September 16, 2013 |
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell took the piece of treasure from teammate and captain Dustin Brown and hoisted the Stanley Cup above his head, skated away, hollered and kicked up his right leg in celebration. For Mitchell, it has been almost frozen in time … those scenes of the Cup at Staples Center. That was the last time - June 11, 2012 - that Mitchell played in an NHL game and the powerful image of the veteran holding the Cup has not been supplemented by new ones on the ice. It was looking like the final frame of Mitchell's long-and-winding career because knee problems, including two separate procedures, kept him off the ice last season in the lockout-shortened season.
June 26, 2013 |
A wave of injuries and upsets hit the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, taking No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova of Russia out of the women's competition. Sharapova, hobbled by a hip injury, slipped once during the warmups and twice during play and required medical treatment during her 6-3, 6-4 loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal. Sharapova left the court for treatment in the second set of her match against Larcher de Brito, who is ranked 131st in the world.
March 9, 2013 |
It could be the countdown to nothing for the Philadelphia 76ers, the way each breathless update is offset by another discouraging development. Andrew Bynum will be ready for the start of training camp after receiving injections in his arthritic knees in Germany! Actually, it's auf Wiedersehen until late October because of pain in the center's right knee. Once the discomfort in Bynum's knee subsides, he'll be rolling toward a quick return! Well, that is until he put his left knee in the gutter in November while bowling.
January 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The season is over for the Washington Redskins, but the controversy continued to boil Monday over Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to keep rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III in a playoff game against Seattle despite an obviously weakened right knee that ultimately buckled. An MRI exam performed on the knee Monday proved inconclusive because of a previous anterior cruciate ligament tear Griffin suffered in college. He is scheduled to travel Tuesday to see renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews for more examinations.
December 18, 2012 |
Pau Gasol will return Tuesday night from an eight-game absence as the Lakers host the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center. Gasol, who struggled with knee tendinitis through most of the early part of the season, has been given the green light to play without restriction. "The sky is the limit, 48 [minutes], if overtime 50," joked Gasol. The Lakers have struggled in his absence, losing five of eight. "It's been difficult," said Gasol of sitting out. "I had no other choice.
December 16, 2012 |
— Those who think Dwight Howard isn't doing enough for the Lakers should consider what Andrew Bynum is doing for Philadelphia. The former Lakers center has not played a minute for the 76ers, sidelined because of knee problems. It wouldn't come as a surprise to Lakers followers during his seven seasons with the team, though his latest injury escapade was unusual. He sat out the exhibition season because of a bone bruise in the knee and felt new soreness after a trip to the bowling alley last month.