Warriors star guard out with concussion
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen (STEH'-fahn) Curry will not play for the Golden State Warriors against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night because of what the team is calling a "mild concussion."
Curry was injured in the fourth quarter of Golden State's 98-87 victory at Utah last night. The star point guard left the game after hitting his head on the court in a scramble for a loose ball.
The Warriors say that Curry's only symptom was a headache, which had since dissipated. His status is day to day.
Curry is averaging 19.9 points, 8.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game this season.
Grizzlies guard suspended one game
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has suspended Grizzlies guard Tony Allen one game without pay for kicking Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face.
Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, announced the penalty Tuesday.
Allen was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected after his left leg caught Paul's face with 1:51 left in the first quarter of Memphis' 106-102 win over the Clippers last night in Los Angeles.
He will sit out the Grizzlies' next game Wednesday night when Memphis visits Golden State.
Wade out tonight Heat try for four in a row
UNDATED (AP) — The top game in the NBA has Atlanta at Miami. The Heat, on a three-game winning streak, has a full game lead over the Hawks in the Southeast Division. Atlanta has won its last two.
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade is not playing for the Heat in their game against the Hawks. It's the second time this season he's been held out for rest purposes.
Wade also missed the second game of the season in Philadelphia. He is not dealing with an injury, but the Heat are being mindful of wear-and-tear on his knees.
Houston hosts Boston. The Rockets, at 7-4, have won their last two. Boston, off to a 4-7 start, tries to break a three-game losing streak.
The rest of the games have Minnesota at Washington, Detroit home to the New York Knicks and Phoenix visiting Sacramento
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Hudson now a Giant...AP source: Twins ink Hawkins
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have finalized a $23 million, two-year contract with free-agent pitcher Tim Hudson, who began his career with Oakland.
Hudson made his major league debut with the Athletics in 1999 and went 92-39 in six seasons with Oakland, where the right-hander teamed with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to form a successful "Big Three."
The 38-year-old went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this season for Atlanta. His season was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery.
In other Hot Stove League news:
— A person with knowledge of the situation says reliever LaTroy Hawkins has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has yet to be announced and is pending a physical. Hawkins returns to Colorado after spending the 2007 season with the Rockies and helping the team make its run to the World Series, where Colorado was swept by the Boston Red Sox. The right-hander spent last season with the New York Mets, going 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 13 saves.
— The Minnesota Twins have acquired left-hander Kris Johnson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Duke Welker in a swap of minor league pitchers.
Cano's agent has dinner with Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z, the new agent for Robinson Cano (kan-OH'), had dinner last night with top officials of the New York Mets.
Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Sandy Alderson were among those there. The get-together also included sports agent Brodie Van Wagenen, but not Cano.
Cano, a five-time All-Star second baseman, is a free agent. He is seeking a 10-year contract for more than $300 million from the Yankees. Alderson said last week he doubted the Mets would offer any nine-figure contracts.
Vonn crashes during training
DENVER (AP) — Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has crashed while training ahead of her return to racing following major knee surgery.
U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly says Vonn is being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope at Copper Mountain, Colorado on a sled.
Kelly says he is not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee.
The four-time overall World Cup champion tore her ACL and MCL in a crash at the world championships in February. She has been aiming to return to Word Cup competition next week in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
The Sochi Games are in February.
Busy night of hoops
UNDATED (AP) — It's a busy night in college basketball. The top-rated team in action is number-two Kansas. The 2-0 Jayhawks take on Iowa. Third-ranked Louisville has a date against Hartford. Number-four Kentucky looks to improve on its 3-1 mark with a game against Texas-Arlington. Number-five Arizona, off to a 4-0 start, meets Rhode Island while number-six Duke faces East Carolina.
In a match-up of rated teams, number-seven Oklahoma State takes on eleventh-rated Memphis.
Also on the way tonight, number-12 Wisconsin versus North Dakota while Utah Valley challenges number-17 Oregon.
B's try to leap-frog Lightning tonight
UNDATED (AP) — One of ten games on the ice tonight has Boston at the New York Rangers. The Bruins start the day in second place in the Atlantic Division just a point behind Tampa Bay. The Lightning have a game at Los Angeles.
Another good match-up has Chicago at Colorado. The Blackhawks top the Central Division with a 14 wins and 32 points. The Avalanche are just four points behind Chicago and sit in fourth place in the same division.
The rest of the games have St. Louis skating at Buffalo, Toronto home to the New York Islanders, Ottawa at Philadelphia, Minnesota skating at Montreal, Detroit hosting Nashville, Columbus playing at Edmonton and Florida visiting Vancouver.
Nash is back
NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Nash is back in the New York Rangers lineup after the star forward missed 17 games because of a concussion.
Nash passed his final test today when he skated with his teammates before the game tonight against the Boston Bruins. Nash has been skating — mostly on his own — the past two weeks after his symptoms subsided. This was his second concussion in eight months.
Nash hasn't played since he took a hit from San Jose's Brad Stuart on Oct. 8 in New York's third game of the season.
3 ex-players suing NCAA over concussion risk
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former college football players have filed a federal lawsuit in Minnesota alleging that NCAA did not inform former players about the risks of concussions inherent in the sport.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday also says the NCAA failed in its duty to establish protocols to prevent, monitor and treat brain injuries. Former University of Minnesota linebacker Joey Balthazor and former Vanderbilt players Paul Morgan and Cliff Deese are named as plaintiffs.
The suit seeks medical monitoring and testing for former players who are suffering from head injuries related to their playing days. The suit seeks class-action status, but is limited to players who did not play in the NFL.
Similar suits have been filed elsewhere around the country.
NC court preserves ACC lawsuit over Maryland exit
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court is clearing the way for a lawsuit that could force the University of Maryland to pay a $52 million fee for leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference.
A Court of Appeals panel rejected Maryland's bid to dismiss the lawsuit filed in the ACC's headquarters city of Greensboro. The three-judge panel's unanimous decision means Maryland has no automatic right to a state Supreme Court appeal.
The ACC sued Maryland after the school said in November it's leaving for the Big Ten Conference.
The university responded by suing the ACC in Maryland in January, calling the amount an illegal penalty. A Maryland judge has put the school's lawsuit on hold until North Carolina courts issue a final judgment. Maryland's ACC departure is scheduled for July.
US finishes record year with friendly loss...France, Portugal in World Cup VIENNA (AP) — Marc Janko scored in the 33rd minute after lax defensive marking, and the United States ended a record-setting year with a 1-0 loss to Austria.
Hungarian referee Istan Vad failed to allow a goal for the United States when Geoff Cameron's header off Michael Bradley's corner kick appeared to cross the goal line in the 17th minute before it was swatted away by goalkeeper Robert Almer.
The U.S. finished the year with a team-record 16 victories and qualified for its seventh straight World Cup.
In other soccer news, France and Portugal have earned berths in next year's World Cup.