In Brief


Bucks’ Gooden out at least
four weeks due to foot injury

Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden will be sidelined four to six weeks because of lingering problems with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

General manager John Hammond said Gooden had treatment on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The injury has already cost Gooden 21 games this season, including the past six.

Gooden signed a $32 million, five-year contract in the offseason. He’s averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 25 games this season. Gooden used padding in his shoe to try to alleviate the pain, but was often limping in pregame.

Also: NBA great Clyde Drexler can foresee a league franchise being based in London, maybe even within the next decade.

Drexler, in the British capital to help promote the first regular-season NBA games to be played in London in March, said basketball has proven itself in Europe and expansion to the continent might just be a matter of time.

The Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets will play two games at the O2 Arena on March 4 and 5.

Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley became the fifth high school basketball coach — and first in New Jersey — to record 1,000 wins.

Hurley, 63, reached the mark when his St. Anthony’s squad beat rival St. Mary’s, 76-46. He has been coach at the parochial school in Jersey City since 1972 and has a career record of 1,000-110, including 16-0 this season.


Wranglers lack scoring punch
in shutout loss to Grizzlies

The Wranglers went 0-for-8 on the power play and got little on the defensive end, either, losing 5-0 to the Utah Grizzlies on Wednesday night in West Valley City, Utah.

Las Vegas (28-13-3, 60 points) gave up a Hugo Carpentier power-play goal three minutes into the first period, and the Grizzlies followed with a four-goal second period.

The Wranglers outshot Utah 40-35, but Grizzlies goalie Andrew Engelage turned back every one. Michael Ouzas had 30 saves for Las Vegas, which was coming off a 6-2 home win over Stockton on Tuesday night.

Also: St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald was activated from the injured list after missing 24 games with a concussion. The 33-year-old has eight goals and nine assists in 25 games.

Former standout pitcher Roger Clemens told a federal judge in Washington, D.C., that he waives any conflict of interest that might arise from his lead criminal defense attorney briefly representing his former teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte.

In December 2007, Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin briefly advised both players just before the release of a report alleging they used performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens denies the allegation. Pettitte admitted he used human growth hormone and claimed Clemens admitted privately he did, too. Pettitte is expected to testify against Clemens during a trial scheduled for this summer on charges that Clemens lied about the drug use during a congressional hearing.

Longtime baseball manager Lou Piniella told The Associated Press he has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to work as a special assistant for the World Series champions. Piniella will report to general manager Brian Sabean.

Manchester United defender Gary Neville retired after a 20-year career spent entirely with the club he supported as a boy.

The 36-year-old signed with United in July 1991 and played 602 games during the team’s most successful era. He combined with David Beckham to give Manchester United and England’s national team a powerful right side.

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