Saturday’s sports briefs
Saturday’s sports briefs
Georgia freshman DB to miss ’13 season
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia freshman cornerback Reggie Wilkerson is facing major surgery on his right knee and will miss the 2013 season.
Wilkerson, from Ocala, Fla., enrolled at Georgia in January and injured his knee in voluntary practices with his teammates this week. He had a procedure Friday to repair the meniscus in his right knee and will have a second surgery to reconstruct his anterior cruciate ligament. The date for the second surgery has not been announced.
Wilkerson is one of six defensive backs in Georgia’s 2013 signing class.
Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said Wilkerson will have a medical redshirt in 2013 and will have four years of eligibility remaining. Courson said Wilkerson is expected to make a full recovery.
Holdsclaw pleads guilty in assault case
ATLANTA — Ex-WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an argument and shooting in November.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Holdsclaw pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and other charges. The 35-year-old was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine under the plea agreement.
Holdsclaw’s attorney Ed Garland said his client “felt that to honestly accept what her actions were was best for everyone concerned.”
Holdsclaw was arrested after the confrontation in Atlanta with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy, who told police she was Holdsclaw’s ex-girlfriend. Authorities said Holdsclaw broke Lacy’s car windows with a bat and then fired a shot into it. No one was injured.
Ovechkin wins NHL’s Hart Trophy
CHICAGO — Alexander Ovechkin has won his third Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s most valuable player.
The Washington Capitals right wing beat out Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and John Tavares of the New York Islanders for the award on Saturday night. Ovechkin also won the Hart in 2008 and 2009.
In other awards, announced before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, Montreal’s P.K. Subban won his first Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenseman. Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets won the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s top goaltender. And Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau won the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s top rookie.
Crosby won the Ted Lindsay Award, which recognizes the league’s most outstanding player as voted by fellow members of the NHL Players’ Association.
Murray, Cilic in Queen’s Cup final
LONDON — Top-seeded Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic will play in the final at Queen’s Club after both earned three-set victories on Saturday.
Murray, the champion in 2009 and 2011, rallied to defeat fourth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a repeat of their 2011 final. Fifth-seeded Cilic of Croatia held off former four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Murray will play for his 27th career title and first since he won in Miami in March.
Cilic had lost his only previous meeting with Hewitt, at the London Olympics. He will bid for his 10th career title. His last tournament victory came in February at home in Zagreb.
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Tsonga held the upper hand over Murray in the opening set of their semifinal. He failed to convert any of his three break points at 2-2, but break to lead 5-4 when Murray double-faulted.
The Frenchman missed two more break points at 3-3 in the second set before Murray broke for a 5-3 lead when Tsonga netted a backhand.
In the last set, Murray broke for 2-1 on his seventh break point and broke again at love to lead 4-1.
“I think most of the matches there has been patches where I played a high level, and all the matches it’s been parts where, you know, I have been a little bit inconsistent or just played a couple of sloppy games,” Murray said.
“I managed to find ways to win the matches, which is important, and I’m playing well. I’m hitting the ball well. Just sometimes making some bad choices or some poor mistakes.”
Cilic and Hewitt managed to complete just two games, with Cilic leading 2-0, before rain forced them off the grass court for more than 2 hours.
To finish both semifinals before dark, their match was moved to court one so the higher-ranked Murray and Tsonga could play on center court.
After play began, Hewitt held three break points to tie it 5-5, but Cilic held serve to win the set.
Hewitt swept five straight games on his way to taking the second set, before Cilic gave up just 10 points in winning the last five games of the match.