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76ers’ center Joel Embiid needs surgery, out indefinitely

Injured Philadelphia 76er center Joel Embiid has some challenges ahead.MATT SLOCUM/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will need surgery on an orbital fracture of his left eye and he has a concussion from an injury suffered Wednesday when he was accidentally head-butted by teammate Markelle Fultz. There was no timetable Thursday on how long Embiid would be out . . . Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will need four months to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, according to the team. Thomas will be a free agent by the time he recovers from the procedure, but he has expressed interest in staying with the Lakers . . . Pistons forward Blake Griffin missed Thursday’s game against the Washington Wizards in Detroit because of an ankle injury . . . In his first game since a six-game absence to recover from a rib injury, Kevin Durant picked up two quick technical fouls late in the first half of the Golden State Warriors’ 116-107 loss the Milwaukee Bucks and was ejected from the game in the second quarter, ESPN reported . . . Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, and Grant Hill were notified of their election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield as part of the Class of 2018, ESPN reported. The full class will be revealed Saturday at the Final Four in San Antonio.


AP honors Brunson, Bennett

Villanova junior point guard Jalen Brunson was named the Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year . . . The AP picked Virginia's Tony Bennett as men's college basketball coach of the year after a season that ended with the Cavaliers losing to UMBC to become the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16-seed in NCAA Tournament history . . . Penn State won its first NIT basketball championship since 2009 with an 82-66 victory over Utah at Madison Square Garden in New York City . . . Providence College junior hockey forward Erik Foley of Mansfield agreed to terms on a three-year entry level contract with the St. Louis Blues, forgoing his senior season . . . NCAA leaders expect to receive recommendations for reforming college basketball by April 25 and have pledged to quickly implement changes while preserving the status quo when it comes to amateurism, NCAA president Mark Emmert said during his annual state of the association news conference at the Final Four.



Holland, Cardinals reach deal

A person familiar with the deal told the AP that All-Star closer Greg Holland and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $14 million, one-year contract . . . Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was put on the 60-day disabled list because of bone spurs in his right heel, retroactive to March 28. Tulowitzki suffered a season-ending ankle injury last July 28 and has not played since . . . Former All-Star Rusty Staub died at 73 after an illness in West Beach, Fla. He played 23 seasons in the majors. . . . The average major league salary on Opening Day fell 0.9 percent to $4.41 million from last year’s starting figure of $4.45 million, according to a study by the AP.



Stephens makes Miami final

US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Victoria Azarenka, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, to reach the women’s final of the Miami Open tennis tournament on Saturday in Key Biscayne, Fla. Stephens’ opponent in the final will be Jelena Ostapenko, who beat American qualifier Danielle Collins, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, in the other semifinal . . . Nevada boxing regulators filed a formal complaint against Canelo Alvarez for doping violations, putting his May 5 middleweight title rematch with Gennady Golovkin in jeopardy. Alvarez could be suspended for a year for testing positive twice for the performance-enhancing drug Clenbuterol.