Bulldog boys post first league win — Gerson Gonzalez led the way for Culver with 27 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday as the Bulldogs defeated host Santiam 67-48 in Mill City to earn their first Tri-River Conference boys basketball victory of the season. Clay Gibson added 14 points and John Slaght contributed 13 to help Culver improve to 1-3 in league and 6-8 overall. “We got out and played much better defense, which made for much better offense," Bulldog coach Brennan Whitaker said. Culver, which led 28-23 at halftime, continues TRC play on Friday with a home game against Kennedy.
Culver girls fall — Santiam rolled past Culver 72-24 on Wednesday in Mill City in Tri-River Conference girls basketball action, evening the Bulldogs’ league record at 2-2. Culver (4-10 overall) hosts Kennedy on Friday.
RGIII has surgery — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had two knee ligaments surgically repaired Wednesday — including a reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament and a repair of a tear in the lateral collateral ligament — the result of a knee injury he suffered during Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It was the second time Griffin’s ACL has had to be reconstructed; the first was when he was at Baylor in 2009. It is unclear how long his recovery will take, but the tear in the LCL is considered by doctors to be a serious complication that could extend the time frame for his return well past the start of the 2013 season. Dr. James Andrews, the highly regarded orthopedic surgeon who operated on Griffin — and who is also a Redskins team doctor — said in a statement released through the team that “we expect a full recovery and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season."
Eagles after N.D.’s Kelly — The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press. Kelly was the third college coach Philadelphia interviewed since firing Andy Reid on Dec. 31. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information, said the Eagles met with Kelly on Tuesday. Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Oregon’s Chip Kelly interviewed with the Eagles last week, but chose to stay at their schools. The Eagles have interviewed six candidates and plan to meet with four others. Kelly recently called coaching Notre Dame his dream job, but he wouldn’t be the first to explore his options, perhaps even to get a raise to stay put.
Clemson QB returning — Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Tajh Boyd will return to Clemson for his senior season. The junior quarterback announced his intention to hold off on the NFL. His return will help keep the Tigers’ record-setting, fast-paced attack moving forward in 2013. Boyd has led the Tigers to a 21-6 record the past two seasons. He broke his own school records this past season with 3,896 passing yards and 36 touchdowns. He was also second on the team in rushing with 514 yards and led Clemson with 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Owners approve deal — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman secured unanimous ownership support for the pending labor deal, then apologized to everyone hurt by the long lockout and said he isn’t going anywhere. The league’s board of governors met in a Manhattan hotel Wednesday and overwhelmingly approved the agreement that was reached early Sunday on the 113th day of the lockout. Players are expected to vote on the deal Friday and Saturday. If a majority of the more than 700 members in good standing agree to the terms, training camps can open Sunday. A 48-game season is likely to begin Jan. 19.
Leafs fire GM — Brian Burke’s brash and outspoken style wasn’t a good fit for the new corporate owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs fired their general manager Wednesday with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President Tom Anselmi said at a news conference that longtime Burke assistant David Nonis will fill the job. Burke will stay as a senior adviser.
Love out 8-10 weeks — Kevin Love will miss the next eight to 10 weeks after needing surgery to repair a right hand that is broken for the second time this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star visited a hand specialist in New York on Wednesday. Love missed the first three weeks of the regular season after breaking his hand in the preseason. He returned faster than most expected, played for about a month and broke two bones in his shooting hand in a game last week against Denver. Love was averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.
Cavs’ Varejao needs surgery — Anderson Varejao’s big body has betrayed him again. Cleveland’s hustling center needs surgery to repair a muscle that split near his right knee and could cause him to miss two more months, a major setback for a young Cleveland team struggling through another miserable season. The NBA’s leading rebounder, Varejao was injured Dec. 18 vs. Toronto. The injury was initially diagnosed by team doctors as only a bruised right knee, but as his symptoms persisted, more tests were performed and revealed a “longitudinal split" between Varejao’s quadriceps and knee.
Anthony suspended — Carmelo Anthony has been suspended one game by the NBA for confronting Kevin Garnett after the New York Knicks’ loss to Boston on Monday. Anthony, who was angry about Garnett’s choice of words during a fourth-quarter altercation, went toward the Celtics’ locker room after the game and later waited for Garnett outside Boston’s team bus. Anthony didn’t believe he would be suspended because he was just looking to talk to Garnett, not have an altercation. But NBA executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson said Wednesday there were “no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game."
Kings to Seattle? — Investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings, setting up the possibility of the NBA’s return to Seattle. Hansen’s interest was confirmed Wednesday by people with knowledge of the situation. They spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no deal has been reached. One person said the Kings could sell for more than $500 million. The Kings’ future in Sacramento has been uncertain because the Maloofs and the city haven’t been able to come up with a long-term arena solution. Yahoo! Sports first reported the discussions between the Kings and Hansen. Yahoo! reported a possible sale could land the Kings in Seattle for the 2013-14 season; the team would play at KeyArena as a temporary home until a new arena is constructed.
Oprah to interview Armstrong — Lance Armstrong has agreed to an interview with Oprah Winfrey and is to address allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs during a career in which he won seven Tour de France titles. According to Winfrey’s website on Tuesday, this will be a “no holds-barred interview." It will be the first with Armstrong since his cycling career crumbled under the weight of a massive report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The report detailed accusations of drug use by Armstrong and teammates on his U.S. Postal Service teams. It’s unclear if the interview at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas, has already been taped. Nicole Nichols, a spokeswoman for Oprah Winfrey Network & Harpo Studios, declined comment. She said Armstrong has not been paid for his appearance and there are no restrictions on what’s discussed. The show will be broadcast Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. PST on OWN and Oprah.com.
— From wire reports