- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is taking an indefinite leave to have hip surgery.

Assistant coach Joe Prunty will direct the team in Kidd’s absence, general manager John Hammond said after the Bucks’ 101-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

“I tried to put off surgery for as long as I could, but after consulting with my doctor, he advised that the best course of action was to have the procedure now,” Kidd said in statement released by the team.

The Bucks are 11-18 this season and 52-59 in two seasons under Kidd.

Prunty has 20 years of NBA coaching experience, including three under Kidd. He served as an assistant during Kidd’s one season coaching the Brooklyn Nets and has been with Kidd in Milwaukee the past two seasons. Prunty also is the head coach of Britain’s national team.

“I have every confidence in Joe to lead our team during my absence,” Kidd said. “Joe has many years of coaching experience both in the NBA and in international competition. He’s well-respected in the league and I know our players and coaches will give their all during Joe’s time as head coach.”

SKIING

ALTA BADIA, Italy (AP) - Olympic champion Matthias Mayer will miss the rest of the season after crashing in a World Cup downhill, although he says it could have been “much worse.”

The Austrian team said that Mayer’s injuries were worse than originally thought and that he broke two vertebrae in Saturday’s crash in Val Gardena.

After being brought to a hospital in Innsbruck, Mayer was operated on and had four vertebrae bolted together to aid the healing process. He’ll be hospitalized for at least 10 days.

Still, the impact could have been worse if Mayer’s landing had not been softened by a protective air bag vest he was wearing under his race suit.

In a team statement, Mayer says, “It could have been much worse because everything is (healing) back together.”

BASEBALL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Right-hander Jarrod Parker reached agreement on an $850,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, avoiding arbitration.

The A’s announced the deal Saturday, which includes $425,000 guaranteed. Parker has had lousy luck the past two seasons, not pitching in the majors since 2013. He missed the ‘14 season following his second Tommy John surgery, then fractured the elbow during a May rehab start to end his comeback bid and had another procedure from Dr. James Andrews. Oakland’s brass has been encouraged by his progress this offseason.

The 27-year-old Parker is 25-16 with a 3.68 ERA in two-plus major league seasons - 2012 and ‘13 with the A’s after one outing for Arizona in 2011.

Oakland’s four remaining arbitration-eligible players are first baseman Yonder Alonso, right fielder Josh Reddick, Fernando Rodriguez and third baseman Danny Valencia.

DENVER (AP) - A person with knowledge of the situation says the Colorado Rockies and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino have agreed on a three-year extension.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had yet to be announced.

Ottavino underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May. The team is hoping to have him back sometime around the All-Star break.

The 30-year-old Ottavino went on the disabled list in late April with right triceps inflammation soon after he was promoted to closer. Ottavino didn’t surrender a run in 10 1-3 innings last season.

Originally selected by St. Louis in the first round of the 2006 draft, Ottavino was acquired off waivers by Colorado in 2012.

The agreement was first reported by CBS.

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