable at the moment, and hinted French football authorities could end the partnership. ‘‘We are going to look at what is available on the market,’’ Quillot said. ‘‘There are other providers, not only GoalControl.’’ Goal-line technology entered soccer after a goal was wrongly disallowed at the 2010 World Cup. FIFA is focused on fast-tracking the next phase of technology — video assistant referees — for the World Cup in June . . . Saudi women were allowed into a sports stadium for the first time Friday to watch a soccer match between local teams — though they were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called ‘‘family section.’’ The move was the first of Saudi Arabia’s social reforms planned for this year to ease restrictions on women, spearheaded by the kingdom’s 32-year-old crown prince. The kingdom has also announced that starting in June women will be allowed to drive, lifting the world’s only ban on female drivers. At the Jiddah stadium Friday, young Saudi women wearing bright orange vests over their abayas were deployed to help with the female crowds. ‘‘Welcome to Saudi families,’’ read a sign in Arabic erected across the section of the stadium reserved for women.