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Spurs' Tony Parker out two to four weeks

The point guard strained his left calf muscle in a victory over Memphis.

February 28, 2011|Staff and wire reports
  • Spurs point guard Tony Parker attempts a reverse layup against Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo in the third quarter of a game last month.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker attempts a reverse layup against Nuggets… (Eric Gay / Associated Press )

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is expected to sit out two to four weeks after straining his left calf muscle in a win over Memphis.

The Spurs announced Monday that their star point guard won't accompany them to Memphis and Cleveland this week. It will also leave the NBA-best Spurs without Parker for their first game against the Miami Heat on Friday.

Parker left Sunday's game in the second quarter when he collided with Grizzlies guard Mike Conley. He did not return.

Mike Bibby reached a buyout agreement with the Washington Wizards, freeing him from the last-place team after only two games.

The point guard agreed to give up his entire $6.2-million salary for next season and was waived Monday. The move came on the eve of the deadline for players to be released in order to be eligible for a playoff roster if they sign with another team.

The Golden State Warriors reached a buyout deal with forward Troy Murphy and put him on waivers.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison will probably sit out the remainder of the season because of a broken finger.

Former North Carolina and Lakers star James Worthy was one of seven men announced as new members of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Also elected were former Virginia center Ralph Sampson, former St. John's star Chris Mullin, coaches Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton, and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn.

Induction will take place in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 20.


Redskins release Portis after seven years

Running back Clinton Portis was released by the Washington Redskins, ending a charismatic and sometimes contentious seven-year stay that, for a while at least, made him the face of the franchise.

Injuries and money led to Coach Mike Shanahan's decision. Portis had played in only 13 games over the last two seasons because of a severe concussion in 2009 and a torn groin muscle in 2010.

Portis, 29, was scheduled to make $8.3 million next season, and Shanahan made it clear at the NFL combine that the Redskins wouldn't keep him at that price.

James Blake, Vania King, Jill Craybas and Sania Mirza were given wild cards into the main draws for the BNP Paribas Open, which begins next week at Indian Wells.

Six rising players were also given wild cards: Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Ryan Harrison, Bernard Tomic, Coco Vandeweghe and Christina McHale.

Qualifying draw wild cards were given to 1999 BNP Paribas Open champion Mark Philippoussis, Ryan Sweeting, USC's Steve Johnson and Greg Ouellette, a former Southeastern Conference player of the year, and for the women, Sabine Lisicki, Puerto Rican junior Monica Puig and Americans Madison Keys, Madison Brengle and Maria Sanchez.

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