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Last Update on February 26, 2015 23:41 GMT


CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls say Derrick Rose will have surgery Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. The team added that a timetable for his return will be determined after the operation.

The 2011 NBA MVP played in only 10 games last season before having surgery for a similar injury in November 2013. He was averaging 18 points and five assists when he was diagnosed with the latest injury on Tuesday.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Pacers two-time All-Star forward Paul George has finished his first full practice since his compound fracture of his right leg. It's still unclear when George will play in games, and neither George nor coach Frank Vogel would give a timetable for that. George says his leg feels good and he hopes to return this season.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison will be out at least another month after he undergoes surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury. Collison has missed the past seven games with what the team said was a strained right hip flexor. He is averaging a career-high 16.1 points to go with 5.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds.


UNDATED (AP) -- It's quality over quantity in the NBA tonight with just two games on tap. Two of the league's hottest teams are in action, as is the league's top club.

The NBA-leading Golden State Warriors are in Cleveland against a Cavaliers team that has won 17 of its last 19 games. The Warriors bring a 44-10 record into the contest and a four-game lead over Memphis in the Western Conference. Golden State also sports the league's best road record at 20-8.

The Cavs have surged up the Eastern Conference standings and current sit in a tie for third with Chicago at 36-22.

The other game is in Phoenix and features the Suns against the sizzling Oklahoma City Thunder. OKC enters the game riding a seven-game winning streak, with wins in nine of their last 10. Their recent success has put the Thunder in the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, two games ahead of New Orleans and 2 1/2 games better than the Suns.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Former Louisville guard Chris Jones has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy, days after being dismissed from the team. It's the latest turn over eight tumultuous days for Jones, who was dismissed from the team Sunday. That came three days after he was reinstated following a one-game suspension on Feb. 17 for violating an unspecified team rule. Coach Rick Pitino (pih-TEE'-noh) said Jones returned to the team after meeting unspecified conditions for reinstatement.

University police say the allegations involved two women, and the rape is said to have occurred this past Saturday at a private apartment off campus. That was the same day Jones made his return and scored 17 points in a victory over Miami before his dismissal was announced a day later.

Two others are charged in the alleged attack on the second woman.


UNDATED (AP) -- Third-ranked Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) is the highest ranked men's college basketball in action tonight as the Bulldogs host San Diego. Gonzaga is 28-1, the only 28-game winner besides top-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky.

In other games tonight, seventh-ranked Arizona is at Colorado, No. 13 Utah is home to Arizona State and 21st-ranked SMU visits Memphis.


UNDATED (AP) -- Adrian Peterson is a step closer to playing in the NFL again after a federal judge cleared the way for the Minnesota Vikings running back to be reinstated.

U.S. District Judge David Doty has ruled that an NFL arbitrator "failed to meet his duty" in Peterson's child abuse case that shook the league. The league suspended Peterson through at least April 15 under its personal conduct policy.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran cornerback Will Blackmon, who played eight games last season before a finger injury that landed him on injured reserve. He finished with 28 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Blackmon has played eight years in the league, spending time with Green Bay, the New York Giants and Seattle.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have waived veteran tight end Anthony Fasano, who had 25 receptions for 253 yards and four touchdowns last season. The move frees up about $2 million in salary cap space as the Chiefs try to retain All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston. Kansas City likely will have to place the franchise tag on Houston, but the team needs to free up cap space by Monday's deadline.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- One of the NHL's all-time leading scorers is on the move.

The Florida Panthers have acquired veteran forward Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) from the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional third-rounder in 2016. Jagr is fifth in NHL history with 1,784 points and sixth with 716 goals, one behind Phil Esposito. Jagr has scored 11 goals and 29 points in 59 games this season.


UNDATED (AP) -- The league-leading Nashville Predators have been almost unbeatable at home. They have gone 15-1-0 on home ice since December 16 and host the Minnesota Wild tonight. The Preds lead the league with 89 points, while the Wild are a point out of a Western Conference playoff spot.

The top team in the East remains Montreal with 83 points heading into the Canadiens' game against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

The New York Rangers are tied for third in the East and second in the Metropolitan Division with 80 points, two behind the Islanders. The Blueshirts are 9-1-2 this month and carry a three-game winning streak into tonight's game against the Arizona Coyotes, losers of seven straight.

Chicago is at Florida, the Blackhawks' first game since placing leading scorer Patrick Kane on long-term injured reserve with a broken left collarbone suffered in Tuesday's shootout win over the Panthers in Chicago. The Panthers are two points behind Boston in the battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The St. Louis Blues start a five-game road trip tonight in Winnipeg. As a matter of fact the Blues will play 11 of their next 14 games on the road.

The remaining games this evening feature Vancouver at Buffalo, the Maple Leafs home to the Flyers, Ottawa in L.A. to play the Kings and Detroit at San Jose. For the Wings, this is the third of a three-game Western road trip. The Sharks have fallen on hard times as they have dropped three of four and are 3-6-2 this month.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers are keeping their closer.

A person familiar with the agreement says the Brewers will re-sign free-agent closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million contract.

The 33-year-old Rodriguez revived his career last season by converting 44 of 49 save opportunities while going 5-5 with a 3.04 ERA. The move solidifies a bullpen in which presumed closer Jonathan Broxton now figures to move back into a setup role.


JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain, but the St. Louis ace could be available to pitch the team's opener at Wrigley Field on April 5.

Wainwright strained the muscle on Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack. He walked off a practice field Tuesday following the team's stretch, returned to St. Louis on Wednesday and was examined by Dr. Michael Brunt on Thursday.

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