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Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced.

The 35-year-old is expected to undergo surgery on Friday.

It’s a devastating blow for Minnesota. Koivu averages the third-most ice time among Wild forwards, ranks tied for second on the club with 12 power-play points, and is tied for the team lead in takeaways with 35. In 48 games, he’s tallied eight goals and 29 points.

The Wild hold a three-point advantage over the Vancouver Canucks for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.



Washington Wizards guard John Wall will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon after slipping and falling in his home and is expected to miss approximately 12 months, the team announced Tuesday.

Wall developed an infection after undergoing an operation on Jan. 8 to repair his chronic Achilles issues. The rupture was found during a procedure to clean the infection.

The 28-year-old elected to have a season-ending surgery in December with hopes of avoiding any additional damage.

“If I don’t want to deal with the pain or make it any worse and have an opportunity to maybe rupture my whole Achilles’ later down the road, you get the surgery and take it out,” Wall said on Dec. 31.

The five-time All-Star averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists in 32 games this season. His four-year, $170-million extension kicks in for the 2019-20 campaign.

Tomas Satoransky will continue handling point guard duties for the remainder of the year.


Carson Wentz shared his frustration about his season-ending back injury on Monday following the Philadelphia Eagles‘ divisional-round loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Wentz said the full extent of the injury wasn’t discovered until after a Week 14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and it was too risky for him to return to the lineup, according to NBC Sports’ Reuben Frank.

Though doctors told him the injury won’t return “once we get it under wraps,” according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the young signal-caller admitted it was difficult to not be a part of the team’s playoff run.

“Super frustrating,” Wentz said, according to Frank. “To be on the sideline for the playoffs two years in a row is tough.”

“I still have zero games of postseason football under my belt,” he added, according to 94WIP’s Eliot Shorr-Parks.

The 2018 season marked the second straight campaign that ended with Wentz out of the lineup. He tore his ACL in December 2017 and missed the Eagles’ Super Bowl run. The former No. 2 overall pick’s injury history has led pundits to question his durability.

“I look forward to putting (the injury-prone label) to rest over the next couple of years,” he said, according to Garofalo.

Backup quarterback Nick Foles thrived in Wentz’s absence, capturing Super Bowl LII MVP and leading the Eagles to the playoffs in 2018. Foles has a mutual option in his contract due this offseason, however, leaving his future in Philadelphia up in the air.

“I love Nick and whatever happens was meant to happen and I think we’re all going to have success,” he said, according to Frank. “The team is going to what’s best for the team.”


Washington Wizards point guard John Wall met with reporters Monday, two days after opting to have season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his left heel. He said the decision had to be made to lessen the chance of tearing his Achilles tendon.

“If I don’t want to deal with the pain or make it any worse and have an opportunity to maybe rupture my whole Achilles’ later down the road, you get the surgery and take it out,” Wall said, according to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner.

“Some days it would be terrible where you couldn’t play or could barely walk. So it’s not really a hard decision for me to make. It was an easy decision,” he continued. “It was just also making sure that everybody on my team and everybody from the Wizards organization was on the same page.”

Wall is scheduled to undergo the procedure next week with an estimated recovery time of six to eight months.

Wall said he’s been dealing with bone spurs – known medically as “Haglund’s deformity” – for several years. Prior to being shut down, he missed two games this season due to the bone spur issue with two other absences attributed to illness and personal reasons.

The loss of their five-time All-Star point guard likely puts coffin nails in the Wizards’ campaign. They have the sixth-worst net rating in the NBA going into Monday and sit nine games below .500.



Washington Wizards guard John Wall will undergo season-ending surgery on his left heel, the team announced Friday.

Wall is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately six-to-eight months.

The surgery was prescribed by doctors and is expected to help heal bone spurs that have plagued Wall for years, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This will be the second straight season in which the Wizards lose Wall for an extended period. He missed a combined 41 contests last year due to injury. The 28-year-old’s new four-year, $169.3-million extension will kick in starting next season.

Washington will likely turn to Tomas Satoransky to start at point guard after dealing Austin Rivers to the Phoenix Suns – Rivers was subsequently waived and signed by the Houston Rockets.

The Wizards have lost nine of their last 11 games and are currently 4 1/2 games behind the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Washington has been annihilated by the injury bug. Starting forward Otto Porter Jr. has missed the last nine games with a knee injury and Dwight Howard has sat all but nine contests as he recovers from lower back surgery.

Vancouver Canucks prospect Olli Juolevi underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season, the team announced.

The defenseman is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp.

The Canucks medical staff determined that surgery was the best option for the 20-year-old’s long-term health.

Juolevi was selected fifth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. He has yet to make his NHL debut, but has 13 points in 18 games with the AHL’s Utica Comets this season.

The Cincinnati Bengals placed quarterback Andy Dalton on injured reserve with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, ending his season.

Dalton suffered the injury during Week 12 on Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. Tests revealed torn ligaments, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Bengals are expected to give Jeff Driskel his first career start when they face the Denver Broncos in Week 13. Additionally, Cincinnati claimed journeyman quarterback Tom Savage off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.

Dalton, an eighth-year veteran, threw for 2,566 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions across 11 contests this season. The 31-year-old has two years left on his contract.