Trinity Lutheran wins — Playing the Crook County freshmen in a nonleague girls basketball game, Trinity Lutheran topped the host Cowgirls 46-20 on Wednesday. Katie Murphy scored a game-high 16 points for the Saints of Bend and Emily Eidler added six points and 11 rebounds. Trinity Lutheran (11-9 overall) jumped out to an 18-1 lead in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the game. Rachel Spencer chipped in 14 points for the Saints. Ashton Morgan paced the Crook County freshmen with 13 points. Trinity Lutheran is at Gilchrist on Friday.
Gasol sidelined — Pau Gasol has been diagnosed with a tear of the plantar fascia of his right foot a day after he said he felt a pop in the foot during the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Nets. The Lakers said Wednesday that an MRI revealed the injury. The Lakers say they will give a timeline for Gasol’s return after an examination today.
NBA HGH testing? — Commissioner David Stern says he thinks the NBA is on track to begin testing its players for human growth hormone, perhaps as early as next season. Stern met with media in Minneapolis on Wednesday in advance of the game between the Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs. He says the league is watching developments in the NFL and Major League Baseball as those two leagues try to address testing for HGH. He says if both leagues get approval to test players, as he expects them to, the NBA will be right there behind them.
DUI for Rockies’ Helton — The Colorado Rockies and star first baseman Todd Helton are facing the harsh reality on the eve of his farewell season that the longtime face of the franchise now has a police mug shot. The five-time All-Star was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Denver suburb of Thornton and charged with drunken driving and careless driving. In a statement released by the Rockies, Helton said he’s embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team and the community.
Giants release Bradshaw — The New York Giants continued their roster purge after missing the playoffs, cutting leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty. The salary cap-saving moves on Wednesday came one day after New York let starting weakside linebacker Michael Boley go after four seasons. The Giants also waived defensive tackle Martin Parker, who spent this past season on injured reserve with a back injury. Bradshaw, Canty and Boley were all veterans who contributed to the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots a year ago, but they all had big contracts and battled injuries.
Expensive in Sochi — With the Winter Olympics a year away, IOC President Jacques Rogge praised Sochi organizers on Wednesday and defended the $51 billion price tag. Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press in the Black Sea resort, Rogge said he was impressed by the preparations for Russia’s first Winter Olympics. “The site is very compact, it’s high quality and is situated in beautiful surroundings,” Rogge said. Rogge is touring the Olympic venues ahead of the one-year countdown, which will be marked with a dazzling ice show today.
— From wire reports