Athlete injuries

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) goes to the basket past Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Detroit. The Pistons defeated the Wizards 106-95. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
December 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm
Washington point guard John Wall has been told that he needs surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel, a procedure that would keep the five-time All-Star sidelined for at least six months. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it is "likely" that Wall will have the surgery, though the team's...
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
December 29, 2018 - 1:09 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even while playing without LeBron James on the tail end of a back-to-back set, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to carve out a double-digit lead in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers. That's when the Clippers' four toughest defenders clamped down and Sweet Lou went...
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File-This photo taken Dec. 16, 2018, shows Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley carrying the ball during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Los Angeles. Gurley has been ruled out of Los Angeles’ regular-season finale Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, against San Francisco with a knee injury. Gurley will miss the Rams’ final two games of the regular season due to the injury, but McVay says he isn’t concerned about the star running back’s availability for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 28, 2018 - 4:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rams running back Todd Gurley has been ruled out of Los Angeles' regular-season finale against San Francisco because of a knee injury. Safety Lamarcus Joyner also won't play Sunday at the Coliseum, Rams coach Sean McVay confirmed Friday. "Those guys are making progress, but we...
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Slovenia's Klemen Kosi not seen in the picture is carried by an helicopter to be transferred to an hospital after crashing during a ski World Cup Men's Downhill in Bormio, Italy, Friday, Dec.28, 2018. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
December 28, 2018 - 6:34 am
BORMIO, Italy (AP) — Slovenian skier Klemen Kosi has been airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital after crashing in a World Cup downhill. Kosi lost control toward the end of the physically demanding Stelvio course and tumbled through two layers of safety netting before coming to a stop. His...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots next to Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
December 28, 2018 - 12:46 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers looked just fine for 3 ½ quarters in their first game without LeBron James. Down the stretch it was a different story, when the four-time MVP's absence was noticeable and costly, even as coach Luke Walton found a variety of other reasons to blame...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) applies defensive pressure against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
December 27, 2018 - 9:48 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 45 points and six assists, Clint Capela added 24 points and 18 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Boston Celtics 127-113 on Thursday night for their eighth win in nine games. Harden, who was playing on a bruised left calf, had 17 points in the first quarter...
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December 27, 2018 - 8:29 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James was held out of the Lakers' game against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night with a groin injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 156. James was injured during the Lakers' 127-101 victory over two-time defending NBA champion Golden State on...
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File-This Dec. 23, 2018, file photo shows Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrating a game-winning touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis. Advantage Luck in this rivalry: he is 10-0 in his career starts vs. the Titans. He could become the only player since 1970 with an 11-0 mark against one team. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
December 27, 2018 - 7:34 pm
In a wild and crazy season, the biggest remaining tumult is in the AFC South. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in Nashville the crown, dropping Houston into a...
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Rafael Nadal of Spain talks to journalists on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
December 27, 2018 - 5:22 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rafael Nadal is confident he can be fit for the Australian Open as he chases an 18th Grand Slam title. A right knee injury forced Nadal to retire from his U.S. Open semifinal in early September — his last competitive match — and the 32-year-old Spaniard had...
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San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan (10) drives around Denver Nuggets' Torrey Craig during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 111-103. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
December 26, 2018 - 11:29 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs got a big win and an even bigger boost in confidence. DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 and San Antonio defeated the Denver Nuggets 111-103 on Wednesday night. Bryn Forbes added 15 points for the resurgent Spurs (19-16), who have won...
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