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Michigan’s Mitch McGary opts for surgery

Michigan sophomore forward Mitch McGary, who was selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America team, is out indefinitely after deciding to have surgery on his lower back.


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College basketball

McGary to have surgery

Michigan sophomore forward Mitch McGary, who was selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America team, is out indefinitely after deciding to have surgery on his lower back.

“We met with a lot of people, and Mitch decided his best interest for his long-term health is to go ahead and have surgery,” Wolverines coach John Beilein said Friday. “Right now, he’s out indefinitely. That may mean the end of the season. We do not know. It depends a lot on the surgery and the rehab.”

McGary missed the first two games of the season because of his back problem. In eight games since, he has averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds.

McGary said his back has been a problem since late August.

“I just kind of injured myself during the preseason,” McGary said. “I just tried to rehab the whole time.”

No. 3 Ohio State romps

Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points to lead the third-ranked Ohio State men’s team past visiting Louisiana at Monroe 71-31.

The Buckeyes (13-0) have won their first 13 games in a season for the fifth time in school history.

San Diego St. wins by 83

No. 20 San Diego State crushed visiting St. Katherine College of Encinitas, Calif., 118-35.

It was the largest victory margin for San Diego State since it moved to Division I in 1970; the previous record was 60 points in a 128-68 victory over Morgan State in 1984.

“Well, I can thank God that nobody got decapitated,” coach Scott Mitchell of NAIA program St. Katherine said.

NHL

Dupuis has knee injury

Pittsburgh top-line forward Pascal Dupuis might miss the rest of the season because of a right-knee injury that will require surgery, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

Dupuis was injured in a game at Ottawa on Monday.

Luongo is day to day

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is listed as day to day because of a lower-body injury, coach John Tortorella said.

The Vancouver Province reported Luongo, who was injured in Sunday’s game against Winnipeg, will be out from seven to 10 days because of a possible groin injury.

Canucks rookie Eddie Lack will start in goal Sunday at Calgary, Tortorella said.

Blackhawks rout Avs

Patrick Sharp scored three goals as the host Chicago Blackhawks routed the Colorado Avalanche 7-2. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks lead the league with 60 points, one more than Anaheim.

Soccer

Rio rooms to be pricey

Hotel rooms are expected to cost almost 50 percent more in Rio de Janeiro during next year’s World Cup in Brazil than when Rio will host the 2016 Olympics, in part because organizer FIFA’s official accommodations agency hasn’t set maximum room rates such as those promised in the city’s winning bid for the Olympics.

FIFA is working with Swiss company MATCH Services as the official accommodations agency for the World Cup.

The average nightly cost for a hotel room in Rio during the Cup is expected to be about $460; during the Olympics, the average maximum rate is estimated at $310.

Tennis

Djokovic to face Ferrer

Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to reach the final of the Mubadala Championship in Abu Dhabi.

In a semifinal matchup of players from Spain, David Ferrer beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4.

Edberg to help Federer

Roger Federer of Switzerland has won a men’s record 17 major titles, but is No. 6 in this year’s rankings.

Federer is adding Swede Stefan Edberg, a six-time major champion, to his team.

Federer said on Facebook that Edberg “agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open.”

Federer refers to Edberg as his “childhood hero.” Severin Luthi will continue to work with Federer, too.

In October, Federer split with coach Paul Annacone after they worked together for about 3½ years.

Elsewhere

• Horse trainer David Jacobson set a record for victories in a year on the New York Racing Association circuit — Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.

When Tiz Gianni won the seventh race at Aqueduct on Friday, it gave the 59-year-old Jacobson 160 victories at NYRA tracks this year.

Trainer Gary Contessa won 159 races in 2007.

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