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Courtney Vandersloot, WNBA assists leader, to miss 6 to 10 weeks because of knee injury

Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot, a former standout at Gonzaga and Kentwood High School in Covington, will be sidelined from six to 10 weeks because of an injured left knee. She leads the WNBA in assists.


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WNBA

Sky guard Vandersloot to miss 6 to 10 weeks because of injury

Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot, a former standout at Gonzaga and Kentwood High School in Covington, will be sidelined from six to 10 weeks because of an injured left knee, team officials said.

Vandersloot, who leads the league in assists at 6.3 per game, has a sprain of the medial collateral ligament.

Vandersloot, 25, was injured Friday in the closing seconds of Chicago’s 73-69 victory over New York when she collided with the Liberty’s Plenette Pierson, who was setting a screen.

The Sky (7-8) also is missing forward Elena Delle Donne, who is out indefinitely as she continues to receive treatment for Lyme disease.

International women’s basketball

U.S. to play Canada in exhibition

The United States will play Canada in an exhibition game Sept. 15 in Bridgeport, Conn., before heading to the world-championship tournament, which starts Sept. 27 in Turkey.

The U.S. team is a five-time defending Olympic champion as well as the winner of the last world championship in 2010.

Unlike most other countries in the tournament, the United States has limited training time as a group because of overseas commitments and the WNBA season.

NHL

Montreal trades Briere to Avs

The Montreal Canadiens traded 36-year-old center Daniel Briere to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for right wing P.A. Parenteau, 31, and a fifth-round pick in 2015 draft.

Briere, who is heading into the final year of his contract, had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games last season. Parenteau had 14 goals and 19 assists in 55 games for the Avs last season.

Panthers buy out Jovanovski

The Florida Panthers completed a compliance buyout of 38-year-old defenseman Ed Jovanovski, saving them about $4 million in salary-cap space heading into free agency — which starts Tuesday.

Jovanovski, the first player drafted in 1994, is a five-time All-Star. He had one goal and four assists in 37 games for Florida last season.

As for free agency, relatively young players who are unrestricted free agents, with their team at the end of last season in parentheses, include Thomas Vanek (Montreal), Paul Stastny (Colorado), Matt Niskanen (Pittsburgh), Matt Moulson (Minnesota) and Jussi Jokinen (Pittsburgh).

NFL

Report: Eagle faces suspension

Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson faces a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, a source familiar with the situation said on condition of anonymity.

49ers give Netter another chance

The San Francisco 49ers have signed guard Al Netter to a one-year deal. He is on the team’s 90-man roster.

Netter, 24, ended last season on the 49ers’ practice squad, re-signed with San Francisco on Jan. 22 and was waived June 3.

College athletics

NCAA to probe N. Carolina again

NCAA officials are taking another look into academic misconduct at North Carolina after an investigation uncovered new information.

Athletic director Bubba Cunningham said the school has received “a verbal notice of inquiry” that the NCAA will reopen its 2011 investigation in a case that began as an offshoot of a 2010 probe into the football program.

“The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff,” Cunningham said in a statement.

Investigations have uncovered fraud in a department with classes featuring significant athlete enrollments, including lecture classes that did not meet and were treated as independent studies requiring one research paper.

ELSEWHERE

• A former Texas Tech football player faces possible assault charges after he was accused of hitting one of the school’s women’s basketball players in the face at the university’s recreation center Saturday.

A Texas Tech Police Department offense report accuses freshman Nigel Bethel II of “causing serious bodily injury” by hitting Amber Battle. The one-page report states the attack included “hands, fists, feet, etc.”

Bethel, a defensive back from Miami, was released from custody pending formal charges by the Lubbock County district attorney’s office. He was dismissed from the football program Sunday.

Battle, a guard, led Texas Tech in scoring as a junior last season with 16.4 points per game.

• Lviv, Ukraine, has withdrawn its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics because of the continuing political, security and economic crisis in that country.

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