November 18, 2013 |
TACLOBAN, Philippines - Rising from a sea of debris, the small, rickety shell of a new house already was beginning to take shape. Rolito Solayao worked swiftly Monday, using pieces of wood and nails scavenged from the wreckage of this coastal city. His wife swept dirt from the concrete floor, the only part of their home that survived when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines on Nov. 8. Asked her name, she let out a weary laugh: Yolanda, the name Filipinos gave to the storm.
November 12, 2013 |
USC will have a huge stage when it plays Stanford on Saturday at the Coliseum, a setting seemingly made for Marqise Lee. The junior reiterated Tuesday that he would be ready when called upon after having a limited role in victories over Oregon State and California. Last Saturday at Berkeley, Lee had one reception. He estimated that he was in for 10 to 15 plays before coaches pulled him to prevent reinjury of his left knee. Lee, who has caught no more than eight passes in a game this season, said he was fine with any role that helps the Trojans continue to win. But he anticipates a larger one Saturday when they play the fifth-ranked Cardinal at the Coliseum.
November 9, 2013 |
- Clippers small forward Jared Dudley said he had an MRI exam Friday on his bruised right knee that was negative. Dudley said he was having a "tough time bending" the knee so he wanted to see a doctor to know that "mentally" there wasn't a problem. Dudley said the kneecap was rubbing against a ligament and that has caused some inflammation in his knee. "I can't really bend my knees the full extension," said Dudley, who had nine points in 27 minutes against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
November 9, 2013 |
He's baaaack! "And at guard, 6-3 from UCLA, No. 2, Russell Westbrook !" Chesapeake Energy Arena was rocking last Sunday night when Oklahoma City's second-best player was unexpectedly the last starter introduced, an honor usually reserved for Kevin Durant . That Westbrook was playing at all was an even bigger surprise. The star point guard was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks after knee surgery but in fact missed only four days, returning to lead the Thunder to victory over Phoenix.
November 8, 2013 |
USC tailback D.J. Morgan underwent season-ending knee surgery Thursday, interim Coach Ed Orgeron said. Orgeron made the announcement after a late-afternoon practice as the Trojans continued preparations for Saturday's Pac-12 Conference game at California. Morgan, a fourth-year junior, had been slowed by injuries since last spring and had not played this season. Morgan had two previous knee operations. He had major reconstructive surgery after suffering an injury while playing at Woodland Hills Taft High.
November 7, 2013 |
MIAMI - The Clippers had to deal with another injury that put them in something of a bind Thursday night against the Miami Heat. Starting small forward Jared Dudley played with tendinitis in his right knee, limiting him to 27 minutes because of the pain. He had two points on one-for-five shooting. "It's nothing major," Dudley said. "It's stuff that I've been going through since training camp. I think it's more of a strengthening thing. " Dudley tried to play because Matt Barnes was out for the second straight game with a bruised right thigh.
November 6, 2013 |
Jonathan Vilma's season is over and his future on the football field is in doubt. The New Orleans Saints placed Vilma to injured reserve, ending his season - and possibly his career - only three days after he had returned for his first game of this season. Vilma began the season on short-term injured reserve because of an arthroscopic procedure in August on his left knee, which has troubled him through multiple surgeries over two-plus seasons. The designation allowed the 10th-year linebacker to return to the active roster in Week 9. Vilma was activated Saturday and played 12 defensive snaps in a 26-20 loss to his former team, the New York Jets, on Sunday.
November 5, 2013 |
Marqise Lee accelerated off the line of scrimmage, burst toward the middle of the field with no hesitation and was wide open for a long touchdown pass. That simple chain of events on USC's first offensive play against Oregon State last week sent a message to opposing defensive coordinators and NFL evaluators. Lee, the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, appears to be near full strength after being slowed by a knee injury. "I'm feeling good," Lee said Tuesday after practice.
November 1, 2013 |
An MRI test on Friday confirmed that Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, leaving the AFC North leaders without another star player on defense. The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought he'd torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. The Bengals (6-3)
October 27, 2013 |
Clippers backup point guard Darren Collison said he planned on practicing Sunday after missing Friday night's exhibition game with a bruised left kneecap. Despite saying he would play in the season opener Tuesday against the Lakers at Staples Center, Collison admitted he does have one big problem. “I can't really run, but I'm about to find out in practice,” Collison said. For a speedy player like Collison, who wore a black sleeve on his knee, that's not a good thing. Collison said he was about “80%” healed.