BOSTON (AP) — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said he is making progress in his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery but his left leg "still isn't right."
Rose spoke with reporters after Wednesday night's 71-69 loss to the Celtics in Boston. He says he's doing more every week, but he still can't dunk. Rose said the team is leaving it to him to decide when he feels ready, but he says he won't let the injury change the way he plays. He wants to make sure he can handle being banged around inside.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu was suspended 20 games by the NBA after testing positive for steroids.
The NBA said Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. He began serving the suspension Wednesday night when the Magic hosted the Atlanta Hawks. Turkoglu took full responsibility for the positive test and apologized to the Magic organization, fans and fellow teammates. He said he took medication from a trainer in Turkey this past summer to help him recover from a shoulder injury and mistakenly neglected to check it against the NBA's list of banned substances.
NEW YORK (AP) — After 17 years fighting for NBA players, Billy Hunter might be down to his last, most difficult battle. This one is for his own job.
A lengthy report critical of seemingly every aspect of Hunter's leadership has given players plenty of reason to fire him as executive director of the players' association, and some will go to Houston for All-Star weekend with that intention.
His future is expected to be the focus of the players' meeting, unless there's a resolution beforehand. He's already been placed on indefinite leave, likely the first step in a termination that could be voted on during the meeting.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky received the news it dreaded when freshman forward Nerlens Noel was declared out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.
Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI revealed the injury, and the 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the next two or three weeks. The projected recovery period is six to eight months.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson will need surgery to repair his left Achilles after the tendon was cut by a skate blade late in the second period against Pittsburgh.
The Norris Trophy winner last season as the NHL's top defenseman, Karlsson was cut by Penguins forward Matt Cooke's skate blade as the two tangled along the boards. Karlsson leads NHL defensemen with six goals, scoring three times in his previous four games. Karlsson immediately fell to the ice and was in visible pain. He needed help getting back to the bench and showed frustration, throwing his stick against the boards before disappearing down the runway.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just more than 24 hours after firing Scott Howson, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced the hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen of Finland as the first European to be a general manager in the National Hockey League.
Kekalainen, director of amateur scouting with the St. Louis Blues 2002-10, held a news conference Wednesday in his native Finland at the same time the Blue Jackets Blue Jackets held theirs in Ohio.
A college football player who delivers a hit to the head of a defenseless opponent could be kicked out of the game next season under an NCAA proposal that took a step forward Wednesday.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee said it had unanimously approved strengthening of the penalty for intentional above-the-shoulder hits. The 15-yard penalty will now have an ejection tacked on, assuming the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves the plan next month.
Player safety was the theme of the committee's three-day meeting in Indianapolis, with the ejection for targeting the most noticeable change fans will notice in 2013 across all NCAA divisions. The committee also tweaked the rule on below-the-waist blocks.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL insists it is ready to get the 2014 Super Bowl played at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey no matter what the weather conditions are early next February.
The NFL has contingency plans for all games, but with a winter storm hitting the Northeast just after this year's Super Bowl in New Orleans, there are concerns about the championship game being played for the first time outdoors at a cold-weather site.
Several reports indicate the NFL has discussed changing the day of game set for Feb. 2 if weather complications arise. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy would not offer specifics of the contingency plans, but says Wednesday "we will be prepared if we have to make adjustments."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After leading the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff berth last season, coach Leslie Frazier had a contract option picked up for 2014.
The Vikings announced they exercised the fourth-year option, helping Frazier avoid what would have been a lame-duck season in 2013 while also giving the team some flexibility going forward.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawyer for Barry Bonds urged a federal appeals court to toss out the slugger's obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer he gave while testifying before a grand jury was not a crime.
Appellate specialist Dennis Riordan argued that Bonds was not formally or specifically charged with the felony that he was convicted of committing. A federal jury in April 2011 found baseball's all-time home runs leader guilty of obstruction for saying he was a "celebrity child" when asked about injecting steroids.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Every University of Miami baseball player underwent testing recently for performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
The testing for HGH is not typical for the school, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the university has not authorized the information's release. But these are not typical times for the perennially strong program, which has been linked to Major League Baseball's latest drug mess. The school is awaiting the results, the person said.
SEATTLE (AP) — Fighting back tears while his hands trembled, Felix Hernandez signed a seven-year contract with the Seattle Mariners that makes him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
During a news conference, Hernandez officially signed his new deal that will be worth $175 million. The contract covers the final two years of his current deal that was scheduled to run through the 2014 season and adds five additional years through the 2019 season.