UCLA, Baylor, Wisconsin, Creighton in Hall of Fame Classic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The annual Hall of Fame Classic will include UCLA, Baylor, Wisconsin and Creighton in a men's basketball showcase this November.
The Badgers and Bears will meet in a semifinal matchup at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Nov. 20, following UCLA against Creighton. A consolation game and the championship are played the following night.
It will be just the second meeting ever between Wisconsin and Baylor, who last met in the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament when the Badgers won.
That weekend also includes the 12th induction ceremony for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame with a class that includes former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan.
Sharks re-sign F Marcus Sorensen to 2-year deal
SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have re-signed restricted free-agent forward Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Sorensen had one goal and three assists in 19 games for the Sharks last season in his first year in North America. He also had 17 goals and 17 assists in 43 games for San Jose's AHL affiliate.
Sorensen was originally drafted in the fourth round by Ottawa in 2010 but never signed with the Senators. He remained in his native Sweden until signing as a free agent with San Jose in May 2016.
Sorensen added one goal and one assist in six playoff games for the Sharks.
Greg Bird vows to return to Yankees after ankle surgery
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird issued a statement through his agent on Tuesday morning revealing that he had successful surgery on his right ankle and that his season is not over, according to reports.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Monday that Bird, 24, would undergo surgery for a condition known as os trigonum syndrome. Bird said in the statement that Dr. Martin O’Malley performed the surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
“In nearly four months since first injuring my ankle, it had been increasingly frustrating to have only questions and no answers,” Bird said in the statement. “All this time, I have wanted nothing more than to be out there playing the game I love as a member of the New York Yankees.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said last week that os trigonum syndrome involves excess bone growth in the foot area. Recovery time is at least six weeks, which would likely prevent Bird from playing for the big-league club this season.
Bird, however, said he plans to play this season.
“My season is not over,” he said. “I plan to do everything in my power to return and help our team win in 2017.”
Bird, who went 6 for 60 in 19 games this season, sat out last year after having surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
No home, road uniforms as NBA goes to Nike
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA teams are making a wardrobe change, with the traditional home and road uniforms going back in the closet.
The league said Tuesday it is eliminating the old apparel designations starting with the 2017-18 season, when Nike becomes the official outfitter. Instead, there will be four primary uniforms for each team.
The host team will pick which of its uniforms will be worn for each game and the visitors will select one of the contrasting ones from their collection. Previously, white uniforms were the default for home teams.
The first two editions will debut at the start of the season. The "Association" is formerly the home white uniform and the "Icon" is the previous road jersey, featuring the team's primary color.
The other two primary uniforms will be revealed in the coming months.
Also, eight teams will have a "Classic" uniform available in the fall that they can wear at their discretion.
Nike, which is replacing Adidas, says its uniforms are the NBA's lightest ever and absorb sweat faster, with changes to the neck, back shoulder and armhole to enhance agility. They were tested by members of last summer's gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball team.