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December 19, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
At first glance, it was an announcement draped in sadness, the lateral tibial plateau that stole Christmas. Six games into his comeback from a left torn Achilles' tendon, Kobe Bryant's left leg has buckled under the strain. After Bryant worked eight months to return to the court, a fractured knee will send him to the sidelines for six more weeks. There is sadness felt by an aging superstar who could be losing a slow fight with his body. There is sadness felt by a Lakers organization whose recent, foolish $48.5-million investment in Bryant is looking worse by the ache.
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December 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant will be out about six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, according to a team spokesman. The Lakers All-Star guard was injured in the third quarter Tuesday in a 96-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. After the game, Bryant said he had just hyperextended his knee.  He finished the game with 21 points, despite playing with the fracture. Bryant missed the Lakers' first 19 games as he recovered from an Achilles' tear. Through six appearances, he averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 assists a game.
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December 14, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Silas Redd is expected to sit out the Las Vegas Bowl because of a knee injury and tailback Tre Madden could be a game-time decision because of an ankle injury, interim Coach Clay Helton said Saturday. Neither Redd nor Madden practiced as the Trojans resumed workouts after three days off for finals. USC plays Fresno State next Saturday. Redd, a senior, led the Trojans in rushing in 2012 but suffered a left knee injury during spring practice. He was sidelined for much of the first part of the season while recovering from surgeries.
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December 10, 2013
The Monday blahs took the Ducks to their knees. There, Corey Perry did what he's done best this season: shoot and score. Overcoming some letdown lethargy with three goals in the final eight minutes of the second period, the Ducks beat the New York Islanders, 5-2, improving to 11-0-2 at Honda Center. Perry scored twice to extend his career-best goals streak to six games and move within two of NHL leader Alexander Ovechkin. The first came with 1.7 seconds left in the second period and followed a short-handed goal from defenseman Cam Fowler that gave the Ducks (21-7-5)
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December 9, 2013
The New England Patriots must get used to playing without Rob Gronkowski again. The star tight end who missed the first six games while recovering from surgeries is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve Monday with a damaged right knee. That experience could help the Patriots handle his absence. "I'd like to think there's going to be some carry-over there, not only [from] the first six weeks of the season, but the entire training camp as well," Coach Bill Belichick said Monday.
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December 2, 2013 | By David Wharton
Lindsey Vonn said she will need reconstructive surgery on her twice-injured right knee but is hoping to delay the procedure until after the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Vonn suffered major damage to the knee early this year, recuperated from surgery, then partially tore a reconstructed ligament in a recent training fall. "So it's kind of like, might as well see how long it holds up," she told the Associated Press. "Not a lot of options. In the end, surgery is going to have to happen.
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November 25, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Derrick Rose's comeback turned out to be a cameo, and the Chicago Bulls' worst nightmare became a reality again. The Bulls' hopes about contending for a championship this season took a serious hit. Their long-term plans appear to be up in the air too. The team said Rose will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery Monday morning in Chicago to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. For the Bulls and their point guard, it's an all-too-familiar spot. "I felt for him. He is a great person, first and foremost," Coach Tom Thibodeau said before Chicago played at Utah.
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November 25, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers forward Jared Dudley said he got a platelet-rich plasma injection to help alleviate the painful tendinitis in his right knee. The procedure, known as PRP, takes a sample of the patient's blood and spins it in a centrifuge for 15 minutes. It is then injected to accelerate tissue repair. Though he's hurting, Dudley hasn't missed any of the Clippers' 15 games. He is averaging 8.4 points per game on 48% shooting, with 38.5% (20 for 52) on three-pointers. He's playing 27 minutes per game.
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November 23, 2013 | Wire reports
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is out indefinitely because of torn cartilage in his right knee that will require surgery, team officials said Saturday. The former NBA most valuable player had an MRI exam in Los Angeles on Saturday and was found to have a medial meniscus tear, which he suffered during a game at Portland on Friday. Rose sat out last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The timetable for his return this season was not immediately clear.
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November 23, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Clippers players and Coach Doc Rivers were unanimous Saturday in offering their sympathy to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose , who tore the medial meniscus of his right knee and will require surgery. Rose lives in Los Angeles and spent time here during his rehabilitation from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. The Bulls, who announced the nature of Rose's injury Saturday, will face the Clippers at Staples Center on Sunday afternoon. "To know how hard he worked to get back, it's the saddest thing ever," Chris Paul said after the Clippers' 103-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
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