- - Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Gooden suspended one game for flagrant foul

MILWAUKEE — Bucks forward Drew Gooden will miss Milwaukee’s first home game for his flagrant foul in the season opener.

The NBA said Tuesday that Gooden had been suspended without pay for that night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gooden was ejected late in the third quarter Monday for hitting Gerald Henderson in the head with his arm as the Bobcats guard attempted to make a driving layup in Charlotte’s 96-95 win.

Gooden scored four points off the bench before his ejection. The 10th-year veteran averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds last season.


Canucks’ HIggins out with mysterious hand ailment

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Cancuks left wing Chris Higgins has an undiagnosed hand problem that the coach says might be related to a foot infection. Higgins’ hand was so swollen he went to the hospital.

Alain Vigneault said the team is not sure what’s wrong with Higgins’ hand, “but we’re sort of assuming that it’s the same thing he had on his foot.” Higgins ranks fifth in team scoring with 10 goals and 12 assists.

• Charlie Coyle scored a hat trick, Kyle Rau added two goals and the United States dominated Denmark 11-3 to open the world junior hockey championship Monday in Edmonton, Alberta.


WVU’s attempt to have lawsuit tossed is rejected

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island judge Tuesday denied a request by West Virginia University to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Big East Conference over the university’s bid to make a quick exit for the Big 12.

Providence County Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein rejected all of the university’s arguments for dismissal. The school had argued the Rhode Island courts did not have the authority to decide the matter.


Rhode Island’s top scorer suspended indefinitely

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Senior guard Jamal Wilson, Rhode Island’s leading scorer, was suspended by coach Jim Baron for breaking unspecified team rules. Baron plans to re-evaluate Wilson’s status on the team over the next week. Wilson, from Norristown, Pa., averaged 17.5 points per game.

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